Alex Witt

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20th January 2011

Alex is taking a break from her American university to spend the semester studying in London. Alex's true loves include listening to live music, taking the long way home, and eating as much Cadbury chocolate as she can get her hands on in the next three months.

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  1. May 2011
  2. Alex Witt rated Mark Twain House & Museum

  3. Alex Witt reviewed Mark Twain House & Museum in Connecticut, United States

    A stately brick home in Hartford, Connecticut, is unassumingly nestled in deep green woods. Coming upon it, one would never guess it was here that the father of American literature, Mark Twain, wrote some of his most prolific works (The Adventures of Tom…"

  4. Alex Witt rated Litchfield History Museum

  5. Alex Witt reviewed Litchfield History Museum in Connecticut, United States

    An excellent sampling of colonial America is found in the modest town of Litchfield. Without the pretense of cities such as Williamsburg or Boston, the Litchfield History Museum gives visitors the opportunity to experience life in New England through a v…"

  6. Alex Witt reviewed Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Connecticut, United States

    This looming Victorian home is not what I pictured when I thought of the home of abolitionist and author, Harriet Beecher Stowe. The outside is large and somewhat foreboding, but the inside is filled with mementos of the life of this well-educated, well-…"

  7. Alex Witt rated Harriet Beecher Stowe House

  8. Alex Witt rated Hammonasset Beach State Park

  9. Alex Witt reviewed Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, United States

    This two-mile long stretch along the Connecticut shoreline is the perfect place to spend a day when visiting New England. No ostentation is to be seen at Hammonasset, where visitors can bike, camp, or fish to their heart’s content without the crowd…"

  10. Alex Witt rated Florence Griswold Museum

  11. Alex Witt reviewed Florence Griswold Museum in Connecticut, United States

    "100 years ago, the Florence Griswold Museum did not only house the works of famous impressionists artists, it housed those artists themselves. An artist colony provided by its namesake, the home today is open to visitors who wish to peruse its extensive …"

  12. Alex Witt reviewed Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens in Hartford, United States

    India has the Taj Mahal, but Connecticut has the Taj Mahal of Rose Gardens. Built and named in honor of the wife of Charles Pond, who donated his estate to the city, Elizabeth Park is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon basking in sunshine, exploring…"

  13. Alex Witt rated Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens

  14. Alex Witt rated Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

  15. Alex Witt reviewed Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library in New Haven, United States

    Sitting like a jewel in the middle of Yale University’s New Haven campus is the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. A strange, rectangular building with a honeycomb-like pattern, it now houses over 500,000 volumes and millions of manuscri…"

  16. Alex Witt rated Dinosaur State Park

  17. Alex Witt reviewed Dinosaur State Park in Connecticut, United States

    When I think of dinosaurs roaming the earth, I rarely imagine them on the loose in Connecticut. It is, however, here that visitors to Dinosaur State Park can see the footprints these mysterious animals left behind. Located inside a domed building, the tr…"

  18. Alex Witt rated The Bruce Museum

  19. Alex Witt reviewed The Bruce Museum in Connecticut, United States

    "The Bruce Museum is composed of an interesting mix of collections; artwork, artifacts of natural history, and scientific dioramas are just a few of the items on display in this well-respected Connecticut institution. In spite of housing a somewhat jumbl…"

  20. April 2011
  21. Alex Witt reviewed Center Church in Connecticut, United States

    Historic buildings in Connecticut are a dime a dozen, yet New Haven’s Center Church manages to stand out among the rest. We’ve all heard the Puritanical analogy of a City on a Hill, but what about a church on a hill? And what about a hill bui…"

  22. Alex Witt rated Center Church

  23. Alex Witt rated Bushnell Park

  24. Alex Witt reviewed Bushnell Park in Connecticut, United States

    Public parks are a great resource that are often taken for granted. Hype Park, Central Park, the Tuilleries, the English Gardens: these are the spaces that so often define great cities as much as the buildings that surround them. Reverand Horace Bushnel…"

