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Carolina Renaissance Festival

Carolina Renaissance Festival

Watch knights battle for the Queen’s favor in a modern representation of a Renaissance-era jousting tournament at the annual Carolina Renaissance Festival in Huntersville, NC. This major festival runs from October through November, with several activities and attractions, including an artisan marketplace, games and rides. 960 1280

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Texas Renaissance Festival

Texas Renaissance Festival

Go to the Texas Renaissance Festival in Todd Mission, TX, to experience its 8 themed weekends of fun, including Oktoberfest, All Hallows Eve, Pirate Adventure, Barbarian Invasion, Highland Fling and Celtic Christmas. We recommend checking out the exciting Fire Whip Show. 960 1280

Texas Renaissance Festival  

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Stroll through Valley Meade, Kenwood Lane, White Stag Grove, King’s Field, Kenwood Lane, Meadow Lane and Mary’s Dale Way, at the Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville, MD. Sample tasty food like smoked turkey legs, friar’s fritters, meat pie on a stick, peasant bread, king’s dogs and many more delicious delights. 960 1280

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New York Renaissance Faire

New York Renaissance Faire

Visit Tuxedo Park, NY, to enjoy the fun at the New York Renaissance Faire. Nestled in the groves of Sterling Forest, this faire is a full-on experience of Elizabethan England, complete with 16th-century games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music and dance. From August through September, take the kids to see aerial acrobatics, knife throwers, royal pipers, jousting and storytelling. 960 1280

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Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Watch performers Don Juan and Miguel sword fight at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival in Waxahachie, TX. Located south of Dallas, this festival runs from the beginning of April through the end of May. It’s a unique place for a spring wedding, too. Royalty, Nobility and Gentry wedding packages are offered to couples who want to get married in the Wedding Garden. 960 1280

Scarborough Renaissance Festival  

Bristol Renaissance Faire

Bristol Renaissance Faire

In Kenosha, WI, the Bristol Renaissance Faire is held on a 30-acre site where visitors can meet Robin Hood or Queen Elizabeth in person, or watch swordfighters and jesters perform on open-air stages. At the Bristol Fair Marketplace, more than 200 artisans sell their wares, including jewelry, pottery, tapestries, pewter and crafted leather. 960 1280

Robert Streiffer  

Northern California Renaissance Faire

Northern California Renaissance Faire

For about a month, starting the second week in September, the Northern California Renaissance Faire in Hollister, CA, is the place to be for travelers looking for fun. The Queen’s Band and other musicians fill the streets of Willingtown with magical sounds of the Elizabethan era. The faire also has themed weekends, including Fantasy Weekend, where visitors may catch a glimpse of Titania, the Queen of the Fairies. 960 1280

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Ohio Renaissance Festival

Ohio Renaissance Festival

Welcome to Harveysburg, OH, home of the Ohio Renaissance Festival. Visit a 30-acre recreated 16th-century English village where guests can rub elbows with Queen Elizabeth and over 150 costumed characters. In addition to fire eaters, this festival features nearly 100 shows each day on 11 stages, 135 arts and crafts shops, food and drink fit for a king, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages. Check out this fun festival on the weekend during August, September or October. 960 1280

Ohio Renaissance Festival  

Arizona Renaissance Festival

Arizona Renaissance Festival

Enjoy feasting on a variety of food and a bevy of beverages, including Medieval Margaritas, Da Vinci Coladas, Dukes of Daiquiri, wine, honey mead, beers, ales and more. Located near Apache Junction, AZ, this daylong family adventure features a 13-stage theater, 30-acre circus, and arts and crafts fair and jousting tournament. The Arizona Renaissance Festival runs from the beginning of February through the end of March. 960 1280

Arizona Renaissance Festival  

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Witness intense live armored jousting at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival in Shakopee, MN. This festival -- held from the beginning of August through Labor Day weekend -- has become the largest Renaissance Festival in the US, with an annual attendance of 300, 000 people. 960 1280

