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Route H Relocation

Route H is being relocated. The following is a schedule for these changes. Maps of the changes are available below.

Due to winter weather, phase 4 of the project has been suspended until the temperature rises. North Rangeline will be reopened on Nov. 14, weather permitting. 

Phase 1opens IMAGE file – All existing facilities remain open. The one lane flagger operation for the South Rangeline Road connection is scheduled for 10/22/19 – 10/23/19.

Phase 2opens IMAGE file – Closure of the North Rangeline Road Connection. 10/22/19 – 11/7/19.

Phase 3opens IMAGE file – Closure of the North Rangeline Road Connection. One lane flagger operation at North Rangeline and Starr Road. 11/15/19 – 11/18/19

Phase 4opens IMAGE file – Closure of Existing Route H east of Airport Rd. 11/7/19 – 12/7/19  (temporarily suspended)


Where to Eat at MU Football Away Games

As summer winds down and the students return to town, this can only mean one thing for Columbia; football season is here!


We all know how exciting Columbia can be when our boys take the field, but if you’ve ever traveled to an away game, you know how much fun it is to explore a new city while supporting the team! 


If you have plans to travel with the team this fall, then you’re going to need to fuel up so you can cheer on the Tigers loud and proud! We’ve got you covered with this list of some favorite game day restaurants, from the ‘away’ cities on the schedule this season.

Vanderbilt – October 19th – Nashville, Tennessee

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Double Dogs

Located just blocks away from Vanderbilt and Music Row on Broadway, Double Dogs is a staple for the Nashville college football scene. Stop by after the game along with fellow football fans as you make your way downtown for a night of live music! Oh, and make sure to ask about Bo’s Dog Bowl Nachos – you won’t regret it.

Losers Bar & Grill

Losers is a popular dive bar known for its live music. They call themselves a ‘no frills venue’ but that doesn’t stop people from camping out on the rooftop deck and indulging in classic bar eats along with their large variety of beers on tap. Losers has been known to host huge packs of MU fans during away games versus Vanderbilt! Consider this place a must on your tour around Nashville.  

Other favorites: Winners, Party Fowl, Tin Roof, 5 Points Pizza, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Acme Feed & Seed, Puckett’s and Pinewood Social.

Kentucky  – October 26th –  Lexington, Kentucky

 Lexington, Kentucky


If you want a taste of Lexington’s best, then you should definitely visit Malone’s! Malone’s is considered Lexington’s premier steakhouse. Their diverse menu is perfect for anyone in your group. Plus, it’s located just two miles from Kroger Field. Treat yourself to a delicious post-game meal!

Wild Eggs

What’s better than a delicious Sunday brunch after a long day of tailgating? Not much! From sweet pancakes and crepes to savory omelets and eggs benedict, Wild Eggs is the perfect place for you and your crew to camp out and reflect on the weekend’s festivities, before heading back to Columbia.

Georgia – November 9th – Athens, Georgia

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Rooftop of The Georgia Theatre

The rooftop of The Georgia Theatre has been unofficially named, “the best place to go on game day”, by many in Athens. During the day, this open-air restaurant and bar is bustling with football fans looking for loaded burgers, chili cheese fries and drinks with a great view of downtown Athens. At night, the place transforms into a rowdy live music venue. There’s plenty of great entertainment to go around here!

Mama’s Boy

If you’re looking for an incredible brunch experience, then Mama’s Boy is where you want to be. While there may be a bit of a line, Athens’ natives swear it’s worth the wait. Here you can find southern comfort food like Cheesy Grits and Georgia Peach French Toast. But if you ask anyone who has dined at Mama’s Boy before, they’ll recommend the cinnamon roll. You can also opt for healthier options like Tofu Stir Fry.

Arkansas – November 29th – Little Rock, Arkansas

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Ciao Baci

It’s important to note that while the University of Arkansas is located in Fayetteville, several games per season are played three hours away, at their alternative stadium in Little Rock. Because of this, the city is sure to have a different feel than your typical college town, and the eats are no exception! Ciao Baci is a great place to check out, if you’re looking for something a little more upscale. Nestled in a historic bungalow, you are guaranteed to have a truly unique dining experience. Most plates are made to share, with everything from fancy french fries to crispy calamari. Ciao Baci is also known to have one of the best patios in Little Rock.

Loblolly Creamery

Okay, we know this one isn’t really a restaurant, but we promise this ice cream shop is a stop you won’t want to miss! They feature at least 30 flavors made from local ingredients. Try favorites like Arkansas Mud and Little Rock-y Road, or opt for one of their vegan/gluten free options like Vanilla Coconut Sorbet.


If you make your way to any of these restaurants during the 2019 football season, let us know about your experiences! Always remember: MIZ – ZOU!

50 States, 100 Hidden Treasures

Each state in the U.S. has its own hidden treasures and unique places to visit. No matter where you’re headed, we’ve found some off-the-beaten-path attractions that you just can’t miss. Some are a little out there, some are insanely cool, and all of them are worth the trek.



Natural Bridge

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Natural Bridge (Natural Bridge, AL)

This 148-foot-long natural rock bridge is just outside of the William Bankhead National Forest. Naturally formed over 200 million years ago, it’s the longest natural bridge east of the Rockies. An added bonus is the Native American carvings that are just a short walk from the bridge. It is believed to be of a Chief’s head, but no one knows for sure who the man depicted is.

Joe Minter’s African Village in America (Birmingham, AL)

Joe Minter has filled his lawn with art made of different items that he finds. This is his version of recycling, as he makes his sculptures out of things like old sports equipment and hubcaps. His art typically follows the theme of African-American history and is truly one of the most eclectic places in all of Alabama.

Honorable Mentions: To Kill A Mockingbird Town & Museum (Monroeville, AL), Fictional Town of Spectre (Millbrook, AL), Bangor Cave (Blount County, AL), Unclaimed Baggage Center (Scottsboro, AL)



Petroglyph Beach (Wrangell, AK)

This beach in southeast Alaska has some of the best preserved Native American rock carvings scattered along its shore. These amazing formations are located about a mile outside of town and are estimated to be about 8,000 years old. Although there is no way to know the true meanings of the carvings, many guesses have been made as to what they are documenting.

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Mendenhall Glacier (Juneau, AK)

This 13-mile-long glacier is located just south of downtown in the capital city. It is part of the Tongass National Forest, and it leads right to Mendenhall Lake. Mysteriously, the glacier gives off a unique blue color because of the way that it absorbs the light. Although it may look like it’s sitting still, it is actually moving at a “glacial” pace.

Honorable Mentions: Cordova (Cordova, AK), Anan Bear Observatory (Wrangell, AK), Igloo City (Cantwell, AK)



Valley of the Moon (Tucson, AZ)

This unique attraction was built in the 1920s by George Phar Legler whose mission was to spread kindness, imagination and mental health. The winding paths, stone towers and walls, and hidden grottoes give a lot of opportunities for exploration. The Moon is hard to put into words and is a place that you have to see to understand. It is only open on the first Saturdays (free) and third Sundays ($5) of each month, so make sure to check the calendar before going.

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Biosphere 2 (Oracle, AZ)

Although the original purpose of the biosphere was to study how to maintain human life in space, it is now dedicated to the understanding of many different global scientific issues. This unique building is owned by the University of Arizona and gives tours daily.

Honorable Mentions: Strawberry Schoolhouse Museum (Strawberry, AZ), Tumacacori National Historical Park (Tumacacori, AZ), Wupatki National Monument (Flagstaff, AZ)



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Joseph Knoble Brewery (Fort Smith, AR)

Joseph Knoble Brewery, built in the 1850s, is the only known surviving mid-19th century brewery in the state of Arkansas. Not only is it on the National Register of Historic Places, but it is also a restaurant with a beer garden.

USS Razorback (North Little Rock, AR) 

The USS Razorback is open for tours at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum. It is the longest-serving submarine that still exists in the entire world, as it was active for 57 years during World War II, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War. Contrary to popular belief, it is not named after Arkansas’s famous mascot, but it actually got its name from a whale species. It is just a happy coincidence.

Honorable Mentions: Louisiana Purchase Marker (Blackton, AR), Birney Safety Streetcar No. 224 (Fort Smith, AR), Frisco 4003 (Fort Smith, AR)



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Bodie Ghost Town (Bodie, CA)

This authentic Wild West ghost town once had a population of 10,000. After the gold-mining started to decline around 1915, people started moving away, with the last person moving away in 1943. The interiors of the buildings remain exactly as they were left. Some are even still stocked with different goods. Take a tour or explore the town on your own.

