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Do US military submarines ever get caught in fishing nets?

I am the author of ,Operation Ivy Bells,, a semi-autobiographical novel from the Cold War about submarine and deep diving espionage (,Operation Ivy Bells: A Mac McDowell Mission (Mac McDowell Series Book 1) - Kindle edition by Robert G. Williscroft, Gary McCluskey. Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.,) In one chapter I describe how the ,USS Halibut, got herself tangled in Japanese trawler nets. Here is the excerpt from the book: OPERATION IVY BELLS MIDDLE OF CHAPTER NINE One night about fifteen days into the voyage, I had the watch. Somehow we managed to stumble right into the middle of a Japanese fishing fleet. Sonar detected a huge factory ship, the type that stays at sea for months at a time, and a whole lot of small trawlers. Within ten minutes I was completely overwhelmed with targets on my tracking screen, and I could only imagine what Sonar was dealing with in the Sonar shack. Every few seconds Sonar hit me with another contact. In less than ten minutes we had designated over twenty-five contacts. Apparently we had come up on the factory ship to the north, and did not initially detect the rest of the fishing fleet to the south. I turned a bit south to remain fully clear of the factory ship, and almost immediately found myself in the midst of the trawler fleet – and that's significant, because trawlers drag long trawl nets behind them, at depths up to 150 feet or more. I slowed down to a crawl, and called the Skipper by sound-powered phone to tell him what was going on. He decided to get up and come to Control for a while, since the situation was a bit dicey. Just as he entered the Conn, all hell broke loose. The first thing was a shudder we all felt throughout the entire sub. Almost immediately, Maneuvering called me on the squawk box, reporting heavy current draw, and a sudden strong resistance on both shafts. "All stop!" I ordered, to stop the screws from turning, and instructed Ballast Control to put the sub into hover, "Maintain two-hundred feet." And then as an afterthought, "Stand by to use thrusters." Pots had the BCP. I ordered him to find Senior Chief Gunty to relieve him so he could get back to Maneuvering to help out. The Skipper sat down in his chair, a padded, raised executive seat at the back of the conning station. He didn't interfere, but I was keenly aware that he was right behind me, ready to jump in if I did anything he didn't like. "Reactor Scram! Reactor Scram!" That was all I needed. A reactor scram is when all the control rods drop into the reactor core, effectively shutting the reactor down. It's an automatic safety measure that absolutely protects an overloaded reactor from any damage. But it also shuts it down completely, and that immediately shuts down the turbine's steam supply, which also immediately shuts down the generators, and everything else run directly or indirectly by the reactor. That left me with only the diesel engines and the battery. For obvious reasons we couldn't run the diesels at 200 feet, and I didn't think the Skipper wanted to surface in the middle of the fishing fleet. Besides, we were clearly hung up on something. "Shift to emergency power, battery," I ordered, glad that I had already sent Pots back to Maneuvering. Throughout the sub, most of the lights went out, and emergency lights powered up, driven by the large lead-acid batteries built under the Control Room deck. "Avoid all unnecessary movement about the ship," I announced over the 1MC loudspeaker system. Gunty was going to have enough trouble maintaining the propulsionless hover without having to compensate for people moving about the sub. I answered the sound-powered phone's shrill burr. "It's Dirk, Mac. Here's the plant status." "Hold a moment," I interrupted. Let me get the Skipper on line. I motioned for the Skipper to pick up the sound-powered handset by his chair. "Captain," he said calmly. "Here's the plant status, Sir. We pulled a terrific strain on the port shaft, and loaded down the starboard shaft as well. Can't see any inside damage, but don't know for sure yet. Still investigating. The lopsided strain cascaded back through the system, setting off the Scram. There appears to be no damage. I'll give you a follow-on report as soon as we know more." The Skipper replaced the handset and asked, "Well, what do you think, Mac?" "The ,Von Steuben, caught a deep tow cable coming out of the Med several years ago – right after I got my commission." I paused, reflecting on that event, and comparing it to now. "But this is different. I think we snagged a trawl net. With that Can on our stern, we certainly have enough places it could hang up." The Skipper nodded in agreement. "We probably snagged a really deep one. When they realized they were snagged, and they obviously couldn't shake it loose, they probably dropped or cut their tow lines. They had nearly everything out anyway. I think one or both the steel tow cables wrapped around the port shaft, jamming it, and then wrapped around the starboard shaft, but didn't actually bind it." I started to picture the consternation and panic on the Japanese trawler. "If they have any smarts," I added, "they probably figure they caught a sub." The Engineer called back to tell us that there appeared to be no damage. But he could not test the shafts until he got the reactor back on line, and that was going to take another hour. "Skipper," I said, "we're not going anywhere. Let's deploy the Basketball to examine what really happened. Then I can send my guys out to cut off anything caught on the Can, and clear the shafts. The Skipper thought it over for a minute or two. "Make it so," he said. "Captain has the Deck and the Conn. Batman to Control." "Batman" was the nickname of Special Operations Officer, Lieutenant Commander Lonie Franken-Ester, so called because he was in charge of the Bat Cave, the forward compartment that had been the cruise missile launch facility in an earlier incarnation of ,Halibut,. He was also in charge of deploying and manipulating the Basketball – a basketball-size camera-carrying remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Live images were sent to the Display Room in the Bat Cave, and they could also be seen on the Control monitor and in the Dive Locker. Lonie got his instructions and went forward to launch the Basketball. A few minutes later the Control monitor flickered. Shortly, the screen resolved into a moving image of a portion of our starboard hull illuminated by a beam of light from the Basketball as it moved upward from the Aquarium – the double-lock hull penetration in the Bat Cave used to deploy the Basketball, the fish,,4, and to retrieve items from deployed divers. The Basketball moved up to the deck hanging about twenty feet out, and slid back toward the stern. Senior Chief Buck Christman was driving the Basketball from the Display Room. He had a fine touch. The Basketball moved smoothly, without jerks or hesitation. Its beam picked up the Can. "Look at that, Skipper," I said as the screen filled with the trawl net covered chamber. Buck brought the Basketball alongside the Can to look under it. It appeared that the net had somehow wrapped itself completely around the Can and then got draped over the rudder, which we could clearly see as Buck panned to the stern. Then he followed the net tow cable from the rudder down to the port screw, where it was intertwined in the screw blades. Then he followed it under the hull and wrapped around the starboard shaft. "It looks doable," I said to the Skipper, and left to get my guys going. Japanese Trawler towing a pelagic net CHAPTER TEN I grabbed Ham and Jack, and sat them down in the Wardroom where I explained the situation. "We caught a Nip trawl net on the Can, and I think they cut their steel tow cables as soon as they discovered their problem. Since the trawl net was a long way out, the cables had a lot of lead, and one got picked up by the port screw as they fell and wrapped around the shaft. The starboard shaft probably picked up the bitter end." Jack whistled while Ham just looked thoughtful. "We're gonna go fix it," I added. "Give us something to do besides drill." Ham laughed. "Too bad. I had a good one cooked up for this evening." "Let's put two guys in the water, and one each in both locks," I said, "Jimmy, Whitey in the water, and Bill and Ski in the locks." I stood and stretched. "I need to stay aboard, 'cause if shit hits the fan while they're out there, I want to make sure Control doesn't do something stupid." I paused. "Besides, I guess I got us into this mess." "Shit, Mac, give it a rest!" Ham reacted. "The way I see it, you saved the mission – assuming we get this shit off us – and maybe even the boat." I appreciated the praise, especially coming from Ham, but I was still beating myself up for getting us into the situation in the first place. If I had just given it a bit more thought when Sonar reported the factory ship. I should have given it a much wider berth, so in my book, it was my fault. That's what I told the Old Man. He's still mulling it over. "Jack, I want you to stick to Ham like stink on shit." I grinned at him. "This is not routine by any means. We're diving over-bottom (that is, the ocean bottom is below the maximum depth we can dive – in this case, way below it, maybe as much as 12,000 feet at our location), and we're hovering in mid-column at about two-hundred feet." I stood up again. "Get 'em out, do the job, and get 'em back." About a half-hour later we were assembled in the Dive Locker tucked into the forward end of the sub's after compartment. Jimmy, Whitey, and Bill were suited up and climbing up the ladder through the lock and into the Can. Ski followed them. Ham was setting in the dive parameters, with Jack double-checking each setting. Jer and Harry were taking up space and getting in the way. "Harry, you stand by to help Ham," I said; we needed a mobile person around for this. "And Jer, you get some shut-eye in case we need some relief back here." He wouldn't sleep, but we needed some room. Although I wanted the guys to be on their toes, realistically, this was a pretty routine dive. In fact, under normal circumstances, we could have done it with our regular Scuba gear, although the guys would have been a bit narced. They would have been perfectly fine on Nitrox or Tri-mix, but we didn't have time to mix the gases, and besides, why give up an opportunity to strut our stuff? Just as the guys settled down in the Can, the lights flickered, and the main lighting came back on. "Looks like the reactor's back on line," I said to Ham. "I'm going to the Conn. You got the watch." As I left, I noticed that Jack made the proper log entry. The Captain still had the Deck. He asked me if I was ready to take over again. "If it's alright with you, Skipper, I'd rather hang out here to keep on top of the hover, but be available to get back to the dive station if I'm needed there." "Any problems?" "No, Sir, but this is an over-bottom dive, and even though we know what's out there, there may be more to it when my guys get on scene." "I agree." He picked up the 1MC mike. "XO to the Conn." Commander Fred Roken arrived shortly, and assumed the watch from the Skipper after being briefed on the status. The Skipper remained in his chair, retaining an overview of everything. I stayed near his chair, keeping an eye on the monitor that currently gave me a view of the dive console over Ham's shoulder. I picked up a headset with a boom mike that tied into the dive communication system. "Dive, Conn, what's your status?" "Conn, Dive, we're pressing down the Can. We'll be there in five minutes." Ham flipped a switch on the console, and I could see the divers in the Can on the now split screen. Jimmy was squeezing his nose – clearing was always difficult for him on the first dive, Whitey and Ski were yawning – they could clear with no problem, and Bill looked bored – he had Eustachian tubes the size of pencils. "Conn, Dive, at two-hundred. Designate Petty Officer James Tanner 'Red Diver;' designate Petty Officer Melvin Ford 'Green Diver.' Divers entering outer lock." "Conn, Aye," I acknowledged. Sometimes, when things are happening really fast, you just don't get around to acknowledging every call, but you're supposed to do it, and if something ever goes wrong, the log had better show that you did acknowledge. Otherwise the big red finger may be pointing right at you. Actually, we really did do things by the book. What we did was dangerous, even under the best of circumstances. The guys in harm's way were my responsibility; but even more, they were my friends. "Dive Control, Outer Lock. Permission to crack the lower hatch." Bill was talking, his voice squeaky and distorted by the compressed helium. He didn't need any electronic unscrambling because we were only at 200 feet, but you still had to listen closely to understand him. "Outer Lock, this is Dive Control. Wait on that." This meant that Jimmy, Whitey, and Bill had entered the outer lock, and sealed the hatch. I turned to the Skipper. It was his boat, and Ham was about to breach watertight integrity. The Skipper nodded his permission. "Dive, Conn. Permission granted." Ham immediately said, "Outer Lock, Dive Control. Crack the lower hatch." On the screen the Skipper and I watched as Bill leaned over the lower hatch and turned the locking wheel to the left. After a few seconds he looked up and gave a thumbs-up. "Hatch unlocked," Bill announced to no one in particular. "Dive Control, Aye." We all could see that the hatch didn't lift off its seat. "Open the interlock bleed valve from both sides," Ham ordered. The divers would need to equalize the lock pressure to the outside, and Ham wanted both locks to be at the same pressure. Opening this small valve would maintain the same pressure in both locks, so long as the pressure in either lock didn't change too rapidly. Bill and Ski complied, although I couldn't see Ski in the main lock because the split screen showed Dive Control and the outer lock. "Bleed the pressure," Ham then ordered. "Roger." Bill reached for a ball-valve handle near the top of the lock, and turned it slightly. Buck was monitoring our conversation, and lifted the Basketball to get a view of the top of the Can. A steady stream of bubbles began to rise from the outside of the Can where the outside bleed valve was located. I glanced over at the BCP and the depth gauge. We were at 195 feet. I caught the XO's attention and glanced at the depth gauge. "Mind your depth, Diving Officer," the XO ordered. "Aye, Sir." Chris was mildly embarrassed, but it is not easy maintaining an exact depth in the open ocean, especially when you have zero forward speed. Chris was doing okay. A boomer has automatic hover equipment that sucks water in and out of a specially designed hover tank so efficiently that the boat can remain within about six inches of desired depth. But we were in an aging nuke that never was designed to do any of the things we were demanding of her. On balance, she was holding up pretty well. The hover kept Gunty busy as hell. I saw what he had done. He was running water into one tank and out of another simultaneously, while partially opening and shutting the flow control valves to give him the required momentum. Just before we hit 195 feet, one of his tanks had reached capacity while he was still emptying the other – so we got a bit light. By the time Chris received his admonition, Gunty had it back under control. What they were doing was actually pretty slick – especially since none of us had ever done it before. As we settled back down, the lower hatch in the outer lock suddenly popped up a couple of inches, and Bill closed the external bleed valve before the lock could flood. Jimmy lifted the hatch back on its springs. The hatch was cocked halfway back, and would remain open. "Securing the hatch," Jimmy announced as he fastened the hook that prevented the hatch from swinging shut accidentally during an unexpected ship's movement. "Roger that. Suit up," Ham ordered. Each diver donned his bright yellow Mark 11 backpack with its bulky canister, bottles, gauges, and connectors, attached the hot water hose to the suit connector; and then each slipped the Kirby-Morgan helmets over their heads, and hooked them up to the gas hoses from the backpack and umbilical. "Outer Lock and Dive Control, Red Diver. Comm check." "Dive Control, Aye." "Outer Lock, Aye." "Outer Lock and Dive Control, Green Diver. Comm check." "Dive Control, Aye." "Outer Lock, Aye." It takes a while to tell the story, but it happened quickly. Remember, we were in a hurry. "Divers go!" Ham ordered. With Bill feeding umbilical, Jimmy lowered himself through the open hatch, followed immediately by Whitey. Buck brought the Basketball down, so we watched the divers enter the water on the split screen. "Red and Green Diver, Comm check." Ham was just making sure, and I understood. We were hovering at 200 feet with divers tethered to our ass. It was dicey, to say the least. "Red Diver, Aye." Jimmy's voice sounded squeaky and muffled, and his breathing noise made it even more difficult to understand him. "Green Diver, Aye." Same for Whitey. "Dive Control, Red Diver, we confirm the problem. The Can's completely covered with a trawl net, and it's draped completely around, and then back across the rudder." He paused. "Whitey – your light…" On the split screen I could see the beam of brightness barely visible in the darkened water column as Buck focused in on Whitey. "Look, Whitey…see!" We could sense his excitement, even through the distorted helium speech. "Dive Control, Red Diver, there's one tow cable wrapped in the port screw. It extends right from the net caught around the Can. It passes under the stern and is wrapped around the starboard shaft." And then, "Let's go, Whitey. We can cut this sucker loose." For the next ten minutes all we heard was heavy breathing mixed in with gas bubbling sounds as we watched the divers struggle with their knives and the tough fiber of the trawl net. Then, suddenly, the net slid out of the view of the Basketball. "That does it, Dive Control." It wasn't exactly according to the book, but Jimmy had earned the right. "The net's on its way to the bottom, Dive Control." "Sheeeit!" Whitey suddenly squeaked, sounding like nothing so much as one of the Christmas chipmunks. "Down, Jimmy!" There was no mistaking his intent. "Right now!" Buck rotated the Basketball upward toward Whitey just in time to see a dark shadow sweep past the divers. "Dive Control, Green Diver. Can you take us down about another fifty feet or so? We nearly got snagged by another trawl net." The XO looked to me, and I nodded emphatically. "Make your depth two-hundred fifty feet – take her down slow and easy," he ordered. "Two-hundred fifty feet slow and easy, Aye," Chris said, as Gunty adjusted his flow valves. "We're going to two-fifty, Ham. Track her down," I ordered through my boom mike. "Dive Control, Aye." The sub began a slow, level descent. I kept an eye on the Can depth gauge visible on the monitor, while I watched the effect on the split screen as Buck kept pace with his Basketball. That guy was really good. While we were descending, he went back to the screws for a closer look. "That was close, Dive Control," Whitey said. "The net actually slid across the sub's sail." "Dive Control, Red Diver. Can you have Engineering jack the starboard shaft a bit in reverse to loosen up the cable?" "Hold on that, Red Diver." Then Ham made a formal request. "Conn, Dive Control. Can you jack the starboard shaft back a couple of turns?" The Skipper nodded and picked up his handset. "Roger that, Dive Control. Stand by." The Skipper explained to Dirk what he needed. Dirk had already anticipated the need to do this, and was ready on both shafts. Buck moved in for a closer look, and we could see the shaft rotate to the left in short jerks. Within two minutes we heard a squeaky whoop. "Hold the starboard shaft…that's great!" Jimmy said. Buck pulled back to give them room, and we watched them struggling with the cable, working the bitter end up and over the shaft once, and then again. We heard a lot of squeaky huffing and puffing. And then the cable disappeared from view. "OK – that did it. The starboard shaft's free. The cable is hanging from the port screw, but it's way too heavy for us to get it off." Buck moved farther away to get a larger view, but it was dark and difficult to make out. "Roger, Red Diver." I was sure Ham really wanted a good view of what was happening out there. "OK, Dive Control." Jimmy sounded a bit winded. "Now we need you to jack the port shaft in reverse – slowly. With a bit of luck, the cable will pull free and snake to the bottom." Once again, Buck moved in from the stern, behind the screw, which gave us a great view of the action. "Roger that, Red Diver." The Skipper started talking on his handset again. He kept it to his ear. The screw started turning very slowly. "That's it!" squeaked Jimmy. "Slowly…slowly…" And then, "Stop! Stop!" Even on the monitor we could see that the cable had crossed itself. The Skipper said something to the handset. "The cable crossed," Jimmy told us. "Jack forward about a quarter turn." The Skipper passed it on. "OK – Stop!" Heavy breathing. On the monitor the cable snapped free from its constraining hold on the other wrap. "Now back slowly…" More heavy breathing, from both divers. "Slow…slow…SLOWER!" The Skipper stayed with him. And suddenly, the cable started slipping through the screw blades. "Bingo! That's it! We did it!" Squeak or no, he definitely was excited. "Let's get the fuck outa here!" Buck stayed with them until they reached the bottom of the Can. Then he headed back for the Aquarium. Ten minutes later we could see Jimmy and Whitey emerging into the outer lock through the lower hatch. Bill had wrapped their umbilicals on the bulkhead hooks as they swam to the hatch, and now he pulled them into the lock. He unhooked the hatch and swung it closed. Whitey stooped to spin the locking wheel. "Dive Control, Outer Lock, hatch secured." "Dive Control, Aye." "Conn, ROV Ops, we're secured and the hatch is shut." And that was it. I gave the Skipper a thumbs-up, and he ordered the XO to secure the hover and get the ship underway. I headed back to the dive locker. The guys had been out for about an hour at a maximum depth of 250 feet on standard heliox. Ham or Jack would have already worked out the decompression schedule. I needed to check it, and then we could start bringing the guys back to the "surface." It would take a while, but that's what we got paid for.

