February links: Skiing, swamps and Seattle

This month was a quiet one on the personal travel front. I spent a lot of time prepping upcoming articles about my recent trip to San Diego, as well as plotting out my summer trips to Denver and Alaska.

I still want to make a couple of weekend trips in the meantime, to places within reasonable Greyhound or Megabus distance from Chicago. Any suggestions? Right now the leading candidates are Minneapolis, Nashville and Detroit.

Here’s a look at some of the travel stories I was digging in February 2012.

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Scenes from the Chinese New Year celebration in San Diego

From giant, slithering human-puppet dragons to Buddha trinkets to Taiwanese drummers, I saw a bunch of fascinating sights while attending the 30th annual Chinese New Year celebration in San Diego.

February travel links of interest:

Camels & Chocolate: A first-timer’s guide to skiiing Vail

I’m not a skiier (yet). But I love this guide from Kristin at Camels & Chocolate. She lays out all the details you need to know about hitting the slopes in Vail, one of Colorado’s most-popular ski towns. With a description of the ski trails, directions for how to get there, the apps you’ll need, and a dining guide, this post has you covered.

The Lost Backpack: Los Angeles Part V: Film Locations

If you read any of my L.A. posts last May, you know I have an unhealthy obsession with the celebrity culture there. That’s probably why I was so excited to read this post by Lane at the Lost Backpack. The article describes a few L.A. locations you can visit that have been featured in movies over the years, and also explains how to find out where shooting is currently taking place, in case you’re the type who would like to creepily stake out such locations (raises hand!)

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Budget Travel Adventures: College life at the University of Washington – an interview with tour guides

As part of his creative College Football Travel Tour, Jeremy visited the University of Washington. Here he presents an interview with campus tour guides, who offer their impressions about the school and the city of Seattle. Great reporting!

FootTracker: Chinese New Year Festival at San Francisco

Look, it’s another Chinese New Year celebration! Annie has the details on what went down in San Francisco, which was apparently much larger and more hectic than the festival I witnessed down in San Diego.

Globetrotter Girls: New Orleans: Get outta town! Swamps, alligators and plantations

Dani and Jess keep writing about rad places that I really want to visit. In this post, they describe some of the cooler sights and activities in the New Orleans area, which include observing houses on ten-foot stilts, visiting old plantations, and holding a baby alligator.

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About Scott Shetler

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

13 comments on “February links: Skiing, swamps and Seattle

  1. Obviously, my vote is for Nashville! =) Plus, we’ve had the NICEST winter here (I mean, it was 72 at 10am today…in FEBRUARY).

    And thanks for the link love! I’ll have to check out the celebrity post you mentioned, as I love that kind of stuff!
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    • Nashville may be my leading contender! I’ve been looking into Megabus prices. I’ve only spent about three hours there so I would love to see more of the city.

  2. I would have to go with Nashville too, Scott. It’s been a few years since I’ve visited but I have nothing but great memories of being there. Good luck….I understand that your feet are restless and you have to do SOMETHING before your summer excursions, so it makes sense to find something closer to home until then.
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