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Birmingham’s renaissance on display

For a city whose theater district once rivaled that of New York’s, it’s only fitting today that it’s undergoing a second act and the reviews, so far, are glowing. From

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Thrills on Blueberry Hill: St. Louis neighborhood formed around iconic song, cafe

It might be a topic for conversation around the dinner table one night — is there really a Blueberry Hill? There is — one in Texas and one in Alaska

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In the bag: Little Rock purse museum a quirky destination

Little Rock — Arkansas’ capital city — offers its visitors much to see and do, but there is one hidden gem: the ESSE Purse Museum & Store. ESSE is one

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Author’s farmhouse a step back in Florida time

When Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings first laid eyes on a wild, sandy scrap of land in North Florida in 1928, she was 31, married and a struggling writer. The remote Florida

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Cape May a charming oceanside town

By CR RaeMore Content Now Thursday Mar 12, 2020 at 10:11 AM Mar 12, 2020 at 10:11 AM Cape May, New Jersey, is the oldest seashore resort town in the U.S. and one of the most beautiful places to spend

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Where Tex meets Mex: New Mexico town is where restaurants get their spice

Anthony, New Mexico, is a mere crow’s flight from El Paso, Texas, my point of origin. Anthony is where my group from the Society of American Travel Writers stopped to

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How to get to Sesame Street

Join Sesame Street friends at Pennsylvania’s Sesame Place during the park’s 40th birthday celebration. The theme and water park offers fun and adventure with Big Bird, Cookie Monster and the

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Strawberry Hill: Kansas City, Kansas, neighborhood a hub of culture, history

While St. Louis visitors can find their thrills on Blueberry Hill, in Kansas City, Kansas (yes, the KCs in Missouri and Kansas are two different cities) visitors will find a

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Women of the West: Wyoming celebrates its female leaders, who won the right to vote 50 years before the rest of the country

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. But long before that milestone in America, Wyoming territory became the first in the

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Get your fill of maple in Mansfield, Ohio

Malabar Farm, the former home of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield, is gearing up for its annual Maple Syrup Festival, a family-friendly event in Mansfield, Ohio. The festival is March

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Power of nature: Arches National Park offers endless beauty

With towering red rock formations, natural stone arches and 77,000 acres of land to explore, Arches National Park in Utah lives up to its name. The park is minutes from

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Visit a piece of London in Arizona

As children we sang the well-known song “London Bridge is Falling Down.” Of course, the bridge did not fall down, but in 1962 the 131-year-old bridge was sinking into the

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St. Elmo’s an Indy tradition

There is only one St. Elmo Steak House, at 127 S. Illinois St. in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. It is not part of a chain — it is a

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Small town treasures: Enjoy the quirky, quaint community of Vevay, Indiana

In this Ohio River town with a population of just over 1,600, travelers will find history, famous breadsticks, art, the legend of Fred the Goat and more. Halfway between Cincinnati,

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Explore WWI history in Kansas City

Standing tall, overlooking Kansas City, Missouri, is the National WWI Museum and Memorial, which transports visitors back in time with an in-depth look at World War I through life-sized exhibits,

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Gloucester getaway: Escape to sea life in Massachusetts

The lulling sound of gentle rolling waves hitting the shoreline. The scent of salt in the sea air. The visual treat of puffy white clouds skimming the horizon. It’s off-season

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Sharks, penguins and other wonders of Springfield

Who knew that visitors to this Missouri city could dive with the sharks in the middle of the Ozarks? Springfield is home to the headquarters for Bass Pro Shops and

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Cover to cover: Explore Iowa’s covered bridges — just like in the book and movie

“The Bridges of Madison County” was filmed 25 years ago in Winterset, Iowa. The town still welcomes movie buffs who pilgrimage to sit where Robert Kincaid (Clint Eastwood) drank coffee

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All aboard for Avignon: Finding wine and history in France along the Rhône

With wind-tossed hair and skirt a-swirl, I was swept into the honeysuckle-scented hillside of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The extraordinary force of the mistral, a bold northwesterly wind that blows with abandon in

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Gone with the wind in Palm Springs

Chicago is widely known as the “windy city” but the California city of Palm Springs has been benefiting from its Santa Ana winds since 1982, when the first wind farm

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Relive the glory: Lake Placid hosts events for the 1980 Olympics’ 40th anniversary

Forty years ago next month, the Adirondack village of Lake Placid in upper New York State hosted the 13th Olympic Winter Games. The heroics of the U.S. men’s hockey team’s

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A pilgrimage to the birthplace of John Wayne

“Whoa, take ‘er easy there, Pilgrim,” is a famous John Wayne quote (Tom Doniphon in “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” 1962). Winterset, Iowa, is a place for visitors to

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A day in Wheeling, West Virginia

Students moved into the brand-new Elm Grove Elementary School Feb. 1, 1907, in Wheeling, West Virginia. Over the years many children attended the school until 1991, when the last classes

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A chocolate adventure: Learn about cacao in Belize next month

Last February, I took a wonderful trip to Belize organized by Enna Grazier, of Enna Chocolate in Epping, New Hampshire, in which I had the opportunity to explore the fascinating

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Nip it in the bud: Get the Mayberry experience in Mount Airy, NC

Some of us grew up watching Andy, Barney, Aunt Bee and Opie on CBS. They were a part of the popular “The Andy Griffith Show,” a sitcom that aired from