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Things to Do in Milwaukee for First Time Visitors

Named “The Coolest City in the Midwest” (Vogue, 2018) and “Top 10 Places to Travel in 2020” (Wall Street Journal), Milwaukee is certainly one of the coolest cities in America.  With its arts, outdoor adventures, beer and cheese culture, dozens of tours, eclectic food scene, and Happy Days residual love, the number of things to […]

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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 attractions include a number of picturesque views, including the Route 165 panoramic overlook at the […]

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Indiana Road Trip: 21 BEST Things to Do in So. Indiana [updated 2022]

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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Black Hills Tourist Attractions: 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, the Showboat Branson Belle is the place. As a travel writer who visits a lot of vacation destinations, I tend to shy away from the ones that […]

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Summer in Chicago: Top Things to Do in Chicago

Looking for a beach destination but can’t afford a jaunt to the Caribbean or one of the best beaches in the US?  No problem. . . pack up the kids and head for…. summer in Chicago! Ohio Street Beach on the shore of Lake Michigan is sure to please everyone in the family. Less crowded […]

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Random TSA Searches: Some Days Are Like That, Even In the Midwest

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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