Category Archives: United States

The Best of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks- A 5 Day Tour with Grand American Adventures

A few years ago I wanted to do a trip to Yellowstone National Park, as it’s one of the most geologically interesting and wildlife-rich areas in the United States. The problem was, Yellowstone is extremely popular and trying to plan a trip a few months in advance meant that accommodations and campsites were all booked…

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Best Places for Photography in Savannah, Georgia

It wasn’t long into our 3 day trip to Savannah that I realized it was going to be a fabulous city for photography. From the moss-draped trees and historic architecture, to the artistic monuments and beautiful beach, there were plenty of scenic photography spots in Savannah. As we wandered the shaded streets and squares of…

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Themed Towns in North America- 5 Locations to Experience Another Time or Place

One of my favourite things about road trips is finding unique small towns, especially ones with some sort of fun “theme”. Most often, these themed towns make me feel like I’ve travelled back in time, but I’ve also found ones with international flair that transport me to another place entirely. Themed Towns in North America…

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  • Mike - What will be your next theme town adventure?May 7, 2018 – 1:15 amReplyCancel

How to Spend 5 Days in New York City- Itinerary for First Time Visitors

New York City is a place I felt like I knew even before I’d ever visited. A backdrop to countless movies and television shows, New York City has been making appearances in my living room for as long as I can remember. Planning a 5 day trip to New York City felt like making plans…

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Photo of the Week: Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is an icon of the United States, standing in New York Harbor as a symbol of freedom and democracy. A gift from France, the Statue of Liberty commemorates their alliance with the United States during the American Revolution. The idea for the monument was proposed in 1865 by Edouard de Laboulaye,…

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Photo of the Week: Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

The Brooklyn Bridge has long been an icon of New York, so walking across it was one of the first things we did on our trip to New York City. Crossing the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge has connected the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn since it opened in 1883. Not only was it the…

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Romantic St. Augustine- Our Favourite Activities for Romance

It was 11:00 pm when we pulled into St. Augustine, Florida. The historic downtown was quiet, moonlight shining down on the empty streets as palms and oaks gently rustled in the warm breeze. It was the perfect first impression of a city that during the day can be bustling with tourists. Still and peaceful, after…

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Deadwood, South Dakota- Gambling, Gunslinging and Ghosts

In a world where things seem to change in a blink of an eye, Deadwood remains much as it was in 1876 during the height of the Black Hills Gold Rush. Once a lawless town that attracted gamblers, gunslingers and gold seekers, the Deadwood of today still is a destination for people looking to experience…

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Photo of the Week: Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park

When we first arrived at Sylvan Lake, in South Dakota’s Custer State Park, I was shocked (in a good way) by its unique appearance. Rising up from the shore line, on two sides, were large rock formations so perfect looking, I almost didn’t think they were real. “This looks like something you’d see in a…

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  • Alouise - I saw Sylvan Lake and first thought you were talking about Sylvan Lake here in Alberta (I may have jus got home from work). Sylvan Lake in South Dakota looks pretty cool.July 26, 2016 – 12:06 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - When we were driving around the Black Hills and I saw a sign for Sylvan Lake, I just had to go check it out to see how it compared to “our” Sylvan Lake. I think it was much more unique!July 28, 2016 – 3:14 pmReplyCancel

  • Frank - Pretty place, I always like a spot where you can climb rocks.

    Frank (bbqboy)August 4, 2016 – 2:13 amReplyCancel

Boat Tour of Islamorada- Visiting Bloodline Filming Locations

Islamorada was a place I wasn’t familiar with until I became hooked on the Netflix original series Bloodline. This gripping family drama and thriller is set in the Florida Keys, filmed primarily in Islamorada. The locations are such an integral part of the show, it’s like the Keys themselves are a main character. So during…

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  • Nic - www.seenicwander.com - Such a beautiful post! This is a huge inspiration to newbie travel bloggers like me! Thank you! :)July 22, 2016 – 2:08 pmReplyCancel

  • Frank - Interesting as I’m watching the series right now (about halfway through season 1).

    Beautiful photos!