Minnesota Renaissance Festival  

King Richard's Faire

King Richard's Faire

Cleavage Contest, Vow Renewal, Biker’s Weekend, Children’s Fairies Contest, Prince and Princess Costume Contest and the Beard and Moustache Contest are just a couple-themed weekends held at the King Richard’s Faire in Carver, MA. From August to October, hundreds of people converge on the 80-acre site to see knights battle on horseback, beggars compete in mud, and performers put on an acrobatic show. We recommend a visit to the royal zoo to see birds of prey, snow leopards, Bengal tigers and jaguars. 960 1280

King Richard's Faire  

Georgia Renaissance Festival

Georgia Renaissance Festival

Watch the Celtic rock group The Rogues perform at the Georgia Renaissance Festival in Fairburn, GA. In addition to live music, this festival also features comedic storytelling, 4 pubs, a royal petting zoo, King Henry VIII and his Court, and the Jousting Tournament of Kings. Looking for more to do? Check out the games and rides like the Corkscrew Slide, Junior Joust, Sea Dragon, Drench-a-Wench, Catapulting Frogs, Ax Throw and King of the Log. 960 1280

Georgia Renaissance Festival  

Obama was Born in:
Honolulu

Obama was Born in:
Honolulu

It’s August 1961. Ike is president. The Berlin Wall has just gone up. And in Hawaii’s capital of Honolulu, Barack Hussein Obama II is born at the Kapiolani Hospital for Women & Children. In January 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as America’s first president born in Hawaii. In true presidential style, Obama has played golf at Olomana Golf Links and Royal Hawaiian Country Club, both on Oahu. 960 1280

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Romney was born in:
Detroit

Romney was born in:
Detroit

It’s March 1947. The Baby Boom is going strong! And in Detroit, Willard Mitt Romney is born at Harper Hospital. In June 2011, Romney announced his run for the 2012 Republican presidential ticket, becoming the first Mormon to win a major-party presidential nomination. Today, delve into Detroit’s rich auto past with a tour of the Ford Rouge Factory. 960 1280

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Obama Grew up in:
Indonesia

Obama Grew up in:
Indonesia

In 1967, 6-year-old Barack moved with his family to Indonesia. The young Barack initially lived in Jakarta, and attended Indonesian language schools until the age of 10. In the 1970s, Jakarta got a face-lift: A city-wide effort rehabilitated roads and bridges, encouraged the arts, and led to new schools and hospitals. Today, Jakarta stands as Indonesia’s economic, cultural and political center -- with some really great food. 960 1280

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Romney Grew up in: Bloomfield Hills

Romney Grew up in: Bloomfield Hills

Romney grew up in Bloomfield Hills, MI, 20 miles from Detroit. Romney’s dad was the president of a big auto company, and later the governor of Michigan. Today, explore Cranbrook Institute of Science (for natural history), Crankbrook Art Museum (for contemporary art), Oakland Hills Country Club (6 US Opens hosted here) and, pictured here, Cranbrook House & Gardens (the jaw-dropping home of an old newspaper mogul). 960 1280

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Obama Went to:
Punahou School

Obama Went to:
Punahou School

In 1971, 10-year-old Obama returned to Honolulu to live with his mom’s parents. He got a scholarship to attend Punahou School, a private prep school, and graduated in 1979. Today, Punahou stands as the largest independent school in the US. In 2006, it was ranked the “greenest” school in America. And Sports Illustrated has ranked the school’s sports program as the best in the country. Not too shabby! 960 1280

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Romney Went to:
Cranbrook Schools

Romney Went to:
Cranbrook Schools

In the seventh grade, Romney was enrolled at the private Crankbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills, and later graduated in June 1965. Spanning 319 acres, Cranbrook was established by newspaper magnate George Booth in 1905. A New York Times architecture critic called the campus “one of the greatest campuses ever created anywhere.” Such distinction draws visitors from all over the world. 960 1280

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Obama Went to:
Columbia University

Obama Went to:
Columbia University

In 1981, Obama enrolled at Columbia University in NYC, where he majored in political science, with a specialty in international relations, and graduated in 1983. Today, enjoy a self-guided tour of the campus, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, exploring points of interest such as Low Library (the vestibule and rotunda) and Avery Hall, known as the world’s greatest architecture library. 960 1280

