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Seeing America

The GPS is set, and I’m ready to drive

The GPS was set. The music was blaring – the Black Crowes’ rendition of “God’s Got It.” There was a driving rain outside the window, but I had a destination in mind. Finally, the interstate unceremoniously gives way to a state highway. Before long, the relatively flat landscape yields to the mountainous North Georgia terrain, but the rain and the fog obscure any splendid views that these hills promise on a clear day. Flea markets

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News

Upload your picture, win a GPS

ATLANTA – Travelers, load your camera with film or a new memory card and start snapping. The Georgia Department of Economic Development is sponsoring the “Great GPS Giveaway sweepstakes.” Between now and October, photographers can submit their photos to www.ExploreGeorgia.org for a chance to win a GPS. Submitted pictures will also be considered for use in state publications, such as the state’s official 2010 Travel Guide. For more information, including rules and regulations, log onto

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Seeing America

‘Big Shanty, 20 minutes for breakfast’

KENNESAW, Ga. – The General steam locomotive pulled the morning passenger train, winding its way through the rural Georgia countryside. Shortly before 6 a.m. on a rainy morning, Engineer Jeff Cain blew the locomotive’s whistle to signal that Big Shanty was approaching. “Big Shanty, 20 minutes for breakfast,” Conductor William A. Fuller said. The train pulled into the station, and passengers, along with the crew, exited the train and made their way into the Lacy

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Seeing America

Standing where the raiders once stood

MARIETTA, Ga. – The Kennesaw House is an impressive building, even by today’s standards. But its role in one of the most fascinating events of the Civil War is what makes it truly unique. Built in 1845 as a cotton warehouse, it is one of the oldest buildings in Marietta, and it has witnessed a lot over the years. After serving as a warehouse for some time, the building was converted into the Fletcher House

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Civil War Trail

‘A needless effusion of blood’

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. – As William T. Sherman rode through the North Georgia countryside in the 1840s, he took note of one particular engineering feat. The year was 1844, and the Western & Atlantic Railroad was under construction between Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tenn. As the railroad – known as the “Crookedest Railroad in the World” – made its way north, Allatoona Mountain stood in its path. Engineers cut a pass through the mountain. The result was

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Globetrotting

The slow train to Atami

ATAMI, Japan — The regular commuter train from Tokyo to Japan is slow, to say the least — especially compared to the high-speed bullet trains that speed across the countryside. The local train stops at town after town, and the crowd of people aboard the train as we pulled out of Tokyo thins out more and more with each stop. The world outside the train’s window turns from cityscape to countryside with each mile of the

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News

Travel cuts raise concern

Meetings and travel are vital to the economy. That’s the upshot of a new message from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Given the current economic conditions, it’s no surprise businesses are looking to cut costs. And that will directly impact cities like Vegas that heavily rely on the business travel dollar. “We are extremely concerned about the unintended consequences of restricting corporate meetings, events and incentive travel programs. Business-related travel creates 2.4 million

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Globetrotting

A fish market, sushi and beer for breakfast

TOKYO – The aroma was quite apparent from the moment I stepped off the subway. With each step, the smell of fresh fish grew stronger. Just a few steps away from the station is the Tsukiji Fish Market, a place like no other in Japan or the world. Located in central Tokyo’s Tsukiji district, the market is the world’s largest wholesale fish and seafood market. On any given morning, the market is a flurry of