Spirit Lake Memorial Highway: Scenic Byway to Mount St. Helens

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The Spirit Lake Memorial Highway is the only scenic byway in the U.S. that penetrates a fresh volcanic blast zone. This scenic and historic route is a 52-mile journey into the scene of epic destruction that Mount St. Helens caused when it erupted on May 18, 1980. Along the way, experience the enormous geologic, economic, and […]

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Cowpens National Battlefield: The American Revolution

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On January 17, 1781, the Americans won a decisive battle against the better-trained British Army. The Battle of Cowpens was over in less than an hour. This battle was the event which started British General Cornwallis on his march north to his eventual surrender at Yorktown just nine months later. General Daniel Morgan had encamped […]

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Alpine Helen: Heart of Bavaria in the Blue Ridge Mountains

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Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the gently flowing Chattahoochee River, Helen is a re-creation of a Bavarian Alpine village, complete with new buildings, old-world trim and detail, and cobblestone alleys. The history of Helen and the surrounding areas offers a fascinating variety of stories that include some of the earliest native hunters and […]

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