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The Dark and Fascinating Secrets of Hashima Island

Exploring Japan? Japan's abandoned Hashima Island has had a shameful history of exploitation and slavery since World War II. Here's what you should know about it.


Touring the Historic Ohio State Reformatory

Often called the "castle" by former inmates, the Ohio State Reformatory has a rich history spanning over 100 years. This eerie prison has appeared in numerous television shows, music videos, and movies, including The Shawshank Redemption. It is a popular site for paranormal investigations as well.


Tour of Houston Ship Channel: A Fascinating Tourist Attraction

Sign up for a free boat tour of the Houston Ship Channel. Learn about one of the busiest ports in the nation. Ships come from all parts of the world.


A Winter Visit to Graceland

Graceland, Elvis Presley's home in Memphis, Tennessee, is beautiful at any time of the year, but cooler temperatures and smaller crowds add to the appeal of a late winter visit. Here is a look at some of the highlights of our January 2020 tour and a bit of Graceland history.


Top Tips for Visiting the Gorkhi Terelj National Park

This article offers a practical guide with lots of top tips for planning a visit to the Gorkhi Terelj National Park tourist zone in Mongolia. The article includes many fantastic photos and provides an overview of what to expect from a 2-day tour from Ulaanbaatar with a local tour agency.


How to Visit Chernobyl and Pripyat in a Day

This article offers travel tips and advice for planning a one-day tour from Kiev to the Chernobyl exclusion zone and the evacuated city of Pripyat. Based on my own personal experience, I share photos of the area and we look at the various tour options and example itineraries and what to see and do.

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Participating in a Traditional Native Saguaro Cactus Fruit Harvest

Did you know that Saguaro Cactus played a major role in the life of the original inhabitants of Southern Arizona? Here's what it's like to spend a day in the desert with a group harvesting Saguaro fruit, using ancient native tools under the direction of native guides.


Chicago’s Best (and Most Delicious!) Pizza Tour

Check out Chicago’s pizza scene one slice at a time with Chicago’s Original Pizza Tour. There is no better way to sample the best pizza in the Windy City than this fun and entertaining guided tour.


Exploring Shiretoko National Park in Winter (With Pictures and Videos)

Want to board an icebreaker, watch fish swim beneath a frozen river, and have a close encounter with a polar bear all without making the long trek to the Antarctic? Shiretoko is the place.


Chicago’s Best Architecture River Cruise: Perfect for the First-Time Visitor

The Chicago skyline is an architectural masterpiece, and there is no better way to view it while hearing the history of the city than on Chicago’s Architecture River Cruise.


See the Northern Lights With Hurtigruten: Cruise Review

Travel the coast of Norway and see the Northern lights with Norwegian ferry company, Hurtigruten. It's different from a traditional cruise.


Traveling Around Michigan: Upper Peninsula Casinos on a Bus Tour

What is it like to travel in east-central Michigan and go north into the Upper Peninsula? Here was my experience, which involved several stops to pick up passengers on the way. I also received some food comps and free play at some casinos.


Touring the Hacienda Venecia Coffee Farm in Mazinales, Columbia

Did you know that a Columbian coffee tour is a wonderful (and delicious!) experience? Here's why my tour at Hacienda Venecia was one of the highlights of my time in the country.


Tips, Tickets, and Tours: Visiting the Incredible Alhambra

A visit to the Alhambra is a step back in time to a magical period of sultans, emirs, and the last Muslim dynasty in Spain. If you are visiting Granada, then you must visit the Alhambra.


The New Belgium Brewery: Asheville’s Best Brewery Tour

The New Belgium Brewery is consistently rated as the top brewery tour in the Asheville area. Their fun and engaging tour guides will make your visit a memorable experience.


My Amazing 3-Day Complete Guide to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

When I decided to plan a long weekend on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, I found there was no easy-to-follow itinerary and lodging guide anywhere on the web—only a list of the distilleries to visit. I decided to create my own, tweaking it along the way!


The Boeing Future of Flight Aviation Center and Factory Tour

For a fascinating look at the future of aviation, head to Everett for the Boeing Factory Tour. This amazing facility is home to Boeing’s latest aircraft, including the 777X and 787 Dreamliner.


Rapid City, South Dakota: City of Presidents Self-Guided Walking Tour

Visiting nearby Mount Rushmore? Make a pit stop in downtown Rapid City with the family for a fun self-guided tour and a scavenger hunt. Street corners feature life-sized bronze statues of American Presidents.


Christmas Tour of The Tate House in Tate, Georgia

Did you realize that the Tate House in Georgia offers a wonderful seasonal tour at Christmas? Learn how the beautiful decorations, seasonal music, and refreshments come together for a delightful holiday experience.


Tips for a Self-Guided Driving Tour of Napa Valley Wine Country

Visiting California? Looking to do a tour in Napa Valley? If you are lucky enough to visit Napa Valley, here are a few tips and tricks to help you get the most out of a self-guided driving tour of the area.


See Hawaii on a Budget: Six Days in Kauai for Next to Nothing

Want to know how to have a great trip for a fraction of the cost? Here's a travel review of Kauai and a Marriott Timeshare presentation.


Newport Rhode Island Mansion Tours & Lodging

What makes the opulent cottages of Newport, Rhode Island? Experience an era when America's wealthiest and most influential families built fabulous mansions along Newport's Bellevue Avenue. Bring your camera!


Colorado Springs: Pikes Peak Mountain Sightseeing Bus Tour

One can assend this "Purple Mountain Majesty" in a number of ways, from mountain climbing, cog railway and bus tours to auto racing. The views from the lofty top of Pikes Peak are worth it no matter how one gets there!

Top of each wine label * Photo by Peggy W

Cork This! Winery Located in Historic Montgomery, Texas

Cotton used to be king in the small scenic town of Montgomery, Texas. That is where we discovered the pretty Cork This! Winery. Learn about the winery plus the historic town.


Bernhardt Winery Pictures: Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail

It isn't hard to understand why people would wish to have wedding receptions and other events at Bernhardt Winery. It is gorgeous! See photos of it as well as bluebonnets and other wildflowers we saw on the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail.