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The United States of America (USA) is the third largest country by geographic size on Earth. It is also our home. It is also the second most visited country in the world (based on international arrivals). From the small, quaint ski towns of New England to the sunny, tropical beaches of Hawaii, there’s 3.8 million square miles of amazing territory to see. The USA has more geographic variation than most other continents: there are mountains and deserts, and everything in between.

There’s a lot to love in the good ‘ole USA. We love exploring the wine regions and craft distilleries that booming across the country. The country may be a young one, but much of that history has been preserved and is easily explored. Long before new culinary traditions are explored elsewhere, they are pioneered here. And while the country is massive, it’s very easy to get around – making weekend getaways both convenient and affordable. Here are some of our favorite articles on things to do in the USA.

How Not to Leave Your Money in Las Vegas

The Strip in Las Vegas

One of my colleagues is fond of saying that Las Vegas exists solely to part you with your money. And it does that with surprising efficiency. Even if you are not a gambler, there are nearly a million options to pry cash from your hard working fingers. However, Las Vegas doesn’t need to bleed you

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Bailey’s, Buttershots and the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

The south rim of the Grand Canyon is one of the great wonders of the nature and a top tourist destination.  The canyon, carved by the Colorado River, is over 275 miles long, 18 miles wide at its widest point, and over a mile deep.  To say the Grand Canyon is big is an understatement.

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Visiting Hoover Dam on the Colorado River

Hoover Dam from the Bypass, Nevada, Arizona

Outside of Las Vegas is one of the largest single-site construction projects in the world – Hoover Dam. Completed in 1936, Hoover Dam provides power and water to Las Vegas and all of southern California. During our recent trip to Las Vegas, we stopped here on our way to the Grand Canyon. As a child,

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Atlanta’s Civil Rights History

The Garden at the Martin Luther King Memorial, Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta has been the center of the cultural South –shaping the Southern experience, as well as being shaped by it.  On our final day in Atlanta, we began in the city center and explored the rich fabric of Southern life. But first, we needed to fuel-up.  And there’s no better fuel-up than brunch at the

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Grand Lake and Rocky Mountain National Park

Abandoned farming equipment at the Holzwarth National Historic Site inside the Rocky Mountain National Park.

I grew up in Colorado and spent a childhood exploring the state. My favorite part of Colorado lies just across the Continental Divide from Denver – Grand Lake and the western slope of Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). This is a perfect three-day road trip from Denver and is what people come from around the

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Grand County and Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado

Chuck Wagon Diner, Granby, Colorado

When people think of Colorado, they think of skiing – usually in Summit County at Breckenridge, Cooper Mountain, Keystone or similar resorts (Vail). Some folks may also be aware of Colorado’s amazing summertime beauty. There’s a whole lot to see in Colorado outside of Summit County. On this trip, we headed for Grand County. After

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Long Weekend at The Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia

Gazebo at the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia

The Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, bills itself as “America’s Resort.” This grand old hotel, which is nestled in the Allegheny Mountains about 240 miles west of Washington, D.C., is one of the Historic Hotels of America. One of its many claims to fame is that 26 presidents have been hosted there.

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