Featured Travel Destinations

Nearly every month, Quirky Travel Guy presents in-depth information about one popular city, national park or region of the world.

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This month, the spotlight is on Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, one of the most unique parks in the country. Here’s what you can read about the park this month:

Nov 7: Things to see and do in Volcanoes National Park
Nov 14: A helicopter ride over Hawaii’s volcanoes
Nov 21: Hiking to ancient petroglyphs in Volcanoes Park

Past Featured Travel Destinations:

September 2016:
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Sept 1: Cruising through the streets of Havana in a 1956 Chevy convertible
Sept 5: Discovering the remote beaches of Cayo Jutias
Sept 12: Finding lodging in Cuba with the casa particular system
Sept 19: Cave bars, scenic valleys, and colorful houses: 7 reasons to visit Viñales, Cuba
Sept 30: Photo Essay: Images from Cuba
Oct 3: The American’s Guide to Visiting Havana: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

July 2016:
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July 1: Going back in time in Vigan City
July 6: President Marcos lives on at the Marcos Museum and the Malacañang of the North
July 11: Fish stews, chicken intestines, and halo halo: The food of the Philippines
July 18: Inside the historic Paoay Church and ruins
July 25: Exploring the historic ‘walled city’ of Intramuros in Manila
July 31: Photo Essay from Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur

March 2016:
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Mar 7: Scenes from Alcatraz
Mar 14: The Rainbow Honor Walk: San Francisco’s LGBT Walk of Fame
Mar 21: Albino alligators and more at the California Academy of Sciences
Mar 28: Views from atop the Coit Tower

October 2015:
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Oct 5: First impressions of Glacier National Park at Bowman Lake
Oct 8: Huckleberry madness in Montana
Oct 12: Minor triumphs in the Montana outdoors – my first fly fishing experience
Oct 15: Photo Teaser #73: Spot the bighorn sheep
Oct 21: Mile by mile: Here’s what you’ll see on Going to the Sun Road
Oct 29: Boiled buffalo tongue and backcountry off-roading on the Blackfeet reservation
Oct 31: Photos from a gorgeous hike to Hidden Lake

September 2015:
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Sept 7: Seven cool things to see and do in Wisconsin
Sept 14: Quirky Attraction: The House on the Rock
Sept 21: Discovering the offbeat side of Kenosha, Wisconsin
Sept 25: Taste testing bizarre flavors at the Jelly Belly warehouse
Sept 29: One afternoon in Madison

July 2015:
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July 8: Tunnels and skyscrapers: Seeing Houston from above and below
July 20: In search of character and culture in Houston
July 27: The search for gators in downtown Houston (and what I found instead)

May 2015:
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May 4: Climbing America’s tallest sand dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park
May 11: Welcome to America’s most underrated national park: Black Canyon of the Gunnison
May 18: What is there to do at Great Sand Dunes National Park
May 25: Hiking in Black Canyon of the Gunnison

March 2015:
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Mar 2: A random day in New Orleans with ferries, beignets, and streetcars
Mar 9: New Orleans Photos: The Houses of Faubourg Marigny and Bywater
Mar 23: Get an important history lesson at the World War II Museum
Mar 30: An afternoon of solo day drinking on Bourbon Street

February 2015:
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Feb 2: Five mistakes I made in Vancouver
Feb 9: Sights from Stanley Park
Feb 23: Identical skyscrapers, green apartments, and Warhol street signs: Photos from Vancouver

October 2014:
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Oct 6: Detroit’s unique neighborhood art: The Heidelberg Project
Oct 15: See presidential limos and the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile at the Henry Ford Museum
Oct 29: Street art, urban ping pong, and Mexican ice cream: 30 whirlwind hours in Detroit

August 2014:
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Aug 18: 8 things you didn’t know about Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Aug 25: Remembering my Smoky Mountain hike
Aug 29: Passing through Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville

July 2014:
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July 7: Quirky things to see and do in Puerto Vallarta
July 10: Riding an ATV in the mountains
July 14: Octopus on the beach, bacon cantaloupe, and escargot quesadillas: The food of Puerto Vallarta
July 21: Why Puerto Vallarta is such a great LGBT destination
July 23: Scenes from the beaches in PV
July 28: Can you visit Puerto Vallarta on a budget?
July 31: Snorkeling at Los Arcos Marine Park
Aug 4: Photo essay: The culture and sights of Puerto Vallarta