How did Chinese food become popular in the USA?

Background: I am Canadian citizen from Indian origin, soon be here for 50 years, I did fair bit of travelling in the U.S. for business and pleasure. I also live just across the border, and U.S.A is like second home to me, plus half of my family work and live in the USA. I have been in food/dairy/flavor industry for a good portion of my life and have tremendous interest in foods/dairy and flavors. I believe with these qualifications and experience I could write a few words on this topic. Chinese were there at a right time : In case we trace the history of migration of Chinese to North America, let us face it there were a few fields where early Chinese and Indian migrant fit in the grand equation of the hierarchy of mighty melting pot. Chinese and Indian early migrant were not rocket scientists, they came to escape the extreme poverty of their native lands. I must qualify this statement this scenario was valid for most of the people who came to this part of the world. Off course there were “ rocket scientist “ were there, but I believe in low numbers. Chinese had two choices : Laundry and food. Indians had two choices: lumber mills and farming. Chinese were in food business for a long time, and they kept at it, as we all know Chinese small restaurants are/were family affair, their model is/was high volume and low profits. Most of the cases wife/husband did the cooking and one family member run the cash register and other waited the tables. This self employment kept the union, high wages, sickness, and calling in sick at the rush days was out of question. They kept the “ holes in the walls” humming with Peking and now Beijing Duck humming even on Xmas eve, and Xmas day. These restaurants are/were 24/7, 365, okay may 364, except Chinese new year, and occasion entertainment a good game Myjong upstairs. Chinese continued to improve, modify and add variety: Chinese did not rest on their laurels of their meager successes, sure some of their off springs went to Ivy Leagues, but parents continued their love for restaurant business. Sure as the bright young people minted their fresh MBAs and showed their parents, let us do it in a different way so the upscale Chinese restaurants came in place. Chinese took every advantage of the American psyche: Americans love fast service and quick in and out, Chinese did assembly line operation they did same as Henry Ford did to auto industry, Henry Ford wanted a car for every family, Chinese did the same Chinese food for every American. Super speed…..price……and service, and well fortune cookie did the trick in the end, to read good news that you will meet a beautiful partner/bf/gf today. Chinese put a pipe line importing chefs, restaurant staff, supplies, delivery and the whole nine yards…….Just in time delivery same as in auto industry. No inventory, no waste, no storage………cost savings passed on to the customer. Big bang for the buck: Low on meat/sea food, other than thin stripes green vegetables, leafy vegetables, and tons of rice did the trick, American consumer got a good bang for the buck, and some times and very often took a doggy bag with him/her too. In fact in fact most of the time for take out you sometimes may get two meals out of one, with dilution at home with your fresh salad or other minor stuff. Chinese did adjustment to fit the palate of Americans With their endless cooking methods, sauces and condiments and well free Chinese tea did the trick, when you cut the cost of beverage included this food is/was very competitive as compared to fried chicken and burgers. These foods are expensive because of heavy meat content or all meat content. New generation of Americans are very experimental with foods. Gone are days of Meat and Potatoes now new generation like to try different cuisine, new generation is very widely traveled and eating different cuisine is a kind of fashion and talking point. Chinese Buffet. Again based on high volume low profits, these buffet style restaurants most of them are great hit, with big eaters and also with very picky eaters. Take out: With two people working there is hardly any time for traditional family eating and cooking time, therefore keep the Chinese take out number handy, as 911, and delivery is its way, when kids are asking tired mom : what is for dinner? Chinese foods are relatively healthy: Some of Chinese food can put American fried foods to shame but there are fair number of choices which do not pack a big punch in calories. Conclusion: I would say being at right time and place, American were looking for a change, new generation change in eating habits, quality, service and price delivered the product. Chinese became master of this industry as Henry Ford did in auto industry, high volume low profits, quality service and price with very fast delivery. Now they are well entrenched in the industry, never mind USA they are ruling in this industry all around the world, they even made dent in world capital of cuisines France. One of my ex bosses summed up who was in France on a very long term assignment: I asked him how did you like the French cuisine: he said : most of the time he did have time, and in fact he ate almost all the time Chinese take out, it was fast, delicious, and very cost effective. In my view: Chinese have cornered this industry never mind mighty USA, but all around the world, they studied arts/science and business of foods, they continuously improved non stop. They were in food business for a long time and now they are seeing the fruits of their hard labor. My salute to their hard work, the way I see it, their success is success of man kind, we all are beneficiary from this one way or the other. I copied lot of good stuff from them, and I want keep learning from the grand and great masters.

Will Trump worsen climate change?

This is the easiest question on Quora! In a Nation with the greatest freedom in the world, where people have the greatest economic freedom of choice, where people drive the economy with that choice (not government central planning), where people are free to choose their rate and volume of consumption, where business sectors exist and grow due to the free choice of consumer demand, it appears that fossil-fuel and energy consumption is also a choice, not mandated. Reduction in fossil-fuel and energy consumption is a choice; you are free to make that choice. Republican U.S. Congressional Representative Thomas Massie, Kentucky’s 4th District in Northern Kentucky, ,lives off-grid in his in Garrison Kentucky home,. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT, and is best known for his clashes with Democrats over energy and environmental policy. (Just as Republican President Richard Nixon did when he created the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1970, his US Clean Air Act in 1970, or his 1972 US Clean Water Act in 1972.) Was Republican U.S. Congressional Representative Thomas Massie forced to reduce his carbon footprint, or did he do it on his own volition? Is the magnitude of your carbon footprint your choice, or does President Trump nullify your decision and force you to consume fossil-fuels? If people are convinced fossil-fuel consumption is the driver of climate change, what prevents them from reducing their carbon footprint? President Trump? Every joule of energy one uses has a consequence, expends resources, and leaves an anthropogenic footprint. The entire complex of consumerism and conspicuous consumption is founded on fossil-fuels, from raw materials, to production, to delivery, to use, to disposal. CNN, “,…56% of registered voters nationwide believe climate change is an emergency, and those numbers were much higher among Democrats (84%) and independents (63%). By contrast, 81% of Republicans said they did not believe climate change is an emergency.” So 56% of registered voters in the US believe climate change is an “emergency”, yet they are unwilling to reduce personal consumption, reduce home size, reduce electric demand (no air-conditioning, wash less frequently, no clothes dryer, etc.), reduce home heating fuels (turn down the thermostat), reduce freshwater use, reduce petrol consumption: move closer to place of employment, drive less frequently, own a smaller fuel efficient vehicle, etc., rid themselves of devices containing lanthanides and environmental destructive high waste-high water intensive mined materials: smart phones, most electronics, etc. So the 56% of registered voters in the US believe that climate change is an “emergency”, why do they not revert back to the 1920’s, or move to Kenya. So 56% of registered voters in the US believe climate change is an “emergency”, yet since 1999 the US average size of new single-family homes is 10% higher at 2,602 square feet, while the median size is 14% higher at 2,392 square feet. In 2019 most US auto manufactures will eliminate or reduce the production of small cars and replace the capacity with SUV vehicles. The average annual electricity consumption for a US residential utility customer was 10,872 kilowatt-hours (kWh) in 2018, an increase of over 8% since 1999. ,Does your government need 13 agencies to tell you to move closer to place of employment, buy a smaller house, smaller car, turn off you air conditioner and turn down your winter thermostat? I choose not to purchase products based on my personal beliefs; I ask why are climate change alarmist are denied this choice by President Trump? Smoking cigarettes is harmful to one’s health, one quits smoking to preserve one’s health. If one believes that fossil-fuels are harmful to life on earth, one quits using fossil-fuels to preserve life on earth. Simple, reducing your carbon footprint is your choice. The US is Free-Market Economy, Citizens, Residents, and Foreign Nationals such as myself, are free to reduce fossil-fuel consumption. There appears to be a simple method to reduce fossil-fuel use, reduce your patronization of the industry. But President Trump will not permit you by Executive Order to reduce personal consumption, reduce home size, reduce electric demand (no air-conditioning, wash less frequently, no clothes dryer, etc.), reduce home heating fuels (turn down the thermostat), reduce freshwater use, reduce petrol consumption: move closer to place of employment, drive less frequently, or own a smaller fuel efficient vehicle? So people in the US are not allowed to reduce dependence on fossil-fuels? You need Government interaction, a tax or a law? I suggest you come to Europe, may I suggest France, and see firsthand who green-taxes effect (It is not the wealthy), may I suggest German Energiewende politics, and see firsthand who the highest household electricity prices in Europe effect (It is not the wealthy)… In Europe we know the ramifications of IPCC carbon taxes. IPCC SPECIAL REPORT Global Warming of 1.5 ºC Chapter 5 Sustainable Development, Poverty Eradication and Reducing Inequalities “Poverty Eradication and Reducing Inequalities” is exactly what it reads. We tax your carbon use; we give the tax money to third-world countries (after we take our cut) so they can use their fair share of fossil-fuels. Do as I say, not as I do., The US voices of climate change (e.g. Leonardo DiCaprio, Harrison Ford, Cameron Diaz, Sting, Jane Fonda, Al Gore, and John Kerry) live in mansions using excessively more resources and fossil-fuels then the average citizen. Those not worthy, the ignorant middle-class, must be regulated and taxed. Ha, what was your last movie, where is your Ivy League Diploma, where is your private jet, who is your chauffeur… shut the hell-up and make your sacrifice. Will (President) Trump worsen climate change (,sic,)? President Trump maintains the same lifestyle as when elected. However, there are former Executive office holders that have aggravated their fossil-fuel use since prior to their holding the office. Obama Effort to Fight Climate Change! Obama’s strong belief in the 2015 COP21 “Paris Accords” which he personally signed does his best to reduce fossil-fuel use. Obama and Michele, wonderful ordinary people that live by principles. After leaving office the Obama family moves into an 8,200-square-foot mansion in the exclusive Kalorama neighbourhood of Washington, D.C. He is chauffeured by excessive fuel using Limousine and Private Jet. Obama just purchased a 29-acre Martha’s Vineyard estate, a seven-bedroom, and eight-bath, 6,892-square-foot oceanfront mansion. Obama purchased an oceanfront estate almost a year to the date, 7 Sept 2018, at the University of Illinois at Urbana where he chided the US for excessive energy consumption and President Trump not enforcing the conditions of the Paris Accord and Obama warned of rising seas and danger of people living oceanfront. Obama’s carbon footprint is estimated to be 18 times greater than the average US American. He never intended to reduce “his” carbon footprint; he agreed to reduce “your” carbon footprint, you non-Harvard working-class plebs. Politics and Climate Change The “New Green Deal” will do nothing but transform (regress) the US way of life. The “New Green Deal” is an extension of the Obama “apology” tour. Pay penance for your countries success, your hard-work, your mother and father’s hard-work, your grandparent’s hard-work, your founding fathers vision; global welfare “trumps” hard-work and success. There are two aspects to the “New Green Deal”. 1. Who receives the government funds? 2. Who makes the sacrifice? What bureaucrat or committee chooses the recipients for Green initiatives funding? Remember the lost billions of US Government funded bankrupt green-energy companies, Evergreen Solar, Abound Solar, SpectraWatt, Solyndra, Beacon Power, SunPower, First Solar, EnerDel’s Ener1, Amonix, and 582 other failures, all failures. The US government debt is equivalent to 106.10 percent of the US Gross Domestic Product. The US is in debt, and funding for the “La La Land-Crony-Capitalism-BS- New Green Deal” will be monetized debt, borrowed, or from increased taxes. From Biden to Warren the “New Green Deal” will cost trillions of dollars, the US does not have, cannot afford, with zero-return-on-investment. Joe Biden and Bernie Sander’s support of the “New Green Deal” is redolent of, “…tell me about the rabbits George”. Elizabeth Warren’s support of the “New Green Deal” will certainly not include her sacrifice; she has Harvard on her résumé. Why will the foolish Americans not accept the fact, “you are not an Elite”. You are the “someone” in “…someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more”, not the Elites. Do think you that Obama, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, John Kerry, Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio, or Jane Fonda has any concern with respect to utility cost or carbon tax? Do you believe they tell their children to turn off the lights, put-on more clothing in winter rather than turn up the thermostat, take-off clothing in the summer rather than turn down the thermostat, worry about the cost of gasoline? If you believe they do, then you voted for Hillary. Does President Trump tell his children to turn off the lights, put-on more clothing in winter rather than turn up the thermostat, take-off clothing in the summer rather than turn down the thermostat, worry about the cost of gasoline? Probably not, but he is “not” telling you, “you need to sacrifice and your hard-earned piece of the pie should go to someone else based on guilt in the name of fairness”. In the COP21 “Paris Accords” under the agreement with Obama, China would have no emission limits until 2030, then not required to reduce emissions, only to “cap at that level”. Why is China’s interest placed above yours? What leader would agree to that? Is it your fault they are less developed? Politics and Economics We continue to hear politicians with no scientific background or elementary understandings of physics promote government “green-energy” programs, with no quantifiable goals. In Europe we have tax penalty “reduced” our carbon footprint. However, more effectively our energy development is in the competitive private sector, entities with results based on science attract investors and have an impact on fossil-fuel consumption. If competitive “mature technology” fossil-fuel replacements were available, investors in the US and around the world would be lining-up for the opportunity to invest. That is how technology works. I was not required or directed to invest in Amazon, it was a good investment. Why is it assumed the evil energy suppliers know that ,Free, Green Energy is cheaper; free solar and wind have a high Capital Return-on-Investment, and yet are unwilling to endorse and use such sources of energy without tax incentive? They do not want high-investment returns, they do not wish generate higher revenues, and they just want to go-broke and destroy the world by climate change? It is quite easy; because President Trump forces Americans to consume excessive amounts of evil energy suppliers product. Possibly fossil-fuel consumption is what we learned in ECON 101, “product supply is determined by product demand”. It is a travesty that the Supply of this product is due to President Trump forcing you to Demand excessive amounts of this product. Will Trump worsen climate change? Answer: ,YES!!!! He is forcing Americans to use fossil-fuels. President Trump is colluding with the Russians not to allow Americans to reduce home size, reduce electric demand (no air-conditioning, wash less frequently, no clothes dryer, etc.), reduce home heating fuels (turn down the thermostat), reduce freshwater use, reduce petrol consumption: move closer to place of employment, drive less frequently, or own a smaller fuel efficient vehicle. The next impeachable offence: President Trump forced Obama to purchase two fossil-fueled mansions (after the Russians told him to). That is your Answer.

