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13 Things You Don’t Want to Miss in Branson, Missouri

Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, Branson has been called the family-friendly version of Las Vegas. Branson offers a plethora of entertainment venues, especially along 76 Country Boulevard, and draws visitors from all regions of the country. 1. Stunning Views Branson has a number of picturesque views, including the Route 165 panoramic overlook at the top […]

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Southern Indiana Road Trip: 21 Things to See, Do, and Eat

Driving through Indiana might not be the first place that comes to mind when planning a road trip, but it’s a route that definitely should be considered.  Road trips can be a ton of fun, especially when there are stops all along the way that blends together a mix of fun, good food, adventure, history, […]

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Wall Drug South Dakota: On the Road for the Famous Donuts

“You have to stop at Wall Drug,” said Kathy, my buffalo safari guide at Custer State Park. I’d just told her I was going to visit South Dakota’s Badlands the next day.  “And make sure you get one of their homemade donuts – they’re legendary.”  Decision made.  I’ll travel just about anywhere for donuts.  If […]

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Blown Away by the Badlands. Literally.

With just 48 hours to spend in Rapid City, I had already scheduled a visit to Mt. Rushmore, a drive on the Needles Highway, and a Buffalo Jeep Safari at Custer State Park, and a pit stop to eat the famous Wall Drug donuts. From my hotel the first night, I spontaneously Googled “things to do” […]

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Showboat Branson Belle: Don’t Miss the Boat

I laughed. I cried. I ate too much. If you’re looking for an authentically fun way to spend a few hours in the sometimes overly touristy Branson, Missouri, this is the place. As a travel writer who visits a lot of vacation destinations, I tend to shy away from the ones that are too “gimmicky.”  […]

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Chicago City Beach…and Beyond

Looking for a beach destination but can’t afford a jaunt to the Caribbean?  No problem. . . pack up the kids and head for. . . Chicago city beach! Ohio Street Beach on the shore of Lake Michigan is sure to please everyone in the family. Less crowded than the better-known Oak Street or North […]

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Some days are like that, even in…..the Midwest | TSA Rules

TSA rules! Tell me…. do I look dangerous to you?  Apparently the TSA still thinks so. Rapid City Regional Airport.  Just another nondescript launching pad in the life of a travel writer.  Or so I thought. But it turned out to be a no-good, very bad, terrible day. As I’m going through security in the […]

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