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Linda Aksomitis & David Aksomitis

Linda Aksomitis & David Aksomitis started exploring North America in the 1980s, racing on snowmobile ice oval tracks, and have been travelling ever since! That’s them above now at the Bonnevile Salt Flats Speedway in Utah. They share worldwide travel adventures with a twist of history here on guide2travel.

Interested in Snakes? See Tens of Thousands in Manitoba’s Narcisse Snake Dens

Spring in Canada is a season of renewal after the winter dormancy. And while we wait anxiously for the green grass, the buds that will turn into leaves, and the first crocuses on the hillsides, few anticipate the return of snakes crawling out of the rocks. Few that...
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20,000 Miles of Snowmobile Trails — Quebec the Ultimate Winter Destination — #Photos

Quebec is a winter paradise -- especially for those of us who love snowmobiles. This Eastern Canadian province has 20,500 miles (33,000 km) of groomed trails that stretch from the shores of the St. Lawrence Seaway to the Upper Laurentians to Gaspe, up against the...
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La Poutine Week — Celebrating 60 Years Of Potatoes & Cheese Curds

La Poutine Week may still be fighting its way to National recognition, but for Quebecois Canadians there's no doubt that it exists! According to the BBC, La Poutine Week all started in 2013 by who else but a food blogger, Naeem Adam. The celebrations run through the...
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Check out These Best Small Towns in Canada

When the New York Times says Canada is the #1 best place to go in 2017, you can't help but get excited! After all, there are literally thousands of undiscovered treasures to explore here -- Country Living just came out with this list of 40 best small towns in Canada...
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Nordic Spas are for Everyone, Even the Faint of Heart

What's not to love about a day of relaxation and rejuvenation in the middle of a holiday? Whether you'd like to alleviate some of those aches and pains that come with age (the least exciting part of being a baby boomer!), or find a way to escape some stress, a spa can...
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From a Kodiak Bear to Canyons to the Western Shorebird Reserve — Road Trip

Did you know that out of Montana's 56 counties, 46 are considered "frontier counties" with an average population of six or fewer people per square mile? Or that it's the fourth largest state in the US? What that means, of course, is that there are lots of highways...
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Authentic Mediterranean Cuisine in Saskatchewan–Blacktop Diner’s Olive Tree Restaurant

Traveling Saskatchewan's highways, you come to expect the unexpected. A ship built to sail from land-locked Saskatchewan to Finland. A town celebrating its record of having Canada's hottest ever temperature. A winery offering specialties from rhubarb or grape wine to...
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What Do Saskatchewan’s Herschel Petroglyphs Depict? #ExploreSask

The native prairie habitat of the Great Plains of North America has been ripped up by the plow, and replaced by grain fields, through most of the continent, including Saskatchewan. However, Herschel, a small town nestled where the Coal Mine Ravine joins the Eagle...
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What Gives Kluane Lake in the Yukon its Turquoise Color?

A visit to the Yukon is full of many unexpected discoveries--one of the most unusual being the turquoise hue of Kluane Lake. While many head to the Caribbean for its turquoise, few even know that Kluane National Park has such beautiful water. According to NASA...
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Sukanen Ship Museum: Uncovering Saskatchewan’s Secrets

Abandoning a wife and children to walk a thousand kilometers (600 miles) from Minnesota to Saskatchewan seemed an odd decision to most, but not nearly as crazy as building a ship to sail from land-locked Saskatchewan to Finland. But Tom Sukanen did both early in the...
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Ride The World’s Most Thrilling Roller Coasters–Find Out Where They Are!

The screams of roller coaster riders fill the air at theme parks and summer fairs around the world. From the slow climbs to the g-force of those sudden drops, there's something about roller coasters that's hard to resist--maybe due to the adrenaline rush riders feel....
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How Deep is Lake Diefenbaker in Southern Saskatchewan? (You may be surprised!)

