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Healing Springs, Va. - Distant 133 miles from Richmond, in Bath County, Va., are found three medicinal springs, the reputation of which has made it a favorite resort for invalids. Situated 2,400 feet above tide-water, the temperature and atmosphere invigorate the debilitated, and the baths serve to restore the health, especially of those afflicted with neuralgia. *
Idaho Springs, Colo. - Thirty-seven miles from Denver, and having an elevation of 7,500 feet, stands a town which takes the above name from the hot and cold mineral waters in the vicinity. Easy of access, it offers ample accommodations for visitors to Clear Creek Canon and neighboring points. The ride between Central City and the springs is considered a pleasant one.
Isles of Shoals, N. H. - This seaside resort has been honored by a poetical tribute from Lowell in " Appledore," and is also noted as the birthplace of Celia Thaxter, the poetess. The islands are seven in number, about 9 miles from Portsmouth, by steamer. Rugged and romantic, as well as secluded, they offer much of interest to tourists.
- Cool and bracing air, and mineral springs of a character to relieve jaundice and gout, form the attractions of this resort. Its location near Harper's Ferry and Charlestown, where Old John Brown was captured and hanged, and Winchester, made famous by Sheridan's Ride, add much to its interest.
Lake Champlain, N. Y. - Between Vermont, on the east, and New York, on the west, lies this beautiful lake, 126 miles long and from 1/8 of a mile to 15 miles wide. Mountain ranges and hills encircle it - the Adirondacks, of New York, and the Green Mountains, of Vermont. Its depth is sufficient for large tonnage, and its surface is dotted with fifty islands, large and small. The scenery is diversified, exhibiting orchards, fields of grain, farm-houses, inlets, bays, beacons and rugged mountain sides, and is described as panoramic when the tourist traverses its length by steamer. It derives its name from Champlain, the French Governor of Canada, who first brought it to public notice in 1609. Whitehall and Ticon-deroga are points from which the lake may be navigated.
Lake George, N. Y. - A short distance from Lake Champlain, and near Whitehall, N. Y. Caldwell is the headquarters for tourists to this beautiful sheet of water, which is rich in historical interest, as well as in its attractions as a summer resort. Its length is 36 miles, its width from 3/4 to 4 miles, and its beauty is heightened by more than 300 islands scattered oyer its surface. The shores and some of the islands are rendered more picturesque by occasional hotels and pretty cottages. The scenery is very enchanting, especially at the northern end of, the lake.
Lake Mohonk, V. Y. - In the Shawangunk Mountains, Ulster County, with its hotel on the summit of Sky-Top, the highest peak, at an elevation of 1,243 feet. The waters of the lake, which is 1/2 mile long and 1/8 mile wide, are very clear, and the scenery romantic and beautiful, including views of mountains in four different states.
- Four miles above Las Vegas, near the mouth of a pleasant canon that extends to the Rocky Mountains, introducing the tourist to much beautiful and romantic scenery, are 22 hot springs, similar to those of Arkansas. Located at an elevation of 6,400 feet, the atmosphere is admirably fitted for the relief of pulmonary diseases, while the waters are deemed a useful remedy for neuralgic and rheumatic complaints.
Luray Caverns, Va. - Page County, Va., boasts of a cave, or series of caverns, rivaling in dimensions, and equaling in grandeur and variety of charm, it is said, the Mammoth Cave of Kentucky. The caverns are larger than the Philadelphia Centennial buildings. The roof of the principal room is 100 feet high and supports a giant stalactite, which, it is stated, is unequaled by any other now known. This natural wonder, which was discovered by accident several years ago, bears evidence of great antiquity, and presents every form of novelty observed in other caverns, with new and interesting forms peculiar to itself. It is one mile from Luray station.
Mackinac is located at the northern end of the Peninsula of Michigan, in the Straits of Mackinac, and is accessible from all points by rail or vessel. The island is now a national park, reserved for the benefit of tourists and visitors, and offers, during the warm seasons, a cool and pleasant retreat from sultry air and crowded thorough-fares, it contains an area of 3,850 acres, or 3 miles long by 2 miles wide, with an elevation above the Straits varying from 200 to 320 feet. The water surrounding the island is unsurpassed for purity and transparency, and furnishes excellent sport for fishing tourists. The beauty of the island scenery is remarkable, and visitors will find much to interest them in Old Fort Mackinac, Fort Holmes, the Arched Rock (a natural bridge 145 feet high and not 3 feet wide), Fairy Arch, the Lover's Leap, Robinson's Folly and the Devil's Kitchen, concerning each of which tradition has preserved special legends. A week can be spent pleasantly and profitably at this grand summer resort.
Mammoth Cave, Ky. - This celebrated resort and natural " curiosity-shop" is in Edmonson County, about 75 miles southwesterly from Louisville. A wild, rocky ravine, densely shaded by forest trees, leads to its entrance. Its extent underground is 9 miles, and the height of its roof varies from 50 to 300 feet. In this vast dark expanse are congregated, in numerous chambers, lakes, rivers, cataracts, grottoes, domes, avenues and other wonders which charm the visitor by their grotesque resemblance to things in common life and the beautiful appearance of the natural geological formations which abound in every place. It requires a journey of from 150 to 200 miles to traverse all the highways and byways in the various apartments of this cave, but at every step the visitor finds something to admire. Prominent points of interest are Echo River, the Bottomless Pit, the Maelstrom, Side-saddle Pit, Gorin's Dome, Stella's Dome, Mammoth Dome, Lucy's Dome (300 feet high), the Temple, Proctor's Arcade, Cleveland's Cabinet, and the eyeless fish.