My travel year in review, as seen via Instagram

Andy Warhol Museum #pittsburgh #warhol

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Glaciers, albino squirrels, massive sand dunes, bighorn sheep, and black bears. Yes, 2015 was a memorable travel year for me, and the best way to relive it is to take a look back at the highlights from the Quirky Travel Guy Instagram feed.

Follow along as I recap the past 12 months, and let’s raise a glass to a great year of travel in 2016!

Pittsburgh

My hometown provided a number of great sights this year, including the cool shot above taken at the Warhol Museum. I also saw bald eagles and other exotic birds at the National Aviary, then later in the year climbed aboard some of the nation’s fastest coasters at Kennywood amusement park and hung out with a dinosaur statue dressed like Mr. Rogers.

#nationalaviary #pittsburgh #birds

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Scenes from #kennywood amusement park #pittsburgh

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Only in #pittsburgh would you find a dinosaur designed to look like Mr. Rogers! #mrrogers

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Colorado

My trip to the Denver area was a blast! I spent time in two of the country’s most underrated national parks: Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Great Sand Dunes. I also got to check out some of the awesome street art around the Mile High City and a weird Humpty Dumpty figure in Colorado Springs.

Downtown Colorado Springs has three random Humpty Dumpty statues. #coloradosprings #colorado #humptydumpty #quirky

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The sea of sand is massive. Great Sand Dunes National Park. #greatsanddunes #nationalpark

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Bighorn sheep sighting! Near Monarch Pass around 10,000 feet. #colorado #bighornsheep #monarchpass

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Street art, Denver-style. #streetart #denver #colorado #urban

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It feels like a pear cider night. #denver #stemciders

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Wisconsin

Noteworthy sights in Wisconsin included mac & cheese pizza in Madison, plus cheese hand towels and stuffed presidential heads in Kenosha.

Mac & cheese pizza. Tasty! Ian's Pizza, #madison #wisconsin

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Hand towels in #wisconsin. #cheese #quirky

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Olney, Illinois

The small town of Olney is known for its white squirrels. These critters are so quirky and adorable!

Another shot of a white squirrel in Olney, Illinois. #olney #quirky #cutewildlife #whitesquirrels #whitesquirrelsofolney

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Montana

Glacier National Park and the surrounding area provided the most spectacular scenery of the year, including fake moose, real bears, and glorious mountains.

First moose sighting of the trip.

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Made it!

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Lunch time in Montana.

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Evening at historic Many Glacier Hotel.

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Hidden Lake, Glacier National Park.

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First attempt at fly fishing. I might have caught dozens of huge fish. Maybe.

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Where the rocks meet the water.

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Indiana

Look, it’s Santa Claus! The town of Santa Claus, Indiana, to be exact. It’s all Santa all the time in this crazy place.

In the town of Santa Claus, Indiana, he's everywhere. #santaclausindiana #santa #indiana #quirky #quirkytravel

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Wood carving. Santa Claus, Indiana. #santa #santaclausindiana #carvings

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Chicago

Finally, my current homebase of Chicago provided a ton of cool images this year, like a pic of boozy drinks atop the Signature Room at the John Hancock Center, a $10,000 bill from the Money Museum, Navy Pier fireworks from above, a shot of the glass balcony at the Willis Tower, hula spinners at a fire spinning event, and an awesomely-decorated holiday house.

Classy lunch drinks on the 96th floor. Signature Lounge, John Hancock Building. #chicago #cocktails #signaturelounge

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It's a $10,000 bill! Money Museum, Chicago. #moneymuseum

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#navypier #fireworks #chicago

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Willis/sears tower skydeck. #chicago #willistower #skydeck

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Illuminated hula hoops. Full Moon Fire Jam, Chicago.

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That Christmas house is back. #christmashouse #chicago #logansquare

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Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

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