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16 Festive Holiday Attractions & Activities

The holidays just are not the same without beautiful light displays and festive events to look forward to all season long, from the day after Thanksgiving through the New Year. While the holiday season can be a stressful time for many, there is also lots of seasonal fun to lighten the mood. With all the […]

10 Festive Halloween Attractions & Activities

It’s that time of the year again when we can finally pack away the shorts & flip flops, turn off the air conditioning and feel the cool breeze coming in through the windows, and enjoy all types of pumpkin treats and festive fall attractions. With an abundance of seasonal fun including pumpkin spice lattes, fall color […]

25 Bike Paths with Incredible Scenery

A leisurely bike ride is a fantastic activity to incorporate into any vacation as it allows you to check out the beautiful natural surroundings of the area while also getting in a fun little vacation workout (as opposed to a boring treadmill workout at a hotel gym, or worse skipping the fitness altogether). These 25 […]

6 Fantastic US Zoos

There is no need to travel far and wide to see wildlife in their natural habitats. Sure it would be nice to venture out on a once in a lifetime African safari ride, yet for those who want to keep it a bit cheaper & closer to home, here are 6 spectacular zoos to add […]

13 Fun Winter Destinations

Although many associate the winter season with endless shoveling of snow and frigid temperatures, winter is also a great time of the year to participate in fun & festive winter themed recreational activities. Instead of thinking of snow as a burden, take advantage of the opportunity to try out a new sport (snowshoeing, cross country […]

9 Festive Holiday & Winter Activities

With the holidays just around the corner, now is the time to start making your plans for fun, festive events and activities in your area. To help get you into the holiday spirit, I have compiled a list of 9 wonderful holiday happenings and activities around the country. Have you been to any of the […]

3 Places to View Great Skylines

Every city has its’ own unique top spots for city photography. Listed below are 3 fantastic sites for viewing the great skylines of Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Boston. Chicago & Pittsburgh are among the most scenic skylines in the country, if not the world. In addition, the beautiful greenery surrounding Boston gives us numerous options for […]

A Pumpkin Patch Like No Other: Bengston’s Pumpkin Patch in Homer Glen, Illinois

Bengston’s Pumpkin Patch is a fun, festive annual fall event in the Chicago suburbs. This popular local favorite, which has been going strong for over 35 years, has been voted “Best Pumpkin Farm in Chicago” by viewers of My Fox Chicago. I always make it a point to visit Bengston’s on any fall visit to Chicago (and […]

The Beautiful Canyons of Illinois’ Starved Rock State Park

Starved Rock State Park is frequently rated the top attraction in Illinois. The park is very popular with over 2 million visits a year. Known for its’ beautiful canyons and waterfalls, Starved Rock is one of the most popular escapes from the hustle and bustle of Chicago. The park gets it’s name from an old […]

10 Free Things to Do & See in Chicago

Chicago is home to some of the world’s top tourist attractions including world class zoos, museums, and parks. Many of these attractions are completely free. In fact, most of my favorite things to do in the city just happen to be those that cost nothing. A winning combination of stunning architecture & magnificent lake views […]



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