‘Iao Valley State Monument: Hawaii state park on Maui

Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii -- Parking area at ‘Iao Valley State Monument, a Hawaii State Park. The ‘Iao Valley was the site of the battle of Kepaniwai where the forces of Kamehameha I conquered the Maui army in 1790. At bottom is the park restroom and the beginning of the...

Iao Needle, Iao Valley State Park, Maui, Hawaii

Near Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii -- The 'Iao Needle, known in Hawaiian as Kuka'emoku, is a 2,250 foot high peak, a remnant of erosion at the end of a ridge comprised of dense dike stone. Recognized as the phallic stone of Kanaloa, the Hawaiian god of the ocean, the peak was...

Black Rock torch lighting: Sheraton Maui Resort

Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii -- The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa's daily cliff dive ceremony on Kaanapali Beach at sunset is performed by a cliff diver who first lights a trail of torches out to the lava formation known as Black Rock (Pu'u Keka'a), the site where ancient...

Simmons Island Beach House, Kenosha, Wisconsin

Kenosha, Wisconsin -- The Simmons Island Beach House, on the Lake Michigan shore of Kenosha's Simmons Island Park, was designed in the Tudor Revival style by architect Chris Borggren and built in 1934. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in...

Wally’s Service station, Mount Airy, North Carolina

Mount Airy, North Carolina -- Wally's Service Station at 625 S. Main St., built in 1937, is the real-life inspiration for "Wally's Filling Station" on TV's The Andy Griffith Show, where cousins Gomer Pyle and Goober Pyle both worked. Andy Griffith was born and raised...

Floyd’s Barber Shop, Mount Airy, North Carolina

Mount Airy, North Carolina -- Floyd's City Barber Shop at 129 N. Main St., owned by barber Russell Hiatt, said to be the real-life inspiration for Floyd Lawson ("Floyd the Barber") on TV's The Andy Griffith Show. Andy Griffith was born and raised in Mount Airy, which...

Snappy Lunch restaurant sign, Mount Airy NC

Mount Airy, North Carolina -- Restaurant sign for Snappy Lunch (and Coca-Cola) at 125 N. Main St., where Andy Griffith occasionally ate as a boy growing up in Mount Airy. The restaurant is famous for its pork chop sandwich, created by restaurant owner Charles Dowell,...

River Street, Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia -- East River Street on the Savannah riverfront looking west, with Huey's on the River southern cafe (115 E. River Street) at left.

The Lady and Sons: Paula Deen’s restaurant, Savannah

Savannah, Georgia -- Paula Deen's restaurant The Lady & Sons, at 311 W. Congress St. We had an outstanding lunch of crab cakes here. The Lady & Sons has since moved to 102 W. Congress St., and this building currently houses Molly MacPherson's Scottish Pubs and...

Hunting Island State Park beach at dusk

Hunting Island, South Carolina -- Amy walks along the beautiful Atlantic Ocean beach at Hunting Island State Park in Beaufort County. One day we would like to vacation here in the rental cabin, but I imagine we'd have to book reservations far in...

Steamer Oyster & Steakhouse, Beaufort County, SC

Lady's Island, Beaufort County, South Carolina -- The Steamer Oyster & Steakhouse restaurant on Sea Island Parkway, about 5 miles west of Frogmore, South Carolina. The Steamer is said to be the first restaurant to serve Richard Gay's Frogmore Stew (Low Country...

Frogmore Stew at the Steamer, Beaufort County SC

Lady's Island, Beaufort County, South Carolina -- Amy enjoying Frogmore Stew at The Steamer Oyster & Steakhouse restaurant on Sea Island Parkway, about 5 miles west of Frogmore, South Carolina. The Steamer is said to be the first restaurant to serve Richard Gay's...

Julien Dubuque, Chief Peosta graves, Dubuque, Iowa

Dubuque, Iowa -- The Julien Dubuque Monument stands above the Mississippi River at the Mines of Spain Recreation Area. The monument, built in 1897, marks the site where Dubuque was buried by the Meskwaki (or Mesquakie) with tribal honors following his death on March...

Peck Building: Galena River Wine & Cheese, Galena, Illinois

Galena, Illinois -- The 1845 Peck Building, at 420 S. Main Street. Originally a steamboat provisioning warehouse, it is one of Galena's oldest commercial buildings. Since 1982, the Peck Building has housed Galena River Wine & Cheese, a retailer offering an extensive...

