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10 of the USA's top music festivals

  Spring and summer are prime music festival season, and after being largely suspended for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for the most part they've come roaring back in 2022. The United States being the huge country that it is, there are dozens of options for all musical tastes. Here's a sampling of the top ten, in order of dates (all given for this year, but will be similar in 2023): read post  

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Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia: an unparalleled land-and-water adventure for kids of all ages

  Great Wolf Lodge     “You want me to get on THAT and go down to where?” I wailed from high atop the Alberta Falls waterslide, looking down to an alleged pool that was well out of visual range.  My 11-year-old grand-daughter nodded with a look of both consternation and resignation that I tried very hard to take in stride. Such was my introduction to a vast array of unusual children’s activities that mesmerized the 70-year-old kid in me as much as they did Dalya, 14 and Mollie, 11 as we…

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Barbecue in the USA: a quick primer

 vwcampin In the USA, barbecue is a year-round treat, and many regions of the country – mostly in the American South – have their own particular slant on the art of roasting, smoking, and saucing meats on a nice hot grill or in a smoker or pit. But summertime is especially barbecue time here, when BBQ cookouts are common. Here’s a quick primer of the top variations for those of you visiting soon. read post  

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Nifty North Carolina road trips: 5 scenic sights to visit by car

    One of the original 13 British colonies which first formed the United States, North Carolina is home to plenty of historic and cultural sites but also some breathtaking natural beauty, including national and state parks, and dozens of beaches along some 300 miles of coastline. Gorgeous barrier islands; gospel music; Piedmont blues music; two types of tasty barbecue; Cherokee Indian culture; roadside attractions (like the world's largest working frying pan) - there's plenty of cool stuff to…

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  • The news website Skift, which does a great job of covering all aspects of the international travel industry, just came out with this sobering look by Lebawit Lily Girma at how all the mass shootings, hate crimes and other dysfunction in the U.S. may pose a challenge for getting tourists to come visit. And I post it here because I'm quoted. Sad but true... 😥
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  • History buffs, especially those interested in the U.S. Civil War and its 150th anniversary this year, will find a plethora of fascinating offbeat tours covered in the series newly posted on our blog.
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  • Photographs of San Francisco and Alcatraz Island and Penitentiary. There is an extraordinary atmosphere, amazing views of the city skyline and far fewer tourists on the Alcatraz night tour - highly recommended! Click here to view the image gallery: SF & Alcatraz gallery


    I am a professional travel photographer and take on commissions worldwide. To see more of my work

  • Hi, Zoë! Well, it really depends on your interests -- as you well know, the U.S. is a sometimes bewilderingly varied smorgasbord. Are your interests historic, outdoorsy, cultural, foodie, sporty...?
  • Hi - I'm a personal Tour Guide for the lake District, Cumbria, UK & many of my clients are from America. I want to learn more about USA & get back to visit - only been to California. Where should I go next?
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  • Hi Jose,

    Just did.
    Thank you.
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