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Introduction to Georgia [Itinerary]

Georgia
Two weeks is all it takes to fall in love with the southern state we call home. Wondering what to do in Atlanta? What to do in Georgia? Here are our top picks for a get-to-know-Georgia tour, whether it's your first-ever visit, a deeper exploration...

Atlanta CityPASS

CityPASS
Save 40% touring the major attractions in Atlanta, Georgia with CityPASS. By Hope S. Philbrick In the 20 years that I’ve lived in Atlanta, Georgia, I’ve never really played tourist. I’ve seen most of the major attractions over the years, usually when they served as a...

In Season: Dollywood [2017 Christmas Update]

“If you see someone without a smile, give them yours.” —Dolly Parton Adults-oriented amusements abound, from thrill rides to seasonal performances. Smoky Mountain Christmas features 4 million lights, a colorful parade, and other themed treats. By Hope S. Philbrick   'Tis the season for Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas. The seasonal...

Sea Turtle Rescue: Meet Anna Hyatt [Update]

Follow a recent rescued loggerhead to the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston, South Carolina. By Hope S. Philbrick Since I recently helped rescue a loggerhead sea turtle, it seemed fitting to go visit her in the hospital. In South Carolina, all rescued sea turtles are routed...

Loggerhead Sea Turtle Rescue with Black River Outdoors

Naturalist-guided kayak eco-tour of the salt marsh near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, leads to an unexpected sea turtle rescue mission. By Hope S. Philbrick Once in a while you recognize what will rank as one of the high points of your life while it’s actually happening,...

National Wild Turkey Center & Winchester Museum

Gobble up South Carolina’s Old 96 District. By Hope S. Philbrick We’ve all seen the famous image of a pilgrim standing next to a wild turkey. Turns out, that turkey with the fancy fan tail isn’t the sort of turkey a pilgrim would have seen at...

Under Kentucky

Subterranean Adventures By Hope S. Philbrick “Caves are like snowflakes,” says Dave Foster, geologist and executive director of Hidden River Cave and the American Cave Museum. “No two are alike. You need to see them all. They’re all different” Indeed, after a week touring seven of the...

Cub Run Cave

Spectacular subterranean treasure in Kentucky Cave Country. By Hope S. Philbrick The idea for this travel series theme “Under Kentucky” appealed to me before I stopped to analyze the fact that researching it would require me to go underground into dark, rocky holes in the earth...

Lost River Cave

Take a boat tour under Bowling Green, Kentucky By Hope S. Philbrick One of the largest cave entrances east of the Mississippi River leads to a watery passageway 60 feet below Highway 31W.  At Lost River Cave, step into a tour boat, dip your head briefly...

Four Roadside Finds: Florida’s East Coast

Grownup fun, times four. By Hope S. Philbrick Five hundred years ago, Spanish explorers led by Juan Ponce de León stepped ashore in Florida. 2013 marks the milestone of that fateful step. Led by the Florida Department of State, the Viva Florida 500 celebration is taking...
2018 Chevy Trax

All-Weather Test Drive [2018 Chevrolet Trax]

We road-tested a 2018 Chevrolet Trax through storms, sun and even frost. The Chevy Trax served us well from Atlanta, Georgia to Covington, Kentucky to...
Murrells Inlet Marshwalk - Hammock Coast

South Carolina’s Hammock Coast Welcomes Vacationers Back

Coastal Communities in Georgetown County Avoided Worst of Hurricane Florence’s Wrath South Carolina’s Hammock Coast, with idyllic fall weather in the forecast and an ever-popular...
Whitewater Rafting West Virginia's New River

Whitewater Rafting in West Virginia’s New River

Find thrills on the water in southern West Virginia. By Rachel Cooper As an experienced flat-water kayaker, I am comfortable on the water. But riding through...

5 Reasons to Visit Wilmington, Delaware Right Now

By Hope S. Philbrick If you’re like me, the mere fact that you’ve never before visited Wilmington, Delaware, is reason enough to book a trip. While...
eat in Blowing Rock NC

Where To Eat in Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Small town, big flavor. By Hope S. Philbrick Taste buds are the only essential to bring on any trip to Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Blowing Rock has...
Meadowbrook Inn

Meadowbrook Inn

If you’ve always wanted to feel rich without actually forking over too much cash, book a stay at Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. You can sprawl out in a suite at surprisingly affordable rates—plus, if your travel dates are flexible, you can save even more with specials.
Savannah Marriott Riverfront

Savannah Marriott Riverfront

$20-million renovation complete at Savannah Marriott Riverfront!  By Hope S. Philbrick “We have the strangest collection of things in this car,” said my friend Jan, as...

Mixed Case: Forward Tastes

Twelve Tasty Sips Our Mixed Case series serves up an eclectic mix of recent ‘adult beverage’ discoveries by the dozen. Whether you’re perusing a bar...
Paradise Rental Boats

Rent a Houseboat on Lake Lanier [Inside Scoop]

2018 UPDATE: Paradise Rental Boats sold its houseboat fleet. This service is no longer available with the company that we reviewed. Rather than delete...
Mall of America

Mall of America [UPDATE]

Bloomington, Minnesota is home to the No. 1 tourism attraction in the United States. The shopping mecca offers plenty of grownup fun even if you...

Inn to Inn to Inn: Hiking in Shenandoah National Park

One luxurious way to hike part of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. By Hope S. Philbrick Recently, I hiked 30 miles in three days. It ranks as...
The Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn

The Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn [Update: New Pod]

Dip into relaxation in Asheville, North Carolina. By Hope S. Philbrick “This is the best thing ever,” said my husband after emerging from underneath a therapeutic...

How To Show Off Atlanta, Georgia

ATL v NYC. How to show off Atlanta, Georgia for the win. Genuine WOWs in the capital city of the South's Empire State. By Hope S....