Showing posts with label Best of America. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Best of America. Show all posts

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Central Park in New York City

October 12, 2014 2

Photography © Arman Esmas
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In my travel bucket list, a leisure escapade around the city is not usually included. The atmosphere is bloody hell and I hate squirming with the crowd in busy streets. I prefer a more restrained environment where stillness of the mother earth can be truly felt. Nature truly gives my soul a time to rest.

In the past, when someone would ask me where in the world I would never want to be, my quick response was always New York City. Maybe because of the nasty things I often heard about the place. My antipathy towards the Big Apple only exacerbated by the results of some cross-national surveys about world’s most demanding, crowded and stressful cities to live which often mentioned this city.

The latest being in Forbes magazine placing New York City second to Los Angeles as America's most stressful places for dwellers, describing it as " The city that never sleeps and has more plenty of reasons for insomnia: highest cost of living and extreme population density".

In my mind, New York City only amuses people who adored elaborate buildings, luxurious lifestyle, fancy cars, trendy establishments and all those creepy night clubs and bars.

Or so I thought. Fast forward...

One day, Arman uploaded his LOVE (NYC replica) photo in his NYC album and because I already secured his permission to use it in my other post, I visited the album and downloaded the photo. My eyes rolled and darted to other images in the album and saw the stunning photos of Central Park's beautiful scenery of nature. I am easily attracted with images about nature because it feels like I am in a subdued environment where peace is eternal, it provides me comfort and moment becomes timeless, as if the world is innocent again.

The ultra-magnificent green surrounding with manicured lawns, gardens, abundant trees and awe-inspiring bed of flowers of Central Park thoroughly conciliated my impression about New York City (See? When it comes to nature, I can easily bartered views ^__^).

Here, let's take a quick trip to New York City's ultimate retreat through the evocative photos of my generous friend, Arman Esmas :-D

 The calm atmosphere of Central Park as viewed at the Bethesda Terrace.
According to its description, Bethesda Terrace is one of the architectural highlights of Central Park, it has granite steps and landings and overlooks The Lake. Its main feature is the Fountain, also known as Angel of the Water, enclosed within two elliptical balustrades.
Opps! He is not someone you saw in Korean drama series ^____^
Arman at the Bethesda Terrace. He had visited Central Park on several occasions 
and shared his fascination over the natural charm of the park.
Central Park looks so awesome! For dwellers in a highly modernized environment, this spot could be a perfect diversion, a healthy escape and a cool antidote to a stressful life in the exuberant metropolis.

Set on 843 acres of land in Manhattan, New York City, Central Park is America’s first major landscaped public park. Designed by landscape architects, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the park was initially conceived in 1853 and completed, opened to the public in 1857.

Its diverse attractions range from verdant plants and flowers to elements of history and culture. It boasts green meadows, sprawling waters, gardens, unique bridges, performance centers, educational facilities, classical architecture and statues of historical figures. It is home to North America’s oldest public monument, The Obelisk. Central park is currently administered by the Central Park Conservancy.


Located in New York City in the heart of Manhattan, Central park stretches from North 110th street to 59th street (Central Park South) and from 8th Avenue (Central Park West) to 5th Avenue.


For full description of each attraction/facility, please visit the home page of CENTRAL PARK 
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Andrew H. Green Bench
  • Arsenal
  • Artist's Gate
  • Balto
  • Bandshell
  • Belvedere Castle
  • Bethesda Terrace
  • Bethesda Fountain
  • Bethesda Terrace Arcade
  • Bridges of Central Park
  • Bow Bridge
  • Gapstow Bridge
  • Greyshot Arch
  • Greywacke Arch
  • Inscope Arch
  • Trefoil Arch
  • Carousel
  • Cherry Blossom Trees
  • Cherry Hill
  • Children's Zoo
  • Cicadas
  • Conservatory Garden
  • Conservatory Water
  • Cop Cot
  • Dairy
  • Delacorte Music Clock
  • Delacorte Theater
  • Discovery Center
  • Grand Army Plaza
  • Great Lawn
  • Hallett Nature Sanctuary
  • Hans Christian Andersen
  • Harlem Meer
  • Heckscher Ballfields
  • Heckscher Playground
  • Ladies Pavilion
  • Lake
  • Lasker Pool & Rink
  • Loch
  • Loeb Boathouse
  • Nature Observatory
  • North Meadow
  • Obelisk
  • Pond
  • Ramble
  • Reservoir
  • Shakespeare Garden
  • Sheep Meadow
  • Still Hunt
  • Strawberry Fields
  • SummerStage
  • Summit Rock
  • Swedish Cottage
  • Tavern on the Green
  • Tennis Center
  • The Mall
  • Turtle Pond
  • Victorian Gardens
  • Wagner Cove
  • Waterfalls
  • Wisteria Pergola
  • Wollman Rink


The greatest attraction of Central Park remains to be its gorgeous landscape of nature, the green scenery and rich flora and fauna. It houses 25,000 varieties of trees including the rare American Elm Trees.