Visitors to Saskatchewan often think of it as flat and boring, however surprises wait for those who look a little further! While the Trans-Canada Highway #1 crosses along the end of the Great Plains of North America, there's lots of opportunity for adventures. In...
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Cannington Manor–Visiting an Aristocratic English Settlement of the 1880s

Life in Canada in 1882 was more often one of hardship, than not. However, for a select group of English immigrants, Cannington Manor promised--and delivered over the next decade and a half--the life of an English Squire in Saskatchewan. From glee club and Town Hall...
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Who Was Jocko, a Former Resident of Regina’s Government House?

Government House, in Regina, Saskatchewan, was built in 1891. Serving as the residence of the Lieutenant Governor until 1945, it's now a museum restored to the period of 1898-1910. Four Lieutenant Governors lived there while Saskatchewan was part of the old North-West...
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Why Were the Carberry Sandhills in Manitoba Important in WWI and WWII?

About 15 square miles of active sand dunes, or Bald Head Hills, form part of the mosaic that makes up the Carberry Sandhills in Southern Manitoba, just 18 miles south of the Trans-Canada Highway, a few miles East of Brandon. More than a century ago, farmers tried to...
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Best Things to See & Do if You Only Have 1 Day in Portland

Pretty may be too mundane of a word to describe Portland, Oregon, with its more than 11,000 acres in its Parks & Recreation system, but pretty it is. A city of green spaces, you'll find bigleaf maples, red alders, and Oregon white oaks, along with evergreens like...
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Trail’s End Monument to Cattle Drives & the Old West in Sedalia, MO

Clint Eastwood launched his acting career in 1959 when the television show, Rawhide, turned the cattle drives of the mid-1800s into a hit series that ran for eight seasons with 200+ episodes. And Sedalia, MO, was the historical cowtown destination with its stockyards...
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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum — From the Movies to the White House

Ronald Reagan, 40th president of the United States, was America's oldest president, and some might say brought one of the most colorful personal histories to the White House. Indeed, acting in 50+ films, over nearly three decades, seems an unlikely career choice for...
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Explore the Fishing Village of Morro Bay on the California Coast

Mist rolled off the waters of the bay, shrouding the seaside fishing community of Morro Bay, as well as Morro Rock, the formation also known as the Gibraltar of the Pacific. About 23 million years old, the rock is all that remains of an ancient volcano. The rock...
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8 Attractions in New Mexico You Probably Haven’t Visited Yet

The American Southwest is an amazing place to visit. The only problem I have is narrowing the list of things I could do to fit into the amount of time I have! So, I thought I’d help you out by sharing these 8 attractions in New Mexico that you probably haven't visited...
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Best Place to Eat Chocolate Cake on National Chocolate Cake Day

Chocolate unites the world! So we'll all be celebrating together on January 27, National Chocolate Cake Day, when you combine two of my favorite things: chocolate and cake. Cake, according to the food timeline, had its first recorded recipe in 1615 in the New Book of...
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Cajun Cabin in the Louisiana Bayou – #photooftheday

Of all the cultures in the North American melting pot, none are quite as fascinating as the Cajuns. Making their home in the bayou, or rural wetlands of Louisiana, the twang of the French Cajun accents and the "joie de vivre" (joy of living) of their lifestyle, can't...
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From National Bootlegger’s Day to Modern Microbreweries & Distilleries

The wells all ran dry in the United States on January 17, 1920 -- or were supposed to. On that day, some 97 years ago, 1520 Prohibition Agents were sent out into the world to get rid of all the alcohol. The most famous of them all was Elliot Ness, who joined the...
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Mardi Gras — A Spectacular 7 Day Itinerary of What To See & Do in Louisiana During #MardiGras

While Mardi Gras celebrations take center stage in cities from Rio de Janeiro to the Cayman Islands to Quebec City, none are more celebrated around the world than in Louisiana. And New Orleans, of course, the city that parties the entire period from Twelfth Night (the...
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Adventures on Horseback: Crossing the Cumberland River and the Daniel Boone National Forest

The Cumberland River was wide—a ten-lane highway dividing a wilderness of granite and the Daniel Boone National Forest. Crystal clear, the water rushed forward catching in swirls and small rapids that glistened in the bright afternoon sunshine. The trail boss, Bill,...
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Snowbirds Take Note: 50 Insane Facts & Attractions You May Not Know About in Florida

