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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Independence Hall and The Liberty Bell (kind of… a cautionary tale).

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.

While Nashville can definitely be fun, it’s not my favorite U.S. city to visit. First, it’s very crowded. Second, drinking is the norm and basically heavily encouraged. Third, it’s usually packed with bachelorette parties, or as they are known, “Woo Girls”, because they either walk by in large groups or ride by on large “pedal …

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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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The Petrified Forest National Park and Painted Desert.

The Petrified Forest National Park and Painted Desert is somewhere I had been wanting to visit for a very long time. This is an extremely vast national park, where you must drive from point to point (hiking along the road is technically possible, but not something I’d personally recommend, especially during summer). It’s open daily …

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Oak Alley Plantation, Louisiana: A Glimpse into America’s Dark Past.

If you’ve seen the movie Interview with a Vampire, then you’ve seen Oak Alley Plantation. It was the home of the vamp, Louis, played by then-hunky Brad Pitt, but it’s also been in numerous other video productions like Beyoncé’s music video for Déjà Vu, and the movie also named Déjà Vu starring Denzel Washington. Located …

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