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Volcanoes National Park: Why go? What to see. What to know.

May 18, 2015

Volcanoes National ParkWhy go to Volcanoes National Park? Besides having two massive volcanoes, including Kilauea, one of the most active in the world, it gives you a first-hand look at creation. Watch as the landscape shifts and re-shapes before your eyes, adding new land surface to what was once ocean. Sometimes called the “world’s only drive-in volcano,” Kilauea leaks between 250,000 and 650,000 cubic yards of lava daily.

The Evolution of Crazy Horse: South Dakota’s Mammoth Monument

May 7, 2015

Crazy HorseComing out of a granite mountain in the Black Hills of South Dakota is the form of a Sioux Warrior known as Crazy Horse. Dead now for well over a century, he is rising again in a land considered holy by the Ogala Lakota people. Some call the effort a labor of love while others say the creator of this monument may have been as ‘crazy’ as the Native American hero he was attempting to honor.

D.C. Museum Musts: Tips for Visiting the Smithsonian Institution

April 27, 2015

Smithsonian InstitutionAs our nation’s treasure trove, the Smithsonian Institution is a collection of our most-prized artifacts. From Dorothy’s ruby slippers to Julia Child’s kitchen, the Wright brothers’ plane to the Hope Diamond, it’s all here. Housed mainly along the National Mall, the Smithsonian is actually 19 different museums containing 138 million artifacts, works of art, archives, and scientific specimens — there’s even a National Zoo.

Beer Wars: Two German Cities: Two Distinct Beers

April 23, 2015

BeerThe breweries of Cologne and Düsseldorf have one thing in common. While every other brewery in Germany is churning out lagers, they stubbornly continue to make fermented ales. But that may be where the similarities end. From opposite banks of the Rhine River, the cities have produced two very distinct styles of beer: Kölsch from Cologne and Altbier, or alt, from Düsseldorf.