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Carving Hands
Carving Hands

Carving Hands

Scott Cummins, an artist and school teacher, carves pumpkins as a hobby. We decided to share a few examples of his amazing work. This pumpkin is a tribute to the famous Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher’s 1948 lithography,“Drawing Hands.” Scott pays homage to him and calls this piece of pumpkin art “Carving Hands.” 960 1280

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Hidden Predator

Hidden Predator

“For this one, I visualized a snake stowed away inside a pumpkin.” - Scott Cummins 960 1280

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Carving Technique

Carving Technique

“Sometimes I enjoy completely carving out a pumpkin so it can be lit from inside. It’s much easier to hollow the pumpkin out before carving the outside.” - Scott Cummins 960 1280

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Master of Thin Skin

Master of Thin Skin

This pumpkin’s skin wasn’t thick enough, so Scott came up with a creative solution when the nose fell off this funny character. 960 1280

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Sea Turtle

Sea Turtle

“My favorite carvings are usually of a face, but I’m always surprised at how many people have expressed that this little sea turtle is their favorite out of all my carvings.” - Scott Cummins 960 1280

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Retro Lego

Retro Lego

Scott has fun with his pumpkin-carving hobby and creates the face of a Lego man on the side of a small pumpkin. 960 1280

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Pie-Sized Pumpkin

Pie-Sized Pumpkin

“Pie-sized pumpkins are great for those times when larger ones are hard to find. These pumpkins usually have a thicker skin in comparison to larger pumpkins and they’re also a lot easier on my back.” - Scott Cummins 960 1280

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Star Wars Droids: C-3PO and R2D2

Star Wars Droids: C-3PO and R2D2

“I always try to find a little time during pumpkin season to carve some pop culture subject matter that appeals to me.” - Scott Cummins

Want to see more of Scott’s work? Visit pumpkingutter.com
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Obama was born in Honolulu
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

Lian Chang, flickr  

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

Travis Thurston, Wikimedia Commons  

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

Max Talbot-Minkin, flickr  

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

Jaren Wilkey, Wikimedia Commons  

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

Chensiyuan, Wikimedia Commons  

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

HBS1908, Wikimedia Commons  

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

Kwong Yee Cheng, flickr  

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

derot, Wikimedia Commons  

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

C Jill Reed, flickr  

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

Curious Expeditions, flickr  

1992 Kenner Alien
1992 Kenner Alien

1992 Kenner Alien

Jordan Hembrough and Steve Savino buy the 1992 Kenner alien action figure from Jim Toler's booth at the ToyMan Show in St. Louis, MO. 960 1280

  

Run DMC

Run DMC

DMC of the hip-hop group, Run DMC, talks vintage toys and shows off his new comic book to Jordan at New York Comic Con. 960 1280

  

Jordan and Billy Leroy

Jordan and Billy Leroy

Jordan and Billy Leroy from Baggage Battles smile for the camera with a vintage Boris Karloff doll. 960 1280

  

Vintage Star Trek Game

Vintage Star Trek Game

Jordan contemplates buying a vintage Star Trek game from his client’s basement in Brooklyn, NY. 960 1280

  

Jordan and Mark Huckabone

Jordan and Mark Huckabone

Jordan and Mark Huckabone discuss toys at Stan Lee's Comikaze in Los Angeles. 960 1280

  

X-Men Toy Sketches

X-Men Toy Sketches

Jordan and Jose dig through and buy original X-Men toy sketches that the client, Ann, had done at her home in Stamford, CT. 960 1280

  

Stan Lee

Stan Lee

Comic book legend, Stan Lee, buys the original X-Men sketches from Jordan at his Comikaze festival. 960 1280

  

Universe Tytus Action Figure

Universe Tytus Action Figure

Jordan, Dave Gaule and Alex Cohn find a rare Masters of the Universe Tytus action figure by Mattel at Alex's Vespa Shop in San Diego, CA. 960 1280

  

Kenner Star Wars AFA-Graded 12

Kenner Star Wars AFA-Graded 12

A close-up of the Kenner Star Wars AFA-graded 12 Back action figures on display at Jordan's booth at New York Comic Con. 960 1280

  

Posing With a Fan

Posing With a Fan

Jordan poses with a fan holding a Superman action figure outside his booth at New York Comic Con. 960 1280

  

Getting Ready to Dig

Getting Ready to Dig

Jordan and the crew get ready to dig at Greg Schwalje's home in Boca Raton, FL. 960 1280

  

Star Wars AT-AT Walker

Star Wars AT-AT Walker

Jordan inspects the Star Wars AT-AT Walker. 960 1280

  

Toy Sculpting Process

Toy Sculpting Process

An up-close and personal look at the toy sculpting process at Gentle Giant Studios in Burbank, CA. 960 1280

  

Monsters, Inc.

Monsters, Inc.

