If you’re a parent, you’re always looking for the best opportunities for your children; it’s only natural. You want to ensure that your kids have all the breaks you never got, you want to make sure they’ve got a leg up on their future. First and foremost, that advantage begins with the right education. Fortunately for parents who are on the lookout for a school district that can best equip your children for a competitive future, the folks at niche.com have compiled a list of the country’s best districts based on “state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, student and parent reviews, and more.” Check the top 15 out here.
15. Lexington Public Schools Score Well on Math and Reading
Located in Lexington, Massachusetts, the Lexington public school district boasts a low student to teacher ratio, which is probably one of the reasons that more than 90 percent of the school’s students are considered proficient in the basics of math and reading. What’s more, a nationally recognized school lunch menu means your kids will never have a rumbling stomach late in the day.
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For 61 years, Disneyland in Anaheim, California has been delighting visitors of all ages. From the fairy tales brought to life in Fantasyland to the look towards the future in Tomorrowland, Disneyland has evolved over the years to continue offer guests the best in childlike wonder, thrills, and attractions. Whether you’re wondering the streets of Main Street USA or traveling back in time to the Old West, Disneyland packs in all the rides and entertainment a family could ever dream of experiencing on a trip. However, times have changed things a little bit over the years. Learn more about Walt Disney’s dreamland in this retrospective look at Disneyland, then and now.
1. How Much Did Disneyland Cost Back Then?
Back when it opened in 1955, a ticket to the theme park cost a mere one dollar for adults and 50 cents for children. However, beyond the entry fee, each of the 35 rides had a fee. Most of the attractions cost about 25 to 35 cents for adults and 10 to 25 cents for kids, but it was still an affordable thrill. Even if you went on every ride or attraction, you’d still pay less than 10 bucks for the day.
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In the American South, they do things a little bit more creatively than anywhere else. The region may have had its fair share of bad publicity — warranted and unwarranted — but you can’t deny that the South does things their way, and lots of times that means inspiring something a little more colorful and creative than the norm. Just think about it, the South has spawned some of the world’s best music in blues and rock, and they’ve inspired some of the most lauded writers of the modern age, such as Mark Twain and William Faulkner. The region’s creativity even includes their use of language, which can be perplexing to the average outsider. So here is some insight into a few of the South’s most unique words and phrases.
1. You can find a solid fishing spot OVER YONDER if you’re willing to climb that hill.
Meaning: some distance away in a given direction. It’s a general term, but it’s useful for giving directions to some place or some thing on the fly. And, sure, it might be vague, but Southerners tend to be a little more self-sufficient. If you can’t find the fishing spot once you’ve been pointed over yonder, then you don’t deserve to fish.
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For going on ten years, chef Guy Fieri has wandered across the United States in search of the country’s best greasy spoon. In Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, the chef explores blue collar cuisine with the care and attention usually afforded only high end meals. And, honestly, it’s about time. Just because a meal is made on a flat iron grill doesn’t mean it can’t achieve the same lofty heights as a four-star meal. So, here, for your consideration, are some of the highlights from Guy Fieri’s decade on the trail of the best places to eat in America. One thing is for sure, sometimes the tastiest meals pop up in places you would never expect.
1. Psycho Suzie’s Motor Lounge
Located in Northeast Minneapolis, Psycho Suzie’s Motor Lounge takes, “lovingly-remembered tiki bar history, a healthy helping of tattoo culture, several measures of kitsch, a dash of voodoo and a passion for good times, [sticks] them all in a blender and [hits] Liquify.” This cynically nostalgic tiki bar may look like a tourist trap sprung to life, but Psycho Suzie’s food is something you simply won’t believe until you taste it.
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The second largest city in Ohio, and the 48th biggest city in the country, Cleveland is truly an underrated travel destination. From arts and culture to science and history, there’s something for everyone, young and old alike, in The Forest City. The city’s efficient public transportation system and highly-rated walkability makes it a breeze for visitors to tour all that Cleveland has to offer. If you only have a long weekend at your disposal, you can still pack in a lot of fun in a short getaway. So pack your bags and make arrangements to travel to The Rock and Roll Capital of the World for three days of fun.
1. Grab Breakfast at One of C-Town’s Delicious Diners
Just like your mother told you, breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day. To really enjoy all that Cleveland has to offer, you can’t tour around on an empty stomach. Luckily, C-Town has a variety of delicious breakfast restaurants to choose from for your morning meal needs. You could head to The Flying Fig, a hip New American restaurant serving locally sourced food and their beloved Bloody Marys. For classic diner food, locals love Grumpy’s Cafe. Or pick up fresh baked breakfast goodies at BonBon on Lorain Avenue.