June 2014:
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June 2: Witness sports history up close at the hockey Hall of Fame
June 12: A paddling adventure in the Toronto Harbor Islands
June 18: From nude beaches to karaoke booths: The 10 quirkiest sights at the CN Tower
June 23: Church and Wellesley: The center of LGBT life in Toronto

May 2014:
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May 5: Here’s what you’ll see during a visit to Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum
May 12: The world’s longest cave system: The wild world of Mammoth Cave National Park
May 19: Inside the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville
May 26: Five things that surprised me about Kentucky

March 2014:
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Mar 3: Escaping the city with a North Carolina camping & beach experience
Mar 10: A bewildering BBQ experience in Raleigh
Mar 17: Someday, I’ll get to know you, Charlotte
Mar 24: Bear statues, George Washington and Pepsi tourism in New Bern, North Carolina
Mar 31: Finding the cool in Greensboro, North Carolina

February 2014:
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Feb 5: Zebras all up in my face: A visit to the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
Feb 10: The Alamo – worst historic attraction ever?
Feb 17: Quirky Attraction: The Toilet Seat Art Museum
Feb 24: Scenes from San Antonio, Uvalde and small-town southern Texas

November 2013:
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Nov 4: Intro to Coahuila
Nov 11: Here’s what a small-town Mexican cemetery looks like
Nov 18: Quirky Attraction: Plaza de las Culturas
Nov 22: Vendors, sculptures, and flags at the Mexican border
Nov 25: Photo essay from Coahuila

October 2013:
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Oct 7: Lifelike statues, natural springs and pioneer villages: 24 hours in Hamilton County
Oct 11: Have some nature with your art at Indy’s 100 Acres Park
Oct 16: Statues, Sand and Studebakers: Eight of the coolest places in Indiana
Oct 21: Move over, Picasso: Watch elephants paint at the Indianapolis Zoo
Oct 24: Chocolate, cathedrals and cars: A visit to South Bend
Oct 28: Indianapolis 500 fun: Kissing the bricks and racing through the streets in an Indy Car

September 2013:
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Sept 2: Stalking celebrities in Los Angeles
Sept 9: How to visit Los Angeles without a car
Sept 11: Hiking in the Hollywood Hills
Sept 16: Visiting Venice Beach was a bust
Sept 23: A stubborn late-night walk home in L.A.
Sept 26: Photo Essay: The street art of Los Angeles

August 2013:
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Aug 5: August Featured Travel Destination: The Yukon
Aug 7: History and adventure on the Yukon River
Aug 9: I’m a member of the Sourtoe Cocktail Club!
Aug 12: I freaking love Dawson City
Aug 14: 7 lessons learned from Yukon First Nations
Aug 19: Meet Sid, the man behind the quirkiest museum in Canada
Aug 21: 8 quirky things to do in Dawson City, Yukon
Aug 23: I found real gold during a gold panning tour!
Aug 26: Flightseeing in Kluane National Park
Aug 28: The character of the Yukon: a photo essay

July 2013:
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July 1: My favorite memories from 10 national parks
July 4: Photo Teaser #46: Guess the national parks!
July 8: Wrangell-St. Elias: My comically brief visit to America’s largest national park
July 10: Wait, Ohio has a national park? Exploring Cuyahoga
July 12: Quirky Attraction: Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired rest stop in Rocky Mt. National Park
July 15: The 10 least-visited national parks in America
July 18: Learning to appreciate Grand Teton in retrospect
July 22: Spy stations and elk herds in Redwood National Park
July 25: The best national park webcams
July 29: Links roundup – national parks edition
July 31: My 20 favorite wildlife encounters in the U.S.