Scenic surrounding of The Pond. What a stunning view of greenery!
Manicured lawn at Sheep Meadow. Green environment is always a relaxing escape

Picturesque attractions include the Great Lawn, Sheep's Meadow, The Mall (A walkway leading to Bethesda Terrace, along its path lies a breathtaking ground where rare American Elm Trees are planted), man-made lakes, ponds, along with walking bridle paths. The park offers fascinating foliage and blooms that changed according to season. 

This image of rare American Elm Trees is so awe inspiring! How gorgeous the environment!! I am advocating a sustainable green environment, my father is an environmentalist and I grew up admiring thick vegetation and rain forest and this view really captures my imagination.

Along the Fifth Avenue and 105th Street, lies a Conservatory Garden, said to be the only garden in the park created with a formal layout. It is divided into three sections and adorned with magnificent fountains including "The Three Dancing Maidens" which provides visitors with a cool, quiet and tranquil atmosphere. Other must-see attractions: Strawberry Fields and Shakespeare Garden. 

Strawberry Fields is a tear-shaped garden created to pay tribute to John Lennon, former lead singer of the British boyband, Beatle, who was shot dead in 1980 while walking to his Dakota Apartment located within the area. His hit song, "Imagine", in a black and white mosaic, lies in the center of the spot. The name of the area itself was taken from the Beatle's song: Strawberry Fields Forever. 

Shakespeare Garden, which is reminiscent to Great Garden in New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, contains some of the flowers and plants mentioned in William Shakespeare's famous plays. 

Shakespeare Garden is attributed to the Bard. According to the description of this spot, this garden relives the works of William Shakespeare and contains wide varieties of flowers that changed according to season, it has a graft of a Mulberry Tree, touted to have been grafted from the original Mulberry Tree planted by Shakespeare himself at his garden at Stratford-Upon Avon, England in 1602. 

Oh! Simply marvelous and brilliant! 

According to Arman, if you're in New York City and your type of adventure is a nature trip, Central Park is always an excellent choice! 

What a beautiful discovery about this side of the Big Apple, maybe I could remove NYC from my list of World's most horrible cities to visit, after all there's a Central Park to seek refuge when the energy of the city becomes severely unbearable.

Special thanks to Arman for these splendid photos of Central Park!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Let's Travel with LOVE!

September 06, 2014 0


LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. No, it’s not about what you think ^__^

It’s all about the glamorous landmarks and structures around the world that magnify the concept of LOVE, beyond the idea of Romance. More like an expression of creativity and art.  Oh! Whatever art means :-D

Two of the most popular landmarks in the world that are frequently romanticized by literary writers due to its glorious history are Taj Mahal in India and Windsor Castle in England. Ancient in existence and shrouded with legend and mystic, both are intricately built in opulence and grandeur.

Through books, we all knew how the beautiful white marble mausoleum, Taj Mahal in India, came into existence and why diarist, Samuel Pepys, dubbed Windsor Castle in England, as the most romantic castle in the world. But what some of us did not know  is Robert Indiana's iconic creation called LOVE.

Of course it does not sound like a certain ball of magic has just exploded in the universe with this discovery, but it’s fascinating to know that such tourist attraction existed! How and why Robert Indiana, an American artist, came up with this unique sculpture is a matter of great interest. 

The story behind this "Lovely" sculpture started in 1964 when Indiana designed a LOVE image intended for printing for the Museum of Modern Art's Christmas Card in Manhattan, New York. The design largely drew interest from other sectors that the artist consequently created his first LOVE sculpture in 1970, built in Cor-Ten steel in red and green, it was later put on display at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indiana.

The sculpture quickly became a phenomenon and experts started analyzing the art work of Robert Indiana, one historian noted that the original image reflected Indiana's childhood orientation in attending a church's service where the only phrase he always saw on the wall was "God is Love". Others commented the image as full of "romanticism, somewhat religious and autobiographical".

