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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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Celebrate World Wildlife Day

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

Sail off on a Viking Homelands Cruise

I know that lots of you still haven’t made your big vacation plans for the year. Last year I took […]

A Complicated Update of My World Map

On my most recent trip to China, I also visited Macao and Hong Kong. Politically, both of these destinations are […]

Travel for Library Lovers

If you’re a lover of books and literature, you probably already visit libraries when you travel. Whether it’s stopping off […]