Domestic Travel

SPRING BREAK AT THE JOHN BALL ZOO

As any traveler knows even the best planned trips can be negatively impacted by that uncontrollable adversary known as Mother Nature. We had planned out a road trip to explore the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Michigan during my children’s Spring Break from school. The weather forecasts had been showing a nice weekend full of sunny skies and fifty-degree days leading up to our visit. Alas the day our family headed over to the zoo we faced cloudy skies, blustery winds, below freezing temperatures and snow flurries. Because of other commitments in the area, we went ahead with...

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See Why People are Flocking to the National Aviary in Pittsburgh

The National Aviary, located in the Allegheny Commons Park in Pittsburgh’s North Side, offers an unique way to learn about the lives of birds. With more than 500 birds representing over 150 species, the aviary invites visitors to step into open spaces where the birds are as free their guests. The variety of habitats and sheer number of birds made this one of the highlights during our recent family trip to Pittsburgh. Originally built in 1952 as part of a conservatory, the aviary has undergone several expansions and became a publicly owned organization in 1991 when the city could...

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A MOMENT OF ZEN AT THE DIA

Give yourself a moment of Zen by taking a stroll through the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Japanese Gallery which showcases oriental treasures from the museum’s permanent collection. During a walkthrough of the space my family found the place to have a sense of peacefulness that radiated from the objects on display. The artwork has a commonality of sharing the complementary qualities of stillness and movement which are inherent in many Japanese works. Walking through the gallery the sight of magnificent folding screens and solemn statues provide the ambience of  being inside a tokonoma, an alcove in Japanese homes and...

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Family-Friendly Activities in Palm Springs

Maybe it’s the beauty of those purple mountains as they meet the warm sandy desert, or the kitschy retro fun of all the mid-century architecture and ‘60s furnishings, or the more than 110 golf courses dotted around the Coachella Valley area and rubbing shoulders with Serena Williams and Roger Federer at the BNP Paribas Tennis Open.
But mostly, it’s the fact that there is so much to do there. Any way you cut it, this is a great family vacation spot.

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A Personal Journey to the Deep South

This week America commemorates an infamous anniversary, the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On April 4, 1968, at 7:01 p.m. Dr. King was felled by a bullet on the balcony of the then Lorraine Motel. Last February 2017, Toyota Motor Sales USA, conducted a Black History Tour (BHT) arranged by their multicultural agency, PRecise Communications based in Atlanta, Georgia. As a child of the 1960s, and witness to riots in Baltimore after the assassination of Dr. King, I was super excited to attend to learn more about our history, and was joined by several journalist...

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The Great LEGO Race Ride Opens in LEGOLAND Florida

Get your motor running! The newest attraction The Great Lego Race now open at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, just outside of Orlando, combines roller coaster excitement with virtual reality (VR) technology, putting guests in the center of an out-of-this-world thrill. LEGOLAND Florida Resort features more than 50 rides, and it’s newest ride The Great LEGO® Race invites guests into a virtual world where they’re the star of an exhilirating race against several LEGO minifigure competitors — all while taking an roller coaster ride! A LEGO pirate, surfer, wizard, pharaoh are ready to outpace the competition at every turn. Virtual Reality Wearing the optional, but...

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20 Unique Attractions You Must Visit in Pittsburgh

Sitting where the mighty Ohio River splits into the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, Pittsburgh looks like no other city with its sweeping mountain vistas and waterways. The dozens of bridges, steep, streets, and tunnels offer their own navigational challenges to visitors. Anchoring the east end of the Rust Belt, Pittsburgh has shed its steel mills for museums, parks, and inviting neighborhoods. Visitors will find an amazing array of activities for all ages to fit any type of vacation itinerary. The twenty places listed here merely scratch the surface of Pittsburgh’s attractions. 20 Attractions to Visit in Pittsburgh Carnegie Science...

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The Top Five Things to Know about Visiting Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum

I travel a lot for work and I like it.  I like going to new places, seeing new things, eating new foods, and best of all – getting to know new people. With a free afternoon on a recent business trip to Pittsburgh and based on a recommendation from my dear sweet wife, I headed across the Andy Warhol Bridge (yes, indeed) to the fabulous North Shore neighborhood to check out the Andy Warhol Museum. Here are the top five things you should know as a first-timer about your visit to the Warhol Museum: No. 1 First, it’s accessible...

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Disney Springs Experiences You Don’t Want to Miss

  Disney Springs has been growing and changing dramatically over the last few years.  It’s been part of a decades-long transformation from the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village I knew during my first Walt Disney World visits, into the dining, shopping, and entertainment behemoth that it has become today.  As large as the area has become, it still features some one-of-a-kind experiences that are easy to miss in a place with over 150 venues spread across 120 acres. These are just a few unique stories that I think are definitely worth your time and money.   Cake Decorating Experience...

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