Monthly Archives: August 2007

10 things to see and do in Atlantic City


The state of New Jersey lies on the eastern side of the North American Continent. It is divided into 21 countries with a total of 566 municipalities. Atlantic City is located at the southern most part of New Jersey and north of Cape May. It is widely known as America’s Playground famous for its 1870 Boardwalk, Casino resorts, Spas, first-class entertainment, incredible attractions, fine dining, and an endless list of remarkable things to do and places to visit! The location of Atlantic City in South Jersey which embraces the Atlantic Ocean primarily appeals to estate developers thereby making it an ultimate all-year round vacation getaway. The marshlands and the islands situated nearby “AC” also made it an attractive beach destination.

The presence of the Atlantic Ocean surrounding New Jersey brought a humid continental climate to the state. Winter in Atlantic City is usually cold but doesn’t get as much snowfall unlike that of the northern New Jersey. Summers are generally coller than inland areas because of the sea breeze coming from the Atlantic. The weather during Spring and Autumn is primarily unpredictable but it primarily brings cool summers but its advisable to check forecasts because temperatures change from time to time.

Atlantic City offers a wide-range of activities that will surely fit your taste no matter how long will choose to stay. Spring is good for testing your skills in one of the grand Golf courses in town. There are also numerous festivals and awesome events for you to attend to. Strolling along the famous Boardwalk at night is a perfect activity during summer. Relax along the magnificent beach or ride a boat and see the sunset. Winter can be cold so why not try to relax and keep warm in one of our casinos, spas, or evena ttend a hockey or baseball game. Attend some concerts, world-class comedy performances during Fall. Your stay will surely never be boring!

The Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall now known as the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall is considered as a National historic landmark. The building was actually not designed to accommodate modern-day special events but the $90 million renovation transformed the historic Boardwalk into a state-of-the-art event center. Visit the Boardwalk Hall and be amazed with the amazing scaffolding, balconies, lighting systems, and everything! Truly a pride of the Atlantic people! Visit th Atlantic City Convention Center at One Miss America Way, and call 609-449-2000 for upcoming events and latest news.

Ripley’s Believe or not Museum
The gathering place of the most unusual and bizarre exhibits conceived and drawn by Robert Ripley are scattered in 13 states in America. And Atlantic City is proud to have a share of the 20,000 photographs, 20,000 artifacts, more than 130,000 cartoon panels, and more of Ripley’s odd and novelty collections from his travels and excursions! You will absolutely love the peculiar entrance, the strange exhibits, and the famous roulette wheel made of jellybeans exclusive here in Atlantic City. Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum is located right on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Please call (609) 347-2001 for details and other educational admissions.

Steel Pier
 A tourist attraction will surely be a perfect family getaway if there are amusement parks especially intended for kids and of course for all ages!  Known as “the Amusement City at Sea”, “the Showplace of the Nation”, the 1,000 ft long Steel Pier is located opposite the Boardwalk from Trum Taj Mahal that has been operating since 1898. Remember the acts of the famous High Diving Horse, Rex the Wonder Dog? These are among the things that people are still coming back! The Pier features exciting rides on steel roller coasters, entertainment, a food court, exciting shows, and a whole lot more!  The 1882 world’s first Oceanside amusement Ocean Pier and the 1906 Million Dollar Pier are also a-must-place to meet excitement and fun!  Call 609-347-2001 for the latest Pier events.  Remember Steel Pier, your ultimate family entertainment provider in Atlantic City.

The Ocean Life Center
 Welcome to the Atlantic City Aquarium! Located in Atlantic City’s Historic Gardner’s Basin at the New Hampshire Avenue and the Bay, the 14,500 sq-ft and 3-story Atlantic City Aquarium houses 29, 800 gallons of live exhibits with a total number of more than 100 varieties of fish at the main atrium, and interactive exhibits, 16 computer stations and a 577-square-foot expanse with the state-of-the-art communications technology for an in-depth Ocean Life Education at the second floor.  The marine educational facility also has touch tanks that contains marine creatures like sea bass, sand tiger sharks, hermit crabs, sea urchins, sea stars, stingrays, and a bunch of other marine animals!  Call 609-348-2880 for the latest events in the city Aquarium and be one of the lucky persons to see and feed the friendly marine creatures.

