InfolificUSA – Infolific http://infolific.com We write. You learn. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:03:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival, California http://infolific.com/travel/usa/riverside-county-fair-and-national-date-festival/ Sat, 27 Aug 2016 17:09:47 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/riverside-county-fair-and-national-date-festival/ My husband and I really had a great time at the Riverside County Fair/National Date Festival in Indio, a town based in southern California's Coachella Valley. This region is one of the largest date-producing areas in the United States. The fun-filled annual event is held [...]

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Red River Steakhouse in McLean, Texas: For the Meat and Potatoes Lover http://infolific.com/travel/usa/red-river-steakhouse/ Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:05:50 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/red-river-steakhouse/ We made a great discovery this summer — the Red River Steakhouse in McLean, Texas. Texas is known for its steaks, and this eatery follows that tradition. Owners Gabe and Cozy Parson, who also run a local cattle ranch, serve up an 8-ounce aged rib [...]

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Brooks' House of Bar-B-Que in Oneonta New York http://infolific.com/travel/usa/brooks-house-of-bar-b-que/ Sun, 21 Aug 2016 17:00:50 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/brooks-house-of-bar-b-que/ I enjoy looking for unique restaurants while I travel. But my favorite eatery is here in my hometown of Oneonta, New York: Brook's House of Bar-B-Que, a family business that began as a poultry farm. From there, it developed into a concession stand, and then [...]

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Model Railroaders will Love the Thomas T. Taber Museum, Pennsylvania http://infolific.com/travel/usa/thomas-t-taber-museum/ Sat, 20 Aug 2016 16:58:46 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/thomas-t-taber-museum/ Anyone who fondly remembers a Lionel train running under the family Christmas tree will love the Shempp train exhibit at the Thomas T. Taber Museum in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Many model railroaders think this collection, founded by the late LaRue Shempp, is the finest in America [...]

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Parker Homestead State Park: Montana's Smallest http://infolific.com/travel/usa/parker-homestead-state-park/ Fri, 19 Aug 2016 16:58:07 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/parker-homestead-state-park/ While traveling through beautiful southwest Montana, my husband and I came across little-known Parker Homestead State Park, located outside Three Forks in the scenic Jefferson River Valley. At a little more than 1 acre in size, this is Montana's smallest state park. It features just [...]

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Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory in Oklahoma: It Houses 700 Species of Plants http://infolific.com/travel/usa/crystal-bridge-tropical-conservatory/ Mon, 15 Aug 2016 16:53:36 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/crystal-bridge-tropical-conservatory/ When I first saw the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, its cylindrical shape instantly reminded me of a large rolling pin. Actually, it's a plant lover's dream, filled with about 700 species of tropical and semitropical plants from all over the world. [...]

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Columbus Carriage Classic, Wisconsin http://infolific.com/travel/usa/columbus-carriage-classic/ Sun, 07 Aug 2016 16:43:20 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/columbus-carriage-classic/ There are plenty of reasons to visit historic Columbus, Wisconsin anytime of year. But early June brings an added incentive–the annual Columbus Carriage Classic. That's when nearly 100 horse-and-buggy hobbyists from all over the Midwest converge on this charming town with beautifully restored antique carriages, [...]

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George Rogers Clark Memorial in Indiana http://infolific.com/travel/usa/george-rogers-clark-memorial/ Wed, 03 Aug 2016 16:37:38 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/george-rogers-clark-memorial/ As we meandered along backroads to Missouri, my husband and I found a classic monument in Vincennes, Indiana — the George Rogers Clark Memorial. In the visitor center, we watched an excellent 30-minute video that explained Colonel Clark was the older brother of famed explorer [...]

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Kennicott Mine in Alaska http://infolific.com/travel/usa/kennicott-mine/ Sat, 30 Jul 2016 16:30:47 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/kennicott-mine/ If you're ever near Valdez in southeastern Alaska, we highly recommend a side trip through vast Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve to the remote Alaska ghost town of Kennicott and its abandoned copper mine. We were fascinated to learn that copper was mined here [...]

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DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum in Fenwick Island, Delaware: Full of Interesting Surprises http://infolific.com/travel/usa/discoversea-shipwreck-museum-in-fenwick-island/ Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:29:51 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/discoversea-shipwreck-museum-in-fenwick-island/ During our family's annual summer trip to the Delaware shore, we always make a point to visit the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum in Fenwick Island. Every year, the museum's displays change as new shipwreck artifacts are recovered. It's almost guaranteed that we'll see something new every [...]

