The Newport Cliff Walk offers visitors a picture of the past. You will walk beside Gilded Age mansions, the serene shore line and active wildlife.
This 2 mile stretch of ocean shoreline on Mount Desert Island in Acadia National Park is one of the most beautiful anywhere. There are no long endless stretches of pristine white sand beaches here, just breathtaking pink granite shoreline, sheer cliffs, a sand beach, mountains, and a deep green forest providing awe-inspiring views in every direction.
Whether you're a sophisticated wine drinker or just wine curious, you've got to give this winery a visit. Seriously, it's a little wine heaven.
Ready for a weekend getaway? Discover the beauty and tranquility of this cozy little fishing village. Port Clyde is one of Maine’s best kept secrets!
A look at all the Holiday magic at Disneyland, California Adventure, and Downtown Disney in the Winter season!
Written by a local San Franciscan, this article provides the top things to visit in San Francisco and includes original photography and maps.
After getting your fill of Jamaica's history at the great Devon House, these six other things will add to your appreciation of Jamaican culture.
On the Canadian side of Niagara Falls is an old barge stuck in the river just above the falls. Here is the true story of the men who were on that barge in 1918 and their incredible rescue.
Trout Lake Farmers Market in Vancouver sells a wide variety of fresh produce as well as artisan breads and other goods. It’s a fun event held in John Hendry Park.
I am excited to inform those of you who have dreamed of visiting far off baseball parks that something new is on the horizon. Something wonderful and exciting and well worth your time.
Orlando, Florida is a popular destination for both American and international tourists. Here is my top 20 list for things to do in and around the city.
Located on the shores of Lake Erie, East Harbor State Park is the perfect destination for numerous outdoor activities!
Downtown Vancouver has some beautiful scenery. The city is located by the ocean and close to mountains. It offers many attractions and photo opportunities.
There's a palpable, gritty vitality when you visit Philadelphia, sort of like a conglomeration of the old and new hitting you all at once.
Take a trip back in time to the 1800s and learn about the history of Salt Fork State Park in Southeast Ohio.
Highway 101—The Redwood Highway in Northern California offers many cheesy and family-friendly roadside attractions among the giant redwoods.
Blue Ridge Parkway connects the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina. The Virginia section offers historic sites and magnificent scenery.
If your travels are taking you to Seattle, do not pass up the opportunity to visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit. This amazing exhibit highlights the work of renowned artist Dale Chihuly.
Chicago has been the passenger railroad hub of the nation since the Civil War. During the height of railroad travel from 1925 through 1969, Chicago had six major interstate passenger railroad stations.
Lambertville, New Jersey, just 80 miles from NYC, is the perfect weekend spot for busy city dwellers to de-stress and recharge. Tips, recommendations, and more.
Disneyland can be overwhelming if you don't plan accordingly. These essential tips will help you get the most out of your Disney experience!
Be sure and wear sunglasses as we did when visiting the largest gypsum sand dunes in the world. White Sands National Monument has to be experienced to be believed!
A description of one of WNC's best loved adventure destinations. Located along the French Broad River and the Appalachian Trail, Hot Springs is home to hiking, biking, rafting, climbing, eating and of course the hot mineral springs!
Big bets, fun in the sun, and partying until daylight, Vegas is a great place to take a quick weekend trip to get away from it all and it doesn’t have to come with an uber expensive price tag.
Charleston, South Carolina is one of those cities where you need at least a few days to sample what this gem has to offer. Enjoy these things to do in Charleston, SC
A visit to see the petroglyphs at Celebration Park, Idaho makes a great day trip from Boise or surrounding towns.
Locals, tourists and visitors alike can see the many fun attractions in downtown Columbus, Ohio and surrounding areas in this list of places to see and do in the Capital City of Ohio. The maps and photographs will help you find them easily.
