Old Idaho Penitentiary | Exterior

 The building directly ahead, is the location of the original territorial prison. The original prison opened its doors to the very first inmates, in 1872. This structure was later converted into a chapel during the 1930’s. From this vantage point, we can see that this building was very badly...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | Exterior

 Right now we are standing at the intersection of four separate buildings, the new cell house, the north wing, the south wing, and the chapel. Directly ahead is what’s left of the dining hall, after the inmates burned it to the ground in the 1973 riots. More Destinations on...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | Exterior

 The building directly ahead of you is named “New” cell House, and its construction was completed in the year 1889. This building houses cell blocks in three tiers, consisting of forty-two steel prison cells. The building directly behind you is named the north-wing, and the construction of this facility...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | Entrance

 Welcome to the old historic penitentiary, this facility has a long and rich history with Idaho. Construction of the Old Pen began in 1870, with prisoners arriving just two years later. This 4 and one half acre site, was originally selected due to its close proximity to the growing...

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Hawaii State Capitol | Oahu

 This wonderful building is the Hawaii State Capitol, and it is an American adaptation of a style called, Hakonya. The fusion of Hakonya style with American architecture, is commonly known as “Hawaiian international architecture”. The incredible interior of this building features an open-air design, and from the center of...

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King Kamehameha Statue | Oahu Hawaii

 This Palace is located in downtown Honolulu, near the Hawaii State Capitol. This beautiful building is the only official royal palace within the United States. It is a powerful symbol of Hawaiian independence. Iolani is recognized as the spiritual, and physical multicultural epicenter, of Hawaii. It was the official...

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Milo Cove | Oahu Hawaii

 Welcome to an expansive vista named Milo Cove. On this evening, we are treated with an unforgettable sunset overlooking the ocean. To get to this spectacular spot, you need to travel to the West End of Ko Olina, near the Aulani resort.   More Destinations on THE GRID  

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Kualoa Regional Park | Oahu Hawaii

 This beautiful location was use by Hawaiian Chiefs, as a place to teach children about their traditions and heritage. This park is part of the National Register, of Historic Places. From this vantage point you have a spectacular view of Mokoli’i Island, this island gets its name from the...

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Kawela Bay | Oahu Hawaii

 This beautiful secluded beach is called Kawela Bay. Located on the island’s North Shore. It is a great spot for swimming and a relaxing place to play. The unique curvature of this Bay, makes it one of the most protected beaches, on Oahu’s North Shore. This means the nearshore...

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Hale’iwa Beach | Oahu Hawaii

 On this beautiful morning, we see the turbulent ocean water, dancing with the rocks below. Just up the coast past Chun’s Reef, you’ll find this spectacular location and these rocks. To get to this beach, simply follow the coast, traveling north from the town of Hale’iwa. More Destinations on...

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Hale’iwa Beach | Oahu Hawaii

 Continuing up the coast from the small town of Hale’iwa, you’ll find a number of secluded beaches like this one. Here you’ll be free from the hustle and bustle of the larger beaches. So if you’re looking for an oasis of solitude, look no further, you’ve arrived.   More...

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Waimea Bay Beach | Oahu Hawaii

 At the entrance of the Waimea Valley park, is a beach known as Waimea Bay Beach. Here in the early morning, local fisherman line the beach fishing for the catch of the day, and if you get here early enough, this also happens to be a picturesque place to...

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Waimea Valley | Oahu Hawaii

 This valley is considered to be sacred by those who visit here, and this area is commonly known as “the Valley of the Priests”. Here from the middle of the stream we have an amazing 360 degree view of the river and canopy. It is easy to see why...

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Waimea Valley | Oahu Hawaii

 Here we are standing underneath a large tree, near the river bank of Kamananui. During periods of heavy rainfall, the Kamananui stream fills with the reddish volcanic soil lifted from the river banks. More Destinations on THE GRID  

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Waimea Falls | Oahu Hawaii

 Welcome to our second stop at the beautiful Waimea Falls. Although its location is at the back of the park, it is still one of the most accessible falls on the island. A fantastic place to visit for explorers of all ages, and well worth the short trip in....

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Waimea Falls | Oahu Hawaii

 Waimea Falls has water dropping from a height of 55ft.. When translated, the word Waimea means “reddish water”. The red colored water is created from the volcanic soil that inhabits the area. During periods of heavy rainfall, the Kamananui stream, fills up with reddish volcanic soil lifted from the...

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Waimea Valley | Oahu Hawaii

 Waimea Valley features an incredible number of giant flora, and native fauna. As you continue along the path deep into the park, you’ll eventually arrive at a beautiful waterfall. You can also wander off in search of botanical information posts, placed throughout the park, for curious explorers.   More...

