InfolificUSA – Infolific http://infolific.com We write. You learn. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:47:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Climb the Famous Winding Stairs in Traer, Iowa http://infolific.com/travel/usa/famous-winding-stairs/ Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:40:45 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/famous-winding-stairs/ It's not often you can walk all over something that's listed on the National Register of Historic Places. But that's exactly what folks do on the famous Winding Stairs on Main Street in Traer, Iowa. The 23-step iron staircase was fashioned in 1894 for the [...]

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Charlevoix, Michigan: 26 Mushroom-Shaped Buildings to See http://infolific.com/travel/usa/charlevoix/ Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:37:25 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/charlevoix/ Each year, our travel plans include a stop in Charlevoix, Michigan, home to art galleries, gift shops, cafes — and mushroom buildings. Yes, you read correctly! Charlevoix features 26 unusual residential and commercial buildings designed and built by Earl Young, a local architect and real [...]

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Emporia, Kansas: First to Observe Veteran's Day http://infolific.com/travel/usa/emporia-honors-veterans/ Sat, 26 Nov 2016 18:30:05 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/emporia-honors-veterans/ I can't think of a better place to pay tribute to America's veterans than my hometown of Emporia, Kansas. Located in east-central Kansas, Emporia first observed Veterans Day — or as we often call it, All Veterans Day — a full year ahead of everyone [...]

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The Comfortable and Charming Historic Gage Hotel in Marathon, Texas http://infolific.com/travel/usa/historic-gage-hotel/ Wed, 23 Nov 2016 18:26:52 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/historic-gage-hotel/ After roughing it in Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas, I especially enjoyed the comfortable and charming Gage Hotel in tiny Marathon. In 1927, businessman Alfred Gage built the elegant adobe hotel. But he died the same year, and the hotel fell into disrepair. [...]

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Drive the San Juan Scenic Skyway in Colorado http://infolific.com/travel/usa/san-juan-scenic-skyway/ Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:26:14 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/san-juan-scenic-skyway/ It's no wonder this southwest-Colorado route was one of the National Forest Service's first Scenic Byways. To call the San Juan Skyway one of America's most scenic drives may be an understatement. This 232-mile loop through the San Juan Mountains passes through a majestic landscape [...]

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Stunning Red Rocks at Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah http://infolific.com/travel/usa/kodachrome-basin-state-park/ Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:19:59 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/kodachrome-basin-state-park/ Most folks know all about Utah's Bryce Canyon National Park. But virtually right next door, little-known Kodachrome Basin State Park offers red-rock formations that not even its more-popular neighbor can match. Kodachrome Basin is known for its colorful sandstone spires called “sand pipes”. Nearly 70 [...]

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Seaplane Base in Anchorage, Alaska http://infolific.com/travel/usa/seaplane-base-in-anchorage/ Mon, 14 Nov 2016 18:15:31 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/seaplane-base-in-anchorage/ I've seen a lot of airports, but Alaska's Lake Hood Seaplane Base in Anchorage is truly unique. With 800 takeoffs and landings each day, it's the busiest seaplane airport in the world. Watching the plane traffic here is a popular spectator sport–and it's free! Two [...]

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Katmai National Park, Alaska http://infolific.com/travel/usa/katmai-national-park/ Wed, 09 Nov 2016 18:07:15 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/katmai-national-park/ To celebrate my retirement, my husband and I took a once-in-a-lifetime trip to vast, wild and rugged Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska. I've always dreamed of visiting Katmai (pronounced “cat-my”), renowned for its abundant bears, towering mountains, active volcanoes, misty fjords and mind-boggling [...]

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New River Gorge, West Virginia: Some of Most Incredible Views in the Eastern US http://infolific.com/travel/usa/new-river-gorge/ Sun, 06 Nov 2016 18:03:26 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/new-river-gorge/ For some of the most breathtaking views in the East, you can't beat the New River Gorge in the heart of southern West Virginia. The New River — actually one of the oldest rivers in the world–flows north from North Carolina. Over the eons, it [...]

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Pizzeria Uno Chicago Grill Review: Very Filling Deep-Dish Pizza http://infolific.com/travel/usa/pizzeria-uno/ Thu, 03 Nov 2016 18:59:43 +0000 Chris Celnar http://infolific.com/travel/usa/pizzeria-uno/ Pepperoni Deep Dish Pizza Yes, Pizzeria Uno is a chain and there often isn't all that much to be said about chains, but I'm a big fan of pizza so I figured Unos was worth a review. I've been to a few Unos around the [...]

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Missouri's DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge: 200,000 Artifacts on Display http://infolific.com/travel/usa/desoto-national-wildlife-refuge/ Wed, 02 Nov 2016 18:58:05 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/desoto-national-wildlife-refuge/ The cargo of the sunken paddle-wheel steamboat Bertrand, on display at the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge near Missouri Valley, Iowa, provides a fascinating snapshot of life in the steamboat era. The Bertrand sank 20 miles north of Omaha, Nebraska on April 1, 1865, while heading [...]

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Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame in Hernando, Florida http://infolific.com/travel/usa/ted-williams-museum/ Tue, 01 Nov 2016 18:56:14 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/ted-williams-museum/ Entering the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame in Hernando, Florida made me feel like a kid again, listening to Boston Red Sox games on my grandmother's Philco radio and hearing the crowd go wild as “The Splendid Splinter” steps to the plate. [...]

