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

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Voyageurs Ellsworth Rock Gardens

The main attraction of Voyageurs National Park in Northern Minnesota is the lakes. Water covers 40% of this national park. Of course, there is lots of fun to be had on the lakes of Voyageurs. But, don't miss out on some of the park's land based activities such as the Ellsworth Rock Gardens. The Ellsworth… Continue reading Voyageurs Ellsworth Rock Gardens

grouping of pumpkins of various sizes
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Silver Dollar City Pumpkin Nights

Silver Dollar City Pumpkin Nights is the park's new fall festival. I'd seen advertisements for the event, and it looked really neat.  So, we decided we'd take a quick weekend trip to check it out. For those new to Silver Dollar City, this theme park is set is in the 1880's. Located in Branson, Missouri,… Continue reading Silver Dollar City Pumpkin Nights

Pile of Amethysts at Panorama Mine
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Thunder Bay Amethyst Mine

On our recent trip to the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota, we stayed in Grand Marais. However, we decided to take a day trip to Thunder Bay, Ontario to visit one of Canada's amethyst mines. We selected the Amethyst Mine Panorama. This family owned mine is open to the public. At the Amethyst… Continue reading Thunder Bay Amethyst Mine

Close up of Cabana Bay refillable mug
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Cabana Bay Beach Resort Refillable Mugs

Cabana Bay Beach Resort is one of Universal Orlando's moderately priced resort hotels. This retro-beach themed resort is a super fun place to stay. And as you might expect, this awesome theme can be found on the Cabana Bay refillable mug! The resort's main dining area is the Bayliner Diner - A food court style… Continue reading Cabana Bay Beach Resort Refillable Mugs

Dolphin Lagoon, Beach Chairs, and Sandy Beach in Discovery Cove
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Is Discovery Cove Worth It?

Discovery Cove is a a day resort in Orlando, Florida. Oddly enough, this is one of the highest rated attractions in Orlando. Considering the competition, that's saying something! But, is Discovery Cove worth it? When I first heard about Discovery Cove, I thought it sounded awesome. But, after checking out the price? Nevermind. Later, I… Continue reading Is Discovery Cove Worth It?

Large Fish in the Georgia Aquarium
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The Georgia Aquarium

I had NO CLUE that one of the largest aquariums in the world is located in Atlanta, Georgia! The Georgia Aquarium is home to approximately 100,000 animals from all over the globe. Located in downtown Atlanta, the Georgia Aquarium is near several Atlanta attractions including Centennial Olympic Park, the World of Coca Cola, and CNN… Continue reading The Georgia Aquarium