Each time the U.S. elects a Republican as President they claim he is bad as Hitler. Is there any truth in that or are Democrat's ignoring history?

It’s nothing but left-wing political rhetoric. Every Republican President since Nixon is either evil or a moron, often both. Since most went to Ivy League schools, this is obviously false. President Trump went to UPenn, Ford and both Bushes went to Yale. If they were such idiots, how did they win? I guess liberals aren’t so smart after all!

Who was Bill Bradley and what was he best known for?

An interesting question there, Mike, thanks for including me in the folks you tagged to make a response to it. Years before representing the state of New Jersey in the United States Senate, Bill Bradley was a polished basketball standout at a prestigious Ivy League school (Princeton). This class act also went on to win an NBA Championship with the New York Knickerbockers (←—my Granny’s reference to them any time they matched up against our Boston Celtics). Joining Bill Bradley on the Knickerbockers were his following teammates —→ Phil Jackson (Yes, that Phil Jackson of the Chicago Bulls & Los Angeles Lakers championship coaching fame); Willis Reed; Walt “Clyde” Frazier; and Dave DeBusschere. In essence, Bill Bradley is one of the best & brightest people on this blue & green planet.

What are some mind-blowing facts that sound unreal but are actually true?

Moon Landings Humans have been on the moon six times . . . All six moon landings occurred when the US President was Richard Nixon. Invasions of Russia Countries to have invaded the Soviet Union or Russia include Germany, France, and . . . Sweden! Swedish invasion of Russia - Wikipedia Henry Ford and the Nazis The Ford Motor Company founder was awarded the Grand Cross of the German Eagle from the Nazis. Henry Ford receiving the Grand Cross of the German Eagle from Nazi officials, 1938 Samuel L. Jackson and Dr. King The Pulp Fiction and Star Wars actor served as an usher at the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Samuel L. Jackson - Wikipedia Nirvana and Soundgarden brains and brawn Jason Everman was kicked out of both Seattle grunge bands. He then went into the US Army, eventually becoming a Green Beret. After leaving the military, Everman graduated from Columbia University. So Nirvana and Soundgarden have a Green Beret and an Ivy Leaguer among their alumni. Jason Everman - Wikipedia More on Jason: Edit- Other countries have invaded Russia/Soviet Union, so I changed the wording to “included.”

Which university has the most beautiful campus in the world?