Atlantic City Historical Museum
Expect Mr. Peanut to greet you as you enter the Atlantic City Historical Museum.  He will show you the way to a miniature Boardwalk and beach area that displays original sand art collections.  The museum preserves the astonishing history and famous landmarks of Atlantic City.  See the “Atlantic City, Playground of the Nation” exhibition that advertises artifacts, posters, photographs, souvenirs, and a variety of Miss America’s legacy.  Be sure to watch the “Boardwalk Ballyhoo: The Magic of Atlantic City” historical video that features the early beginnings of the resorts, famous shows in Steel Pier before, and the Miss America beauty pageant to name a few  shown continuously throughout the day.  Visit the Historical Atlantic Museum and see the newest exhibit “Shore Deco: Atlantic City Design Between the Wars” For more information, call (609) 347-5839.

Atlantic City Free Public Library
The Atlantic City was established with 1,000 books as its starting point.  It was privately run by a cultural organization called Women’s Research Club and was open to the public on 1903 in a wood frame house at the Pacific Avenue.  The modern two-story 3.8 million dollar Atlantic Library today houses 135,000 volumes with three times the reading space of its predecessor.  Have access to the libraries great number of books, periodicals, research materials, CD’s, DVD’s, and other educational materials that can be accessed through internet.   There are exhibits and a variety of educational programs for you to witness so call 609-345-2269 for schedules and details of the Atlantic City public library.

Summer Breeze sailing Charters
Welcome aboard the 34-ft Catalina with the US Coast Guard Licensed Captain, Ken Wescoat!  Catalina is open for six passengers at a time, and dinner and evening cruises, bay and ocean sailing, and sightseeing while listening to the songs of the dolphins as the sailboat glides along the Atlantic City and Brigantine waters.  Whether it’s a friend, family, or business trip, you will certainly fell in love with Atlantic!  The Summer Breeze Sailing Charters sail past the Southern New Jersey beaches spotting different marine creatures as well as some of Atlantic’s pride like famous Boardwalk and casinos.  Experience a wonderful time while sailing past the Atlantic skyline.  Call 609-652-8743 for details.

New Jersey Korean War Memorial
The monument is dedicated to commemorate and recognized the sacrifices of the men and women of this state who served and fought in the Korean War.  It is legitimate to pay tribute to the patriots of the forgotten war and this monument stands to witness the people involved that should never be forgotten.  The people behind this felt the same need so the committee of the Korean Veterans Memorial was formed and the historical landmark was established on July 22, 1986 by Governor Christine Todd Whitman and the Legislature. Visit the site at Brighton Park and call 609-530-7049 for more information.

Absecon Lighthouse
 The tallest lighthouse in New Jersey and 3rd tallest in America lies strong and sturdy at the Pacific Island and Rhode Island Avenues at the Atlantic City.  First lit in 1857, the lighthouse is only a walking a distance from Showboat Casino.  Prepare yourself because the 228 steps will surely challenge your strength but the breathtaking view of Atlantic City will absolutely erase all your tiredness away! The lighthouse is considered to be one of the oldest in the country but the multi-million dollar restoration is worth seeing for – the replica of the Light keeper’s dwelling, an educational museum, the Fresnel Lens exhibit, and the original first-order Fresnel Lens, first lit in 1857. Call 609-449-1360 for details.

Atlantic City
 Located on Mississippi Avenue, just a few blocks away from the casino strip, Dante Hall Theater of the Arts was originally built in 1926 that houses a balcony, wood floor and a small stage. It was famous for amateur performances, school basketball games, spaghetti dinners, and most significantly the performances of St. Michael’s Opera Company that delighted the Italian viewers.  After the years of fame, it served as a storage area until a redevelopment emerged in the mind of a pastor.  Today, Dante Hall promotes a variety of musical, theatrical, and other performing events that are usually fundraising events for the benefit of the Columbus Day Committee. Witness one of the performances and adore the three-story granite façade that features intricate details of designs that resembles an Italian renaissance-style palazzo.  Not enough details? Visit Dante hall at the Pacific and Vermont Avenues and call 609-449-1360 for more information.

Visit Atlantic City and without doubt you will ask for more! The perfect all-year getaway for all occasions is proudly brought to you by the America’s leading travel package provider Wyndham Vacation Resorts.  You one-stop vacation area for casino gaming, nightlife, cultural attractions, historical landmarks, piers and arcades, golf, water sports, shopping and a bunch of activities for you!