Hearst Castle (San Simeon, CA)

One of Forbes’s “10 Amazing Castles” was built in 1919 to be the home for famous newspaper publisher, William Randolph Hearst. Invites to the castle were sought after by Hollywood and political elite, and many famous names have walked through the halls of this beautiful piece of architecture. Hearst even had a private zoo and today, many animals, including zebras, still live on the property.

Honorable Mentions: Castaway Restaurant (Burbank, CA), Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve (Lancaster, CA)



The Dikeou Collection (Denver, CO)

Located right on the 16th Street Mall is one of the most unusual art galleries in Denver. Two inflatable pink bunnies greet visitors into the contemporary art collection, established in 1988 by the Dikeou siblings, who are artists and art collectors. This free museum features pieces from over 30 international artists.

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Terror-Dactyl (Manitou Springs, CO)

This attraction is for the bravest of adrenaline junkies. The giant swing will take you through Williams Canyon at 100 miles per hour. Located in the Cave of the Wind, this ride is not for the faint of heart.

Honorable Mentions: Bishop Castle (Rye, CO), UFO Watchtower (Center, CO)



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PEZ Visitor Center (Orange, CT)

Relive your childhood by taking a tour of the candy brand’s headquarters. There are lots of different PEZ themed exhibits, including a PEZ motorcycle and the world’s largest candy dispenser. You can even see the production area and learn how the candy is made and packaged.

Connecticut’s Old State House (Hartford, CT)

Visit the place where “democracy was born” and walk the halls of Connecticut’s political history. The Old State House is also home to the Joseph Steward Museum of Curiosities, which is a collection of strange memorabilia, including a two-headed calf. The building has a reputation for being haunted and is the subject of an episode of Ghost Hunters, so check out the curiosities and watch out for ghosts!

Honorable Mentions: The Glass House (New Canaan, CT), Gillette Castle (East Haddam, CT), Cushing Brain Collection (New Haven, CT)



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University of Delaware Mineralogical Museum (Newark, DE)

This museum truly is a hidden “gem.” With lots of different rare and unusual minerals, the museum features skillfully carved gemstones and natural crystals. The museum began with Irene du Pont Sr.’s donated collection, and new finds are added each day.

Nanticoke Indian Museum (Millsboro, DE)

This museum depicts the way of life for the Nanticoke Indian Tribe many, many years ago. Displays show different homemade tools, like arrowheads and axes. There is also lots of artwork, pottery and clothing on display. The museum even has a replica of the village that the Nanticoke lived in. Some of the artifacts date back to 8000 BC.

Honorable Mentions: The Clayton Theater (Dagsboro, DE), Fort Delaware (Delaware City, DE)



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Falling Waters (Chipley, FL)

Reaching 100 feet high, Falling Waters is Florida’s highest waterfall. It falls into a giant sinkhole, and the final destination of the water is still unknown. There are walking trails that take you to other sinkholes, and one that even goes to a butterfly garden.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park (Key Biscayne, FL)

This state park is home to the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County – a lighthouse that was built in 1825. There are tours of the lighthouse and the lighthouse keeper’s cottage, along with a beautiful beach, ranked as one of the “Top 10 Beaches in America.” Complete with two Cuban restaurants, this is the perfect place for a day trip.

Honorable Mentions: Bok Tower Gardens (Lake Wales, FL), Crystal River State Park (Citrus County, FL), Swap Shop (Fort Lauderdale, FL), Dry Tortugas (Dry Tortugas, FL)



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Georgia Guidestones (Elberton, GA)

Built in 1980, a set of stones that show 10 “guidelines” in eight different languages stand tall in Georgia. This attraction is sometimes referred to as “American Stonehenge.” They have been the center of quite a few conspiracy theories, as no one actually knows the origin or true meaning behind the stones.

Lunchbox Museum (Columbus, GA)

Allen Woodall, Jr. has put his lunchbox collection on display. He has thousands of different metal lunchboxes, and any of his duplicates are for sale. He also has other collections on display too, including Southern stoneware, model airplanes, and classic cars.

Honorable Mentions: Tiny Towne (Norcross, GA), Balloons Over Georgia (Cumming, GA)



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Corsair Plane Wreck (Oahu, HI)

Scuba divers can explore the plane wreck just 3 miles out form the Hawaii Kai marina. A Captain on a mission from Pearl Harbor ran out of fuel in 1948. He made a perfect water landing, allowing the plane to sink to the bottom of the ocean with no damage. The Captain was rescued and is responsible for the perfect scuba dive location.

Dole Plantation (Wahiawa, HI)

This pineapple attraction began simply as a fruit stand in 1950. Now, the Dole Plantation offers many different entertainment options, including the Pineapple Express Train Tour, Plantation Garden Tour, and the Pineapple Garden Maze. No trip to the plantation is complete without trying the world famous DoleWhip.

Honorable Mentions: The Blue Room (Kauai, HI), Bamboo Forest (Maui, HI), Nakalele Blowhole (Maui, HI)



City of Rocks National Reserve (Almo, ID)

The Reserve not only covers 6.2 miles of the California National Historic Trail, but also boasts giant granite formations standing over 70 stories tall. It’s the perfect place for rock climbers. The Reserve is also home to Idaho’s only pinyon pine forest. There are lots of different activities for visitors, including camping, hiking, rock climbing and horseback riding.

Dog Bark Park Inn (Cottonwood, ID)

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This unique bed & breakfast is in a building made in the shape of a beagle. The rooms inside of “Sweet Willy” are dog themed and are every dog person’s dream. Conveniently, reservations for a room can be made on Airbnb, where the inn gets rave reviews.

Honorable Mentions: Three Island Crossing (Glenns Ferry, ID)



Floating Winery (Grafton, IL)

This winery floats down the Mississippi River as you taste over 100 wines from all around the world. The Grafton Harbor has been nicknamed “The Key West of the Midwest,” so it definitely promises a good time.

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Gold Pyramid House (Wadsworth, IL)

Tours are available of this home that was inspired by the magic of the Egyptian pyramids. The six-story home is the largest 24-karat gold-plated object in North America. The home is guarded by a 50-foot statue of King Tut. The owners of the pyramid use five words to describe it: “Power, Gold, Mystery, Exotic, Impressive.”

Honorable Mentions: Cave-in-Rock (Hardin County, IL)



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Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum (Elkhart, IN)

This Indiana museum features 80 years of comics, toys, film and animation history. The Hall of Heroes is home to many rare items, 60,000 comic books, and 10,000 toys. It also displays quite a few original movie props, including Captain America’s shield from the first movie and Adam West’s personal Batman costume.

Mooresville’s Gravity Hillopens PDF file (Mooresville, IN)

This mysterious optical illusion seems to defy gravity. It seems to pull objects at the bottom back up the hill. The best way to try this is with an object, like a basketball or can of soda, and be amazed as it starts to roll up the hill. However, if you are feeling extra risky, some people have tried parking at the bottom, putting their cars in neutral and watching as they get pulled back up the hill.

Honorable Mentions: Seven Pillars of Peru (Peru), Rotary Jail Museum (Crawfordsville, IN)



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American Gothic House (Eldon, IA)

The home is the backdrop of the famous Grant Wood painting, American Gothic. Although it was a private residence, it now is available for tours. The neighboring visitor’s center contains an exhibit about the painting and provides similar outfits to those that the subjects of the painting are wearing so that visitors can have their photo taken.

Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden (Des Moines, IA)

Ever wanted to be on set of a magazine photo shoot? Well, this is pretty close. The Test Garden is not only the testing grounds for new plants for Better Homes and Gardens, but it is also the site where the majority of their garden photo shoots are taken. Visitors are free to roam on their own or can request a tour.

Honorable Mentions: Figge Art Museum (Davenport, IA), Roseman Bridge (Winterset, IA), Ice Cream Capital of the World (Le Mars, IA), Pella (Pella, IA), The Indian Princess Statue (Pocahontas, IA)



The World’s Largest Collection of Smallest Versions of Largest Things (Lucas, KS)

A Kansas artist, Erika Nelson, created a museum that is dedicated to iconic roadside attractions. She travels to the World’s Largest Things, takes a photo and creates a tiny replica to be added to her collection. Quite a few of the small versions have even been back to visit their larger counterparts, and those photos are also on display.

