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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Vermont: The Green Mountain State. 💚

During my 16-state, 2018 East Coast road trip, the only state that truly blew me away was Vermont 😍. It'd be safe to say that I fan-girled hard over it. It’s so beautiful! It remained “the most beautiful state I've visited so far” until Montana and the Idaho panhandle stole the title in 2020. It’s …

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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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Jayell Ranch Adventure Park (Pigeon Forge, TN).

Technically located in Sevierville, Tennessee, at 1131 Jayell Rd, Jayell Ranch Adventure Park is loads of fun and something I really enjoyed doing. It's only about a 15-minute drive from Pigeon Forge and about 25-minutes from Gatlinburg. They offer a plethora of activities including: 6 zip-lines, ATV rides, off-road go-carts (UTVs), and horseback riding, all …

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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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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library (Simi Valley, CA).

Given that California is the most populated state in the nation (and likely has been for quite some time), it’s rather surprising that only ONE president out of 46 was born and raised in California… and it wasn’t even Ronald Reagan. Nope, that honor goes to Richard Nixon. However, Reagan did hail from California when …

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Amarillo, Texas: “Hoof Prints of the American Quarter Horse”.

While there are many things to do in Amarillo, Texas, if you're looking for something that is free and fun, then the Quarter Horse scavenger hunt is perfect for you. Officially called “Hoof Prints of the American Quarter Horse” (fun personal fact: I used to have an American Quarter Horse named Snickers), each horse is …

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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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