Shaded by rows of live oak trees, rolling lawns with St. Augustine grass brilliantly green, and graced with architecturally harmonious buildings (with an Italian Renaissance look?), this is a truly beautiful campus. It's hard to believe that Downtown Houston is nearby and the huge Texas Medical Center is immediately adjacent. ,Beautiful Campus ... - Review of Rice University, Houston, TX - TripAdvisor Rice is beautiful in that as it expanded, the original Mediteranean architecture is maintained. New buildings fit an overall vision, not added haphazardly. The style resembles certain buildings at the University of Southern California, which however show no consistency. While it is located near the huge Texas Medical Center, the school is secluded by arbory. The 100 Most Beautiful College Campuses In America 18. Rice University – Houston, Texas The campus of Rice University may be relatively diminutive at only 295 acres, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in lush green expanses and stunning wooded areas. Threaded through the grounds is the Lynn R. Lowrey Arboretum, which with its approximately 4,200 shrubs and trees is a treat for any budding botanist – or indeed those who just love to bask in the beauty of nature. On the architectural front, Rice doesn’t disappoint either, thanks to splendid buildings like the iconic Lovett Hall. This Mediterranean-inspired stone and brick edifice was constructed in 1911, based on the designs of noted American architect Ralph Adams Cram and Princeton faculty member and inaugural Rice president Edgar Odell Lovett. The university itself was established in Houston, Texas in 1912. 2017's Most Beautiful College Campuses | The Best Colleges.org 42. Rice University Located in downtown Houston’s Museum District, Rice University has still found a way to provide plenty of green space for its students. Priding itself as an environmentally responsible campus, Duncan Hall, the Math and Science Center, is one of the favorite buildings on campus. Two newer residential dorms, McMurtry College and Duncan College, are LEED Gold certified. Based on the request of the University’s first president’s watchful eye, nearly every building on campus was crafted in Byzantine style featuring sand and pink-colored bricks, large archways, and columns. America’s Most Beautiful College Campuses Courtesy of Rice University Rice University: Houston Don’t be fooled by Rice’s urban address. A double row of majestic oak trees encloses its perimeter—a harbinger of the lush 285-acre campus to come, divided into quadrangles and planted with 4,300-plus elms, hickories, maples, and other trees (a ratio of more than one for each undergrad). The oldest buildings, like the standout Lovett Hall, borrow elements of medieval southern European architecture, including grand, arched passageways and rose-hued brick.—Ratha Tep America’s Most Beautiful College Campuses Take a crash course in architecture at the country’s most beautiful college campuses. Dan Addison/ U. Va. Public Affairs by ,Travel + Leisure, Staff “If you ask freshmen why they chose their ,colleges,, they usually say one of two things,” says Baltimore architect Adam Gross, who’s worked on projects at the University of Virginia and Swarthmore. “Either they got a good financial aid package or they thought the campus was beautiful.” America’s most beautiful college campuses, have the power not only to sway indecisive high school students, of course, but also to attract tourists. Their appeal comes through varying combinations of awe-inspiring architecture, landscaping, and surroundings. To choose among more than 2,600 four-year American colleges, we considered these three key factors as well as architects’ expert opinions. “The most important thing to realize is that how landscaping and buildings interconnect is as important as the buildings themselves,” explains Boston-based architect Mark deShong. At Princeton University, for example, “It’s really about landscape,” he says. The campus connects its ivy-covered gray stone buildings with footpaths, idyllic small greens, and courtyards that create an intimate village-like scale. Architectural coherence also plays a role in making a campus beautiful. Take the University of San Diego, which sticks to one architectural style: the Spanish Renaissance, with its elaborate façades, delicate ironwork, and carved wood. Ocean views and palm-tree-lined courtyards are extra selling points. Yale can’t compete when it comes to location, but it has embraced one architectural movement after another. As Robert A. M. Stern, dean of Yale’s School of Architecture, puts it: “Our campus is a living history of the architecture and urbanism of its three centuries in New Haven.” Whatever your taste, you’ll find a structure to your liking on a campus stroll, perhaps dorms designed by 1960s starchitect Eero Saarinen or James Gamble Rogers’s imposing Gothic bell tower. But no assessment of America’s campuses would be complete without the University of Virginia. “You might think it looks like all these other campuses, but it’s the first to look like that,” says deShong. He cites founder and architect Thomas Jefferson’s then-novel concept of flanking a lawn with pavilions linked by colonnades and a grand library at its head. New York-based architect Alexander Cooper concurs: “UVA remains the masterpiece of American campus planning.” So plan your own trip to check out these campus masterpieces. Think we missed a beautiful campus? Tell us why it should make the grade by posting a comment below. —,Ratha Tep Tina Case of Case Rust Photography Stanford University: Palo Alto, CA The entryway to Stanford’s 8,180-acre campus is arguably the grandest of any college campus: a mile-long, tree-lined Palm Drive leads up to the expansive green oval Main Quad, surrounded by red-clay-roof-tiled buildings, and the campus’s crown architectural jewel, Memorial Church, with its striking mosaic façade. Beauty continues at the Cantor Arts Center's collection of 170 bronzes by Auguste Rodin, one of the largest beyond Paris, including the ,Gates of Hell ,and ,The Burghers of Calais,, one of twenty pieces in the outdoor sculpture garden. The view of campus—and all the way to San Francisco on a clear day—is best captured from the Hoover Tower observation platform.,—Ratha Tep Berry College Berry College: Mount Berry, GA This rural college holds a lofty record: it’s the world’s largest contiguous college campus in the world, with more than 27,000 acres of fields, lakes, forests, and mountains. Berry makes prime use of its setting too, with numerous reflecting pools and fountains situated nearby its beautiful English Gothic–inspired buildings like the Ford Dining Hall, Ford Auditorium, and Mary Hall, made possible by the school’s largest benefactor—Henry Ford. A new, 800-square-foot welcome center, planned to be a ",simple but beautiful structure," is in the works. —,Ratha Tep Dennis MacDonald / Alamy University of Notre Dame: South Bend, IN It’s hard to miss the glistening golden dome of the university’s Main Building, not to mention the neo-Gothic Basilica of the Sacred Heart that defines this 173-year-old Catholic school. Besides gorgeous architecture, the campus is chock-full of lush quads, where students congregate to kick back when they’re not in class—or at the football stadium. A sculpture park of granite, steel, and bronze works appeared in 2014.—,Joshua Pramis imac/ Alamy Florida Southern College: Lakeland, FL What do Ellis Island and Florida Southern College have in common? They’re among the 40 U.S. spots that have recently been put under watch by the World Monument Fund as endangered cultural sites. You might also be surprised to learn that Florida Southern—on a hillside overlooking Lake Hollingsworth—has the world’s largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, including the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel with its colored pieces of glass and wrought-iron tower. It was dubbed the "first uniquely American campus" by Wright himself. Other accolades? It was dubbed a National Historic Landmark in 2012.—,Ratha Tep Courtesy of University of Cincinnati University of Cincinnati: Cincinnati, OH A decades-long renewal topping $1 billion is paying dividends for Cincy, which has cultivated a strikingly modern look—and proven that “it doesn’t need ivy-covered brick walls” to be beautiful, as UC Magazine put it. Notable architects Michael Graves, Charles Gwathmey, Frank Gehry, and Peter Eisenman have each made their mark on the campus, whose Main Street leads to the prow-shaped Steger Student Life Center and the Tangeman University Center, which, in 2005, dramatically repositioned the original clock tower atop a skylight in a 90-foot atrium.—,Kate Appleton Courtesy of University of San Diego University of San Diego: San Diego Some campuses are an amalgam of styles; the University of San Diego sticks to just one, and what a glorious one it has chosen—the Spanish Renaissance, with its elaborate façades, delicate ironwork, and carved woodwork. Ocean views and palm-tree-lined courtyards only add to the paradise-on-campus appeal. The Immaculata Chapel, with its piercingly blue dome and solid bronze front door is visible from much of the city, and is a photo-op worthy landmark on the campus. Walk around the Garden of the Sea, behind the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, and linger alongside the serene reflecting pool and gardens overlooking Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean.—,Ratha Tep Peter Aaron/Esto Bard College: Annandale-on-Hudson, NY Frank Gehry’s Fisher Center—an undulating work of glass and brushed stainless steel—showcases Bard’s thriving arts scene throughout the year (current college president Leon Botstein himself is an accomplished conductor). The center is on the contemporary side of the rural campus’s architectural spectrum, which goes back to the 19th-century Blithewood Mansion and its manicured Italian garden. Pathways make for easy exploring, with the Catskill Mountains visible in the distance. —,Kate Appleton Courtesy of Lewis and Clark College Lewis & Clark College: Portland, OR Six miles from downtown lies this 137-acre parklike campus of verdant forests, sweeping pathways, and stone walls. A tree walk with native species encountered by the two explorers for whom the college was named on their epic journey west surrounds the Frank Manor House—originally built as a 35-room private mansion. The landmark estate gardens house a terraced Reflecting Pool, bordered by a wall of wisteria, which boasts a stellar view of Mount Hood.—,Ratha Tep Courtesy of Rice University Rice University: Houston Don’t be fooled by Rice’s urban address. A double row of majestic oak trees encloses its perimeter—a harbinger of the lush 285-acre campus to come, divided into quadrangles and planted with 4,300-plus elms, hickories, maples, and other trees (a ratio of more than one for each undergrad). The oldest buildings, like the standout Lovett Hall, borrow elements of medieval southern European architecture, including grand, arched passageways and rose-hued brick.—,Ratha Tep Courtesy of Cornell University Cornell University: Ithaca, NY Ambitious campus planners wanted to create a main quad over dramatic Cayuga Lake, the longest of the Finger Lakes. “It’s the idea of putting education on a high platform,” says architect Mark deShong. That original plan evolved, and the beautiful setting now accommodates both historic structures (McGraw Tower) and contemporary ones like the I. M. Pei–designed Johnson Museum of Art—whose walls screen movies on summer evenings—and the new Milstein Hall by Rem Koolhaas. Prospective students (and their parents) are always impressed by Cascadilla Gorge, whose eight waterfalls drop more than 400 feet from Cornell’s campus to downtown Ithaca, the 25-acre botanical gardens, and Cornell Plantation’s 150-acre arboretum. Climb to the Newman Overlook for a sweeping panoramic view.—,Ratha Tep University of the South, Sewanee Sewanee, The University of the South: Sewanee, TN This 13,000-acre rural campus on the Cumberland Plateau overlooking the Tennessee Valley combines Gothic-inspired architecture with magnificent surroundings: forest, lakefront bluffs, and a garden ravine that follows a stream through campus. In spring, it blooms with daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips. The univresity's All Saints’ Chapel draws inspiration from the University Church at Oxford and Notre Dame in Paris. Catch a performance at the on-site Tennessee Williams Center, named after the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright who left his estate to Sewanee.—,Ratha Tep University of Washington/University Photography University of Washington: Seattle The eye-catching Collegiate Gothic Suzzallo Library at UW’s Seattle campus has 35-foot-high stained-glass windows and elaborately gilded vaulted ceilings that soar 65 feet in the air. But come spring, the Quad’s 31 Yoshino cherry trees steal the spotlight with blooms of delicate pink petals set against red-brick buildings (peak cherry blossom season, mid-March to early April). The Drumheller Fountain is a great spot for views of snowcapped Mount Rainier, and musical acts are best seen at the newly renovated Neptune Theatre, which debuted in the University District in 1921. —,Ratha Tep Princeton University; Office of Communications Princeton University: Princeton, NJ Gray stone buildings like the University Chapel and Cleveland Tower are pure Collegiate Gothic splendor. But the 500-acre campus’s beauty extends beyond their doors. “Princeton has beautiful buildings, but the exquisite landscaping amplifies them even more,” explains Boston-based architect Mark deShong. Courtyards, idyllic small greens, and crisscrossing footpaths dot the campus. The handsome ivy-covered Nassau Hall is not only the oldest building on campus, but also a former home to the Continental Congress.Don't miss the Princeton Art Museum's varied collection, which ranges from remarkable Mayan Jaina figures to Andy Warhol’s ,Blue Marilyn,.—,Ratha Tep Courtesy of Kenyon College Office of Public Affairs Kenyon College: Gambier, OH Kenyon’s hilltop setting in tiny Gambier makes for one of the country’s most idyllic campus walks: the 10-foot-wide Middle Path, which spans the length of the college and through town, shaded by massive trees that glow fiery orange in the fall. Veer off the path for Kenyon’s castle-like Victorian Gothic Ascension Hall and the Greek Revival Rosse Hall with its elegant columns. The college’s first permanent building, Old Kenyon, stands out with its multicolored spire.—,Ratha Tep Courtesy of Swarthmore College Swarthmore College: Swarthmore, PA Just southwest of Philadelphia, Swarthmore’s Scott Arboretum nurtures idyllic gardens of hydrangea, lilacs, and tree peonies and a courtyard devoted to fragrant trees and shrubs. The highlight is its outdoor amphitheater, a series of cascading lawn-covered stone tiers shaded by tulip trees and surrounded by Crum Woods and its holly and rhododendron collections.The Dean Bond Rose Garden has 200-plus varieties and views of stately Parrish Hall in the background.—,Ratha Tep Courtesy of Indiana University Indiana University: Bloomington, IN To explore IU’s flagship campus, follow the meticulously kept red-brick path that starts at the Sample Gates and winds through Dunn Woods, filled with 80 varieties of mature trees, and the Old Crescent Historic District with its carved limestone structures. Among the most impressive is the Student Building with its soaring clock tower. In spring, the flowbeds bloom with bright red tulips along the limestone Sample Gates. Yearround, I.M. Pei’s IU Art Museum displays more than 30,000 works of art by the likes of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. For a more controversial look at the human body, tour the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. —,Ratha Tep Dan Addison/ U. Va. Public Affairs University of Virginia: Charlottesville, VA How’s this for honors? UVA is the only university in the U.S. to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and Thomas Jefferson chose its founding to be one of only three of his many accomplishments noted on his gravestone (being president wasn’t among them). Jefferson designed the campus’s since-copied layout and even hired its initial faculty and planned the curriculum. Highlights of this elegant campus include the Neoclassical domed Rotunda, modeled after the Pantheon in Rome, and the Small Special Collections Library, which showcases the most comprehensive collection of letters, documents, and early printings of the Declaration of Independence.—,Ratha Tep Michael Marsland/ Yale University Yale University: New Haven, CT While some campuses hold stubbornly onto their pasts, Yale embraces changing architectural movements. “Our campus is a living history of the architecture and urbanism of its three centuries in New Haven,” notes Robert A. M. Stern, dean of Yale’s School of Architecture. The collection spans from the Georgian-style red-brick Connecticut Hall (whose construction predates the Revolutionary War) to the Postmodernist (is it a turtle? a whale?) Ingalls Rink by Eero Saarinen and the School of Management's new Edward P. Evans Hall: a Norman Foster project completed in 2014. Duck inside the wondrous Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, which houses volumes in a six-story glass-enclosed tower, set against translucent grained Vermont marble panels.—,Ratha Tep Chris Hildreth, Duke Photography Duke University: Durham, NC Much of this Collegiate Gothic wonderland, including soaring Duke Chapel, was designed by Julian Abele, one of the country’s first prominent African American architects. But Duke’s campus isn’t all Gothic-inspired marvel. Among its newest architectural gems are the glass-walled Karl and Mary Ellen von der Heyden Pavilion and the Rafael Viñoly–designed Nasher Museum of Art—five pavilions shaped in a loose radial pattern that house contemporary works by Andy Warhol and Kara Walker.—,Ratha Tep George Rose/ Getty Images University of Colorado at Boulder The flagship university of Colorado combines sweeping views of the snowcapped Rocky Mountains and Flatirons, a gorgeous natural setting that includes a serene lake and two creeks, and ruggedly beautiful buildings to match. Most, including the grand Norlin Library, feature a distinct Tuscan-meets-the-West architectural style of local sandstone walls, red tile roofs, and limestone trim.—,Ratha Tep Images-USA/ Alamy University of Wisconsin–Madison There are a number of campuses set on pretty lakes, but none commands its lakeshore setting quite like the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Its august Memorial Union and outdoor stone Terrace, dotted with bright green, orange, and yellow starburst chairs, practically hug the shores of Lake Mendota. Another building on campus occupying prime real estate: the white-columned hilltop Bascom Hall. —,Ratha Tep Courtesy of Wellesley College Wellesley College: Wellesley, MA Only 12 miles west of Boston, Wellesley’s 500-acre campus is another world entirely, with pathways that meander through sprawling meadows, groves of conifers and hardwoods that surround tranquil Lake Waban, and 19th-century brick buildings tucked into the wooded hillsides. Sixteen greenhouses, lush with tropical, subtropical, and desert plantings, stay green straight through the long northeastern winters.—,Ratha Tep Joel Pattinson/ The College of William and Mary The College of William & Mary: Williamsburg, VA Named for its royal English founders, William & Mary is the second-oldest college in the U.S. (Harvard came first) and is anchored by the brick Wren Building, whose weather vane bears the founding date of 1693. Students sprawl on the grassy Sunken Garden, which stretches from the Wren to Crim Dell Pond. Duke of Gloucester Street links the 1,200-acre campus to the town of Williamsburg—a throwback to the college’s colonial days. —,Kate Appleton Courtesy of St. Olaf College, Marketing and Communications St. Olaf College: Northfield, MN Norwegian-Americans opened St. Olaf in the late 19th-century amid wetlands, woods, and prairie grass—and the college prides itself on environmental stewardship. A wind turbine supplies up to a third of its energy, and LEED Platinum–certified Regents Hall has a plant-filled greenhouse that overlooks two of the campus’s earliest, loveliest landmarks: the Old Main and Steensland Hall, with its Greek Revival columns, porch, and dome.—,Kate Appleton Ian Bradshaw Scripps College: Claremont, CA The Mission Revival–style buildings—popular in California when Scripps was founded in 1926—and campus landscaping are artistically connected thanks to the careful coordination of architect Gordon Kaufmann and landscape architect Edward Huntsman-Trout. Unlike many other palm tree–lined southern California campuses, Scripps also has an abundance of deciduous trees that turn rich shades of red and orange in autumn. —,Lyndsey Matthews iStockphoto University of Chicago: Chicago Located in the South Side Hyde Park neighborhood, this campus blends traditional English Gothic style with the modern designs of Eero Saarinen and Mies van der Rohe—across 215 acres that include an official botanical garden. Be sure to pay attention to details: many of the gargoyles on the ivy-covered buildings date back to the end of the 1893 Columbian Exposition, when the campus was constructed. —,Lyndsey Matthews Jim Roese Bryn Mawr: Bryn Mawr, PA The first example of the Collegiate Gothic style created by architects Cope and Stewardson (who drew influences from Oxford and Cambridge universities) is found at this women’s liberal arts college. Campuses across the U.S., including Princeton and Washington University in St. Louis, went on to emulate the look of Bryn Mawr’s Pembroke Hall. But the buildings aren’t the only lookers; Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park, helped with the layout of the campus’s 135 tree-covered acres. —,Lyndsey Matthews Courtesy of Furman University Furman University: Greenville, SC The serene landscape of this 750-acre wooded university is focused around a lake and the landmark Bell Tower. From a Buddhist temple beside the school’s Asia Garden—full of irises, bamboo, and camellias—to a replica of Henry David Thoreau’s home, the setting on this campus is as diverse as its student body. Oh, and did we mention the 18-hole golf course and miles of walking trails? —,Joshua Pramis Vespasian / Alamy Vanderbilt University: Nashville, TN Sure, it might be planted just outside of downtown Nashville, but you certainly wouldn’t know by looking around. The campus actually doubles as a sprawling arboretum. With some 170 species of trees scattered across 300-plus acres and sightings of hawks, owls, and cardinals, it’s easy to forget you’re actually in the middle of a city. Italianate-style Kirkland Hall is an orienting landmark and helps give the campus an atmosphere that T+L commenter ,blevins, called “civility personified.” —,Kate Appleton 2017's Most Beautiful College Campuses | The Best Colleges.org When choosing a college, many students overlook one of the most important factors: quality of life. At ,The Best Colleges, one of our goals is to emphasize to students the importance of the context and learning environment in which they choose to get educated. In polling that we’ve conducted of recent college graduates, there is one thing in particular that stands out as playing a vital role in how a student perceives her last four years of education. ,The campus setting,. And beautiful college campuses rule the day. Because students who graduate from beautiful campuses typically report higher overall satisfaction with their college experience, we decided to put together these rankings of the 50 prettiest college campuses of 2017 in the United States. 50. University of Minnesota Not only is the main campus of the University of ,Minnesota, located in the “Happiest City in America” it also starts our list of the prettiest college campuses in the country. Ranked as a Public Ivy school for its excellence in academic standards, this campus boasts great facilities like the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, and the oldest building on campus, Pillsbury Hall. Students will enjoy the view between the East and West sides of campus as they cross the Mississippi river via the Washington Avenue Bridge. 49. Wake Forest University Consistently ranked among the Top 25 universities in the country, Wake Forest boasts the T.K. Hearn Plaza (the Quad) as a hub for student life. This feature allow for plenty of social gathering opportunities and is also the site of the infamous “Rolling the Quad” after major sports victories for the ,Demon Deacons,. The Reynolda Campus area hosts all of the Undergrad programs as well as a few of the Graduate programs, in buildings that pull from regional architectural influences. The Z. Smith Reynolds Library, named after the foundation for which major funding was dispersed during the early 1900s, features views of the 350 acres designated in the Carolina hills for the campus. 48. University of Colorado-Boulder Among the top public universities in the country, the University of ,Colorado, also features great facilities to round-out student life and benefit social experiences. The main campus west end features ,The Hill, which includes lots of shopping, bars, restaurants and some prime residential spots for students wishing to not live in a dormitory setting. One of the most well-known buildings on the sprawling campus is the ,Mackey Auditorium,. The building houses most performing arts programs for the University and was fashioned with a Neo-Gothic style. Most buildings on campus incorporate local products like sandstone and multi-leveled roofs that feature red tiles. Campus also features the Center for Community AKA the C4C a state-of-the-art facility for students which features commonly used student facilities as well as a 25% more energy efficient dining hall for the students. It’s not just the views that are great from the C4C, you can also eat there 24 hours a day. 47. Northwestern University While everyone loves a good weekend in Chi-town, students attending the suburban campus of Northwester in the Evanston, Illinois area will tell you that the historical importance of their campus adds to its charm. Located on the edge of Lake Michigan, the campus offers great spring and summer breezes but may also see a few feet of lake-effect snow in the winter! Students will be greeted by “The Arch” as they walk onto the main campus, introducing you to the late 1800’s architecture. University Hall is the second building constructed on campus (1869) and the oldest building still standing. In a vast difference from the “historical” side of campus don’t miss the University Library, built in 1970, which features a Brutalist style. 46. Scripps College Ranked as one of the top private college’s exclusively for women in the country, the gorgeous California campus features mostly Mission Revival-inspired architecture including the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery and the Margaret Fowler Garden area. The campus, which prides itself on sustainability, also features lush landscaping throughout the campus, that features tulip trees, sycamores, almond and orange trees. The Claremont campus has been featured in ,The Princeton Review, for accolades such as “Dorms Like Palaces” (#4), “Most Beautiful Campus” (#17), and “Best Campus Food” (#19). 