Mesa Verde National Park.

Translated from Spanish as “green table”, Mesa Verde National Park is very appropriately named. The “green table” for which it’s named is prominent from the start, appearing very shortly once you pass the entrance. One of the first things I remarked upon on after entering was the full, lush greenery that encased the mountains, surrounding us like …

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American Pilgrimage Story (Washington D.C.).

The Reflecting Pool and Lincoln Memorial. I’ve been to Washington D.C. once, back in 2003 at the tender age of 13 for my 8th grade graduation school trip. To say I barely remember it is an understatement. It was such a brief and erratic trip – they shuttled us onto a chartered plane at like …

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The Palace Restaurant and Saloon: Step into a Wild West Time Machine.

Officially the oldest bar and business still operating within the state of Arizona, the Palace Restaurant and Saloon does everything in its power to firmly hold onto its Wild West roots. Obviously considered to be one of the most historic bars in the state, it was eventually put on the National Register of Historical Places. …

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Bergen, Norway: City of Seven Mountains. 

One of Northern Europe’s oldest port cities and on the west coast of Norway, Bergen was the last city we visited in Scandinavia. It is the second-largest city in Norway, coming in only behind the capital, Oslo (pop: 702,543), with a population of around 287, 888 (2022). It puts into perspective how sparsely populated Norway …

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Winslow, Arizona: “Standin’ on the Corner…”

A small, desert city (current population: 9,192) located in the Little Colorado Valley, Winslow’s main claim to fame is being mentioned in an Eagles song. It is quite isolated, located within Navajo County in northeastern Arizona, right off I-40. It’s around 57 miles east of Flagstaff, which is the closest large city in Arizona. The …

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Philadelphia, PA: The Home of Liberty and Independence.

While I am happy to say that I’ve been to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - one of America's most important "Founding" cities (if not thee most important) - I always feel like I'm lying a bit when saying it. While my friend and I did very clearly visit this colonial city, we did NOT plan efficiently enough …

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Salisbury Cathedral: Home to the Magna Carta and World’s Oldest Working Clock.

A beautiful and massive church, Salisbury Cathedral was a delight to visit. I really loved the gothic-style architecture, which this cathedral offers up on a golden platter. In fact, it’s regarded as one of the best examples of “Early English Gothic” architecture in all of England. It sits in the city of the same name, …

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Jerome, Arizona: “Too Strong to Die”.

Perched high within the Black Hills, inside the Prescott National Forest, sits a town famous among both ghost hunters and “Wild West” fanatics. These days it’s sparsely populated, with a population fluctuating between 444 and 500 permanent residents. Jerome was established in 1876 and was once the 4th largest city in the state of Arizona, …

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Nashville, Tennessee: The Redneck Vegas.

I've been to Nashville 3 times; however, all these trips were entirely different experiences. Nashville can be fun, but it’s not my favorite U.S. city to visit. First, it’s very crowded. Second, drinking is the norm and heavily encouraged. Third, it’s usually packed with bachelorette parties, or as they are known, “Woo Girls”, because they …

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Edinburgh, Scotland: All Hail Mr. Boots.

If I were asked, “Name the top five cities you’d like to live in for at least a year”, Edinburgh would make the list. I’d also put Edinburgh in the top three cities we visited in Europe. There’s just something special about the Gothic architecture combined with the vibrance of the city, and of course, …

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