"Good Morning America's" Weekend Window visited Salem, Mass., to see how the historic city celebrates Halloween. Fall's darkest celebration is taken very seriously in Salem, where the "Festival of the Dead" runs from the second week in October until the big day. But all year long you can visit the Salem Witch Museum and Witch Dungeon Museum. Find out more about Salem and how the city observes Halloween at www.salemweb.com.
"Good Morning America's" Weekend Window visited Sanibel Island, Fla., a unique island in the Gulf of Mexico that has been rebuilding since being hit hard by Hurricane Charley in August 2004. Now, this special place is in the path of Hurricane Wilma. Sanibel Island is known for its exquisite and often rare sea shells, as well as its amazing bird watching at the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. For more information on Sanibel Island, visit www.sanibelisland.com.
"Good Morning America's" Weekend Window visited "corn country" in Iowa. Right now, they're all about harvesting the corn that spent all summer growing tall. In the midst of all this work, they make sure to take time out to celebrate the harvest with an annual festival that includes tractor square dancing. "GMA" also visited a "Living History" farm that showed how corn was harvested throughout the ages -- it's amazing how technology has changed.
"Good Morning America's" Weekend Window visited Charleston, S.C., which is often referred to as the Holy City because there are so many different churches. Visitors to Charleston will love East Bay Street's Rainbow Row, which are houses painted in all different colors. They'll also delight in Charleston's gardens, especially the walled gardens, which create microclimates so the flowers bloom there earlier than even in surrounding areas.
Charleston has done an incredible job in preserving its historical homes and buildings. Much of the city that visitors see today is the same city that was seen in the 18th and 19th centuries. Charleston was not only one of the largest colonies back then, but it was also one of the wealthiest, making it the center of style in America, which is reflected in the architecture.
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"Good Morning America's" Weekend Window visited Coney Island, which is part of New York City's borough of Brooklyn. Boasting one of the most beautiful beaches in New York City, Coney Island captures the imagination because it's where the "amusement park" was born. Astroland's famous wooden rollercoaster, the Cyclone, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1991. Coney Island also is where Nathan's, famous for its hot dogs, got its start. New York City has been putting money into improving Coney Island, and it's well worth a visit.
"Good Morning America's" Weekend Window visited the Wolong Panda Preserve in southwestern China. Most of the 1,500 giant pandas still left in the wild live in the Himalayan foothills. Roughly 40 pandas -- considered an endangered animal -- live in the Wolong preserve, set amid mist-shrouded mountains along a river. The rough terrain makes it hard for adult humans to trek through, but makes it ideal for pandas. The 250-pound giants munch mostly on bamboo. For more information about pandas and their wild habitat, go to www.panda.org.