Observation tower view, near Galena, Illinois

Elizabeth, Illinois -- The view east across the farmland of Jo Daviess County, from the top deck of the Long Hollow Tower, about 4 miles west of Elizabeth and 11 miles east of Galena, Illinois on U.S. Route 20. The 75-and-a-half-foot tower, built by the Illinois...

Observation tower near Galena: Long Hollow Tower

Elizabeth, Illinois -- The Long Hollow Tower, about 4 miles west of Elizabeth and 11 miles east of Galena, Illinois on U.S. Route 20. Built by the Illinois Department of Transportation in 1983-84, the 75-and-a-half-foot tower has since closed "with no sign of it ever...

Honolulu waterfront from Aloha Tower observation deck

Honolulu, Hawaii -- The Honolulu waterfront, as seen looking northeast from the 10th floor observation deck of Aloha Tower. Pier 13 and Pier 14 jut into Honolulu Harbor at left, with the city's 28-floor Marin Tower housing project just east of them. On the right is...

Aloha Tower, Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii -- The Aloha Tower, iconic landmark lighthouse of Aloha Tower Marketplace on Honolulu's waterfront. At 10 stories and 184 feet, Aloha Tower was the tallest structure in Hawaii when it was completed in 1926 at a cost of $190,000, and it remained the...

Iolani Palace, Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii -- ʻIolani Palace, completed in November 1882. The official residence of King Kalākaua and Queen Liliʻuokalani, it is the only royal palace to have been used by a reigning monarch in the United States. ʻIolani Palace was used as "state police...

Punchbowl: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii -- The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (also known as Punchbowl National Cemetery) is located in Punchbowl Crater, just north of downtown Honolulu. It serves as a memorial to men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces....

Hawaii State Capitol building, downtown Honolulu

Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii -- The Hawaii State Capitol building (415 S. Beretania Street), housing the Hawaii State Legislature, is nestled at center-left among the high-rise buildings of downtown Honolulu. Farther out, in the entrance to Honolulu Harbor, is Sand Island....

Waikiki & Diamond Head from Punchbowl Crater, Honolulu

Honolulu, Hawaii -- The view to the southeast from the overlook area on the Memorial Walk at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu's Punchbowl Crater. The hotels of Waikiki are visible along the oceanfront, with Diamond Head on the horizon at...

Punchbowl National Cemetery: Honolulu Memorial

Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii -- The dedication stone and grand stone staircase of the Honolulu Memorial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The names of 28,788 military personnel who missing in action or lost or buried at sea in the Pacific are listed on...

Nu’uanu Pali basket weaver

Near Maunawili, Hawaii -- Coconut palm frond basket weaver making a basket by hand at Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout on Oahu.

Nu’uanu Pali Lookout: Ko’olau Range mountains, Oahu

Near Maunawili, Hawaii -- A view north-northwest from the Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout from Oahu's windward cliffs toward the Koʻolau Range. In the distance below is the area around Kahaluu. This locale is mentioned nostalgically in the beautiful song by Jerry Santos on...

Surfboards for sale, Planet Surf Hawaii, Oahu

Oahu's North Shore, Hawaii -- Surfboards for sale in racks outside the Planet Surf Hawaii surf shop on the Kamehameha Hwy. at Pupukea Rd., across from Foodland Pupukea near Waimea Bay Beach...

Heiau oracle: Pu’u o Mahuka Heiau, Oahu

Waimea Bay, Oahu, Hawaii -- Offerings including pineapple, apples, and flowers are left on the oracle tower at Pu'u o Mahuka Heiau State Historic Site on Oahu's North Shore overlooking Waimea Bay and Waimea Valley. A heiau is a religious site or temple, and Pu'u o...

Waimea Bay: Waimea Beach Park, Kamehameha Hwy

Haleiwa, Hawaii -- Waimea Beach Park and Kamehameha Highway at Waimea Bay on Oahu's North Shore, viewed from the cliff at Pu'u o Mahuka Heiau State Monument. Waves lap at "The Rock" inside the bay. Beyond it, on the point, are the homes of Iliohu Place and Iliohu...

State school ruins, Kamehameha Highway

Haleiwa, Hawaii (Oahu's North Shore) -- Ruins of a building on the property of Crawford's Convalescent Home, 58-130 Kamehameha Hwy. According to the Crawford's website, in 1954 James Crawford took over a site that had been a state operated home for wayward boys....

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