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Remember that real ghost town in Wyoming we told you about earlier the week--the one Amelia Earhart loved? Well, we know the U.S. has plenty more abandoned and spooky towns to offer up for an ideal summer road-trip.
The abandoned towns that exist in American today were primarily mining towns, once living high-on-the-hog before the local industry turned. Others were decimated by natural disasters, sending remaining residents to greener pastures. Regardless of the reason for their dilapidation, these ghosts towns need to make it to your list of things to do over the next few months:
In case you weren’t paying attention earlier in the week we wanted to fill you in on the status of this year’s BCS National Champion. When it comes to college football it looks like Alabama is the best in the land, as AJ McCarron—and his girlfriend—easily took down Notre Dame on Monday night.
Now that the analysis and highlights are over it’s time to celebrate and welcome the team back to town. Unlike the professional leagues it doesn’t look like there will be a victory parade, but there will be a chance to get up close and personal with the trophy.
The $30,000 Waterford Crystal AFCA National Championship Trophy is now going on a little bit of a tour, so fans down in Alabama can go and check it out in person. In past years tour stops have included visits to Walmart, but this year things are going a little higher end as the public appearances are taking place at the grocery store.
Everyone is going football crazy this month, and that’s with the Super Bowl still a few weeks away. Sure, the NFL playoffs are doing their thing for a couple more weekends, but this week’s big news was Alabama cruising over LSU in the BCS National Championship Game.
The college football season might be over, but that doesn’t mean that you need to end your season. Just head down to Alabama to celebrate the Crimson Tide’s past, as you roll into the Paul W. Bryant Museum in Tuscaloosa.
Things will likely be busy this week as fans pay tribute to past teams and traditions as they continue to celebrate the school’s 2012 championship. The museum archives have stuff dating back to the 1890s, but of course they have plenty of stuff that’s a little more current as well. Exhibits include the Hall of Honor, The Tide Through Time, and Coach Bryant's Office. There’s plenty dedicated to former Coach "Bear" Bryant, including a Waterford crystal replica of his houndstooth hat—we guess you’ve just got to be an Alabama fan to appreciate that.
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After last month's devastating tornadoes in the south, volunteers from around the country are heading to the effected areas. If you want to help out as well, there are a few organizations still looking for help in Alabama:
· The American Red Cross has set up emergency shelters throughout the region. They’re also providing food, blood, emergency-response vehicles and other relief supplies. You can find out about volunteer opportunities at RedCross.org or by visiting your local Red Cross office.
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We understand that it’s hard to get the money together to head to the Caribbean to dive, but there’s always plenty of underwater options here in the good ol’ nifty fifty. If you’re looking for something a little more unique and affordable there’s always “The Pelham Keys” in Pelham, Alabama. It might be a strange scuba spot, but all that means is that the diving fun is just a little different.
The place is just around 20 minutes south of Birmingham, and it’s an over 26-acre limestone quarry that has now been filled in with over 850 million gallons of spring fed water. Expect clear waters as you swim through and explore some of the park’s undersea treasures. No coral reefs here, but there is a school bus, sailboat, and two different fire engines.
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BP officials say that they're on the verge of successfully capping the oil spill, although we'll believe that when we see it. For all we know, this will be another one of those schemes that works fine on paper, only to have some robot bump into a pipe and send everyone back to the drawing board.
Putting aside their technological fumbling though, the company seems to have stumbled into a brilliant formula for dealing with the catastrophe's tourism-related fallout: host free entertainment, and hope people show up.
Two events from the last few days show the potential of this little-tried "free" strategy. The first, which wasn't funded by BP, was the annual Blue Devils beach air show over Pensacola. The weekend after July 4th is the single biggest tourism weekend of the year in the region, and cleanup crews worked overnight and into the show to keep oil away from the crowds. The efforts paid off in the form of a $25 million revenue haul.
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Mardi Gras in St. Louis
Mardi Gras is as New Orleans as beignets. But in case you can't make it to the Crescent City for Fat Tuesday, or want to avoid the rowdy drunks and ladies flashing their business, we have some Mardi Gras alternatives for you. Whether you're looking for an option with the kiddies or straight-up debauchery, you'll still party hard in these cities.
Check out other places where you can live it up for Mardi Gras after the jump.