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USS Constitution in Boston Harbor
September 13, 2017 - 2:55 pm in Attractions, Featured Cities, Historical, Places to visit

Boston, Massachusetts; The Spirit of America

Things to do in Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts is filled with an abundance of history, but to experience that history firsthand and actually take in the historic sites is an experience like no other. Boston has been called "The Cradle of Liberty" due to its part in initiating…
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July 13, 2017 - 9:16 pm in Attractions, Historical, Places to visit

Visit These Popular NYC Eateries From Your Favorite Films & TV Shows

New York City is one of the most exciting places in the world. One of the aspects that makes it so exciting is that it is often the setting of numerous television shows and movies. Many of the TV shows and movies that have been filmed in New York City have put certain locations on…
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October 19, 2016 - 1:56 pm in Historical, Places to visit

Liverpool: Home of The Beatles and so much more

The English city of Liverpool is synonymous with rock greats The Beatles. Utter the city's name to nearly anyone around the world, and they will probably mention Paul, George, Ringo or John. However, Liverpool is far more than just about The Beatles. The city is famous for its maritime…
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Hershey, PA: Chocolatetown, USA

In 1903, an entrepreneur with a love for good chocolate and fresh milk did something remarkable. He built a community in the countryside, complete with schools, factory, houses, you name it – and he dedicated it all to the production of chocolate. Sound like heaven? Keep reading.…
Bethel Maine Covered Bridge
July 15, 2016 - 4:40 pm in Historical, Places to visit

Exploring Historic Bethel, Maine

Bethel's Colonial Origin The town of Bethel has a rich history, including the fact that it was once an Abenaki Indian village before being given to Josiah Richardson and his heirs, in 1769, for his contribution to the Battle of Quebec. Nathaniel Segar was the first person to actually…
Idaho state capitol building, Boise, Idaho
April 28, 2016 - 3:25 pm in Attractions, Featured Cities, Historical, Places to visit

Boise: An Urban Treasure in the Gem State

When you think of Idaho, chances are you think of potatoes. You might be surprised to learn that the biggest city in a state known for growing carbs is full of outdoors enthusiasts. Jogging, hiking, skiing, mountain biking – you name it. If it’s an outdoors activity, it’s almost…
The Sydney Opera House
January 17, 2016 - 4:41 am in Historical, Places to visit

Sydney, Australia: Urban Outback

From taming the outback to reconciling with their roots, this city is the result of generations of Sydneysiders taking on a challenge and creating one of the most iconic cities in the world. Quick History     Carbon dating implies that humans have lived near modern-day Sydney for…
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December 5, 2015 - 2:52 pm in Attractions, Featured Cities, Historical, Places to visit

Visit Montréal, Quebec – Antique, Contemporary, Futuristic All in One

Vivant (alive) is the phrase that best describes Quebec's largest city. The city has an undeniably Quebecois feel, but isn't afraid to show its own identity. Street fairs stretch into mid-winter, with frolickers embracing the cold and tourists and visitors enjoying the cultural ambiance…
San Diego Museum of Art
November 25, 2015 - 9:52 am in Featured Cities, Historical, Places to visit

San Diego, CA: History of Paradise

Are you a laid back, beach loving-kind of history buff? Well this episode is a treat for you. In Season 4 we traveled to San Diego, CA. No metropolitan city in California captures that SOCAL feeling like San Diego. Where to Visit in San Diego, CA Known for its delightful climate and…
A temple in Segasta Sicily
October 20, 2015 - 2:18 pm in Attractions, Historical, Places to visit

Sicily: Not as Italian as you think

Sicilians have a lot going for them – great coastal climate, phenomenal food, ancient ruins and myriad tourist spots, not to mention a fierce pride in their identity. According to Wikipedia, Sicily was “controlled by greater powers—Roman, Vandal, Byzantine, Islamic, Norman, Hohenstaufen,…
saratoga hist park
September 25, 2015 - 8:39 pm in Historical, Places to visit