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Most Glamorous Hotels in the US http://infolific.com/travel/usa/glamorous-hotels-us/ Tue, 01 Nov 2016 06:20:53 +0000 Marios Alexandrou http://infolific.com/travel/usa/glamorous-hotels-us/ The USA is a country that is famous for everything being bigger and better than anywhere in the world and the hotels are no different. Here is a definitive list of the most glamorous hotels located across the land of the free. The St Regis, [...]

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Black Canyon in Gunnison National Park, Colorado http://infolific.com/travel/usa/black-canyon/ Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:45:23 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/black-canyon/ When I first read about Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in southwest Colorado, I seriously doubted it would live up to its lofty billing. But when my family and I arrived at the first overlook, words couldn't describe the magnificent stark beauty of [...]

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Latourell Falls, Oregon: A Spectacular Falls With Few Rivals http://infolific.com/travel/usa/latourell-falls/ Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:40:44 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/latourell-falls/ Many waterfalls grace the spectacular Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in northern Oregon, but few rival little-known Latourell Falls in Guy W. Talbot State Park. I hiked a steep but short trail to see the stunning 250-foot-high falls, formed as Latourell Creek (named for [...]

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Living Memorial Sculpture Garden, California http://infolific.com/travel/usa/living-memorial-sculpture-garden/ Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:39:06 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/living-memorial-sculpture-garden/ While heading through northern California, we spent a peaceful hour contemplating the beauty of the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden, located in the Klamath National Forest, near Weed. Created by veterans, the garden showcases about a dozen larger-than-life metal sculptures created by Vietnam veteran Dennis Smith, [...]

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Hackberry Visitors Center and Museum, Arizona http://infolific.com/travel/usa/hackberry-visitors-center-and-museum/ Tue, 11 Oct 2016 18:23:46 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/hackberry-visitors-center-and-museum/ I'd never heard of Hackberry, Arizona until I happened to see a photograph in a magazine of what I thought was an old abandoned gas station with a red-and-white '57 Corvette parked in front of the pumps. There was something alluring about the place, but [...]

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Cosmosphere and Space Museum in Kansas. Yes, Really! http://infolific.com/travel/usa/space-museum/ Fri, 07 Oct 2016 18:16:56 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/space-museum/ We never expected to find one of the world's most comprehensive space museums in the middle of rural Kansas. So you can imagine our surprise when we discovered the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Museum while passing through Hutchinson in south-central Kansas. Believe it or not, [...]

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Vermont Country Store in Weston: Founded in 1946 http://infolific.com/travel/usa/vermont-country-store/ Thu, 06 Oct 2016 18:15:31 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/vermont-country-store/ Poking around in country stores was a highlight of our recent trip through Vermont, and my husband and I found the granddaddy of them all in tiny Weston — the Vermont Country Store, established in 1946. Operated by the same family for four generations, its [...]

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What to See and Do in New Castle, Delaware http://infolific.com/travel/usa/new-castle/ Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:49:23 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/new-castle/ It's amazing what you can find in your own backyard. Take charming New Castle, Delaware, for instance. My husband and I live across the Delaware River from this former state capital, settled by Dutch immigrants in 1651. Its beautifully restored homes built in the 1600, [...]

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Explore the African Queen Steamboat Docked at Key Largo, Florida http://infolific.com/travel/usa/african-queen-steamboat/ Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:48:41 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/african-queen-steamboat/ We were surprised to find the African Queen, the steamboat immortalized in the 1951 movie of the same name, docked in a canal in Key Largo, Florida. Built in England, the 36-foot steel-hulled boat was originally named Livingston and toiled as a ferry on Lake [...]

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The Frost Place Museum and Art Center, New Hampshire http://infolific.com/travel/usa/the-frost-place/ Sun, 11 Sep 2016 17:33:57 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/the-frost-place/ While visiting New Hampshire, I stopped at The Frost Place, a museum and arts center located in a Franconia farmhouse. Beloved poet Robert Frost and his wife, Elinor, lived here from 1915 until 1920 and summered here until 1938. I saw first editions of his [...]

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National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, Wyoming: Commemorating The Pioneers' Journey http://infolific.com/travel/usa/national-historic-trails-interpretive-center/ Sun, 04 Sep 2016 17:21:47 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/national-historic-trails-interpretive-center/ While in Casper, Wyoming, I ran across the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, which commemorates the westward journey of the more than half a million pioneers that traveled the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails. The galleries in this 25,000-square-foot center really impressed me. They use [...]

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Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum, Saunderstown, Rhode Island http://infolific.com/travel/usa/gilbert-stuart-birthplace-and-museum-saunderstown/ Fri, 02 Sep 2016 17:20:55 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/gilbert-stuart-birthplace-and-museum-saunderstown/ Tucked away in charming Saunderstown, Rhode Island, our family found the unique Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum. Stuart, who painted the portrait of George Washington found on the U.S. 1-dollar bill, grew up on this pretty site, which houses other works by the master portrait [...]

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5 Must See Colorado Travel Destinations http://infolific.com/travel/usa/must-see-colorado-travel-destinations/ Thu, 01 Sep 2016 17:18:02 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/must-see-colorado-travel-destinations/ Looking for a family-friendly destination that caters to outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs alike? Get ready to explore Colorado, home to some of the nation's finest–and funnest–experiences, and create some memories that will last a lifetime. 1. Go Play Outside! Once host to miners and [...]

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