United States

United States

50 distinctly different states...well, at least most of them are. A coupLe like North Dakota and Kansas tend to get lost in the mix. But despite the great expanse of space, sadly this country has no real significant historical structures or locations.

19/08/2012 YOU know, I’m no weirdo… but I sure do seem to attract them. I can be sat on a train or bus with maybe a hundred MILLION seats available around me and the weirdo will always walk up, sit opposite me, and engage me in some form of nonsensical conversation. Because I’m just too nice to be rude I always seem to let them talk. And the next thing I know 40 minutes has passed, we know each other’s names, and I think I’m beginning to smell like he does. Ahhh… public transport. Don’t you just love it?! Stripped… KEEP READING
19/07/2012 IT’S not often that a grown man asks you if you’d like to ‘touch’ his monkey during daylight hours in full view of young families in a steamy bustling street. It was a first for me. And my reaction was one of disbelief as much disdain. You see over here in Mexico everyone seems to be making up new ways of making a few pesos. And this attempt to prise a few pence out of my pocket almost deserved reward – if only for making Jacky and giggle uncontrollably for hours afterwards. The Mexican wasn’t suggesting anything sordid. In… KEEP READING
When traveling I get a kick out of stopping in any random museums that I may come across. Some are educational, others are laughable, but most all are enjoyable for their own reasons. In fact the next time you pass by a museum, I encourage you to stop in and have a look around. Included are some of the museums I have visited over the last six or so months (however long since I returned from Mexico). Have you been to any unique or amazing museums? Feel free to brag below ;) Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum The Pencil… KEEP READING
New York City consistently ranks in the top ten of destinations for American travelers, and for good reason. With a population of over 16 million people and countless buildings and sights instantly recognizable by people all over the world, NYC is often a "must-see" destination for both US citizens and foreign travelers alike. And if you are still searching for cheap flights to New York, be sure to check out FlightHub.com. Whether Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, or even Ground Zero, most visitors already have a long list of sights to see before they even arrive… KEEP READING
Recently I had the pleasure of discovering a refreshing new side to Ohio, the hidden gem known as Hocking Hills. Nestled in the southeastern portion of the state, this area is known for its rolling hills and glacier-carved valleys. As a result of these iconic valleys the region is also home to a surprising amount of migratory fauna and even several types of flora that are usually only found in the cooler climates of Canada. In addition to offering a wealth of outdoor activities, the nearby towns provide several interesting sightseeing opportunities and tours that cover a variety of interests… KEEP READING
A common love for music, chiefly the Blues, inspired a friend and me to explore Americas Deep South, in particular the Mississippi Delta birthplace of the Blues. As a vocal and instrumental form of music based on its distinctive twelve-bar pattern, the Blues has often been portrayed as the devils music and as a vehicle that incites violence and other destructive behaviour. In the early 20th century the Blues was considered by many conventional types to be an unrespectable form of entertainment, especially when it began to attract white audiences during the 1920s. Since that era, the Blues has grown… KEEP READING
New England cities are all the rage when its time for Fall and all that foliage. Being from New England Fall foliage doesn't excite me too much but I know for a fact that non-New Englander's are simply crazy about visiting this time of year. There is a city for every type of person here in New England. We've got everything from small cities, large cities, and everything in between. We've also got something for the snow lovers, foliage lovers, and also BEER lovers. There is literally a town for everyone with something awesome to do there. If your thinking… KEEP READING
Ever since the Kansas City Zoo opened the African Sky Safari attraction I have been very intrigued to visit, which I finally did this past 4th of July during a one night stay in Kansas City that also included stops at SEA LIFE Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery Center. My first impression of the zoo was of a high-quality and brand-new facility that continued to impress as we worked our way through its vast grounds. Even after just one visit, the Kansas City Zoo is near the top of my list of the best zoos in America! The Front Entry Plaza… KEEP READING
No visit to San Francisco would be complete without a tour of Alcatraz. I highly recommend taking the night tour. Be sure to book your tickets in advance (online: http://www.alcatrazcruises.com/) as they sell out weeks in advance. A Day in San Francisco: 3:30 PM - 9:00 PM -Ferry to Azkaban, I mean Alcatraz. -Night Tour of "The Rock." (The night tour of Alcatraz is AMAZING, PS.) -Ferry back to the mainland From the Ferry Ride: @ Alcatraz. Photos of inmates. Cool staircase, PS. Each corridor and space had a nickname: Broadway, Times Square, etc. The Gun Galley at the top… KEEP READING
A Day in San Francisco... 2:00pm-3:30pm Explored Pier 39. Walked to Pier 45. Found a WWII Submarine. That's right. I said A WWII SUBMARINE. The USS Pampanito SO worth the $10 admission fee. One laundry machine for 70+ men. How often do you really think they washed their clothes? (Also, only one shower too. Ditto for washing of bodies?) This bunk is sandwiched between torpedoes. Yup. Better not toss and turn at night if you sleep there. Torpedo tubes A hatch. It's TEENY TINY. There are four or five of these to pass through when traversing the length of the… KEEP READING
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