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Phoenix: The Valley of the Sun

Don & Marge Young Hunter Publishing ePub

By car: Phoenix, like Tucson, sits astride two Interstate highways, I-10 and I-17. I-10 is the major link between Arizona's two largest cities, and although it enters the city from the south, it quickly turns west toward the Colorado River and the State of California. I-17, on the other hand, runs north-and-south, and links the capital with Flagstaff and the northern Arizona high country.

By air: : Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is one of the nation's largest airfields and is served by nearly every major airline.

Phoenix, the capital of Arizona, also is its business, cultural, educational, medical, and industrial center. Big, busy, laced with high-speed motorways, and frequently congested, Phoenix is 'where it happens' in The Grand Canyon State.

The antithesis of laid-back Tucson, the Phoenix metropolitan area, which includes Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, and Glendale, contains no less than half of the state's total population. Phoenix itself is one of the country's 10 largest cities.

But, setting aside the hustle and bustle that is common to all large cities, Phoenix offers the visitor every conceivable amenity. Golf courses abound. Tennis is a statewide obsession. The area literally teems with beautifully landscaped resorts and upscale shopping centers.

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CHAPTER FIVE The National Commission

Wallace G. Lewis University Press of Colorado ePub

PUBLIC OPINION HAD BEGUN TO SWING in favor of preserving wilderness and cleaning up parklands by the time John F. Kennedy became president. A new vision of “wilderness” as something human beings would define and manage took hold as a basis for national government policy. Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall’s push for legislation to preserve natural places and roadless areas resulted in the 1964 Wilderness Act, which established a new set of rules for wilderness. The act stands as a landmark for preservation, but the struggle over which lands should be set aside for that purpose continued. The Wilderness Act was followed by a stricter Water Quality Act and Lady Bird Johnson’s Highway Beautification bill in 1965. The Johnson administration also turned its attention to establishing recreational hiking trails and expanding the number of historical sites to be preserved. “Environmentalism,” writes historian Walter Nugent, “frequently appealed to the same people who supported historic preservation, and the aging of those born from the 1920s through the baby boom provided a more affluent and nostalgic demographic base.” The focus in western communities in the 1960s began to shift from “slash-and-burn renewal” to preservation of historic sites.1

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 Geography & History

Jim & Cynthia Tunstall Hunter Publishing ePub

 Mount Dora? Aw, it's another Florida fake. A beautiful place but hardly Fuji or McKinley. At low tide, it might measure 300 feet or so above sea level.

 

Geographically, North Central Florida is very similar to the Northeast. The interior region has rolling hills, farms, timberlands, hardwood hammocks and an abundance of springs. The limestone-rich soil feeds lush pastures, which is what attracted the horse crowd to Ocala, starting with Carl Rose in 1937. These days, there are 400 farms. Coastal areas range from the man-made beaches such as Daytona and Ormond to more primitive ones carved by erosion.

 

Prehistoric Indians inhabited the region as far back as 12,000 years ago, and the Timucuans came at least as early as 500 B.C. There was little European contact during the age of colonization, except for Hernand o de Soto, who visited the Ocala-Marion County area in 1546. Seminole Indians migrated to the region from Alabama and Georgia in the mid-18th century. Plantations began to sprout about 75 years later, the same time the US Army built Fort King, which became the Seminole Indian War headquarters for Gen. Zachary Taylor.

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Deep Creek Lake

Norman Renouf Hunter Publishing ePub
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North Cascades NP

Michelin Michelin ePub

80mi northeast of Medford on Rte. 62. Open daily year-round. $10/vehicle. t 541-594-3000. www.nps.gov/crla. Steel Visitor Center open late Apr–early Nov daily 9am–5pm; rest of the year daily 10am–4pm; closed Dec 25. Rim Visitor Center open late May–late Sept 9:30am–5pm.

Crater Lake National Park
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Crater Lake (elevation 1,932ft) is the world's deepest volcanic lake. The sapphire-blue lake rests in the basin of a collapsed volcano, surrounded by steep-walled cliffs. Wizard Island, a volcanic cinder cone, rises at its west end.

Ringed by mountains tinged with snow much of the year, the 6mi diameter lake attracts hikers and sightseers from around the world. The lake—so renowned for its clarity that its water has set new standards for water purity—was formed when the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Mazama 7,700 years ago created a bowl-shaped caldera that filled with snowmelt.

One of the most scenic drives in the world, 33mi loop Crater Rim Driveaaa has more than 20 overlooks, but there are ample other attractions here as well, including hikes through mid-elevation pine forests, and the famed boat touraa to Wizard Island.

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