  25. Alex Witt reviewed Cockaponset State Forest in Connecticut, United States

    "Connecticut’s Cockaponset State Forest is a beautiful example of New England scenery. The park also is home to two more unique features: the Chester Cedar Swamp and Pine Ledge, which is great for rock climbing. In the winter, visitors can participa…"

  26. Alex Witt rated Cockaponset State Forest

  27. Alex Witt rated Ouachita National Forest

  28. Alex Witt reviewed Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas, United States

    Located in the heart of West Arkansas is Ouachita National Forest. A beautiful example of Arkansas scenery, the forest offers various opportunities for sport and recreation, including camping, hiking, and biking. The rocky bluffs of low-lying mountains a…"

  29. Alex Witt reviewed Pikes Peak Cog Railway in Colorado, United States

    Chugging up to the top of Pikes Peak, the ever-changing scenery captivates visitors immediately. From the small town of Manitou Springs the mountain is covered in spruce and pine trees that eventually give way to a more mountainous landscape. Various an…"

  30. Alex Witt rated Pikes Peak Cog Railway

  31. Alex Witt reviewed Yale University in New Haven, United States

    Consistently ranked as one of the best universities in the world and certainly in America, Yale University has been molding the minds of intelligent, powerful individuals since its founding in the 1701. Walking about the campus offers a strange juxtapos…"

  32. Alex Witt rated Yale University

  33. Alex Witt rated Yale Center for British Art

  34. Alex Witt reviewed Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, United States

    After a visiting most of London’s various art galleries, I thought I’d seen all the British art I could. That is, however, before the Yale Center for British Art. This museum is home to the largest collection of British art outside the UK. Fr…"

  35. March 2011
  36. Alex Witt reviewed Peabody Museum of Natural History in Connecticut, United States

    Yale is certainly one of the oldest universities in America, but who knew it had dinosaurs? It’s true; they live in the Peabody Museum of Natural History. Home to not only the skeletons of these Jurassic creatures, but also of exhibits featuring ot…"

  37. Alex Witt reviewed Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas, United States

    Few people associate diamond mining with Southwest Arkansas, but that is the lure of Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro. A large field, plowed in rows, is designed to accommodate people digging for gems with a vast array of tools including scr…"

  38. Alex Witt reviewed Buffalo Outdoor Center in Arkansas, United States

    There is something to be said about getting away from the stresses of daily life and retreating into the simple quiet of nature. Buffalo Outdoor Center offers that respite in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. Imagine floating down a slow-moving …"

  39. Alex Witt reviewed Delta Cultural Center in Arkansas, United States

    The Delta Cultural Center is a museum dedicated to telling the story of the Arkansas Delta, but what is perhaps the most interesting and heavily emphasized portion of that history is its contribution to blues music. Although the museum offers different e…"

  40. Alex Witt reviewed Gangster Museum of America in Arkansas, United States

    Luxurious bath houses, historic mansions, and… gangsters? Who knew the quiet city of Hot Springs, Arkansas, was a haunt of the likes of Al Capone and Bugs Moran? Due to its reputation as a resort town and its lax position on booze, betting, and br…"

  41. Alex Witt reviewed Hot Springs Mountain Tower in Arkansas, United States

    It looks rather foreign rising from the hills of the Ouachita Mountains near Hot Springs, Arkansas, but do not let the Hot Springs Mountain Tower’s spacecraft-like appearance fool you: it offers one of the best opportunities for observing Arkansas&…"

  42. Alex Witt reviewed Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, United States

    Unlike most National Parks, the predominant draw of Hot Springs National Park is not strictly natural, but historical. Elegant buildings line Bathhouse Row, which includes the Fordyce, now a park museum, and the still-functioning Buckstaff Baths. Natura…"

  43. Alex Witt reviewed Old State House Museum in Arkansas, United States

    The Old State House Museum in Little Rock not only houses historical artifacts, it is itself an artifact, being the oldest surviving state capitol west of the Mississippi. A beautiful Greek Revival mansion, this lovely museum houses a vast amount of info…"

