Top 10 Free Things to Do in America
Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Thursday. 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 I will finish blogging about 10 of these things that I started yesterday.
6: Mount Rushmore
You won't need to pony up admission to gape at this chiseled-in-stone behemoth, but you will have to pay parking costs. Still — what a sight! Carved into the granite cliffs of Mount Rushmore are the 60-foot heads of four American presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt (Theodore) and Lincoln. It's South Dakota's top attraction.
7: Hana Highway
When do two lanes of curving blacktop become a destination? When the surrounding scenery is as spectacular as that along Highway 36 — better known as the Hana Highway — on the island of Maui. This corkscrew, 70-mile road follows Hawaiian countryside embroidered with taro fields, rain forests and eye-popping seascapes.
8: Central Park
An oasis for city dwellers, this 843-acre swath of urban green offers plenty for visitors, too. You can kick back on the green grass of the Sheep Meadow, stroll the Literary Walk beneath a canopy of elms and watch summer productions of Shakespeare in the Park — all for free.
9: The Alamo
Originally established in 1718, this Spanish mission in San Antonio was the site of a historic battle for Texan independence and remains a spiritual touchstone in the heart of Texans. Look for the Heritage Tree, a mammoth live oak on the grounds.
10: Mardi Gras
Yes, you might spend a few bucks on hooch and a nice bowl of gumbo, and hotel rooms are a whole other high-rolling story. But it costs nothing to revel in the spectacle of the music, plumage and floats of New Orleans' Mardi Gras. Souvenirs are free, too, thanks to the "throws" — those beads and doubloons that are flung from parade floats.
Hope these tips help to stretch those dollar and help you still live a full life. Have a beary safe and great Thursday!
Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.
big bear hug,