And so it goes....

Years rolled and the image is being copied in countless forms and featured  in movies and TV series, which largely augmented public's curiosity about this famous work of art. LOVE then went on to become one of the most replicated sculptures in the world.

But the replicas in the United States look more stunning and exquisite, maybe due to its elaborate design set against the backdrop of elegant surroundings and high-end buildings. Its appearance, which gleam against the rays of a beaming sun, looks extraordinarily poetic, no doubt, every traveler dreamed to catch a glimpse of this gorgeous sculpture and take a snap. 

My ever kind friend, Arman Esmas, is one lucky fellow to have visited two locations of LOVE sculpture in the United States on a separate occasion. so grateful that he had given me permission to feature his photos here.

Arman at the iconic LOVE sculpture that overlooks the Love Park, officially known as The John F. Kennedy Plaza, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. 
Arman at the LOVE replica in Sixth Avenue 
(officially Avenue of the Americas), Manhattan, New York City.
This one looks stunning! This could be 
one of the largest versions of the sculpture built in the United States.

...And LOVE is Everywhere!

Eventually, the popularity of LOVE grows and its replicas are found in many parts of the globe : In Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Hongkong, Taiwan, Thailand, Canada, England, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and even in the Philippines where two versions are installed, one along Eastwood mall, Quezon city and the other one in Naga City. Oh Darn! Why I wasn't able to spot one when I visited Hongkong and Macau in 2013?

In case you are traveling to the United States and would like to take souvenir photos before this famous image, aside from the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indiana, LOVE sculpture can be found in the following places:
  • Sixth Avenue, New York city
  • Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn New York
  • Scottsdale's Civic Center in Arizona
  • Lehigh University Asa Packer campus
  • Love Park or the John F. Kennedy Plaza in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • New Orleans Museum of Art
  • University of Pennsylvania campus, Philadelphia
  • Brigham Young University, Utah
  • Middlebury Campus, Vermont
  • Ursinus College campus, Philadelphia
  • Red Rock Resort Spa and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas
  • Farnsworth Art Museum, Maine
  • Art Trail, Arkansas
  • McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas

What a lovely discovery! Isn't it amazing to think about this beautiful sculpture than be occupied with the thoughts of war and economic turmoil? This is more inspiring than be constantly stressed with the news of political tensions.

If you're an art buff and adored poetry and mysticism, you will surely love to grab a shot of this popular image. 

...And LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, find one near you, have your moment and make history.

Special Thanks to Arman Esmas for allowing me to feature his two amazing photos of the iconic image!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Autumn Travel to New England States!

August 09, 2014 0

Is there a fantasy travel destination that's been hanging in your mind? And where would it be? How about the season, does it matters to you when you plan to travel to a particular country?

For a while, I pondered on my travel plan obsession and concluded, yeah it matters to me.

Although my dream tour is always in the British Isles, Italy, Bavaria and Switzerland, I'm also fascinated with other travel destinations elsewhere in the world outside the continent of Europe, West Indies and the American continent for instance :-)

And as with most travelers, I am heavily considering the season in a particular destination when planning a getaway because it is where the success of the travel partly relies. Surely, no one would visit a place under heavy rain or extreme hot temperature, it can be disgusting and downright disappointing. When I visited Hongkong and Macau last 2013 with some friends, I was extremely frustrated because the atmosphere was intensely hot and I wasn't able to make the most of that travel.

So I thought maybe Spring and Autumn seasons are more exciting. I am attracted with these seasons and often wish to experience it, maybe because my home land doesn't have it.

These seasons sound so cool and dreamy, as if transforming the environment into a picture of loveliness and serenity. While Spring gives birth to the gorgeous Cherry Blossoms and other stunning buds, Autumn provides the surrounding with a romantic sight of foliage turning to reddish orange. What could be more dramatic and interesting than traveling to a foreign land during these seasons? However this life-long wish remains to be a far-reaching dream and maybe it would take more years to roll before it could happen.

Well, let's just say, mind traveling is not a bad idea. Just to get a picture how it would feel like being in a place where Spring and Autumn seasons are possible.

Spring covers the month of April to May, but in some countries it kicks off around March and ends on the last week of May or the most, first week of June. Got to see some lovely pictures of other countries during this season and it's so awesome! 