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Romney Went to:
Brigham Young University

Romney Went to:
Brigham Young University

In 1971, Romney earned a BA in English from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. Owned and operated by the LDS Church, BYU is America’s largest religious university. Head to the top of Spencer W. Kimball Tower -- at 12 stories, it’s the highest building in Provo -- for great views of BYU, Provo and the mountains surrounding Utah County. 960 1280

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Obama Went to:
Harvard Law School

Obama Went to:
Harvard Law School

In 1988, Obama enrolled at Harvard Law School. At the end of his first year, he was tapped as an editor of the Harvard Law Review -- and became the first African-American to hold that distinction. Obama catapulted to national attention. Today, Harvard Law is the oldest continuously-operating law school in the US (it was established in 1817). 960 1280

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Romney Went to:
Harvard Business School

Romney Went to:
Harvard Business School

Romney earned an MBA and JD from Harvard University. Romney’s passion was business; he graduated in the top 5% of his biz school class, and soon joined a consulting firm. The 40-acre Harvard Business School campus is located in the Boston neighborhood of Allston, across the Charles River from the main Harvard campus in Cambridge. 960 1280

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Obama married at:
Trinity United Church

Obama married at:
Trinity United Church

After graduating Columbia, Obama moved to Chicago to work as a community organizer. Later, after graduating Harvard, he returned to work for a law firm. That’s where he met a young lawyer named Michelle, and the rest is history. They married in 1992 at Trinity United Church of Christ, and took a honeymoon road trip from San Francisco through Big Sur and Carmel. 960 1280

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Romney married at:
Salt Lake Temple

Romney married at:
Salt Lake Temple

In 1969, Mitt married his high school sweetheart, Ann, at the Salt Lake Temple. The church took 40 years to build, and was officially dedicated in April 1893. The temple’s design is meant to evoke Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem, and is oriented in the direction of the ancient city. Because of its status as a site sacred to Mormons, it is not open to public tours. Mitt and Ann honeymooned in Hawaii. 960 1280

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The Obamas lived in:
Chicago

The Obamas lived in:
Chicago

The Obamas’ 2 girls were born in Chicago and later attended a private, co-ed day school. The Windy City holds plenty of kid-friendly attractions. Kids love the skyscrapers (can’t miss Willis Tower), Lincoln Park Conservatory (great botanical garden) and Navy Pier (the Ferris wheel is reason enough). Plus, enjoy views of the Chicago River in downtown. 960 1280

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The Romneys lived in:
Belmont, MA

The Romneys lived in:
Belmont, MA

Belmont is a quiet New England town. As a young professional, Romney and his wife raised their 5 sons in “The Town of Homes,” as Belmont is called. Today, enjoy a leisurely family outing to Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary -- fret not, the 93-acre urban oasis offers plenty of fun, including more than 2.5 miles of gentle trails, winding through evergreen forests and meadows. 960 1280

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Obama Vacations on:
Martha’s Vineyard

Obama Vacations on:
Martha’s Vineyard

President Obama skipped a summer vacation this election year. But in years past, the First Family has enjoyed some downtime on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. The posh summer colony is home to a year-round population of 15,000 people. President Obama has enjoyed golf at Farm Neck Golf Club, and a bike ride with his daughter Malia through Manuel F. Correllus State Forest, both on the island. 960 1280

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Romney Vacations in:
La Jolla, CA

Romney Vacations in:
La Jolla, CA

In recent years, the Romneys had an oceanfront home in San Diego’s La Jolla district. This idyllic, seaside resort town showcases a dramatic view: rugged and sandy coastline where wild seals congregate. La Jolla is also home to great golf (at Torrey Pines Golf Course), the Museum of Contemporary Art and great beaches like La Jolla Cove, popular for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. 960 1280

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Obama Chows Down at:
Ben’s Chili Bowl

Obama Chows Down at:
Ben’s Chili Bowl

What does a president-elect eat on his first Saturday afternoon in DC? In January 2009, Obama headed on over to Ben’s Chili Bowl, a veritable DC landmark since it opened in 1958, to order a … half-smoke chili dog and cheese fries, yum! Obama is no slouch in the kitchen, either. He’s told 60 Minutes he’s made chili, cheese toast, tuna fish and omelets for his family. 960 1280