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Dorothy’s House and Land of Oz (Liberal, KS)

Liberal, KS has proclaimed itself the official home of Dorothy from the classic movie, The Wizard of Oz. You can take a tour led by guides dressed as Dorothy through a replica of the home from the movie as well as the Land of Oz. There is a 5,000 square foot exhibit and animated journey that takes you through the movie.

Honorable Mentions: Mushroom Rock State Park (Brookville, KS), Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center (Hutchinson, KS), The Big Well (Greensburg, KS)



National Corvette Museum (Bowling Green, KY)

This museum is home to over 80 Corvettes from a wide span of time periods, including some special, one-of-a-kind models. The museum’s Hall of Fame honors people who have made significant contributions to the Corvette brand, like racers or general managers. Out back, there is a race track where a professional driver can take you on a ride in one of the Corvettes.

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Cumberland Falls State Park (Williamsburg, KY)

The State Park is most famous for the waterfall that is located there, sometimes referred to as “Little Niagra.” Cumberland Falls is the only place in the Western Hemisphere where a moonbow is regularly visible. A moonbow is a rainbow that is produced by moonlight instead of by sunlight. The moonbows are best when there is a full moon, and the Kentucky Department of Parks regularly updates their schedule so visitors know when one will be visible.

Honorable Mentions: Conrad Caldwell House Museum (Louisville, KY), Megacavern (Louisville, KY)



Sideshow Props (Slidell, LA)

This warehouse is the home of a wide variety of props and sets from popular TV shows and movies. Step into the world of American Horror Story, Django Unchained, Maze Runner, and many, many others.

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Poverty Point World Heritage Site (Pioneer, LA)

This ancient Native American settlement was handbuilt well over 3,400 years ago. The stunning landscapes, 72-foot-tall mound and half-circles were once home to a couple of Native American tribes, but it was abandoned around 1100 B.C. with minimal human activity since. No one knows the true meaning behind the formations or why they were built.

Honorable Mentions: Antique Alley (Monroe, LA), Once in a Millennium Moon (Shreveport, LA), Whitney Plantation (Wallace, LA)



Cliff Trail (Harpswell, ME)

There is a hiking trail right behind Town Hall in Harpswell, ME. It leads to a cliff overlook about 150 feet off the ground. That’s not the only place to see an amazing view, as the entire trail runs alongside Strawberry Creek. Along the trail, there are fairy houses which are little “homes” built out of all-natural materials. Visitors are invited to build their own for others to find.

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Wild Blueberry Land (Columbia Falls, ME)

This interesting roadside attraction celebrates the wild blueberry – one of just three fruits native to North America. The main attraction at the park is the giant blueberry-shaped building selling quirky souvenirs, blueberry jams and jellies, and the most popular items – scones and pies. There is also a wild blueberry themed mini golf course in the back.

Honorable Mentions: Bagaduce Lunch (Brooksville, ME), International Cryptozoology Museum (Portland, ME), Stephen King’s House (Bangor, ME)



Smith Island (Smith Island, MD)

Smith island, right in the Chesapeake Bay, is only accessible by boat. Catch a ferry out there to try the world’s best crab cake and homemade eight-layer Smith Island cake, the official dessert of Maryland. Although you can’t take your car with you, there are golf carts and bikes available for rental to explore the island.

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Dan’s Rock (Midland, MD)

Dan’s Rock sits at the top of Dan’s Mountain, which is 2,898 feet tall, making it one of the tallest points in Maryland. It’s a great spot for hikers and rock climbers, and at the very top, you can enjoy an amazing view of the Potomac River flowing into West Virginia.

Honorable Mentions: Clear Meadow Farm (White Hall, MD), Western Maryland Scenic Railroad (Cumberland, MD), American Visionary Art Museum (Baltimore, MD), Ouija Board Headstone (Baltimore, MD)




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Mapparium (Boston, MA)

This three-story, stained glass globe shows the world map as it was in 1935. It is the only place in the world where the surface of the earth is seen without distortion since you view it from the inside instead of the outside. Another phenomenon of the globe is its acoustics. Sometimes it is referred to as the “whispering gallery” because if you whisper something on one side of the globe, someone standing on the other side will be able to hear you loud and clear.

The Witch House of Salem (Salem, MA)

The Witch House used to be the home of Witch Trials Judge, Jonathan Corwin. It is the only structure still standing directly tied to the Witch Trials of 1692. Tours of the home incorporate history of the Witch Trials as well as information on seventeenth century architecture.

Honorable Mentions: Silo Studio Cottage (Tyringham, MA)



Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum (Farmington Hills, MI)

Marvin has been collecting vintage, coin-operated machines since the 1950s. In 1990, he decided to open up a museum. Most of the machines still work, so visitors are encouraged to bring coins with them in order to really enjoy all of the games and attractions.

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The Bottle House (Kaleva, MI)

In the small town of Kaleva (population 509), there sits a home constructed out of 60,000 bottles from a local bottling factory. Although it was originally built to be a family home, it is now a historical museum featuring items from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Rumor has it that the word “pop,” which some people use in the place of “soda,” originated at this bottling factory, but who truly knows?

Honorable Mentions: Kitch-iti-kipi (Manistique, MI), African Bead Museum (Detroit, MI), Guardian Building (Detroit, MI), St. Ignace Mystery Spot (St. Ignace, MI)



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SPAM Museum (Austin, MN)

The ultimate mystery meat has its own museum in the same town its mother company is headquartered in. Interactive exhibits walk visitors through the history of the company and the development of the canned meat. You can even participate in working the assembly line that produces about 44,000 cans an hour.

Frank Lloyd Wright Gas Station (Cloquet, MN)

The famous architect once had plans for an entire futuristic, utopian society that he wanted to build. Although, he never got to do that before his death in 1959, one piece of it did get built – a gas station in Minnesota. It’s built in a futuristic style, complete with a watchtower on top. The gas station is still open and is the perfect place for a fun fill-up.

Honorable Mentions: Historic Forestville (Forestville, MN), Franz Jevne State Park (Birchdale, MN), Sidewalk Harp (Minneapolis, MN)



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Red Bluff (Morgantown, MS)

Mississippi’s “Little Grand Canyon” lives up to its name with steep slopes of red clay, soil and sand. It’s a great place to hike and a nice little surprise that’s different from the rest of the geography of Mississippi.

Small Town, Mississippi (Jackson, MS)

Located at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, Small Town, Mississippi is a life-size replica of a 1920s crossroads town. The goal is to preserve a way of life that doesn’t exist anymore. In the town, there is a blacksmith shop, doctor’s office, schoolhouse, and many other different buildings and shops that depict what life used to be like.

Honorable Mentions: All-American Rose Garden (Hattiesburg, MS), Elvis Presley’s Birthplace (Tupelo, MS)



World Chess Hall of Fame (St. Louis, MO)

The World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis is home to both the U.S. and World Chess Halls of Fame. On top of that, the museum offers different exhibits that walk visitors through the history of the game. It features trophies, scorecards, chess sets and other important artifacts from some of the world’s most significant players.

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Berlin Wall (Fulton, MO)

A piece of the Berlin Wall stands on a small college campus in central Missouri. Westminster College was the site of Winston Churchill’s famous “Iron Curtain” speech in 1946 and now, the National Churchill Museum. One year after the wall fell, his granddaughter, Edwina Sandys, proposed moving a piece of the wall to the site of the famous speech.

Honorable Mentions: Caboose Junction (Lampe, MO), Laumeier Sculpture Park (Sunset Hills, MO), Mutual Musicians Foundation (Kansas City, MO), Leila’s Hair Museum (Independence, MO)



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Yaak Valley (Yaak, MT)

This valley is unique because it is one of the most biologically diverse areas in all of Montana. Because of its low elevation and high precipitation, it is classified as a rainforest – the only one in Montana. Although it is not home to many humans, it is home to lots of wildlife, including grizzly bears, lynx and mountain lions.

Havre Beneath the Streets (Havre, MT)

After most of the city burned down in 1904, Havre shopkeepers restarted their businesses in their basements. Eventually, a tunnel system was built to connect all of the shops, which became useful for smuggling liquor during Prohibition. You can take a tour of the town, most of which has been moved back above ground.

