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Every year, hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world come to visit the United States of America. Typically they come to see the most famous sights, like the Golden Gate Bridge or the Statue of Liberty. However, if they were to get into a car and drive on the extensive American highway system, they would encounter a whole other side of American culture, a side bordering on the surreal. Without further ado, these are America’s strangest roadside attractions. Fremont Troll, Seattle, Washington What’s more fitting than...

It was the French gastronomic philosopher, Brillat-Savarin, who stated: “Tell me what you eat: I will tell you what you are.” If I were to speak up, then I would be a chicken-fried steak. I didn’t expect it to turn out this way, but after almost two months of criss-crossing Texas, and eating chicken-frieds at every opportunity, I have no one to blame but myself. Since the end of my trip, I have been loafing about in a brutish haze, a sort of Philistine dementia, that I can only attribute to an excess of cream gravy. I flitted from...

When it comes bargain dining, Vancouver is generally the land of plenty. It’s hard to walk a few blocks without passing a cheap sushi joint. And the city’s diverse population means that authentic, accessibly priced Korean, Persian, Thai and Chinese food is easy to find. But bargain hunters often strike out when looking for what many consider the world’s most popular cuisine: Italian. While on the East Coast mom-and-pop Italian restaurants are staples of the dining scene, in Vancouver they’re hard to come by. So I thought I’d...

Topeka native Shanley Cox made the move to KC three years ago and spends her time dishing about local cuisine on her blog, Eat it Kansas City. But this foodie knows the ins and outs of more than just the restaurant scene. Here are a few of Shanley’s favorite things about the “BBQ Capital of the World.” Follow Shanley’s story on Twitter @EatitKC. Kansas City is My City When someone comes to visit me, the first place I take them is Westport – Kansas City’s original entertainment district. Founded more than 150 years...

Highlights of British Columbia. British Columbia is Canada’s south-western province bordering the Pacific Ocean and Alaska. There are vibrant cities, towering mountain peaks, blue ocean waters dotted with islands, and sun-baked desert. You can hike coastline or mountain trails, go whale or bear watching, visit award-winning wineries and relax at great resorts. Here are some suggestions: Vancouver This world-class city takes full advantage of its water-side location, has some good urban attractions, plenty of green space and many recreation...

Tracing what’s generally supposed as a edge of a Laurentide Ice Sheet, that covered most of northern North America 15,000 years ago, a Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a scarcely 1,200-mile walking track through time. Meandering west opposite Wisconsin from Potawatomi State Park on Green Bay to Interstate State Park on a Minnesota border, a trail threads by forests and prairies, along dull eskers (gravel ridges) and steep-sided gorges, and past kettle lakes and farms. Start in downtown Sturgeon Bay for a 15-mile...

Posted on Jul 14 2013 - 12:09pm by TravelFore
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1.Atlantic City Boardwalk, New Jersey The first wooden planks were laid in Atlantic City in 1870 to curb the amount of sand beachcombers tracked into the train and hotel lobbies. Today, the four-mile (six-kilometer) great wooden way—the grandfather of boardwalks—anchors this resort town, winding past flashy casinos, glitzy hotel towers, cavernous arcade halls,...

Posted on Jul 9 2013 - 12:57pm by TravelFore
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Virginia-North Carolina: Tangled Up in Blue Spanning two states and 469 miles without a single stop sign or traffic light, the winding Blue Ridge Parkway unspools along ridgetops, into fertile valleys, and past the highest peak east of the Mississippi (Mount Mitchell) as it links Waynesboro, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Mountains to Cherokee, North Carolina, in the Great Smoky Mountains. “If...

Longing for a long-distance getaway but don’t have a passport? No problem! We’ve found five faraway places overseas where, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, you won’t need to bring a passport. #Puerto Rico The island of Puerto Rico (officially an unincorporated territory of the United States) has long been a favorite of travelers...

Visitors to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will find an opportunity for children to experience some of the park’s wonders at a new Nature Play Zone. The “playground” doesn’t have traditional fixtures such as slides and swings, explained public information officer Bruce Rowe. Instead, it is a place where children can dig into the sand, probe around logs and enjoy other hands-on...