The following cards are from different american states. The Death Valley, California & Nevada, sent by Lori "cardiffgal"; Whitney "beachyblond" sent the New Smyrna Beach in Florida and Melissa "elemenopy" send the Providence State House in Rhode Island.
"Death Valley National Park comprises more than 3.3 million acres of spectacular desert scenery, rare desert wildlife, complex geology, undisturbed wilderness and sites of historical interest. Death Valley is unique because it contains the lowest, hottest, driest location in North America. Nearly 550 square miles of its area lie below sea level. Ecologically, its plants and animals are representative of the Mojave Desert.
Death Valley is one of the hottest places on earth, attaining the second-highest temperature ever recorded, 134 degrees F. in 1913. It contains the lowest point in the western hemisphere -- 282 feet below sea level near Badwater -- as well as numerous high-rising mountain peaks, including Telescope Peak at over 11,000 feet. Death Valley was named by gold-seekers, some of whom died crossing the valley during the 1849 California gold rush." - in: http://www.desertusa.com/dv/du_dvpmain.html
"New Smyrna Beach is a beautiful city that is nestled among the moss-draped trees along the shores of the picturesque Indian River in Volusia County. It’s located on the central east coast of Florida, completely surrounded by bodies of water; the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Intracoastal Waterway to the west and Mosquito Lagoon in between the two. New Smyrna Beach is definitely a laid-back coastal community; free of the crowds and noise that plague other Florida beaches. With a very rich history, New Smyrna Beach has the distinction of being the site of the largest single attempt at Colonial settlement in the U.S. Dr. Andrew Turnbull, a Scottish physician and entrepreneur, established a colony along the west bank of the Indian River in 1768. Today, the town of New Smyrna Beach is home to approximately 21,000 permanent residents who welcome visitors to their island town. It’s a small town full of southern charm and home to a vibrant historic downtown and beachside shopping boutique, a multitude of parks and outdoor recreation possibilities and just a short drive to other Florida attractions such as Daytona Beach, Disney World and the Kennedy Space Center." - in: http://www.newsmyrnabeach.com/
"The Rhode Island State House is the capitol of the U.S. state of Rhode Island. It is located on the border of Downtown and Smith Hill in the state capital city of Providence. The State House is a neoclassical building that houses the Rhode Island General Assmbly and the offices of the governor of Rhode Island as well as the lieutenant governor, secratary of state, and general treasu. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The current State House is Rhode Island's seventh state house and the second in Providence after the Old Rhode Island State House. It was designed by the architectural firm of Mckim's, Mead and White and constructed from 1895 to 1904. The building underwent a major renovation in the late 1990s.
The building served as the United States Capitol exterior in the 1997 film Amistad." - in: wikipedia