It's no secret that Florida is North America's top destination for snowbirds. After all, what's not to love about average temperatures of 70 degrees when a lot of the continent is preoccupied with icy highways and sidewalks that need shoveling? (Well, except for those...
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20 Interesting Facts About Las Vegas: Winter Getaway if You’re in the Snow Zone

When you live in the snow zone of North America, the Christmas holiday season often brings thoughts of snowless sidewalks and coatless days, instead of reindeer and mistletoe. In fact, Global News recently reported that Las Vegas, Nevada, was the #2 international...
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Bonneville Salt Flats — #1 #Travel Destination if You Love Speed

It's hard to imagine the Bonneville Salt Flats until you see them -- mile after mile of landscape so flat a giant could have taken an enormous leveling tool and dragged it over the salt covered plain. The Silver Island Mountains follow them, jutting up along what was...
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Make it a Shopping Holiday at Mall of America® in Bloomington, Minnesota

Shopping doesn't have to be stressful -- in fact, it can be just one part of a great getaway in Minnesota. Located just 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, Bloomington's Mall of America® is a destination with tons of things to keep every member of the...
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50s Theme Restaurant: Hudson’s Classic Grill in Escanaba, Michigan #food

For the baby boomer crowd, there's nothing that takes you back in time like finding a 50s theme restaurant -- and as luck would have it, we ended up in Escanaba, Michigan, for my last birthday, just a block away from Hudson's Classic Grill. Hudson's has the classic...
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Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe Glacier, Snowfun Park, & Ice Palace

The Top of Europe The Top of Europe, as you might expect, is high in the Alps mountain range that runs for 1200 km through eight alpine countries. What you might not expect though, is that it's the viewing point for the longest glacier in the Alps, the Great Aletsch...
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Try Some Swedish Meatballs on #NationalMeatballDay

Meatballs are one of Sweden's best known traditional foods -- although we celebrate them in North America too, with National Meatball Day, every year on March 9. When I visited Sweden, I was lucky enough to sample Swedish meatballs at the centuries old Tant Bruns...
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Things to Do in Krakow, Poland: Bar Hopping in Historic Old Town

Mix the joie de vi·vre of a New Orleans Mardi Gras with the statues and architecture of a medieval town square, and you've got an evening in Krakow, Poland's, historic Old Town. And whether you regularly indulge in a little bar hopping or not, you'll be swept away by...
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Berlin Wall to Cold War Planes: Try These Berlin Day Trips

Lonely Planet describes Berlin as a combo of glamour and grit. Truly, when you contrast the restored Reichstag building of the late 1800s, which is now home to the country's parliament, with the last standing cement chunks of the Berlin Wall, this European capital has...
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What Makes Amsterdam Europe’s Most Romantic City?

Every Valentine's Day new lists of the most romantic cities are released -- this year, the Independent, one of London's online newspapers, named Amsterdam as possibly Europe's most romantic city. And when I started thinking about romance, I had to agree that Amsterdam...
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Amsterdam Torture Museum — Guess Why These Masks Were Used

The Amsterdam Museum of Torture is listed as one of the world's strangest museums -- and when you walk through this maze of shadowy rooms, running your fingers over cold wooden and metal instruments that have elicited screams of terror, it's the stuff of nightmares....
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Meet Vikings in Sigtuna: Viking Runes to Viking Ruins

Vikings were once powerful masters of the seas. Their ship building skills were superior, enabling them to sail oceans that Europeans from other countries couldn't. Since the days I studied history at school, we've even discovered that the Vikings visited Canada and...
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Stockholm: City of Bridges #photooftheday

Stockholm, Sweden, is a city of bridges, which seems logical when you think about its location. While Sweden isn't an island, since land connects to Norway on the West and Finland to the North, its capital, Stockholm, is built on 14 islands. Some 57 bridges connect...
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Antique Horse Drawn Carriage Ride in Kraków Old Town – #photooftheday