Water damaged tech gadget: How to save it

Saw this on CBS early show and I thought I would share it.

Have you ever dropped you cell phone, iPod or other portable electronic devices in a puddle, toilet or worst of all, through the washing machine?

Their experiement. 5 cell phones, same model. It went through the washing machine for 30 minutes. That is at least 2-3 wash cycle and it can’t get any wetter.

Most important of all.
DON’T power up your gadget.
-Reason: When you power up the gadget, you will have electricity running through the gadget. With water in there, you will definately fry any components.

REMOVE battery and cards
-Reason: With the battery connected, eventhough it is not powered up, there is a small amount of voltage that is being sent through the unit. As for the cards, remove the memory card to prevent any loss of data.

After going through the washing machine
Phone 1: Leave it out to air dry for 24 hrs.
Verdict: The phone did not work.

Phone 2: Used uncooked rice
Have a sealable container and put uncooked rice in there along with your gadget. Leave it for 24 hrs in the sealed container.
-Reason: Rice contains will help dry moisture.
Verdict: Phone was able to power up and make a call but some the phone sounded a bit unclear.

Phone 3: Cat litter
Have a sealable container and put cat litter (Fresh Step) in there along with your gadget. Don’t get the clay but rather the synthetic blue pebbles. Leave it for 24 hrs in the sealed container.
-Reason: The Fresh Step or other synthetic pebbles cat litter is designed to capture moisture (cat pee) and works well to dry out things.
Verdict: It works much better than the rice.

Phone 4: Vodka
Dump your phone in Vodka or something with really high alcohol content. Have a glass full of alcohol and dump your phone in.
-Reason: Alcohol evaporates faster water. It’s better to have alcohol in there and it will remove the water when it evaporates.
Verdict: Yeah Right. It’s an urban legend.

Phone 5: Professional dryer
There are gadgets out there designed to dry electronics. It is widely designed and used for people with earpiece hearing kits. It cost about $100.
-Reason: These are professional dryers that were made to circulate dry air through your wet gadget.
Verdict: It works. They did not discover any problems with the phone.

Oh, also checkout my post about fixing a wet keyboard.

If all else fails, go buy a new gadget.
All the best.

Arnold Palmer partners with Wyndham

With the recent Wyndham Championship, the folks at Wyndham Vacation Resorts took the opportunity to work with one of the golf legends – Arnold Palmer. Mr Palmer worked with Wyndham to produce a few commercials and a website geared towards golfer by proving people the opportunity to sharpen their golf skills.

From the website:
Wyndham Vacation Resorts has entered into an exclusive relationship with Arnold Palmer, known around the world as one of golf’s leading icons, to offer you an opportunity to experience a vacation like never before.

Arnold Palmer Golf Holidays by Wyndham invites you to try your hand at some challenging and impressive golf courses in such well-known destinations as Orlando, Myrtle Beach, San Antonio, Sedona, Nashville, or Williamsburg. These lush greens are so much more than par for the course.

Our golf vacation packages include your accommodations, golf rounds, and more.

Former Astronaut, Romantic Rival Testify At Court Hearing

ORLANDO, Fla. — Astronaut Lisa Nowak had never met Colleen Shipman, but she knew they were in love with the same man. Nowak knew how to find the younger rival for space shuttle pilot Bill Oefelein’s attention, and seven months ago she did.

The two faced each other again Friday in court for a pretrial hearing, the first time since Nowak allegedly stalked Shipman at Orlando International Airport last February and attacked her with pepper spray. Again, the meeting was against Shipman’s wishes as it was Nowak’s attorneys who called her to testify.

Nowak was asking Circuit Judge Marc L. Lubet for permission to remove the GPS ankle bracelet that tracks her movements as she awaits trial on charges of attempted kidnapping, battery and burglary with assault.

Nowak, a 44-year-old mother of three who has been dismissed by NASA, is free on $25,500 bail and the tracking bracelet is a condition of her release. But the Navy captain and pilot says it’s bulky, uncomfortable and expensive. Lubet did not rule Friday, saying another hearing will be necessary on the bracelet and other issues, including whether her statement to the police should be thrown out.

Nowak appeared on the stand far longer — more than a half-hour. But she kept answers short, deferring a more emotional testimony until a 3-minute public statement outside the courtroom thanking friends and family and criticizing the media.

