"What makes the area so unique is the marsh," said Marsha Henson of Sea Kayak Georgia. "The marsh is this really dynamic, ever-changing habitat where the water is just like nature soup."
The island is also home to the nation's oldest lighthouse.
July 16, 2006
Revere Beach in Revere, Mass., is home to some beautiful and intricate sand sculptures. The beach is host to the third annual New England Sand Sculptural Invitational which attracts the likes of sculptor Sean Fitzpatrick.
"This is a tribute to Revere Beach's glorious past," he said. "Back in the day, this was the Coney Island of its day. It had roller coasters, carousel horses. Because there was no air-conditioning, if you wanted to have fun at the beach and cool off, this was the place to come."
Fitzpatrick said that his sculptures, which are made of quarry sand, could take 1,000 man-hours to make. The master sculptors were aided by volunteers in a two-day effort.
Because the sculptures are made of quarry sand, which hold together well, Fitzpatrick said they will not be destroyed by the rain, but rather just given some texture.
Each year, five million people visit Missouri's Ozarks to enjoy the rugged terrain. Although Missouri is a landlocked state, the Lake of the Ozarks is 95 miles in length and the Ozarks have 1,150 miles of shore line -- equal to California's coastline.
"We have coves and waterways and just a variety of different areas here on the lake," said Trish Roberts of the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. "You can boat; you can fish."
Park Superintendent Nancy Masterson said the earliest settlers thought Indians named the Ozarks Ha Ha Tonka because of the area's large spring.
"The translation was carried through the ages to mean laughing waters," she said. "I think people just like to come and dream, when they come to this area, of how things could be."
Philadelphia is considered the cradle of American democracy. It is there that the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776 -- 230 years ago. The founding fathers -- including Benjamin Franklin, second President John Adams and third President Thomas Jefferson -- voted in the Pennsylvania State House, known as Independence Hall, that the original 13 colonies should separate from Great Britain. Franklin founded the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, his long-time home. The city also gave birth the seamstress Betsy Ross, who made the first American flag.
Lake Powell, the second largest man-made lake in the United States, is a lot more than just a mecca for houseboats. The lake, which was created on the Utah-Arizona border by the Glen Canyon Dam, has been enchanting visitors since the 1960s with its gorgeous scenery.
"I don't think there's anything like this anywhere," said Steven Ward of Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas. "You got the crystal clear water. You got the huge, giant, 2,000-foot sandstone cliffs, the blue sky. Those colors together make it absolutely beautiful."
The beauty of the lake has been attracting wake boarders, too.
"Powell is really recognized as a wakeboarding lake," said Mike Ennen, a professional wake boarder. "This is unreal, unreal lake. Best scenery out of anything in the world for wakeboarding. And it just goes on forever."
At 186 miles long, Lake Powell is awe-inspiring.