Krakow Old Town is a medieval center that has survived for eleven centuries--even through the bombings of World War II, which devastated other Polish cities. The horrors of war, however, didn't completely miss the area as it's just over 40 miles to Auschwitz Birkenau...
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Road Trip to Strangnas on Lake Malaren in Sweden — #photooftheday

Sweden has many inland lakes and rivers -- in fact they cover 10% of the countryside. So, it's no wonder that some of the most scenic day road trips from Stockholm are to little seaside towns. We'd spent most of our time in Sweden in Stockholm, with just one side...
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Crazy Speeds & Wild Whirls at Gröna Lund–Oldest Amusement Park in Sweden

If you need an adrenaline rush on a regular basis, you may have developed that need at an amusement park as a child. Whether you had one locally, or in a driveable distance, like my kids did with Calaway Park outside Calgary, Alberta--or made do with the summer fair...
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Sigtuna is Home to Sweden’s Smallest Library — Can You Guess What it Used to Be? #TriviaTuesday

Sigtuna, Sweden's oldest city, is a gem hidden in the shadow of its much newer and larger cousin, Stockholm--the fastest growing city in Europe. Less than 50 km from Stockholm, Erik the Victorious established the town back in 970 AD. It's in the municipality...
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How Many Canals are there in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam is a city of canals--in fact, this city in the Netherlands is sometimes called the "Venice of the North." In 2010, three of these canals, which together form the Amsterdam canal belt, were added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. These three canals,...
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Explore Berlin–10 Berlin City Walks

You didn't have to live in Russia or the U.S. to be impacted by the Cold War--or the Berlin Wall, one of the most visual reminders to the whole world of the great divide. However, it wasn't until I got lost on a Berlin city walk that I even thought about how people on...
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Caernarfon Castle: A Visit to Caernarfon, Wales, and Stay at the Celtic Royal

Caernarfon Castle, a giant fortress built by King Edward I to guard the former principality of Gwynedd, sits on the banks of the River Seiont, in north Wales. But Caernarfon is at least the third castle to stand guard in this spot, since both the Normans and the...
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Discover Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines and the Banaue Hotel & Youth Hostel

Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines, literally throbbed with activity -- trikes scooting along with passenger sidecars, jeepneys, full to capacity with young boys leaning off the top like an illustration in a children's picture book, cables crisscrossing overhead connecting...
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Relax in a Philippines Paradise: Ibulao Bed & Breakfast Restaurant

The mountain top Ibulao Bed & Breakfast Restaurant in Kiangan, in the Philippine municipality of Banaue in Ifuao province, is about as close to paradise as you can get -- especially if you love thick, verdant greenery and flowers as far as you can see. With a...
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Discover Mayan Ruins at the Pyramids of Chichen Itza & Coba in Mexico

Some visit Mexico for the beautiful azure blue water and white sandy beaches. Some for tropical weather getaways from colder climates. Me, I planned my trip to Cancun to discover the secrets of the Mayan ruins, some of Mexico’s most amazing treasures. Ancient Mayan...
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Rice Dessert Filipino Style — the Secret Ingredient in Traditional Bibingkang Kanin

Rice pudding is one of those desserts that has a place in almost every culture around the world--with variations to suit each one. In fact, for thousands of years rice pudding was considered a good way to treat stomach ailments. If you're like me, you may have even...
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What to Do if You Only have 4 Hours on St. Thomas Island in the Caribbean

St. Thomas may only cover 32 square miles in size, but it's one of the world's most heavily trafficked cruise ports. I arrived on board the cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas, and took a local taxi/tour for an insider view of the must-see things in my four hours. The tour...
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Caribbean Vacations: Things to do on St. Martin Island #SXM

Isla de San Martin, today's St. Martin Island/Sint Maarten, must have seemed to be a green gem in the Caribbean Sea when Columbus became the first European to see it on November 11, 1493--St. Martin's Day. It was Columbus's second Caribbean trip and whether he made a...
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Nassau, Bahamas: 10 Amazing Things to See and Do