Honorable Mentions: The World’s Shortest River (Arlee, MT)



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Happy Jack Chalk Mine (Scotia, NE)

The chalk mine opened about 130 years ago and peaked in the 1920s. As chalk’s popularity declined, so did the need for the mine, so it is now open for the public to tour the 6,000 feet of tunnels. Bring a jacket because the mines sit at a cool 56 degrees all year long.

National Museum of Roller Skating (Lincoln, NE)

This museum, located inside the headquarters for USA Roller Sports, highlights people and artifacts that have made roller history. There are many different exhibits, including one on the evolution of roller skates. Different types of skating are covered in the exhibits, like roller hockey, speed skating and roller derby.

Honorable Mentions: Hollywood Candy (Omaha, NE), Kregel Windmill Factory Museum (Nebraska City, NE)



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Neon Museum (Las Vegas, NV)

This unique museum is dedicated to iconic Las Vegas signs. Each one displayed is a national treasure of artistic and historical importance. Outside of the museum is the Neon Boneyard, which is an exhibition of giant neon signs. This part of the museum is only available through a guided tour.

Fly Geyser (Gerlach, NV)

Around 40 years ago, a geyser was created in a well-drilling-gone-wrong. Dissolved minerals began accumulating (and continue accumulate) to create the unique shape. Geothermal boiling water is constantly being sprayed from the top, and the vivid colors along the sides are caused by thermophilic algae.

Honorable Mentions: National Automobile Museum (Reno, NV), Pinball Hall of Fame (Las Vegas, NV), International Car Forest (Goldfield, NV)


New Hampshire

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Redstone Rocket (Warren, NH)

The Redstone Rocket is a decommissioned missile now installed in the middle of a public park. This missile was the first to carry nuclear weapons and was used for many other military missions during the Cold War.

Benson’s Park (Hudson, NH)

Formerly Benson’s Wild Animal Farm, this closed zoo turned public park is a nice place to spend a couple of hours. The animal cages are still standing, so visitors can see what a zoo would look like from the opposite perspective. There is also a miniature railroad, a 9/11 memorial, and an “Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe” model home. Benson’s Park was once home to the huge gorilla that once ran for President of the United States!

Honorable Mentions: Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site (Cornish, NH), The 45th Parallel (Clarksville, NH)


New Jersey

The Brewer’s Apprentice (Freehold, NJ)

This unique brewery offers the option for visitors to make their own beer, wine or mead right on the premises. The process can take weeks, however, so this is the place to go to if you’re on a long-term visit or just a local looking for fun things to do. Even still, it’s a cool place to look through, especially if they have an event going on!

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The Hermitage Museum (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ)

This museum was the home of Aaron Burr’s wife during the Revolutionary War (even though they didn’t actually get married until after the war). During times of fighting, the house acted as General George Washington’s headquarters for him and his team. After being passed through multiple owners and acting as a restaurant for a while, the house was given to the state of New Jersey. A trip to the museum will take you through over 250 years of American history.

Honorable Mentions: Asbury Park Pedal Boats (Wesley Lake, NJ), Papa’s Tomato Pies (Robbinsville, NJ), Valley Shepherd Creamery (Long Valley, NJ), Sunset Beach (Cape May, NJ)


New Mexico

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Plaza Blanca (Abiquiu, NM)

Plaza Blanca’s white limestone rock formation is the subject of Georgia O’Keefe’s painting, “The White Place,” along with many other painting and photographs. This unique wonder is a great place to take a hike and also is a gorgeous view! Just don’t forget your good hiking shoes.

The Lightning Field (Quemado, NM)

On this remote desert stands 400 stainless steel poles just over 20 feet tall to attract lightning. You shouldn’t visit during a storm, but the poles are beautiful during sunrise and sunset when they reflect a unique gold. It’s been said that standing right in the middle of Lightning Field is a “mind-altering” experience. Not many people can visit at once, so don’t forget to make reservations before you go.

Honorable Mentions: Tinkertown (Sandia Park, NM), Meow Wolf (Santa Fe, NM)


New York

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Dream House (New York, NY)

Not your typical dream house, this truly unique place is hard to describe. A composer and artist worked together to create a place that would fully submerge visitors into a sound and light experience. Every move you make creates a sound while you’re simultaneously completely surrounded by neon pink light.

Mmuseumm (New York, NY)

This tiny museum is easy to walk right by if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Housed in a freight elevator down an alley, this museum is dedicated to displaying the overlooked, dismissed or ignored.” One item they have is the shoe that was thrown at George W. Bush in Baghdad. Some exhibitions are World-Leader-Used-Tissues and Bread Clips or Occlupanid Taxonomy.

Honorable Mentions: Ausable Chasm (Keeseville, NY), Letchworth State Park (Castile, NY)


North Carolina

Secret Falls (Highlands, NC)

This appropriately-named waterfall is unknown to most people, so you definitely will not find a lot of tourists here. At the bottom is a swimming hole, and all of this is just an easy half-mile hike from the parking area.

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Mirlo Beach (Rodanthe, NC)

This whimsical town was once a bustling oceanfront community. However, since the beach erodes at 14 feet a year, a lot of it has been destroyed. There are houses on stilts out in the water, but originally, they were built three blocks from the ocean. This little town is definitely a must-see before it all washes away.

Honorable Mentions: Navitat Canopy Adventures (Barnardsville, NC), Paint Rock (Hot Springs, NC), Shell Oil Clamshell (Winston-Salem, NC)


North Dakota

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International Peace Garden (Dunseith, ND)

The large International Peace Garden sits on the border between North Dakota and Canada. It was originally created to honor 200 years of peace between the U.S. and Canada. The garden features a Peace Chapel, a 9/11 memorial, a floral clock and floral flags, and much, much more.

The Village of Murals (Jud, ND)

The town of Jud, ND is truly a tiny town. With only 76 residents, you may be wondering why we’re recommending you check it out. Not only are there lots of neat, unique and historical buildings, but almost every flat surface in the town is covered by a mural. These paintings are definitely a sight to see.

Honorable Mentions: Enchanted Highway (Regent, ND)



Glacial Grooves (Kelleys Island, OH)

When the same glacier that created the Great Lakes was moving through Ohio, rocks and debris that were caught in the ice cut into the limestone ground, creating the Grooves. The Glacial Grooves on Kelleys Island are the largest and most accessible grooves in the world.

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The Mohicans (Glenmont, OH)

Have an adventure in the forest and stay in one of these treehouses or cabins for the night. All the lodging was built with sustainability in mind, using solar power and recycled materials. The business operates on a “Leave No Trace” model and asks that visitors do so as well.

Honorable Mentions: Loveland Castle (Loveland, OH), American Sign Museum (Cincinnati, OH)



Great Salt Plains State Park (Jet, OK)

The Great Salt Plains State Park is covered with leftover salt from when the ocean covered Oklahoma in prehistoric times. There is also a lake in the area, the Great Salt Plains Lake, that is half as salty as the ocean. There are lots of activities to do – swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, and digging for crystals. Oklahoma is the only place in the world where the crystals are naturally hourglass shaped.

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Chris Barbee’s Bowling Ball Yard Art (Nowata, OK)

Started as a memorial for his wife, Chris started making sculptures out of bowling balls, which quickly gave him the nickname of “Bowling Ball Man.” All over his lawn are pieces of artwork and specialty bowling balls, like Scooby-Doo, Star Wars, NASCAR and many more.

Honorable Mentions: Little Sahara State Park (Waynoka, OK)



Dee Wright Observatory (Blue River, OR)

This structure was built on the summit of McKenzie Pass out of lava stone. The observatory has holes in the walls that specifically frame the peaks of neighboring mountains to ensure the best view of them. On top of that, the lava stone gives the structure a very unique look.

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Oregon Vortex and House of Mystery (Gold Hill, OR)

The Oregon House of Mystery is a place full of strange things that no one – not even the tour guides – can explain. Crooked buildings, things rolling uphill, people randomly losing their balance and changing height all make for one interesting roadside attraction. Legend has it all these phenomenons are due to a paranormal presence on the land, but we guess you’ll just have to check it out for yourself to decide.

Honorable Mentions: Pillars of Rome (Rome, OR), Terwilliger Hot Springs (Blue River, OR)



Martin Guitar Factory and Museum (Nazareth, PA)

One of the most famous guitar brands – whose owners include Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Freedy Johnston – is open in Nazareth for free tours. The factory takes visitors through the 300 steps it takes to make the perfect guitar, and the museum tells the history of guitar-making from the first days of the instrument to the state-of-the-art process used today.