If you are interested in bonsai, it's a good idea to look at the work of the masters. For education and inspiration, look at these beautiful bonsai from the National Bonsai Museum. Washington DC
This is a brief but very complete review of the Ocean Creek Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC. We stayed here in 2010. I offer this review to help make your vacation choice easier.
La Casa Vieja de Analco in Santa Fe, New Mexico is a structure originally constructed by Pueblo Indians a century or more before Columbus arrived in the New World. Used almost continuously for over six hundred years, it is the oldest continuously inhabited house in the United States.
Florida has three of the top 10 beaches in the country including the number one of 2008, the Caladesi beach. Top ten beaches in florida with pictures, links and description.
Check out all the cool places in Detroit you may not know about. This list is filled with awesome places to eat, hang out, spend the day, and explore. Come discover all Detroit has to offer!
Mount Vernon Place is one of Baltimore's most beautiful neighborhoods. The walkable area is home to a variety of architectural styles as well as the Washington Monument.
Travel agents and guide books alike will tell you of the beauty of Hawaii: the year-round neon greenery, the healing Pacific Ocean, the buttery tropical breezes, and the excess of exotic fruit. All good and fine, but take it from me, what you need...
Visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes in the upper part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. It was voted the most beautiful place in the US.
Often overlooked by nearby national parks, southern Utah has a great collection of beautiful state parks which are uncrowded and underappreciated.
Features, facts, and photographs of Hannibal, Missouri, at the height of tourist season. Focus on Mark Twain history, tourist sites, architecture, geology, legends, and local history.
Galveston, Texas has so much more to offer than meets the eye. History, ghosts, friendly people, and so much more!
See the great things you can find at both Homosassa Springs and Manatee Springs. Learn how you can experience Florida State Parks along with getting an up close view of Florida's manatees.
Combined a trip to a family reunion with 2 nights at an area casino to have a good time in southern Indiana
Here's a guide to all of the fun that Three Lakes has to offer, including fishing, wine tasting and wakeboarding.
Five great day trips in Central Texas. Visit these beautiful and unique towns for a taste of the Lone Star State.
History and highlights of the Griffith Observatory and Autry Museum of the American West in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California.
Finding something to do in Indianapolis that is kid friendly is not that hard to do. Here are my top 5 things to do in Indy that are kid friendly. Some are pricey but others are free.
San Francisco’s North Beach is a vibrant community with a rich history. The district’s eclectic range of attractions reflects this history. Here are some of the top things to do in the neighborhood.
Spending a weekend in Colonial Williamsburg is easy. The challenge is making sure you do not miss anything you want to see! Whether you are traveling as a family, a couple, or alone, follow these tips to successfully plan a weekend here.
Avoid the Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach when it is crowded, as the price of admission is high and the aquarium is quite small. The time spent waiting in line was easily double the time spent actually viewing the attractions. A review of the aquarium in Myrtle Beach, with our personal experiences during Spring Break with large crowds.
Visiting Pioneer Saloon in Nevada is like stepping back in time about 100 years. It has a colorful history of cowboys, gunfights, gamblers, miners, actors, actresses, girls of the night, and ghosts.
Find a mixture of nature and history at a place that took ages to build. Just ten miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Natural Bridge State Park promises each visitor an amazing journey.
Southern Minnesota for the most part consists of corn and bean fields with a not so interesting landscape. Minneopa, however, is a charming little State Park with a waterfall and Bison range.
Staycations are a great way to spend time with family, instead of a fortune. If you live in Northeast Georgia, here are some spectacular places to visit!
Everyone is familiar with Graceland, the Grand Ole Opry, the Chattanooga Choo Choo, and the Great Smoky Mountains, but what about all the great things in between?
Las Olas Boulevard is Fort Lauderdale's finest street. With exclusive boutiques, gourmet restaurants & luxurious facilities, it can be expensive. But you can enjoy this fabulous area on a budget.
An overview of the ten best beaches on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Essential information if you are planning a trip to any of the towns on the Cape and are wondering what beaches you should visit.