Spring reflects brilliance and energy and watching trees and flowers spread its lively leaves and blooms is some sort of a relaxing ritual, both literally and figuratively. Oh I hope to visit Japan in the coming Spring to witness the gorgeous Cherry Blossoms. How I love the idea of spending a quiet afternoon, munching food and talking to someone under the vibrant Sakura tree! Oh ho!ho! Looking forward into it! 

Well, others might dislike the idea of watching the environment turns into gloom or having all those discomforting windy windy stuff, falling leaves and raindrops during Autumn or Fall, but I love it, those environmental scenes are so poetic and captivating. The refreshing tang of a soft breeze magnifies thrill and magic, feels like serenity is everywhere.

Autumn naturally occurs around September (though it sometimes occurs in the middle of August in other countries) and usually ends on the first week of November and since we are now in the second week of August, Autumn is just waiting to happen in other parts of the globe.

Going to a foreign land to witness Autumn is a very remote possibility, thus, I will just be gratified dreaming the stillness of the world during this season in my home country. While looking for some photos about Autumn around the web, I landed on Trafalgar Travel site. And behold! They are offering an Autumn Guided Tour!

Autumn Colours 2014 will take travelers around the, OMG!!! my favourite areas in the United States, the New England States!!!This breathtaking Autumn trip journeys around the picturesque countryside of Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine. 

Massachusetts is a very historical place among the six New England States, it is where the American Revolution was born, the arm struggle that had caused the 13 British colonies in the United States to declare independence from the British Crown in the 18th century. Boston triggered the conflict but the first shot that signalled the revolution was fired in the town of Lexington.

So traveling to the New England States at Autumn is more than just a leisure, it's like revisiting important history as well and learn from it, plus the surrounding is so relaxing, thus, making the experience of discovery and learning more awe-inspiring.

Cool surrounding in Massachusetts at Autumn
Photo image from the free photo stock
Lakeside in Vermont at Autumn. So amazing!
Photo image from the free photo stock

Here's the sample of the itinerary:

The journey will kick off at the lovely town of Boston in Massachusetts and will visit Boston's historical sites for few hours then up to the pretty town of Woodstock, strolling around the Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain in Maine. According to Trafalgar, Acadia is the first spot in the United States where you can see the sunrise, cool! Then the trip will take you to the vibrant colours of the New England Autumn and to the wooded valley of Pinkham Notch.

The guided tour will take you then to the Castle in the Clouds en-route to North Conway, it is an awesome stone mansion with a spectacular view of Lake Winnepesaukee. Crossing to Vermont, the tour will bring you to the breathtaking Green Mountains with a land area that spans from the tip of Vermont to Quebec in Canada. The Green Mountain National Forest, to which Vermont is very famous, is home to wilderness areas that offer soothing views of imposing mountains, streams, lakes, valleys and hill sides. 

In this aspect. the tour will not include Vermont's fascinating cities of Montpelier and Burlington but just cover the countryside areas.

Magnificent Autumn foliage at the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont
Photo image from Wikipedia

From the Green Mountains and Ludlow village in Vermont, the tour will move back to Massachusetts (Oh, I love this song of the Beegees!) and to the gorgeous Berkshires! And view the enthralling Autumn Colours that made New England States very famous. There's a stop-over in Stockbridge to visit the Norman Rockwell Museum, the tour will continue to Springfield on the banks of Connecticut River then to the historical towns of Lexington and Concord. Then it's back to Boston.

What a terrific travel at Autumn in New England States! Visit Trafalgar for more exciting travel packages at reasonable rates, click HERE

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Legendary Splendor of Niagara Falls!

July 28, 2014 2

The world is covered with enchanting natural sceneries!

From the gorgeous mountains, rolling hills and breezy regions, to the allures of pristine lakes, waterfalls, stunning beaches and sun-kissed shorelines, the thrill of adventure has never been so captivating under the vibrant atmosphere of the mother earth! 

When talking about extraordinary mountains and waterfalls, there's only one landmark that easily comes to mind, Niagara Falls. Its legendary splendor attracted visitors from all walks of life, from ordinary folks to privilege individuals. King Edward VIII of Britain (who would become the Duke of Windsor after his abdication in 1936) while still the Prince of Wales had once visited Niagara (in Ontario) in the early part of the 20th century and so the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and her sons, William and Harry, in the early 1990s. 