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Eastern State Penitentiary (Philadelphia, PA)

The Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous prison in the world, as it was the first “penitentiary” style prison. Meant to reform rather than punish, the design of the prison was revolutionary. Over 300 prisons worldwide have been modeled after Eastern State since its creation. Take a tour of the halls once occupied by famous criminals like “Slick Willie” Sutton and Al Capone.

Honorable Mentions: The Magic Gardens (Philadelphia, PA), Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle (Doylestown, PA), Mutter Museum (Philadelphia, PA)


Rhode Island

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Beavertail State Park (Jamestown, RI)

During the Revolutionary War, this area housed many different military forts. Now, it’s been turned into a unique state park. There is a lighthouse with a museum attached, hiking trails, overlooks with amazing views and some of the best saltwater fishing in the area.

Fantastic Umbrella Factory (Charlestown, RI)

Despite the name, this is not a place where umbrellas are made or a museum all about the history of people getting rained on. In fact, it is marketplace that sells items from local and international craftspeople. From stained glass to handmade jewelry to instruments, the Umbrella Factory offers the most unique gifts.

Honorable Mentions: International Tennis Hall of Fame (Newport, RI), Point Judith Lighthouse (Narragansett, RI)


South Carolina

Ovis Hill Farm (Timmonsville, SC)

This farm offers tours that are fun for the whole family. In the barn, you can hang out with the animals, bottle feed the cows, and make your own butter. There are different types of tours the farm offers, so make sure to call in advance before going.

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Hagood Mill (Pickens, SC)

The Hagood Mill is the perfect place to take a step back in time and truly experience history. Along with a fully functioning 1845 water-powered gristmill, there are also two restored log cabins, a cotton gin, and nature trails.

Honorable Mentions: La Bastide des Lavandes (York, SC)


South Dakota

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The Corn Palace (Mitchell, SD)

The world’s only Corn Palace features murals on the walls made out of colored corn. Each year, the murals come down, and new ones go up, using 13 different colors of corn. There are tours to show visitors the process that goes behind creating the giant masterpieces. Surprisingly, when The Corn Palace isn’t open to visitors, it’s used for proms, graduations and even basketball tournaments.

Art Alley (Rapid City, SD)

Close to Main Street in the heart of downtown Rapid City sits an alley dedicated to the freedom of expression. A public art project that began in 2005 attracts artists of all ages and encourages them to leave their mark (literally) on the walls. As you walk through, you’ll notice that the “art gallery” changes daily as more and more people paint over what was previously there.

Honorable Mentions: World’s Largest Pheasant (Huron, SD), Wind Cave National Park (Hot Springs, SD), 1880 Train (Hill City, SD)



The Secret City (Oak Ridge, TN)

In 1942, the federal government mysteriously purchased the land in Oak Ridge and created an entire community from scratch. Turns out, this was the first and largest of the three Manhattan Project sites used to develop the atomic bomb. The town was one giant secret – couldn’t be found on a map and billboards on roads leaving town read, “What you see here, what you do here, what you hear here, what you leave here – let it stay here.” Now, it’s just like any other town – just with abandoned guard towers around the perimeter and a museum dedicated to the Manhattan Project.

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The Lost Sea (Sweetwater, TN)

Underneath the ground of Sweetwater is a giant lake. Hike through the caves, and at the very end take a boat ride around America’s Largest Underground Lake. There are also a few nature trails around the outside of the caves, so it’s a great geological adventure.

Honorable Mentions: Firefly Swarms (Gatlinburg, TN), Montgomery Bell’s Tunnel (Cheatham County, TN), Voodoo Village (Memphis, TN)



Marfa (Marfa, TX)

This interesting small town has quite the arts and culture scene. Artists have installed their work here, and many movies have used it as a filming location. Most famous of all, however, is probably the Marfa lights, which can be observed near US Route 67. No one can really explain where they come from, although many people have given theories – from paranormal activity to mirages from temperature changes, to simply reflections of car lights.

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Cattail Falls at Big Bend National Park (Cattail Falls, TX)

Cattail Falls is one of Texas’s best kept secrets! Not many people know about it and it can’t be found on any of the trail maps, but when you get to the end, you’ll understand why the long hike is totally worth it. The trail ends at a canyon with a beautiful waterfall, which some have described as a “rewarding oasis.”

Honorable Mentions: Blue Lagoon (Huntsville, TX), Regency Suspension Bridge (Regency, TX)



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Sun Tunnels (Lucin, UT)

These 22 ton concrete tunnels sit in the middle of the desert, with the purpose of “bringing the sky down to earth.” Holes are drilled in the sides to line up perfectly with the sunrise, sunset, and a few constellations. They are amazing all year long, but especially during summer and winter solstices.

Ice Castles (Midway, UT)

During the winters in Midway, there is a giant castle made solely out of ice. Visitors are encouraged to explore the beautiful outside, rooms inside, and furniture all made of ice. Because frozen water is the only material used to build this masterpiece, it is only open during the winter season after its been rebuilt.

Honorable Mentions: Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument (Monticello, UT), Spiral Jetty (Salt Lake City, UT)



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Ben and Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard (Waterbury, VT)

Ever wondered what happens to those delicious Ben and Jerry’s flavors after they’ve been retired from the shelves? Turns out, they are laid to rest in their very own cemetery, right behind their Vermont factory (which is open for tours daily). Each headstone has a clever little poem describing the taste, so pay your respects to your favorite flavors by dropping in for a quick visit.

The Museum of Everyday Life (Glover, VT)

In a society full of crazy and unusual museums, here’s one filled with perfectly familiar objects. Collections and exhibitions rotate through, and some past ones have included the full history of the safety pin, the match, and the toothbrush.

Honorable Mentions: The World’s Only Dog Chapel (St. Johnsbury, VT)



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President Heads (Williamsburg, VA)

On a private farm in rural Virginia stand 43 giant busts of past American presidents. When Presidents Park, their previous home, closed in 2010, a Virginia man, Howard Hankins, couldn’t bear to see the sculptures destroyed, so he transferred all of the 22,000 pound heads to his property. Please note that the presidents do now live on private property, so visitors are not always allowed. Explore at your own risk (or just drive by)!

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum (Alexandria, VA)

This building used to be the home of a historic medication company, owned by generations of one family, but was forced to close its doors during the Great Depression. Almost immediately, it was turned into a museum and most of the inside looks exactly as it did on the store’s last day of business. Over the years, products were sold to many famous war veterans, including George Washington and Robert E. Lee.

Honorable Mentions: Breaks Canyon (Breaks, VA), Edgar Allan Poe’s Room (Charlottesville, VA)



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Blue Lake Rhino Cave (Coulee City, WA)

Not only does the opening to this cave look like the body of a rhinoceros, it was one! Back in ancient times, a volcano erupted, and unfortunately the rhino couldn’t escape. Lava cooled around the shape of the animal, creating a new cave. The outside is also a great place for hiking and rock climbing.

Official Bad Art Museum of Art (Seattle, WA)

This art museum celebrates the most tacky and terrible pieces. Located inside Cafe Racer (which has the artery-clogging Wonder Weiner on the menu), the gallery features those black velvet paintings, paint-by-number pictures and paintings of dogs playing poker.

Honorable Mentions: Cedar Creek Treehouse (Ashford, WA), Waterfall Garden Park (Seattle, WA), The Junk Castle (Pullman, WA)


West Virginia

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Blenko Glass (Milton, WV)

The Blenko Glass factory has been making hand-blown glass since 1893. The craft was passed down through the family ever since. Tours are offered of the manufacturing facility, where visitors can watch colorful glass being blown, see some historic pieces, and stroll through the shop which sells recently completed pieces.

Hutte Swiss Restaurant (Helvetia, WV)

In a tiny West Virginia town, population 59, there sits a traditional Swiss restaurant. The menu is full of secret Swiss family restaurants, giving it a super authentic feel. Visitors have said eating at this restaurant is truly a unique dining experience.