Saratoga National Historical Park

   Muskets pop, canons roar in the distance, and the war cries of thousands of men rise around you. Flash forward a few hundred years, and looking over the peaceful hills of Saratoga National Historical Park you could never guess that this is the place where America earned a fighting…
Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Manila. Photo via Wikipedia.
September 16, 2015 - 3:48 pm in Attractions, Historical, Places to visit

Manila, Philippines: Razed and rebuilt

If there’s one thing no place should ever strive to be, it’s a pearl. As precious as that nickname is, Haiti (the Pearl of the Antilles) and the city of Manila in the Philippines (the Pearl of the Orient) show why geography and pearls don’t mix. Both locations suffered invasions,…
Aerial shot of Centralia, PA in 1981.
September 13, 2015 - 6:00 pm in Attractions, Historical

Centralia, PA: Helltown, U.S.A.?

It’s night, and the odor of sulfur hangs heavy in the air. Your feet are hot, and little flashes of blue are dancing around the rocks in front of you. The sneakers on your feet are melting, and the road beneath you is split and cracked. Vents spewing toxic carbon monoxide fumes protrude…
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August 24, 2015 - 4:50 pm in Attractions, Historical, Places to visit

The Fountain of Youth, St. Augustine, FL

   The Conquest of The New World: Where It All Began In 1493, a man by the name of Ponce de Leon landed in Puerto Rico along with Christopher Columbus and the rest of his crew. A fledgeling adventurer, he soon became enamored not with the land, but with its prospects. Enchanted…
Without golf, would you know about Hilton Head Island?
August 24, 2015 - 2:58 pm in Historical, Places to visit

Hilton Head Island: A top vacation destination with a fascinating past

Off the coast of South Carolina, an island with a long and tangled history sits, beckoning vacationers. The weather is great, the scenery is gorgeous, and the locals exude the spirit of southern hospitality. Despite the pleasant present, Hilton Head Island’s story isn’t that of…
A sea lion baby on the Galapagos Islands.
August 12, 2015 - 2:04 pm in Attractions, Historical, Places to visit

Galapagos: The bizarre history of a Pacific island chain

Forget Darwin. These islands offer more than a biodiverse ecosystem that’s relatively untouched by man. They include stories of mysterious deaths, pirate ships, and whaling vessels, and a giant tortoise named Lonesome George. Fresh water might be scarce here, but there’s plenty…
A radioactive sign hangs on barbed wire outside a café in Pripyat.
August 6, 2015 - 6:05 pm in Attractions, Historical, Places to visit

Visiting Chernobyl and Pripyat: A Trip For the Brave

Tucked in the countryside near Kiev, a beautiful ghost town stands preserved, a monument to the risks of nuclear power. Chernobyl is more than the site of one of the world’s largest nuclear tragedies. It’s a place where people made the ultimate sacrifice and nature found ways to…
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July 4, 2015 - 2:07 pm in Historical, Uncategorized

5 Odd Facts About The White House

1. Ready, Set, Draft!  The White House Design Competition     As you can imagine, when George Washington became the president of the United States he had a lot on his plate. So tasks like designing a new capitol building were a little, well, beyond him. He asked Thomas…
Bridge of Artists, Skopje, Macedonia
May 19, 2015 - 12:52 pm in Attractions, Historical, Places to visit

Skopje, Macedonia: The city that bridges two worlds

Skopje, Macedonia is a city whose name we usually hear tied to international news. Located in the heart of the Balkans, the conflicts and turmoil this city has suffered don’t do its beauty, spirit, and history justice. It’s time to go beyond the headlines and look at what makes…
St Anne's and Bernadine's Churches in Vilnius, Lithuania
May 18, 2015 - 7:39 pm in Historical, Places to visit

Vilnius, Lithuania – A Baltic Beauty

Although it’s a small capital of a small country, the hardiness of Vilnius is one that exemplifies Lithuanian values of endurance, heritage and really, really tasty food. It’s a city that represents cultural rebirth, faith and tradition. The History of Vilnius The oldest records…
Night in Kuala Lumpur
April 24, 2015 - 2:44 pm in Historical, Places to visit

