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The year 2017 is big for the world of England's literature—the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (known as "the philosopher's stone" across the pond), the 125th anniversary of the first Sherlock Holmes publication, the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death and more. In recognition of these literary milestones, VisitEngland declared 2017 the "Year of Literary Heroes!"
Once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, Eastern State Penitentiary with its sky-lit cells confined many of the United States' most notorious criminals, including bank robber "Slick Willie" Sutton and Al Capone. Today, the historic site stands in ruin, and groups have wandered the haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers for over two decades.
Just not Cellblock 3.
You may have heard of Grand Rapids, Michigan—or, Beer City USA. Yet it's not all craft beer in The Mitten State. Wine Enthusiast recently named Michigan one of six global wine regions on the rise. In fact, the region is heralded as the "Napa Valley of the Midwest."
Portland, Oregon, is one of the most celebrated culinary destinations in the United States. Portland offers fresh, organic and local ingredients for farm-to-table dining experiences, is revered for its coffee and tea, and boasts more breweries than any other city on earth. Oh, and Portland has accumulated over 600 food carts.