a slice of deep dish pizza full of cheese and tomato sauce

A quick taste of Chicago

Chicago could be the city that never sleeps, just as much as it is the windy city.  No last call for alcohol, and you can always find a place that’s open and happening, even if you are visiting the city on a Sunday and Monday like we were.  Having been to Chicago before, we skipped…

A bronze statue of a man sitting in a hair with a farmhouse behind him

Kentucky: Bourbon and Pizza?!

Our trip through Kentucky included a stopover at Jim Beam’s American Stillhouse, home of the world’s #1 selling bourbon and one of 9 distilleries on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail.  This area is certainly worth a weekend trip to really take in the countryside, tour the distilleries, and hear some traditional bluegrass.  Jim Beam offers tours, but…

a band on stage with USA flag in the background

Taking in Music City: Nashville, TN

Two things we noticed immediately about Nashville: live music everywhere and everyone seems to be under 25!  Perhaps I’m exaggerating on the second point a bit, so let’s call it under 30.  With 21 universities and 6 community colleges and an overall population of only 600,000, Nashville’s student vibe is quickly noticeable. Even the tourists…

A band playing at Rum Boogie night club

Five legendary experiences in Memphis, TN

Memphis is a city full of history, sometimes triumphant and sometimes tragic, but always legendary. Although not a huge city (population of about 650,000), we were overwhelmed by the number of things we wanted to see (and eat) while visiting! Two days were not enough, but we squeezed as much as humanly possible into those…

Several cadillacs buried nose first in the dessert and spray painted in various colours

Travelling through cattle country: Texas & Oklahoma

Continuing the road trip down Historic Route 66, we made our way out of New Mexico and past the sprawling cattle ranches of Texas and Oklahoma enroute to Tennessee. Leaving Albuquerque in the morning gives you have the chance to stopover at a few interesting stops in Amarillo and Oklahoma City, the two major cities…

a purple blooming tree outside of a gallery

City Different: Santa Fe, New Mexico

You can’t really appreciate Santa Fe’s nickname until you arrive in the “City Different”. The flourishing arts town in simultaneously hippyish and upscale. It’s pueblo architecture is like nothing I’ve seen before. Founded in 1607 at an elevation of 7,000 feet, it is America’s oldest and highest capital city. Full of history and culture, it…

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…

View of Grand Canyon

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…