Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

CVSR-TrainI’ve always believed that a fun way to learn history is through the experience of riding a train. There’s something antiquated yet charming about riding trains. Between the conductors and the world flying by outside your window, there’s a sentimental and nostalgic appeal to train travel. Cuyahoga Valley Preservation and Scenic Railway Association In 1880,…

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Driving Tour of Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Hunt House - CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARKThe Cuyahoga River burned 13 times since 1868. Before Cuyahoga Valley became a national park, numerous industrial plants occupied the area, and for a hundred years, they dumped their waste into the river. Imagine a river made of chemical sludge, oozing through Northeast Ohio and into Lake Erie. Debris and trash caught in black heavy…

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Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

Fern Lake - a recent addition to the National Historical ParkNear the junction Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee and within the Appalachian Mountains, lies an area well-traveled by Native Americans centuries before European settlers arrived in the 1600s. The Shawnee called this area “Athiamiowee,” meaning “Path of the Armed Ones,” while the Cherokee called the area “Warrior’s Path.” Both tribes used the area as a hunting…

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Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Lincoln ReliefFollowing part of the Lincoln Heritage Trail, we drive two hours to Abraham Lincoln’s third home in Indiana. The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial marks the location where Abraham Lincoln grew to manhood. Located in Lincoln City, Indiana, this site preserves farm site where the Lincoln family lived from 1816 to 1830. It is an inspiring…

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Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park

When we’re on the road our choice for entertainment isn’t music, but history lessons from Audible.com. So when we visit a National Monument or National Historic Park, being at that location helps me put all the history into a meaningful context, making it feel real and alive. Through the site’s preservation and interpretation, we can think…

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Cottonwoods RV Park and Campground: Columbia MO

Cottonwoods RV Park is an excellent park all around. They are not especially fancy, but they cover the basics very nicely indeed. We Paid: $40 per night for 2 nights Discounts Used: Good Sam Address (GPS Link): 5170 N. Oakland Gravel Rd Columbia, MO 65202 Website: http://cottonwoodsrvpark.com/ Amenities List: Power, Water, Sewer, Camp Store, Games…

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How to Visit Mammoth Cave National Park

So many stories!Mammoth Cave National Park offers over 20 Ranger-led tours, most underground and a few above ground. Selecting which tour to go on can be a bit tricky. Since tours get booked pretty fast and early during the summer months, you’ll want to do some planning before your arrival and make the most of your visit…

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Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort

Every once in a while I get to review a campground that breaks the mold in some way. Lake Rudolph fits that bill exactly. We Paid: $46 per night for 2 nights Discounts Used: None Address (GPS Link): 78 North Holiday Blvd. Santa Claus, IN 47579 Website: http://www.lakerudolph.com/ Amenities List: Power, Water, Sewer, Camp Store,…

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Shadrack Campground: Bristol, Tennessee

Shadrack Campground caters to those attending a nearby Nascar track, but we found it good for weary travelers and an amazing bargain with Passport America. We Paid: $18.50 per night for 2 nights Discounts Used: Passport America Address (GPS Link): 2537 Volunteer Pkwy, Bristol, TN 37620 Website: www.shadrackcampground.com Amenities List: Power, Water, Sewer, Camp Store,…

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