    Frank (bbqboy)August 17, 2016 – 3:03 amReplyCancel

Mount Rushmore National Memorial- An American Cultural Icon

Gazing over the Black Hills of South Dakota are the faces of four American Presidents, sculpted in stone on the face of Mount Rushmore. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Each made significant contributions to the United States, helping shape the nation from its founding, growth, development and preservation. These four presidents…

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Photo of the Week: Bonnet House, Fort Lauderdale

Bonnet House is place where you can go to feel miles away from Fort Lauderdale, without ever leaving the city. This colourful, plantation-style home is surrounded by lush, sub-tropical gardens, encompassing one of South Florida’s last examples of a native barrier island habitat. Bonnet House is filled with the unique art, and whimsical treasures, of…

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Exploring Everglades National Park

Life. Diversity. Those are the two words that first come to mind when I think about Florida’s Everglades National Park. In just one park, you can enjoy an impressive variety of animals, plants and eco-systems. There’s freshwater sloughs, tropical hammocks, coastal lowlands, marl prairies, pineland, cypress, mangrove, marine and estuarine environments. The medley of life…

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  • Cristina - Love the pictures! I was there last year and this is definitely an area worth visiting! Thanks for sharing, made me feel there again!July 8, 2016 – 1:19 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you so much, Cristina! Glad I could bring back some happy memories!July 18, 2016 – 2:01 pmReplyCancel

The Haunting Beauty of Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah

Sometimes the best way to get to know a city is to visit its cemetery. Stories of success, failure, love, betrayal, good and evil are safely kept there, as legends of the past. This holds true for Bonaventure Cemetery. Hundreds of years of Savannah’s history are buried here beneath the moss-draped branches of live oak…

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  • Frank - I love these photos of Savannah – I always find those trees kind of eerie, maybe I’ve watched too many of those Southern mystery movies. But so dramatic…Savannah definitely a place I’d like to see one day.
    Good price for the tour!

    Frank (bbqboy)May 16, 2016 – 1:06 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you! I can never get enough of those old oak trees- would love to have a yard full of them!May 18, 2016 – 5:46 pmReplyCancel

  • Beth Barsness - Hi Rhonda!
    I just returned from my trip to Savannah (used your itinerary and suggestions as a base for my planning) and wanted to say THANK YOU for your recommendation to attend a tour by Shannon Scott. WOW, that was the highlight of the trip!! He is an amazing storyteller and knows so much! We also visited Wormsloe and overall enjoyed our weekend. Next time I would investigate SCAD more and attend some of the galleries and shows there.May 31, 2016 – 11:41 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Beth! I’m happy to hear you had a great time in Savannah and enjoyed Shannon’s tour. He is fantastic! I’m always pleased when people enjoy our recommendations as much as we did, so thank you for your comment!May 31, 2016 – 5:03 pmReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine

As a lover of historic architecture, I couldn’t pass through St. Augustine without stopping at Castillo de San Marcos. The fort is not only the oldest structure in St. Augustine (over 300 years), it’s also the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. Castillo de San Marcos was built in 1695 by Spain to…

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Tybee Island, Georgia- Photo Series

On the last of our 3 days in Savannah, we headed out to Tybee Island for the afternoon. Known as Savannah’s beach, Tybee Island is a short 20 minute drive from the city and was a great place to relax after a busy few days exploring the sights of Savannah. We walked down the shoreline,…

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  • Frank - Wonderful looking beach! Love the sand and sunsets.

    Frank (bbqboy)April 28, 2016 – 2:40 pmReplyCancel

How to Spend 3 Days in Savannah- Our Itinerary

I’m trying to think of a way to describe Savannah without gushing superlatives, but it just can’t be done. Savannah is one of the most interesting, easy-going and attractive cities we’ve had the pleasure to visit. With 3 days in Savannah we had enough time to not only see the sights, but more importantly soak…

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  • Vacation Coffee - Rhonda, I’m so glad I asked for Savannah recommendations! This post is a great one to get started – really looking forward to trying a ghost tour and checking out Bonaventure and Wormsloe . . . and pretty much everything you wrote about. Your photos are absolutely stunning!! Thank you so much! I read all your other Savannah posts too. Can’t wait for the trip.May 11, 2016 – 9:16 pmReplyCancel

  • Richard Birecki - Wow Rhonda, great photos! had no idea Savannah was so pretty! check out my awesome travel blog @ http://www.RichTrek.com … cheers!May 14, 2016 – 7:39 amReplyCancel

