Transit lines just don’t just offer a way to get around a city. Some are tourist attractions themselves, says Sam Schwartz, a transportation consultant who runs GridlockSam.com. For example, he says it’s hard not to be charmed by funiculars, hill-climbing railcars linked by cables, which first rose to prominence in the 19th century. He also has a weakness for trams and streetcars.
Whether your dream car’s a record-setting Ferrari or a humble Volkswagen Beetle, you can indulge your motorized fantasy at auto museums across the country. “They speak to the imagination,” says Ken Gross, a former museum director who now curates auto exhibits at fine art museums. “A lot of people remember the cars of their youth, both the cars they had, and the cars they wanted.” He shares some favorite displays with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY.
Two months ago, a 12-year-old boy visiting an Arkansas diamond mine uncovered a 5-carat brown gem valued at as much as $15,000. The country is scattered with mines and sites that welcome treasure hunters. (Gem Hunt, a series about the gem industry, premieres Oct.15 on the Travel Channel.) Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, a family travel expert at MiniTime.com, shares some favorite spots with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY. Alabama Gold CampLineville, Ala. The gold rush wasn't limited to the West.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
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