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The most popular attraction in Texas, the Alamo welcomes over 2.5 million visitors each year. The Alamo played a crucial part in the Texas Revolution, as it was here that a small band of Texans fought for 13 days against the Mexican army of Santa Anna.
Anaheim-Santa Ana, California
Anaheim and Santa Ana are the major tourist destinations in California's Orange County. Both cities are a short distance from the coast, making them especially popular for summer vacations. Disneyland calls Anaheim home, the Walt Disney Company is the city's largest employer.
As the gateway to the New South, Atlanta has certainly come a long way since it burned to the ground during General William Tecumseh Sherman's March to the Sea in 1864. And while remains of the Civil War are still a big draw for visitors -- the Kennesaw Mountain/National Battlefield Park and Cheatham Hill specifically, there is much more to this great city than 150-year-old confrontations. Atlanta boasts the world's largest aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola museum, a world-class zoo, an impressive botanical garden, and Federal parks highlighting the life and works of native son Martin Luther King, Jr. Reinvigorated neighborhoods scattered throughout the city, such as Virginia-Highlands, Midtown and Buckhead, are easy to navigate on foot and boast great shopping, dining and nightlife. Progressive yet rich in history, Atlanta truly has something for everyone.
The massive and elaborate Atlantis Paradise Island Resort & Casino in the Bahamas is themed as the Lost Continent of Atlantis and you could get lost in its extensive water playgrounds - 11 pools plus two giant waterslides. Kids have more than a dozen activities and entertainment options designed especially for them, so they're unlikely to cry boredom. Atlantis' spa, 35 restaurants and lounges, and huge casino aim to please adults. Wildlife lovers will appreciate the world's largest open-air marine habitat built into separate lagoons that feature hundreds of species of tropical fish, sharks, stingrays, and even piranhas. Oh, there's also a beach to enjoy the sparkling white sand and emerald waters of the Caribbean.
Austin is an enigma in the best possible sense of the word. On one hand, it's a laid-back college town in the center of Texas, with mellow coffeehouses and serene parks. On the other, it's a fast-growing cosmopolitan city with an electric nightlife scene and an unfathomable number of live-music venues. However, it's probably best to avoid Austin at the peak of summer when the temperatures soar.