Park, Museum sights in USA
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This historic site is located among the same windswept Kitty Hawk dunes where self-taught engineers Wilbur and Orville Wright launched the world's first successful airplane flight on December 17, 1903 (it lasted 12 seconds). A boulder now marks the take-off spot. Climb a nearby hill where the brothers conducted earlier glider experiments for fantastic views of sea and sound. The on-site Wright Brothers Visitor Center has a reproduction of the 1903 flyer and offers exhibits and lectures on aviation history.
A small peninsula jutting into the Mississippi, Mud Island is downtown Memphis' best-loved green space. The top part of the peninsula is a residential subdivision, while the bottom is home to the delightful Mud Island River Park. Hop the monorail ($4, or free with museum admission) or walk across the bridge to the park, where you can jog, rent bikes, or wade through a super-cool scale model of the Mississippi, which empties into a 1.3-million-gallon 'Gulf of Mexico' where visitors tool around in pedal boats. The park'sMississippi River Museum has a cool full-size replica of a packet boat and other historical displays.