  44. Alex Witt reviewed Ottenheimer Market Hall in Arkansas, United States

    "In a state that is not necessarily known for being hip or cosmopolitan, the River Market’s Ottenheimer Market Hall is both. Far from offering up the fried chicken and greens that the American South is known for, the Market features international cu…"

  45. Alex Witt reviewed River Market District in Arkansas, United States

    The River Market District is to Little Rock as Times Square is to New York City. It’s the epicenter of culture and activity. Music festivals, dining, nightlife, shopping: the River Market District has it all. Enjoy a leisurely walk around the peri…"

  46. Alex Witt reviewed Buckstaff Bathhouse in Arkansas, United States

    The Buckstaff Bathhouse in Hot Springs, Arkansas, is the only remaining bathhouse in what was once a popular travel destination for those wishing to take the waters. What is most amazing, perhaps, is that visitors are still invited today to take mineral …"

  47. Alex Witt reviewed Big Dam Bridge in Little Rock, United States

    Spanning the Arkansas River, the Big Dam Bridge connects exercise trails in North Little Rock to Little Rock. For those who built it, the Bridge is a symbol of friendship and community, health and fitness, and economic prosperity and quality of life. Fo…"

  48. Alex Witt reviewed Batad Rice Terraces in Philippines

    Looking out at the Batad Rice Terraces is reminiscent of looking at a stained glass window: the layered strips of land mirror the sky in a beautifully disjointed way. The incredible green of the hillsides contrasts with the water, and the homes that are …"

  49. Alex Witt commented on Mount Bromo in Indonesia

    "If an exciting adventure is what you’re searching for in a travel destination, what better place to seek it than at the site of an active volcano? Although not the tallest peak in the immediate area, this still imposing formation is surrounded in a misty…"

  50. Alex Witt commented on Mt Pinatubo in Santol, Philippines

    "The magnificent turquoise waters of the crater of Mount Pinatubo are slightly misleading, as are the green-carpeted mountains that line the banks. They give a sense of calm to the area that is undeserved, as black rock from an eruption in 1991 still scar…"

  51. Alex Witt reviewed Lake Toba in Indonesia

    Thousands of years ago a volcano erupted here creating a pristine lake that is still available for our enjoyment. Instead of fiery lava and rock, today’s Lake Toba boasts achingly blue waters surrounded by low-lying green mountains dotted with nati…"

  52. Alex Witt reviewed Sangkhla Buri Lake in Thailand

    Look at the serene lake of Sangkhla Buri, Thailand, and you’ll be unsure whether you’re seeing sky or water. This perfectly mirrored surface meets the lush grass on its banks and slowly rises into more rugged mountains in the distance. This r…"

  53. February 2011
  54. Alex Witt reviewed Acrosanti in Phoenix, United States

    Most of us make daily decisions for the betterment of the planet: recycling a glass bottle, walking instead of driving, bringing a re-usable bag to the market. Arcosanti, however, takes eco-friendly living to a whole new level with its construction, whic…"

  55. Alex Witt reviewed Railway Trips into the Alaskan Wilderness in Alaska, United States

    Alaska is often associated with outdoors adventure, but for those who are less inclined to strike out on foot or by kayak into the wilderness, railway trips offer a spectacular alternative. Scale the heights of mountains and dip into lush valleys withou…"

  56. Alex Witt commented on Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, United States

    "Six Flags is not just a theme park anymore! There are concerts, a water park and other events within the park. As far as the rides go there are plenty for every member of the family. There are thrill rides, water rides and kiddy rides. The park also ha…"

  57. Alex Witt reviewed O.K. Corral in Arizona, United States

    For enthusiasts of the Old West, the gunfight at the O.K. Corral was an event as monumental as the remake of the John Wayne True Grit film. Today, visitors are invited to experience a recreation of the town as it appeared on that fateful day in 1881. Se…"

  58. Alex Witt reviewed Grand Canyon National Park in Southwest Desert, United States

    "Although I’ve heard people proclaim on more than one occasion, “It’s just a big hole in the ground!” when referring to the Grand Canyon, they usually have not experienced the utter vastness and full impact of the geographic wonder. Dipping one mile int…"

