To underworld kingpins Meyer Lansky and Charles "Lucky" Luciano, Cuba was the greatest hope for the future of American organized crime in the post-Prohibition years. In the 1950s, the Mob -- with the corrupt, repressive government of brutal Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista in its pocket -- owned Havana's biggest luxury hotels and casinos, launching an unprecedented tourism boom complete with the most lavish entertainment, top-drawer celebrities, gorgeous women, and gambling galore.
Seneca Creek Greenway trail. The water is a bit cleaner than most creeks around DC and stays chilly even in summer. Nice hike for hot days. There are little swimming holes here and there that you can scout out from the road. One of the swimming holes gets a lot of trash because it's right next to the road and people are pigs, so bring a garbage bag and pick a few things up while you are there. But the water is still wonderful.
Harleyville, SC - Audubon Center at Beidler Forest. Contains the largest stand of virgin bald cypress and tupelo gum swamp forest left in the world. 1,000-year old trees, native wildlife abound in this untouched sanctuary. 1.75-mile boardwalk allows the chance to venture deep into the heart of the swamp.