September Roundup: Heading Back to the Lone Star State!

Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge

Here’s what’s new in QTG world. I spent much of September traveling throughout the state of Indiana, where I uncovered a number of cool sights, including Michael Jackson’s birth home in Gary, a national lakeshore featuring sand dunes on the Great Lakes, the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative, the Notre Dame campus in South Bend, and some amazing art and culture in Indianapolis.

Indiana will serve as my Featured Destination for October, and I guarantee you’ll be surprised at all the fun stuff to see and do in the state.

I have another big trip planned this month: I’ll be heading to southern Texas and northern Mexico with my partner for a few days. We’ll be staying near San Antonio, and there’s a possibility of a quick trip up to Austin. I’ve also been dying to get more coverage of Mexico on the site, and this trip will allow me to see some of the small towns in the country that you don’t normally read about.

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Here’s what I was reading from around the travel blogging world in September.

Featured personal link:

How to visit Los Angeles without a car

I spent a week in the City of Angels doing what some have said is impossible – getting around without a vehicle. I walked and took the bus and still managed to see all the big sights – the Hollywood Walk of Fame, hiking trails in the hills, hipster neighborhoods Silver Lake and Echo Park, beach towns Santa Monica and Venice, and much more.

los angeles bus

September travel links of interest:

Breakaway Backpacker: The 9/11 Memorial in Photos

On the anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, Jaime posted a collection of photos from the memorial as it looks today and offered his insight about what it felt like to visit. I have not been to NYC since the memorial was finished, but I’m looking forward to making the trip. The site looks like a powerful place to spend an hour or two.

Be My Travel Muse: Why I Prefer Solo Travel (And Probably Always Will)

Kristin writes about some of the awesome experiences she has had by traveling solo and shares some of the advantages of being on your own, like an increased desire to meet others and complete freedom over your schedule. I can relate to this in many ways, since most of my travels have been alone.

Leah Travels: 48 Hours in Austin: Favorites From a Former Resident

The title says it all. Leah dishes on some of the best options for visitors in Austin, Texas, including the city’s live music scene, its college football atmosphere, the numerous food trucks, the capitol building, and those wacky bridge bats.

capitol Austin

TurnipSeed Travel: Zion National Park Photo Essay

I’ve been to a ton of national parks now, but sadly Utah’s Zion National Park isn’t one of them. This post from Vanessa shows what I’ve been missing – fantastic natural landscapes, gorgeous scenery and plentiful wildlife.

Hecktic Travels: Our End at the Knud Rasmussen Glacier, Greenland

Gotta give another shout-out to one of my favorite sites, Hecktic Travels, for their excellent coverage of Greenland, a place that’s at the top of my travel bucket list. This post features great pics from a kayaking journey in one of the most beautiful spots on earth. Check out all their recent posts for more Greenland content.

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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.

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