Railroad Park is a 19 acre green space in downtown Birmingham that celebrates the industrial and artistic heritage of our great city. Situated along 1st Avenue South, between 14th and 18th Streets, the park is a joint effort between the City of Birmingham and the Railroad Park Foundation. Hailed as "Birmingham's Living Room," Railroad Park provides a historically rich venue for local recreation, family activities, concerts, and cultural events, while connecting Birmingham's downtown area with Southside and UAB's campus.
Running for 444 miles through Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi, the Natchez Trace Parkway is a gorgeous historic parkway that welcomes bicyclists, cars and pedestrians. From its earliest inhabitants in 800 A.D. to the troops who marched it under Andrew Jackson, every milepost tells a story.
Located along the north bank of the St. Johns River, Jacksonville Landing offers waterfront dining, exclusive nightclubs, outdoor concerts and shopping. The Landing hosts more than 350 events each year, including festivities for the Florida-Georgia college football matchup, an annual Christmas tree lighting, a St. Patrick's Day celebration and a New Year's Eve party.
This town in central Alaska advertises its ZIP code (99705) as "Santa's ZIP Code." And why not? After all, it's got the right name -- even if the reason for it is more about economics than holiday spirit. When a development company bought the area in 1952, it decided to call it North Pole in the hopes of attracting a toy manufacturer or theme-park developer to the area. While that didn't pan out the way the developers had hoped, the town does lay claim to the Santa Claus House, the "official" home of the jolly gift-giver. A 42-foot tall, 900-pound Santa statue welcomes visitors to the sprawling store, which, predictably, specializes in Christmas-related merchandise and collectibles.
The first thing people usually think of when you mention architecture in Venice, Calif., is the Chiat-Day Building, aka the “Binocular Building,” built by Frank O. Gehry and Associates and artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen for the giant advertising firm. It’s now the L.A.-area home of Google.
Residents of this southeast Portland neighborhood make sure their holiday light displays live up to their street's colorful namesake. A tradition since the 1920s, Peacock Lane's decor definitely has glimmer and glitz, but it also strives to be different, with rotating Christmas trees and lifelike replicas of Santa and Frosty the Snowman. You can safely stroll down Peacock Lane on "pedestrian only" nights, or pick up a ride in a horse-drawn carriage that will deliver you to the neighborhood and back to your car in style.