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Chicago’s Brookfield zoo adds dinos to park experience

Historic Brookfield Zoo west of downtown Chicago reopened its outdoor exhibits in July. At this time all the indoor buildings are still closed to operate safely due to COVID-19. One

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Head for the High Country: Adventure and relaxation in the North Carolina mountains

With high temperatures bearing down on much of the country, this is a good time for a mountain getaway. The North Carolina High Country is just the place for cool

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Island getaway: Pennsylvania’s Presque Isle State Park offers much for outdoor lovers

Beat the cooped-up feeling and enjoy the great outdoors of Pennsylvania at Presque Isle State Park in Erie. Presque Isle means “almost an island,” and that has been true on

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Wildlife adventures in Central Florida

Florida visitors have their own take on how to pronounce the name of this central Florida city. Whether “Kiss-a-me” or “Kiss-im-ee,” there are wild adventures to be had. The Kissimmee

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Risk vs. reward: Traveling is different now, but can be worth it

Throwing open the French doors of my guest room at Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel Valley, California, and mid-sip from a glass of the resort’s eponymous Sauvignon Blanc, I

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Celebrate women’s suffrage where the fight began

One-hundred-seventy-two years ago, a group of scrappy women — who were Quakers, Methodists and abolitionists — met in small, industrial Seneca Falls, New York, and set the wheels of women’s

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Traverse City comes alive in summer

On any summer day, in the middle of the state’s largest cherry orchard belt, folks in Traverse City, Michigan, are busy enjoying its natural splendor — swimming, sailing, hiking or

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To your health: Arkansas resort town founded on healing waters

Eureka Springs, Arkansas, a resort town in the hills of the Ozark Mountains, is noted for its Victorian architecture; miles of rivers, lakes and hiking and biking trails; and historical

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Looking for space?: Huntsville has the wide-open kind and the out-of-this-world kind

CR Rae More Content Now Thursday Jul 2, 2020 at 11:36 AM Jul 2, 2020 at 11:36 AM In these times of wanting to escape from the confines of the house to find some space, this city in Alabama has

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Screaming for ice cream in three states

In 1984 President Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month, with the third Sunday being National Ice Cream Day. For road trippers who like a treat while out and

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Oh my!: Gators, fish, birds and more await along the Creole Nature Trail

Louisiana’s Creole Nature Trail is not about lions, tigers and bears but, oh my, it is about alligators, birding, crabbing and shrimping. The trail, named an All-American Road by the

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Explore unique towns, history along Mississippi’s Secret Coast

It’s the longest man-made beach in the nation but also Mississippi’s Secret Coast — 26 miles along the Gulf of Mexico. Traveling Highway 90 in the Magnolia State takes sun

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Red, white & Bristol: Nation’s oldest Fourth of July celebration goes on, with adjustments

Bristol, Rhode Island, is known for the oldest annual July 4 celebration in America. Its rich history and passion for everything red, white and blue earned its fame as America’s

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From desert to sky, see it all in New Mexico mountains

Visitors to the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument near Las Cruces, New Mexico, will get the feel of being on top of the world hiking up trails offering beautiful views.

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Travel: Celebrating America’s Independence is a Bristol tradition

The New England, coastal town of Bristol, Rhode Island, takes patriotism seriously as its Fourth of July celebration is the oldest and most continuous in the country. Independence Day is

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Flavors of France: Lyon pairs exceptional food with some of the world’s best wines

At the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, my Scenic Sapphire cruise ship docked last spring to allow its passengers to spend the day exploring France’s third largest city,

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Explore the outdoors in Mansfield, Ohio

Ohio has a lot to offer those seeking the outdoors, scenery and beauty. One place to see is Kingwood Center Gardens in Mansfield, now open year-round. Center Director Chuck Gleaves

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Look into a president’s life at Clinton museum

The William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park sits on the banks of the Arkansas River in Little Rock and offers visitors a look into the life and history of

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Town of history: Founders, patriots and stars have all made their way to New Castle

New Castle, Delaware — this historic town along the Delaware River was once a hub of colonial activity as blacksmiths, carpenters and coopers went about the business of daily life.

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When national parks reopen, head for the Rockies

By CR RaeMore Content Now Thursday May 28, 2020 at 10:30 AM May 28, 2020 at 10:30 AM Although the highest peaks of the Rocky Mountains are packed with snow well into the summer, there is a lot to enjoy

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Island getaway: Art, whales and more in the San Juans, off Washington’s coast

As the ferry glides through the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state, one can’t help but unwind. Tourists watch for bald eagles and listen to the spouts

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Meet real cowboys and fictional ones at OKC museum

Cowboys from the old West and the big screen are a part of our nation’s history. In Oklahoma City, travelers and those interested in more information and history on the

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Mesmerized in Mendocino: Taking the scenic route toward the California seaside

Seeking a mini-vacation with my four-legged BFF the last weekend of February, I left the suburban roads of Napa Valley behind and headed to California’s prized Mendocino Coast. It was

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Really get away from it all in Nelson, Nevada

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Peaceful Nelson, Nevada, offers visitors a step back in time to the vibrant mining days of Nevada, the Silver State, an escape from daily life.

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Gem of a town: Grinnell, Iowa, nicknamed Jewel of the Prairie

A popular Iowa college town offers visitors a peaceful, quiet visit with interesting things to do and great pizza. Grinnell is home to Grinnell College, which adds to the comfortable