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    Visitors to Kansas City, Missouri are taking a second look at the newly refurbished National Museum Of Toys / Miniatures.   And, according to the latest attendance numbers – they’re liking what they see. Located on the campus of UMKC – the museum includes the nation’s largest collection of fine-scale miniature art.  Twisting through the first […]

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    The more I learn about former President Dwight Eisenhower, the more I like him. After visiting his adult home in Gettysburg last Summer, I knew a stop at his Presidential library and museum in Kansas was a must.  It’s easy to get to if you’re already traveling across the state and a perfect place to […]

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    It may come as a surprise when you come to visit the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and find some of Hollywood’s most famous vehicles right around the corner. The Hollywood Star Cars Museum is a two story museum that features a great variety of cars – everything from a Buick owned by Bob Hope […]

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    When I was a child, Kermit The Frog was my hero.  Watching Jim Henson’s most popular creation hosting The Muppet Show probably inspired me to become a host, entertainer and broadcaster.  The first toy I remember from my youth was a Kermit plush doll.  I still have a wooden box with Kermit The Frog painted […]

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    Americans have a strange fascination with going inside homes that once belonged to famous people.  The mansion that belonged to John & Mable Ringling is just as fascinating to tourists as well known homes like Graceland or even The White House. The Ringling – named after its original owners John & Mable Ringling is 66 […]

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    On a recent road trip, I needed a half way point to stop for the night on a longer than usual journey.  Atlanta was the biggest city that jumped out as I quickly glanced at google maps.  Then, I remembered that one of my favorite TV shows, The Walking Dead was filmed in nearby Senoia […]

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    There are obviously more than just six reasons that Dollywood is a fun, worthwhile stop the next time you’re near Pigeon Forge or the Smoky Mountains.   But, here are six things that stood out during my most recent visit to Tennessee’s most popular tourist attraction. 1. Dolly’s Tour Bus For most musicians – going out […]

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    Columbus, Ohio rolled out the red carpet and recently welcomed the Midwest Travel Writers Association to town!  I was fortunate enough to attend the conference and visit the city for the very first time.  Though we were only in town for a few days, we were treated to a whirlwind tour with a great variety […]

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    There’s nothing quite like the view from behind the steering wheel of a giant John Deere tractor.  Each day, people in all corners of the globe climb inside these mighty green and yellow machines and keep the world’s most precious land in top notch shape. Country music star Kenny Chesney once sang about how women […]

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    Some say it’s part of flyover country, others honestly don’t even know where it is.  (Not joking – when I lived in California, some of my friends had no idea where to find the state of Missouri on a map.) The “Show Me State” can lay claim to some of the most recognized names in […]

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    If you’re like me – each Spring you turn your attention to the world of men’s college basketball.  “March Madness” is a tradition for many of us that don’t usually follow the game during the regular season but get caught up in the excitement whether our bracket is busted or not. As a kid, I […]

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  • 09/04/17--10:20: National Civil Rights Museum
  • Right or wrong, the first thing that comes to mind after visiting the National Civil Rights Museum?  The place is HUGE!  I’ve been to more museums than I care to admit and can’t remember any of them being this expansive in terms of material and exhibits.   Just when you think you’ve come to the end, […]

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    Little Rock is one of my favorite cities in the south.  People are often surprised when I talk about how many fun things there are to see and do in the Arkansas capital but have I steered you wrong before? Here’s a sampling of what you could experience in just a single day in Little […]

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    The more I learn about former President Dwight Eisenhower, the more I like him. After visiting his adult home in Gettysburg last Summer, I knew a stop at his Presidential library and museum in Kansas was a must.  It’s easy to get to if you’re already traveling across the state and a perfect place to […]

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    It may come as a surprise when you come to visit the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and find some of Hollywood’s most famous vehicles right around the corner. The Hollywood Star Cars Museum is a two story museum that features a great variety of cars – everything from a Buick owned by Bob Hope […]

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    Ray Miller is 82 years old.  He’s been a tour guide at the now vacant Missouri State Penitentiary for the past ten years.  At his age, he has plenty of stories he could share with visitors.  However, these days, all he wants to talk about is prison. “Oh yeah, I’ve seen a ghost here” Ray […]