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Memorial Day


Memorial Day
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May (most recently observed May 29, 2006). It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country. It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action. One of the longest standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911.


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Memorial Day Weekend Getaway


Top 10 Memorial Day Weekend Getaway Destinations
From AskMen.com

For millions of Americans, Memorial Day marks the official kickoff of the summer traveling period. But with literally thousands of towns to visit, where should you go? Lucky for you, I’ve taken the time to analyze and outline the nation’s top 10 Memorial Day destinations. Each hot spot has been chosen for its natural beauty and for the combination of activities and amenities it has to offer. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get ready to hit the road!
Number 10
Columbus, Mississippi
This picturesque spot is an enchanting place for a vacation. Located on the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway, Columbus is home to the Mississippi University for Women, the Columbus Air Force Base and the first home of celebrated playwright Tennessee Williams.

Three things to do in three days: Vacationers looking to cast a line or two will especially enjoy the fishing at Columbus Lake -- a regular stop for many national fishing tournaments. More than just a pastoral town, Columbus also knows how to serve up life in the fast lane thanks to the hard-driving action at the Columbus Speedway; a top dirt-racing venue in the South. Also, make sure to save time for a visit to the Waverly Plantation Mansion. Completed in 1852, and recognized as a National Historic Landmark, this Greek-revival home is known for being one of the most frequently photographed residences in the region.

Number 9
Lexington, Kentucky
Known as the “Horse Capital of the World,” and home to the Kentucky Horse Park and Red Mile Harness Track, this beautiful bluegrass town is an equine-lover’s dream come true. Just watch where you step -- there are horses everywhere!

Three things to do in three days: Horse lovers (or even just people with long faces) will want to check out the American Saddlebred Museum -- located within the Kentucky Horse Park -- which stands as a glowing testament to Kentucky's native breed of horse. After the Museum, get ready to experience the thrill of the race at the Keeneland Race Course, a beloved Kentucky institution since 1936. Of course, Lexington is more than just horses, so make sure to head out on the town for a night of genuine bluegrass music at one of the city’s many downtown watering holes.

Number 8
Burlington, Vermont
Home to the University of Vermont (as well as thousands of Ben & Jerry-munching hippies), Burlington has all the charm you’d expect from a small university town. But in addition to the academic atmosphere, Burlington also has a thriving arts scene bustling with live music, gorgeous galleries and a plethora of visual arts.

Three things to do in three days: No trip to Burlington is complete without a visit to the Ben & Jerry’s factory. Although headquartered in South Burlington, the legendary ice cream company also offers daily guided tours (and fresh pints of Cherry Garcia) at its nearby factory in St. Albans. Visitors will also want to root for the home team when the Vermont Lake Monsters strut their stuff on UVM’s Centennial Field. If sports aren’t your bag, you can always head down to The Firehouse Gallery for a little taste of local culture. In operation for more than a quarter of a century, the gallery has featured the works of some of New England’s finest artists.

Number 7
Newport, Rhode Island
Ask a high school student to name all 50 states and the one they’ll invariably forget is Rhode Island; which is a shame, because this tiny seaside state has a lot to offer. Take Newport, for instance; once a summer playground for America’s wealthiest families, Newport is still home to elegant mansions, rugged beaches and a vibrant lineup of summer festivals.

Three things to do in three days: If you like fuzzy balls then you’ll love the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Located within the Newport Casino, this hallowed hall has enshrined 186 inductees since 1954. Of course, the real star of the island is the architecture, so make sure to take a tour of the many phenomenal houses built during the late 19th century. Of particular note is the Breakers: The former 70-room “summer home” of Cornelius Vanderbilt II. Since you’re already by the sea you’ll also want to enjoy a relaxing day at the beach. Lucky for you, you’ll have plenty of oversized sandboxes to choose from, including Easton’s Beach, Gooseberry Beach and Fort Adams State Beach. Wear lots of sunscreen or you’ll be as red as one of the island’s famous oversized lobsters.

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