Honorable Mentions: Blackwater Falls (Davis, WV), Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (Weston, WV), Congressional Fallout Shelter at Greenbrier Resort (White Sulphur Springs, WV)



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House on the Rock (Spring Green, WI)

On top of Deer Shelter Rock sits a house built by Alex Jordan, Jr. who drew his inspiration from his father, Alex Jordan, Sr., and Frank Lloyd Wright. Since it first opened to the public in 1959, many structures have been added to make it into a community of tourist attractions. Not only is it home to the world’s largest indoor carousel, but there is also the “Infinity Room” which juts out 218 feet from the edge of rock – with no supports underneath!

The Rock in the House (Fountain City, WI)

Unlike the mirror of its name (see above), this landmark happened by chance. In an unfortunate accident, a 55-ton boulder came tumbling down a hill and crashed right into the house sitting at the bottom. Luckily, no one was injured in the accident, and instead of paying a fortune to have it removed, they opened the otherwise unremarkable house for tours.

Honorable Mentions: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin (Spring Green, WI), Mars Cheese Castle (Kenosha, WI), Chatty Belle (Neillsville, WI), Jurustic Park (Marshfield, WI)



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Meeteetse Chocolatier (Meeteetse, WY)

Tim Kellogg, a true Wyoming cowboy, hand makes and sells chocolates daily. He sells specialized truffles, brownies and other sweet treats. A huge emphasis is placed on sustainability by using recycled materials, and the chocolatier only produces one bag of garbage a week. If you want to taste these candies, you’ll have to travel to Wyoming, as he doesn’t sell anywhere else so that he can ensure the quality of his chocolate.

Oregon Trail Ruts (Guernsey, WY)

Throughout history, the Oregon Trail has been one of the most widely used trails among western migrants. Due to such heavy use, some parts have been really worn down, causing wagons to get stuck. These ruts have been preserved, so visitors can actually see some of the abandoned wagons.

Honorable Mentions: Medicine Wheel (Lovell, WY)


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How to Hit the Slopes

It’s the perfect time to start preparing for a fun winter out on the slopes – even if you’ve never been skiing before! With time and effort, you can learn to ski, no matter your age or athletic ability. Don’t wait until you’re already at that Colorado ski resort and all of your friends and family have already gone out to enjoy the snow. Here are a few ways you can start preparing now:

Get Everything You’ll Need

An artist can’t be an artist without the right tools. Same goes for skiing! Make sure to stock up on warm and waterproof clothing. The key is to dress in layers. Invest in some thick gloves and socks, and make sure that your arms and legs will be fully covered. You’ll definitely want to be comfortable and have a little extra padding in case of a fall. Most resorts will have an option for equipment rentals, which is the way to go if it’s your first time. You’ll want boots, skis and poles that fit your body perfectly. Last but not least, you can’t forget the snacks! Packing a bag of quick pick-me-ups is essential. You’ll want water, and snacks with lots of protein, like nuts.

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Start an Exercise Routine

Believe it or not, it’s super important to have built up a little bit of muscle and endurance before you even step foot onto the slopes. It’s important to be fit and flexible and to focus on your legs when working out. Check out this exercise program to inspire yours before you s tart to ski. It breaks down everything you should do in the 6 weeks leading up to your trip.


Learn from a Professional

The most important thing you can do before skiing on your own is taking a lesson. The best way to learn is from the professionals, and conveniently, almost every ski resort offers time for you to learn from them. Not only will you feel more confident when you hit the slopes, but you’ll have learned all of the proper techniques to get yourself down the mountain.


Learn the Right Techniques

One tip to keep in mind while you’re getting the hang of skiing has to do with your feet. Most beginners want to let their feet lead their bodies, but this causes them to fall. Instead, remind yourself to keep your feet under you, so you’ll have more balance. And always keep your knees bent!

A man riding skis down a snow covered slope

Practice, Practice, Practice

You’ve had the cliche, “practice makes perfect,” preached to you since you were a toddler, but it’s true! The only way to continue getting better at skiing is to practice, practice, practice. Every chance you get, practice your skiing techniques, and you’ll see faster improvement.


Don’t Give Up!

The truth is that skiing is difficult. Don’t expect to master it right away. Even the pros had to put in years of practice. Don’t give up on yourself, and always remember that skiing should be fun! It’s okay to fall (and to laugh at yourself when you do)!

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How to Make the Most of Your Layover in Chicago

You’ve got the most amazing vacation planned: lots of fun things to do, places to eat, and sights to see. The only thing that’s standing between you and your week of pure bliss is…a layover in Chicago. The seconds feel like they’re dragging by as you’re sitting at the gate, just waiting to board that plane. Instead of distracting yourself with social media or games on your phone, use these tips to make your layover fly (pun intended) by!

Quick Bites

No matter what you’re craving, O’Hare has it. Each terminal has mouth-watering places to grab a quick meal. Check out Tortas Frontera (Terminals 1, 3 & 5), owned by celebrity chef Rick Bayless, for some delicious Mexican. It’s Bon Appetit’s “best airport restaurant,” and the reason that a Chicago Tribune writer wants to get delayed at O’Hare. Another amazing option is the Wolfgang Puck Cafe (Terminal 5), owned by the celebrity chef, for pizza and sandwiches. There’s also La Tapenade (Terminals 1, 2 & 3), which features flavors from the Mediterranean, and Wow Bao (Terminal 5), known for its “hot Asian buns.” And, of course, a trip to Chicago (even if you never leave the airport) wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Garrett’s. Get the world-famous popcorn as a souvenir for someone or as a treat for yourself.

Sit Back & Relax

“Relaxation” may sound like the exact opposite of hanging out in an airport, so you might be surprised by all the amenities O’Hare has to offer. There’s a yoga room located just past security in Terminal 3. Mats are provided and monitors show popular yoga positions, so whether you’ve never done yoga before or you’re a professional, this is the perfect place to get away from the bustle of the airport. There are also spas if you’re in the mood for a less active type of relaxation. The Terminal Gateway Spa is in Terminals 1 & 3, and for a quicker service, the XpressSpa is in Terminal 5. If shopping for relaxation is more your style, there are amazing stores all over the airport.

Yoga Class

For the Kids

If you’ve got the kiddos with you, don’t worry. There are plenty of cool things to keep their attention during your layover. The Kids on the Fly play area is located in Terminal 2, featuring interactive airplane and helicopter models. Kids can also check out a model control tower. There is also a Brachiosaurus skeleton replica on the upper level of Terminal 1. The dinosaur stands over 40 feet tall, and is an amazing sight for both kids and adults.


Unique Things

Chicago’s Public Art Program has decorated the airport with pieces from local and national artists, making a stroll around the terminals feel like a museum. One of the most popular pieces is the Sky’s the Limit neon light installation. This instagram-worthy spot is on the ceiling of the underground walkway between concourses B and C in Terminal 1. If you’re looking for something a little more active, check out the Hilton Athletic Club. There are day passes available for this gym that’s located in the hotel attached to the airport. Underground walkways are connected to Terminals 1, 2 & 3. After your workout, check out the aeroponic garden in Terminal 3. This type of gardening uses a nutrient solution to keep plants growing instead of soil. This specific garden not only grows produce that the airport restaurants use, it also doubles as a perfect spot to lounge before your flight.

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We all know that a long layover is the worst, but with these tips, you can make the most of your time in the Chicago O’Hare airport. Got any more tips? We’d love to hear them!

15 Reasons to Visit Mid-Missouri

Although Missouri might sound like just another fly-over state to you, it is home to loads of hidden treasures. It turns out that the perfect place for your next vacation might just be waiting for you in mid-Missouri. With cities like Columbia (“Athens of Missouri”), Jefferson City (2013’s “Most Beautiful Small Town in America”) and Lake of the Ozarks (“The Missouri Dragon”), there’s never a shortage of things to do.


  1. Midwestern politeness

It’s real. The Midwest is one of the most well-mannered places in the US, and Time’s “Mood Map” even ranked Missouri as “Friendly & Conventional”. There’s always someone holding the door open or smiling and saying “hi” as you walk by.


  1. Lots of beer

Missouri should be nicknamed “Land of Beer”.  With Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis, Boulevard Brewery in Kansas City, and many local breweries in mid-Missouri, a beer lover would be in heaven.  If you’re looking for a local brew in Columbia, there’s Logboat Brewing Co., Broadway Brewery, or even local favorite restaurant/pub/brewery, Flatbranch.  If you’re in the mood for something a little more worldly, there’s the Craft Beer Cellar or the International Tap House. In Jefferson City, there’s Prison Brews, a local brewery and the only place to play a great game of bocce ball.