45. Bryn Mawr College Named for the town it’s located in (itself named for a Welsh word meaning “big hill”), this ,Pennsylvania, campus features beautiful buildings such as the M. Carey Thomas Library which is surrounded by the Cloisters area, an open area of the campus that includes a fountain and green space. Much of the campus was designed by noted landscape designers Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted. Some of the women’s college’s other notable buildings include the beautiful Great Hall building and the Marjorie Walter Goodhart Theater, full of ornamental ironwork designs by Samuel Yellin in the Gothic Revival style. 44. Texas A&M University Texas A&M boasts one of the largest campuses in America at 5200 acres. When you think of Texas A&M you think about the 12th man and Kyle Field. Steeped in tradition, the crowds at Aggie Football games are some of the best in the land. Spread out on the vast campus is the library of former President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, as well as the Corps Arches in the Quadrangle, an area featured to honor and welcome Cadets to the campus. 43. Florida State University The Tallahassee chop has a long history in college football but exploring the gorgeous campus is as good a way to spend a Saturday as taking in a Florida State football game. The Florida State campus features several historical “Southern Style” dorms and buildings as well as the stoic Heritage Tower and the signature Spanish moss sprawling over the campus. The Heritage Grove is one of the most noteworthy areas of Florida State, featuring several interesting buildings and sports complexes as well the Westcott building, one of the most prominent on campus. 42. Rice University Located in downtown Houston’s Museum District, Rice University has still found a way to provide plenty of green space for its students. Priding itself as an environmentally responsible campus, Duncan Hall, the Math and Science Center, is one of the favorite buildings on campus. Two newer residential dorms, McMurtry College and Duncan College, are LEED Gold certified. Based on the request of the University’s first president’s watchful eye, nearly every building on campus was crafted in Byzantine style featuring sand and pink-colored bricks, large archways, and columns. 41. Sweet Briar College Located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Sweet Briar College is another women’s college on our list of beautiful campuses. Most of the campus buildings feature the architecture of Ralph Adams Cram. One of the highlights of the campus is the Equestrian center (situated on approximately 130 acres) which hosts the schools 7-riding teams. 21 of the 30 campus buildings have been designated by the National Historic Registrar’s office as historic buildings. 40. University of California-Santa Cruz When you compile a lists of the most beautiful campuses in the country, you could in theory list dozens of schools up and down the Pacific Coast that get a huge boost for their beautiful settings but for our list we’re only including the best of the best. The campus of UC Santa Cruz certainly fits. It’s nestled near Monterrey Bay and boasts natural wonders like Porter Caves, a hiking trails and open space reserve called Pogonip, and multiple views of California’s trademark Redwoods. 39. University of San Diego The small private University of San Diego features stunning Pacific Ocean views from the Alcala Park corner of campus but of course, with the campus being in San Diego it’s all gorgeous. If the Alcala views aren’t enough for you, stroll around campus and you’ll be able to take in breath-taking views of the San Diego Harbor, the Coronado Islands, and La Jolla. Nearly every building located on the campus features a 16th-century Spanish Renaissance architectural style, of course keeping close to the founders Catholic roots. 38. Wellesley College Located just 12 miles west of downtown Boston, one of the top women’s institutions in the country has loads of charm. The 500 acre campus offers elite female students opportunities with over 50 bachelor degrees as well as the opportunity to compete in NCAA Division III sports. The campus was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., who hailed from Boston, and was determined that the look of the campus would not be average but far superior to any other campus. Some favorite spots on campus designed by Olmstead and his team include the wooded areas surrounding Lake Waban and the open meadows contained within the limits of campus. The designers made sure to design the campus so that it was well integrated into the topography of the area, instead of following the typical quad surrounded by buildings set up that was popular and ubiquitous at the time. 37. Rollins College Nestled just outside of Orlando, Florida, Rollins College sits along the banks of Lake Virginia. This small private college boasts great year-round weather and keeping with the Florida lifestyle, even offers something called “Fox Day” every year, a time when all students are encouraged to miss class and enjoy the local community (i.e. Disney!). In 2000, the New York Times did a feature on a campus standout, a memorial called the ,Peace Monument,, which was constructed of a German artillery shell surrendered by Germany at the end of the First World War. 36. Whitman College While you may have heard of Whitman College, you may not realize that it is located in Wall Walla, ,Washington,. The campus, built around the natural beauty of Walla Walla, features miles of trails, streams, ponds, and numerous outdoor sculptures. Many of the buildings on campus cling to a Victorian design scheme, but several of the new facilities have been erected with more modern designs. One of the largest areas of the campus is known as Ankeny Field, which is the main quad area. The campus also holds the deed to a local nature preserve, the Johnston Wilderness Campus, which is used for social events and research purposes. 35. Duke University While Duke is commonly recognized as a top institution of learning, it can also claim beautiful grounds. The 8600 acre campus features highlights like the Duke Chapel and the Perkins Library. Nearly every building on the west side of campus was constructed with Collegiate Gothic architecture in mind. Some of the east side campus buildings, including several dormitories, have been designed Georgian-style, including the famous Baldwin Auditorium. For the nature lovers, the Duke Forest is a must see. The over 700 acre-wood contains a variety of trees and is an active area for science research. The Sarah P. Duke Memorial Gardens is also a must visit. 34. Sonoma State University One of the top “green” campuses in the country, nearly every building on the Sonoma State campus has set the standard for small universities to give their students the best overall experience. The nearly 59,000 square foot student center has been a model for colleges around the country, as it was built with sustainability in mind. The facility was constructed using UV ray reflective roofing, recycled rubber indoor track, recycled glass reinforced structural brick, recycled seat belts to upholster seating, and reclaimed water plumbing non-potable water systems. The campus is not just environmentally friendly with it’s buildings, it also has a wonderfully close relationship to local nature, with miles of walking trails and fantastic access to Redwood trees. 33. University of Alabama The 1800 acre Alabama campus features many Greek Revival buildings. Several buildings (4) on the campus, including the President’s home, were all built pre-Civil War, survived the conflict, and are still used today. The center of the campus is the Quad, fronted by a campanile equipped with a 25-bell carillon. The campus includes many cultural centers, including an art museum, a Natural History museum, the Allen Bales Theater, Marion Gallaway Theater, Morgan Auditorium, and the Frank M. Moody Music Building. The University also runs an arboretum. 32. United States Military Academy (West Point) A campus filled with Neo-Gothic inspired buildings, all constructed from gray and black granite, must be the home of a prestigious campus. About 50 miles north of New York City you will find the United States Military Academy. The campus, which educates and trains some of our armed forces bravest, is considered a national landmark. The 15,000 acre campus offers stunning views of the famous Hudson River and Highland Falls. The famous cemetery on grounds is the final resting place for some of the most prominent members of our country’s military including George Armstrong Custer, Winfield Scott, William Westmoreland and many Medal of Honor recipients. 31. University of the Pacific Originally founded as California Wesleyan College, the now named University of the Pacific not only operates as a top institution in California but also a make-shift movie set. ,High Time,, ,Raiders of the Lost Ark,, and ,The Sure Thing ,are just a few of the films that have used the picturesque campus for a backdrop. One of the most commonly recognized symbols of the campus is the Burns Tower. The bell tower can be seen all over the campus area and hovers over common student gathering places. 30. Washington University in St. Louis Located in one of the quintessential “All-American” towns, St. Louis, ,Missouri,, Washington University is one of the most prestigious research universities in the country. While the campus is divided into multiple locations, the total 11 million square feet of buildings include many notable and beautiful buildings, including Seigle Hall, Francis Field (site of much of the 1904 Olympic Games), and Danforth University Center. 29. University of Wisconsin-Madison With a main campus located in the center of two massive lakes, Mendota and Monona, it’s no wonder that Wisconsin-Madison can offer 4 seasons of extra-curricular activities for the student body. With a little over 900 acres to offer, Wisconsin is proud to host 4 national landmarks, including Bascom Hall, which is a hub for student life. The campus, which is located just a mile from the capitol building, operates like a small city, offering students countless outdoor activities to round-out the student experience. The views from campus overlooking the lakes are some of the greatest in the nation. 28. University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) Ole Miss is the quintessential southern university, with beautiful classic buildings and a campus steeped in tradition. Football Saturdays here are a religious experience, and tailgating before a game in the Grove is one of the coolest college football experiences one can have. The Grove is populated with oak, elm and magnolia trees, and tents are added on fall Saturdays. Notable buildings include the Lycecum, which is the oldest building on campus (1848). It is pictured on the school’s official crest. Another interesting building, and piece of history, is the School of Medicine, which was used as a Civil War hospital for both Union and Confederate soldiers. 27. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill When we think of UNC we all think of the Dean Dome, the baby blue jerseys, and of course Michael Jordan but there’s much more to Chapel Hill than basketball. The 700+ acre campus is divided into two sections, Polk Place and McCorkle Place. Some of the most famous spots on campus are the gorgeous Old Well, a rotunda based on the Temple of Love in the Gardens of Versailles, which nurtures gorgeous landscaping and is the spot of many romantic moments for students. 26. Cornell University The small town of Ithaca is the site of Ivy League school Cornell. The quaint New York town overlooks the picturesque Cayuga Lake. The campus features 6 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places and access to local gorges, Fall Creek Gorge and Cascadilla Gorge, both of which provide spots for hiking and swimming. The University also owns a 2,800 acre botanical garden, Cornell Plantations. 25. Amherst College Ranked consistently as one of the top three institutions for higher learning in the country, Amherst College is also among the most beautiful. College Row is the centerpiece at Amherst, consisting of multiple halls and Johnson Chapel. The Quad is beautiful and a popular hangout spot in nice weather. Students at Amherst are also eligible to attend other beautiful colleges, including Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts without any addition charge as they are all members of the Pioneer Valley institutions. 24. Yale University Yale is of course at the top of the Ivy League, but there’s just as much to say about the campus nestled in the town of New Haven, Connecticut as there is the education offered. Many of the buildings are built in the Collegiate Gothic architecture style but a key building on campus, Connecticut Hall (built in 1750), is in the Georgian style. The campus has a decidedly Middle Ages feel to it. While the campus is gorgeous, Yale has even made inroads towards putting it’s stamp on the community also, by purchasing several mansions in the surrounding area, especially on Hillhouse Avenue. Yale is moving steadily towards an environmentally sustainable campus with eleven campus buildings as candidates for LEED design and certification. 23. Gettysburg College Located adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg College is a highly selective institution that pays homage to one of the most important battles in our nation’s history. The quaint campus is often referred to as one of most gorgeous in the country. The quad area of campus which sees a great deal of student social interaction is called Stine Lake. It is not actually a lake, but the campus regularly experienced drainage issues in the early 1900s, often causing the quad and library to flood, hence the “lake” moniker. Something of a confusing situation for freshman. 22. Occidental College With gorgeous Mediterranean style buildings, Occidental College in Los Angeles, consistently ranks as one of the most gorgeous campuses in the country. The campus features gorgeous tree lines and superb social gathering areas also ranks as one of the top universities in California. Several original buildings built in the early 1900s are still used today. One of the most notable campus buildings is the Johnson Student Center, built in 1914. The designer of Occidental’s original buildings, Myron Hunt, was also the designer of the Rose Bowl. 21. Princeton University The “Gray Stone” of Princeton is renowned. The campus is one of the oldest in America, and the oldest building on campus, Nassau Hall, was built in 1754. The southern edge of the campus faces Lake Carnegie, and as you’d guess from the name, was donated by Andrew Carnegie. The lake was originally was designated for rowing but has since been transformed to a campus gathering point. Another famous building located on campus is the Princeton University Chapel, the third largest college chapel in the world. 20. University of Washington-Seattle The University of Washington at Seattle has easily one of the most stunning natural settings of any campus in America. The campus boasts great views of Mount Rainier, the Cascade Range, and the Olympic Mountains. One of the favorite spots for students is the blooming cherry trees on the campus quad. The oldest building on campus is the French-inspired Denny Hall built in 1895. 19. Stanford University The 8000 acre campus nestled in the San Francisco Peninsula features stunning views of the San Francisco Bay. Most of the campus was destroyed in the powerful 1906 San Francisco earthquake but was originally designed in a Spanish-colonial style, commonly known as Mission Revival, featuring red tile roofs and sandstone masonry. Some buildings survived the 1906 earthquake such as the Quad, the old Chemistry building, and Encina Hall. The 1989 earthquake inflicted further damage to the campus, and the next two decades saw the school spend over a billion dollars to renovate and update the campus for better earthquake protection. 18. United States Naval Academy The US Naval Academy is a small campus, but packs a lot of beauty into a small space. The Chapel is breathtaking, and Bancroft Hall is the largest dormitory in the world. The campus features many memorials and monuments, including a Pearl Harbor memorial and Battle Ensigns from famous ships that are displayed all over the campus. 17. University of Virginia The beautiful grounds of the University of Virginia has always been admired for its unique Jeffersonian architecture, which includes the famous Rotunda. The campus draws thousands of visitors every year. The American Institute of Architects called the rolling landscape and gorgeous buildings, “the proudest achievement of American architecture in the past 200 years.” 16. University of Notre Dame Believe it or not there’s more to Notre Dame than Touchdown Jesus and Rudy. The campus is quite beautiful, and includes many interesting areas and buildings. The statue of the Virgin Mary can be seen blessing the Grotto, and was built in 1896 as a replica of the original in Lourdes, France. The 1250 acre campus is divided into the “Old Campus” area and new. Old Campus is now controlled by the two seminaries connected through the Catholic church, the Congregation of Holy Cross and current Basilica of the Sacred Heart. The Golden Dome sits atop the main building, and is the inspiration for the famous golden Notre Dame football helmets. 15. Indiana University-Bloomington The town of Bloomington, Indiana is the ultimate college town. A campus filed with over 1,200 miles of bike and running trails, this quaint town not only encourages students to embark on a sense of community it nearly demands it. Student can visit “off” campus stores, restaurants and coffee shops just a few steps from the limestone buildings in which they will live and learn. The student building on the IU campus is listed on the National Historical Registrar. The Sample Gates welcome students onto campus. Most of the campus is made of Indiana limestone sourced locally, and was built during the Great Depression by the WPA. 14. University of Chicago The University of Chicago is an urban campus located in the Hyde Park area of Chicago, seven miles south of downtown. The campus features the Rockefeller Chapel, donated by the “Rockefeller” family, as well as some of the best architecture you’ll find in a college campus. Most of the older buildings feature Collegiate Gothic architecture that mimics their English rival Oxford. With several buildings landing on the National Registrar of Historic Places, you can enjoy the history of Chicgao with a short stroll around campus. 13. Mount Holyoke College Mount Holyoke is widely credited with leading the “green” initiative among elite college campuses. With five buildings LEED certified, the Holyoke campus is not only providing sustainability for the region but protecting the natural environment and the Connecticut river. Most of the campus is located within the Skinner State Park, providing amazing opportunities for students to hike, jog and bike. 12. Furman University With a campus full of Georgian-style architecture, Furman University ranks among the top campuses in the country. Several buildings on the campus surround a gorgeous lake, and iconic views of the campus Bell Tower are a must see. Amongst the standout buildings, the James B. Duke Library encourages study, research and community. The lush South Carolina campus has been named several times as one of the most beautiful places in the USA (Campus or Not) by the American Society of Landscape Architects. 11. Harvard University Established in 1636, this campus is the oldest in America. The campus might be surprisingly urban to some, located just a few miles northwest of downtown Boston. Students live in one of twelve residential houses, and each house is basically self containing, with a dining hall, space for tutors, undergrads, and grad students, and a library and other student facilities. Notable buildings include Sever Hall, built in Richardsonian Romanesque style, and University Hall, built from 1813-15 of white Chelmsford granite. 10. University of Hawai at Manoa Hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to the Hawaiian islands annually to embark on the vacation of a lifetime but what many people might not realize is that Hawaii contains a prestigious university with a long waiting list. The campus features views of the famous volcano Diamond Head and is located just a few steps from the famous Waikiki Beach. This campus location is one of the most beautiful places in the United States. Students are treated to extraordinary experiences studying at the campus run Lyon Arboretum and have unbridled access to the Polynesian Cultural Center, a hub for the history of the Hawaiian islands. Good luck getting any studying done living here! 9. Dartmouth College The history of Dartmouth (founded in 1769) will make all of the history buffs very excited to check out Wentworth and Thorton Halls. Two of the original campus buildings, these facilities were constructed in 1820. While Dartmouth has continued to offer extraordinary educational opportunities, they also work to complete the student-life experience by offering amazing access to the arts at “the Hop” the Hopkins center for the Arts. The technology available to student in the Baker-Berry Library will make even students at MIT jealous. And for those students who need to step outside and enjoy some fresh air, walking and hiking trails in the Upper Valley along the Connecticut River offer great year-round views. 8. College of William & Mary The College of William & Mary may be considered an “old” campus but they are leading the way for elite East Coast schools in the global sustainability field. The campus has over 1200 acres full of cozy wooded areas such as the Crim Dell pond. Most buildings on campus consist of Georgian and Anglo-Dutch architecture, and the highlight is the Christopher Wren building, the oldest collegiate building in the United States. The campus also profits from tourists flocking to the historic Williamsburg, Virginia area every year. 7. Loyola Marymount University Sitting on top of a bluff in the Del Rey Hills, Loyola Marymount offers one of the top campus locations in the country. This classic California school boasts picturesque views of both Playa del Rey and the Pacific Ocean. Loyola’s campus is covered in architectural and art-inspired sittings including the Sculpture Gardens and even walk-ways between educational buildings offer students glimpses to amazing artwork. 6. Emory University With an awe inspiring classically gorgeous southern campus, Emory is easily one of our top campuses in the country. This gem in the heart of Atlanta can offer students both an exceptional education as well as countless opportunities to expand their horizons. The Michael C. Carlos Museum on campus houses the most extensive art collection in the Southeast, with pieces from around the world. For the adventurous student, you can spend countless hours at Lullwater Park, comprising over 100 acres on campus that is dedicated to preserving the south and its natural environment. Lullwater features walking and hiking trails as well as a view of the president of the University’s home. 5. Lewis & Clark College There are many excellent universities in the Pacific Northwest but none can claims the title of “prettiest campus” like Lewis & Clark College can. With extraordinary view of Mt. Hood, Lewis & Clark’s campus will inspire its students to get outside. The 130+ acre campus sits at the top of Palatine Hill, in Portland, Oregon. Attached to the campus is the Tryon Creek State Natural Area, an area which has inspired the college to continue “green” efforts working to make buildings on campus LEED certified. The unique architecture of the campus has been named the best by design experts as well as one of the prettiest campuses by the Princeton Review. 4. Pepperdine University Many visitors flock to the Catalina Islands every year for the views of the Pacific ocean but students attending Pepperdine University can wake up to those views everyday. Pepperdine has some of the best student dorms in the country, and you can’t beat living right on the Pacific ocean. True to the spirit of the Pacific, several buildings on campus, including the Keck Science Center, feature Mediterranean architecture. One of the most recognizable buildings on campus is the Phillips Theme Tower, surrounded by lush landscaping that provides a welcoming environment for students. 3. Sewanee: The University of the South Sewanee: The University of the South is the ultimate experience in southern living and education. With nearly every building paying homage to classic Goth-style architecture, the campus oozes southern charm. One of the most notable buildings is All Saints and of course, the Tennessee Williams Center. The Williams attraction on campus provides funding for many student experiences, through royalties from the family endowment. Sewanee has been featured in countless magazines as one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. 2. Kenyon College Kenyon College has been recognized for its superior swimming and diving teams but many people around the country may not realize this college in Ohio is one of the most picturesque in the nation. Known for its Gothic Revival architecture the campus features several buildings that have inspired designers around the country. Ascension Hall is an imposing and impressive structure and Old Kenyon Hall, built in 1827, is believed to be the oldest Gothic Revival building in America. The setting for Kenyon is wonderfully rustic and the college was named one of the most beautiful in the country by Forbes. 1. Elon University The wooded grounds of Elon were designated as a botanical garden in 2005, making the beauty of the campus a contributor to the educational experience, as the landscaping is used as both an aesthetic and educational resource. Located in the heart of North Carolina, this campus not only offers an exceptional education but has been the site of several films, including Spike Lee’s ,He Got Game,. Elon has been named the prettiest campus in the country on multiple occasions, including landing at the top spot in rankings by the Princeton Review and the New York Times. We can’t argue, and Elon takes the top spot in our list of the prettiest college campuses. ​ College Rankings Online Colleges For Public Administration 10 Best Film Schools In The United States E-Commerce / E-Business Degree Programs 10 Best Grad Programs In Urban & Regional Planning 10 Best Landscape Architecture Programs 10 Popular Online Degrees Latest Blog Posts The Best Colleges for STEM “Nerds” The Best Foods for Body and Brain,Top Online Video Game Design Degree Programs of 2017 Best Online MBA Degree Programs for 2017 Top Online MHA and Healthcare Management Degree Programs of 2017 © 2017 ,The Best Colleges, | ,Privacy Policy, | ,Sitemap

