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Whether you are into the trendy or traditional, you'll find your niche in one of Atlanta's many diverse communities. The city's classic older neighborhoods are lined with Victorian and Tudor style homes, while the area's more modern architecture follows the design of garden homes and city lofts. And Atlanta's shopping districts, restaurants and entertainment venues offer everything you might want out of city and suburban living, and more - from an abundance of higher education institutions, to fine arts organizations, to professional sports teams. Families looking to delve into the thrill rides of local amusement parks might head for Six Flags Over Georgia, or Six Flags White Water Atlanta. Or, if you prefer to take a step back into history, visit Margaret Mitchell House, stately Swan House or Tullie Smith Farm. And, if you're looking for something unique to do, check out the annual Wine South, Midtown Music Festival or the Atlanta Film Festival. With a temperate climate conducive to outdoor excursions year-round, you won't run out of activities to enjoy in this quintessential southern city.
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Originally inhabited by the Creek Indians who had named their riverside encampment Thronateeska ("the place where flint is picked up"), Albany is a southern town with an abundance of cultural history. In 1836, its founder, Nelson Tift, had hoped the Flint River settlement's location would make an ideal trade center, such as that in Albany, New York; however, in the mid-1800s, the town instead grew to incorporate many of the cotton plantations in the area and, by the turn of the century, had developed into a railway center - bringing an alternate industry and commerce to the region. Today, Union Station serves at the home of the Thronateeska Heritage Center, and Albany boasts an active arts community, along with strong economic growth, as witnessed by the Albany Tomorrow project that is presently developing the riverfront as a major cultural district for the area. For alternate leisure activities, there are many golf courses in the area where you can tee off, or visit natural conservancies such as the animal parks and nature trails. If you are inclined toward fine arts and architecture, visit the preserved former working residence of Pebble Hill Plantation, or enjoy the Albany Symphony. Experience times past through the artifacts of the original Native American population at local festivals and educational centers, and review important Civil Rights moments at the historic Mt. Zion Church museum.
Considered one of "America's Most Livable" cities by Partners for Livable Communities, Charlotte is appointed with a clean, appealing landscape and mild climate that make it appropriate for outdoor activities throughout the year. With universities nearby, and a short commute to the Catawba River and Lake Norman, this beautiful city is accessible to diverse opportunities for recreation, whether learning- or leisure-oriented. Approximately 55 private golf courses are encompassed within the surrounding area, as well as venues for tennis and swimming, and fitness trails. Charlotte also offers professional sporting events including NFL, WNBA and Senior and Ladies PGA, as well as minor league baseball and hockey teams. Cultural organizations include two city orchestras, a ballet company and a regional opera company, among several other theater groups and two fine arts museums. The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) makes travel in the area convenient and comfortable for commuters.
Welcome to South Carolina's state capital! Founded in 1786, Columbia is home to the University of South Carolina, the US Army's largest training base and many recreational venues. There are also several fine arts organizations in the city, from ballet to jazz dance to philharmonic and theater productions - there's something for every classical arts lover to enjoy. Or, take part in the annual South Carolina State Fair, or any one of several area music and arts festivals. You might also venture to Columbia's Statehouse to learn about the state's legislature and history, or to the city's museums, where you can admire masterpiece collections. And, for a family getaway, take off to Paramount's Carowinds theme park, or the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden. The area's naturally comfortable climate makes outdoor excursions pleasant year-round, so the opportunities for entertainment are ready and waiting for you.
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There is a lot for you to enjoy in sunny Gainesville, one of the Sunshine State's centers for education, medicine, cultural events and athletics. In fact, it is home to the University of Florida and its renowned Gators, as well as museums, a symphony and dance companies. The area's nightlife is active with theater productions and music venues or, if you seek the sandy comforts of the shore, Florida's coastline is only a short drive away in either direction. For a historic look back, go on an adventure to discover our nation's oldest city, St. Augustine, founded in 1565 - 55 years before the Pilgrims embarked on their journey across the Atlantic to set foot upon Plymouth Rock. A little farther north is Jacksonville's cityscape with its own performing arts companies and big-city amenities, such as the Jacksonville Zoo and NFL's Jaguars.
Situated conveniently close to Alabama's largest city, Birmingham, Hoover offers suburban living against the backdrop of an ideal southern metropolis. Here you'll find an abundance of colleges and universities, fine arts and history museums, theater productions, outdoor entertainment venues, festivals and fairs. Children will enjoy the Birmingham Children's Theater and the local zoo. Families will enjoy excursions, such as camping, fishing and hiking along the Cahaba River, or a drive through Oak Mountain State Park. Area shopping venues include Riverchase Galleria and WaterMark Place Outlets - as well as a number of antique shops and markets. Are you up for a round of golf at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail? How about a night out on the town at one of the resident clubs? Or, why not head out to the ballpark for an AA Birmingham Barons game? The area is full of opportunities for you to delve into its diverse culture.