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There can be little doubt that Alaska is one of the United States’ national treasures, a proud addition to the nice, round 50 that make up the Union. What was once considered Seward’s folly (until it sprouted a whole buttload of oil) is now the most beautiful part of the country, a natural, rugged paradise that’s populated by a few intrepid souls who are willing to brave the elements of our northernmost state. Of course, if you’re willing to travel to these wondrous climes, be sure you pay attention to the local rules, because Alaska has some freaking weird ones.
1. Let Our Bears Rest
So, in Alaska, you can absolutely shoot a bear if it’s up and rankled. To save your own life, that’s permitted. However, even if your intent is totally innocent — like getting the perfect photograph — waking a sleeping bear is absolutely against the rules. Honestly, it’s also not the smartest move a person could make.
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Do you sometimes get the feeling that church and state are a little too interconnected in America these days? Organized religion isn’t for everybody, and its getting harder to know where the Bible-belt begins and ends in this country. If you’re planning your next getaway or a new place to call home, maybe you should consider a less “churchy” location, somewhere where odds are your neighbor won’t be so preachy, a location with clearer roads on a bright Sunday morning. The Barna Group does an annual survey of the nations top 100 media markets and compiles a list of Most (and Least) Bible-Minded Cities. The group defines “Bible-minded” as people who read the Bible in a typical week and if they believe the Bible is “accurate in the principles it teaches.” The following places just aren’t that into that. So here are the United State’s amoral hotspots, the capitals of sin – or just level-headed towns where good people focus on issues beyond an outdated 2000-year-old book.
15. Portland, ME
Historically Beautiful, But Not Historically Religious
It doesn’t get much more idyllic than a stroll through the historic parts of Portland, Maine. Not only is there plenty of beautiful history, but the state’s biggest city is also home to a vibrant nightlife. Just don’t expect to hit up a church on Sunday morning to repent for Saturday night’s sins, because this city isn’t that kind of place. Only 19 percent of the population are deemed “Bible-minded.”
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When the third Sunday in June looms, it’s time to celebrate the man who molded you into the man you are (or will one day become). There are few better ways to nurture the bond between a father and son than spending quality time together, and one of the best ways to pay tribute is to plan a generation-bridging getaway, just the two of you. Whether you want to take your old man on a trip or you are the Dad who wants to hang with his son, here are some ideas to inspire you for Father’s Day.
1. Head to Lynchburg, TN
“What?” you ask. Why would anyone want to take the time to travel to some small town in Tennessee to bond with their father? Because Lynchburg is the home of Jack Daniel’s, the best whiskey made in America. With some excellent golf courses scattered throughout the area, there’s more to Lynchburg than simply whiskey.
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Ah, New York State, home to the capital of world culture, New York City. Remember, though, there’s more to the Empire State than just the Big Apple. There are plenty of other towns in the region that aren’t quite as cosmopolitan as NYC. You may think of New York as the home of modern enlightenment and worldliness, but the state has its fair share of stupid laws on the books. Granted, many of these silly rules are old and rarely enforced, but if you’re not careful you just might be breaking the law.
1. Problems With Marriage
The laws that govern the state are still a little arcane when it comes to matrimonial bliss. According to the official rules, adultery is still a criminally punishable offense. What’s more, if a married couple files for divorce, they’re not allowed to use “irreconcilable differences” as their motivation unless both parties agree.
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Across the United States, more than 25,000 tracts of land are under the protection of some form of the United States government. That’s nearly half a million square miles of forest, prairie, and desert that’s folded into the nation’s protected areas. That’s a lot of land that’s nearly devoid of regular human interaction. Just because you’re walking on protected land doesn’t mean you are safe. There are a lot of mysteries floating through the country’s National Parks system and the authorities are not that forthcoming with details on unsolved cases. Not to dissuade you from enjoying these wonderful landscapes, but here are some eerie clusters of mysterious disappearances that have happened in certain parks and forests over the decades. Wild speculation has ranged from alien abductions to Sasquatch encounters to government conspiracies. Sound farfetched? Read on and judge for yourself.
1. The Calm Young Lady
Devil’s Den State Park is a beautiful, but unforgiving bit of land in Arkansas that’s claimed several lives over the years. But one story had a happy yet strange ending. In 1946, eight-year-old Katherine Van Alst wandered off from her family’s camp site and got lost. Though a search party scoured the area, the little girl wasn’t found for six full days, a length of time that should have been a death sentence. When she was found, though, the girl walked calmly out of a cave and simply announced, “Here I am,” without remembering any details of what had happened to her.
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