  59. Alex Witt reviewed Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Arizona, United States

    Few visitor attractions in the United States offer the same mystery as Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. A relic of a civilization that left no written language behind, Americans have been puzzled by its purpose since it became the country’s fir…"

  60. Alex Witt reviewed Chapel of the Holy Cross in Arizona, United States

    Jutting out from between two red boulders is the Chapel of the Holy Cross, a Catholic chapel located just outside Sedona, Arizona. Unlike conventional churches, this one is not composed of overly ornate architecture. It does not feature any frills. It i…"

  61. Alex Witt reviewed Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona, United States

    Often overshadowed by more well-known nature sites in Arizona, Chiricahua National Monument is a location that deserves more respect. But maybe it’s the relative anonymity Chiricahua enjoys that makes it so spectacular. Although camping facilities…"

  62. Alex Witt reviewed Coconino National Forest in Arizona, United States

    Just when you begin to think Arizona is a mass of shrubby bushes and foreign rock formations, something new presents itself. Such is the case at Coconino National Forest. Although the striking rock formations are still present here, they are not the onl…"

  63. Alex Witt reviewed Fort Verde Historic Park in Arizona, United States

    "During the last 30 years of the 19th century, the United States Army maintained Fort Verde in central Arizona. Today, Fort Verde is kept in operation by the state of Arizona to serve as an educational site for visitors. A small museum and historic homes…"

  64. Alex Witt reviewed Railway Trips into the Alaskan Wilderness in Alaska, United States

    Alaska is often associated with outdoors adventure, but for those who are less inclined to strike out on foot or by kayak into the wilderness, railway trips offer a spectacular alternative. Scale the heights of mountains and dip into lush valleys without…"

  65. Alex Witt reviewed Angel Island State Park in San Francisco, United States

    Less well-know than its contemporary in New York, Ellis Island, Angel Island was the point of entry for thousands of Asian immigrants to the United States in the early 20th century. Although the exhibit here is not as extensive as that in New York, a mus…"

  66. Alex Witt reviewed Boston Mountain Scenic Loop in Arkansas, United States

    Known as the “Natural State,” Arkansas is home to beautiful scenery, for which it is not always given credit. This scenic byway through the Ozark Mountains highlights some of that forgotten beauty, as illustrated in the mountains and valleys …"

  67. Alex Witt reviewed The Old Mill in Arkansas, United States

    "Fans of the classic film Gone with the Wind will recognize this North Little Rock landmark instantly, as the reproduction grist mill was featured in the opening scene of the movie. Today it serves a more humble purpose, as a quiet retreat from the city. …"

  68. Alex Witt reviewed Highway 7 Scenic Byway in Arkansas, United States

    There’s nothing quite like driving along Arkansas’s Highway 7 Scenic Byway. Spanning two mountain ranges, the highway illustrates some of the best views in the state. Driving along the top of a mountain, looking down on a valley, perhaps a r…"

  69. Alex Witt reviewed The Great Passion Play in Arkansas, United States

    For those of the faith, the Great Passion Play is an emotional experience concerning the life of their Lord. For those outside the fold, the Play is an interesting historical account of an admittedly influential man. The Great Passion Play in Eureka Spr…"

  70. Alex Witt reviewed Thorncrown Chapel in Arkansas, United States

    In the forest near Eureka Springs, Arkansas, there is a chapel. This is no ordinary church; all four of its walls are glass. An architectural wonder and completely unique spiritual experience, the Thorncrown Chapel is a beautiful building that succeeds i…"

  71. Alex Witt reviewed William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Arkansas, United States

    In the time since his presidency came to an end, Arkansas’ own Bill Clinton’s popularity has skyrocketed to astronomical heights. Today, visitors can learn about this charismatic man and his life and career as a public servant in his museum i…"

  72. Alex Witt reviewed Saguaro National Park in Arizona, United States

    There is an understated beauty to Saguaro National Park that comes not from opulent waterfalls, towering peaks, or lush trees as in so many other national parks, but from the stark scenery featuring shrubby bushes, sharp cactus, and the occasional resili…"