Arizona contains a rich diversity of desert landscapes, a few of which I have visited. Take a little journey with me through this beautiful state.
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.
History of the Nauset Beach lighthouse, which is the famous logo for Cape Cod Potato Chips. The lighthouse was moved to prevent it from falling off the cliff due to beach erosion.
Operating since the 1870's the Duquesne and Monongahela Inclines are iconic features of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania skyline. Next time you are in Pittsburgh, if you are so inclined, step back in time and ride a funicular just for the fun of it.
Plan now for your singles or family tours of Autumn Wonder. Many state and national parks are free access and one autumn train ride for leaf-peeping in New Hampshire may be exactly what you want. Even California offers deciduous forests that change color dramatically in parks that the public saved from closure with their donations and volunteer efforts.
Featuring the oldest live oak tree in Northeast Florida, The Jessie Ball duPont Park in Jacksonville offers the visitor a natural, tranquil setting along the Banks of the St. Jouns River.
Millions of people visit Hawaii every year, and there are hundreds of places to go on Oahu alone. Find out which places not to miss on Oahu to get the most out of your trip.
One of the most beautiful Baroque communities in Sicily is the charming Noto. Totally rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1693, this quaint town is known for its amazing Baroque architecture.
The Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park is a great place to see old US Navy ships, submarines, military aircraft, and more.
In search of nature in the Bay Area? Marin Headlands, Mt. Tamalpais, Samuel P. Taylor Park, Point Reyes and Tomales Bay are all state and national parks within a two hour drive of San Francisco.
Ever been in a strange town while traveling and wondered where you could find a short hike just right for stretching one's legs and possibly also close to a picnic spot or a place to buy food? If you ever come to North San Luis Obispo County, I have such a walk for you along a river in Paso Robles, around a lake in Atascadero, and in the woods beside a vineyard in Templeton. All are close to the 101 Freeway through the North County. Enjoy.
Traveling to Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands north of Seattle is a fabulous experience. If you go on your own boat, it’s even better. Here are details about how to get there and what to do.
For almost 200 years the Springfield Armory was the manufacturing hub for US Military firearms. From 18th century muskets to the weapons that turned the tide in WWII the Armory has it all on display.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is part of the U.S. National Parks. In this article, you will find details about what to see when you visit. Included are 50 photos by the author.
The Stanley Park Seawall has an 8.8 km path on top. The wall travels around the perimeter of the park beside the ocean. It offers great views and interesting sights.
Do you want to pass for a local on your trip to Wisconsin? This handy guide will help you navigate the state that speaks its own language: beer. Crafted by a former F.I.B. Cheers!
Charlotte is a city on the grow which, classically, means it is an attractive and captivating community. However, that is not nearly the case.
At an elevation of 2,000 feet on the slopes of Mauna Kea volcano, Kalopa Native Forest State Park is a hidden gem! The 100-acre rainforest contains an incredible number of rare, endemic species of trees, shrubs, and plants that exist nowhere else in the world, only here on the islands of Hawaii.
Long before settlers came to the Sierra Nevada mountains in search of gold, the Miwok people made their home among the meadows and oak forests that are now part of Indian Grinding Rock SHP.
Off the beaten path of my usual topics, I present to you one of my favorite vacation destinations. As always, there will be a spiritual lesson and application along the way.
Fall or winter are great times to travel and visit places that are normally busy during the height of summer! As tourist season winds down, here are some great reasons to visit Gettysburg off-season!
Winter visitors to Arizona who stay into spring may be lucky enough to see the desert come alive with tiny desert wildflowers and cacti in bloom. Here are a selection of photos by Stephanie Henkel of southern Arizona wildflowers.
Learn more about Pennsylvania's coal mining history as you descend into the Lackawanna Coal Mine in Scranton, PA. Afterwards, visit the gift shop or the Anthracite Heritage Museum. Great and educational fun for families!
