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Linda Aksomitis & David Aksomitis

Travel bloggers, 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 road trips with a twist of history and adventure here on guide2travel.

Canada

History of Transportation Museum – Bush Bikes to Studebakers

The Fort Nelson Heritage Museum archives the local history of transportation, and preserves the machinery of the past, along with other artifacts, to tell the story of this Northern British Columbia community at the Mile 300 marker of the Alaska Highway.

Keeping the Tradition of the English Pub Alive with Taps & Fine Whiskies

A traditional English pub was the focal point of community life. Here, you could drink your “pint,” relax and trade stories with friends, even make a deal or two. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan’s popular Winston’s English Pub & Grill captures the traditional pub atmosphere as well as adding its own unique spin on English cuisine.

Visit Québec for Cycling Adventures — Extreme Bike Rides to a World-class Race

Visit Quebec City for the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec as well as great cycling adventures, from beautiful bike tours to extreme mountain bike adventures.

Yukon Transportation Museum: Machines From a Sno-Train to a Monoplane

The Whitehorse, Yukon Transportation Museum, has an excellent collection of machinery of the past used in the far north with snow and muskeg, as well as various artifacts from the history of transportation, including everything from dogsleds and boats, to sea planes and trucks.

Try These Hiking Trails & Walking Trails — Crossing Hagwilget Canyon & Hagwilget Bridge

The Hagwilget Bridge, a suspension bridge crossing the Hagwilget Canyon, off Yellowhead Highway in Northern BC, at the Hazeltons, offers walking trails & hiking trails for all abilities.

Face Masks, Native American Totem Poles and More at the Museum of Northern British Columbia

The award-winning Museum of Northern British Columbia shares the history, culture, and art of BC First Nations, such as totem poles, carvings, and more.

Try it! Canyon Sainte-Anne Via Ferrata Adventure Tour

Get the ultimate adrenaline rush at the Canyon Sainte-Anne Via Ferrata where you go rock climbing above the rushing rapids of Sainte-Anne-du-Nord River.

Wakamow Valley: Outdoor Adventures in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

The Moose Jaw River flows through the Wakamow Valley urban park in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. It provides 20 km of trails and year-round outdoor adventures.

Crepes, Wood Fired Pizza & More: Whytewold Emporium

The Whytewold Emporium near Gimli, in Manitoba’s Interlake Region, serves wood-fired pizza and French crepes — along with a garden centre and store.

Rodeo Bull Riding, Bronc Busting, Calf Roping & More: Things to See in Saskatchewan

There are lots of rodeo events to see in Saskatchewan every summer! See rodeo bull riding, bronc busting, calf roping and more from June through August.

Hopkins Dining Parlour in Moose Jaw: Fine Dining and the Most Ghosts

A night out in the historic Hopkins Dining Parlour in Moose Jaw is guaranteed to have a tasty meal — and if you’re lucky, an encounter with a ghost!

Western Canada’s 8 Best Open Air Museums

It takes just 1000 miles from Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Edmonton, Alberta, with stops in Saskatchewan, to explore Western Canada’s 8 best open air museums.

Take a Weekend Getaway to Casino Regina and the Casino Show Lounge

Casino Regina is one of Western Canada's premier weekend destinations for grown-ups. In addition to traditional casino options, it's also home to one of Regina, Saskatchewan's, most popular entertainment venues with the Casino Regina Show Lounge. Re-imagined and...

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...

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...

United States

Visit the USS Kidd in Baton Rouge for Navy Day

Take a tour of the USS Kidd, docked in Baton Rouge, LA, to celebrate Navy Day. Go through the battleship to see torpedoes, gun decks, living quarters, etc.

Where Did You Eat the Best Beer & Pizza This Year?

Never heard of beer and pizza day? That could be because it's a newbie on the block when it comes to National Days we love to celebrate. In fact, the first International Beer and Pizza Day (or National!) was held October 9, 2016. Started by Web developer,...

Get Inside NASCAR Racing at the NASCAR Hall of Fame

The NASCAR Hall of Fame high tech exhibits and simulations are a must-do when you take in a NASCAR race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC.

Fabulous Fall Walks in one of Georgia’s Most Beautiful Historic Places

Berry College is one of Rome, Georgia’s, most popular attractions. And I can guarantee you’ll find fabulous fall walks at its historic places!

Weekend Getaways: 10 Colorful Outdoor Things to Do in Charlotte, NC, This Fall

Charlotte, North Carolina, is in the top 50 of America’s greenest cities according to research by Wallet Hub. With tree-lined streets and park canopies ranging from American Chestnut and Pecan, to Red Oak and Sycamore, it’s a safe bet that Charlotte’s also a spectacular stop when it dons its fall foliage.

Flintlock Rifles to Gunpowder to Buffalo Robes: Museum of the Fur Trade

From the 16th century on, fur traders paddled the rivers, set up trading posts, and made alliances that changed history. Visitors can step back through time into that history at The Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron, Nebraska.

Take a Raft or Kayak on a Whitewater Center Rafting Adventure

Whether you want to raft or kayak in whitewater, the Whitewater Rafting Center in Charlotte, NC, has it, along with other amazing outdoor adventures that include everything from sky bridges and rappeling to cargo net climbs and canyon crossing.