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  1. Cornhole

Speaking of sports, here in the midwest, tailgating is practically a sport of its own. People surround themselves with friends, cheeseburgers, and the beloved game of cornhole.  The object isn’t just to make the mini bean bag into the hole, but also to have the most decorative cornhole set in the entire parking lot.

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  1. Locally sourced food

If eating green is your thing, mid-Missouri is your place. Restaurants all over the area only use locally sourced food from farmers’ markets to make their scrumptious signature dishes. In Columbia, at places like Cafe Berlin, Main Squeeze, Sycamore and many, many others, you can eat a delicious meal and know exactly where your food is coming from.  Madison’s Cafe, Vitality Cafe and The Grand Cafe all get their goods from farmers in the Jefferson City area.  Down at the Lake, The Duck and Paint Box Cafe are just a couple of examples of locally sourced restaurants.


  1. True/False Film Fest

One of the biggest film festivals in the midwest happens right here in Columbia.  The True/False Film Fest draws in huge crowds, debuts new documentaries, and features live music before every show.  Who knows, you could even run into a few celebrities, as famous director Spike Lee made an appearance at last year’s event.


  1. The ultimate college town

The SEC’s newest addition, the nation’s top-ranked school of journalism, the home of the Tigers. The University of Missouri, one of the most beautiful campuses in the Midwest, is right in the middle of Columbia. Walk down the same sidewalks that celebrities like Brad Pitt, Jon Hamm, and Sheryl Crow once did. The University of Missouri even invented the annual tradition of Homecoming.  Each year, alumni and people that just like to celebrate come to Columbia during this time to see a huge parade, a decorated campus, and a fantastic game of football.

University of Missouri Columns and Jesse Hall

As the second all-women’s college in the nation, Stephens College prides itself on helping women get one step closer to achieving their dreams.  With one of the top rated theater and fashion programs, there is always a show to catch and art to see.  


With over 33 remote campuses nation-wide, Columbia College educates people from all over the world. A deep pride in academics and athletics and beautiful, historic buildings make the campus absolutely amazing to take a stroll through.


  1. Show-Me State Games

According to ESPN, the Show-Me State Games are one of the 101 Things All Sports Fans Must Experience Before They Die. All year long, this non-profit organization puts on sporting events that Missourians and non-Missourians alike can participate in.  With every sport represented, ranging from pickleball to judo to synchronized swimming, these events are a great time for people of all ages.


  1. The art scene

The downtown skyline, the gorgeous landscapes and diversity of people makes Columbia full of endless inspiration for artists galore. As you walk downtown, you’ll pass art gallery after art gallery. Bluestem, Artlandish, and Orr Street Gallery are just a few places where local artists get to show if their work.  And if you’re feeling crafty, stop by the Mud Room to put your own spin on some pottery.

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  1. Missouri Government

As the state’s capitol, Jefferson City is the perfect place for every history or government buff.  The Missouri Capitol Building is modeled after the Capitol in Washington D.C. and is filled to the brim with paintings, sculptures and other fantastic artworks. The Missouri Supreme Court Building and the Governor’s Mansion are both open for tours as well.

Missouri State Capital Building

  1. Missouri State Penitentiary

The original state prison that was first opened in 1836 and decommissioned in 2004 now gives tours, showcasing 168 years of history.  Walk the same halls as boxer Sonny Liston and James Earl Ray inside what used to be the largest prison in the US.  There are also multiple ghost tours that are offered from guides that will outline strange occurrences from within the penitentiary’s walls.


  1. Museums

Jefferson City is full of museums on a variety of different topics.  As the heart and capitol of Missouri, it only makes sense that it is home to the Missouri State Museum, which covers all the interesting history of the state. There’s also the Museum of Missouri Military History, the National Churchill Museum, the Museum of Art & Archaeology, and there’s even a Vacuum Cleaner Museum.


  1. The Lake of the Ozarks

This area would just be called the Ozarks without the giant lake that spans 92 miles from end to end.  The body of water twists and turns so that from up above, it looks like a huge serpent (which is how the area got its nickname). With over 1150 miles of shoreline, 57,000 acres of water and 150 marinas, the lake provides itself to endless opportunities to boat, tube, water ski, swim and much, much more water fun.

Dock on a lake

  1. Golf

No matter your experience level, the Lake of the Ozarks is every golfer’s dream.  With 12 unique golf courses for a more experienced golfer and 11 mini golf courses for a more laid back player, there’s over 180 holes to play.


  1. Shopping

It’s not unusual to run into people that came to the Ozarks just for the shopping and not necessarily for the lake.  The area has multiple outlet malls with big name brands, including the largest one in Missouri.  Small and unique boutiques are sprinkled all over for people looking for a more hometown flare.  The Lake of the Ozarks also has 57 antique stores, so it’s likely that you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.


  1. Ha Ha Tonka State Park

The Lake of the Ozarks is home to Missouri’s newest state park, Ha Ha Tonka.  On the almost 2500 acres of land stands a mansion that was built in 1905 but partially burned down in 1942.  In 1978, the state of Missouri opened this area up for visitors, including what remains of the giant castle.  The historical area is visited by thousands of people each year, promising a gorgeous hike and an amazing view.

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Dallas – The Complete Activity Guide

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Dallas, Texas

Dallas, Texas, the city that brought us the ATM, elevator music and laser tag, is one of the most increasingly popular tourist destinations in the United States. With different claims to fame, the city has plenty of things to do to ensure you’ll never be bored.





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One of the most infamous events in Dallas history was the assassination of JFK. During a parade, he was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald, who was hiding on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository Building. That floor has now been remodeled into a museum and a memorial to JFK’s life, called the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. The Cavanaugh Flight Museum houses a variety of different planes that were used all throughout American history and even allows visitors to take a ride over the city in the same planes that were used in World War II. The Dallas Holocaust Museum strives to educate the public on what happened to the European Jewish population during World War II and encourage tolerance. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science has 11 permanent exhibits that aim to inspire people through science and discovery.



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Dallas is the city for those with large appetites. With more restaurants per capita than any other city in the nation, Dallas is known for its great barbecue, authentic Mexican and original Tex-Mex cuisine. You can thank Dallas for the frozen margarita machine, which revolutionized the way America’s favorite alcoholic beverage is served. Although the original machine is now at the Smithsonian, you can still check out the inventor’s restaurant and enjoy some tasty Tex-Mex at Mariano’s. Dallas is also home to the #1 steakhouse in the world, Bob’s Steak & Chop House, according to the USDA Prime Steakhouses chart. On top of all of that, Food Tours of America give tours all throughout the city, so if you’re in the mood for a little history along with a delicious meal, this is the way to go.


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Enjoy a view of the city like no other from the GeO-Deck of the Reunion Tower, where guests can participate in games, puzzles and lots of other interactive activities. Zero Gravity Amusement Park offers an extreme experience for thrill-seekers, including bungee jumping, the Skycoaster and the Texas Blastoff. If you’d rather hang out down on the ground, check out the shopping at Highland Park Village. With a variety of different designer stores, this is the place to go to complete every outfit. The Texas Theater, known for being the location of Lee Harvey Oswald’s capture, is a must-see Dallas landmark that still shows movies and hosts special events. Architecture buffs love the Kalita Humphreys Theater and the John A. Gillin House, both Frank Lloyd Wright originals, and Dallas fans flock to the Southfork Ranch to see the original house inhabited by the Ewing family. If you’ll be down in Dallas during the last couple days of September or the majority of October, stop by the State Fair of Texas. It’s Dallas’s signature event that offers plenty of deep-fried options, a ginormous Ferris wheel and the annual Texas-OU rivalry football game.


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Sports fans will rejoice when they hear that a visit to Dallas could give them an opportunity to see six professional sports teams play. “America’s Team,” the Dallas Cowboys play football at AT&T Stadium, where they are continuously financially the most valuable NFL team. Basketball fans can catch the men’s team, the Dallas Mavericks, play at American Airlines Center and the women’s team, the Dallas Wings, play at College Park Center. The Texas Rangers play baseball at Globe Life Park, and FC Dallas plays soccer at Toyota Stadium. Catch a hockey game at American Airlines Center, where the Dallas Stars play during their season.