June 2013:
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June 6: Road trip day 1: Kansas Jayhawks, equality snowmen, and Supreme Court history
June 10: Road trip day 2: Abandoned amusement parks and General Custer’s britches
June 12: Road trip day 3: Raccoon skeletons, buffalo statues and flaming lips in Oklahoma
June 17: Road trip day 4: Route 66 highlights in Oklahoma
June 19: Road trip day 5: What’s it like to visit a ghost town full of toxic waste? Welcome to Picher, Oklahoma

May 2013:
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May 6: Reconnecting with my Amish roots in Berlin, Ohio
May 8: Busting myths at the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center
May 13: Searching for authentic experiences in Amish Country
May 15: Scenes from Amish Country in Holmes County, Ohio

April 2013:
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Apr 1: Finding the fun in Kansas City during an arctic blast
Apr 8: Baseball, jazz and history in the 18th & Vine District in Kansas City
Apr 15: Life is tiny at the Toy & Miniature Museum
Apr 22: The art of Kansas City – in museums and on the streets

March 2013:
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Mar 4: 20 things you didn’t know about Washington DC monuments and memorials
Mar 11: My new favorite museum: The Newseum
Mar 18: Paranoia and weirdness in Washington DC
Mar 25: Six under-the-radar Washington DC museums worth visiting

February 2013:
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Feb 4: Visiting the Martin Luther King Historic Site
Feb 15: Seven quirky sights from the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
Feb 18: I tried 60 different Coca Cola products from around the world at the Coke Museum
Feb 25: My 12 favorite sights from the world’s largest aquarium

January 2013:
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Jan 7: Things to do in Chicago in winter
Jan 14: Chicago food: deep dish, donuts, hot dogs & more
Jan 21: LOL: Chicago improv and sketch comedy
Jan 28: Scenes from the Garfield Park Conservatory

November 2012:
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Nov 5: Repurposing old junk into art at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
Nov 12: Philadelphia loves them some Ben Franklin
Nov 19: Philly highlights: Rocky, cheese steaks, street art and hidden temples
Nov 26: Exploring medieval body armor at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

October 2012:
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Oct 1: Life’s a beach in San Diego
Oct 8: Sights from the San Diego Zoo
Oct 15: Limestone statues, whales, and abandoned lighthouses at the Cabrillo Monument
Oct 22: My favorite San Diego neighborhoods
Oct 29: Step aboard an active 150-year-old ship at the San Diego Maritime Museum

September 2012:
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Sept 3: Butter sculptures, fried Spam and spaghetti on a stick: Scenes from the Minnesota State Fair
Sept 10: The search for beaches on the lakes of Minneapolis
Sept 17: Trapped: Stuck inside the Mall of America for 12 hours
Sept 24: Bizarre superheroes and a Juicy Lucy: 13 sights and observations from Minneapolis and St. Paul

August 2012:
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Aug 6: Stare into the sun at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Aug 13: Driving above 12,000 feet in Rocky Mountain National Park
Aug 20: What are ski towns like in the summer?
Aug 27: Impressions of Denver neighborhoods from a bicycle ride

July 2012:
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July 1: Best Alaska travel blog links
July 4: 12 things you didn’t know about Alaska
July 6: Lost luggage and frozen tents: Lessons in perseverance
July 9: Welcome to Talkeetna, the kooky Alaskan town with a feline mayor
July 11: Wildlife sightings in Denali National Park
July 13: Denali backcountry camping wrap-up, featuring bear scat and educational videos
July 16: The unforgettable experience of flightseeing and landing on a glacier
July 18: Celebrating America’s birthday with inflatable blue monsters in Anchorage
July 20: The Ice Museum and midnight sun in Fairbanks
July 23: Strap on those crampons and hike inside Alaska’s Matanuska Glacier
July 25: Rental car mishaps and a gun-wielding, duck-loving cab driver in Seward
July 27: Seeing killer whales in the wild? Check.
July 30: Photo Essay: 88 Images from Alaska
Bonus: How much does it cost to go to Alaska?
Bonus: Answers to Frequently Asked Alaska Questions

June 2012:
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June 4: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and more at the Country Music Hall of Fame
June 11: A field trip to the Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson’s former mansion
June 18: The many sides of downtown Nashville
June 25: Take a seat at Elvis Presley’s piano at RCA Studio B

May 2012:
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May 7: Three of my favorite places in Portland
May 14: There’s a volcano in the heart of Portland, Oregon
May 21: Love for the Hawthorne District
May 28: The PDX in Pix: Images from Portland