Jordan and Steve pose with Monsters, Inc. 3D sculptures made by Gentle Giant Studios. 960 1280

  

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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

Thinkstock  

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

iStock  

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

Thinkstock  

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

Lian Chang, flickr  

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

Travis Thurston, Wikimedia Commons  

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

Danielcausa, Wikimedia Commons  

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

Max Talbot-Minkin, flickr  

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

Jaren Wilkey, Wikimedia Commons  

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

Chensiyuan, Wikimedia Commons  

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

HBS1908, Wikimedia Commons  

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

Zol87, flickr  

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

Kwong Yee Cheng, flickr  

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

Thinkstock  

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

derot, Wikimedia Commons  

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

iStock  

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

Thinkstock  

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

Reuters  

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

Getty Images  

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

C Jill Reed, flickr  

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

Curious Expeditions, flickr  

Beau Rivage

Beau Rivage

True story: In July 2011, a Baton Rouge accountant named Deborah Boies walked into this waterfront casino on the Gulf Coast of Biloxi, MS, and sat down at the casino’s $1 Wheel of Fortune machine. After investing $15 in less than a minute, jackpot! She won the $1,191,744.89 on the machine. 960 1280

MGM Resorts International  

Lumiere Place Casino

Lumiere Place Casino

Just down the road from the famed St. Louis Arch is this huge 75,000-square-foot casino. It’s sure to keep you occupied with 2,000 slots, 55 tables and a 13-table poker room. When hunger strikes, head to one of the property’s 5 restaurants.  960 1280

Lumiere Place Casino & Hotels   

Horseshoe Hammond

Horseshoe Hammond

Soft, dim lights, plush carpeting -- and more than 350,000 square feet of gaming space. Oh, yeah! This megahouse of gaming, just 20 minutes from Chicago, boasts the largest poker room in the Midwest and features 34 tables at all limits. 960 1280

Horseshoe Casino  

Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa

Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa

Escape the fast-paced Vegas scene. Just 20 minutes from the Strip, this resort sits on 8 acres of land bordered by cool palm trees. In between coiffing your winning hands at the resort’s spa, check out the casino’s 55 gaming tables, 2,200 slot and video poker machines, and 22-table poker room. 960 1280

Carrington Vanston, flickr  

MGM Grand Detroit

MGM Grand Detroit

There’s Vegas, and then there’s … Detroit? Yep, that’s right. The Motor City is one of the largest US cities to offer travelers a casino resort hotel. This beaut includes 100,000 square feet of gaming space with 4,000 slot and video poker machines, along with more than 90 table games. For further relaxation, grab a pint at TAP sports pub or sample the fare at 2 Wolfgang Puck eateries. 960 1280

MGM Detroit  

Gold Strike

Gold Strike

Once you’ve paid your respects to the King in nearby Memphis, hightail it to this resort and casino 20 minutes away, in Tunica Resorts, MS. You’ll find 52 table games and 1,400 slot machines, plus a nightclub, spa and steakhouse restaurant that’s snagged high marks from Wine Spectator magazine. 960 1280

makzhou, flickr  

Mohegan Sun

Mohegan Sun

Welcome to the second largest casino in America (behind Foxwoods -- but the latter’s current financial woes may soon change that). The 364,000 square feet of gaming space in the scenic foothills of southeastern Connecticut features 40 poker tables, open 24/7. 960 1280

Mohegan Sun  

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

In recent years, the main casino in this resort in Reno, NV, ditched its tropical theme for something more elegant -- think accent lighting and new, streamlined furnishings. Spanning 67,000,000 square feet of space, the casino also boasts 1,500 slot machines and plenty of gaming excitement, including the classic card game baccarat. 960 1280

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa  

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Hands down, this is the best casino resort in Atlantic City. The $1.1 billion property gets high marks from travelers for its sheer size (it’s the largest hotel in New Jersey) and its Las Vegas feel (it is Atlantic City’s top-grossing casino). The 161,000-square-foot casino floor boasts 4,000 slot machines and 200 table games -- as well as the largest poker room on the East Coast! 960 1280

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Harrah’s New Orleans

Harrah’s New Orleans

A stone’s throw from the mighty Mississippi is another mighty sight: this 115,000-square-foot casino -- home to 2,100 slot machines, more than 90 table games and a poker room. If that’s not sensory overload enough, swing by the French Quarter, just 1 block away. 960 1280

vxla, flickr  

Golden Nugget

Golden Nugget

You didn’t think we’d forget Vegas, did you? This Vegas landmark (open since 1946), boasts the largest casino in downtown -- we’re talking 38,000 square feet of gaming space. Near the casino’s registration desk, you won’t soon forget seeing the Hand of Faith -- a gold nugget, found in Australia in 1980, that was purchased by the resort for more than $1 million. 960 1280

Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino  

Belterra Casino Resort

Belterra Casino Resort

Located halfway between Louisville, KY, and Cincinnati, this Indiana casino resort means serious business: 47,201 square feet showcasing 45 table games, 9 poker tables and 1,474 gaming devices -- including the new Grease slot machines. 960 1280