Scotts Bluff National Monument: Historic Places on the Oregon Trail

Scotts Bluff National Monument is one of Nebraska’s historic places on the Oregon Trail–enjoy a day of hiking trails and exploring its living history.

EAA Aviation Museum — 200+ Historic Airplanes in Oshkosh, WI

The EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh, WI, displays 200+ historic planes and replicas, while celebrating experimental aircraft and innovation in airflight technology.

See & Walk to the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau on Your Alaska Cruise

The Mendenhall Glacier & ice caves and Nugget Falls are situated in Juneau, Alaska, which you can only visit by air, or an Alaska cruise ship or Marine Hwy ferry.

Find a Winery in Missouri — Best Wine Tours, Wine Tasting & Vineyards

Missouri was the #2 wine producing state in 1880 — today long-abandoned wineries around the state are once again putting fine wines on the shelf and in the cellar.

Things to Do in Oregon: Umpqua Lighthouse State Park & Oregon Dunes

Umpqua Lighthouse State Park is one of Oregon’s most popular parks. It’s in Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, which has great hiking and watersports, plus access for motorized vehicles like quads and dirt bikes.

Uncover Outlaw Legends at Boot Hill in Ogallala, Nebraska’s Cowboy Capital

Ogallala, Nebraska, is known as known as the state’s cowboy capital. Some of its legends are found in Boot Hill, the last resting place for some drovers.

Check out this Scottsbluff NE Tapas Bar – The Tangled Tumbleweed

Visit The Tangled Tumbleweed Tapas Bar in Scottsbluff, NE, to try some great “small bites” along with fine wines & craft beers, & check out their gift shop.

Discover Carhenge Pop Culture Roadside Attraction in Nebraska

The free Carhenge pop culture roadside attraction in Nebraska is a replica of England’s Stonehenge built from same sized vintage cars painted grey.

Europe

Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel Stockholm – Review

Enjoy some four-star pampering on your visit to Stockholm with the Radisson Blu Waterfront hotel — great location next to historical Central Station.

Celebrate National Pierogi Day with the Best Pierogies

These are the best pierogies I’ve eaten! Try them at Lunch Bar TU in Krakow, Poland — they’re perfect to celebrate World Pierogi Day! Check out the history of the pierogi that we eat worldwide.

Auschwitz Concentration Camp & Birkenau: Historic Places Near Krakow Poland

Over a million people visit Auschwitz Concentration Camp museum annually – an historical place from WWII where over a million were murdered. See inside Auschwitz and Birkenau near Krakow, Poland, as well as get visiting tips.

Whitewater Rafting Adventure with Rafting Tara — European Tours for Nature Lovers

Take a whitewater rafting adventure with Tara Sport in Bosnia and Herzegovina — day adventures from canyoning to paragliding to mountain biking.

The Warship That Never Went to War: Vasa Museum in Stockholm

Stockholm’s Vasa Museum is home to the only fully preserved 17th century warship. The 69 m long, 50+ m tall ship is housed along with maritime artifacts.

St. Adalbert Church in Krakow Market Square — 1000 Years of History

St. Adalbert Church, situated in Krakow Market Square (Krakow Old Town), is over 1000 years old. This historic masonry church is open to visit.

How to Visit Europe on a Budget Without Backpacks or Hostels

Travel tips on how to visit Europe on a Budget – Krakow is one of the cheapest and has many free sights in its UNESCO heritage site of Old Town.

FREE Things to See in Stockholm: Knights & Castle Walls at the Medieval Museum

The Medieval Museum in Stockholm is a free museum with artifacts like a 5 centuries old piece of the original wall, personal artifacts, weaponry and more.

Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe Glacier, Snowfun Park, & Ice Palace

You can have your choice of a soft or extreme adventure experience at Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe Glacier, Snowfun Park, and Ice Palace.

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...

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 crowds of fun-seekers until you’ve had your fill of European beers or the dawn starts to break — whichever comes first!

Berlin Wall to Cold War Planes: Try These Berlin Day Trips

There’s lots to see in Berlin from Cold War planes to the Berlin Wall — check out these day trips, along other important attractions in Berlin.

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...

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....

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...

Asia, Mexico & Cruises

Road Trip from Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines, to Manila, Philippines: A Photo Journal

With Super Typhoon Haima headed directly at me, I ended up with a 12-hour Road Trip from Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines, to Manila, Philippines — the journey.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Trivia & Infographics

Fun Facts About Canada as we Celebrate our 150 Anniversary

Check out this infographic of 25 fun facts about Canada along with information about the Great White North and some common misconceptions.

What’s Your Favorite Travel Quote?

Getting ready to travel or just returning from a trip? Here are some travel quotes that span several centuries — what’s your favorite travel quote?

Check Out America’s Most Popular Beaches

What are America’s most popular beaches? Check out this infographic to learn more about beaches and the history of the bikini–our favorite beachwear.

35 Reasons to Hike the Appalachian Trail for its 80th Anniversary

Check out this infographic of 35 reasons to hike the Appalachian Trail — it celebrates 80 years in 2017. The 2190 miles have been hiked by 17000+ hikers.

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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