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These posts come from my travels and highlight the people, places, food and events that meant a lot to me. If any of them resonate with you, please comment!

Holiday Road Trippin’ with ABC Radio

Listen to free tips for a perfect holiday road trip

Did you hear me interviewed on an ABC radio affiliate today? The segment leads with the JFK assassination (53 years ago today) but 13 seconds into the segment, it turns to a couple of my favorite subjects: roadside kitsch and road tripping. The radio production wizards took a simple interview and …

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West Virginia’s Miss Vickie: Let Go, Let God

Miss Vickie's famous Dodge 1950 Ram

My travels have blessed me with countless—countless—chance encounters. From a fry cook walking across America before he goes blind, to a homeless Vietnam veteran, and the people who shared their journeys with cancer with me, I have been blessed, and my character molded by each one of them. Perhaps none so much as Miss …

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Monticello and Slavery: Is this Historical Site Family-Friendly?

This post was updated on April 12, 2016: Monticello has kindly offered two adult and two children’s visitor passes to the winner of my drawing. Monticello will contact the winner and arrange for the visit. Drawing will be 5/27/16. No purchase necessary. Scroll to the bottom of this post to enter. …

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Visit Death Valley Now, the Desert is Blooming!

Death Valley 2016 in a rare super bloom?

POST UPDATE: With the National Park Service Centennial this year, the Park Service expects record crowds to all our parks, especially during summer vacation season. Death Valley is a park best visited before summer, as I explain in this TV interview. at the top of this post. Death Valley in “super bloom” …

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FAQ: Finding Clean Restrooms, Terrific Welcome Centers

What apps will help you find a clean bathroom?

I had a great time in April with my “Ask Me Anything” teleseminar. Questions ranged from how to find clean restrooms to how to travel with pets and inlaws. Do you have a vacation question for me? Just ask! The podcast attached to the top of this post captures two …

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Why You Need at Least Three Days to Explore Yellowstone National Park

The Yellowstone River formed Yellowstone's Grand Canyon

Yellowstone National Park is an American icon. It’s what comes to mind when you think about a national park. With summer vacation planning in full swing, I’m begging you not to shortchange yourself when you visit. Three days is the minimum stay, but spend five if at all possible. Matt and …

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What’s in Store at Ride to Reboot Retreat for Motorcyclists?

Sunset at Mountain Quest Inn

A retreat, not a rally I worked long and hard with my co-hosts Neale Bayly and Drew Alexander planning Ride to Reboot as a retreat, not a rally. We’ll begin with dinner Friday, June 12 and go our separate ways after breakfast Sunday, June 14. The podcast at the top of this post …

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American History comes to Life in a South Dakota Rest Stop

Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery lit up my passion for historical travel sites

Like too many of us in the pre-Ken Burns era, my high school history experience was more an exercise in rote memorization than a way to understand the human condition (or myself). Thanks to a South Dakota rest stop, American history not only came to life for me, it breathed new …

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Voluntourism for Baby Boomers and Gen Xers

Drew Alexander with Wendy House agent Louis

A story on NPR earlier this year says voluntourism—volunteering while on vacation—is one of the fastest growing trends in travel today. More than 1.6 million volunteer tourists are spending about $2 billion each year in the communities they serve. This does not include the value of the projects they are …

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6 Places to Observe Pearl Harbor Day—Without Going to Hawaii

Thanks to the sacrifice of a few at Pearl Harbor, our country is safe in liberty

When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 73 years ago this week, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt called it “A day that would live in infamy.” Few of us were alive in 1941 when the attack brought us into WWII, so National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day helps us to honor those who perished. The flag …

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