Acadia National Park

This excursion was an opportunity to explore a National Park close to home with my eldest daughter Allysen and her best friend Rachel. A relaxing road trip along the Maine coast to visit some old family haunts along the seacoast and share favorite family memories…

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Yosemite National Park

My trip to Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park began with about a 6-hour road trip from my brief stopover in San Francisco and Oakland California. I chose to take the scenic route heading east through Merced and Mariposa, California along long stretches of highway…

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Seattle, Washington

This was a short stopover as I made my way through Washington state on my way to Olympic National Park. The drive west from Yakima, Washington was nice as I bisected Mount Rainier National Park with the hopes of seeing Mount Rainier itself. However, not…

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The Heart of NYC is Art

A visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to me is the epitome of the perfect regional road trip. The travel to and from New York City is part of the adventure and worthy of its’ own consideration. Over the years…

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Robie House

Architectural Quick Stop ~ Visiting the Frederick C. Robie House on the campus of the University of Chicago in the neighborhood of Hyde Park in Chicago, Illinois can be a quick excursion to view one of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s designed homes. This National…

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Museum of Science and Industry

Museum Quick Stop ~ Visiting the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois certainly can be an all-day affair but as I only had a short time in Chicago I focused on the highlights of the MSI museum. I certainly plan on another visit…

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Taliesin

If you are looking for inspiring American architecture and stories of romantic intrigue, murder, and blazing destruction, Taliesin has it all. Taliesin, sometimes known as Taliesin North was the estate of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The estate is located south of the village of…

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American Swedish Institute

As I am a third-generation descended from Swedish immigrants on my maternal side I wanted to connect with my nordic heritage by visiting the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The American Swedish Institute is a museum and cultural center dedicated to the preservation and…

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