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5 Free Things to Do in Charleston

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 […]

Three Days in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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 […]

Hidden along a short round trip hike in a corner of the North Georgia Mountains is the gorgeous Hemlock Falls. It’s an easy hike through a beautiful forest over a few wooden footbridges with the rewarding waterfall at the end of the trail. Come in the summer months to take a dip in the shallow […]

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 […]

The Elk & Bison Prairie at the Land Between the Lakes

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 […]

Epic Beauty at Watkins Glen State Park in New York

I never had an answer to the question “What is your favorite place you’ve ever visited?” until I visited Watkins Glen State Park. I have always loved waterfalls but the Gorge Trail through this park took it to a whole new level. At the end of my first visit to this New York state park […]

I almost didn’t pull into the parking lot. I almost didn’t walk up those stairs. I almost didn’t see one of the most stunning overlooks on the entire Blue Ridge Parkway. But fortunately I did pull into the parking lot, walk up the short flight of stairs, and spent two hours one morning just admiring […]