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Plan Your Visit: The Skydeck at Chicago’s Willis Tower

Plan Your Visit: The Skydeck at Chicago’s Willis Tower

By State, Illinois
There's something inspiring about standing on top of the Willis Tower, one of the country's tallest buildings. It's even more exhilarating to stand outside of that building on a glass floor only 1.5 inches thick, looking down to the street 1,353 feet below you. Hope you're not afraid of heights! Chicago offers this experience atop the Willis Tower. Here's what you need to know as you plan your visit to The Skydeck and step out onto The Ledge. This post may contain affiliate and sponsored links. Tickets and Times for Willis Tower's Skydeck You can buy tickets when you arrive at the Willis Tower, but purchasing them online in advance can save you time. There are also ticket options like Chicago CityPASS, or the Go Chicago Card. Once you have…
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Snow Canyon State Park: What You Need to Know

Snow Canyon State Park: What You Need to Know

By State, National Parks, Utah
We love hiking and exploring Snow Canyon State Park near St. George, Utah. As a family, we've visited the park during all seasons of the year. Summer is hot. Winter is cool. Spring and fall are fabulous. Here's your guide to Snow Canyon State Park so you and your family can get the most out of your adventure in Utah. While you're in the area, you can also check out trails in Zion National Park or Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. Short Hikes in Snow Canyon State Park One of the things I love about Snow Canyon State Park: There's a hike for everyone. The park has a few short hikes that offer the young child a feeling of "I hiked the whole way!" Here's a list of…
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Airplane Etiquette: 7 Tips for Happier Passengers

Airplane Etiquette: 7 Tips for Happier Passengers

Travel Tips
We've all been on that flight with the annoying passenger. The one who won't stop talking to you, even as you try to do something else. Or the passenger who takes up all the overhead bin space because they didn't put their carry on in right. Let's share these 7 tips on airplane etiquette in hopes of making the airline travel world a better place for you and for me. And if you have pet peeves or ideas you would add, post them in the comments below. Personal Hygiene is Vital for Airplane Etiquette I've had the "pleasure" of sitting next to someone who had some serious body odor issues. Or they smelt like an ashtray. While there isn't anything you can really do if you find yourself in that…
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Plan Your Visit to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum

Plan Your Visit to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum

By State, New York
I've been to museums across the United States and in Europe. The 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York City stands far above every other museum, leaving the greatest impact on me. It's likely because September 11, 2001, is a day I remember well. I was 21 years old, driving to my class at Weber State University as I heard the news on the radio that planes had struck the World Trade Center towers. Shortly after, they fell to the ground. My visit to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum walked me through the tragic events of that day from the place where it all happened. It also highlighted the hope and goodness of people coming together to help a stranger. If you have enough time to visit only one site…
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Kennedy Space Center: What You Need to Know

Kennedy Space Center: What You Need to Know

By State, Florida
The John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida is full of science, imagination and history. I've been to the Kennedy Space Center on two very different trips: as part of a family vacation and for an Astronaut Autograph & Memorabilia Show with my then nine-year-old son. Each visit was unique. And with everything offered at the Kennedy Space Center, it's sure to have something for everyone, young and old. Here's what you need to know about visiting the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Explore the Visitor's Complex After parking and getting your admission into the Kennedy Space Center, explore the visitors complex. You'll find special exhibits related to the space program - like a model of a Mars rover or a mock-up of the Orion space capsule that will take…
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Plan Your Visit: US Holocaust Memorial Museum in DC

Plan Your Visit: US Holocaust Memorial Museum in DC

By State, Washington D.C.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, was recommended to me by almost everyone I know who's been to the nation's capitol. When I ended up in DC on business, I made sure to experience the museum for myself. Here's what you can expect during your visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Getting Started: Tickets and Location The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has a lot to see. Tickets are required (between March and August) for the exhibit that walks you through a timeline of the holocaust: 1933 to 1945. Other areas of the holocaust museum do not require a ticket. Between March 1 and August 31, a ticket is required to tour the US Holocaust Museum. The tickets are free, and are…
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Zion National Park: Hiking Trails for Kids

Zion National Park: Hiking Trails for Kids

By State, National Parks, Utah
As a Utah native, I've had my share of visits to Zion National Park. I've done some solo visits, couples vacations and family trips. I've also been to the popular national park at different times of the year: spring, mid-summer, fall and even winter. Here are five trails that are perfect for kids of all ages in Zion National Park. Watchman Trail in Zion National Park Just inside the park is the visitor center and gift shop. There's a campground there as well. But even better, there's a hiking trail perfect for kids of all ages. There are two trailheads just north of the visitor center. Watchman Trail is on the right of the river, and the Pa'rus Trail is on the left. Both are great trails, but the Watchman…
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Your Guide to the Boston Fire Museum

Your Guide to the Boston Fire Museum

By State, Massachusetts
Boston is riddled with history. It's been coined as "The Cradle of Liberty" because of its role in the early days of the American Revolution. But if you're looking for a different type of historical museum, then the Boston Fire Museum should be on your list. Here's what you need to know about the Boston Fire Museum as you plan your visit to Bean Town.   Getting to the Boston Fire Museum If you're staying in Boston, you'd be better off to use the metro, a taxi, an Uber or another form of transportation to get to the museum. Parking in and around the museum can be unpredictable and/or expensive. There is the Farnsworth Parking Garage behind the museum; but they only accept credit cards. The closest T stop (i.e.,…
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Lower Antelope Canyon: What to Expect

Lower Antelope Canyon: What to Expect

Arizona, By State
Walking through the narrow slot of Lower Antelope Canyon is surreal. From the glowing orange walls and the deep purples of the shadows, it's a site everyone should visit. But there are some nuances you should know about to get the most out of your visit. Here's your guide to planning a visit to Lower Antelope Canyon near Lake Powell in northern Arizona. How to Book Your Tour My first visit to Lower Antelope Canyon was part of a photography workshop around Lake Powell. Since that tour was organized for a group of photographers, we were able to bring our tripods into the canyon and spend twice as long photographing the slot canyon walls. However, a general tour does not allow tripods or monopods, and some even limit it to…
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Chateau d’If in Southern France: A Visitor’s Guide

Chateau d’If in Southern France: A Visitor’s Guide

Europe
Chateau d'If is an isolated fortress built on a rocky island off the coast of Marseille in southern France. However, it's more than just a fortress - It's the prison where Edmond Dant├Ęs was held captive in the book, The Count of Monte Cristo. The island fortress is open for tours year-round, offering visitors the chance to explore the prison and get some amazing views of Marseille. Here's your guide to visiting Chateau d'If (pronounced 'shatoe deef'). History of Chateau d'If The fortress was built on the island of If in the early 1500s. It was intended to offer military protection to the city of Marseille should it ever be attacked. Chateau d'If has three levels, with windows for archers and guns. By the 1800s, it was determined there was…
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