  • Ken Lau - Going this September. We will have three and a half day and we intend to visit EVERY square…including what’s left of Liberty and Elbert Squares. Savannah is as your said, very photogenic and also atmospheric. Going to be in Charleston before Savannah that same week. Charleston just cannot compare.July 24, 2016 – 8:45 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I hope you have a great trip and make it to every square. I wanted to do the same, but it didn’t happen. I guess I’ll just have to go back! ;)July 24, 2016 – 9:18 pmReplyCancel

  • Katie - Which ghost tour did you go on?September 18, 2016 – 7:07 pmReplyCancel

  • Will - Great pictures! Where did you go to see the bridge from that low of an angle?May 25, 2017 – 8:29 amReplyCancel

  • kaly otero - What ghost tour did you take?November 8, 2017 – 10:12 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - It was Savannah Ghosts Paranormal Investigation Tour with Patrick Burns.November 14, 2017 – 10:47 amReplyCancel

Wormsloe Historic Site- Enjoying History and Nature in Savannah

Large, mossy oak trees as far as the eye can see. Rooted firmly in two strict rows, yet their branches are free, gently arching over the simple dirt road between them. This is what greets us upon arriving at the Wormsloe Historic Site. It’s a scene that always comes to mind when I envision The…

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The Squares of Savannah, Georgia

One of our favourite things to do in Savannah was simply walk around the historic district and visit the city’s beloved squares. Resting in the shade of giant oak trees, we’d talk to locals, enjoy the music of talented buskers and learn about Savannah’s history from the many monuments on display. Savannah’s historic district is…

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  • Amanda | Chasing My Sunshine - This is exactly what I picture when I think of Savannah! I’ve actually just had family move into the area, so I’ll have to head down soon. It looks like my camera wouldn’t have a very tough time capturing beauty here. :) Thanks for the tour!March 29, 2016 – 7:53 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Yes, you should definitely try and make a visit! We loved the city and surrounding area and would go back again in a heartbeat. And you’re right, there will be no trouble getting good pictures here. Savannah is very photogenic!March 29, 2016 – 9:09 amReplyCancel

  • Jane - Someone sent me your article because I live in Savannah. (I’m not a “native” though — moved here 10 years ago.) As a resident of downtown, I continually appreciate the beauty of the squares, being surrounded by trees (and interesting architecture) in the midst of a lovely and convenient urban center. We still benefit from Oglethorpe’s original layout.

    Two notes: If you liked the oak canopy in Johnson Sq., then I hope you made it to Pulaski Square (on Barnard St. — not the same square that has the Pulaski monument, on Bull St.). Pulaski has a very consistent oak canopy but is more residential than Johnson Sq. Other thing: as you noted, monuments honoring a certain dude are not located in the square named after same dude(e.g. Oglethorpe statue is not in Oglethorpe Sq., Pulaski monument is not in Pulaski Sq.). The reason, I think, is that naming squares and erecting monuments happened at different times. Apparently it was desirable to place the statues, etc. in the central axis — i.e. the squares of Bull Street — regardless of whether a square on some other street was already named after the same figure being honored by the monument.

    Thanks for your attention to Savannah.April 1, 2016 – 3:35 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Jane! No, we didn’t make it Pulaski Square, unfortunately. We tried to visit as many squares as we could, but found ourselves spending a lot time just hanging out and enjoying them. They are so beautiful it would be a shame to just rush from square to square! That makes sense what you say about the naming of the squares. Still, it was kind of confusing for first-time visitors!April 5, 2016 – 5:26 pmReplyCancel

  • Ken Lau - Went to Savannah this past Labor Day week…on the day The Lady Chablis passed away…we visited all 24 squares and then some. It can be done.January 3, 2017 – 6:55 pmReplyCancel

Devils Tower National Monument

Driving through the rolling hills of northeast Wyoming we pass by vast grasslands, quiet ranches, and small country towns. The scenery is peaceful, undisturbed, and my mind easily wanders to scenes of the Wild West. Lost in thought, I imagine the Sundance Kid causing havoc in these parts, stealing guns and horses, establishing his reputation…

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  • Frank - Great! I would have guessed it was glaciers being dragged and leaving those marks…but I’m no geologist.
    Awesome photos.
    Frank (bbqboy)March 27, 2016 – 10:36 amReplyCancel

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