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.
The Florida Keys attracts visitors to Islamorada, Key West, and other towns, for the snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and fishing, especially for bonefish. Wreck diving, such as Mel Fisher's find of the gold treasures of the Atocha, are celebrated in the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum.
Kayaking, hiking, canoeing, biking, and manatee viewing are active ways to sightsee around Tampa and north in Citrus Country in western Florida. The Florida Aquarium, Hillsborough River, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Homosassa State Wildlife Park, and Withlacoochee State Trail are venues.
Tampa, Florida, the lesser-known sister of Orlando, might be summarized in three categories--its access to nature, its special history, and its celebration of the good life. See the Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park, Zoo, Busch Gardens, Ybor City, and the Hyde Park homes.

Resilient New York City

New York City seems as resilient as ever, perhaps aided by the city's basic exuberance and vitality.
Central Florida is a land of visionaries. St. Petersburg first saw a future in Florida tourism. Walt Disney at EPCOT dreamed of a peaceful and technology-rich world future. The Kennedy Space Center is where man left earth for the moon.
The annual spring Cherry Blossom Festival in Wasington, D.C., has blossoming cherry trees, a parade, and the Sakura Matsuri Japanese festival.
Beyond the new Martin Luther King Memorial, other newer memorials and attractions to see in Washington DC include the WWII Memorial, Museum of the American Indian, International Spy Museum, Women in Military Service, FDR Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, and Korean War Memorial.
A visit to Washington D.C. can be an invigorating adventure for anyone at anytime. Governmental Washington boasts its White House and Congress. Cultural Washington has its Smithsonian and several memorials, plus the Washington Monument.
The story of America's special contribution to world architecture--the skyscraper--can best be seen in Chicago, Illinois. Frank Lloyd Wright's innovative houses in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park are another aspect of Chicago's architectural genius.
Fort Worth, still affectionately known as Cowtown, attracts visitors with its Sundance Square, Stockyards entertainment district, and three exceptional art museums. The museums are the Sid Richardson Collection, Amon Carter Museum, and Kimbell Art Museum.
Special and newer travel attractions of Minneapolis include the Cowles Center, Target Field, Nice Ride MN, Guthrie Theatre, 35W Memorial and Illuminated Bridge, Weisman Art Museum, Tim McKee and La Belle Vie, Ethnic Eat Street, Ritz Theatre, Northeast Social Restaurant, Northup King Arts Building, and Red Stag Restaurant.
Arkansas promotes itself as "the natural state," but it can now also say it's the state of the political natural, Bill Clinton. Among its natural resources are Hot Springs National Park and the lakes and woods in the Ouachita National Forest.
The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum on the Mall in Washington, D.C., has added a new branch, the Udvar-Hazy Center, in Chantilly, Virginia.
America's most popular park is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in eastern Tennessee and northern North Carolina. It draws over 8.5 million visitors each year.
Only Memphis can bring to mind musicians belting out soulful blues tunes, succulent slabs of barbecued ribs, and memories of Elvis crooning to crowds of fans. Music and good food aside, this small Southern city has also played pivotal roles in such monumental events as the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement.