Featured Travel Destinations

Nearly every month, Quirky Travel Guy goes in-depth with a specific focus on one popular city, national park or region of the world.

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For July and August, the featured destination is Africa! More specifically, my African overland safari. I’ll be writing about my travels to see the animals, people, and natural attractions of Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa! Stay tuned for the latest articles about this amazing region of the world.

July 2: Quirky Attraction: Freddie Mercury’s Birth House in Zanzibar, Tanzania
July 9: I Kissed a Giraffe and I Liked It: The Giraffe Center in Nairobi, Kenya
July 16: Tips for Climbing Namibia’s Dune 45 Before Sunrise
July 23: Zebra Steaks and Giraffe Ribs: Sampling Africa’s Game Meats
July 30: My 39 Most Amazing Wildlife Encounters in Africa
Aug 13: Quirky Attraction: The World’s Largest Meteorite, Namibia’s Hoba Meteorite

Past Featured Travel Destinations:

May 2018:
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May 7: Winnipeg’s Canadian Museum of Human Rights
May 14: Quirky Attraction: Gopher Hole Museum
May 21: Finding Quirky Fun in Saskatoon
May 28: Visiting Alberta’s Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

March 2018:
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Mar 5: How I Won $7200/Hour on the Slot Machines!
Mar 12: Quirky Attraction: The Neon Museum
Mar 19: Red Rock Canyon: The Most Awesome Day Trip from Las Vegas
Mar 26: The Five Quirkiest Museums in Las Vegas

February 2018:
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Feb 5: I Jumped Into the Ocean With a Bunch of Sharks
Feb 12: Quirky Things to See and Do in Oahu
Feb 19: Experiencing American History Up Close at Pearl Harbor
Feb 26: Hiking One Mile Straight Up at Koko Crater

November 2017:
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Nov 1: The 30 Most Amazing Things I Saw in Iceland
Nov 6: Quirky Attraction: Icelandic Museum of Sorcery & Witchcraft
Nov 13: In Search of the Northern Lights in downtown Reykjavik
Nov 20: Seven myths about traveling in Iceland
Nov 27: Photo Essay: The Quirky Side of Iceland

August 2017:
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Aug 7: Everything you need to know about camping at Dry Tortugas
Aug 14: Delving into the history of Fort Jefferson
Aug 21: Cleatus, the American crocodile who lived at Dry Tortugas
Aug 28: Finding the best tropical snorkeling at Dry Tortugas

June 2017:
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June 8: High-Wire Act: Riding the Teleferico
June 19: Playing in the 27 waterfalls of Damajagua
June 26: Sights from the town of Puerto Plata

April 2017:
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Apr 10: One day in Joshua Tree NP: A suggested itinerary
Apr 17: Hiking to Barker Dam & Wonderland Ranch
Apr 24: Climbing around like a kid at Jumbo Rocks

March 2017:
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Jan 4: The Mexico City Chronicles
Mar 1: Taking in the sights at Chapultepec Castle
Mar 21: Palacio de Bellas Artes, seen from every angle
Mar 27: Living in Mexico City: Three things I would do differently

November 2016:
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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

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:

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:

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:

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.