5 Places to visit while staying in Austin

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Part 5 of our top 10 places to visit while relocating with SuiteAmerica – our next pit stop is Texas!

Relocating to Texas? Or do you already live there and are looking for some sites to see? We’ve put together a list of 5 places that are must see attractions for current or future residents of Austin.

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This interactive wonder connects families to the planet with exhibits ranging from the rain forests and deserts to the exotic species of the ocean.

For more information call 512.222.5586 or check out their website at http://www.austinaquarium.com

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Explore the wildflowers and native plants of Texas in this beautiful garden setting. Bird watch on wildflower-rimmed trails, see how native plants are used to create sustainable landscapes and explore stunning Central Texas architecture.

For more information call 512.232.0100 or check out their website at http://www.wildflower.org/

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Learn about the efforts involved in rescuing, rehabilitating and educating animals in need at this non-profit rescue zoo. See over 350 animals from over 100 different species and discover the conservation efforts to save endangered species.

For more information call 512.288.1490 or check out their website at http://austinzoo.org/

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This 1888 State Capitol is listed as a National Historic Landmark for its significant contribution to American History. Discover the extraordinary grandeur and historical significance of the state encapsulated in this building and surrounding grounds.

For more information call 512.305.8400 or check out their website at http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/spb/capitol/texcap.htm

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This museum is one place big enough to tell the “Story of Texas”. Explore engaging exhibits, historical artifacts, enjoy programs for the entire family and experience Austin’s premier IMAX theatre.

For more information call 512.936.4632 or check out their website at http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/visit

Do you know of any other places to visit in Austin, Texas that you think should be added to the list? We’d love to hear from you!

Thanksgiving thoughts…



Take time to think of all the things you have to be thankful for.






Uphold your family traditions as you prepare for this day of thanks.






Remember to gather around the TV for the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.






Kick off the day with a friendly game of flag football with your family and friends.






Ensure your turkey is done with an internal temperature of 180 degrees in the thigh.






You know it’s only 29 days until Christmas so relax and enjoy the day.




Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Relocating to Virginia for the Fall and Winter

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So you’ve just landed a new positions in Virginia for the fall and winter. Even if Virginia Beach is turning cold this time of the year, there are still plenty of great adventures waiting to be had. Virginia is full of American history, natural parks and forests, and bustling cities. Find out what to do and where to go in Virginia as you begin a new chapter of your life in the Mother of all States.ClimateExpect moderate to chilly days and colder nights with highs in the mid-40s and lows in the high 20s. Virginia’s weather fluctuates fairly drastically depending on how far south or east you’ll be. The Atlantic Ocean tends to send some cold air through the coastal areas during the fall and winter months. You’ll see a smattering of rainfall and some decent snowfall in the more mountainous regions.
Major CitiesVirginia Beach is the biggest city in the state with its small town charm that attracts millions of tourists every year. In the off-season, you’ll find fewer crowds and a more peaceful atmosphere near the water. Check out Adventure Park, just 3 minutes from the Virginia Beach boardwalk. Hike the trails, zipline from one platform to another, or crawl through the many tunnels and bridges hanging from the trees. It’s one giant outdoor jungle gym.

Richmond is Virginia’s other major stomping ground. You’ll find dozens of historical landmarks such as the American Civil War Museum and a host of shopping centers and hip restaurants. Fill up on local cuisine with everything from sweet smoked BBQ to some seriously fresh seafood.

The great city of Norfolk is another tourist hub, featuring stunning views of the bay and endless activities for people of all ages. The Norfolk Botanical Garden sits right on the water. In the winter months, the city turns the park into a winter wonderland, stringing lights from every branch on every tree.
seasonal eventsFall and winter bears no shortage of local events throughout the state of Virginia. In Richmond, you’ll find 300 Years of Virginia Art and Design at the Virginia Historical Society. In Staunton City, you can blow your own glass pumpkin at the Sunspots Studios. Take a ferry to Chincoteague Island and see the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony by the sea. Thousands gather on the remote beaches to ring in the holiday season.

You’ll love your stay in Virginia regardless of which city you end up in. It’s a warm community that’s full of surprises.

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A touch of Northern California…

Wavy Organ
This unique San Francisco art installation gives visitors a chance to listen to what sounds like an organ playing when waves melodically crash against it. You’re also afforded a breathtaking view of the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.
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Winchester Mystery House
Maze your way through the 160 room mansion in Santa Clara County and marvel at the unique and quirky design and furnishings. Take care not to make a wrong turn and end up in a secret passageway. You might end up as a permanent house guest.
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