Last month, I mentioned that I was considering taking a Megabus trip somewhere nearby to quench my travel thirst before the big Alaska trip in June. It’s now officially been booked – I’m heading to Nashville in the first weekend of May. Music City USA! I’m looking forward to throwing myself into the country music scene and checking out the local bars, college and indie neighborhoods, and unusual attractions around town.
This month I encountered a lot of awesome U.S. travel blog posts. Here are a few of my favorites.
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While my Grand Canyon posts were fun and the how to avoid bed bugs while traveling article was useful, I’m partial to this quirky attraction post about the Tribune Tower, because I don’t think most people are aware that you can touch the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, the Alamo and the Berlin Wall all without leaving Chicago! This cool old building has pieces of rock from those (and many more) landmarks embedded right into it.
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Cathy wrote a fun post about attending her first rodeo during a trip to Houston. I still haven’t made it to one of these things! She saw bull riding, chuck wagon races, a mad scramble of calves, and a Blake Shelton concert. I did see Blake Shelton at a rodeo once on the 4th of July, but sadly there was no rodeo that night, just the concert.
Who goes to Yellowstone right in the middle of a snowy winter? Bret of Green Global Travel! He rode in a weird alpine snowcoach and saw bison herds, boiling steam vents, red foxes, and gangs of snowmobile riders. Everything looks so much more peaceful when it’s covered in snow!
Abby lives in Las Vegas, which may sound awesome to some people, while others might consider it a horrible fate. She makes the most of it by enjoying the outdoor activities, which even include skiing! In this post she describes a day trip to Arizona and Utah that featured lots of cool sights of the Southwest.
Amanda offers useful tips if you’re thinking about hitting the road on a long trip. Among the suggestions: Have a rough itinerary without being too rigid, use lots of phone apps, and stop at roadside attractions. And don’t be too cheap! Be willing to splurge for really cool activities.
There’s an island called Catalina off the coast of California near Los Angeles that you don’t hear much about. It’s so close to the busy L.A. world, yet it’s serene and secluded and full of nature. I’ve been wanting to go there for a long time. Jade made the trip and describes a land of clear snorkeling water, dolphins and sea lions, lots of hiking areas, and even a lost herd of bison.
New Orleans is always the cliche spot for Mardi Gras, but JoAnna spent it in Lake Charles, Louisiana instead, where she found more of family-oriented community celebration, with the bright colors, beads and wacky costumes we’ve come to expect from Mardi Gras.