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Travel Back Thursday: Free Parking

Travel Back Thursday: Free Parking Oct 24th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Jeff Egnaczyk, Flickr With congested cities trying to promote metro rail, bike share and other forms of mass transit over driving and parking downtown, this photo of an old-school parking meter in Palo Alto, Pennsylvania hearkens back to a different time. Do you remember coin-operated parking meters that looked like this? When did you last see one in your travels? We'd love to feature your...

5 Prisons for Law-Abiding Citizens

5 Prisons for Law-Abiding Citizens Aug 23rd, 2013 at 11:30AM: Flickr, Celine Aussourd In this lull between fun summer TV like "True Blood" and the fall premieres of network television shows, many people have been binge watching the Netflix comedy, "Orange is the New Black." Set at a women's prison in Rockland County, New York, the series has generated new interest in jail. (From the outside, at least.) Here are five notable prison museums around the world...

Gettysburg Wants You

Gettysburg Wants You Jul 2nd, 2013 at 4:30PM: Robert Reid The thing about B&Bs is, you never know whom you'll wind up eating breakfast with. Last November in Pennsylvania, I found myself handing over family-style plates of crisp bacon and blueberry pancakes to a couple of middle-aged geologists from Ohio: one was in a full-sized 19th-century–style corset, the other in a full officer's uniform of Ohio's 29th Infantry. Ted and...

Architects Give Sneek Peak Of Post-Sandy Beaches In New York

Architects Give Sneek Peak Of Post-Sandy Beaches In New York May 17th, 2013 at 2:30PM: Images courtesy Garrison Architects Seven months after Hurricane Sandy ravaged New York City-area beaches, construction will begin on replacement pavilions for those that were destroyed in the storm. Here's a peek at what destinations like Rockaway Beach and Coney Island will look like, courtesy of Garrison Architects, the firm that was asked to create these modular pavilions. Structures...

Gettysburg's American Civil War Wax Museum Is For Sale

Gettysburg's American Civil War Wax Museum Is For Sale May 10th, 2013 at 10:30AM: A favorite destination in America's most famous Civil War battlefield faces an uncertain future as its owners are retiring and putting the building up for sale. The American Civil War Wax Museum at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was opened in 1962 and is selling for $1.7 million, the Evening Sun reports. Being a popular tourist attraction, the current owners say they are confident someone will buy...

Museum Month: Mütter Museum In Philadelphia

May 14th, 2012 at 2:00PM: The Mütter Museum is not for the squeamish. Brimming with medical oddities, pathological specimens and antique medical equipment, it's where you'll find a book bound in human flesh, dried severed hands, a two-headed baby in formaldehyde, Albert Einstein's brain and a collection of objects that have been swallowed and removed. There's also a nine-foot-long human colon that contained 40...

TripAdvisor Names Best Hotels For Families

TripAdvisor Names Best Hotels For Families Apr 17th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Want to know where to travel with the kids? TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel review site, has named their top family-friendly hotels in 25 markets around the world, based on those ranked highest by travelers who identified themselves as traveling with family in their reviews. The good news? The hotels on the list aren't too pricey – the average rate is $274 per night with...

Upcoming exhibition will debunk Mayan prophecy of the end of the world in 2012

Mar 4th, 2012 at 2:00PM: An exhibition coming to Philadelphia will tackle this year´s hottest pseudo-archaeological topic: the Mayan prophecy that the world will end in 2012. "Maya 2012: Lords of Time" at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology will explain the Mayan civilization's complex interlocking calendar systems through interactive displays and a rich collection of art and...

Center for PostNatural History showcases human-altered lifeforms

Center for PostNatural History showcases human-altered lifeforms Mar 2nd, 2012 at 1:00PM: We live in a world of genetically modified cotton, BioSteel™ goats, and pluots - in other words, a world where much of the nature surrounding us isn't actually so natural at all. For this new world, Pittsburgh now has a new museum, the Center for PostNatural History, which aims to explore the complex interplay between culture, nature, and biotechnology. Opening on March 2, the museum will...

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: From steel town to scenic city

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: From steel town to scenic city Jan 31st, 2012 at 2:00PM: While many people still visualize Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to be an old steel city, the hilly town has certainly changed a lot in the last 30-40 years. My first impressions when arriving were that the lit up hillsides, public art, modern architecture, colorful bridges, scenic rivers, diverse restaurants and lively club scene made Pittsburgh seem a lot more eclectic and trendy than industrial. If...

