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13 Branson Attractions You Won’t Want to Miss!

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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South Dakota Road Trip: Seeking the Famous Wall Drug Donuts

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

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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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