Domestic Travel

A HIKE ALONG THE TEMBO TRAIL

Every summer we make the hour drive from Detroit to northern Ohio for a family road trip to the Toledo Zoo. Primarily because my kids want to take a hike along the zoo’s Tembo Trail which provides remarkable views of some amazing animals from Africa. Visitors weave their way through a variety of exhibit areas that provide unique observation points of exotic animals including African spotted-neck otters, Dromedary camel, White rhinoceros, and Meerkat. We’ve had some incredible close up experiences trekking through the Tembo Trail which is why we continue to come back for visits year after year. The...

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Find Your Rhythm at Detroit’s Motown Museum

Motown, the combination of jazz and soulful upbeat lyrics, defined the 1960s for many Americans. Born in the heart of Detroit, Berry Gordy’s independent Motown Records studio turned out more successful artists than any of the major labels. Touring the Motown Museum will introduce you to the origins of this distinctive sound and you’ll learn a great deal of history about the Gordy family, record company, and artists. Here is a bit of history on Berry Gordy’s Motown Records and information to help you plan a visit to the Motown Museum.   The Creation of Motown Records Berry Gordy...

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A Dad and His Son at a Baseball Game

Baseball is America’s favorite past time and I grew up playing baseball. I love playing baseball and I love going to Arlington to catch a Texas Rangers baseball game. But living in Austin, Texas we have an awesome Triple A affiliate of the Texas Rangers just a few miles up the road in Round Rock, Texas.  The Round Rock Express call Round Rock, Texas home and play at the Dell Diamond. Minor League Baseball in Round Rock has a huge fan base and it is a great experience for families. Every season we like to catch a few games...

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GALLOP OVER TO THE KENTUCKY HORSE PARK

Situated along Interstate 75 between Cincinnati, Ohio and Knoxville, Tennessee just north of Lexington, Kentucky is a theme park that focuses just as much on providing its visitors with an educational experience as it does entertaining them.   The Kentucky Horse Park gives shelter to retired race horses allowing them to live out their remaining years well cared for, features equestrian attractions, displays and exhibitions, and hosts national and international competitions in dressage, racing, steeplechase, and other events.  My kids learned a lot of interesting information about horses when our family visited the place and were thrilled by the personal...

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Experience the Disney Difference with Adventures by Disney!

Experience the “Disney Difference” with an Adventures by Disney trip!   Going on an Adventures by Disney trip is unlike any other vacation your family will take and most of that uniqueness comes from the “Disney Difference.” What is Adventures by Disney? Members of our family have been on three different Adventures by Disney trips. We just returned from our first trip with the entire family for the Arizona/Utah itinerary where we visited Sedona, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and Arches National Park. Many of our friends think we’re just going to Disneyland or Disney World and having an adventure....

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UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT’S SAPPHIRE FALLS

When visiting a Florida theme park it can be tempting to stay offsite to save money, but the convenience and perks of an onsite hotel can often outweigh these cost savings.   Especially if you place a value on your time!   We recently discovered during a family trip to Universal Orlando Resort that the accessibility provided by staying at one of their onsite hotels really had a relaxing effect that really improved the enjoyability of our vacation. We stayed at Loews Sapphire Falls which is one of five hotels located at Universal Orlando Resort to go along with three theme...

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Exploring the Columbus Zoo

Hearing nothing but praise as being one of America’s top zoos, we packed into the wagon and headed to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. We weren’t disappointed in the least. In fact, after 8 hours our feet gave way in the summer heat and we missed exploring a few areas. All the better reason to come back again and experience all the zoo has to offer. Located near the beautiful town of Dublin, in central Ohio, it is the perfect place to launch a few days of exploring the area in and around Columbus. Even on its own, the...

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P-Town, arguably the most welcoming place in the U.S.

A place where everyone is welcome Folks in the New York/New Jersey metro area are what card players used to call “sitting in the cat bird seat.” Simply translated, it means that you are in a position that can’t lose. Jumping in a car, bus, or train opens up myriad destinations for vacations, weekend getaways and terrific down time. While most such destinations are acutely aware that their livelihood comes from making guests feel comfortable and at home, there are a few others that take that to a science. Sitting on the northern tip of The Cape lies Provincetown,...

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Art and Nature in Harmony at Frederik Meijer Gardens

Our day spent touring the Frederik Meijer Gardens reminded me of why I love traveling to new places. The 158 acre facility is much more than just well planned floral gardens. The grounds are divided into different environments, ranging from a local farmstead to a massive tropical conservatory. But what makes Meijer Gardens stand out is the hundreds of sculptures integrated into the landscape. Ranging from small animal statues to towering works of art, the sculptures are placed to add another dimension to the surrounding greenery. Located on the outskirts of Grand Rapids, Michigan, the gardens are open year...

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Exciting History Just Outside New York City

Bannerman’s Island Somehow or another, destinations at a distance always seem to be more exotic and interesting than those in our own backyards. Nearby New York puts the lie to those assumptions. Hidden nearby are the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, with its fabulous vintage aircraft, and Bannerman’s Island, reached by a short boat ride in Beacon, NY, featuring the remains of an imposing fortress built in the early 20th century. Bannerman’s Island, set in the Hudson River, is home to the remains of Bannerman’s Castle. The island’s history took it from being a refuge for vandals, to a home for...

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