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A Walking Tour of Stuttgart

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I recently had the opportunity to visit Stuttgart, Germany, and enjoyed a short time in the city. I took an organized walking tour and explored a little on my own. The walking tour was on Sunday, when most of the shops and restaurants were closed. There are some advantages of taking on tour on that day in that the crowds ... Read More »

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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One of the attractive features of Central Ohio, where I live, is that it is home to one of the nation’s premier zoos, The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. This GEM attraction, located in Powell, Ohio, is within easy driving distance of the city and is known to many people nationwide through television appearances made by the Director Emeritus, Jack Hanna. ... Read More »

Plymouth: Home of the Pilgrims

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Known as “America’s hometown,” Plymouth, Massachusetts, is where the Pilgrims founded the first American colony in 1620. Many notable heritage museums and sites pertaining to the history of these early settlers bring in thousands of tourists each year. Here are some must-see attractions: Plymouth Rock — Historians believe this was the landing site of the first Pilgrims, including those on ... Read More »

Cajun Encounters: A New Perspective on New Orleans


Inspectors 48 and 88 co-wrote this post. I decided on a spur-of-the-moment tour while visiting New Orleans recently. Cajun Encounters Tours was recommended and proved to be an excellent choice. Locally owned for 14 years, it offers four tours daily along with a menu of options including city, cemetery, swamp or plantation tours that can be taken separately or in ... Read More »

Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano: Pele Made Me Pay

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The best things in life are free? Absolutely not. I’m on the Big Island of Hawaii and have just stood within 3 feet of crackling, super-heated lava oozing from the earth — a primordial, surreal sight that has instantly rocketed to No. 1 on my all-time travel list. The cost? A guided hike to witness one of the planet’s most ... Read More »

AAA Editors’ Top Picks for Kids


Planning a trip the whole family will enjoy is easier when you let AAA’s travel professionals point the way with expert recommendations. To select their top picks for key family travel destinations, AAA editors became kids again. With an eye toward finding options for tots to teens, they visited and played at countless attractions touted as kid friendly — many ... Read More »

A Pinterest Tour of Massachusetts


Photos below are from Pinterest While poking around Pinterest recently, I stumbled across a pin related to my home state of Massachusetts. For the next hour or so, I wound up repinning and liking everything from vintage Cape Cod maps to pins trumpeting the culinary delights of Menton, a AAA Five Diamond restaurant from South Boston-bred chef Barbara Lynch. Although ... Read More »

Auburn and Aurora: The Twin Gems of New York’s Cayuga County

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This article originally appeared in a AAA Western and Central New York publication. What’s old is new, they say, and truer words were never spoken about the New York Finger Lakes communities of Auburn and Aurora. Here you’ll find a colorful dichotomy of historic preservation and investment in the future. Auburn: History’s Hometown With an abundance of sites rich in ... Read More »

Reflecting on California’s Missions

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Among the places I enjoy visiting while traveling are the missions here in California. I’m sure it stems from my Catholic upbringing, but I also enjoy the beautiful architecture and history they provide. There are 21 missions in California, and the one furthest north is the Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma, which is 600 miles to the south of ... Read More »

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