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Deadwood, South Dakota: The Real Westworld

Tweet I had recently finished binge-ing on HBO’s Westworld on the flight home from Israel when it came time to plan my trip through Wyoming and South Dakota. There was so much to see in the Black Hills, but every single brochure mentioned Deadwood. My only association with the town was the television show of […]

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Ruidoso: New Mexico’s Best Kept Secret

Tweet I’ve always imagined New Mexico to be the land of adobe and desert, mostly shades of reds and oranges. But as I research my next trip out west, tentatively for New Mexico, I’m learning more and more about the state. The landscape is diverse, with mountain vistas, cosmopolitan skylines, and vast open ranges. I […]

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Detouring for the Winchester Mystery House

Tweet As early as I could check out library books at Eastvalley Elementary, I was reading books about the weird. Ghosts. Aliens. The disappearance of Amelia Earhart. I loved all things bizarre. My love for these offbeat stories and landmarks has continued into adulthood, as I scour Roadside America before every trip and catch specials […]

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The Towns of the Tennessee Smokies

Tweet I grew up going to this part of the country every year growing up. My church youth group took an annual trip every January for a conference there, staying at the same Holiday Inn and frequenting the same shops. I also stayed there one summer with my grandparents, but it wasn’t the same without […]

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Exploring North Alabama’s Best Small Town

Tweet Alabama was a state frequently overlooked in my travels, perhaps because it’s a short three-hour drive from my house. I’d passed through many times before and visited a friend at Auburn, but sought to rectify the missing destinations this year. In the fall, I road tripped through North Alabama, through the stunning mountains of […]

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