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The California seal inlay at Hoover Dam

A Hoover Dam Tour and a Dam Tour Guide

“My name is Arcelia and I’ll be your dam tour guide.” This was our introduction to our tour of Hoover Dam. Arcelia milked the joke as much as she could – “this dam wall,” “these dam generators,” and so on – but somehow, it worked, earning a chuckle from the visitors every time. Her cheerful…

the Empire State Building: New York City on a budget

New York City on a Budget: Free or cheap things to do

A lot of sights and activities are expensive in New York City. Nevertheless, you can entertain yourself well on very little money if you know where to go. Here are some tips for seeing New York City on a budget. (Note: I thoroughly fact-checked and updated this post on January 25, 2018.) 1. Some general tips…

This huge figure of a pool player was originally painted to look like he wore a Hawaiian shirt.

The Neon Museum Las Vegas: Nostalgia in the desert

The Neon Museum Las Vegas isn’t like any museum I’ve visited before. It has more in common with a junkyard, albeit a very tidy junkyard. In other words, you won’t see precious items in display cases, and don’t expect the neon signs to be hung neatly on walls. Instead, the only way to see this…

"Drinking Man" figure at the Musee Mecanique penny arcade

Musee Mecanique and its Penny Arcade Machines

Space Invaders! Memories flooded back as I spotted the game. Pac-Man! Centipede! My visit to the Musée Mécanique and its collection of antique and vintage penny arcade machines struck a chord with me. Anyone who grew up in the 70s will remember these games, fondly or otherwise. I only played occasionally, quitting when I lost…

The famous WWII propaganda poster, by J. Howard Miller. Public Domain.

The Rosie the Riveter Museum: Fascinating WWII home front history

When I heard about a museum dedicated to Rosie the Riveter, I had to see it. Who was Rosie the Riveter? The name “Rosie the Riveter,” according to Wikipedia, was first used in a 1942 hit song, praising an assembly line worker helping in the war effort. The popular image of Rosie the Riveter stems…

a market vendor in Hoi An, Vietnam. Photo courtesy of Anita Breland of Anita's Feast.

25 Real Tips for Women Traveling Alone

A recent article from The New York Times has been making the rounds in Facebook travel groups. Written by Shivani Vora, it’s called “Tips for Women Traveling Solo, From Dining Out to Hotel Safety.” The title is misleading. Rather than a collection of tips, the article is an interview with Suzanne Randolph, founder of Alix…

photo taken at Ingalls Homestead in De Smet, South Dakota, by Deb Thompson

Deb Thompson on 1001 Travel Tales: Little House on the Prairie

This entry is part 10 of 12 in the series 1001 Travel Tales Podcast

This week’s 1001 Travel Tales podcast has a literary theme. Deb Thompson, of justshortofcrazy.com, tells about her experience following the historical footsteps of Laura Ingalls Wilder. To listen on Soundcloud, just click on the image below. If you prefer to download the podcast, you can do so here on iTunes or here on Stitcher. If…

Three reflected roseate spoonbills at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image via Flickr by Matthew Paulson

Visiting Orlando: 8 ideas that aren’t Disney

Disclosure: The following is a partnered post; I received payment for writing it and including a link. All opinions, however, are my own! What’s the first word that pops into your head when you hear the word “Orlando”? Unless you’re an Orlando Bloom fan, chances are you thought of Disney World. I enjoyed Disney World…

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