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Washington D.C. Part One City of Monuments PDF Print E-mail
Written by Greg Prohl    Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:26

Washington Monument, WWII Memorial in foreground, Capitol Building in background

(Washington Monument, WWII Memorial in foreground, Capitol Building in background)

Washington D.C. is a city that symbolizes many things to many people. To state the obvious, it is first and foremost the capital of the United States and seat of the federal government. In this era of widespread dissatisfaction with government in general, and the federal government in particular, Washington D.C. is often the butt of jokes, the target of reformers and activists of all stripes, and the focal point of every perceived ill ailing the American political system. HOWEVER…I’m going to conveniently sidestep all of that and simply concentrate on our nation’s capital as a travel destination and avoid the political soapboxing. Whether your own political views fall left, right, or center, I think we can all agree there are far too many self-proclaimed pundits, prophets and windbags out there already. No one needs one more.

Lincoln Memorial with WWII Memorial in foreground

(Lincoln Memorial with WWII Memorial in foreground)

With that disclaimer aside, let’s explore D.C. from the traveler’s angle. On that score alone it certainly rates as one of the USA’s top cities to visit. In this article we’re going to look at some of the most iconic, recognizable monuments not only in the USA, but in the entire world.

Jefferson Memorial from across the Tidal Basin

(Jefferson Memorial from across the Tidal Basin)

 
Road Tripping PDF Print E-mail
Written by Greg Prohl    Tuesday, 10 February 2015 10:56

On the road in North Dakota

(On the road in North Dakota)

If jumping in your car and taking off on a road trip isn’t an American invention, it oughta be. There are few activities more closely associated with the USA than loading up the family vehicle and hitting the open road. Whether it’s a Sunday afternoon drive, a weekend fling down the coast to another state or two, or a weeks-long coast to coast and back again odyssey, they are all part of that greatest of all American love affairs: with our automobiles.

The road trip is such an iconic, ingrained part of American life that it’s become synonomous with freedom, a rite of passage for young people, and for many of us the ultimate way to get away from it all, at least for a time. It’s also something you’ll find celebrated in popular culture down through the years in books, songs, television, movies and, naturally, commercials. (See the USA in your Chevrolet! Okay, I’m really dating myself with that one). On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 revisited. Route 66. The road trip in Animal House. National Lampoon’s Vacation. Pick your favorite or make your own list.

South Dakota landscape

(South Dakota landscape)

 
Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota PDF Print E-mail
Written by Greg Prohl    Monday, 05 January 2015 09:17

Entering Badlands National Park

(Entering Badlands National Park)

So you’re in South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore. Fine, everyone needs to do that at least once. But while you’re there don’t overlook some other great attractions in the western half of the state. After all, let’s face it, Rushmore is a long way from anywhere and if you’ve gone to all the trouble of driving there in the first place, why not see the rest?

It's hot down there

(It's hot down there)

There is actually some green out there

(There is actually some green out there)

That’s exactly what we did on our 2014 road trip. Whether you’re coming from the east or west on I-90 there’s no better place to start than Badlands National Park. Established as a National Monument in 1939, Badlands was redesignated as a National Park in 1978.

 
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