St. Mary's City in Southern Maryland was the first English colony in the U.S. to grant freedom of religion. Historic St. Mary's is a living history museum and the campus of St. Mary's College of MD.
13 tons of concrete at each end keep the 450-foot Capilano Suspension Bridge firmly anchored for those who like the views from several hundred feet up in the air in Vancouver, Canada.
The Cave Garden was swarming with people. Cigar smoke filled the rooms as tall men in dark fedoras ordered whisky under the code name of “horse liniment” or “coffin varnish." This is the story of the Tulsa Cave House.
San Diego is a city in southern California, near the border of Mexico about 100 miles (160 km) southeast of Los Angeles. It is a port of entry and the seat of San Diego county. It was named for San Diego (St. James) de Alcalá
There is more to the state of New York than Manhattan! Here are three gems I have discovered while traveling solo in the Rochester area. These places are perfect for loners and families alike.
You don't have to drive all the way to the coast to see a perfect sunset. I've compiled a list of the best sunset spots that are all within a close driving distance from downtown PDX.
There are many things to do in the Austin area with the kiddos. It's just a matter of knowing where to look.
In 2014, my friends from Japan came to visit the island of Oahu and so during my free time on my days off from work, we got to go and do the usual tourist things that tourists do and so I got to play tourist. I really like it because sometimes being...
The hub contains information about the largest firework display in the United States. It explains what the event is, some interesting facts and some tips on what to do when you arrive to the event.
Looking for a So Cal escape for at least 24 hours, drive to the charming beach village of Carlsbad to enjoy good food, breathtaking sunsets, paddle boarding and a few hours at the beach themed spa.
When visiting the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, be sure to set aside a few hours to make the beautiful walk through Waimea Falls Park, Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Its an easy 3/4 mile walk on paved surfaces to the falls. You can even bring a swimsuit and enjoy the water. Look for amazing flowers and foliage, as well as exotic birds including wild peacocks
If you're looking for things to do in Phoenix AZ, you're not alone. Even though Phoenix is a huge city, I always hear people complain that they can't think of anything to do. Well, this list of things to do in Phoenix AZ is your cure. You'll find...
Looking for a place to visit on your next road trip? From outdoor adventure to shopping, Gatlinburg, Tennessee has much to offer when you visit this gateway to the Smokey Mountains.
One of my favorite vacation spots is Calaveras Big Trees State Park in California. The stately redwoods and the remnants of logging days in the area combine to remind us of why these trees must be saved.
Phoenix is one of the largest cities in the US, built on the ruins of a much older civilization. Pueblo Grande Museum honors the long-gone Hohokam, builders of canals still in use today.
Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs has beautiful sandstone rocks with an incredible history of formation and erosion. I frequented this park often when I was young and its beauty enraptured me. Read more to find out why.
Choosing where to stay in a city can be hard! This list of pros and cons to staying along the Inner Harbour in Victoria, British Columbia, should help you decide if it's the spot for you.
Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve, a UNESCO world heritage site, is home to an accurately preserved 565-million-year-old sea floor that contains fossils of the oldest complex life forms on earth.
This still operational cemetery is home to prominent artists and well-to-do historical Chicago figures.
There's nothing wrong with Turner Field and Coca-Cola World, but you can spend less off the beaten track while getting just as much local flavor. Here's a fun half-day outing for a rainy day.
It all started here! If you are visiting the Outer Banks of North Carolina make it a priority to visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial. This site is an amazing piece of American history.
The absolute best things to see in San Antonio—tips from a real Texan on where to go and what to do in the Alamo City!
A 2.5 acre park located in the heart of downtown Chicago offers sweeping city views in a tranquil garden setting.
The Mall of America is a fun place to visit with so many different things to see and do. This is one of the few shopping malls that kids will love.
The VanDusen Botanical Garden is located in Vancouver, British Columbia. It contains beautiful plants and lovely scenery that is very enjoyable to explore.
