I saw the Philadelphia Flower Show last night and, as usual, it's full of beauty, color, and artful designs.  It's one of my favorite ways to beat the winter blues and get a jump start on spring.

This year's theme is "Explore America" which celebrates the centennial of the National Park Service.  It featured beautiful tributes to Acadia, Yellowstone, and Yosemite as well as some of New Jersey's natural wonders.  If you go, you'll see exhibits about Barnegat Bay, Sandy Hook, and The Pine Barrens.   There's even a section called the Jersey Devil's Garden!  You might want to take a selfie in front of the lighthouse which is the centerpiece of the The New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail display.


Held at the Philadelphia Convention Center, the Flower Show is easy to get to by train. (Note: The SEPTA station which used to be known as Market East is now called Jefferson Station.)  It runs until Sunday, March 13th.

Surrounded by so much natural beauty at the show, I started to think about all the places I want to visit.   I didn't realize until last night that the National Park Service looks after 408 places that are scenically beautiful and offer a lot in the way of recreation, conservation, and historic preservation.

Here is a link to the NPS website.  http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm

Which places on the list have you enjoyed visiting? Which destinations are on your travel wish list?  Please let us know in the comments section below.



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