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5 Historic U.S. Cities You Have to Visit in 2017

5 Historic U.S. Cities You Have to Visit in 2017

As the days pass and spring approaches, many people are already thinking about the warm weather that’s just around the corner. But if you’re looking for a way to pass the time between now and spring, why not start planning a trip with your friends?

Instead of going on your typical American vacation, why not make it somewhat educational and fulfilling? While the U.S. lacks much of the centuries-old history that European countries have, there’s still much to be seen in these five historic cities.

1. Charleston, South Carolina

If you’ve never been to Charleston, South Carolina, you’re missing out on a big piece of American history. You’ll find yourself immersed in a city that, at times, can feel like it’s straight out of the 18th century. Named after King Charles II of England (originally Charles Town), the city is frequently noted as one of the most friendly in the United States.

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Historical Fact: “Charleston is frequently referred to as the ‘Holy City’ for a couple of reasons,” Strawberry Tours explains. “Firstly, because churches and cathedrals are so prominent in what is a fairly low rise city. Secondly because it was one of the few original colonies to accept all Christian denominations.”

2. St. Augustine, Florida

Much like Charleston, St. Augustine will transport you back in time. There are entire streets lined with beautiful 17th and 18th century architecture, large Spanish forts, and beautiful coastlines just waiting to be enjoyed. There’s also incredible food from restaurants that have sourced their recipes from the city’s rich history.

Historical Fact: Founded by the Spanish in 1565, St. Augustine stakes claim to the title of oldest continuously inhabited European-founded city in the United States.

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3. Boston, Massachusetts

If you want to be in a place of firsts, travel up the east coast to Boston. This proud city has so much character and tradition, you’ll feel guilty leaving it behind when your trip is over. Home to the country’s first public library, first public school, first public park, and first public subway system, history oozes from Boston’s core.

Historical Fact: After owner Harry Frazee traded Babe Ruth to New York in 1920, the Boston Red Sox failed to win a World Series championship for 86 years (breaking the streak in 2004). Bostonians called it “the Curse of the Bambino.”

4. Williamsburg, Virginia

Founded in 1699, Williamsburg is recognized as the first colonial capital of Virginia. The settlement actually arose after Jamestown’s poor location along swampy land forced settlers to move seven miles inland. Today, you can visit Colonial Williamsburg, which spans 301 acres and still features 80 of the original structures that were preserved from the development of the colony.

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Historical Fact: Originally called Middle Plantation, Williamsburg was strategically chosen for it’s geographical placement between two rivers. This provided better access to water and more protection from Indian attacks.

5. New Orleans, Louisiana

While much of America’s history is rooted in English history, the city of New Orleans breaks away in a major way. Founded in 1718 by the French Mississippi Company and sold to Spain in 1763, New Orleans is heavily influenced by both French and Spanish architecture, food, and culture.

Historical Fact: Canal Street, which was once the widest in the world, was actually named for a canal that city planners were supposed to build on the street’s dividing median. It was never built, but the name stuck.

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Hit the Road, Jack

Looking to head somewhere new this year but remain in the country? Plan on visiting a couple of these historic cities together with your family and friends. You can even go solo! You’ll have a blast – and might even learn a thing or two in the process.

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10 Benefits of Sleeping Naked You Probably Didn’t Know

10 Benefits of Sleeping Naked You Probably Didn’t Know

Sleeping is one of the most important things we do every night.

Getting the right amount of sleep has an untold number of health benefits and not getting enough sleep is a serious problem in many countries around the world.

So you should have heard of the many benefits of getting adequate sleep, but did you know that you can get additional benefits by sleeping naked?

Here are some benefits of sleeping in the nude:

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1. It is easier.

When you don’t have to worry about sleeping in clothes, things start to get easier. You don’t have to buy pajamas, which can save you money. You have less clothes to wash and less clothes to put away. You may have to clean your bed sheets more often, but not nearly as often as you’d have to wash your pajamas when you run out.

2. It forces you to be ready to go more often.

Some people get off of work, change into their pajamas, and use this as an excuse to stay home the rest of the evening. This can lead to a more sedentary lifestyle, which has been attributed to things like weight gain.[1] When you keep your regular clothes on, you tend to go out more often and that’s a good thing.

3. It can make you feel happier and more free.

Just imagine the feeling of laying in bed naked. You’re free of your pants and underwear. Women, you’re not wearing a constrictive bra. It’s just you sandwiched between two cool sheets. The feeling just makes you want to smile and it makes you feel more free. Everyone can use that kind of good feeling every now and then, and it may even help you be happier as a person.

4. Skin-on-skin contact is the best.

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    If you’re married, or living with your significant other, sleeping naked gives a greater chance of skin-on-skin contact, especially when it comes to cuddling. This kind of contact can also lead to a more active sex life. All of this releases copious amounts of oxytocin, which is the neurotransmitter that helps you feel those good feelings about your significant other.[2]

    5. It could lead to better sleep.

    Let’s revisit the scenario I described above. There are no drawstrings or clothes getting tangled in sheets. You don’t have to worry about shirts getting twisted. All of these distractions go away when you sleep naked and it may help you get better, deeper sleep. You don’t need science to tell you that better, deeper sleep only helps you be healthier.

    6. It can help your skin.

    For once your body gets to breathe. Your private parts, armpits, and feet are generally restricted all day and are often covered by multiple layers, even in the summer time. Give those parts a chance to air out and breathe. This can lower the risk of skin diseases, like athlete’s foot, that result from wet, restricted skin.[3]

    7. It helps you regulate your cortisol.

    Cortisol is a very strange chemical in the body but it can do a lot of damage. When you sleep naked, it helps keep your body temperature at the optimal ranges so your body can better create cortisol. If you sleep overheated your cortisol levels tend to stay high, even after you wake up. This can lead to increased anxiety, cravings for bad food, weight gain, and more terrible things.[4] Sleep naked so you can keep your body temperature down and sleep well so your body can properly produce and regulate cortisol.

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    8. It balances your melatonin and growth hormone.

    Continuing along that same vein, keeping your sleeping environment below 70 degrees (F) every night can help your body regulate its melatonin and growth hormone levels. These chemicals help the body do things like prevent aging and are essential to good health. When you sleep in clothes, your body heats up and prevents effective use of these hormones. In other words, sleeping with clothes on makes you grow old faster.

    9. It can keep your sex organs happier.

    For men, the cooler sleeping conditions allows your testes to remain at a cooler temperature. This helps keep your sperm healthy and your reproductive systems functioning as normal. For women, the cooler and more airy sleeping conditions can actually help prevent yeast infections. Yeast grows better in warm, moist conditions.[5] When it’s cooler and dryer, the growth of yeast is prevented.

    10. Sleeping in the summer is more bearable.

      Summertime is a tricky time to get good sleep. If you don’t have air conditioning, then you may find your bedroom a bit stuffy at night.

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      Shedding those bedtime clothes can help the bedroom feel more comfortable. You may even be able to turn the A/C off on those cooler nights, which can save you a few bucks on your electricity bill.

      Don’t wake up drenched in sweat again because your thermostat is downstairs and the hot air expands up to your bedroom where the thermostat can’t read the warm temperatures.

      Sleep well with your naked body!

      With these tips in mind, it’s time to start taking off your clothes at night!

      Of course, there are times where clothes are preferable. If you are ill or it’s cold outside, then you should sleep with clothes on to help you stay warm and prevent further illness. Otherwise, go commando!

      If you’re looking for more tips to sleep well and get up feeling energetic, I recommend you to check out this guide:

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