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Waimea Valley | Oahu Hawaii

 As you travel deeper into the park, you’ll eventually come upon this grassy rest area. Here the tree canopy opens up, to reveal the unforgettable Hawaiian sky, overhead. From here, you can take a number of paths that lead to various parts of the Park.   More Destinations on...

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Waimea Valley | Oahu Hawaii

 Welcome to our second stop inside Waimea Valley. This park features a variety of flora, and fauna, with unique vegetation that can easily be explored on foot. We are currently standing directly beneath an incredible tree, called an Albizia Saman. More Destinations on THE GRID  

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Waimea Valley | Oahu Hawaii

 The term Kauhale, represents a group of distinct structures that make up a traditional Hawaiian home. Often consisting of a house for eating, for sleeping, and for cooking. From this vantage point inside the park, you have a beautiful 360 degree view, of this traditional living space.   More...

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Hale’iwa | Oahu Hawaii

 The influences of surfing, can be found everywhere on the north shore. This beach town is a picturesque spot for travelers of all ages. This area features a variety of restaurants and culinary treats, all within walking distance from the beach. This particular spot, is a great location for...

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Original Matsumoto Shave Ice | Oahu Hawaii

 Welcome to the original Matsumoto Grocery store. This store was established on February 13, 1951, by Mamoru Matsumoto, and his wife, Helen. He began selling a refreshing treat known as “Hawaiian Shaved Ice”, out of his store. It turned out to be a favorite among the local surfers who...

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Dole Pineapple Plantation | Oahu Hawaii

 The story of Dole and Hawaii, begins in the year 1899. This is the year that James Dole, moved to the island from Massachusetts. He purchased 64 acres of land, in the central plains of the island, and experimented with a variety of crops before he settled on the...

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Kohola Lagoon | Oahu Hawaii

 Welcome to the beautiful Kohola lagoon. You’ll find this lagoon in the south west corner of the island. A nice feature of this location is its proximity to the Aulani Resort. Here you can enjoy a beautiful day on the beach, protected from rough waters. A spectacular spot for...

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Shoshone Bannock Festival | Idaho

 Here underneath the giant open teepee, one can experience top dancers performing inside what can only be described as an incredible sacred space. The colors and music at the festival is positively mesmerizing, and this wonderful celebration continues well on into the night. More Destinations on THE GRID  

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Shoshone Bannock Festival | Idaho

 Every year, thousands of Native Americans from all over, come here to compete sing and dance at this incredible event. Featuring some of the top dancers and drum groups in North America. This celebration is a beautiful and powerful experience for all. During this multiple day event, there are...

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Shoshone Bannock Festival | Idaho

 This amazing Festival is held every year in August, near Fort Hall, just outside of Pocatello. This celebration is held to strengthen the inter-tribal relationships of all native Americans. It is a beautiful display of culture and art, that should not be missed. More Destinations on THE GRID  ...

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Shoshone Bannock Festival | Idaho

 In native American culture, the teepee is a symbol for our inter-connectedness, and the space inside the teepee is considered sacred. Underneath this giant open teepee tribal elders speak words of wisdom, and share stories about their beautiful heritage. More Destinations on THE GRID  

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Castle Rocks State Park | Idaho

 If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, look no further. This unique geological wonderland is open to all. With clear trails and helpful signs, navigating the Park, is a breeze. This beautiful park is located just outside of the remote town of Almo. A fantastic spot for outdoor adventurers...

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Castle Rocks State Park | Idaho

 Castle Rock State Park features beautiful rugged trails, which can be explored by visitors on bicycles, horseback, and foot. During summer and winter months, this area is a popular spot for rock and Ice climbing. If rock climbing isn’t your cup of tea, this park is a spectacular location...

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North Wing Bedroom | Hearst Castle

 This is the last and final stop on this enchanting tour, of Hearst Castle. Here we find ourselves in an elegant North Wing bedroom. I hope you had a wonderful time exploring the castle with me. I encourage you to visit Hearst Castle in person if you should ever...

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North Wing Bathroom | Hearst Castle

 This beautiful black and white designed bathroom, can be found here in the new wing, of the castle. This bathroom is both glamorous and sheek, with gold fixtures and an abundance of marble found about. It also features wall to wall mirrors, so you can make sure you are...

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North Wing Sitting Room | Hearst Castle

 Construction of the North Wing began in the late 1930s, and it carried well into the 1940s. When working out the details of this area, William and Julia Morgan decided upon a lighter palette and an increased use of natural light. These design choices would give this Wing, a...

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North Wing Bathroom | Hearst Castle

 Inside this bathroom, you’ll find a black and white solid marble sink, and a golden seven headed shower. So if you need to freshen up, or get your morning started on the right foot, you’ve come to the right place. I think this elegant North Wing bathroom, would be...