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Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Missouri: Hikes Include Bridges, Tunnels, Caverns, and Sinkholes http://infolific.com/travel/usa/ha-ha-tonka-state-park/ Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:23:15 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/ha-ha-tonka-state-park/ One of our favorite places to get away for a long weekend is a fantastic state park south of Lake of the Ozarks called Ha Ha Tonka, which is Osage Indian for “laughing waters”. The park's 15 miles of hiking trails will take you through [...]

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Ridgway, Colorado: Home of Many Western Movie Sets http://infolific.com/travel/usa/ridgway/ Fri, 08 Jul 2016 15:59:33 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/ridgway/ When folks visit us in Ridgway, Colorado, they often say the stunning scenery looks familiar — and it's no wonder. You see, Ridgway and the surrounding area appeared in several classic Western films, including True Grit and How the West Was Won. Several of the [...]

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Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, New York: A Living Aviation Museum http://infolific.com/travel/usa/old-rhinebeck-aerodrome/ Thu, 07 Jul 2016 19:58:41 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/old-rhinebeck-aerodrome/ Ever wonder what the colorful barnstorming days of early aviation were like? You can find out firsthand by taking a trip to the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome near Rhinebeck, New York. Nestled in the Hudson River Valley in the enchanting Catskills of southeastern New York, the [...]

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Jefferson, Texas: Once the Largest Inland Port in the US http://infolific.com/travel/usa/jefferson/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:14:12 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/jefferson/ When you think of steamboats, you probably don't think of Texas, much less the tiny inland town of Jefferson. But in the mid-1800s, Jefferson was the largest inland port in the United States. For half a century, riverboats carried cargo and passengers into Jefferson from [...]

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Dutch Winter Fest in Holland, Michigan: Celebrations with Old-World Charm http://infolific.com/travel/usa/dutch-winter-fest-in-holland/ Wed, 22 Jun 2016 17:30:18 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/dutch-winter-fest-in-holland/ If you're looking for a delightful way to usher in the holidays, consider going Dutch — as in Dutch WinterFest. Held each year here in Holland, Michigan, it celebrates the season with colorful pageantry and old-world charm. Holland was founded by Dutch settlers in 1847, [...]

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U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championships in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin http://infolific.com/travel/usa/us-national-snow-sculpting-championships/ Sat, 18 Jun 2016 16:59:57 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/us-national-snow-sculpting-championships/ I love attending the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championships, held in early February in the pretty little resort town of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. This annual event is part of the town's 2-day Winterfest celebration, and draws 15 of the top snow-sculpting teams in the United [...]

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas: Full of Secrets Waiting To Be Uncovered http://infolific.com/travel/usa/guadalupe-mountains-np/ Tue, 14 Jun 2016 16:20:27 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/guadalupe-mountains-np/ It's difficult to believe that Guadalupe Mountains National Park, surrounded by the harsh Chihuahuan Desert, once brimmed with marine life. But that's just one of the secrets I learned in this obscure park tucked in the Texas Panhandle. Opened in 1972, the remote 86,415-acre park [...]

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Gunderson's Cannery Cafe, Oregon: Dining With a Panoramic View of the Columbia River http://infolific.com/travel/usa/gundersons-cannery-cafe/ Sat, 11 Jun 2016 16:03:40 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/gundersons-cannery-cafe/ As a military family, my husband and I have lived and traveled all over. But we've never eaten anywhere like Gunderson's Cannery Cafe on the waterfront in Astoria, Oregon. Housed in a former fishing cannery built in 1879, the pleasant bistro offers a panoramic view [...]

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Ozark National Forest, Arkansas: Awe Inspiring Vistas and Rock Formations http://infolific.com/travel/usa/ozark-national-forest/ Mon, 06 Jun 2016 15:18:28 +0000 Allyson Haymaker http://infolific.com/travel/usa/ozark-national-forest/ In the Ozark National Forest in northwestern Arkansas, you'll find breathtaking vistas and awesome rock formations in the Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area, east of the town of Pelsor. To reach these enormous eroded sandstone columns, just follow the 2-1/4-mile Pedestal Rocks Trail along a line [...]

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