Sylvan Lake with a crowd on the beach
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Safer Travels During COVID-19

Like many people, we changed our travel plans due to coronavirus pandemic. As time passed, we realized that we are in this for the long haul. So, we started thinking about safer travels during COVID-19. Hazelrodt Picnic Area in Custer County, South Dakota In summer 2020, we cancelled our original travel plans, and we took… Continue reading Safer Travels During COVID-19

Badlands Sage Creek Rim Road Prairie with Trees
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Badlands Sage Creek Rim Road

Badlands National Park in South Dakota, like many national parks, has a main road that crosses the park providing easy access to many of the trails and points of interest. Undoubtedly, most of your time will be spent on the Loop Road. But, there is another less traveled scenic drive, Badlands Sage Creek Rim Road,… Continue reading Badlands Sage Creek Rim Road

Green field in front of trees and mountains in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Sometimes on vacation, things don't go exactly as planned. On our summer road trip to the Smoky Mountains, there was a mix up with the cleaning schedule. When we arrived, our cabin was not ready. We decided to make lemonade out of lemons and take an evening drive to Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains… Continue reading Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Point at Grand Marais in Minnesota
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The Point in Grand Marais

Grand Mara is a small town in Minnesota with a population of less than 1500. This delightful community is located on the North Shore of Lake Superior. It is a perfect place to stay to explore the North Shore. And, while you are there, you don't want to miss the Point in Grand Marais! The… Continue reading The Point in Grand Marais

Shelf of Long Johns and Donuts in Grand Marais, Minnesota
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Donuts in Grand Marais, MN

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. So, I always research breakfast options before my travels. When planning for our stay in Grand Marais, MN, I found a highly rated donut shop, The Worlds Best Donuts. On our first morning in Grand Marais, we decided to check it out. The World's Best Donuts was… Continue reading Donuts in Grand Marais, MN

Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge Minnesota
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Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge

Duluth, Minnesota is a historic port city on Lake Superior. This community is situated at the westernmost point of the Great Lakes. It is an important gateway for transportation to the Great Lakes region, the Atlantic Ocean, and beyond. Our time visiting Duluth was far too limited. We made a brief stop at Canal Park… Continue reading Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge

Roller Coaster and Amusement Park Mall of America
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Mall of America

The Mall of America in Bloomington, MN (Minneapolis/St.Paul) is the largest indoor mall in the U.S. We recently stopped at the Mall of America when a road trip took us through Minneapolis. The main motivation for visiting the Mall of America was to visit the Lego Store. But, since there are lots of things to… Continue reading Mall of America

Road through Blue Belle Lodge Cabins in Custer State Park
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Custer Cabins: Blue Bell Lodge

If you're traveling to the Black Hills of South Dakota, you can't go wrong staying in Custer State Park. Located near Rapid City, this state park rivals many national parks in terms of awesomeness! Fortunately, there are many Custer Cabins available right in the middle of the action! Blue Bell Lodge Cabins We stayed in… Continue reading Custer Cabins: Blue Bell Lodge

Crater of Diamonds Field
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Crater of Diamonds State Park: 7 Tips

Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas is one of the few places in the world where the public can dig for diamonds. And, at this one-of-a-kind state park, you can keep what you find! Crater of Diamonds State Park is located near the town of Murfreesboro, Arkansas. It is approximately a 2 hour drive… Continue reading Crater of Diamonds State Park: 7 Tips

Slyvan Lake in Custer State Park
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7 Things to Do in Custer State Park

Custer State Park surprised me. I’m not sure exactly what I expected. But, that wasn’t it. This state park in the Black Hills of South Dakota rivals some of the national parks in terms of awesomeness! Custer State Park is one of the largest state parks in the US. It is located approximately 30 miles… Continue reading 7 Things to Do in Custer State Park