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Romney Chows Down at:
Hudson’s Smokehouse

Romney Chows Down at:
Hudson’s Smokehouse

OK, Romney has chowed down at a lot of places since hitting the campaign trail. Here, he stops by Hudson’s Smokehouse, a mom-and-pop style BBQ joint in South Carolina. Romney reportedly likes peanut butter-and-honey sandwiches, plus healthy choices for the road like hummus and pita. And can he cook? Well, Fox News Sunday filmed Romney cooking pancakes one time -- does that count? 960 1280

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Obama campaigned at:
Grove Park Inn Resort

Obama campaigned at:
Grove Park Inn Resort

Sometimes a change of scenery does a candidate good. In 2008, while campaigning in North Carolina, Obama stopped by a fundraising dinner at the Grove Park Inn Resort. Obama liked the resort, in the Blue Ridge Mountains area, so much that, after election, he returned with First Lady Michelle for a romantic spring getaway. 960 1280

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Romney campaign started in:
Boston

Romney campaign started in:
Boston

From CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympics to that of 2 companies, Romney transitioned to public office in 2003, and became Massachusetts’ 70th governor. Now comes his biggest bid: Romney’s presidential campaign headquarters got their start on Commercial Street in Boston. The area’s just a few blocks from historic landmarks such as the Old North Church and the Paul Revere House. 960 1280

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Michael Jackson's childhood home

Michael Jackson's childhood home

Michael Jackson and his famous siblings were raised in this modest house on 2300 West Jackson St., in Gary, IN. 960 1280

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Motown Hittsville, U.S.A.

Motown Hittsville, U.S.A.

The Jackson 5 -- consisting of Michael and his brothers, Tito, Jackie, Jermaine and Marlon -- signed their first record deal in 1968 with Motown Records. 960 1280

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Former First Lady Nancy Reagan, Michael Jackson and President Ronald Reagan

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan, Michael Jackson and President Ronald Reagan

After lending his hit song 'Beat It' to a campaign against drunk driving, Michael Jackson received the Presidential Special Achievement Award from President Ronald Reagan in 1984. 960 1280

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Michael Jackson performs in Japan during his "Bad" Tour.

Michael Jackson performs in Japan during his "Bad" Tour.

Michael Jackson performs on stage during his 'Bad' World Tour in Tokyo on Sept. 14, 1987. The tour drew 4.4 million people over 123 concert dates. 960 1280

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Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station in New York

Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station in New York

Here's a general view of the Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station in Brooklyn, NY. This is where Martin Scorsese directed the music video for Michael Jackson's 1987 single, 'Bad.' 960 1280

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Neverland, Michael Jackson's estate

Neverland, Michael Jackson's estate

In 1988, Jackson bought this 2,700-acre home in California's Santa Ynez Valley and called it Neverland. The singer turned the estate into a fantastical fiefdom complete with a zoo, Ferris wheel and bumper cars. 960 1280

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Michael Jackson and Fisk University President Henry Ponder

Michael Jackson and Fisk University President Henry Ponder

On March 10, 1988, Michael Jackson poses with Henry Ponder, president of Fisk University, who presented Jackson with an honorary doctorate of humane letters at the 44th anniversary dinner of the United Negro College Fund in New York. 960 1280

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Michael Jackson performs at Super Bowl XXVII

Michael Jackson performs at Super Bowl XXVII

On January 31, 1993, Jackson performs during halftime at Super Bowl XXVII -- between the Dallas Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills -- at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. 960 1280

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A resort in the Dominican Republic

A resort in the Dominican Republic

To some fans' surprise, Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley at a secret ceremony in the Dominican Republic in May 1994. 960 1280

  

Brazilian Favela, Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian Favela, Rio de Janeiro

Michael Jackson dances in a Brazilian favela in Rio de Janeiro for his music video, "They Don't Care About Us," directed by Spike Lee. It was the 4th single from his album, 'HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1.' 960 1280

  

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Michael Jackson, a multi-platinum recording artist, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 19, 2001. 960 1280

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