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48 O SOUTH DAKOTA Mount Rushmore State


South Dakota Dept. of Tourism • 01825 76 36 36 • travelsouthdakota.com & www.RMI- RealAmerica.com • Pop.: 814,180 • State Capital: Pierre • Largest City: Sioux Falls • Local Time: CT/MT – 6/7 hrs behind UK • Weather: Summer – warm sunny days/mild nights. • National/State Parks: 58 • Int'l G'ways: Minneapolis/St Paul/Bloomington, Denver, Chicago


THE infinite variety prairies, of South


Dakota is reflected in everything from the weather to the scenery. From rolling


lakes and expansive


glittering rivers,


to


granite peaks and towering pines, the landscape is both diverse and beautiful. The Black Hills, Badlands and


Lakes region has one of the largest concentrations of National Parks, monuments, memorials and caves in the Midwest. The striking landscape of Badlands National Park or the hidden underground labyrinth of Wind Cave National Park. No visit to South Dakota is complete without a visit to Crazy Horse Memorial and the


nation’s Shrine, Mount


Rushmore National Memorial, both spectacular mountain carvings. Step back in time in historic


Deadwood and visit the haunts of legendary figures such as Wild Bill


Badlands National Park


Hickock and Calamity Jane. Retrace explorers' footsteps while roaming the prairies or explore a frontier fort.


State secret South Dakota has the highest point in the United States


east of the Rocky Mountains – Harney Peak in the Black Hills with an elevation of 7,424 feet.


Don't Miss Wall Drug is a 76,000 square foot wonderland of


free attractions entertaining and and has travelling public since 1931. travelsouthdakota.com TEXAS The Lone Star State


Texas Tourism • 020 8460 1506 • traveltex.com • Population: 24,326,974 • State Capital: Austin • Largest City: Houston • Local Time: CST/MT – 6/7 hrs behind UK • Weather: Sunny with moderate temperatures during long springs and autumns. Short winters and warm summers • National Parks: 2 • International Gateways: Austin, Dallas and Houston


LOOKING for some wild west fun? Across Texas’s 267,277 square miles, you’ll find hundreds of places to explore, whether it’s rounding up some cattle on horseback at a working ranch or walking through a cowgirl museum. There are more fine-arts museums and cultural centres


than you can count, and


countless ethnic festivals celebrating the state’s diverse heritage. If you love the outdoors, Texas spoil you with Gulf


will Coast


beaches, fishing spots from Caddo Lake to the Devils River, hiking trails in the Guadalupe, Davis, and Chisos Mountains, canoe routes in the Big Thicket, and birding in the Rio Grande Valley. If shopping’s what gives you a special thrill, it’s Tax Free in Texas. And for music lovers, there’s no better place to catch a live gig, from country to pop and indie to rock.


Kayaking on Lady Bird Lake


State secret You might not have guessed that Texas is one of the


biggest and best wine-producing states around. It’s unique climate provides ideal growing conditions for a variety of wines, and Texans have been cultivating vines here for centuries. www.gotexanwine.org/ findwinesandwineries.


Don't Miss Professional sports are certainly big time in Texas. The


State hosts two NFL football teams, playing in two must-see-to-believe stadiums.


traveltex.com visitusa.org.uk been educating the Country Music Museum (Amelia Spooner) TENNESSEE The Volunteer State


Tennessee Tourism • 01462 440784 • deep-south-usa.com/tennessee & tnvacation.com • Population: 5,700,000 • State Capital: Nashville • Largest City: Memphis • Local Time: EST/ CST - 5/6 hrs behind UK • Weather: Hot summers, mild winters with snow in mountains. Moderate rainfall year round • National/State Parks: 5 • Int'l Gateway: Memphis


WHETHER you arrive by plane, train or automobile – or the American Queen Steamboat – your Tennessee experience begins with breathtaking scenic beauty which serves as the perfect backdrop for a spectacular holiday. Tennessee music is the stuff of


legends, honoured at places like Graceland, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music; and performed nightly at venues including the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry, Beale Street and even Cumberland Caverns where Bluegrass Underground is performed 333 feet below ground. If you


whitewater


like adventure rafting,


there's hang-gliding,


rock climbing and zip-lining. Then relax and soak in the serenity of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, America’s most visited.


For off-the-beaten path adventure


try a Discover Tennessee Trail & Byway at tntrailsandbyways.com.


State secret Tennessee’s very own Dolly Parton will open Dollywood’s


DreamMore Resort in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in 2015 just as Dollywood theme park celebrates its 30th anniversary.


Don't Miss The new Birthplace of Country Music Museum in


Bristol, Sullivan County celebrating the music's roots.


deep-south-usa.com/tennessee U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS


U.S. Virgin Islands Dept. of Tourism • 001 340 774 8784 • VisitUSVI.com • Pop.: 106,405 • Territory Capital: Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas • Local Time: AST - 4/5 hours behind UK • Weather: Warm year-round • Nat./State Pks: 5 • Int’l G'ways: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Miami, Newark, New York, Philadelphia, San Juan, Washington D.C.


OFTEN referred to as America’s paradise, the U.S. Virgin Islands is one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean. Each island – St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas – has its own distinct character and tourism offerings. While the Territory is known for


its beautiful beaches, it is also rich with culture and history influenced by the seven flags that have flown there. Remnants of


the territory’s


Danish past are especially evident in its architecture and cuisine. St. Croix is the largest island and is with


ripe landmarks and water


activities, including five unique diving sites in one compact location. St. John is perfect for lovers of the great outdoors, as over two-thirds of it is protected by the National Park. The cosmopolitan island of St. Thomas


is recognized St. Croix Mocko Jumbies for its shopping, variety of dining options,


and multitude of activities.


State secret Located in St. Thomas’ Charlotte Amalie harbour, Hassel Island houses relics from the island’s storied past. Approximately 95% of the island’s 135 acres


is


owned by the National Park Service, accessible guided tours.


Don't Miss With parades, Mocko Jumbies and Calypso music,


the month-long St. John Festival is a lively and funway to celebrate the Fourth of July.


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