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Visiting the National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio

It's easy to figure out why there's a National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio. The Packard brothers started out in Warren in 1899. Within a decade the company, known for its high-quality cars, was based in Detroit and neither Packard sibling…

Calling Elvis: Is Graceland worth visiting?

Is Graceland worth visiting? August 15, 2019 marks the 42nd anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, and "The King" is more popular than ever. Below is our review of visiting Graceland, which reflects updates to the facility unveiled earlier this…
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Visiting Yellowstone in September and October

It was the summer of 1969 and, as Old Faithful was about to send its regular timed flume of scalding hot water about 140 feet into the air for a spectacular sunset performance, the crowds gathered in hushed anticipation. The geyser had been…
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The California town at earthquake Ground Zero

The San Andreas Fault at Parkfield California The town of Parkfield, California sits astride the San Andreas Fault and proudly bills itself as "The Earthquake Capital of the World." On the water tower outside the Parkfield Cafe they even declare…
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Food Lover’s Guide to the Big Island of Hawaii

Hawaii has long been associated with growing three foods—pineapples, sugar, and macadamia nuts—but they are now cheaper to grow in other parts of the world and aren't as prevalent in the 50th state as the once were. On a recent trip to Hawaii…
Leonard's bakery in Oahu-famous malasadas (Portugese donuts)
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Food Lover’s Guide to Oahu

This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase something through these links we earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you. Besides being a surfer's paradise, Oahu also offers many unexpected tasty treats. There's definitely…
painted cars at Cadillac Ranch
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Cadillac Ranch & the quirky car sculptures of Texas

The windswept plains of Amarillo, Texas are world renowned for being the home of Cadillac Ranch, a series of tail-finned Cadillacs set into the earth like they crashed from outer space. But there are several more car sculptures of Texas nearby…
chile ristras, first thanksgiving in texas
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Hey Pilgrim: The first Thanksgiving was in Texas (in April)

The first Thanksgiving was in Texas? Well, THAT certainly goes against what every American kid learns in elementary school! But travel opens your eyes to all sorts of new possibilities, and a visit to west Texas challenged our childhood memories…
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Things to do in Las Vegas without gambling

Strolling down the Strip in Las Vegas, our faces were overwhelmed by the glow of a million pulsating lights. We don’t gamble so what would we do in a city that is defined by casinos? We weren’t alone. Las Vegas is one of the country’s…

Last stop for Michigan Central Station in Detroit?

The abandoned Michigan Central Station in Detroit is one of America's most haunting architectural ruins. It shouldn't be surprising that in the Motor City a train station would eventually fall into disuse. But the building that was left…
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Southern Food: How to make cornbread

Cornbread is one of the signature foods of the American South.  Cornmeal is a staple ingredient in the South and it shows up on the table in a multitude of shapes and preparations, but all are essentially a variation on basic cornbread. While…
Buffalo City Hall

11 unique things to do in Buffalo, for real (Part 1)

We were planning to spend a week in the Niagara Falls region when something caught our eye, the city of Buffalo only 20 minutes to the south. We realized that there are many unique things to do in Buffalo so we decided to make Buffalo our…
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The 11 best sandwiches in the world, which one costs only 35 cents?

Sandwiches are one of the universal foods, they're cheap and convenient. We ate way too many of them on our trip and offer up the 11 best sandwiches in the world. 1) Shawarma in Jerusalem A shawarma is a Middle Eastern sandwich made from meats…

11 free things to do in Boston

By Lola of Lola's Travels ~ When I think of Boston, the first things that come to mind are Harvard, Paul Revere & the Boston Tea Party. There is so much history here and those few things are just the start of an exciting visit. Luckily,…
Rocky Independence Hall I heart Philadelphia

National Geographic’s I Heart My City: Philadelphia

It's been over a year since we left Philadelphia to travel around the world with a Rocky statue. As our journey is coming to an end, we wrote a story for National Geographic Traveler's "I Heart My City" series about what we look forward…
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Centralia Pennsylvania: The unforgettable fire

Thomas Wolfe said you can't go home again. But what if you can't go home again because it no longer exists? Centralia Pennsylvania used to have a Norman Rockwell atmosphere: Little League games, Memorial Day parades and  neighbors looking…
Headhouse Square Farmers Market Philadelphia Food Trust
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Local foods at the Headhouse Farmers Market in Philadelphia

It'll be Opening Day soon for two of our favorite Philadelphia institutions: the Phillies and the Headhouse Farmers Market. While we don't know if the Phillies will make or break our hearts this year, we do know that the market will offer the…

All aboard at the world’s largest train yard

North Platte, Nebraska is a railroad lover’s paradise, for freight trains in particular. On a daily basis more than 10,000 rail cars rumble through town as they head for the nearby Bailey Yard, the largest train yard in the world. To live…