United States

Winter is sometimes called the “secret season” at the Grand Canyon. It’s the season when the skies are the clearest, the temperatures are the coolest, and the tourist numbers are at the lowest – meaning it’s an excellent time to visit! So when a friend of mine decided in December that she wanted to go…
Picture this: You’ve seen the shows, eaten at all the buffets, and visited your fill of themed casinos. But you still have some time to spend in Las Vegas, and decide to go on a day trip. There are several options for day trips from Las Vegas. You could go see the Hoover Dam, or…
As I slowly navigated the icy road leading into Grand Canyon National Park last week, I found myself feeling uneasy; and it wasn’t just because of the slippery road. I was visiting the Grand Canyon in the first couple of days of 2019. It was supposed to be a fun holiday break trip with a…
A while back, I wrote a blog post outlining a road trip itinerary through the American Southwest. It’s my favorite part of the US, and it’s apparently a favorite for a lot of others, too, because that post is one of the most popular on my blog. I get comments and emails weekly about that…
Without really consciously planning it this way, 2018 ended up being “the year of The South” for me.  I always make it a point to travel a bit in the US every year, simply because it’s huge and diverse and there are so many parts of it I have yet to see. And for my…
Whether you’re asking travel experts for tips on how to save money on your next vacation, or inquiring about how we can help combat issues like overtourism around the world, there’s one golden tip that is the answer to a lot of queries: travel in the off-season. The off-season or “shoulder season” in a destination…
You’ve probably heard this phrase before: “Cleveland rocks!” And you may have raised an eyebrow, emitted a scoff, or otherwise emoted your disbelief that this moderate-sized Midwestern city could really be that cool. But here’s the thing: Cleveland really DOES rock, and has a lot more going for it than many travelers realize. To prove…
I blame my fascination with getting glimpses into other people’s homes on my mother. She (and I and my sister) is what she calls “nibby.” It’s a term passed down from her West Virginlinaia-born father, and basically just means “nosy” or “inquisitive.” It’s why I peruse real estate listings online even when I’m not house-hunting;…
You may not think that “tourist” and “Cleveland” naturally go together. But hear me out before you click away from this post. Cleveland has long been the butt of jokes; jokes about the Cuyahoga River catching on fire, jokes about mob ties and corrupt politicians; jokes about how it seems like the Universe has been…
Columbus, Ohio, is known for a few things. It’s the capital city of Ohio, and also the largest city in the state. It’s known for sports-centric The Ohio State University (yes, the “The” is actually part of the university’s name). And the Columbus Zoo, along with its Director Emeritus Jack Hanna, is world famous, especially for…

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