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Mountainous Adventures

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The United States is home to a plethora of mountains. Some are well known, like the Rockies or the Smokies, while others are only locally famous. No matter how famous, though, the variety of difficulty, climate, sights, and wildlife is a beauty that attracts travelers of all kinds, whether they are seeking a thrilling challenge or a tranquil getaway. The postcards in this exhibit display this variety in a clear attempt to draw in visitors. Most of them, however, present the mountains as a glorious, almost Edenic, world completely seperated from the buzz and stress of everyday life.

While this is an excellent marketing technique, there are several details that must be thought through in advance in order to have an enjoyable experience in the mountains. In this exhibit, I aim to shed light on the less glamorous, but equally important, aspects of taking a trip to the mountains.

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Beaches vs. Mountains

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The big question about traveling tends to be beaches or mountains? Which is better? There really is no correct answer; everyone has their own opinion about travel destinations. Some people say that whether you prefer the beach or the mountains says something about your personality. If you prefer the beach then you're an extrovert and if you prefer the mountains, you're an introvert. Regardless of what your preference is, one thing has always been the same and that is that tourists go to both destinations year round and they are both heavily photographed. These postcards show us a glimpse into the history of both places and will make anyone want to travel.

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