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Write (another alleged optician) Cam Payne Candace Spencer (can dispenser) Candy Barr, Candy Baskett, Candy Kane, Candy Sweet Cara Sterio (alleged real person) Cara Van Carrie Dababi ("carry the baby" - Dababi is an Egyptian name) Carrie Oakey Casey Macy Charity Case Cheri Pitts, Harry Pitts Chip Munk Chip Stone (sculptor) Chris Coe Chris Cross Chris P. Bacon Chuck U. Farley Chuck Waggon Claire Annette Reed Constance Noring Corey Ander Corey O. Graff Count Dunn, Count Orff Coyne Flatt (real person) Craven Moorehead Crystal Ball (real person) Crystal Claire Waters Crystal Glass, Crystal Metheney, Crystal Snow D. Kay, DDS D. Liver Dan D. Lyons, Dan Deline Dan Druff Dan Saul Knight Darren Deeds Daryl Rhea ,Dear Beloved, (real person) Dick Bender (real sports person) Dick Burns Dick Bush (real person) Dick Face Dick Finder (real name of a urologist) Dick Head, Dick Hertz Dick Hyman (famous jazz musician) Dick Hunter (my junior high principal - really!) Dick Long Dick Mussell Dick Pole (real major league baseball player) Dick Pound Dick Rasch (real person) Dick Swett Dick Tator Dick Trickle (real person, a NASCAR driver) Dick Wood (real person, emailed me) Dickson Yamada Dilbert Pickles Dinah Soares Dixon, Cox, and Peters (law firm) Don Key Donald Duck Donny Brook Doris Schutt (Doris Open...) DooLittle & Dalley (Real Estate Agent in England) Doug Graves Doug Hole Doug & Phil Updegrave (yes, this is a legitimate last name) Doug Witherspoon Douglas Furr Dr. Baldock (of course he's a Urologist) Dr. Croak Dr. Harry C. Beaver (real OB/GYN, retired now) Dr. Bender (Chiropracter) Dr. Butcher Dr. DeKay, DDS Dr. & Dr. Doctor (real married doctors from Norwalk, CT) Dr. Fang (a dentist) Dr. Shelly Fingerhood (real OB/GYN) Dr. Gass (allegedly a real anesthesiologist) Dr. Gutstein Dr. Hanus Dr. Hurt (real pediatrician in Saginaw, MI) Dr. Hymen Dr. I. Ball (optometrist) Dr. Kauff Dr. Killum Dr. Look (real opthalmologist in Hawaii) Dr. Looney - a psychiatrist of course! Dr. Payne (plastic surgeon in Sandusky, OH) Dr. Pullham Dr. Robert Fallis, real doctor who does vasectomies) Dr. Slaughter Dr. Surgeon (another real doctor from Stamford, CT) Dr. E. Ville ,Drew Peacock, Duane Pipe Dusty Carr, Dusty Rhodes Dusty Sandmann (real person, submitted by his dad Roger Sandmann) Edna May (or may not) Earl E. Bird Earl Lee Riser Easton West (and of course Weston East) Eaton Wright and Liv Good Edward Z. Filler, DDS Ella Vader Emma Royds Eric Shinn Ernie Coli (E. Coli) owns a ,Mexican restaurant, Estelle Hertz (it still hurts) Evan Keel Faith Christian Fanny O'Rear, Fanny Hertz Father A. Long Ferris Wheeler Flint Sparks Fonda Dicks (a real women's league basketball player) Ford Parker Forrest Green Foster Child Dr. Frank Bonebreak (real doctor) Frank Enstein Dr. Franklin Stein (real doctor) Gae Hooker (allegedly real surgical prep nurse) Gaye Barr Gaye Jolly (and her sister Holly Jolly) Gail Force Gail Storm (Wendy Storm, Dusty Storm and Rory Storm) Gene Poole Geoff L. Tavish (Gefilte fish) Gil Fish Ginger Rayl, Ginger Snapp, Ginger Vitus Gladys C. Hughes (glad to see you) H. Wayne Carver, MD (Connecticut medical examiner who carves up dead people.) Hamilton Burger (Ham Burger, character on the old Perry Mason TV series) Harden Thicke Harold Assman (and you thought that Seinfeld episode was just a joke) Harry Armand Bach Harry Baals (real person) Harry Beard, Harry Beaver, Harry Butts Harry Caray (famous sports announcer) Harry Chest, Harry Cox, Harry Dangler, Harry Johnson, Harry Legg, Harry Hooker, Harry P. Ness, Harry Peters, Harry Lipp, Harry Sachs Harry R. M. Pitts Harry Rump (real plumber from Freemont, Maine) Hazle Nutt Heidi Clare Helen Back Helen Waite (credit manager - if you want credit go to Helen Waite) Helen Wiells (hell on wheels) Herb Farmer, Herb Rice Holly McRell Holly Day, Holly Wood Honey Bee Howie Doohan Hugh Jass Hugh Jorgan Hugh Morris (a "humorous" name, thanks to Shaun Oriold) Hy Ball Hy Lowe, Bea Lowe Hy Marx (scholar), Hy Price I.D. Clair I. Lasch I.M. Boring I.P. Freely, I.P. Daly I. Pullem (allegedly a real dentist) Ileane Wright, Ilene South (West, East...) Ima Hogg (a real person, daughter of a Texas governor) Iona Ford Iona Frisbee (alledgedly a real person) Iona Stonehouse (also alledgedly a real person) Isadore Bell (a real person) Ivan Oder Ivana Mandic (a real basketball player) Ivy Leage Jack Hoff Jack Goff (my uncle - no kidding!) Jack Haas Jack Hammer Jack Knoff Jack Pott Jack Tupp (the perfect name for a car mechanic) Jacklyn Hyde Jasmine Rice (I found this one in my cupboard) Jay Walker Jean Poole Jed Dye (Jedi) Jenny Tull Jerry Atrick Jim Laucher (gym locker) Jim Shorts, Jim Shu, Jim Sox Jo King Joe Kerr (joker) Jordan Rivers Joy Kil Joy Rider June Bugg Justin Case, Justin Casey Howells, Justin Hale, Justin Inch, Justin Miles North (just ten miles north), Justin Sane, Justin Time, Kandi Apple Katherine (Kat) Toy (a real person) Kay Bull Keelan Early (dying young) - real person who submitted his own name Kelly Green Ken Dahl Kenny Penny Kent C. Strait (an optometrist, of course!) Kenya Dewit Kerry Oki King Queene Lake Speed (a real person, NASCAR race car driver) Lance Boyle, Lance Butts Laura Lynne Hardy, Laurel Ann Hardy Laura Norder (law and order) Laurence Getzoff Leigh King (leaking) Les Moore Les Payne - should be an anesthesiologist Les Plack, a real dentist Levon Coates Lewis N. Clark (real person, he told me he drives an Explorer) Lily Pond Lina Ginster (allegedly real) ,Lindsay Doyle, (There are "Manny Moore" funny names in the linked video.) Lisa Carr, Kitty Carr, Otto Carr, Parker Carr Lisa Ford, Lisa Honda, Iona Corolla, etc. Lisa May Boyle, Lisa May Dye Liv Long Lois Price (bargain shopper) and her husband Hy Price Lou Pole Lou Zar (loser) Luckey, Chance, a real doctor Lucy Fer Luke Warm Lynn C. Doyle Lynn O. Liam M. Balmer Macon Paine (real name - Google it) Mark Skid (Skid, Mark) Manny Kinn Marlon Fisher Marsha Dimes (march of dimes) Marsha Mellow Marshall Law Marty Graw Mary Annette Woodin Mary A. Richman Mary Christmas Matt Tress Maude L.T. 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Time Noah Riddle, Noah Lott Norma Leigh Lucid Olive Branch Olive Green Olive Hoyl Olive Yew (I love you) Oliver Sutton (all of a sudden) Ophelia Payne Oren Jellow Orson Carte Oscar Ruitt Otto Graf Owen Big, Owen Cash, Owen Moore (should be tax collectors) P. Ness, A. Ness P. Brain Paige Turner Park A. Studebaker Pat Downe (a real person) Pat McCann Pat Hiscock Patience Wait (a real person) Patton Cox Pearl Button Pearl E. Gates, Pearl E. White Peg Legge Penny Dollar, Bill Dollar (real people) Penny Lane, Penny Nichols, Penny Profit, Penny Wise Pepe Roni Pete Moss and his son Forest Peter Johnson (a real announcer on public radio), Dick Johnson Peter Peed Peter Wacko, DDS (real dentist in Calgary, AB, Canada) Phil Bowles (must be a pot dealer) Phil Graves (cemetery employee, works with his brother Doug Graves) Phil Rupp Phil Wright, DDS (real dentist in Anchorage, AK) Phillip D. Bagg (partner of Robin Banks below) Pierce Cox (ouch!) Pierce Deere Pierce Hart Polly Ester Post, Mark Price Wright (another real person) Priti Manek ("pretty manic", real doctor in Houston, TX) R. M. Pitt R. Sitch R. Slicker Randy Guy Randy Lover Raney Schauer Ray Gunn Ray Zenz (raisins) Raynor Schein Reid Enright Rex Easley (reportedly a real traffic safety teacher at Kamiakin High, Kennewick, WA) Rhea Curran Rhoda Booke, Rita Booke Rich Feller, Rich Guy, Rich Kidd, Rich Mann Richard P. Cox (real person) Richard Chopp (real Urologist in Austin, TX, does vasectomies) Rick O'Shea Rick Shaw Rip Torn Rita Buch, Rita Story Robin Andis Merryman Robin Banks, Rob Banks, Robin Feathers, Robin Money, U. O. Money Robert and Reginald Soles (allegedly real brothers: R. Soles) Rock (Rocco) Bottoms, Rock Pounder, Rock Stone Rocky Beach, Sandy Beach Rocky Mountain, Cliff Mountain Rocky Rhoades Rod N. Reel Roman Holiday Rose Bush, Rose Gardner Rowan Boatman Royal Payne Russell Leeves Russell Sprout Rusty Blades, Rusty Bridges, Rusty Carr, Rusty Dorr, Rusty Fossat, Rusty Fender Rusty Irons, Rusty Keyes, Rusty Nail, Rusty Pipes, Rusty Steele Ryan Carnation Ryan Coke (Rye whiskey with Coca Cola) Sal A. Mander Sal Minella, Sam Manilla, ,Sam & Ella's restaurant, Sally Forth Sarah Bellum Sawyer B. Hind, Sawyer Dickey (even better, I. Sawyer Dickey) Sandy Banks, Sandy Beech, Sandy Brown, Sandy Spring Seth Poole (poor guy has a lisp) Seymour Bush (gynecologist), Seymour Butz (proctologist), Seymour Wiener (urologist) Shanda Lear (daughter of Bill Lear, inventor of the Lear jet) Sharon Fillerup Sharon Needles, Sharon Weed, Sharon A. Burger Sheila Blige Skip Roper, Skip Stone Sonny Day Sno White (real person) Stan Still - should own a 'stationery' store :->) Stanley Cupp Dr. Steven Sumey (Dr. sue me, real person in Fairmont, MN) Sue Flay Sue Render (surrender, a real person) Sue Ridge (sewerage) Sue Yu, Sue Jeu Summer Camp (allegedly a real person), Summer Day, Summer Greene, Summer Holiday Sy Burnette Tad Moore Tad Pohl Tamara Knight Tanya Hyde Tara Cherry, real gynecologist Ted E. Baer Terry Achey (real name) Terry Bull (allegedly real name, and his brother Eddie Bull) Tess Steckle Therese R. Green, Teresa Green Thomas Richard Harry Tiffany Box (a real person, see ,THIS,) Tim Burr Tish Hughes Tittsworth & Grabbe, real law firm Tom A. Toe Tom Katt Tom Morrow Tommy Gunn Tommy Hawk Trina Woods, Trina Forest (tree in the woods, tree in a forest) Ty Coon, Ty Knotts Urich Hunt Viola Solo Virginia Beach Walter Melon Wanda Rinn Wanna Hickey Warren Peace Warren T. 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If you had only one year to experience the United States (travel to or from) and can never be back, what are all the things you would do?