Shipman was under oath only a few minutes. Speaking firmly, she told Lubet she’s still afraid of Nowak and felt better having her tracked. Shipman had wanted her lawyer to make a statement in her place, but Nowak’s attorneys asked to hear her testimony and Lubet put her on the stand.

“When I’m home alone and there’s nobody there with me, (the bracelet) is a comfort,” Shipman said.

But under questioning from Nowak attorney Donald Lykkebak, Shipman acknowledged visiting her boyfriend in Nowak’s hometown of Houston several times since the alleged attack. She didn’t say if that boyfriend was Oefelein.

Speaking to reporters and at times fighting tears, Nowak apologized to Shipman and said she never meant to hurt her.

“I would like her to know how very sorry I am about having frightened her in any way and about the subsequent public harassment that has besieged all of us,” Nowak said.

She said she was “shocked and overwhelmed” at media coverage she compared to tabloid journalism. Nowak criticized reporters for staking out her neighborhood and “assaulting my neighbors with interview attempts and trashing their lawns.”

“I’ve also received many media requests presented as offers to help me and tell my side of the story. And while it may be that some of these are sincere, I do not see any possible way that additional exposure can help anyone involved,” Nowak said.

“Therefore, at this time I have no plans to further discuss this unfortunate episode in a public forum.”

Nowak testified mostly in brief response to questions from the prosecution and defense. Besides the bracelet request, Nowak’s defense on Friday asked Lubet to throw out a lengthy interview Nowak gave police and items found in a search of her car. Police say they found a duffel bag with a steel mallet, 4-inch knife and a BB gun.

Nowak was quiet and reserved on the stand. Wearing a black pantsuit, she was called three different times.

She said the bracelet was bulky and painful, and prevented her from exercising as she’s required as a military officer. She said it costs her $105 a week to rent — $3,000 so far. She said it needs new batteries twice a day and it can’t get wet in a bath tub or swimming pool. An alarm sounds if the batteries are not immediately replaced.

“I can do weights. I don’t have other suitable aerobic exercises,” said Nowak, who has pleaded not guilty. “There’s no specific exercise required, but staying in shape is a requirement of the military.”

Nowak promised to abide by all court orders if the device is removed, including not having contact with Shipman.

Assistant state attorney Pamela Davis suggested Nowak could do certain exercises, and has been able to function despite the inconvenience. She also dismissed the expense.

“You’re paying a media consultant — fire the consultant,” she told Nowak.

Testimony also addressed whether Nowak wore diapers to avoid stopping on her 1,000-mile drive from Houston to Orlando. Astronauts use them on shuttle missions, and that detail has made Nowak a punchline on comedy shows and around the world.

In June, Lykkebak called it “the biggest lie in this preposterous tale,” and criticized the media for circulating the story.

Lykkebak never mentioned it Friday, but Orlando police detective William Becton reiterated that he found three dirty diapers rolled up in a garbage bag inside the former astronaut’s BMW. He said Nowak told him she urinated in them on the long drive from Houston to Orlando to limit stops, though Becton initially feared they were from an unattended child.

Lykkebak said the diapers were left in the car after a long-ago hurricane evacuation. Becton acknowledged they looked as if they would fit a baby.

Nowak is petite — 5-foot-4 and 110 pounds, according to the charging affidavit.

Lykkebak said police searched Nowak’s car without her permission or a warrant. He said in additional court filings that she gave a 72-page interview with Becton under duress — after being held for three hours, deprived of sleep and a phone call and unadvised of her constitutional rights. The interview persisted, Lykkebak said, despite Nowak saying “Should I have a lawyer?” at least three times.

Lykkebak said Nowak didn’t sign written forms authorizing a search and waiving her Miranda rights. Becton, the detective, said he was relying on the tape recording of their conversation as proof.

Becton portrayed Nowak as a crafty, calculating interview subject, comparing their lengthy talk to a “chess game” in which the two sparred for details.

“I realized I was dealing with somebody who was more intelligent than I was, more educated,” Becton said. “I was having a very difficult time gaining any information from her.”

Becton said Nowak seemed most interested in asking what Shipman knew.

Nowak told detectives she and Shipman were vying for the affection of the same space shuttle pilot and that she confronted Shipman because she wanted to know “where she stands.”

Fellow astronaut Piers Sellers, who served on a July 2006 shuttle mission with Nowak, testified Friday that she changed late last year. Sellers said she lost at least 15 pounds.