April 2012:
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Apr 2: Photo Essay: Chicago in 100 Images
Apr 9: Five of the Windy City’s best museums
Apr 16: Six Chicago tourist attractions worth seeing
Apr 23: Experiencing Chicago’s architecture through a boat tour
Apr 30: The best and worst of Chicago

March 2012:
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Mar 5: 9 things you didn’t know about the Grand Canyon
Mar 12: Hiking into the Grand Canyon
Mar 19: Wildlife of the Grand Canyon
Mar 26: Images from the North Rim

February 2012:
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Feb 6: Checking out the not-so-modest Milwaukee Art Museum
Feb 13: Visiting the Harley Davidson Museum
Feb 20: Milwaukee cheese stores, dive bars and Pabst mansions
Feb 27: Hitchhiking butterflies and mammoth skeletons at the Milwaukee Public Museum

January 2012:
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Jan 2: Left out of the South Beach nightlife
Jan 9: Where to see alligators in the Everglades
Jan 16: A lazy Sunday morning in Key West
Jan 23: An afternoon on Calle Ocho in Little Havana, Miami
Jan 30: Discovering Miami’s beaches, shopping and architecture

December 2011:
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Dec 5: Awesome weirdness: The bridge bats of Austin
Dec 12: Enjoying a movie at the original Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin
Dec 19: Austin in photos: kinda weird, kinda traditional

November 2011:

Nov 7: Three Fascinating Pittsburgh Museums: Warhol, Heinz History, Fort Pitt
Nov 14: Why I love the South Side of Pittsburgh
Nov 21: The unmatched sports culture of Pittsburgh, City of Champions
Nov 28: 66 other things I love about Pittsburgh

October 2011:
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Oct 3: My first NYC summer: Seinfeld, Grandma, and Yo-Yo Ma
Oct 10: The Staten Island Ferry: The budget traveler’s method of seeing the Statue of Liberty
Oct 17: My favorite New York City concert venues
Oct 24: New York City neighborhoods worth checking out
Oct 31: Five of my favorite lesser-known NYC spots

September 2011:

Sept 5: The UFO Museum in the alien-crazed town of Roswell, New Mexico
Sept 12: White Sands, New Mexico: The beach without water
Sept 19: Albuquerque, my future home
Sept 26: Carlsbad Caverns: A quirky national park

August 2011:

Aug 1: Crazy Horse: The monument that may never be finished
Aug 8: Stalking bighorn sheep in Badlands National Park
Aug 15: The obligatory trip to Mount Rushmore
Aug 22: Wall Drug: Not worth the trip
Aug 29: Begging burros and bison in Custer State Park

July 2011:

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July 4: Five observations about Boston that surprised me
July 11: Reliving history through Boston’s Granary Cemetery
July 18: Hanging with the Cantabrigians in Cambridge
July 25: Visiting Bunker Hill and checking out Boston statues

June 2011:

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June 6: 9 Things You Didn’t Know About Yellowstone
June 13: Yellowstone: A Photo Essay
June 20: Hiking Mt. Washburn
June 27: Where to see bears and other wildlife

Check out our Yellowstone National Park photo album on Flickr.

May 2011:

May 2: LA in Songs
May 9: Griffith Observatory
May 16: I see dead people in Los Angeles
May 23: My favorite LA neighborhoods
May 30: Hang with (wax) celebs at Madame Tussauds Hollywood

Check out our Los Angeles photo album on Flickr.

April 2011:

Apr 4: Visiting Graceland for free
Apr 11: Memphis in May: Attending the Beale Street Music Festival
Apr 18: Visiting the Civil Rights Museum
Apr 25: See rock & roll history at Sun Studio

Check out our Memphis photo album on Flickr.

March 2011:

Mar 7: Five things to see and do at Death Valley National Park
Mar 14: Death Valley ghost town: My visit to Rhyolite, Nevada
Mar 21: Visiting Badwater Basin
Mar 28: Camping with Coyotes in Death Valley

Check out our Death Valley photo album on Flickr.

February 2011:

Feb 7: Riding to the top of the Gateway Arch
Feb 14: Free booze on the Budweiser Brewery Tour
Feb 21: The City Museum: A Giant Playground
Feb 28: The Loop: Best neighborhood in St. Louis?

Check out our St. Louis photo album on Flickr.

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