52 weeks in a year and 50 states in the USA..., Coincidence? I think not! We'll throw in two territories for the extra two weeks. I choose… Puerto Rico and American Samoa… Yes that means 1 week in Alaska and equally 1 week in Rhode Island. That’s just the way it’s got to be. For this plan, start in the last week of October to kick things off at the American Samoa tattoo festival. We’re then going South in the winter, and winding North for the summer. This way, temperatures should be in a moderate 50’s to 90’s range for the year of travel meaning no bulky coats needed or dying of oven like heat. Well, except for when you get to Alaska in late October. You’ll need a coat for that. Because this is my fantasy journey, it’s filled with things I like: local natural wonders, caves, historical monuments, nifty architecture and sculpture, quirky museums, and a couple amusement parks and shopping locations. The plan is arranged to have at least one thing to do every day, and to limit the amount of driving on any given day while maximizing the number of things that can be seen in a single state. The time in parenthesis is the driving time from the previous days activity, where greater than one hour, rounded to the nearest half hour. I’ve summed up the driving time for each state in the header, too, only considering the drives that are over 1h long. The longest stretch of driving is a 10 hr stretch from one part of Alaska, through Canada, to another part of Alaska. The most hours of driving in one week are 23.5h in Wyoming. Here’s my estimated budget: RV: $2k to $100k, depending on how fancy you want to get. Gas & Maintenance: I estimate the total trip will included about 40k miles of driving. let’s budget $10k for fuel and repairs / maintenance. Camp fees: Average $30/night, so about $11k for the year. Food per person per day: $15 to $45 depending on your tastes and financial state, so $5.5k to $16.5k for the year. You could totally spend less on food than this, but I’m budgeting for a little comfort and nutrition. Entry fees: Lots of the stuff on my list is free, but let’s budget an average of $100 in entrance fees per person per week, for a total of $5.2k per person. Flights, Ferry, & Shipping American Samoa to California: $750 per person Florida to Puerto Rico: $200 per person Puerto Rico to Georgia: $200 per person Ship RV from Key West to Atlanta: $1,000 Washington to Alaska: $500 per person Miscellaneous (i.e. buffer): Because something will go wrong, put aside an extra 10% on top of the expected budget. In all, this trip is likely to cost $50k to $180k for two people. Miranda’s Magnificent ‘Merican Motor Marathon American Samoa Week 1 (last full week of October) Day 1:, Fly to Tutuila Island, American Samoa It takes about 1.5 hrs to drive from Tula, Eastern American Samoa to Poloa , Western American Samoa, across the length of the island, therefore there is not much driving this week. I recommend taking taxi’s, aiga buses, or Uber. Day 2: ,National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa Day 3: ,Fagatogo Marketplace, Traditional Samoa Fiafia Night Show Day 4: ,Tisa’s Barefoot Bar, feed the eels Day 5: ,Attend the Tattoo festival (occurs in last full weekend in October). If you are adventurous, get a tattoo to mark the start of your USA adventure Day 6,:, ,Go to a Samoan church service. National Park of American Samoa Day 7: ,Rose Atoll (southernmost point in the USA) Hawaii Week 2 (November) Day 1:, Fly to Honolulu, Hawaii Since you’ll be going from island to island in Hawaii, it doesn’t make sense to rent a car for this week. Day 2: ,Pearl Harbor, Pu'u O Mahuka Heiau Day 3:, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum Day 4:, Hanauma Bay Day 5:, Take a whale watching boat to The Big Island Day 6:, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Day 7:, Rainbow Falls in the Puna National Forest and Mauna Kea Observatory California* (12.5h) Week 3 (November) Day 1: ,Fly to San Francisco* Buy a used RV, ,SF bay area recreational vehicles,. Day 2: ,Alcatraz Day 3: ,Chinatown* Day 4: ,Castello di Amorosa (1.5h) Day 5: ,Calaveras Big Tree State Park (3h) Day 6: ,Hollywood, Los Angeles (6h) Day 7: ,Trolley tour*, San Diego* (2h) Nevada* (22h) Week 4 (November) Day 1: ,Las Vegas* (5h) Day 2: ,Stratosphere*, Cirque du Soleil* Day 3: ,Neon museum, indoor skydiving Day 4: ,Sedan Crater (2.5h) Day 5: ,Tikaboo Peak (4 hr), Little A'Le'Inn (2h) Day 6: ,Lehman Caves (3.5h) Day 7: ,Great Basin National Park, Wayne Newton’s Casa de Shenandoah (5h) Utah* (20h) Week 5 (December) Day 1: ,Bonneville Salt Flats (7h) Day 2: ,Temple Square and the Great Salt Lake (2h) Day 3: ,Arches National Park* (4h) Day 4: ,Goblin Valley State Park (1.5h) Day 5: ,Bryce Canyon National Park (4h) Day 6: ,Zion National Park (1.5h) Day 7: ,Scenic Drives from Kanab Arizona* (14.5h) Week 6 (December) Day 1: ,Grand Canyon*, (North Rim, 2h, South Rim, 4h) Day 2: ,Two-day mule ride down the Canyon* Book this trip at least a year in advance if you plan to do the south rim trail! Day 3: ,Stay at the bottom of the Grand Canyon* Day 4: ,Return to the top of the Grand Canyon* Day 5: ,Wutpaki National Monument, Petrified Forest (from North Rim, 6h, from South Rim, 4h) Day 6: ,Taliesin, Goldfield Ghost Town (4h) Day 7:, Biosphere 2*, San Xavier Del Bac Mission (2.5h) New Mexico* (21h) Week 7 (December) Day 1:, Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, Las Cruces (7.5h) Day 2: ,White Sands National Monument (1h) Day 3: ,Sandia Peak Tramway (4h) Day 4: ,Chaco Culture National Historical Park (3.5h) Day 5: ,Aztec Ruins National Monument (1.5h) Day 6: ,Santa Fe, Canyon Road Arts District, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (3.5h) Day 7: ,El Rancho de los Golondrinos, Museum of International Folk Texas* (21h) Week 8 (December) Day 1: ,Amarillo, Cadillac Ranch (4h) Day 2: ,Palo Duro Canyon State Park (1h) Day 4:, Enchanted Rock (7h) Day 3: ,Alamo (1.5h) Day 5: ,Space Center in Houston (3.5h) Day 6:, Dallas, Cowtown Opry at the Stockyards (4h) Day 7:, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens Oklahoma (12.5h) Week 9 (December) Day 1: ,Sipokni West, Chickasaw Cultural Center (3h) Day 2: ,Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge (2h) Day 3: ,National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1.5h) Day 4: ,Hot air balloon ride in Tulsa, Philbrook Museum of Art (1.5h) Day 5: ,Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve (1h) Day 6: ,Drive Route 66, Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum (2.5h) Day 7: ,Cherokee Heritage Center (2h) Missouri* (12.5h) Week 10 (January) Day 1: ,George Washington Carver National Monument (2.5h) Day 2: ,Fantastic Caverns (1h) Day 3: ,St. Louis*, Gateway Arch* (3.5h) Day 4: ,Museum of Transportation, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Anheuser-Busch Brewery Day 5: ,Elephant Rocks State Park (1.5h) Day 6: ,Silver Dollar City (4h) Day 7: ,Titanic Museum Arkansas (10.5h) Week 11 (January) Day 1: ,Walmart Museum, Mildred B Cooper Memorial Chapel (2.5h) Day 2: ,Thorncrown Chapel, Christ of the Ozarks (1h) Day 3: ,Arkansas Alligator Museum, Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum (4h) Day 4: ,Hot Springs National Park Day 5: ,Little Rock, Esse Museum, H.U. Lee International Gate and Garden (1h) Day 6: ,Newton House Museum (2h) Day 7: ,South Arkansas Arboretum Louisiana* (9.5h) Week 12 (January) Day 1: ,Lafayette, Bayou Tourtue, McGee’s Landing (5h) Day 2:, Attakapas Swamp (2h) Attakapas Adventures eco swamp tours home page Day 3: ,Shirley C Tucker Herbarium, Baton Rouge (1h) Day 4: ,French Quarter*, New Orleans* (1.5h) Day 5: ,French Quarter*, Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo* Day 6: ,Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World* Day 7: ,Sea plane tour of the Louisiana wetlands Mississippi* (10h) Week 13 (January) Day 1: ,Mississippi Gulf Coast*, Magnolia State Rocker, Katrina Angel Trees (1h) Day 2: ,Ship Island Ferry from Gulport Day 3: ,Rocky Springs Trail portion of the Natchez Trace (3.5h) Day 4: ,Vicksburg, Biedenham Coco-Cola Museum, Yesterday’s Children Toy Museum (1h) Day 5: ,Delta State University Sculpture Garden (2h) Day 6: ,Quepaw Canoe Company tour (1h) Day 7: ,Brussel’s Bonsai Nursery (1.5h) Tennessee* (11h) Week 14 (February) Day 1: ,National Civil Rights Museum, Graceland*, Memphis* (1h) Day 2: ,Belle Meade Plantation, Parthenon, Nashville (3h) Day 3: ,Cheekwood Art & Garden, Sunsphere (3h) Day 4: ,Dollywood* (1h) Day 5: ,Dollywood* Day 6: ,Ober Gatlinburg, Gatlinburg Space Needle Day 7: ,Ruby Falls (3h) Alabama (12h) Week 15 (February) Day 1: ,Tuscumbia (3h) “Ivy Green” (birth place of Helen Keller) Day 2: ,Fromagerie Belle Chevre, US Space and Rocket Center (2h) Day 3: ,Guntersville State Park Lodge (1h) Watch for Bald Eagles Day 4: ,Guntersville Museum Day 5: ,First White House of the Confederacy (2.5h) Day 6: ,Fort Morgan (3.5h) Day 7: ,Cruise the gulf Florida* (17.5h) Week 16 (February) Day 1: ,Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum (1.5h) Day 2: ,Mission San Luis (3h) Day 3: ,Dali Museum in Saint Petersburg (4.5h) Day 4: ,Universal Studios*, Orlando* (1.5h) Day 5: ,Disney World* Day 6: ,Everglades National Park (4h) Day 7: ,Shipwreck Museum, Mallory Square in Key West* (3h) Ship your RV to Atlanta! Puerto Rico* (4h) Week 17 (February) Day 1: ,Fly to San Juan*, Puerto Rico Rent a car for this excursion Day 2: ,Old San Juan*, walk the city wall path (bring water!)* Collect beach glass across from the Capitol building* Day 3: ,Arecibio Light House* (1h) Day 4: ,Rio Abajo forest*, visit Cueva Clara* Day 5: ,La Parquera* (2h) Swim with dinoflagellates in the bioluminescent bay* Day 6: ,Gilligan’s Island* Leave from Playa de Guernica* Day 7: ,Whale watching from Cabo Rojo (1h) Georgia* (7.5h) Week 18 (March) Day 1: ,Fly to Atlanta* Day 2: ,Margaret Mitchel House, Fountain of Rings show Day 3: ,Center for Puppetry Arts, Swan House Day 4: ,Center for Civil and Human Rights Day 5: ,Gem Mining at the Lily Pad Village in Blue Ridge (2h) Day 6: ,Andersonville National Historic Site (2h) Day 7: ,Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Bonaventure Cemetery (3.5h) South Carolina (8h) Week 19 (March) Day 1: ,Hilton Head (1h) Day 2: ,Hilton Head Day 3: ,Charleston, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Middleton Place (2h) Day 4: ,Patriots Point, Fort Sumter Day 5: ,Myrtle Beach (2h) Day 6: ,Broadway at the Beach, Brookgreen Gardens Day 7: ,Congaree National Park (3h) North Carolina (19.5h) Week 20 (March) Day 1: ,Bryson City, Clingmans Dome (4.5h) Day 2: ,Biltmore estate, Folk Art Center, Asheville (2h) Day 3: ,Tweetsie Railroad (2h) Day 4: ,Nascar Hall of Fame, Durham (2h) Day 5: ,Duke Lemur Center (,reservation required!,), Outer Banks (6h) Day 6: ,Wright Brothers National Memorial, Wild Mustangs (2h) Day 7: ,Roanoke Island, “The Lost Colony” stage show (1h) Virginia (14h) Week 21 (March) Day 1: ,Virginia Beach, First Landing Cross, Fort Henry Lighthouse, Norwegian Lady (2.5h) Day 2: ,Colonial Williamsburg, Bassett Hall, George Wythe House (1h) Day 3: ,Historic Jamestowne Day 4: ,Middleburg, National Sporting Library and Museum (3h) Winery, there seem to be a lot around this area, visit one Day 5:, Shenandoah National Park, Skyland (1.5h) Day 6: ,Luray Caverns, Rope Adventure Park, Luray Day 7: ,Drive Blue Ridge Parkway to Fancy Gap (6h) Kentucky (13.5h) Week 22 (March) Day 1: ,Cumberland Falls (5h) Day 2: ,National Corvette Museum, Lost River Cave (2.5h) Day 3: ,Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Churchill Downs (2h) Day 4: ,Big Bone Lick State Park, Creation Museum (2h) Day 5: ,Kentucky Horse Park (1h) Day 6: ,Red River Gorge (1h) Day 7: ,Red River Gorge West Virginia* (14h) Week 23 (April) Day 1: ,Museum of Radio and Technology, Heritage Farm Museum and Village (2h) Day 2: ,Grave Creek Indian Mound (3.5h) Day 3: ,Prickett’s Fort State Park (2h) Day 4: ,Blackwater Falls (2h) Day 5: ,Seneca Rocks (1h) Day 6: ,Berkeley Springs State Park (2h) Day 7: ,Loudoun Heights (1.5h) Maryland (9h) Week 24 (April) Day 1: ,Antietam National Battlefield (1h) Day 2: ,Catoctin National Park Day 3: ,Baltimore, B&O Railroad Museum, Edgar Allan Poe House (1h) Day 4: ,Point Lookout State Park (2h) Day 5: ,Annapolis, United States Naval Academy, National Cryptologic Museum (2h) Day 6: ,Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (1.5h) Day 7: ,Assateague State Park (1.5h) Delaware (5h) Week 25 (April) Day 1: ,Fenwick Island Lighthouse, Delaware Seashore State Park, Holts Landing State Park (1.5h) Day 2: ,Cape Henlopen State Park, Zwaanendael Museum (1h) Day 3: ,Lums Pond State Park, Pea Patch Island (1.5h) Day 4: ,Newark Reservoir, Hagley Museum and Library (1h) Day 5: ,Winterthur Museum Day 6: ,Nemours Mansion and Gardens Day 7: ,Finns Point New Jersey* (4.5h) Week 26 (April) Day 1: ,Storybrook Land (1.5h) Day 2: ,Atlantic City Day 3: ,Jersey Shore (1h) Day 4: ,Grounds for Sculpture (1h) Day 5: ,Ellis Island* & Statue of Liberty* (1h) Take Ferry from Liberty State Park* Day 6: ,Thomas Edison National Historical Park Day 7: ,Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park Connecticut (3.5h) Week 27 (May) Day 1: ,Barnum Museum (1.5h) Day 2: ,Thimble Islands day cruise Day 3: ,Dinosaur State Park (1h) Day 4: ,Elizabeth Park Conservancy, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Day 5: ,Gillette Castle (1h) Day 6: ,Rocky Neck State Park Day 7: ,Mystic Seaport Rhode Island (3h) Week 28 (May) Day 1: ,Port Judith Lighthouse (1h) Day 2: ,National Museum of American Illustration, Newport Cliff Walk (1h) Day 3: ,Rough Point, The Breakers, Rosecliff Day 4: ,Norman Bird Sanctuary Day 5: ,Green Animals Topiary Garden Day 6: ,Roger Williams Park Botanical Center (1h) Day 7:, Slater Cotton Mill Massachusetts (7h) Week 29 (May) Day 1: ,Battleship Cove Day 2: ,Martha’s Vineyard (2h) Day 3: ,Plimoth Plantation and Plymouth Rock (2h) Day 4: ,Harvard, Freedom Trail, Boston (1h) Day 5: ,Boston Tea Party Ships, See a game at Fenway Park Day 6: ,Old Sturbridge Village (1h) Day 7: ,Norman Rockwell Museum (1h) New Hampshire (9h) Week 30 (May) Day 1: ,Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Enfield Shaker Museum (3h) Day 2: ,McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center (1h) Day 3: ,Canterbury Shaker Village Day 4: ,Prescott Park (1h) Day 5: ,Conway Scenic Railroad (2h) Day 6: ,Echo Lake, Flume Gorge (1h) Day 7: ,Santa’s Village (1h) Maine (11h) Week 31 (June) Day 1: ,Seashore Trolley Museum (2.5h) Day 2: ,Palace Playland Day 3: ,DeLorme Eartha, Desert of Maine (1h) Day 4: ,Cadillac Mountain, Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park (3h) Day 5: ,Sand Beach Day 6: ,Schoodic Peninsula (1.5h) Day 7: ,Baxter State Park (3h) Vermont (13.5h) Week 32 (June) Day 1: ,Lake Willoughby (6h) Day 2: ,Bread and Puppet Theater, St Anne’s Shrine, Lake Champlain (2h) Day 3: ,Shelburne Museum, Old Round Church (1.5h) Day 4:, Smuggler’s State Park (1h) Day 5: ,Montshire Museum of Science (1.5h) Day 6: ,American Precision Museum Day 7: ,Vermont Marble Museum (1.5h) New York* (13.5h) Week 33 (June) Day 1: ,Niagara Falls* (6h) Day 2: ,Letchworth State Park, Watkins Glen State Park (3h) Day 3: ,Carnegie Hall*, New York City* (4.5h) Day 4: ,Central Park*, Guggenheim Museum Day 5: ,Times Square*, Madame Tussauds Day 6: ,SoHo* Day 7: ,Coney Island Pennsylvania* (8h) Week 34 (June) Day 1: ,Sesame Place (1.5h) Day 2: ,Love Park, Mutter Museum, Philadelphia Day 3: ,Independence Hall, Eastern State Penitentiary Day 4: ,Valley Forge National Historical Park Day 5: ,Hershey Park (1.5h) Day 6: ,Gettysburg (1h) Day 7: ,Falling Water, Andy Warhol Museum (4h) Ohio* (17h) Week 35 (July) Day 1: ,Chateau Laroche (4h) Day 2: ,East Harbor State Park (3.5h) Day 3: ,Ohio State Reformatory (1.5h) Day 4: ,The Wilds* (1.5h) Day 5: ,Hocking Hills*, Tecumseh* (3.5h) Day 6: ,Serpent Mound Historical Site (1.5h) Day 7: ,National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, American Sign Museum (1.5h) Indiana* (7.5h) Week 36 (July) Day 1: ,Soldiers and Sailors Monument,, ,Indianapolis City Market Catcombs (2h) Day 2: ,Eiteljorg Museum, Indiana Medical History Museum Day 3: ,Periodic Table of Elements, Depauw University (1h) Day 4: ,Turkey Run State Park (1h) Day 5: ,Tippecanoe Battle Ground (1h) Day 6: ,Indiana Dunes (1.5h) Day 7: ,Amish Acres (1h) Michigan* (18h) Week 37 (July) Day 1: ,Greenfield Village, Detroit Historical Museum* (3.5h) Day 2: ,Belle Isle Day 3: ,Heidelberg Project, Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum Day 4: ,Sleeping Bear Dunes (4.5h) Day 5: ,Mackinaw Island (3h) Day 6: ,Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Tahquamenon Falls (2h) Day 7: ,Porcupine Mountains (5h) Wisconsin* (10.5h) Week 38 (July) Day 1: ,Chequamegon National Forest (2h) Day 2: ,Paul Bunyan Logging Camp (2.5h) Day 3: ,The House on the Rock, Taliesin (3h) Day 4: ,Circus World, Dr. Evermor’s Forevertron (1h) Day 5: ,Devil’s Lake State Park Day 6: ,International Crane Foundation Day 7: ,Harley Davidson Museum (2h) Illinois* (5.5h) Week 39 (July) Day 1: ,The Tempel Lipizzans, Old Mill Creek (1h) Day 2: ,Volo Auto Museum, Willis Tower* (1h) Day 3: ,Driehaus Museum, International Museum of Surgical Science Day 4: ,Navy Pier*, Millennium Park*, Chicago river boat archeological tour* Day 5: ,Frank Lloyd Wright homes tour*, Oak Park* Day 6: ,Starved Rock State Park (1.5h) Day 7: ,Lincoln Home National Historic Site (2h) Iowa* (16h) Week 40 (August) Day 1: ,Crapo Park (3h) Day 2: ,National Balloon Classic, Indianola (2.5h) End of July, beginning of August Day 3: ,Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Boon and Scenic Valley Railroad (1.5h) Day 4: ,Amana Colonies (2h) Day 5: ,Maquoketa Caves State Park (1.5h) Day 6: ,Field of Dreams Movie Site, Vesterheim: The National Norwegian-American Museum & Heritage Center (2.5h) Day 7: ,Grotto of the Redemption (3h) Minnesota (14h) Week 41 (August) Day 1: ,Pipstone National Monument (3h) Day 2: ,Mystery Cave State Park (4h) Day 3: ,Mall of America (2h) Day 4: ,Minnehaha Falls, Cathedral of St Paul Day 5: ,Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Weisman Art Museum Day 6: ,Munsinger Gardens (1.5h) Day 7: ,Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mines (3.5h) North Dakota (15.5h) Week 42 (August) Day 1: ,Bonanzaville (5h) Day 2: ,National Buffalo Museum (1.5h) Day 3: ,International Peace Garden (3h) Day 4: ,Lewis and Clark Interpretative Center, Fort Mandan (3h) Day 5: ,Knife River Indian Villages Day 6: ,Enchanted Highway, Dakota Dinosaur Museum (1.5h) Day 7: ,Cowboy Hall of Fame, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Medora Musical (1.5h) South Dakota* (13h) Week 43 (August) Day 1: ,Needles, Black Hills (5h) Day 2: ,Mount Moriah Cemetery, Crazy Horse (2.5h) Day 3: ,Mount Rushmore* Day 4: ,Reptile Garden Day 5: ,Roberts Prairie Dog Town, Badlands (1.5h) Day 6: ,Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Big Badlands Overlook Day 7: ,Corn Palace Festival, Mitchell (4h) Late August Nebraska (11h) Week 44 (September) Day 1: ,Ashfall Fossil Beds (6h) Day 2: ,Freedom Park (3h) Day 3: ,Joslyn Castle, Malcolm X House Day 4: ,Gerald R Ford Birthsite and Gardens Day 5: ,Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum Day 6: ,International Quilt Study Center and Museum, Frank H Woods Telephone Museum Day 7: ,Pioneer Village (2h) Kansas* (13.5h) Week 45 (September) Day 1: ,The Geographic Center of the United States (1h) Day 2: ,Amelia Earhart Birthplace,, ,Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site (4.5h) Day 3: ,Emmett Kelly Museum, (2.5h) Day 4: ,Old Cowtown Museum, Allen Lambe House (2h) Day 5: ,Strataca Salt Mine (1h) Day 6: ,Coronado Heights Castle (1h) Day 7: ,Barbed Wire Museum (1.5h) Colorado* (16h) Week 46 (September) Day 1: ,Great Sand Dunes National Park (7h) Day 2: ,Great Sand Dunes National Park Day 3: ,Pikes Peak* (4h) Day 4: ,Coors Brewery Tour*, Golden*, Casa Bonita* (2.5h) Day 5: ,Boulder* Day 6: ,Buffalo Bill’s Grave*, Lookout Mountain* (1.5h) Day 7: ,Winter Park Resort (1h) Wyoming* (23.5h) Week 47 (September) Day 1: ,Museum of the Mountain Man (6.5h) Day 2: ,National Museum of Wildlife Art (1.5h) Day 3: ,Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone (3.5h) Day 4: ,Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Artist’s Point (3h) Day 5: ,Grand Prismatic Spring, Opal Pool (1h) Day 6:, Old Faithful Geyser Day 7: ,Devil’s Tower (8h) Montana* (13h) Week 48 (September) Day 1: ,Little Bighorn Battlefield (3.5h) Day 2: ,Pictograph Cave (1h) Day 3: ,American Computer Museum (2.5h) Day 4:, Our Lady of the Rockies, Berkeley Pit (2h) Day 5: ,World Museum of Mining Day 6: ,Cathedral of St Helena (1h) Day 7: ,Flathead Lake (3h) Idaho (23h) Week 49 (October) Day 1: ,Lake Coeur d’Alene (3.5h) Day 2: ,Hells Canyon (4.5h) Day 3: ,Craters of the Moon National Monument (8h) Day 4: ,Idaho Potato Museum (3h) Day 5: ,Boise Idaho Temple, Egyptian Theater (4h) Day 6: ,Old Idaho Penitentiary Site Day 7: ,World Center for Birds of Prey, Table Rock Oregon* (19h) Week 50 (October) Day 1: ,Crater Lake (7h) Day 2: ,Cape Perpetua, Sea Lion Caves (4h) Day 3: ,Devils Punchbowl (1h) Day 4: ,Enchanted Forest (2h) Day 5: ,Multnomah Falls, The Grotto (2.5h) Day 6: ,Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland Japanese Garden Day 7: ,Haystack Rock, Astoria Column (2.5h) Washington* (9.5h) Week 51 (October) Day 1: ,Hoh Rain forest (4h) Day 2: ,Snoqualmie Falls (4h) Day 3: ,Pike Place Market*, Gum Wall, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop Day 4: ,Space Needle*, EMP Museum, Chihuly Garden and Glass Day 5: ,Pacific Science Center, Olympic Sculpture Park Day 6: ,Volunteer Park Day 7: ,Whatcom Falls Park, SPARK Museum (1.5h) Alaska (14h) Week 52 (October) Day 1: ,Take ferry from Bellingham (leaves on Fridays) Viking Travel Inc. / AlaskaFerry.com,, you can take your RV Day 2: ,Enjoy the ferry ride Day 3: ,Totem Heritage Center, Ketchikan (ferry stop) Day 4: ,Skagway (switch to driving) Appears to be the last stop when leaving from Bellingham Day 5: ,Tok (10h) You have to drive through Canada, bring a passport Day 6: ,El Dorado Gold Mine, Fairbanks (4h) Day 7: ,Stay until Northern Lights are sighted, then sell the RV and fly home *Places I’ve been or things I’ve seen Notes: All state maps with destinations made with Bing Maps All photos from Google Images All drive times from Google Maps