“In December through January I noticed her looking a lot thinner and not terribly well off,” Sellers said. “I asked if she was OK and she would always say something like, ‘Yeah, I’m OK.’ … It meant ‘let’s change the subject.’ So I dropped it.”

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Wiki-scandal discovered by Student’s Program

One American student sent major corporations, governments and even the Vatican on the defensive after coming up with Wikipedia Scanner, a software program that reveals who changed Wikipedia entries. is an online encyclopedia edited by general users, who write articles on every imaginable subject. Since it is written by users, anyone can edit, delete and arrange the articles on Wikipedia.

What Virgil Griffith did was come up with a program that reveals who edits these articles, via a system where it scans the I.P address and cross-references it with the I.P. directory.

As soon as the software was launched on the internet, chaos erupted.
Among many revelations, Wikipedia Scanner reported that:
– Microsoft tried to cover up the XBOX 360 failure rate
– Apple edit Microsoft entries, adding more negative comments about its rival
– Bill Gates revenge? Microsoft edits Apple entries, adding more negative comments about its rival
– The Vatican edits Irish Catholic politician Gerry Adams page
– In the 9/11 Wikipedia article, the NRA added that “Iraq was involved in 9/11”
– Exxon Mobil edits spillages and eco-system destruction from oil spillages article
– FBI edits Guantanamo Bay, removing numerous pictures
– Oil company ChevronTexaco removes informative biodiesel article and deletes a paragraph regarding fines against the company
– Scientology removes criticism and negatives article from Scientology page
– Al Jazeera TV station adds that the foundation of Iraq was just as bad as the Holocaust
– Amnesty International removes negative comments
– Dell Computers deletes negative comments on customer services and removes a passage how the company outsources work to third world countries
– MySpace removes paragraph when their website was hacked
– EA Games deletes whole paragraphs of criticism about employment practices and business methods
– Dog breeding association deletes whole paragraphs about fatal attacks by dogs on humans
– US Republican Party changes the “Post-Saddam” section of the Baath Party article to a different account of the war, changing the language from “US-led occupation” to “US-led liberation”
– Fox News removes all controversial topics against the network from the Fox News page
– News of the World deletes a number of criticism against the paper
– Nestle removes negative comments on its business practices from its page
– UN address calls journalist Oriana Fallaci a racist ‘prostitute’
– Portuguese government removes entries about Prime Minister’s scandals
– DieBold, the company that controversially supplied computerised polling stations in the US elections, removes numerous paragraphs with negative comments
– Walmart removes criticism of outsourcing work. The retailer also changes negative paragraphs of underpaid workforce
– Sony removes harmful paragraphs against blu-ray systems
– Someone at Reuters calls Bush “a mass murderer”
– Coca Cola removes negative content about its effects
– British Conservative Party removes negative references of its MPs and deletes paragraph of the party’s old policies
– US University adds the “prestigious” adjective to its page
– Boeing edits from “Boeing is a leading American aircraft and aerospace manufacturer” to “Boeing is the leading American aircraft and aerospace manufacturer”
– MSN Search is “a major competitor to Google”. That’s what MSN added to their page
– BBC changes Blair’s drink from coffee to vodka and his workout from the gym to the bedroom. Someone from the BBC also changes Bush’s page, changing the name from ”George Walker Bush” to “George Wan*** Bush”
– Someone from The Guardian edits the Wikipedia page of rival newspaper The Times.

Originally in the article it is said that The Times sells more than The Guardian. After the edit, The Guardian sells more.

Griffith created the tool to “create minor public relations disasters for companies and organizations I dislike,” he said on his web site. He admitted that it’s impossible to be sure if the edits were made by someone working at one of the organizations, although the I.P. address reveals that they were made by someone with access to their network, he says.

Griffith came up with the idea when he “heard about Congressmen being caught for white-washing their Wikipedia pages,” he said.

“If the edit occurred during working hours, then we can reasonably assume that the person is either an agent of that company or a guest that was allowed access to their network,” he wrote.He said he believes that anonymous speech is important for open projects like Wikipedia. The online encyclopedia works fine today for “noncontroversial topics,” he said, but tools like Wikipedia Scanner can help make the site more reliable for controversial topics, he said.