Nassau, Bahamas, is a popular spot for cruiselines to dock--and it's no wonder with all the natural beauty and attractions the island has to offer. From family to fitness to romance, there's a cruise suited to your dream vacation headed to this destination! Or, if...
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Caribbean Beach Adventure for the Daring–Maho Beach in St. Maarten

The aquamarine colors of the Caribbean Sea inspire the same trust and peace as the gemstone it gets its name from. The gem, fabled to have been blessed by the god of the sea and found in a mermaid's treasure chest, has appeared in stories throughout written history....
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Experience the Rainforest at Batang Ai Longhouse Resort in Sarawak, Malaysia

What better time to look back at my visit to Malaysia's rainforest than when the winter's first snowstorm hits Saskatchewan? While it's been a few years since my visit, it feels like yesterday when I browse through my photos and travel journal. Malaysia is a great...
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Favorite Cities–Kuching–The City of Cats

Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, is about as different from life in Saskatchewan as you can get! While the whole three weeks I spent in Malaysia were a life-changing experience, this city stood out as a favorite for many reasons. Situated in the tropical rain forest,...
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Adventure Travel in the Rainforest

“Ack-ack, ack-ack,” clicked a gecko, adding harmony to the echoing kak-kak of the hornbill, the high whine of Borneo cicadas, the tonk-tonk of the brown barbet. Under my bare feet, the belian hardwood, or ironwood of Borneo, deck boards felt smooth and warm. The rich...
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I Danced with Headhunters in Borneo

Swinging a long curved pedang sword, the Iban Headman (chief) held his terabai (shield) in front of himself as he moved--"ayahhhh" he screeched with each whirl, as if issuing a challenge. I glanced at his hand to see if it was tattooed, which would have meant he'd...
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Crocodile! Floating Down the Menanggul River in Borneo, Malaysia

Mist shrouds the jungle, amplifying the sounds like concert speakers.  It's easy to miss the stealthy crocodile gliding soundlessly under the water...only bubbles alongside the canoe give him away. Eric, our guide, appears unconcerned when I point them out, but he's...
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Mayan Zipline, Rappelling & More in Mexico

Peering over the edge of an overlook was hard--dropping off one was even harder--especially backwards! Safety ropes in hand, I stared at the rest of the group. All I had to do was lean back and let myself fall. The guide grinned and said it was easy--my safety ropes...
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Music in the Rainforest – Sarawak Cultural Village in Malaysia

A sea of people, bodies swaying, almost touching each other, as they sat cross-legged on woven mats, covered the hillside in front of the main stage at the Rainforest World Music Festival in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. It was a night to celebrate music. And what a...
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What Time Does the Bar Close Where You’re Going on Holidays?

Living in small town Saskatchewan has one big advantage--it's easy to walk home from the bar! While the weather may sometimes be chilly, we can generally get home in less time than it takes to stand outside and flag a taxi in big cities. When I'm planning trips, I try...
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23 of the World’s Most Famous Buildings–and How Long it Took to Build Them

When we think of amazing buildings, pyramids are often the first type to come to mind. I know I visited Mexico for the pyramids, not the sand and ocean! And you've no doubt seen some of the television shows about these ancient builders--the architects of the past. In...
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Travelling With the Simpsons — America’s Favorite Family

There's nothing like jaunting around the world on a weekly basis through your favorite tv shows. The sights we see both inspire and entertain us. I've even added in fancation stops when planning trips to these destinations in the real world. And what's more...
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Alabama’s Beautiful Little Stone Church Built Around a Rock

Imagine, if you can, an enormous sandstone rock plopped down in a forest--and someone deciding to build it into a pulpit and wrap a stone church around it. Sound a little crazy? Maybe. Milford Howard may not have been crazy, but he sure wasn't an ordinary guy. In...
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Dine at Kedhe’s BBQ in Sedalia, MO, in a 1920 Railroad Car

In the 1920s there were 10 million cars in America, but train travel still provided most of us with our only opportunity to travel beyond our immediate communities. In fact, it was the golden age of train travel, with 260,000 miles of train tracks by 1930. Amazingly,...
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