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Best National Parks To Avoid the Crowds

From snow-capped glacial peaks to meandering coastal shorelines and from white sand deserts to steep gorges and canyons, some of America’s most awe-inspiring natural attractions are found within its extensive national park system. Most people know about the popular and … Continue reading

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Discover the Golden Isles: Little St. Simons Island & Historic Brunswick

Four beautiful isles—St. Simons, Little St. Simons, Jekyll, and Sea—and a nearby coastal town are known collectively as Brunswick and the Golden Isles of Georgia. Little St. Simons Island Little St. Simons Island (though not so little at 10,000 acres) … Continue reading

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Triassic Park: Petrified Forest National Park

We recently toured Petrified Forest National Park, one of the world’s largest and most vibrantly colored assemblies of petrified wood, historic structures, and archeological sites. The experience exceeded our expectations. The park is actually composed of two sections: the north … Continue reading

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Luling: Texas Black Gold

Barbecue sauce isn’t the only valuable liquid flowing in Luling. The town is dotted with oil pumps that still move the Texas black gold from the ground. Once known as “the toughest town in Texas”, Luling was established in 1874 … Continue reading

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La Grange: Fayette County Courthouse & Old County Jail

Anchoring the town square, the restored historic Fayette County courthouse is a must-see for any visitor to La Grange. The historic Oak on the north side of square has been muster point for men in six conflicts. San Antonio architect … Continue reading

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Frisch Auf: Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Site

Beyond its Czech past, La Grange also holds a rich German and Texan history. To explore both, we drove 1 mile south of La Grange to Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Site. From the La Grange town square … Continue reading

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Vitáme Vás: Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center

We headed to the Fayette County seat of La Grange to “Czech” it all out and stopped at the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center. Vitáme Vás is the Czech equivalent of “howdy”, and we certainly felt welcome. With its … Continue reading

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Czeching Out La Grange

We headed to the Central Texas town of La Grande to “Czech” out what might just be the “Best Little Day Trip in Texas.” The events of La Grange’s famous Chicken Ranch inspired the stage play, movie, and the lyrics … Continue reading

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Valley of Fire State Park: Simply WOW!

The lights! The glitz! The shine! From the bizarre to the beautiful, Las Vegas has it all: New York, NY, The Venetian, Caesars Palace, and Paris—and the Bellagio water fountain show. When the neon of Vegas becomes too much, head … Continue reading

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Bighorn Sheep Return to Catalina State Park

One of southern Arizona’s numerous “sky islands”, the Santa Catalina Mountains dominate Tucson’s northern skyline. These sky islands are small mountain ranges that rise steeply from the desert floor and often feature a cool and relatively moist climate at their … Continue reading

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