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Barnegat City Beach, N. J. - On the New Jersey seacoast, three miles from Barnegat City, and fourteen miles from Barnegat Bay Station on the Pennsylvania Railroad (by steamer) this new summer resort invites visitors by its beautiful location, its numerous cottages and its still and surf-bathing, hunting, fishing, boating and other recreations.
Bedford Springs, Pa. - In 1804 a remark-able cure developed the presence of a valuable health-restoring spring at this point, and the locality soon became the summer resort of numerous visitors. The great natural beauty of the valley invests it with increased interest. From it, on the west, in the vicinity of the springs, abruptly rises the spur of a mountain; while, on the east, is found a similar elevation clothed with delightthe variety and beauty of their scenery. The ease ful woods. At its foot meanders a gentle stream, and from a fissure in the limestone flows the spring, discharging a barrel a minute. Above it the hill is supplied with terraced walks, leading to the summit, where a pavilion offers rest and affords a sufficient recompense for the labor of the ascent by the beautiful view of the surrounding scenery which it presents. The water of the spring is greatly esteemed for its medicinal virtues.
Berkeley Springs, W. Va. - This beauti ful spot was a favorite with General Washington, and subsequently became the resort of the gay and wealthy from all the adjacent country, and in the elements of a fashionable watering-place soon rose to the dignity of a rival to more famous resorts. The scenery is attractive, and the place maintains its reputation by its spring, which affords abundant opportunities for drinking and bathing in its healthful waters.
Blue Mountain Lake -In the Adirondack (N. Y.) Region, at the base of Blue Mountain, rising to a height of 3,824 feet, lies this beautiful sheet of water, which forms one of the finest at-tractions of this great resort. A line of steamers make daily trips through this and the neighboring lakes, Raquette, Eagle and Utowana, a distance of twenty miles, and even twenty miles further, passing through Forked Lake and Long Lake to Saranac. Blue Mountain Lake is 3 1/2 miles long and 2 miles wide; Eagle Lake, 2 miles long and 1/2 mile wide; Utowana Lake, 3 miles long and 1 mile wide.
Blue Ridge Springs, Va. - More than 1,200 feet above the ocean surface, and forty miles from Lynchburg, Va., is situated this quiet and agreeable resting-place for health-hunters. The mountain air, and aerated waters make it a. favorite resort.
California Big Trees - Forty-seven miles from Milton Station, on the Stockton and Copper-opolis (Cala.) Railway, the tourist comes upon the Calaveras Big Trees, the highest of which tapers upward a distance of 435 feet, and has a circumference, near the ground, of 110 feet, while another, forty miles from Visalia, on King's River, measures 44 feet in diameter. This is the largest in California. The Mariposa group of forest giants comprises 600 trees, 125 of which are each over 13 feet thick, while several are from 30 to 33 feet in diameter. One, remarkable for its grand dimensions, rises to a height of 90 feet and there throws out a limb having a thickness of six feet. The route to the Yosemite Valley passes near these monsters.
Cape May, N. J. - For particular excellence in whatever pertains to a delightful seaside watering place, Cape May has become justly celebrated. All that nature had left undone, the improvement of the age has supplied, for the health, comfort and enjoyment of old and young. The beach ranks among the finest elswhere for the purposes of bathing, promenading or driving, while the city itself, with its broad avenues lying between lines of shade-trees, and abounding in handsome residences, hotels and ornamental grounds, invites thousands of gay and cultured people from all parts of the Union, to enjoy its beauties.
Catskill Mountains - Running parallel with the Hudson river, along the west bank, principally in Greene Co., N. Y., a distance of about twelve miles, the Catskill Mountains have been a source of wonder and delight to thousands for with which they can he reached and traversed, and the facilities offered for visiting their most picturesque objects, have given them a wide reputation, while their scenery has always employed the pencils of artists of every degree. Civilization has so far intruded upon their wildest haunts as to establish hotels here and there for the accommodation of tourists, while mighty cascades, quiet lakes and mountain rivulets, deep gorges and towering peaks, in diversified grandeur, are found on every hand. High over their fellows rise, Overlook, Round Top and High-Peak Mountains, estimated to reach an elevation of nearly 4,000 feet above tide-water. Kaaterskill "Clove" (or gorge) is a ravine 5 miles long, about 6 miles from High-Peak, traversed by a rivulet from two mountain lakes, forming three notable cascades, the descent of each being, respectively, 180, 80 and 40 feet, and between these and the Hudson there are several other falls. Plattekill Gorge, 5 miles south, is also remarkable for the grandeur of its cascades, which spring from rock to rock a distance of 2,000 feet below the headwaters of the stream. These and the charm of numerous forest trees form but a portion of the many delights that attend a visit to the Catskills.
Cayuga Lake, N. Y. - West of Auburn, and between Cayuga and Seneca counties, in Central New York, is embosomed among the hills this beautiful sheet of water. Its depth and purity make it attractive to visitors, who, with boats, may traverse all portions of it. Its elevation above the ocean is nearly 400 feet, and above Lake Ontario about 150 feet. This fact and its beautiful surroundings admirably fit it for a summer pastime resort. Its length is 38 miles; its width from 1 to 3 1/2 miles.
Chautauqua Lake - In Chautauqua county, N. Y., and so named from the mists which frequently rise from its waters. Its length is from 18 to 20 miles; its width varies from 1 to 3 miles. It lies midway between Chicago and New York City. Ample arrangements have been made for comfortable and safe bathing, camping, etc. The grounds embrace about 150 acres of choice wood-land, laid out in parks, walks and carriage drives. The "Model of the Holy Land," exhibiting the peculiarities of Palestine, is about 300 feet long, Chautauqua Lake, on which it borders, representing the Mediterranean Sea. The grounds and buildings are fitted up for a summer resort, a summer school and a religious retreat; it attracts many visitors, and is deservedly popular. It has several hotels.