No, I haven’t been into this stunning natural wonder and quite never expect I could visit it in my lifetime, but who would never want to hear stories about the gorgeous beauty of this spectacular gift of nature?  Its majestic appeal is similar to a fairytale story that has been told for ages - a tale that never grows old. 
Okay, here, I'll talk about the magnificence of Niagara Falls based on my quick research around the web and through the photos lent to me by Arman Esmas. Quite seems like a fairytale isn't it? Something I haven't seen but already heard/read a thousand times. 

I cannot recall when was the first time I heard/learned about Niagara but I am pretty certain I grew up believing that this attraction is entirely located in Ontario, Canada, just in Ontario alone. Ohhh! Didn't know that part of it abundantly flows around the vibrant mountain side of the state of New York! 

The majestic appeal of Niagara Falls on the New York side.
Geographically, Niagara Falls runs through a frontier that divides two great North American nations, straddling between the international border 
of the United States of America and Canada.
Photo courtesy of Arman Esmas
Simply bewitching!! Photo courtesy of Arman Esmas

Niagara Falls straddles between the international border of the United States and Canada. Ahhh! It's good to know that it runs through a frontier that divides two great North American nations. What a splendid sight to behold when crossing the border en-route to this location!
According to one source, the Ontario side drew more tourists annually compared to the New York side due to its lovely position across the Niagara River. Tourists can see the panoramic view of all three of the falls - American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the Horseshoe Falls - from the Canadian side but not so much on the American side, but the most awesome thing when tourists are on the New York side is the proximity of the location, you'll just be standing next to a curtain of waterfalls!

Just imagine the roaring gush of the gorgeous waterfalls
plunging a thousand feet to the base of the rugged cliff.
Photo courtesy of Arman Esmas
Breathtaking curtain of waterfalls cascading through a rocky crest!
Photo courtesy of Arman Esmas

Now, let’s concentrate on the American side of the falls which is accessible through the Niagara Falls State Park (touted as the oldest state park in America), in the state of New York. According to one blogger, the American side is a lot lovelier (though I don’t know why hehe!). I assumed the "loveliness" she referred is due to proximity. Spectators can view the falls at a close range, as if experiencing the thrill of touching the snow-like drops of water curtains, the delight of being squirted with water and the fun it gives when you hear its thunderous plunging from atop! Ahhh, cannot describe it vividly as I haven't been there. :-D

Attractions within this state park include:

  • Maid of the Mist
  • Cave of the Winds
  • Prospect Point and its Observation Tower
  • Aquarium of Niagara
  • Niagara Discovery Center

Maid of the Mist is offered on both sides of the border, but the Cave of the Winds is only offered on the New York side. Again, I am not quite sure why, one blogger joked that maybe it's because Americans love the idea of totally crazy-pants! Ohhh what's that? I've no idea what she meant with that term haha!
Digging further on my research adventure, I learned that Maid of the Mist is a sightseeing cruise boat that will take tourists around the base of the falls and into the basin of the roaring Horseshoe falls for 30 minutes. Ohh! I could just imagine their shrieking and squeal of excitement while sailing around the fabulous waterfalls.

According to the description of this attraction, passengers are given blue raincoat (close to that. Arman said it only resembles raincoat :-D) to protect themselves from spray of waters. But how about the yellow one? Again, according to the article I read ( and Arman confirmed it), it is worn when trekking the Cave of the Winds and the perky thing - it comes with a free pair of footwear! Oh, that's cool!!

Arman wearing that yellow raincoat thing on his way (I bet) 
to the Cave of the Winds and behind the picturesque drop of waterfalls :-D
Photo courtesy of Arman Esmas

While discovering that Cave of the Winds adventure consists of a series of wooden walkways and platforms built at the base of the Bridal Veil Falls, I am in deep thoughts why this smallest part of the waterfalls is called "bridal veil falls" so I studied the photos of Arman and just concluded, uhmm, maybe because it is reminiscent to a veil of the bride, funny :-D
Okay so according to my readings about Cave of the Winds, tourists have to walk on the flooring not entirely secured into the rocks, it is just lodged on the rock crannies (now that seems so scary as if you're walking on a floating wood!), but the whole thing is entirely safe according to the source and tourists should not worry of any disaster that might occur. 

Niagara Falls State Park offers classic adventure packages and amenities to make the most of your trip completely awesome and memorable. For fees and rates, visit this link.

There you go, the natural splendor of Niagara Falls! 