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North Wing Bedroom | Hearst Castle

 As you can see, the north wing features some absolutely incredible paintings, like the one seen here. This lovely bedroom is located just around the corner from the sitting room. These rooms and their lighter colors, make this space feel bright and spacious. More Destinations on THE GRID  

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North Wing Sitting Room | Hearst Castle

 This sitting room contains a number of elegant art pieces from China. On display here, is a small collection of ornate Chinese lamps, vases, and rugs. Take for instance the beautiful Lion of Buddha lamp, seen directly ahead. Traditionally, guardian lions are special creatures found in tombs or temples,...

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North Wing Bedroom | Hearst Castle

 The construction of this wing was continued long after William left the hilltop for the last time, in 1947, and it was among the last extensions of the castle to be completed. With a lighter color palette, and new approaches to the lighting, this wing features some of the...

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North Wing Bathroom | Hearst Castle

 Welcome to one of the wing’s elegant bathrooms. Designed and created to match the aesthetics found within the north wing, many of the details here could be considered modern, even by today’s standards. More Destinations on THE GRID  

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North Wing Sitting Room | Hearst Castle

 The light corridors of this wing help to make these rooms feel bright and spacious. It is thought that the lighter colors found on the walls were just a temporary color, that would change once the final details of this wing had been completed. More Destinations on THE GRID...

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North Wing Sitting Room | Hearst Castle

 Welcome to a lovely sitting room, located within the North Wing. This stunning sitting room features an absolutely magnificent rug from China, along with beautiful jade colored lamps and fine Spanish artwork hanging on the walls. More Destinations on THE GRID  

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North Wing Bedroom | Hearst Castle

 This bedroom reflects a more modern aesthetic, and a much lighter color selection. On display in this lovely room, you’ll find beautiful Spanish furniture, and artwork. Like much of the north wing, this bedroom remains remarkably new in appearance because it has seen fewer guests, than the older parts...

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Casa Del Mar Sitting Room | Hearst Castle

 The concept for Del Mar was conceived around a sixteenth century Spanish motif. Originally this house was planned as the primary residence for William Hearst, and because of this the building received a heightened attention during construction. It was because of Wiliam’s exquisite attention to detail, that this room...

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Casa Del Mar Sitting Room | Hearst Castle

 This sitting room inside Del Mar was decorated, to resemble the sitting room in the Payne Whitney mansion, located in New York City, NY.. The spectacular red velvet wall drapings, the incredible gold accents, and beautiful low-relief gilded ceiling, all help to create the grand opulence, that is felt,...

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Casa Del Mar Sitting Room | Hearst Castle

 This spectacular room opens up to the back side of Del Mar where the loggia is located. As you can see here, the sunlight shines in from the loggia, and casts this room in a radiant glow. From this location, we can see the doors to two bedrooms, and...

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Casa Del Mar Bedroom | Hearst Castle

 Here in this elongated bedroom, you’ll find enough room for two separate beds, and a sitting area. The floor inside this room is constructed with Spanish terra cotta tiles. Complete with its own wood burning fireplace and sitting area, this room is a beautiful blend of opulence and function....

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Casa Del Mar Bedroom | Hearst Castle

 Aptly named the “Shield Room”, this bedroom in Del Mar was designed with nobility in mind. Among its features is a private wood burning fireplace, and plenty of gold details to satisfy the richest of taste. From this vantage point you can see an abundance of these gold accents,...

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Casa Del Mar Bedroom | Hearst Castle

 Welcome to a room that is commonly known as the “Hero Room”. This magnificent bedroom features a ceiling that was patterned from a sixteenth-century original, found at the “House of the Heroes”, located in Granada Spain. More Destinations on THE GRID  

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Casa Del Mar Bedroom | Hearst Castle

 This home was both the first and the final residence for William. Initially health problems made this guesthouse a preferred place to stay, but ultimately in the end, William would be forced to leave this house behind, when his health began to fail. More Destinations on THE GRID  

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Casa Del Mar at Night | Hearst Castle

 This cottage is named the “House of the Sea”, and it is a guest house that fully embraces the nautical theme. With nautical details found everywhere. Originally, this home was created to be William’s main residence, this changed however, soon after the main building was constructed. More Destinations on...

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Gothic Bedroom | Hearst Castle

 Welcome to the master bedroom of William Hearst. The ceiling of this magnificent room is a fourteenth century Spanish Gothic ceiling, that originated from Teruel, Spain. The portrait to the right side of the bed is of his mother, Phoebe Apperson Hearst. It was painted by Henry Clive, who...

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