Are you starting to plan your 2017 vacations? I know I am. If you’re traveling across the United States don’t forget to stop and visit our wonderful National Parks. From Maine to Alaska you will see the best this country has to offer by adding a National Park or two to your travel plans.

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On one of my trips to Alaska it was a must for me to visit the Kenai Fjords National Park. This National Park covers over 587,000 acres.  I decided on the 7.5 hour small cruise tour that would take me up close and personal with glaciers, abundant wildlife, including a pod of nine Orca whales, and some of the most breathtaking scenery Alaska has to offer. This cruise allowed me to see remote parts of the park.

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Have you ever just wanted to be a kid in a candy store? At B. A. Sweetie Candy Company and Soda Shoppe you can experience the largest candy store in America.  Just on the outskirts of Cleveland, Ohio is a 40,000-square foot warehouse chock full of every flavor and color candy you can imagine.

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Mesa Verde National Park (Spanish for green table) is a fabulous insight of how the Pueblo people lived in these now preserved cliff dwellings and surrounding lands. It also gives us an in-depth glimpse into their culture. Located in Southwest Colorado, Mesa Verde, occupying over 52,000 acres, the park has over 600 cliff dwellings and about 4300 archeological sites to date.

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The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad was established in 1879 and completed by 1882. Originally used to haul gold and silver, now serves as a scenic ride on coal-fired, steam-powered trains that run from Durango, Colorado to the historic mining town of Silverton, Colorado, 45 miles one way.

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