View grand Victorian cottages, natural features, lighthouses & more via photos & videos while reading descriptions of this fabulous island site in Michigan.
Halfway between Phoenix and Flagstaff along Interstate 17 is the partially completed futuristic city of Arcosanti.
The Cranberry Lake 50 trail is a 50-mile wilderness backpacking route that passes through the Five Ponds Wilderness Area in the Adirondacks, offering solitude and great scenery.
Relax with these 14 things to do in Central Park where gorgeous gardens, ponds, lakes, and fountains make relaxation easy.
Traveling with my family is a phenomenal experience with moments that I will cherish forever. Each new place is an adventure that brings our whole family together.
The trail beside the waterfront in downtown Vancouver is an attractive place to explore. Some interesting examples of public art can be seen near the trail.
Cowlington was a brief town in a heavy floodplain, but the history of this Oklahoma town is fascinating. Cowlington is a good reflection of the hardships towns faced in early day Oklahoma.
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is the long-time home to groups of people that together comprise the Plain People, but there's much more than meets the eye in these wonderful folks.
Photos, directions, and information about places worth visiting when staying off-season in Brian Head, Utah
This unique and interactive attraction was a big hit with our whole family...even the one who thinks all things football are boring.
This beautiful nature preserve, located close to Chicago, is perfect for a stroll around the lake or for nature viewing.
The annual orchid show in Hilo on the Big Island showcases thousands of orchid specimens from professional and amateur growers. It is a lavish and highly anticipated event among orchid collectors and hobbyists in and outside the state of Hawaii.
You can't make these names up, folks; they're real. I've always been intrigued by some of these names and wondered how in the world the founding fathers of these towns came up with them.
Mesa Verde, Spanish for "Green Table", was established as a National Park by Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, with the purpose to "preserve the works of man". It was the first one of this kind.
If you’ve been planning a trip to the Florida Keys, you’ve probably seen a lot of promotional material put out by the various tourist industries. You may be excited about catching amazing fish or scuba diving or snorkeling to see lots of...
Xel-Ha is a relatively small Mayan site, right on the highway connecting Cancun to the rest of the Maya Riviera. Though easy to miss, it is worth stopping here to see the frescoes on the buildings.
A cautionary tale about mistakenly taking the rugged mountain road from Gold Beach, Oregon to Grants Pass, Oregon through the Klamath Mountain range.
Visiting the Outer Banks of North Carolina? Spend a day on the road visiting three of North Carolina's historical lighthouses.
You do not have to be Catholic, or believe in the purported healing powers of Father Duffy's Well, to appreciate the story of this Catholic priest and his little roadside spring.
Looking for things to do while you're visiting Seattle. Don't fret, Seattle has something for everyone. Great museums, a beautiful setting, markets, aquariums, and of course those drop dead views of the mountains.
This is the final year of SDC's World Fest; a gathering of cultures from across the globe. I am not privy to the reasons for such an end, but I must cope with the loss of new-found friends in music.
Marquette is a small city, but the largest in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is a university town, a Great Lakes port, and a regional hub of commerce, culture, and recreation.
Cobá (or Kobá) is one of the major Mayan ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula. More than a tourist destination, it is a modern village, where people still speak their ancient language.
See pictures and videos of these vividly-colored and ancient sand dunes encompassing thousands of acres. Quite the playground!
Traveling Michigan lighthouses—in this article, we will visit Muskegon, Grand Haven, Big Red, and South Haven lighthouse. Join me as I travel to the lighthouses in Michigan.
There is more to explore in areas outside of the common tourist areas. Mountain Barrios and seaside towns dot the Puerto Rican landscape.
Seven things to know about Alaska before you visit. This can help you plan your trip if you decide to go. Enjoy the United States Last Frontier!
Some people put some mighty strange things in their yard and call it art. Here is a rundown of the ten weirdest displays of cultural calamities in the nation.
