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Havasu Falls; An Epic Backpacking Trip

One of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, Havasu Falls, lies deep within the tribal lands of the Havasupai, the American Indian tribe who has lived in the Grand Canyon for over eight hundred years.  In 2014, my daughter and I celebrated her high school graduation with an dream backpacking trip to Havasu Falls. […] Read more

Best Things To Do In St. Louis On A Weekend Getaway

A hybrid between Gateway to the West and Southern Charm, it’s the vibrant arts scene that weaves its way through all the fun things to do in St. Louis. Premier art museums, quirky outdoor sculptures, and serious jazz venues are just the beginning. This city break wouldn’t be complete without accommodations that place culture on […] Read more

Iconic Things To Do In Fort Worth: Weekend Getaway Ideas

WHY GO: Cattle drives, rodeos, and honky tonk bars figure prominently in Western-inspired things to do in Fort Worth. But there’s more to why 5.5 million visitors make it the No. 1 tourist destination in Texas each year. Many come to the City of Cowboys & Culture for its Old West traditions, even more stay […] Read more

The Definitive St. Thomas Travel Guide

WHY GO: Like most Caribbean islands, St. Thomas has its fair share of breathtaking white-sand, clear-water beaches. What makes this United States Virgin Island unique is its long history as a major port. Because of its strategic position in the West Indies, St. Thomas has been described as “the place which is on the way […] Read more

Date Worthy Things To Do In Orlando Besides Theme Parks

Why Go: If you’ve ever wondered what Central Florida would be like without Disney World, Universal Studios, and glitzy International Drive, then look no further than the cities of Sanford and Winter Park. Known as the “Historic Waterfront Gateway City” because of access to Lake Monroe and St. Johns River, Sanford is gaining a reputation for its […] Read more

Quick Weekend Getaway In Atlanta GA For Curious First Timers

WHY GO: When Super Bowl LIII plays in Atlanta, Georgia it will be at the still shiny new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Next door, the third largest convention center in the United States, Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) anchors the downtown entertainment hub that’s only a 15-minute Lyft ride from one of the world’s busiest airports. Many […] Read more

San Francisco CA: CityPASS Advantages

WHAT/WHY: What do you get for $89 ($69 for child 5-11) in San Francisco – one of the most expensive – if not THE most expensive – city in the USA? Well, for one, unlimited rides on the historic cable cars, which can cost $7 per person, each time one jumps on: but only if […] Read more

Chicago in Five Days

WHY GO: Two of Chicago IL’s  most famous residents – Al Capone and John Dillinger – made “Chicago Gangsters” famous in the early 20th century. For the most part, Chicago, especially downtown and points north, has scrubbed its nefarious past: it’s one of the cleanest cities in the USA. The town has so much going […] Read more

Savannah In a Day

One of my favorite stops on the 20-hour road trip between New York and Florida is in Savannah, Georgia. Besides being one of America’s most beautiful cities, it’s a wonderful place to stretch your legs and fill up on comfort food. The first time I visited Savannah, GA it was with a plan to tour the birthplace of […] Read more

Beat the Empty Nest Blues at the Madonna Inn

I recognized a few of the pale-faced empty nesters huddled at the shallow beach entry of the Madonna Inn’s cerulean pool. Earlier that week I had seen them among the families lugging pillows and plastic crates during Moving In Day at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. Now those shell-shocked eyes were […] Read more

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