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The Chattahoochee River begins in the mountains of northeast Georgia and flows freely to the southeast until it reaches Buford Dam and Lake Lanier at the northeast edge of the Atlanta metropolitan area. Below the dam, the river travels for 48 miles through the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area until it gets to Atlanta. Floating downstream in a raft, locally referred to as Shooting the Hooch, lets you enjoy this collection of riverfront parks, which offer a change from Atlanta's urban scenery.
Wakeboarding is a fun water sport that people of all ages can enjoy. For beginners getting into the sport, however, the process can be intimidating. Especially on the first few tries, keeping your balance and enjoying the ride can be a difficult prospect. Fortunately, with the right mind-set and proper technique, you can keep your body stabilized and maybe even try a few tricks.
Wakeboarding is similar to water skiing, except that you ride on a single board, much like a snowboard. When you ride your wakeboard, you can do far more than just let the boat pull you around the waterway. Instead, you can make use of the wake left by the boat to propel yourself into the air and perform tricks. One trick beginners must learn to build up to other tricks is the toeside wake jump.
While some riders prefer to apply a coat of wax to the surfboard prior to each ride, others opt for a specialized component known as a deck pad. Often referred to as a traction pad, a deck pad attaches to the tail of the surfboard. Unlike surfing wax, which can wash away after a few rides, a deck pad will adhere to your surfboard for an extended period of time. Ron Jon Surf Shop recommends centering your deck pad over the fins of your surfboard for increased control.
Catching a wave and carving up the break may be the most recognized elements of surfing, but you'll spend much more time paddling out and waiting. Knowing how to position your board while you paddle out and how to hold it in between sets ensures you stay comfortable and stable while you float. Additionally, holding the board in the right position keeps you ready to pounce on the next good wave, without having to do too much moving around.
The Florida Panhandle borders the Gulf of Mexico along the northwestern shoreline of the state, forming one leg of a mapped kayaking trail. The Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail hugs the Florida coastline, winding from the northeastern most part of the state around the Keys and back up to the Panhandle. Plenty of beaches and campgrounds are along the way, allowing you to stretch your legs or camp for a night or two.
Nearly 40 shark species call the sparkling blue waters of Pacific Ocean surrounding Hawaii home. Diving and charter companies have packages that allow you to get up close to these underwater predators that include hammerheads, sandbars, whale sharks and tiger sharks. Scuba divers swim with sharks near coral reefs and shipwrecks. If you are not brave enough to get in the water with sharks, charter companies let you observe sharks in a protected underwater cage.
Pipestone, Minnesota, is a small city located in the Great Plains region of the United States. Although Minnesota is known for having over 10,000 lakes, Pipestone is located in a region of the state that completely lacks lakes. Despite that fact, Pipestone, which has around 6,000 residents, offers several places for swimming and other forms of summer water recreation.
Lake Christopher is a recreational lake in Oxford County, Maine. This area of southwest Maine is known as the Lakes and Mountains region, and features pristine beauty and outdoor activities. Skiing and snowboarding are popular in the winter, while summer activities include camping, biking, swimming and hiking. There are several waterfalls near Lake Christopher that offer a perfect backdrop for watching local wildlife.
A small body of water located outside the small resort town of Jasper, Alberta, Pyramid Lake's beautiful scenery and mountain setting attract many tourists to the area. The town itself is set in the middle of Jasper National Park. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of activities in and around the lake, from boating and fishing to hiking and stargazing.
Nestled in the Berkshires, Bull's Bridge is a relic of simpler times and New England history. Bull's Bridge, a rustic wooden covered bridge, was built in 1842 and crosses the Housatonic River in the town of Kent. While many people come to see this historic example of classic New England covered bridges, some may be tempted to cool off in the Housatonic River. But with churning water and powerful falls, the area can be a dangerous place to swim.
The majority of Alberta's waterfalls are located on the border with British Columbia to the west. While much of eastern Alberta is prairie, the west encompasses the Canadian Rocky Mountains where the run-off from snow and glaciers create dramatic waterfalls.
Michigan is home to roughly 199 waterfalls; however, most of these waterfalls exist on the upper peninsula, far from Wolverine, Michigan. Only one noteworthy waterfall exists on the lower peninsula near Wolverine. That waterfall is the Ocqueoc waterfall in Presque Isle County, which is adjacent to Wolverine's Cheboygan County.
Crescent City is a small town in northwest California. It has a population of under 5,000 people as of 2007. Crescent City is near both the Oregon border and the Pacific Ocean. While scuba diving opportunities are limited in the city itself, several dive sites are available in the vicinity.
Helena, Montana, is within an hour's drive of at least four lakes that allow a variety of watercraft. Whether you're interested in sailing, motor boating, canoeing or rafting, you can find something nearby. You should verify that you have all the appropriate permits before boating, and that you abide by all state laws.
The River Cafe, one of the trendier upscale restaurants in London, overlooks the River Thames on the western side of London. This Italian restaurant's cuisine has found favor with patrons, so much so that the River Café boasts a handful of cookbooks in publication. Several hotels are convenient to this in-vogue landmark, making it easy to walk the short distance for an authentic, home-style Italian meal.
Full Sail University advertises a “real world” education in the film and entertainment industries. Students participate in hands-on projects throughout their education, learning in the studio rather than simply through traditional classroom lectures. The nationally syndicated Daily Buzz morning news show has broadcast from Full Sail since 2007. Full Sail is located in Winter Park, Florida, an upscale suburb of Orlando.
Mackinac Island, an island in northern Michigan, features fudge shops, a historic fort, a butterfly house and horse-drawn carriages. Tourists who walk or bike around the island, which sits on Lake Huron, will see limestone bluffs and caverns. Although vacation homes serve as popular accommodations for visitors, Mackinac Island also features hotels with recreational facilities such as seasonal outdoor swimming pools. Many of these hotels offer amenities for families, such as planned outdoor activities for children.
While Rome plays host to thousands of tourists each year and boasts countless lodging options, only a few luxury hotels near the city's center have outdoor swimming pools. Each of these high-end establishments features a unique ambiance while maintaining its Roman heritage and style.
The Riverbend Festival, an annual nine-day festival with rock and bluegrass music, is held in Chattanooga’s downtown area, starting at Chestnut Street and Second Street. People staying in hotels near the festival can also venture to the Tennessee River to enjoy water sports, the Tennessee Aquarium to see stingrays and snakes, Ruby Falls to gaze at a natural waterfall or Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park to ride roller coasters. The downtown area offers hotels near the festival with amenities for people of different ages, such as indoor swimming pools or casual-dining restaurants.