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Radisson Blu Adds New Dimension to Mall of America Experience


Entertainment can be a big part of a vacation. Why else would so many people visit places like Walt Disney World and Las Vegas? In Minnesota, there are many wonderful attractions, but the one that welcomes the largest number of visitors is the Mall of America. In March the mall welcomed a new neighbor that will make it even easier ... Read More »

The Charms of Paducah, Kentucky: A Photo Diary


Recently, I volunteered to help out in western Kentucky, an area of the country I had never explored before. I was instantly charmed by the historic riverfront and arts district in the city of Paducah. Here’s a photo diary of my experiences with a bit of history and tips for exploring the area. Read More »

Drive Day Trips Through Yellowstone National Park: Part 5

Yellow Lake

Yellowstone National Park is among the Top Driving Destinations listed in a June 25 blog post, and my last trip this week will take me through the park to Cody, Wyoming. I’ve driven the shorter route, over the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway, which is spectacular, but I have a few stops to make outside of the park’s east entrance. In ... Read More »

Northern California’s Spectacular Sonoma Coast

Bodega Head

I recently blogged about my trip to Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, a protected redwood forest about an hour’s drive north of San Francisco. My base for this two-day road trip was the tiny hamlet of Occidental, at the approximate midpoint of the scenic, 10-mile Bohemian Highway. After reveling in redwoods the first day, my travel companion and I spent ... Read More »

Top San Antonio Vacation Information


If you’re vacationing in Texas this summer, I encourage you to visit San Antonio. The city’s Alamo, Riverwalk, Six Flags Fiesta Texas and SeaWorld again have been named as some of the state’s top tourist attractions. Of course San Antonio has many other equally fun attractions — Texas Air Museum, San Antonio Children’s Museum, Tower of the Americas, La Villita, ... Read More »

How to Beat the Heat in Northern California


I don’t care for temperatures above 90 degrees. I could handle an entire summer at a pleasant 78 degrees, but unfortunately I don’t live by the coast. For those of you who are like me, I’d like to make two family-friendly summer destination recommendations here in northern California — minus the heat. I’m not saying these areas won’t get hot, ... Read More »

New Fantasyland in Disney’s Magic Kingdom Brings Big Smiles

Little Mermaid

In June and July, AAA is featuring road trip information on AAA TravelViews, as well as on Facebook, Twitter (#RoadTrip), Google+ and Pinterest. This week’s focus is on road trip travels with children, starting with a top kid-centric destination: Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Disney purists who argue there’s no place more magical than Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando ... Read More »

Drive Day Trips Through Yellowstone National Park: Part 4


Yellowstone National Park is among the Top Driving Destinations listed in a June 25 blog post, and getting to its northeast entrance is truly an adventure! There is so much to see and do around the park. I want to highlight just a few features. There are sure to be some of you who have been to YNP and have ... Read More »

Big Changes for Downtown Disney Planned

Disney Unveils Vision for Disney Springs

Orlando is among the Top Driving Destinations listed in a June 25 blog post, and a big draw to many visitors to The City Beautiful is Disney. Walt Disney World Resort has announced the multiyear transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs, a unique destination that will treat guests to more shopping, dining and entertainment amid open-air promenades, meandering springs ... Read More »

Floods Devastate Alberta, but Calgary Stampede Still On


Despite epic flooding, Calgary promises that the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth will run as usual in early July. It hardly seems possible after staying glued to TV broadcasts and viewing the extent of the disaster that has unfolded since Friday morning and even earlier in some locales. The Calgary downtown core, including the Calgary Stampede grounds, was completely flooded, ... Read More »