Animal Encounters

Animal encounters include animal sanctuaries, national parks, state parks, zoos, aquariums, and other attractions and experiences involving animals.

A Visit to Zoo Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia

Should you visit the Atlanta Zoo?

In 1984, Zoo Atlanta was rated as one of the worst zoos in the nation. Then zoo leadership and the Atlanta community rallied to turn things around.  Is it worth visiting Zoo Atlanta today?

13 Things to Do in Istanbul, Turkey

13 Things to Do in Istanbul, Turkey

From climbing medieval stone towers to stepping inside one of the world’s largest cathedrals, from sailing between two continents to sipping Turkish tea, there are many things to do in Istanbul, Turkey. 

Beyond the National Mall: 6 Additional Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC

Fun Facts About Giant Pandas

Beyond the National Mall, there are six additional Smithsonian museums to explore in Washington, DC. See additional works of art, historical aircraft, giant pandas, and more by adding these experiences to your itinerary. While the majority of Smithsonian museums are clustered in a giant rectangle around the National Mall, there are six additional Smithsonian experiences …

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All About Alpacas: 10 Fun Alpaca Facts I Learned by Visiting an Alpaca Ranch

Travel Destinations in South America

Alpacas are long-necked, doe-eyed creatures that look like a camel mixed with a Goldendoodle. And yes, they are as adorable as that sounds! Native to the Andes Mountains of South America, here are 10 interesting alpaca facts I learned by visiting the Seven Stars Alpaca Ranch in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Just a short drive from …

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Everyday Postcard from the Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Denver, Colorado

Roughly halfway between the Denver International Airport and downtown, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal is a 16,000 acre wildlife refuge. While driving along the 11-mile-long Wildlife Drive, visitors can see bison, deer, waterfowl, and more. Learn more about the preserve in this Everyday Postcard from Stephanie. With seven continents, nearly 200 countries, and more than 7.5 …

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10 Wonderful Dog Friendly Wineries in Livermore, California

What’s better than a day of wine tasting? A day of wine tasting with your four-legged fuzzy best friend! If you (and your fur baby) are headed to California’s beautiful wine country, then you won’t want to miss these dog friendly wineries in Livermore, one of California’s oldest wine regions. A special thanks to the Livermore …

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5 Reasons to Visit the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center (Near Yellowstone National Park)

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center (Near Yellowstone National Park)

On the edge of America’s first national park, the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center is a not-for-profit wildlife park. The educational facility is dedicated to giving visitors the opportunity to observe the magnificent wild animals at the facility and learn how to co-exist with them in a shrinking world. Here are five reasons you should …

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