Since its inception in 1991, the Keene Pumpkin Festival has set eight world records for amassing the largest number of lit of jack-o'-lanterns in one location. Close to 1,000 volunteers labor for three days to carve more than 28,000 pumpkins, which line the streets and tower 50 feet above the town center.
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Headless Horseman Hayride in Ulster, N.Y.
Just a short car ride from Sleepy Hollow – the inspiration for Washington Irving's famous story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" – this small town in New York puts a terrifying twist on the traditional hayride. The one-mile journey winds through acres of gloomy woods, full of sinister scenes and creepy characters lurking behind the bushes. The hair-raising ride culminates with an appearance from the Headless Horseman himself. If you can handle another scare after finishing the hayride, this 45-acre attraction also features a corn maze and six haunted houses.
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13th Gate and Necropolis 13 in Baton Rouge, La.
Sprawling across two city blocks, 13th Gate Haunted House isn't afraid to deliver in-your-face shocks. Visitors of this 40,000-square-foot attraction get up close and personal with terrifyingly realistic sets, from crawling through a creepy crematory oven to staggering over a rickety bridge suspended over hundreds of live snakes. If you make it through the haunted house, you still have to survive a half-mile, cemetery-themed maze infested with more than 50 zombies. The only escape: Run!
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Reuse Abandoned Picture Frames
Picture frames are dirt-cheap at yard sales, estate sales and flea markets. Pick up a few in different sizes and shapes to create an eclectic gallery wall.
Robert's Western World in Nashville
Nashville’s honky tonks are a thing of legends, and to understand Nashville you really must visit them on Broadway Ave. There’ll be music, maybe some dancing, and maybe the next big star gracing the stage ... or a certifiable star next to you singing along.
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Nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park offers excursions that transport you back in time and let you relive an era when steam-driven locomotives were an essential part of everyday life. Trips to Cass are filled with rich histories of the past, unparalleled views of a vast wilderness area, and close-up encounters with the sights and sounds of original steam-driven locomotives.
The town of Cass remains relatively unchanged. The restored company houses add to the charm and atmosphere of the town. From the company store and museum to the train depot, you'll find an abundance of things to do prior to your departure on the historic Cass Railroad.
The Cass Scenic Railroad is the same line built in 1901 to haul lumber to the mill in Cass. The locomotives are the same Shay locomotives used in Cass, and in the rain forests of British Columbia for more than a half-century. The passenger cars are old logging flat-cars refurbished and made into passenger cars.
Once you board the train, the real excitement begins! The great pistons of the carefully restored Shay locomotive will start pulsing, driven by hundreds of pounds of steam pressure. The shaft begins turning, the wheels find traction, and the locomotive begins to move. With thick, black smoke belching from its stack, the train pulls away from the station, passing the old water tower from which the locomotive tanks are filled. As the train rounds the curve up Leatherbark Creek, you'll pass the Cass Shop, where the locomotives are serviced and repaired, and a graveyard of antiquated, but fascinating equipment on sidetracks. As the pressure builds, the locomotive is driven at full steam, and the laborious journey up the mountain toward the two switchbacks begin. The loud huff of the stack, the clanking of gears and pistons, the furious scream of the whistle at the crossings, and the ever present clackety-clack of the rails will indeed make you feel as if you have been transported back i
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Cumberland Park provides a great venue for both tourists and locals to get out and enjoy the outdoors, as well as amazing views of downtown Nashville.
Find the Mark
Also look for a maker's mark, a stamp or engraving on the bottom of the piece indicating the manufacturer, country of origin, manufactured date and even how many were created. Maker's marks help determine the value of the piece.
Take in Canada’s great outdoors aboard the Rocky Mountaineer. This fleet of 60 railcars offers passengers a choice of 4 breathtaking routes: 3 train routes through British Columbia to Alberta, Banff or Jasper and a fourth from Vancouver to Whistler. In 2013, a new route connects Seattle to the Canadian Rockies -- all aboard for the Coastal Passage!
Coach seats are bench style in Pullman cars from the roaring 1920s, the club car has a mahogany bar, first class enjoys captain-style seats, and a double-decker dome car offers passengers a bird's-eye view.
Located just 90 miles from Denver, Estes Park has served as the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park for 100 years. The town has come a long way since the 1990s, most recently surviving the "500-year" flood.