Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden one of the premier botanical gardens in the United States, located in the Bronx in New York City. It offers major exhibitions and flower shows throughout the year, drawing over 800,000 visitors annually.

Garden was founded in 1891 on part of the grounds of the Belmont Estate, formerly owned by the tobacco magnate Pierre Lorillard before coming under Fordham's possession, after a fund-raising campaign led by Columbia University botanist Nathaniel Lord Britton, who was inspired to emulate the Royal Botanic Gardens in London.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Chicago River

The Chicago River is a river that runs 156 miles and flows through Chicago, including Downtown Chicago, also known as the Chicago Loop. Though not especially long, the river is notable for the 19th century civil engineering feats that directed its flow south, away from Lake Michigan, into which it previously emptied, and towards the Mississippi River basin. This was done for reasons of sanitation. The river is also noted for the local custom of dyeing it green on St. Patrick's Day.

Originally, the river flowed into Lake Michigan. As Chicago grew, this allowed sewage and other pollution into the clean-water source for the city. This contributed to several public health problems, including some problems with typhoid fever. Starting in the 1850s, much of the flow was diverted across the Chicago Portage into the Illinois and Michigan Canal. In 1900, the Sanitary District of Chicago, then headed by Rudolph Hering, completely reversed the flow of the river using a series of canal locks, and caused the river to flow into the newly completed Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.

Friday, June 25, 2010

The City and County of San Francisco

The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth most populous city in California and the 12th most populous city in the United States, with a 2008 estimated population of 808,977. The only consolidated city-county in California, it encompasses a land area of 46.7 square miles on the northern end of the San Francisco Peninsula, making it the second-most densely populated large city in the United States.

San Francisco is anchor to the 13th-largest metropolitan area in the country, containing 4.3 million, and is the financial, cultural, and transportation center of the larger San Francisco Bay Area, a region of 7.4 million people.or the 2009-2010 season, the San Francisco Bay Area was ranked the 6th largest television market in the United States.

Today, San Francisco is a popular international tourist destination, renowned for its chilly summer fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture and its famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, and Chinatown. The city is also a principal banking and finance center, and the home of over 30 international financial institutions, helping to make San Francisco eighteenth place in the world's top producing cities, ninth in the United States, and is fifteenth place in the top twenty Global Financial Centers.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Grand Canyon

Tourism in the United States of international and domestic tourists yearly. Tourists stopover the US to see natural wonder, cities, historic landmarks and hobby venue. Americans seek similar attractions, as well as recreation and vacation areas.

Tourism in the United States grew swiftly in the form of urban tourism during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century’s. By the 1850s, tourism in the United States was well-established both as a cultural activity and as an industry. New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, all major US cities, attracted a large number of tourists by the 1890s. By 1915, city touring had marked noteworthy shifts in the way Americans perceived, organized and moved around in urban environments.

Democratization of travel occurred during the early twentieth century when the automobile revolutionized travel. Similarly air travel revolutionized travel during 1945–1969, causal greatly to tourism in the United States. By 2007 the number of international tourists had climbed to over 56 million people who spent $122.7 billion dollars, setting an all time record.

Friday, June 11, 2010

The National Mall & Memorial Parks

The National Mall & Memorial Parks, where America and the World come to reflect, admiration and party, presents the symbols of our self-governing evolution spread over 1,000 acres in the heart of our Nation’s Capitol.
As an urban oasis, the National Mall & Memorial Parks contributes significantly to the open expansive landscape character of Washington, D.C.

Among 28 monuments and memorials, some 19,000 trees have been planted throughout the park, many beautifully reflected in prominent water-features such as the Lincoln Reflecting Pool and Constitution Gardens Lake.

Visitors to the National Mall & Memorial Parks bystander historic moments in time like the dedication of the World War II Memorial where hundreds of thousands of veterans and members of America’s Greatest Generation poured into our Nation’s Capital. Thousands more were present for the State Funeral of former President Reagan, the annual National Independence Day Celebrations or the Smithsonian Folklife Festivals as well as the recent dedication of the National Museum of the American Indian. Every year, visitors take advantage of over 3,000 events ranging from parades to national days of compliment and observance to public demonstrations such as the Promise Keepers.

staffs distinguish themselves with unprecedented responsibility in managing multiple events, activities and programs all within a diverse playing field without boundaries. They serve as ambassadors to over 25 million national, international and local visitors and dignitaries each year. They further promote strong partnerships, progressive research, as well as unique park programs, experiences and outdoor recreational opportunity.