National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Scheduled to Reopen

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Scheduled to Reopen

We’re excited that some tourism sites are reopening soon, including the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Like many of you, we’ve been cooped up in the house for the past two months. A weekly trip to the grocery store or a walk around the block is as much as we get out. Our only travel excitement has been taking the long way home after dropping mail in the box at the post office.

Now that the weather is finally warming up here in Illinois, we’re taking longer walks along park trails, and the itch to travel has hit us hard. Fortunately, states are beginning to reopen, some faster than others. While Illinois remains largely closed, Oklahoma is well on its way to reopening—with proper health safety precautions. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, one of our favorite Oklahoma museums, is scheduled to reopen the latter part of May. Read more

Chicago Travel and Adventure Show 2020

Chicago Travel and Adventure Show 2020

As Midwest winter winds blow and temperatures drop, we dream about warm weather and sunshine. Turn those dreams into reality by starting your planning at the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show. The popular travel show returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, on February 8 and 9, 2020. Read more

Driving the Route 66 Singing Highway

Driving the Route 66 Singing Highway

Eastbound on historic Route 66 just east of Albuquerque, slow down to 45 miles per hour and drive through the rumble strips to hear the song “America the Beautiful” on the Singing Highway. We tried it, and it works! Hear it in our latest podcast. Read more

Exploring Palo Duro Canyon: Grand Canyon of Texas

Exploring Palo Duro Canyon: Grand Canyon of Texas

Driving through the flat Texas panhandle, you’d never guess that only 25 miles south of Amarillo the earth opens to the second largest canyon in North America. Palo Duron Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of Texas, stretches 120 miles long, ranges from 6 to 20 miles wide, and is more than 800 feet deep. However, unlike the Grand Canyon, where you can reach the canyon floor only by mule or foot, you can drive right down to the canyon floor in Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Read more

Exploring Christmas Tree Pass and Grapevine Canyon

Exploring Christmas Tree Pass and Grapevine Canyon

Two years ago Skip and I spent several weeks in Laughlin, Nevada, on a winter getaway. Why Laughlin? Laughlin’s casino hotels are inexpensive but decent, and we found lots of ways to eat cheaply, too. We’re not huge gamblers, so we looked around for other things to do in the area. We founds lots of places to visit, but one thing we couldn’t do was explore Christmas Tree Pass, one of Laughlin’s top rated activities. We had a brand new car with us, and we had read that the twelve-mile drive was rugged.

So this year, when snow clouds filled the Midwest skies and the temperature dropped to single digits, we hightailed it back to Laughlin. This time we went prepared with our fourteen-year-old SUV with 275,000 miles on it. We were ready to explore Christmas Tree Pass and Grapevine Canyon, which is located along the pass. Read more