Nashville, Tenn., gallery owner Meg MacFadyen thinks summertime and tomatoes are such perfect soul mates she created an entire festival in their tribute. The former Charlotte resident and South Meck high school alum is the founder and head tomato behind the wildly popular annual Tomato Art Fest.
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Every summer the people of Fukushima prefecture have gathered to honor the ancient traditions of the Samurai at the Soma Nomaoi festival. The festival started as a military exercise more than 1000 years ago by Taira no Kojiro Masakado the founder of the Soma Clan. The three-day Shinto festival sees more than 500 horsemen recreate ancient battle scenes from the Edo Period (1603-1869).
One high roller requests a refrigerator full of bananas that he squeezes and throws as he gambles. Another urinates against a wall. Other high-stakes players described by a pit manager at Mohegan Sun, one of the world's largest casinos, throw chairs, scream at dealers and expect rules to be bent at the tables.
I woke at 8:30 one Friday morning in a pitch-black hotel room, slipped on a robe, pulled back the curtains between me and my balcony and stepped out for a stunning Memphis view: hundreds of people ambling through the aisles of a Bass Pro Shops store.
Much of Disneyland is built to scale to create the illusion of a full-scale experience. The trains circling the park and the Mark Twain Riverboat are built to five-eighth scale. Sleeping Beauty Castle and the storefronts on Main Street, U.S.A., use forced perspective to make the buildings appear taller.
The 1,400 lakes sprinkled throughout Lake County add to the distinct character of a bucolic Central Florida gem. The diverse set of attractions and annual events draws visitors who enjoy the outdoorsy, laid-back vibe.
Jason Frye, a Wilmington, N.C.-based travel writer, zeroes in on the Southeast. His third guidebook, "Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trip," was published in May (Moon/Avalon Travel, $19.99), with four more books for Moon lined up for 2016. Two will be about the Carolinas, one about Asheville and the fourth about Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Stanley Park. Granville Island. If you've been to Vancouver, British Columbia, you've probably been to those two top spots. But the park's lovely Seawall walk and the farmers market can be jammed with tourists and locals on summer weekends.