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This Texas city is a hub for artists and art-lovers alike. The Dallas Arts District, the largest art district in the nation, offers galleries, music, restaurants and shopping. Located in that district is the Dallas Museum of Art, which houses over 24,000 incredible art pieces dating all the way back to 3 BC. Right across the street from that is the Nasher Sculpture Center, which is 2.4 acres of the Nasher family’s sculpture collection, featuring pieces by Matisse and Picasso, just to name a couple. Deep Ellum is a neighborhood in Dallas that is home to a variety of different music and entertainment venues. In the early 1920’s, this area was known for its contribution to blues and jazz music, and today, it is still known for being an area full of musical innovation.




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If exploring the outdoors is your thing, Dallas is your place. Having parks was so important to the city that when they began to run out of room, they built one right on top of a freeway tunnel, which gave us Klyde Warren Park. There, you can work out, hang out or pig out at one of the various food trucks. Just a little north of Dallas, you’ll find White Rock Lake, which has a 9 mile hiking and biking trail, a dog park, a picnic area and, of course, a lake for plenty of different water activities. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is 66 acres of flowers and fountains with a to-die-for view of the downtown skyline, and the Dallas World Aquarium and Dallas Zoo are home to a bunch of different species from all over the world.


Use Denver’s Light Rail System With Ease

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Denver Light Rail Station in metropolitan Denver

Navigating a new city can be tough, especially when you have to drive through downtown, figure out how to get exactly where you’re trying to go and find and pay for parking. Luckily, Denver has a public transportation system that is fairly easy to use and takes you everywhere you’re trying to go. With 9 different lines, their light rail system is sure to be a step closer to your destination.

So, how do you ride?

It’s as simple as finding the nearest rail station. Some of them even offer parking. You’ll buy your ticket at the station. For a one-way trip, a local ticket costs $2.60, a regional ticket costs $4.50 and an airport ticket costs $9, but there are a variety of different discounts that are offered. The different ticket costs are based on how many stops you’ll be riding the light rail for.  Then, hop on your train, and watch for your stop. The official public transportation offers a convenient trip planner, just in case the place you’re looking for isn’t included on this list.



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Light Rail Station at Denver International Airport

Denver Airport, Line A, Stop: Denver Airport

The A Line starts at Union Station in downtown Denver and can take you all the way to the airport for $9. If you start at Union Station, instead of one of the 6 stops between there and the airport, the ride should only take about 37 minutes.

 Santa Fe Art District, Lines C, D, E, F & H, Stop: 10th & Osage

The “Gateway to Denver” is home to studios and galleries to give you an idea of art’s rich history in the Denver area. The district has been featured in a variety of different national publications and hosts First Fridays on the first Fridays of each month.




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Coors Field – Home of the Rockies

Coors Field, Lines C, E & W, Stop: Union Station

Pepsi Center (& Elitch Gardens), Lines C, E & W, Stop: Pepsi Center & Elitch Gardens

Mile High Stadium, Lines C, E & W, Stop: Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Catch a game at any of these three places, or check out Elitch Gardens for some amusement park fun. Baseball, hockey, basketball and football tickets for Denver’s teams can be found here (link to favorite Denver teams blog?).

iFly, Line E, Stop: Lincoln

Try your hand at skydiving before actually jumping out of a plane. iFly offers indoor skydiving and flying and is the perfect place to plan an afternoon activity.



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16th Street Mall

16th Street Mall, Lines C, D & H, Stop: 16th & California

Park Meadows Mall, Lines E & F, Stop: County Line

Denver has a lot of different areas for great shopping, and these two can be found within walking distance from the light rail stations. Lots of stores, activities and restaurants are just waiting to be explored.


University of Denver, Line F, Stop: University of Denver

The university has a campus full of historic buildings that make for a beautiful view on an afternoon stroll. DU is home to a great lacrosse team that continually wins championships.



Make the Most of Your Business Trip to Denver

Hike Denver Area TrailsBusiness trips don’t have to be all work and no play. In fact, 72% of business travelers have a little fun after they get out of their meetings. So, the next time your boss sends you to Denver for a couple of days, don’t stay holed up in the office. Here are the best things to do to make the most of your time.

Before Work:

On a work day, your alarm can go off pretty early, but instead of hitting the snooze button, try out a couple of these ideas:

  • Stop by the bookstore: With four locations all around town, Tattered Cover Bookstore is the perfect place to pick up your morning coffee, a sweet pastry andA bicycle parked on the side of a road sit down with the newspaper or a good book.

  • Eat a hearty breakfast: Denver is known for having some of the best breakfast restaurants in the country. Enjoy the most important meal of the day at Snooze (one of the most popular spots in town), Jelly (a retro diner that serves top-notch cinnamon roll pancakes), Waffle Brothers (known for, you guessed it, their mouth-watering waffles) or Denver Biscuit Co (featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives). Your stomach will thank you.

  • Get in an exhilarating workout: The perfect place for your morning workout may seem a little unexpected, but while you’re in Denver, a trip to the Red Rocks is a necessity.  The park is open for free to the public during the day, so whether you want to work out on your own or participate in Yoga on the Rocks, this is the place to hit before work.

Rent a ride to work: Explore Denver without even taking your car out of the parking lot.  Denver B-Cycle offers bike rentals for $9 a day, which makes it easy to navigate the streets of downtown and skip out on the morning traffic.

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Lunch Break:

Trade in the cafeteria sandwich for a nice lunch out at some of the top rated lunch spots in Denver.

  • Eat and shop: Whether you’re looking for something fast or wanting to take your time, a classic cheeseburger or something a little more worldly, 16th Street Mall is the answer, with plenty of shopping and over 42 restaurants all in one place.
  • Explore the food trucks: At Civic Center Park, there is the largest gathering of food trucks in Denver.  Enjoy the nice weather while eating delicious food, listening to live music and taking in an amazing view of the city.
  • Grab a quick lunch: Pressed for time but still want an authentic Denver experience? These places are perfect for a quick bite. Paramount Cafe offers traditional American appetizers and entrees in a sports bar-like atmosphere. Crepes ‘N Crepes serves both savory and sweet crepes, which make for a great meal and dessert right after.  The Market at Larimer Square offers a variety of different sandwiches and deli meals, complete with a bakery and coffee bar.

After Hours:

Don’t just go back to your hotel room once you punch out for the day. Instead, check out some of the things that make Denver the tourist destination that it is.

  • Catch a baseball game: Colorado’s MLB team, the Rockies, play at Coors Field, where the most home runs are hit out of every stadium in the nation.Depending on who the Rockies are playing, you can usually get tickets pretty cheap. Tickets on the rockpile can be as low as $5, and tickets on the rooftop can be as low as $15.
  • Treat yourself: Denver has a lot to offer when it comes to sweet treats. Little Man Ice Cream has delicious flavors and donates one scoop of rice and beans to aA plate of food and a glass display case starving child for every scoop of ice cream sold.  Voodoo Doughnut is known for its wacky flavors, including the Pothole (Oreo), Marshall Mathers (M&M) or PB&J.
  • Learn something new: Denver is home to a wide variety of museums, including the Money Museum and the Denver Art Museum. There is also a large public library, so if you’re wanting to relax, hang out there and read a good book.
  • Brew some beer: Or at least learn about how it’s brewed. Denver is aptly nicknamed “Napa Valley of Beer” because of the number of breweries there.  From craft beer (Denver Beer Co and Blue Moon Brewing Co) to the big names (Coors Brewery), free tours are offered all over the city.
  • Grab some dinner: Ranked #3 on Zagat’s “26 Hottest Food Cities of 2016,” Denver is the place to go all out on every meal. The Source is a marketplace that is home to 10 different restaurants, from Mexican to American, with plenty of shops to browse.  Ohana Island Kitchen is the place to try meals with a Hawaiian A close up of many barrel
    flair.  If you’re in the mood for Italian, Spuntino is the place to go. If Asian is your thing, try ChoLon, the restaurant owned by Denver’s Best Chef.  The roof of Linger is the perfect place to grab a bite and watch the sun set over the mountains and the high-rises.
  • Listen to live music: Denver is known for its music clubs all over town, constantly featuring and discovering new artists.  Places like the Bluebird, Live@Jack’s, Paramount Theater and Hi-Dive are great for catching a show.  The Red Rocks were mentioned before as a great place for a workout, but they double as a music venue at night, featuring some of the biggest names in music.
  • Play some games: Channel your inner child and check out Denver’s “barcade,” The 1Up. Play a variety of
    arcade games while grabbing a quick beer.