  73. Alex Witt reviewed Airport Mesa Trail in Arizona, United States

    You don’t have to scramble up the side of a mountain to enjoy breathtaking views of Arizona’s red rock landscape, as the Airport Mesa Trail is a short, relatively flat walk. The scenery on the actual trail is typical for that of the region- f…"

  74. Alex Witt reviewed Arizona State Museum in Tucson, United States

    The Arizona State Museum is quite impressive for a university-run program. Affiliated with the infamous Smithsonian Institution, this treasure found on the Tucson campus houses extensive collections concerning the American Southwest, local Native America…"

  75. Alex Witt reviewed Route 66: Chicago to California in US West Coast, United States

    "Route 66 holds some of the best hidden treasures in America. One such treasure is Skippy’s Route 66 Restaurant. Just off the highway, this local institution is quickly gaining more and more popularity for its unassuming façade, wonderful food, and warm, …"

  76. Alex Witt reviewed The 'Little House on the Prairie' in South Dakota, United States

    "Hidden on a rural highway in South Missouri is an unassuming white house sitting on a hill. This humble abode was the home to none other than Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the renowned Little House series. This particular little house was built enti…"

  77. January 2011
  78. Alex Witt reviewed Bonne Terre Mine Diving in Missouri, United States

    "When the Bonne Terre Mine closed in 1962, laborers were told to drop their equipment and leave the cave. The mine flooded and left a large portion of those artifacts completely covered in water. Today, visitors are invited to come and tour this spooky su…"

  79. Alex Witt reviewed Gateway Arch in St. Louis, United States

    "Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, the Gateway Arch is a landmark most unique in size and structure. The tallest national monument in the United States, the Arch offers an unrivaled view of the city. After taking an egg…"

  80. Alex Witt reviewed Blue Ridge Parkway in Appalachian States, United States

    "One of America’s most stunning motorways, the Blue Ridge Parkway takes drivers through two very beautiful national parks, both Shenandoah National Park and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Seeing fog mist over the peaks of the Smoky Mountains is most…"

  81. Alex Witt reviewed Biltmore House in Asheville, United States

    "Opulence and wealth exude from the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. The actual home is surrounded by multiple gardens of diverse design, which were created by great architects, such as Frederick Law Olmsted. Antler Hill, where many of the fa…"

  82. Alex Witt reviewed The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C., United States

    "Each year in the spring, Washington DC is transformed from a solemn city to a flower-filled paradise, as cheerful pink blossoms spill forth from cherry trees surrounding the tidal basin. After a dreary winter, city dwellers are only too happy to encounte…"

  83. Alex Witt reviewed Grave of John F. Kennedy in Washington D.C., United States

    "The grave of United States President John F. Kennedy is not only a place in which to mourn, but also to hope. As the youngest president in American history, Kennedy inspired a generation, and his legacy continues to do so today. As visitors approach t…"

  84. Alex Witt reviewed Elvis Presley's Graceland in Memphis, United States

    "Memphis, Tennessee, home of the blues and barbeque; but if you’re looking for something different, check out the home and grave of Elvis Presley, iconic American entertainer. Graceland may not be as elegant as the palaces of Europe, but this home of a ki…"

  85. Alex Witt reviewed Smithsonian Institution Museums in Washington D.C., United States

    "Paris has the Louvre, London has the British Museum, and Washington D.C. has the Smithsonian. Composed of an impressive 19 museums, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy at this American institution. Whether you’re interested in prehistoric dino…"

  86. Alex Witt reviewed National Mall in Washington D.C., United States

    "At the center of most trips to Washington D.C. is the National Mall. Whether gazing across the expanse from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial from where Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his infamous, “I Have a Dream” speech or exploring the winding pa…"

  87. Alex Witt reviewed Trafalgar Square in London, United Kingdom

    "Nestled in between the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, and St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square is a great place to visit for tourists and residents, alike. Enjoy the paper and a hot tea from one of the many street vendors, or snap …"