Standing on a corner Park Winslow Arizona

Standing on a Corner Park in Winslow Arizona

The death of Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey got us thinking about one of the group's signature songs Take it Easy, which that was written by Frey along with Jackson Browne. Frey sang the lead vocals, one of which put a dusty old town along…
American Sign Museum in Cincinnati

Visiting the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati

Classic American road trips are chock full of dusty forgotten towns with vintage neon signs advertising motels and roadside diners, still trying to lure passing motorists. Many of those signs are disappearing; victims of age, weather and neglect.…

Betsy Ross and the First American Flag: Did She or Didn’t She?

Here's an excerpt from Philadelphia Liberty Trail, our historical travel guide: According to folklore, early in the summer of 1776 George Washington, Robert Morris, and George Ross went to the Arch Street upholstery shop of a young widow named…
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WWEE: What would Elvis eat?

Memphis, Tennessee is justly known for its dry-rubbed barbecue ribs. But that’s all right, after driving 500 miles to get to the birthplace of rock-and-roll I was there to see Elvis stuff so I thought, “What would Elvis eat?” Among other…
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Walk the line at the Johnny Cash Museum

A museum dedicated to the Man in Black opened in Nashville, Tennessee. The Johnny Cash Museum, a block off the fabled Broadway music district, almost brings the man back to life through artful displays of recordings, artifacts and…
Downtown LA-City hall tower and signposts
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No car required: Walking around downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the focus of a sprawling metropolitan area with widespread places like Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Pasadena, all connected by the infamous freeways. But walking around downtown Los Angeles, no car required, is a fun way to spend…
platter hot dog with rice, garlic shrimp platter, oahu
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Hot Dog of the Month: Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck in Hawaii

The north coast of Oahu is festooned with trucks serving a local favorite: garlic shrimp. Visitors driving along the Kamehameha Highway to watch a surfing competition among the pounding waves of the North Shore will be hard-pressed not to stop…

Mickey Mantle’s boyhood home on Route 66

Commerce, Oklahoma was the hometown of baseball legend Mickey Mantle, whose boyhood home appears pretty much unchanged since his youth. Baseball's greatest power hitting switch-hitter learned to hit in the side yard, his father…
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SRV – 25 years gone, the sky is still crying

This year is the 25th anniversary of the death of blues rock guitar great Stevie Ray Vaughan. On August 26th, 1990, he had just finished a monster show at the Alpine Valley ski resort in Wisconsin. Other players on the bill included his brother…
Frangellis donuts Philadelphia
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The dozen best donuts in America

We've been crisscrossing  the United States for the last three years and visited all 50 states to seek out the best donuts in America. Here's our ranking of the best dozen donuts of the many, many, way too many, that we tasted, with a bonus…
Buffalo City Hall

GO: Buffalo food, art and architecture

A funny thing happened on the way to Niagara Falls: We got distracted - for a week - by Buffalo. Hoping to avoid a few of the 12 million annual visitors who flock to see that famous tumbling water, we chose the city 20 miles down the road,…

Staying at hotels in Las Vegas without casinos

Las Vegas is one of the most popular cities in the world, but is it an attractive tourist destination for people who don't gamble? We put the city to the test, starting out by finding hotels in Las Vegas without casinos (or that place them in…

A secret list in the Civil War prison at Andersonville

While redeeming the souls of over 13,000 of his fellow soldiers at the Civil War prison in Andersonville, a Connecticut man became one of the biggest whistle-blowers of his era. For his efforts he was hounded by the Army, court-martialed and…
Plains Georgia Main Street

Sundays in Plains with Jimmy Carter

The piercing blue eyes which compelled Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat to sign the Camp David Accords were only five feet away from me and staring keenly into mine. Their owner had just asked me where I was from and, for a moment, I was speechless…

Ghost town: The Minidoka Japanese internment camp in Idaho

In February, 1942 President Franklin Roosevelt signed an Executive Order placing all people of Japanese ancestry into relocation centers. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor had occurred only two months before; the two events were related. After…
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Get retro at the Plains Historic Inn

The turquoise Princess phone in the corner was the first clue that the Plains Historic Inn in Plains, Georgia was going to be different from any other place we'd ever stayed. The second was the note from former President Jimmy Carter welcoming…
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Road Trip Tales: A one-lane twist on Route 66

There is no better classic American road trip than a drive on Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica, California. Although much of the road has been replaced by interstates, there are still plenty of spots to drive on the old rutted concrete…
Picher Oklahoma abandoned church
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Picher Oklahoma: A modern American ghost town

Picher, Oklahoma is a harsh example of the effects mining can have on an area. Once a major producer of lead and zinc, the town is now a ghost town as the lead came back to haunt them.  The air, soil and water around Picher became contaminated…