Animal Encounters

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

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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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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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. 

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?

Fun Facts About Giant Pandas

Beginning with a panda cub carried into the United States in the arms of fashion designer Ruth Harkness back in 1936, Americans have been fascinated by these adorable mammals. Here are 20 fun facts about giant pandas.

A Visit to the Cincinnati Zoo (Yes, We Saw Fiona!)

A Visit to the Cincinnati Zoo (Yes, We Saw Fiona!)

While the Cincinnati Zoo has held the title of “Greenest Zoo in America” since 2010, it is now probably more famous as the home of Fiona the baby hippo. With photos and fun facts, join me on a visit to the Cincinnati Zoo!  

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