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Waikiki Beach: It used to be a swamp—its name, which means ‘spouting water’ comes from the springs that fed the taro patches and fishponds—but Waikiki also had a two-mile crescent of sand, plenty of sunshine and perfect waves rolling into shore. So in the early days, after Honolulu became the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1845, the royalty wisely chose to build their beach homes on Waikiki.

North Shore. Grant Ellis photographer. http://surf.transworld.net/1000110576/news/surfer-poll-relocates-to-north-shore/

To the west and north of the Black Hills, dinosaurs have been found in great abundance in the basins of Wyoming and on the Northern Great Plains, and thus, this free dinosaur park was born in South Dakota, where you can see life size replicas of the dinosaurs found in the region. Discover more at www.blackhillsbadlands.com and www.discoveramerica.com