Belterra Casino Resort  

Eldorado Resort Casino

Eldorado Resort Casino

You’ve landed at Shreveport Regional Airport -- so, where’s the first place you go? This swanky casino, located just 7 miles away. The 30,000-square-foot space is home to more than 1,500 slots and video poker machines, as well a gourmet steakhouse and bar-and-entertainment venue where you can belt out some karaoke. Or kick back with a drink. 960 1280

Eldorado Resort Casino   

Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis

Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis

From its summer music fest to its holiday flower and train shows, the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis hosts many annual events. But the garden easily stands on its own, with 79 acres of beautiful displays that include a 14-acre Japanese garden, garden founder Henry Shaw's original 1850 estate home, and one of the world's largest collections of rare and endangered orchids. 960 1280

Missouri Botanical Garden  

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA

Southern charm abounds at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, VA. Its stunning classical domed conservatory houses an orchid collection, as well as an annual butterfly exhibit (Memorial Day weekend through mid-October). A giant accessible tree house is part of the garden’s interactive children’s area. And in the winter, the garden dazzles with an annual display of more than half a million lights. 960 1280

Don Williamson Photography  

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus, OH

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus, OH

Large greenhouses make visiting Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus, OH, easy year-round. The conservatory houses more than 400 species of plants in environments that include desert and rain-forest habitats. Seasonal displays of blooms, from colorful bulbs to varieties of conifers and grasses, span the outdoor gardens. There is also a unique glassblowing pavilion for demos and classes. 960 1280

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens  

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

You’ll quickly dispel any notion of a lifeless and colorless desert landscape when visiting the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. With a distinct mission of focusing solely on desert plants, the garden’s 145 acres showcase more than 50,000 plants, including a unique collection of cacti. The garden is great to explore year-round, but spring is especially popular for the annual butterfly exhibit and wildflower blooms. 960 1280

Desert Botanical Garden  

ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden, Albuquerque, NM

ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden, Albuquerque, NM

Located in Albuquerque, NM, on the banks of the Rio Grande, the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden has 36 acres of gardens to explore along more than 1 1/2 miles of paths. Two popular exhibits are the Japanese garden, which was designed by noted landscape architect Toru Tanaka, and the children’s garden, which is guarded by a 14-foot topiary dragon. The BioPark also includes a zoo and aquarium. 960 1280

ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden  

United States Botanic Garden, Washington, DC

United States Botanic Garden, Washington, DC

One of the oldest botanical gardens in North America, the United States Botanic Garden was established by Congress in 1820. Located adjacent to the Capitol, this small garden packs a big punch. A conservatory and 2 outdoor areas display a collection of some 65,000 plants, including rare finds such as ferns that date nearly as far back as the garden’s founding. Like at the nearby Smithsonian museums, admission is free. 960 1280

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San Francisco Botanical Garden, San Francisco

San Francisco Botanical Garden, San Francisco

It’s all about the San Francisco Botanical Garden's magnolias from mid-January through March. During this time, nearly 100 rare magnolias erupt in vibrant pink and white flowers. If you miss the magnolias, you can still feast your eyes on a towering redwood grove and rare cloud forest plants. The garden is located in Golden Gate Park, which is also home to a Japanese garden and flower conservatory. 960 1280

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Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta

Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta

Take a 600-foot-long canopy walk among the branches of oaks, hickories and poplars while looking down on native azaleas, camellias, hydrangeas, perennials and bulbs. That’s just one of the fantastic ways to experience the Atlanta Botanical Garden. There is also an orchid center, which has the largest collection of orchid species on permanent display in the US; a garden pond filled with aquatic plants; and a children’s garden with fountains, sculptures and fun exhibits on botany and ecology. 960 1280

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New York Botanical Garden, New York City

New York Botanical Garden, New York City

You’ll find this 250-acre oasis in the middle of the Big Apple. The New York Botanical Garden's historic, Victorian-style glass house provides a world tour of 11 distinct plant habitats, including a tropical rain forest and desert environments of the Americas and Africa. Two of the garden’s major events are its spring orchid exhibit and its winter train show. 960 1280

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Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL

Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL

Spanning 26 gardens and 4 natural areas, the Chicago Botanic Garden draws about a million people annually. At nearly 400 acres, it is one of the largest botanical gardens in the US. And its collection of 185 bonsai is one of the best public displays of the miniature masterpieces, with works by bonsai master Susumu Nakamura. Considered a living museum, the garden also does groundbreaking plant conservation research. 960 1280

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, FL

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, FL

Southern Florida’s climate makes for year-round growing at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden near Miami. Among its gems are rare exotic fruit species, including mangosteens, cacao and vanilla orchids. The 83-acre garden also has a butterfly conservatory that showcases almost 3,000 exotic butterflies. Visitors can watch them hatch and be released into the conservatory. 960 1280

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Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Dallas

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Dallas

Dallas is known as the city that does it big, and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden doesn’t hold back. Its spring flower fest is the largest in the Southwest, featuring more than 500,000 blooms, and in the fall, the garden becomes a pumpkin village, with over 50,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. The 8-acre children’s area includes more than 150 interactive games and a 20-foot-high waterfall. 960 1280

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