The ongoing reality of terrorism worldwide is now a daily factor in our lives. Occasionally, we may think back on that fateful day in New York 9-11-01 when the first major terrorism shock of the new century occurred.
The importance of friends in our modern world and the mysterious dynamic of what creates lasting friendship is the subject of Chapter 7 in my book. Listen as William Dougan narrates Chapter 7 “Orlando: The Importance of Friends" from the audiobook release of my travel literary book Travels in an American Imagination: The Spiritual Geography of Our Time.
St. Augustine, Florida, lures travelers with its Spanish history, its beaches, and its inland waterways alive with wildlife. See the Spanish Fort Castillo de San Marcos, the St. Augustine Lighthouse, Anastasia Island, Lightner Museum, Alligator Farm, and the Coastal Outdoor Center.
Orlando Florida includes a contrast between several Disney World Parks and a downtown Orlando, with a history center plus the Church Street Station area for dining and entertainment.
Miami's Art Deco Architecture in South Beach is a main travel attraction among things to see and do here. Check out also the Design District, pulsating clubs, art at the Lowe Museum, fine dining at Sushisamba and Azul restaurants, and an eventing of classica orchestra music by the New World Symphony.
Texas's number one vacation destination is the San Antonio region. See the main attractions, which are the River Walk, the Alamo, the crafts village of La Villita, the Institute of Texan Culture, the Witte Museum, and the San Antonio Museum of Art. Outside San Antonio, in the Hill Country, visit the YO Ranch and German heritage town of New Braunfels.
The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul Minnesota rank high for "quality of life" experiences. Vacation travel visitors enjoy the Guthrie Theatre, Nicollet Mall, fine dining, the lakes within the urban area, and icons such as the State Capitol in St. Paul.
A major Minnesota lake resort vacation destination at Gull Lake, known as Grand View Lodge, offers fishing for walleyed pike, boating, swimming, golf, and tennis.
Minneapolis celebrates its Aquatennial and Summer Arts festivities, honoring the 10,00 Lakes, with a parade, the Nicollet Mall Block Party, and many summer cultural efforts, including drama at the Guthrie Theater.
The Florida Everglades National Park is a slow-motion river, only a few inches deep but 50 miles wide and a hundred miles long, America's greatest wetland ecosystem. Among things to see and do, consider Marco Island, Everglades City, kayaking and canoeing, reading Marjory Stoneman Douglas' The Everglades: River of Grass, Flamingo, and the Anhinga Trail.