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Chill Out

Glacier National Park boasts soaring snow-capped mountains, crystal clear alpine lakes, meadows strewn with wild flowers and wildlife galore! Established in 1910 under President Taft, this Montana park covers over a million acres, its northern border adjoining Canada’s Waterton National Park. The two parks were officially named the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park in 1932, a […]

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Under the Great Smoky Mountains

Escape the Summer Heat in Tennessee's Cool Caverns Every year, more than 15 million visitors head to the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee to play at Dollywood, to discover new tourist treasures in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, and to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With over 800 miles of trails inside the park, visitors […]

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Going to Graceland

Road tripping to Memphis to visit Graceland has long been on my travel wish list, and last year my dad and I made it happen. Armed with our AAA TripTik and an epic Elvis Presley playlist, we hit the road. We stayed at the newly opened Guest House at Graceland (AAA Four Diamond). Conveniently situated […]

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Route 66 Kicks

In 1946, Bobby Troup composed an eternally catchy tune that celebrated the postwar freedom enjoyed by returning American servicemen and their families. Many people know that song.  Years before that blissful summer of ’46, Route 66 earned its hard-won stripes as America’s “Mother Road,” having been so named in John Steinbeck’s Depression-era epic novel, The […]

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Walking Through Music History 

Long before it was one of the hippest and fastest growing cities in the nation, Nashville has always beckoned visitors with historic charm. Known as “Music City,” Nashville is the epicenter of country music. It seems that everybody who is anybody in country music history has traveled the streets of Nashville. The capital city of […]

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Historic Rail Adventures with Amtrak Vacations

Few vacation experiences evoke that feel of nostalgia like train travel. The connection between our nation’s national parks and the train has always been strong. America’s early railroad companies were instrumental in creating our national parks. For example, because of their energetic public relations efforts, the Northern Pacific Railroad aided in the national park designation […]

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National Civil Rights Museum

An emotional rollercoaster awaits at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Visitors often react strongly to exhibits where they can step onto the bus with Rosa Parks and hear the driver bark: “Please move to the back of the bus. I need that seat now!”; sit across from the four African-American college students who […]

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Classic Clearwater: Sun, Sea and Sandcastles

Think beach vacation, and visions of blue skies and palm trees might fill your head. Think vintage beach vacation, and sepia toned sandcastles, beach concerts and fireworks may come to mind. In Clearwater Beach, Fla., that vintage vacation is right in front of you: beachside dining, boardwalk buskers and plenty of sandcastles.  Festival Fun Clearwater […]

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