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Arnold Palmer works with Wyndham for Golf Vacation

Wyndham Vacation Resorts has entered into an exclusive relationship with Arnold Palmer, known around the world as one of golf’s leading icons, to offer you an opportunity to experience a vacation like never before.

Arnold Palmer Golf Holidays by Wyndham invites you to try your hand at some challenging and impressive golf courses in such well-known destinations as Orlando, Myrtle Beach, San Antonio, Sedona, Nashville, or Williamsburg. These lush greens are so much more than par for the course.

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The Great Smoky Mountains

      The most complicated thing to do is to decide which is which! And choosing a great tour is one. Whether you want a more challenging and strenuous activity or a relaxing one, the nation’s most popular park is here with the endless woodland that drapes out along the border between Tennessee and North Carolina. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is world-esteemed as the only area that has a great number of wildlife preserves than any other area in the world’s temperate zones. The diversity of its plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the exquisite Southern Appalachian Mountain culture attributed to its title as the most visited park!

            The Great Smoky Mountains are actually a primary mountain range located in the southern part of the Appalachian Mountains, which is a line of mountain chain from the Eastern United States and that adjoins the western side of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The nation’s mot popular park stretches as far as 70 miles along the North Carolina/Tennessee boundary.  It houses over 500, 000 acres of protected forest that airs 1,660 kinds of flowering plants, some 1,600 bears live in the park and big animals like bears, deer, and elk, down to minute organisms, as well as endless array of activities and places for you to enjoy!             The Smoky mountains or popularly known as the Smokies is located west of Eastern Continental Divide and is in between the Tennessee and North Carolina border.  The most notable feature of the mountain is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park established in the 1930s. Nine million visitors flood the area every year making it as the most-visited national park in America. 

            Visit the Smokies anytime of the year!  Spring, summer, and fall offer innumerable line of activities.  Go hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, and other tours and events planned by the National Park Services.  More entertainment options and concerts at Dollywood on April.  Amazing shows during Fall, and cross-country skiing and sledding as well as shows in Winter.  Due to the magnificent weather and great terrain of the Smokies, there are over 10,000 species and additional 90,000 species of flora as documented by scientists.  Try rafting in full whitewater or river tubing in the summer. Auto-touring is also a popular activity all year-round which gives opportunities to visitors to visit the picturesque vistas of the area. Bicycling should not be missed through the Codes Cove on summer.  Smokies wilderness and its majestic forests have developed camping grounds that is safe for camping, backpacking adventure, educational excursions.  The 70 miles of fishable streams in the national park is thriving with fishes, so grab a hook now and try your  fishing skill. The 80-mile trail is suitable for quiet grooves, or backpacking treks.  There are nearly 80 historic building collections in Smokies which includes homes, barns, churches, schools, and mills well-preserved in the national park.  Smokies is your one true guide to the best water falls located on nearly every river and stream. The hallmark of Smokies adventure is the Wildlife Viewing.  It has been known as the “Wildflower national park” for the wondrous array of blooming wildflowers along the roads and trails.   Begin your day by visiting the visitor center her you can have some park maps, newspapers or other purchases like books and guides to the park.  There are three visitor Centers situated within the Great Smoky Mountain National Park at Cades Cove, Ocunaluftee, and Sugarlands and four visitor centers outside located in the communities of Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and Townsend.  

Cades Cove    
One of the most popular destinations in Great Smokies is the lush valley of Cades Cove!  Surrounded by mountains, Cades Cove is marked for the Deers that are always sighted in the fields.  Highlights for this place are wildlife viewing like the bears, Wild Turkeys, and foxes.  Historic buildings dated back to the late 19th and the early 20th centuries can be found in the cove.  Walk the numerous trails going to the famous Abrams falls, the Cades Cove Nature Trail, and one leading to the Thunderhead Mountain and Rocky Top. There are several backcountry campsites located along the trails so don’t worry about nighttime in Smokies.  

Step on the ground of one of the most rugged mountains of America.  The Cataloochee Valley is an isolated valley but is the largest and the most prosperous settlement.  The Cataloochee Valley or what is now known as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is once known for its farms and orchard but now is the most panoramic sites in America. Do the challenge and walk the long gravel road going to the Cataloochee Valley by getting the direct route to Cove Creek.  

