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G'day...on this page I have included links to various sites to places we have visited during our stay in the U.S.A or places we have been told about. I hope you gain the educational value from visiting these sites. Click on the link to the right of the site information.
The Longaberger Company (Ohio) is a maker of handcrafted maple wood baskets. It is one of the primary employers in thesoutheastern Ohio area near Dresden, Ohio. Started in Dresden, the company is now headquartered in Newark, Ohio. A family-owned and operated business, the Longaberger Company was started by Dave Longaberger and after his death is now owned by daughters Tami Longaberger and Rachel Longaberger.

The Longaberger corporate headquarters on State Route 16 is a local landmark and a well-known example of novelty architecture, since it takes the shape of their biggest seller, the "Medium Market Basket". Originally, Dave Longaberger wanted all of the Longaberger buildings to be shaped like baskets, but only the headquarters was completed by his death. After his death, further basket-shaped buildings were vetoed by his daughters. [Back to albums]
Liberty Helicopter Tours Enjoy this awesome helicopter tour of New York City & Manhattan with views of the Statue of Liberty, World Financial Center, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Woolworth Building, Met Life (Pan Am) Building, Ellis Island, New York Harbor, George Washington Bridge & Central Park. Our tip: Do it!, well worth the money and a great way to see New York from the air. (**** 5 Stars ****)  [Back to albums]
Mall of America (Minnesota) is the nation's largest retail and entertainment complex. The 4.2 million square foot complex is home to more than 520 world-class shops; The Park at MOA™, the nation's largest indoor family amusement park; Underwater Adventures® Aquarium, a 1.2 million gallon walk-through aquarium; a 14-screen movie theater and more. The Mall opened in August of 1992 and is located in Bloomington, Minn., just minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. [Back to albums]
Gallagher’s Steak House (New York) was launched in November of 1927, a few nights before the opening of “Funny Face”, next door at the Alvin Theater, a brand-new musical by George and Ira Gershwin that starred Fred Astaire. With Prohibition hanging heavily over the land, Gallagher’s was the first speakeasy-a Runyonesque gathering place for gangsters, gamblers, sports figures, showbiz folk and other stars of the Broadway firmament. (**** 4 Stars ****)[Back to albums]
CitySights (New York & Washington), a New York City sightseeing guided tours company operates a fleet of deluxe motorcoaches and new double-decker buses providing you with the best possible views of Manhattan 's attractions, neighborhoods, and places of interest. We also offer NY harbor cruises, helicopter rides around Manhattan , and day trips from NYC to Boston , Washington DC , Philadelphia & Amish Country, and Woodbury Common Premium Outlets. We look forward to seeing you in The Big Apple. (**** 4 Stars ****) [Back to albums]
Top of the Rock (New York) Discover New York in all its forms from 70 stories up at Top of the Rock Observation Deck. Our high-speed shuttle sends you racing to the sky. Our dazzling multimedia history exhibits are a feast for the eyes and stimulate the minds of all ages. And then there’s the view: the city’s only crystal-clear, 360 degree experience of your New York. Our tip: This is much better than the Empire State Building. (**** 4 Stars ****) [Back to albums]
Empire State Building (New York), a famous New York City Landmark and a National Historic Landmark, soars more than a quarter of a mile into the atmosphere above the heart of Manhattan.

Located on the 86th floor, 1,050 feet (320 meters) above the city's bustling streets, the Observatory offers panoramic views from within a glass enclosed pavilion and from the surrounding open-air promenade.

Since the Observatory opened to the public in 1931, almost 110 million visitors have thrilled to the awe-inspiring vision of the city beneath them. (** 2 Stars **) [Back to albums]
Henry Ford (Detriot) museum is the history destination that brings the American Experience to life. With a rich and diverse offering of exhibits, demonstrations, programs and reenactments, The Henry Ford celebrates yesterday’s traditions as well as today’s innovations. Five distinct attractions at The Henry Ford captivate and inspire visitors of all ages. (**** 4 Stars ****)  [Back to albums]
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), then called the Bureau of Investigation, became interested in Barrow and his paramour late in December, 1932, through a singular bit of evidence. A Ford automobile, which had been stolen in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. [Back to albums]
Maid of the Mist (Niagara Falls, Canada) Water rushes all around as you "soak" in the excitement and explore the roar of the Falls. A historical ride aboard the world-famous Maid of the Mist is a half hour thrill of a lifetime! North America's oldest tourist attraction, millions of visitors have enjoyed the boat tours since 1846. (**** 4 Stars ****)  [Back to albums]
Das Dutchman Essenhaus Restaurant (Middlebury, Indiana) Our family-style dining is what we've become best known for with Amish and Mennonite home-style cooking. Featuring entrees like broasted chicken, tender roast beef, juicy baked steak, real mashed potatoes with rich homemade gravy. (*** 3 Stars ***) [Back to albums]
White Water Walk (Niagara Falls) Stroll along a boardwalk at the very edge of one of the world's wildest stretches of whitewater! Marvel at the relentless power and beauty of nature and see how the deep and narrow Great Gorge was created. Trillions of gallons of water are forced into this accelerating trough - the sight will take your breath away! (**** 4 Stars ****) [Back to albums]
Niagara Helicopters (Niagara Falls) As the helicopter gently lifts off from our Victoria Avenue location, the awe-inspiring views of the Niagara Region begin to appear below. We wouldn't want any picture-taking opportunity to be missed so cameras should be ready to go right from the start!

Beginning with the Sir Adam Beck Generating plant and the Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture, the tour follows the Niagara River from the Whirlpool area (look for the Spanish Aero Car crossing the gorge), over the Whirlpool Rapids and the Rainbow Bridge. The green grass and floral beauty of Queen Victoria Park stretches below as the helicopter passes by the American Falls and the Skylon Tower. Just when it looks as if you may reach the Minolta Tower, the helicopter begins to change direction as if following the curve of the *Canadian Horseshoe Falls! Rainbows appear and disappear from all directions. The helicopter begins to level off and continue along the route back to base. Our tip: Do it!, well worth the money and a great way to see the falls from the air. (**** 5 Stars ****)  [Back to albums]
IMAX Theatre (Niagara Falls) Is the home of one of the most spectacular IMAX adventures of all time - The Niagara Falls Movie: Niagara: Miracles, Myths and Magic. Our tip: A dud movie, save your money buy a book on the falls instead. (* 1 Stars *)  [Back to albums]
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