Even just by gazing through pictures, I could not help but be entranced with its extraordinary beauty, almost hearing the raptures of the waterfalls dropping from a top.

Special thanks to Arman Esmas for allowing me to use his photos here. He retains the rights of these images, thus, should not be distributed anywhere in any form without his permission.

Sources on Niagara's Facts and Attractions:

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The allures of South Carolina!

July 20, 2014 0
Laid-back environment of South Carolina!

I love nature and a regular sojourn to the countryside always brings delight. If I would be given a chance to choose where to go on a vacation, I would select a countryside resort, it's more relaxing and quiet.

Europe has the most stunning countryside, it combines the romantic features of the  renaissance period and the vivacity of the modern world, while North America is another thing, it is home to some of the most terrific landmarks with a complete blend of a countryside life. Both dreamy holiday getaways indeed but since these destinations are very costly, going there might just be a dream.

So here, I'll just be contented reading and researching about the extraordinary surroundings! I am adding a category of Best of America here in my travel blog so I made a trip down-memory lane and browse profiles of old American movies with countryside as a theme.

And stumbled on Forrest Gump.

Of all movies?? Yeah, I love Forrest Gump, it's one my favorite films, very relaxing and funny! Life really is like a box of chocolates, we never know what we get! This famous quote uttered by Forrest Gump's mom (played by Sally Field) stuck in my brain for so long but what really captivated me most was the relaxing scenery of Forrest Gump's home. So I revisited the film's profile and checked on its location setting and found out it was mostly shot in South Carolina.

Oh South Carolina! This state has something to do with my fascination in British monarchy because it was originally named after King Charles I of England. From the notes I gathered about King George III, his reign and the historic American Revolution, South Carolina was the first of the 13 colonies of Britain in America to declare independence from the British Crown. Anyway, that's English history, let's move back to Travel and Geography :-D

According to the geographic profile of South Carolina, it is a state in the Southeastern United States bordering North Carolina and Georgia, it lies within Savannah river and has a close proximity to Atlantic Ocean. Okay, perhaps that explains why this state has a gorgeous seaside and breezy atmosphere. 

According to my reading adventure, South Carolina offers some of the best tourist attractions both in nature and city life, oh that's very interesting!

The location shooting of Forrest Gump spread across South Carolina's Yemassee, Beaufort and Varnville and one of the most beautiful scenes I remembered in the film was the country home location of Gump's love interest, Jenny, played by Robin Wright-Penn. A modest two-storey structure surrounded with lush plants and a neatly-trimmed garden. It was awesome! I looked for photos of that scene around the web but couldn't find one.

Then my research journey landed on Tripadvisor site and got these interesting suggestions about the best tourist attractions to consider when visiting South Carolina. I also got one photo of Beaufort suburban.

Here are the Top Five Best Attractions in South Carolina:

Suburb of Beaufort Town, pretty much like the home location scene 
I remembered in Forrest Gump. Photo source: Tripadvisor

1. Beaufort - The main location setting of Forrest Gump (but in the movie, the story sets in Alabama). Beaufort is located on Port Royal Island and renowned for its quiet surrounding and beautiful scenery of nature. It has been named the best small southern town in the United States by Southern Living magazine and featured in National Geographic adventure as one of the "Top 50 Adventure Town" to visit. 

Public garden in Charleston, South Carolina. Photo source: Wikipedia

2. Charleston - Known for its beautiful architectural wonders and glorious history, Charleston has been hailed by Travel and Leisure magazine as one of America's friendliest cities, (okay, that's good to know). Its laid-back environment and rich cultural tradition entice travelers to make a repeat visit, that's according to attractions in america site.

Myrtle Beach. Photo source:

3. Myrtle Beach - Even with the absence of tropical trees around the coastline, this South Carolina's beach still attracts throngs of visitors due to its ivory sand and crystal blue water.

BrookGreen Gardens. Photo source: Wikipedia

4. BrookGreen Gardens - Voted in Tripadvisor as one of America's top ten public gardens, BrookGreen offers beautiful scenery of nature, gorgeous landscape and majestic oaks.

Island Garden Home in Pawleys. Photo source: Wikipedia

5. Pawleys Island - A laid-back town in South Carolina known for its breezy atmosphere and a cozy surrounding. It lies along the Atlantic coast barrier island and Waccamaw river giving the place an extraordinary feel of a relaxing environment. According to its geographical profile, some of Pawleys Island's homes are notable for their flower gardens.

Awesome! :-D



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