In Hawaii, Santa doesn't arrive by sleigh -- he much prefers an outrigger canoe, to say nothing of the traditional palaka costume he wears in lieu of red velvet. Each December, he alights on the shore by the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach hotel, where the public can greet his arrival and pose for pictures.
The best place to start your South Dakota adventure is Rapid City, which is an ideal base for exploring such nearby attractions as the Mount Rushmore National Memorial (pictured), Custer State Park and the Crazy Horse Memorial. Stay at the historic Hotel Alex Johnson and enjoy fun side trips to Cosmos Mystery Area and Reptile Gardens.
The world-famous parade known as Mardi Gras is part of a week-long festival of street celebrations, floats and beads-galore. The city-wide event takes place every year before the season of Lent. Mardi Grad, or Fat Tuesday, is the day before Ash Wednesday -- the final day of Carnival. Visitors come from all over to be a part of the festivities, and for many locals, it is the most anticipated event of the year.
Planning a trip to the nation’s 25th state? Here’s a suggested travel plan that begins with the state capital, Little Rock. Brush up on your U.S. history at the Old State House Museum and the Clinton Presidential Library. Others significant sights include the State Capital and the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. The whole family will enjoy the Museum of Discovery and exploring the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center. Exercise enthusiasts will want to check out the hiking trails at nearby Pinnacle Mountain State Park (pictured), which offers panoramic views from the summit.
Artist Bri Land founded Adrift In My Mind out of a desire to create beautiful wall decor and tabletops from discarded, forgotten wood. Pieces are geometric in design and can be described as both rustic and modern. All pieces are designed and handmade by Bri Land at her Houston-based studio. Featured in DIY Network's Blog Cabin 2015, her Aztec-inspired wall art is made from discarded flooring from a house in Houston.