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8 Favorite Destinations, Year 2

We’ve now been on the road for two solid years. During that time we’ve visited 145 different locations in both North and Central America. Last year we highlighted Eight Favorite Destinations from our first year of travel. With another full year under our belts, it’s once again time to select the best from the last 365 days. Each of the following headlines links back to our original blog post about the destination.

Pictured Rocks, MI

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, MI

If 200-foot, multi-colored sandstone cliffs along a lake of emerald-colored water isn’t how you imagine Michigan, it’s time for a pilgrimage to Pictured Rock National Lakeshore in the state’s Upper Peninsula. It absolutely blew us away with its striking similarities to one of our favorite excursions ever: rafting through the Grand Canyon.

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Mansions on the Cheap

Minnesota State Capitol Building, St. Paul, MN

One sure way to break the travel budget is with lots of mansion tours. The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, is fantastic, but as one of my readers correctly pointed out ‘at the price they charge it’s no wonder.’ Entrance fees for Biltmore can run as much as $64 per person. The Breakers in Newport will set you back almost $20, and the James Hill House in St. Paul, Minnesota, runs eight bucks. If you’re wondering who in Sam Hill is James Hill, all I can say to you is – exactly. Read More…

Self Portrait

Chilling at a cafe in Lexington, KY

Lexington’s Other Attraction

We were so taken with Lexington, Kentucky, that for the first time since setting out we evoked one of the privileges of full-time travel: on the spur of the moment we decided to extend our stay by a few days. Aside from the bourbon, the star attractions in Lexington are the horses. Driving around the countryside, with beautiful, sprawling, well-manicured horse farms everywhere, was our second favorite pastime. There was plenty of animal viewing—and the horses didn’t seem to mind when we stopped and stared.

Photo of the Day: Kentucky State Capitol

State Capitol Building, Frankfort, Kentucky

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