Category: Travel

Wildflowers: One Reason to Visit Yellowstone

People visit Yellowstone for a big dose of nature – Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, the bison, a chance to see a grizzly – all the familiar, tourist attraction, postcard stuff. And while all of these things are a pretty good reason to visit the area, there is one dose of nature that passes largely …

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Places to See: Dramatic & Strikingly Unconventional Big Sur

If you love dramatic scenery, rugged coastlines, and rocky shores, Northern California’s Big Sur area will blow you away! Big Sur is approximately 90 miles of relatively isolated and sparsely populated scenic views, with the Santa Lucia Mountains dropping precipitously toward the Pacific Ocean’s crashing waves below. A visit to Big Sur will find you …

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Estes Park for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day became a national holiday in 1863 when Civil War President Abraham Lincoln made an effort to unite the nation by proclaiming it as such. It is now officially celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. Thanksgiving is a time to be with family, remember what the important things in life are, show gratitude …

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Absolutely Magical: The Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico

The day of the dead in Oaxaca, Mexico is the 1st and 2nd of November but for me it starts with the first cool breeze that descends from the northern mountains and brings to me feelings of inexplicable joy. I truly have no idea where these feelings come from. I have asked myself this question …

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Haunted Hotels for Halloween Travelers

October is here again and so are Halloween activities. For the Halloween enthusiast or wannabe paranormal investigator, nothing is quite as exciting as the chance to travel and stay at a haunted hotel to see what transpires through the night. Here are three options for hotels that are purportedly some of the most haunted in …

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Beach Walks: Top Ten

Walking on the beach can be romantic or exhilarating. There are so many fantastic American beaches to walk on it’s difficult to choose just ten. My criteria were pretty simple: the beach had to be on an ocean, not a lake, the beach had to be near stores or a town square and, most assuredly, …

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Get Outside This Summer With a Trip to a National Park

The National Parks offer some of the greatest opportunities in the United States to experience the extremes in raw terrain, flora, and fauna, that the country has to offer. There are 60 national parks spanning 28 states, from the volcanoes of Hawaii to the seaside mountains of Maine and the glaciers of Alaska. Take the …

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The Best Little Beach Towns in the United States: Ogunquit, Maine

The United States is full of wonderful beach towns, hidden and well-known. While every beach town has a different flavor, they’re all united by their beautiful beaches. Ogunquit, Maine is a small town located on Maine’s southern coast. Only 75 miles north of Boston, it’s easily accessible from many major cities in the United States …

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Discovering Hemingway’s Cuba

I fell in love with Cuba, or at least the idea of Hemingway’s Cuba, in my mid teens. I read an article about the writer and delighted in the romance of a bygone age, salsa and adventure preserved in time. Maybe the idea of vintage cars made the historic more tangible. I determined that one …

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Honor the Dead with Bon Odori

For many, summer is a time for freewheeling fun, without the typical responsibilities of an academic year or simply maintaining one’s own comfort in the winter. But for the Japanese, summer is a time to reflect on those who have gone before us with gratitude and appreciation. One of Japan’s biggest festivals happens in mid-summer …

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