Which celebrity couples have disturbing age gaps?

Priyanka Chopra And Nick Jonas: 11 Years Priyanka and Nick were only dating two months before they got engaged back in July 2018. They later married that same year in a lavish December wedding. Fans were shocked due to the couple's age difference, they could care less though. A friend of theirs even commented on how Nick has a thing for older women, thus making Priyanka more attractive to him. Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds: 11 Years Green Lantern, might have been a flop, but one good thing came from it. Blake and Ryan met on set of the film back in 2011. At the time, Blake was only 22 years old, while Ryan was 33. They quickly started dating and were married a year later in September 2012. Today, they are still in love and even have two adorable little girls. George Clooney & Amal Clooney: 17 Years The world went nuts back in 2014 when George Clooney, then 52 years old, announced that he was now engaged to Amal Alamuddin, a 35-year-old international human rights lawyer. The two tied the knot in September 2014, just one year after they met. They then welcomed twins, Ella and Alexander, in June 2017. Ellen DeGeneres & Portia De Rossi: 15 Years Ellen and Portia first started dating back in 2004 and their relationship did nothing but blossom from there. The pair moved in with one another in 2005 and Ellen informed ,People,: "It's the first time that I've known in every cell of my being that I'm with somebody for the rest of my life." They later married in 2008 and have been together ever since. Adam Levine & Behati Prinsloo: 10 Years After Adam Levine broke things off with Anne Vyalitsyna, he got together with her close friend and fellow VS model, Behati Prinsloo. The pair started dating in June 2012, became engaged in 2013, and tired the knot in 2014. They later welcomed their first child, an adorable baby girl named Dusty Rose in 2016 and then another precious little girl named Gio Grace in 2018. Jay-Z & Beyoncé: 12 Years When Jay-Z and Beyoncé first got together back in 2001, she was 20 and he was 32. The pair had a secret wedding back on April 4, 2008 and would go on to have their first child, Blue Ivy Carter in 2012. They then once again broke the internet when they announced in 2017 that they would be expecting twins, Rumi and Sir. Jason Statham & Rosie-Huntington-Whiteley: 20 Years Jason Statham and Rosie-Huntington-Whiteley first started dating back in 2010. The two later confirmed they were engaged in January 2016 and year later, in February 2017, announced to the world they were expecting their first child together. On June 24, 2017, the couple welcomed their son, Jack Oscar Statham. Alicia Vikander & Michael Fassbender: 11 Years Alicia Vikander and her husband Michael Fassbender first met on the set of ,The Light Between Oceans. The two instantly hit it off and started dating in 2014. In the beginning though, they kept it low-key, trying to keep their relationship hidden from the cameras. Nothing stays hidden for long though and they were outed as newly weds in 2017 after returning from their incognito wedding. Camila Alves & Matthew McConaughey: 13 Years When Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves first met, it was in a nightclub back in 2006. Matthew had to put in some work to win Camila over before she finally said yes to a date. He would later propose to her on Christmas day in 2011 and they would marry in June 2012. They share three children together, sons Levi and Livingston along with daughter Vida. Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta-Jones: 25 Years Back in 1996, during the Deauville Film Festival, friends introduced Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas to one another. Michael proposed to Catherine in 1999, a month after rumors were finally confirmed that she was pregnant with their first child together. She later gave birth to a son, Dylan, in August 1999 and they were later married in November 2000. Mary-Kate Olsen & Olivier Sarkozy: 17 Years When it comes to French banker Olivier Sarkozy and actress Mary-Kate Olsen, they kept their relationship secret for two years before reports emerged that they were engaged in 2014. The two wed in a super small, super secluded wedding ceremony in 2015, where the tables were decorated with bowls full of cigarettes. Felicity Huffman & William H. Macy: 12 Years Felicity and William dated on and of for over 15 years before finally deciding to tie the knot in 1997. During an interview with the ,Tribune News,, Felicity stated: "I was so scared of marriage that I thought I would've preferred to step in front of a bus." The two now have two daughters together. Megan Fox & Brian Austin Green: 13 Years Megan Fox was only 18 years old when she met Brian Green back in 2004 while on the set of ,Hope & Faith. The two became in engaged in 2006, but ended up calling it quits three years later. However, it wasn’t long before they rekindled their relationship and got married in 2010. They now have three sons together. Hugh Jackman & Deborra Lee-Furness: 13 Years Hugh Jackman first met his wife, Deborra Lee-Furness, back in 1995 while on the Australian show ,Correli. The two lovebirds married a year later in 1996 and went on to adopt two children together, Oscar and Ava. In an interview with ,People,, Hugh stated: "I’m literally the adult in the relationship. She’s just like a little kid. I’m the [one saying], ‘Babe, this is not a legal parking spot." Harrison Ford & Calista Flockhart: 22 Years It was during the 2002 Golden Globe Awards that Harrison Ford first met the love of his life, Calista Flockhart. Harrison, who was 60 at the time, and Calista, who was 38, continued their relationship for over seven years before getting engaged on Valentine’s Day weekend in 2009. They were married that same year and went on to adopt a son together. Alec Baldwin & Hilaria Baldwin: 26 Years Alec Baldwin first met his wife, Hilaria, in February 2011 while she worked as a yoga instructor. Hilaria explained during an interview with ,Beach Magazine, in 2013: “Five months into our relationship, we got an apartment together; then we started talking about getting married; then he proposed; then we got married; now we have a kid. So, it all went quite fast!” The couple now has four children together. David Foster & Katharine McPhee: 34 Years David Foster first met his now wife, Katharine McPhee, during Season 5 of the show ,American Idol, ,where he starred as a mentor for her and other contestants. While the two didn’t immediately become an item, once David’s divorce with Yolanda Hadid finalized in 2017, rumors started to swirl. They didn’t officially confirm their relationship until their engagement in 2018. Hilarie Burton & Jeffrey Dean Morgan: 16 Years Hilarie Burton and Jeffrey Morgan first started dating back in 2009. The two were set up on a date by Jeffrey’s co-star at the time, Jensen Ackles. The two later welcomed their first son together, Gus, in 2010 and were later married in 2014. They just recently welcomed a second child in 2018, a daughter named George Virginia.

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