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D.C. Museum Musts: Tips for Visiting the Smithsonian Institution

April 27, 2015

Smithsonian InstitutionAs our nation’s treasure trove, the Smithsonian Institution is a collection of our most-prized artifacts. From Dorothy’s ruby slippers to Julia Child’s kitchen, the Wright brothers’ plane to the Hope Diamond, it’s all here. Housed mainly along the National Mall, the Smithsonian is actually 19 different museums containing 138 million artifacts, works of art, archives, and scientific specimens — there’s even a National Zoo.

Beer Wars: Two German Cities: Two Distinct Beers

April 23, 2015

BeerThe breweries of Cologne and Düsseldorf have one thing in common. While every other brewery in Germany is churning out lagers, they stubbornly continue to make fermented ales. But that may be where the similarities end. From opposite banks of the Rhine River, the cities have produced two very distinct styles of beer: Kölsch from Cologne and Altbier, or alt, from Düsseldorf.

Wandering in the “Cities of the Dead”: Exploring the Cemeteries of New Orleans

April 16, 2015

Only in New Orleans do cemeteries become a tourist attraction. One part art museum, one part historical guardian, and another part freak show, these “cities of the dead” are just another piece of the cultural landscape in a city known for being a bit odd. As your average midwestern guy, I was somewhat surprised to hop aboard the trolley and find several cemeteries front and center on the Crescent City’s local tour. But nevertheless, each offered a fascinating peak into the background and lore of the city of New Orleans.

7 Tips for Staying Healthy on a Cruise

April 3, 2015

Bike ExcursionsAs we put the chilling memory of this past winter behind us and look forward to warmer days, many travelers are making plans to cruise the seas on this summer’s vacation. Sandy beaches and tranquil waters, drinks underneath the stars and exotic ports of call lure us like a siren’s call. But with unlimited buffets, a bar that never seems to close and plenty of time to spend relaxing, can you stay healthy while setting sail?