Visit the 1,000-pound butter sculpture at the Pennsylvania Farm Show

Visit the 1,000-pound butter sculpture at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Jan 8th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Headed to Pennsylvania anytime soon? We'd suggest you pay a visit to the Pennsylvania Farm Show, opening Saturday, to visit the 1,000-pound butter sculpture, depicting a young 4-H member showing his prized calf at a county fair. The sculpture pays tribute to the 100th anniversaries of the Pennsylvania 4-H and Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs. The largest segment of...

Photo of the Day - Holiday lights

Photo of the Day - Holiday lights Dec 4th, 2011 at 8:00PM: With the holidays fast approaching, trees, houses and fences across the world are beginning to glow with decorative lights of all shapes and sizes. Whatever your religion or beliefs, these festive displays add a burst of warmth and color to the dark days of December. Flickr user herb.g does a great job of capturing this holiday spirit in today's shot from Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania - the...

Discovering (New) Pennsylvania Dutch Cuisine

Discovering (New) Pennsylvania Dutch Cuisine Oct 31st, 2011 at 4:30PM: The winding road to Hanover, Pennsylvania passes the kind of pastoral beauty reserved for bad hotel paintings: bulbous barns, red chipped paint clinging to the exterior, sit rustically unloved in the middle of pasture, as a sunburst of fall foliage illuminates the background. Billboards announce an upcoming convention dedicated to scrapbooking. In town, old ladies hold up signs at intersections...

Gawker's Worst 50 States

Gawker's Worst 50 States Aug 25th, 2011 at 11:30AM: I've been following Gawker's newest series, The Worst 50 States. I've been enjoying following this series. In an effort to pin down not only the best states in the US of A, but, more importantly, the worst states, Gawker compiled a Gawker-invented rating system in order to rank our fair fifty. Granted, this rating system consists solely of the viewpoints of those on staff for Gawker, so the...

Hersheypark to add new roller coaster, Skyrush for 2012

Aug 22nd, 2011 at 12:00PM: After months of releasing coded clues and hints via a fictitious engineering website reminiscent of the Dharma Initiative from ABC's Lost, Hersheypark unveiled its highly anticipated 2012 roller coaster. Dubbed Skyrush, the steel roller coaster will dominate the park's skyline with a 200-foot tall peak. The ride will begin with an unusually speedy ascent to the top of the lift hill. Then, riders...

Director of Forged spills on Scranton, PA

Director of Forged spills on Scranton, PA Jul 29th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Forged is a recently-released movie that explores the stories within deep family bonds and the quest for redemption. Directed by William Wedig, the movie was shot in Scranton, Pennsylvania in February 2009. According to Wedig, 2009 was actually the coldest winter in Scranton over the last 50 years. The cinematography in Forged nonetheless came out beautifully. The crisp and dreary shots of the...

Mummies of the World exhibition opens in Philadelphia

Mummies of the World exhibition opens in Philadelphia Jun 21st, 2011 at 9:30AM: Mummies are endlessly fascinating. To see a centuries-old body so well preserved brings the past vividly to life. While Egyptian mummies get most of the press, bodies in many regions were mummified by natural processes after being deposited in peat bogs or very dry caves. Mummies of the World is a state-of-the-art exhibition bringing together 150 mummies and related artifacts. It opened last...

Photo of the day: Centralia, Pennsylvania

Photo of the day: Centralia, Pennsylvania Jun 15th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Do you know the story of Centralia, Pennsylvania? It goes a little something like this: In 1981, there were over 1,000 residents in this town. In 2010, there were 10. A mine fire began burning beneath the city in 1962. The fire may have been started from none other than the town's firefighters who had volunteered to help clear a dump by burning it. It's speculated that the fire was never...

Proposed casino near Gettysburg National Park denied license

Proposed casino near Gettysburg National Park denied license Apr 17th, 2011 at 8:00AM: The National Parks Conservation Association is applauding the decision of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to deny a license to a proposed casino near Gettysburg National Park. The Board felt that the gambling establishment, which would have opened less than a half-mile from the park, would be at odds with the solemn historical legacy and family friendly environment at Gettysburg. The...

A guide to America's most "offal" restaurants

A guide to America's most Mar 11th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Even when I was a finicky kid subsisting on Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, I was intrigued by offal. No way in hell would I have eaten what are politely known in the food industry as "variety meats," but they sure looked intriguing. As with most of my weird habits, I blame my dad for my fascination with animal guts. Growing up the daughter of a large animal vet, I spent most of my formative years...

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