Subject: Seeing our town as a tourist might....
Mark, We live outside Peoria, IL so we often head for Chicago or St. Louis, but sometimes we do approach our own city as if we were a tourist, doing things we might not normally do. For example, last summer we took a guided trolley tour of the city, and we found it very interesting. We found out things about the history of the city and saw architecture we'd never really noticed before. Next, we took a river boat ride on the Illinois River... very peaceful and pretty. We ended up at one of the many restaurants along the river for dinner.

If we were showing visitors around our town, we might, first, take them to the WMBD -- World's Most Beautiful Drive, a phrase coined by Teddy Roosevelt when he first saw the Grand View Drive, with beautiful views of the Illinois River from the bluffs. Next, we might head for Wildlife Prairie, right outside of town, where you can walk for miles and see animals in their natural habitat... buffalo, deer, wolves, bears, mountain lions, etc. In the evening, we might take them to the Civic Center for a Broadway Show on tour, or we may take them to one of Peoria's two community theaters for a musical. If they felt like gambling, there's the Par-A-Dice Hotel &Casino, in nearby East Peoria, a floating casino on a very modern riverboat. Finally, we'd head for one of Peoria's fine restaurants....

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