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Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings. Whether or not you’ve sat through the entirety of Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life you have probably seen or heard that line from the film. Since the premiere in 1946 the film has become one of the most beloved Christmas classics of all time. […]

I did something extremely crazy. I spent an entire day at one of the most popular plantations in Charleston with nothing but a a telephoto macro lens shooting close up photos of anything I could find. I skipped past the sweeping landscapes, the Long White Bridge, and waved at the alligators. I resisted the urge […]

Charleston is a town filled to the brim with great dining, local shopping, and centuries-old history. It doesn’t have to be an expensive getaway, but the lodging, food, and entertainment can add up fast. So who doesn’t like a few free things to do?

I have a confession to make: I had never been to a dinner theater show before. I’m not really sure why because I’ve certainly come across them during all my travels. But I had always some other place, usually a local place, to have dinner. This past Friday night I decided it was time to […]

It was hard to believe I was standing inside the oldest building in South Carolina. The nice wooden floors, protective beige stucco, and interactive displays made it seem more like a modern museum. Then again the seamless blend of centuries old history with modern life is one of the most popular themes in Charleston, South […]

From my comfortable seat on the Nature Train I could see beautiful blooming flowers in the gardens one moment and twelve foot long alligators in a moss-covered pond the next. The open air trolley ride was certainly the highlight of my visit to Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, but it wasn’t the only memorable moment. A […]

Driving through Pigeon Forge can be absolutely overwhelming. The towering business signs, flashing lights, and digital billboards scream at visitors beckoning them to stop for a meal, entertainment, or shopping. I had never spent a night in Pigeon Forge, instead always opting to get through the town as quick as possible to reach Gatlinburg or […]

While the majority of Moccasin Creek State Park is on the lakefront, just across the road is a hidden waterfall along an easy trail through a gorgeous forest.

Why would I call a museum authentic? That might sound like a strange description but it’s actually rather perfect for the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. This museum has nothing to do with the Hollywood movie with a soundtrack that never dies and everything to do with the concept, design, construction, and launch of […]

My long weekend in Pigeon Forge was over but I wasn’t about to leave Tennessee without a scenic drive first. I zipped through Gatlinburg and hopped on Newfound Gap Road through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. What a beautiful scenic drive it was. In no time at all I was surrounded by vibrant yellow […]

Did you know it’s possible to drive 621 miles from Front Royal, Virginia to Townsend, Tennessee without ever leaving a national park property? The Skyline Drive, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park are connected in a way just begging for the ultimate road trip through the southern Appalachian Mountains. Autumn is one […]

I came around a curve in the one-lane road and spotted a herd of massive American bison right in front of me. I slowed to a gentle crawl as the massive animals parted just in front of my van and casually walked around either side. One of them grunted at me as if to say […]