Deep Creek      
Hiking is the best way to get to the Deep Creek.  Nothing can be as much fun as exploring the nature while anticipating for the greater place ahead!  But Mountain bikers can be possible for people who can’t wait to see The Deep Creek which is popular for its streams and waterfalls.   

Clingmans Dome      
The Clingmans Dome is the highest dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with its 6,643 feet point.  It’s the highest in Tennessee and the third highest east of the Mississippi.  Climb the tower on the summit of Clingmans Dome and see the breathtaking 360° view of the Smokies and beyond for tourists who are willing to climb the steep half-mile walk at the top.  So be sure to dress in layers even in the summer! See endless views of ridges and valleys along the way at seven miles to the end of the Clingman’s Dome Road. Don’t worry it’s easy to get there; there are several trails that starts on the Clingman’s Dome Road, Appalachian Trail, and the Forney Ridge Trail.  

Fontana Dam      
With the reservoir size of 11,700 acres and 240 miles of shoreline, the tallest concrete dam east of the Rocky Mountains which stand at 480 ft is the Fontana Dam that produces hydroelectric power from the Little Tennessee River.  Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the dam located in near the Fontana, Village, and North Carolina. For the history and achievements of the Fontana dam, drop by the visitor center operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority. And it’s not only that, Fontana has access to Hazel Parks and Eagle Creeks, historic areas, as well as fishing and boating along the Lake.        

Dinosaur Walk Museum      
Come face-to-face with the life-size T-rex!  Stand beside the most common predators of the Dinosaur era, Allosaurus!  Here at the Dinosaur Walk Museum, see the world’s largest collection of prehistoric animals, from a two-story high T-rex to the tiny 1 foot tall Microraptor.  See other exhibits of giant sea lizards, flying reptiles, full-scale sculptures, bones, skulls, and skeleton replicas, and other ancient prehistoric creatures. Besides from that, the museum features a theater showing educational films that bring its characters in to life. There are activities for all ages and something for every walk of life. So grab your family now and hit the Dinosaur Walk Museum.  

Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show      
Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show is more than a show! It’s an adventure pack in one great package!  The fun-filled action-packed show with the amazing stunts and talented performance plus the fantastic four-course meal will surely make your day! Welcome to Dixie Stampede!  A perfect place for families, groups, and friends who are looking for magic, audience participation, outstanding performance, and a whole lot more!  

The unique family adventure is here in Smoky mountain! The Dollywood theme park named after Dolly Parton spans over 125 acres in the fresh foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  Ride the award winning amusement park rides especially  the wooden roller coaster “The Thunderhead.”  There are 10 new family and kiddie attractions located in the extended Country Fair area so you will never run out of fun!  Dollywood’s live entertainment features the best bluegrass, county, and gospel music.  With all these fun and surprises, see the five of the South’s largest festivals only her at Dollywood – Festival of Nations, KidsFest, the new Bluegrass & BBQ, National Harvest & Music Celebration and Smoky Mountain Christmas.

Elvis Museum         
Mike is a Georgia entrepreneur and once the owner of the Stamps Quartet.  Once he attended a Las Vegas performance and was introduced to Elvis! The black belt that Elvis gave him that night made him an avid follower and fun.  The Museum was born after the next decades and it all boils down to Mike L. Moon collections of Elvis memorabilia in 1971 after that unforgettable night! The Elvis Museum has more than $3 million worth of memorabilia which includes cars, costumes, and jewelry.  The museum itself has earned the prestigious title of “World’s Largest Private Collection of Elvis Memorabilia”.  The ownership is now transferred to Mike’s daughter and her family made available to everyone loyal to Elvis. 

National Freedom Museum      
National Freedom Museum  pays homage to the Armed Forced of the America at the National Freedom Museum, located on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge.  The collection includes military vehicles, 16 life-sized sculptures, rare Civil War artifacts, photographs, and the names of the American soldiers who died for their country.  There are also bronze statues of men and women, military tools, as well as exhibits about the war.        Smoky Mountains never run out of things to do, and places to visit.  Travel and set your foot on the places you have never been before in you first visit like the Ripley’s Aquarium, 342-foot Space Needle, the Mysterious Mansion, and the 75 restaurants at Gatlinburg.  The Great Smoky Mountains is the largest wilderness sanctuary in the East covering almost more than a half million acres. With more than 1,600 species of plants, 200 species of birds, 50 species of fish and 60 species of mammals, who doesn’t want to visit the rich natural wonders?