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Travel U Plan / Balboa Park Cactus Garden, San Diego, CA - (c) 2006 Ted Grellner


Books - Gardens of the World



Getaways for 'Girls Only' 


  • Girlfriend Getaway Planning Books:

Books - Girlfriend Getaways

  • High Wild & Lonesome -  Adventure Horseback Vacations, women-only vacations 
  • Journeywoman - "The Premier Travel Resource for Women"
  • Sacred Journeys -  World travel for women-only with a focus on women's spirituality and history 

  • Spas

Books - Spas


  • SpaFinder - "The Global Spa Resource". Find Spas: Day, Vacation, or Medical Spas:

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  • National Register of Historic Places -  visit historic destinations with the National Park Service's growing list of Travel Itineraries, each a self-guided tour to historic places listed in the National Register. Explore by selecting the State or region you wish to explore. 
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation - 
    • Dozen Distinctive Destinations  - 12 vacation destinations across the US, selected annually by the National Trust, that "offer an authentic visitor experience by combining dynamic downtowns, cultural diversity, attractive architecture, cultural landscapes and a strong commitment to historic preservation and revitalization". 
    • Historic Artists' Homes and Studios  - "a consortium of 30 of America's most significant artists' spaces that are open to the public .... These extraordinary sites are the intimate living and work spaces of painters, sculptors, ceramicists, photographers, and furniture designers..." You can choose by state or region, or view the entire list. 
    • Historic Hotels of America  - "more than 200 quality hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. To be selected..., a hotel must be at least 50 years old, listed or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or recognized locally as having historic significance". 
    • National Trust Historic Sites  - "discover great architecture, magnificent landscapes, and life-changing stories". 
    • Partner Places  - historic sites that offer an authentic and rewarding experience (listed by State) 
  • Preserve America Communities & Neighborhoods - designated communities that protect and celebrate their heritage, use their historic assets for economic development and community revitalization, provide education and heritage tourism programs. 
  • to find Recreations Areas with Historic/Cultural Activities: 
    • historical sites
    • prehistoric/archeological sites
  •  USDA Forest Service - listing of the National Historic Trails 
  • *World Heritage Sites* - list of over 850 properties located throughout the world (such as Stonehenge in U.K., Grand Canyon in U.S., Sanctuary of Machu Picchu of Peru) which the World Heritage Committee considers as having universal value (see 10 Selection Criteria for World Heritage Sites, one of which is: "must represent a masterpiece of human creative genius") 

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