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  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: Ultimate Nashville

    The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museumin Nashville, Tennessee, is the home of one of America's most popular art forms. Visitors become entrenched in the fascinating and longstanding musical genre that is country music as they follow its evolution from its earliest folk roots, though minstrel and medicine shows and up to its recent noteworthy rise in popularity. 

  • Discovering Chicago’s Many Layers

    Since its 1837 founding on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago experienced rapid growth and quickly developed a reputation as a popular destination—for a host of reasons. Chicago is today the third-most populous city in the United States, behind New York and Los Angeles. It remains an economic powerhouse that attracts people from around the globe.

  • This Wouldn't Look Better as a Lake

    "Wouldn't this look better as a lake?"

    I was staring out into Yosemite Valley. Half Dome and El Capitan loomed in the distance—two natural landmarks accomplishing what I thought impossible: Make the giant sequoias gathered below look small.

    "What?" I turned to the man standing next to me.

    "A joke," he said. "Someone once thought this valley would make a great lake."

  • Who Is Your Hero?

    The new Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex exhibit, Heroes & Legendsfeaturing the U.S. Astonaut Hall of Fame presented by Boeing, relives America's earliest space missions and explores the concept of heroism and the qualities that define individuals who inspire their generations.

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