January 30, 2013

January 30, 2013

Top 10 Free Things to Do in America

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Wednesday and we have almost made it through the middle of another work week. I hope you are having a beary safe and great week so far. It is another busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

People with chronic illnesses have to spend a lot of their money on healthcare. So that limits other things you can afford to do. But did you know there are a ton of free things you can do? Today and tomorrow, I will blog about 10 of these things.

1: The National Mall and Washington, D.C., Memorials

The nation's capital takes its "by the people, for the people" ethos seriously. A surfeit of attractions honoring the country's heritage costs nothing to tour — including landmarks along the National Mall: the Washington Monument, the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials and memorials to veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

2: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

America's national parks offer budget-friendly holidays, but only a handful offer free admission anymore. One that does is also the most-visited national park in the country: the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a vast forest wilderness in North Carolina and Tennessee that welcomes more than 9 million visitors annually.

3: Golden Gate Bridge

It costs nothing to stroll the east sidewalk promenade of this San Francisco landmark, stretching high above the sparkling blue waters of the Golden Gate Strait. Walk, bike and even dine on the bridge (at the Bridge Café), with heavenly views all around.

4: The Smithsonian Museums

All of the heralded Smithsonian museums in D.C. offer free admission — including the National Air & Space Museum, the National Museum of Natural History and the National Zoo. This means you can see first-rate artifacts like the Wright Brothers' 1903 flying machine, the Hope diamond and giant pandas, without paying a dime.

5: National September 11 Memorial and Museum

Since opening in September 2011, this 8-acre memorial of remembrance and honor to those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks has fast become one of New York's most popular pilgrimages. Shimmering waterfalls cascade into two reflecting pools set into the massive footprints of the World Trade Center's original Twin Towers.

Tomorrow I will blog about five more. Hope you have a beary safe and great Wednesday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab