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Chickasaw Country: 9 Spots Well Off the Beaten Path

Chickasaw Country is steeped in history, culture, beauty and natural wonders. Well off the beaten path in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, are several interesting attractions. Here are 9 essential places and things to see while in Tishomingo: Chickasaw National Capitol The Victorian, gothic-style building served as the Chickasaw Nation Capitol until Oklahoma statehood. The largest exhibit in […]

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Spring Fling: A Theme Park Weekend

Lego tiger at Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America

Whether you’re contemplating a family weekend getaway, or perhaps just want to have kid-like fun yourself, there’s nothing quite like immersing yourself in theme parks for an introduction to spring travel. I had a chance to check that premise out on a recent extended family theme park getaway to Minneapolis. Minneapolis might not be the […]

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Postcard from Nickelodeon Universe

Theme Park: Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America

A theme park inside a mall? Yep, that’s just what you’ll get with Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. Located near the Minneapolis-St Paul airport, this was the first stop on my theme park getaway weekend.

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History & a View From the Top of the St. Louis Arch

St. Louis Arch at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

Presiding proudly over the city of St. Louis, the Gateway Arch is the most recognizable building in the city’s skyline.  It’s that iconic symbol, often photographed, that helps identify the city to millions of people who have never, and perhaps will never, visit. The Gateway Arch is located in the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, near […]

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Airport Calm: Chicago O’Hare in the Early Morning

Underground-people-mover-at-Chicago-OHare-airport

I spend an inordinate amount of times in airports.  Some weeks it’s near daily.  I have my favorites (Portland, San Jose, Vancouver BC) and those that I’d just as soon avoid (Atlanta, LAX, San Francisco).  For most travelers, airports are a hot mess of crowds, frustration, and stress.  I see it as an office environment.  […]

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Chicago Hosts World Music Festival, September 15-22

Pavilion, Grant Park, Chicago

Music is an international language, and the 13th annual World Music Festival:  Chicago 2011 transforms Grants Park into as a celebration of today’s international music.  Featuring traditional and contemporary music from over 40 countries, the city-wide festival features performances and events in a  combination of free and low-price ticket venues. The festival kicks off in […]

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Spring Break Special: 8 States in 6 Days

Today I have a guest post from Jason Bean.  Jason and his family took a road trip during Spring Break, covering 8 states in 6 days.  When I heard about it, I thought he was nuts – so I encouraged him to write about it. Whether he’s nuts or not you can decide, but it […]

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lotus at Kenilworth Gardens, DC

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Books to Read on Your Next Flight

In honor of World Book Day, I’m updating my progress in the 2017 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge – and in […]

A Dozen Gardens From Around the World

Since the flowers in my garden are not terribly impressive yet - things will be in full color in another few weeks - I turned to some of my blogger friends to get a take on some of their favorite gardens around the world. I selected a dozen of them, one for each month of the year, and hope you can work a visit into one of them during your next vacation.

The days are getting longer, and with flowers blooming in the yard along with a few peeks of the sun […]

Celebrate World Wildlife Day

Today, March 3rd, is UN World Wildlife Day. The UN General Assembly made this proclamation four years ago as a […]