Hannibal? The fellow who led a cavalry of jangling war elephants over the Alps? Or Hannibal, the Lector fellow who disgraced the name of the previous man by the same name? No, I discovered a Hannibal nearer to America's hometown. This March, a...
Find out clean and free bathroom services along California's Interstate 15, from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. It doesn't have to be a "crap shoot".
You may have heard a lot about West Virginia—the stunning mountains and forests, the wonderful hiking trails, the fresh, crisp air—but there are some places in West Virginia that are truly creepy.
Bighorn Medicine Wheel is located at Medicine Mountain. Rocks and stones make up the wheel and line up with the equinoxes. It is a magical place.
To celebrate my three year anniversary as an expat in Costa Rica, I wanted to share with everyone my list of 10 things I love most about living in Costa Rica. Here is my list in no particular order.
I was overwhelmed from all my research seeing that so many plan their Disney trips a year in advance! But there is hope for those like me who aren't such organized, advance planners!
From cattle-dotted farmlands to the majestic ocean, here are four day trips to escape New York City and venture into the great outdoors.
Eugene, Oregon is a vibrant college town that is also a must-see destination for beer-lovers and hopheads. Check out a former local's recommended stops for all things beer.
Don't wonder about what to do in Waco, Texas. There are museums, lots of park space, bowling alleys, sporting events, a range of restaurant types and there is lots of water - Lake Waco and the Brazos and Bosque Rivers. With all of these features, Waco has something for everyone.
Seeing the wild mustangs roaming freely along the Outer Banks of North Carolina is a thrilling and amazing sight. These horses are living free much as their ancestors have for the last 500 years.
The Dole Pineapple Plantation near the North Shore of the island of Oahu, Hawaii, is a must-see for travelers. This working plantation offers walking and train tours, pineapple tastings and demonstrations and has the world's largest maze!
A beautiful place to visit, Puerto Rico has a lot to offer people looking for a variety of tastes and interests.
In the small town of Hamilton, New Jersey sits an oasis of art where fine sculptures form part of nature. Most delightful are the pieces inspired by Claude Monet and Edouard Manet.
Florida may be the world's favourite tourist destination, but it is also the subtropical home to exotic wildlife. This page is written to encourage tourists to take in the wonders of natural Florida
This article emphasizes great family outdoor activities for vacationers, or families from Pittsburgh who still need/want to know...
Toronto is a bustling city with diverse neighborhoods to explore. The Annex, Chinatown, and Kensington Market are just a few of the cool neighborhoods in downtown Toronto you won't want to miss.
In this article we explore 13 out of the literally thousands of amazing things to do in Canada—one amazing thing for each province and territory.
If you're looking for a weekend getaway or a vacation spot that is off the beaten path, look no further than this charming little Tennessee town.
The Big Island of Hawai'i is one of the most beautiful on the planet. This article is an overview of what's in store for the visitor. Be sure to watch the drone video of Big Island from the air.
We did not see all 15,000+ petroglyphs on the volcanic escarpment just west of Albuquerque, but pictures & videos show some of them. Wow!
I love living in Albuquerque, NM, and I'm happy to show you the coolest spots to visit. Get rid of the guidebook and visit my list of places locals love. This is the real Albuquerque.
Including history of the C.H. Moore estate in Clinton, Illinois, the development of the annual Apple 'n Pork Festival, and tips for visiting!
The Black Hills of South Dakota are a stress-free, family-friendly destination. Leave the crowds and high ticket prices behind and travel back in time to our country's Wild West.
Springtime at the Grand Canyon North Rim. Photo by JSParker To see the spectacular canyon country of the great American Southwest presents a real time, dollar, and distance dilemma. The many wonderful canyons are so far flung across the wide open...
Did you know that in addition to fun in the sun, the Caribbean carries its own tales of hauntings? Before your vacation begins in the beautiful Caribbean islands read about duppy and other hauntings.