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Spoleto Festival USA Celebrates Performing Arts in Charleston

Saturday May 17, 2014
Recognized internationally as a premier performing arts festival, Spoleto Festival USA celebrates dance, opera, theater and music every spring in Charleston, South Carolina. One of my travel top picks for 2014, the 38th Annual Spoleto Festival USA season opens on May 23, 2014, the Friday of Memorial Day weekend.

The expansive program features 152 performances by both world renowned and emerging artists from over 14 countries and across the United States. The festival concludes on Sunday June 8, 2014 with the annual Festival Finale held on the beautifully landscaped grounds of Middleton Place, a National Historic Landmark 18th century plantation. Read More...

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Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony

Thursday May 15, 2014
Memorial Day 2014 - Throughout Memorial Day weekend each year, American flags by the thousands stand in honor and gratitude at each of the gravesites on the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery in a special tribute known as Flags In. On Memorial Day, the National Memorial Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery includes a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns, followed by a remembrance program in the soon to be renamed Memorial Amphitheater.

The moving ceremonies are free and open to the public, although anyone planning to attend should arrive early as seating is limited to about 5000 attendees. Read More...

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Hundreds of Miles of Summer Yard Sales

Wednesday May 14, 2014
Every summer, hundreds of thousands of bargain hunters hit the road in search of yard sale treasures along highways and byways during annual roadside yard sales. The 400 Mile Sale, takes place in early June and follows a scenic route along Highway 68 (and Route 80) through the rolling hills of Kentucky's picturesque Bluegrass Region.

Later in the summer, the ever popular World's Longest Yard Sale (my 2014 August Travel Top Pick) begins on the first Thursday in August and continues for four days through the weekend. The 2014 World's Longest Yard Sale extends almost 700 miles from Gadsden, Alabama to north of Addison, Michigan. Both of these annual yard sales offer a chance to find unique bargains while enjoying local culture, sightseeing and special events.

2014 Yard Sale Dates
The 400 Mile Sale: June 5 - 8, 2014
The World's Longest Yard Sale: August 7 - 10, 2014
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Memorial Day Weekend 2014 - Ceremonies and Events

Monday May 12, 2014
Memorial Day is just two weeks away. From stirring traditions like Flags-in at Arlington National Cemetery and the annual Illumination at Fredericksburg National Cemetery to concerts, festivals, performances and more these Southeast U.S. Memorial Day Weekend highlights include dozens of events across the region. The date for Memorial Day 2014 is Monday, May 26th with many events beginning on Friday, May 23rd and continuing throughout the long holiday weekend. Read More...

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Where to See Spring Mountain Wildflowers

Sunday May 11, 2014
Every spring, the mountains of the Southeast U.S. produce some of the most vibrant and diverse woodland wildflower displays in the world. Throughout the season, visitors flock to the mountains to enjoy nature's patchwork palette of delicate to brilliant colors along mountain trails, winding roadsides, stream banks and rock formations. Late in the season, the spectacular flowering rhododendrons are particularly breathtaking.

From casual hiking to guided weekend events and programs, spring visitors have an array of good options for an enjoyable wildflower day trip or getaway. ...Read More

Related Articles Photo of Spectacular Roan Mountain Rhododendrons: Courtesy of the Tennessee Tourism Department

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Mother's Day Weekend Getaways and Day Trips

Monday May 5, 2014
Mother's Day, which is celebrated in the United States on the second Sunday in May, is a great time to plan a special getaway or day-trip to give Mom a well-deserved break and a little time off to relax. From spa pampering to special interest travel, here are ten fun Mother's Day ideas to show your world's best mom how much she is appreciated. Mother's Day 2014 is Sunday, May 11th. Read More...

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Hostels in the Southeast US

Sunday May 4, 2014
Cheap Accommodations for Students and Budget Savvy Travelers — Sprinkled throughout the Southeast U.S., hostels offer basic, low-cost lodging options in a variety of interesting and fun travel destinations, from Asheville to Nashville and from Virginia Beach to South Beach. Because there are so many economy hotels and inexpensive B&Bs across the region, hostels are somewhat few and far between. Even so, there are several good choices for student travelers, backpackers and others who wish to travel on a strict budget and enjoy the company of fellow visitors from around the country and the world. ...Read More

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Louisville, Kentucky Attractions and Hotels for a Great Getaway

Thursday May 1, 2014
Louisville, known worldwide as the hometown of the upcoming Kentucky Derby held on first Saturday in May each year, is a great city for a getaway during any season. A city of many lovely parks, scenic river views, the largest historic area of Victorian homes in the nation, a vibrant arts scene and more, Louisville offers visitors of various ages and interests an array of interesting attractions and fun things to do.

In addition to many sightseeing options, Louisville is home to several wonderful hotels, with both historic and contemporary options conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Louisville.

Read More... Photo: Courtesy of Greater Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau (www.gotolouisville.com)

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Savannah's Fascinating and Lovely Historic District

Monday April 28, 2014
The Historic District of Savannah is the largest registered urban National Historic Landmark District in the United States. Designed in 1733 by General James E. Oglethorpe, founder of the colony of Georgia, the distinctive master plan features a grid of lovely garden squares.

Over 1,600 restored structures are rated as historically and architecturally significant in a variety of styles including Federal, Georgian, Gothic Revival, Greek Revival, Italianate, Regency, Victorian, Colonial and more. Tours of many historic homes are available and most visitors to Savannah plan to see at least a few. Read More...

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Easter Weekend Highlights - Services, Events and Family Fun

Friday April 18, 2014
From special Easter services to family fun, including Easter egg hunts, special events and resorts featuring an array of Easter themed activities, the Southeast U.S. offers basketfuls of eggcellent Easter weekend options. These Easter weekend highlights feature several popular things to do and places to visit this weekend across the Southeast U.S. Read More...

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