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Melanie Renzulli

Bigfoot in Ohio; America's Best Sushi; O'Keeffe in Hawaii; Insider's Guide to New Orleans

By December 3, 2012

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Waianapanapa State Park in Hana, Maui, Hawaii

Here's a round-up of the latest USA travel news and stories that caught my eye:

  • "Ohio has the third most Bigfoot sightings in the nation," according to Colleen O'Neil, author of Waiting for Bigfoot. O'Neil joins some Sasquatch trackers on an overnight watch with the Southeastern Ohio Bigfoot Investigation Society. [Outside Magazine]
  • Travel + Leisure rounds up 20 of the best sushi restaurants in the United States for its December issue. New York and L.A. restaurants are included, of course. Also represented are Minneapolis, Austin, Portland (both Maine and Oregon), and even Denver and Phoenix. [T+L]
  • I was mesmerized by Tony Perrottet's article on Georgia O'Keeffe in Hawaii for the New York Times. A passage: "When the temple, Piilanihale Heiau, appeared, it stopped me in my tracks...The structure seemed to project all the mystery of the ancient Hawaiian religion, with a spiritual aura as intense as Machu Picchu or the Egyptian Pyramids." [NYT]
  • Take an insider's tour of New Orleans with Food & Wine's Kate Krader. Some of the insider's featured in this article include Wendell Pierce of Treme; Pork King Donald Link; and Ben Jaffe, Director of the famous jazz institution Preservation Hall. [Food & Wine]
  • New research indicates that the Grand Canyon may be 70 million years old. [Mashable]
  • There's a lot to love about North Carolina Piedmont-style barbecue, according to Monique Truong, who wrote an extensive love letter to NC's Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge. Food lovers will come away from this article salivating. [The Washington Post]
  • The so-called "Fiscal Cliff" could spell disaster for U.S. public lands according to this report in Beyond the Edge, National Geographic Adventure's blog. Avery Stonich of the Outdoor Industry Association outlines what could happen if funding for parks gets slashed during the budget debate. [Beyond the Edge]

Related: Michelin-Starred Restaurants; Hawaii; New Orleans; Grand Canyon

Photo: Waianapanapa State Park in Hana, Maui, via Laszlo Podor Photography/Getty Images.

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