Welcome to Alabama's state capital! From Shakespeare to the Civil War, Rosa Parks to Hank Williams, Air University to the Montgomery Zoo - you'll find that Montgomery holds many modern and historic attractions for all to experience. If you want to further your education, apply at one of the notable universities or colleges in the area. Expand the cultural scope of your imagination through a theater performance. Dig into hometown celebrations at the Jubilee CityFest or Festival in the Park. Take a leisurely cruise onboard the Betsy Ann Riverboat. Escape on a weekend camping trip, or relax at a local bed and breakfast. Wherever you go in and around Montgomery, you'll find interesting places to explore and events to take pleasure in - at the State Capitol Building or the Civil Rights Memorial, historic Old Alabama Town and Fort Toulouse, or Blount Cultural Park. Montgomery has a little bit of everything for you, in southern style.
Take a walk on the soft, sandy white beaches and catch a gentle coastal wind… or stay in town for the symphony or opera and fine arts museums. Pensacola offers a location along the gulf and a climate that makes outdoor activities the norm, and city living a breeze. From the fine arts to family fun days at local theme parks, you'll find plenty to do in this northwestern Florida locale that offers fishing, diving and boating activities, along with excursions to the greyhound racetrack, or marathon shopping at the region's antique stores, flea markets and outlet malls. Sports organizations are also here to entertain you, as are opportunities for higher education and art and history museums, such as Historic Pensacola Village. Want to tee off for a golf game? That's here, too, in a sun-drenched atmosphere that you're sure to enjoy.
Welcome to the capital city of North Carolina! Here you'll find a well-blended culture that is as diverse as the city's gently rolling landscape and defined, moderately temperate seasons. Raleigh's active nightlife, historic links to the past, higher learning institutions and getaway opportunities offer plenty of options for things to do and see in the area. Head west to the Great Smoky Mountains. Head east to the Atlantic Ocean. And experience the beauty of the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Raleigh offers fine arts lovers ample museums and theatrical performances to follow the scope of the imagination. And kids have fun participating in the events at the zoo, Adventure Landing and Bullwinkle's Family Food and Fun. There is also history to be explored, and professional sports to be cheered on, along with annual festivals, fairs and the Raleigh Marathon. There's so much here to experience, you won't know what to do first!
Welcome to the historic state capital of Virginia! In this beautiful city, you will discover quiet passages to the past within the region's historic sites, monuments and museums, as well as a firm connection to the present and future, derived by an active local nightlife, annual festivals, the Virginia State Fair and distinguished universities. Get into the city's fine arts culture through ballet, opera and symphony theater performances. Take a daytrip back into history as you visit the nearby colonial towns of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. Wander through the sweetly scented flora at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Get carried away on the thrill rides at Busch Gardens or Kings Dominion. When you experience all that Richmond has to offer, you'll find yourself immersed in a city that is as diverse and inclusive as life in your hometown should be.
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Welcome to the "bedroom community" of Scott Depot, just 30 miles east of Huntington, and 20 miles west of Charleston, the state capital of West Virginia! The region's many festivals and fairs will keep your calendar busy year-round, along with theater performances… hiking, biking, skiing and river rafting outings… and trips to historic national landmarks such as Harpers Ferry and Shepherdstown… or the Charles Town Races and Slots. Children will have fun at Camden Park and Waterways, and you can improve your cultural education at craft fairs or the fine art and history museums in the area. Or, if you're looking to further your academic education, look no further than West Virginia's renown universities, in Charlestown. Though Scott Depot has a small-town atmosphere, the nearby big-city perks offer an active lifestyle that makes it a comfortable place to call home.
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The City of Sunrise was incorporated in 1961 by Norman Johnson - an
innovative developer whose "upside-down" model house attracted
buyers to what was then the remote western edge of Broward County in
southeast Florida. The City is situated approximately six miles west
of Fort Lauderdale, and is adjoined by the communities of Weston,
Davie, Tamarac, Lauderhill and Plantation. Originally known as
Sunrise Golf Village, the City had a population of 4,300 and
comprised just 1¾ square miles by 1967. Then, during the 1970s - as
Broward County began to push west - the City experienced its first
real growth. More than 25 million visitors flock to the area each
year to experience nearby Sawgrass Mills Mall, the state's
second-most popular tourist attraction after Walt Disney World.
Sunrise's appeal is enhanced by its convenient, accessible location
in the heart of the tri-county area. The City offers a wide variety
of recreational opportunities, including a soccer club, golf course,
a tennis club, playgrounds and municipal swimming pools - as well as
a Senior Center and a Civic Center complex featuring a 300-seat
theater, an art gallery and banquet facilities. Sunrise is also home
to ten public schools, two post offices and two public libraries.
Sunrise has also grown into a city of culture - offering its 89,000+
residents abundant opportunities to experience art, theatre, fine
dining and first-class entertainment.
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A coastal landscape with a sunny, breezy climate. That's what you'll find in the city of Tampa, along with an abundance of opportunities to participate in water sports, cultural activities and educational pastimes. It's comfortable, sunlit city living - featuring cool, bayside amenities. Families can take a day off at one of the local amusement parks, such as Busch Gardens or Adventure Island. Or, discover great works of art at the city museums, catch a Buccaneers game, take in the sights and sounds of the area's performing arts companies and theater groups, and smell the sweet scents of Florida's flora at the botanical gardens. The Florida State Fair is also in town annually, and kids won't want to miss out on the wild happenings at Tampa's zoo. This city's Gulf Coast location makes life in the Sunshine State ideal - with a temperate atmosphere that you'll enjoy year-round.
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