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Ascending to the Heavens

Posted by Eliza Myers in Canada on April 19, 2011

 
 

On my fifth day of touring with Collette Vacations, I feel as though I saw the entire Canadian Rocky Mountain range from above. The vistas from the top of the Sulfur Mountain didn’t just make me feel as though heaven was close, but that I was in heaven itself.   The Sulfur Mountain Gondola is…

 

From Switzerland to Scotland

Posted by Eliza Myers in Canada on April 19, 2011

 
 

This morning I awoke inside a 1920s hotel designed after a Swiss chalet and tonight I am about to go to sleep in a 1911 hotel built like a Scottish castle. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s Swiss design originated from the influence of Swiss mountaineers the hotel hired to ensure their mountain climbing guests would…

 

Remnants of the Ice Age

Posted by Eliza Myers in Canada on April 18, 2011

 
 

Today, I stood on an icefield composed of snow and layers of ice that have been in the Canadian Rockies since the last Ice Age. Weird, unearthly blue glaciers seemed to be slowly pushing their way through the enormous, sheer mountains all around me on the Columbia Icefield near Jasper.   The color white was…

 

Winter Wonderland by Train

Posted by Eliza Myers in Canada on April 17, 2011

 
 

When I heard I was riding an overnight train from Vancouver to Jasper on my tour of the Canadian Rockies, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had ridden an overnight in economy class before when I was in college where you sleep on one of six tiny pull out beds with random other travelers…

 

Behind the antebellum glamour

Posted by Eliza Myers in The South on August 04, 2010

 
 

When I started my day touring the Nottoway Plantation, I thought that this was the life. The 1859 white plantation is the largest remaining antebellum mansion in the South. I felt blown away by the size of it all with 14-foot-high ceilings that seemed to indicate the house was built for giants. An elaborate bell…

 

Eccentric buildings and characters

Posted by Eliza Myers in The South on August 03, 2010

 
 

Immediately upon driving into Baton Rouge, the tall tower created by former governor Huey Long rose above the surrounding buildings. The 1932 art deco state capitol building certainly stands out in the city’s skyline as the infamous Long intended. After I toured the Old State Capitol built in 1847, I found it hard to image…

 

Iceberg, right ahead!

Posted by Eliza Myers in The South on June 15, 2010

 
 

It’s hard to miss a 30,000-square-foot ship-shaped structure replicating half of the original Titanic vessel along Pigeon Forge’s main parkway. The eye-catching size of the museum grabbed my attention immediately and easily held it throughout my tour. Right after entering, I was handed a Titanic boarding pass with the biography of one of the actual…

 

Well, hello Dolly!

Posted by Eliza Myers in The South on June 15, 2010

 
 

As I watched the door of the small office room in anticipation, I could feel my level of nervousness rising. So far on the trip, all attractions seemed to be leading up to this upcoming interview with the legendary Dolly Parton. I’d not only been to Dollywood’s Dolly Parton Museum, but also encountered mentions of…

 

Sha-Kon-A-Hey!

Posted by Eliza Myers in The South on June 12, 2010

 
 

Naturally, I started my Dollywood vacation experience in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. with a tour of the famous Dollywood theme park. Celebrating its 25th anniversary his year, Dollywood continues to go above and beyond your typical roller coaster fest with a wide variety of attractions for all ages.   A stroll through an amusement park could…

 

Remembering the Alamo

Posted by Eliza Myers in The Southwest on December 14, 2009

 
 

Though I knew the epic importance of the Alamo from the John Wayne movie, I was interested in finding out where Hollywood ended and where the truth began at the Alamo National Historic Landmark. To prepare, I first watched The Alamo: the Price of Freedom at the Rivercenter Imax Theater and visited the History Shop,…