bright lights of Old Vegas casinos

Viva Las Vegas (on a budget)!

There has been so much written about Las Vegas already, and whether you think it’s gaudy, garish or glamorous, it’s a city you should see at least once for yourself, even if for the sheer spectacle of it all.  You can do Vegas high end staying at the best hotels on the strip (try Caesar’s…

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Tips for visiting the Grand Canyon & Hoover Dam

Visiting the Hoover Dam and especially the Grand Canyon is unbelievable and an absolute must!  I recently had this opportunity, so I’m sharing a few tips based on my personal experience: Hoover Dam -> Visit the Hoover Dam first – the Grand Canyon is so incredibly impressive that it was hard to be as impressed…

Boogie, bites and brews in Austin, Texas

Being a huge fan of music, I was super excited to visit the town that brought us SXSW and Austin City Limits. I immediately noticed something else to love about Austin, it’s distinctly chilled out small town vibe. Not that Austin is a small town…as the state’s capital, a major center for high tech industry…

pulled pork, bbq chicken and red beans on a white styrofoam plate

Smokin’ BBQ Challenge in Hammond, Louisiana

Last weekend we were lucky enough to be passing through Louisiana during an awesome free BBQ Festival – the Hammond Smokin’ BBQ Challenge.  With 60+ local teams competing, this has been the largest BBQ event in Louisiana for the last 12 years.  In addition to the professional judging through the Kansas City Barbecue Society that…

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Another side of Orlando, Florida

Orlando is all families and theme parks you say?  Well that’s true, partially at least. Orlando has more theme parks than anywhere else in the world, ranging from well known and long established spots such as Disney and Universal to off beat attractions such as the Holy Land Experience and Titanic: The Experience. The wide range…

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Something a little surprising about Savannah, Georgia

I was perplexed when I first learned that Savannah, Georgia has the second largest St Patrick’s Day festivities in the USA.  “Really, Savannah?” I said to myself, “Isn’t this city a classic southern belle, with moss covered oak trees and historic squares?”  It wasn’t until I arrived in Savannah that I realized this belle has a…