Kuala Lumpur: Window to Malaysia’s Soul

Malaysia is a hotspot for tourism thanks to its pleasant, tropical climate and fascinating culture. The city of Kuala Lumpur benefits from the tourist trade, but has a much humbler beginning. Chinese influence effortlessly blends here with modern Malaysian culture, and the result is…
Belgrade city center over the river Sava.
April 9, 2015 - 7:04 pm in Historical, Places to visit

Belgrade, Serbia: Electricity, history, and culinary delights

More than a city, Belgrade is one of the oldest settlements in human history. Archeologists found evidence that Homo sapiens weren’t the only humans to inhabit the area, either. In prehistory, our Neanderthal ancestors spent time here, too. There’s more to Belgrade than culture,…
Dunes of South Padre Island, TX
April 3, 2015 - 3:21 pm in Historical, Places to visit

Port Isabel and South Padre Island, Texas: A little history and a lot of fun

Anyone who knows about Spring Break knows about Port Isabel and South Padre Island, but there’s more to these popular destinations than partying, nightlife, and great beaches. A Quick History of Port Isabel and South Padre Island, Texas The definition of small town, South Padre Island…
Historic houses on Battery St., Charleston, South Carolina.
March 26, 2015 - 6:27 pm in Historical, Places to visit

Charleston, SC: Where Old Southern Charm Meets Modern Fun

More than a bastion of southern pride, Charleston is a modern city with deep historic roots. The oldest city in South Carolina, it was first settled in 1670, and since that point has been a bustling center of activity and commerce – not all of which was good. Today, Charleston is…
Tamil Nadu, India
March 16, 2015 - 1:48 pm in Historical, Places to visit

Chennai, India: The cultural capital of Tamil Nadu

Also known as Madras, Chennai, India is an ancient city that was also part of the British, French and Mysorian battle theaters in the 1600s. It's the capital city of the Tamil Nadu province, and one of India's largest metropolises. Like most of India’s large cities, it’s a crowded…
Peggy's Cove - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
March 10, 2015 - 3:41 pm in Attractions, Historical, Places to visit

Halifax, Nova Scotia: Explosive History

Ranked as one of Canada’s best cities to live in and offering an excellent quality of life, Halifax is a Canadian jewel. Canada is a varied and beautiful place, much like the US, and this municipality is no exception.  The area's past is gloomier than its present, by far. Memories…
Robot Fish from the CIA Museum.
February 19, 2015 - 5:05 pm in Attractions, Historical

5 History Museums You’ve Never Heard of, But Need to See

Loving history is one thing, but knowing it is another. There are thousands of stories that go unheard, despite the mandatory inclusion of history courses in school. Many of them are more fascinating than what you'll see in the classroom, too. Today, we're exploring five history museums…
Lake Fryxell. Photo via wikipedia.
January 22, 2015 - 2:30 pm in Historical, Places to visit

Antarctica: Cruises to a Scientific Utopia

This week, we're going to somewhere truly exotic, untouched by human hands. You won’t be able to stay in a hotel or eat in a restaurant here. There are no streets, and the only company you'll find besides your traveling companions are research scientists and penguins. Welcome to…
Palo Alto, California
December 29, 2014 - 5:07 pm in Attractions, Historical, Places to visit

More Than Silicon: A Quick Trip to Palo Alto, California

Chances are, you’ve heard of Silicon Valley. The city at the start of the tech revolution that swept the US in the 1990s, and continues today, is Palo Alto. It’s also home to Stanford University, a school that educates tomorrow’s tech geniuses. But there is more to Palo Alto…
Titanic Belfast, Photo via wikipedia.
December 15, 2014 - 7:09 pm in Featured Cities, Historical, Places to visit

Belfast, Northern Ireland – Titanic Sized History

Once the poster-child of Catholic and Protestant divisions, Belfast has morphed into a bustling metropolis in the past decade. Efforts at building a lasting peace here are visible in architecture and in conversation. Like a phoenix, the city is rising from the ashes of sectarian fighting…
Dublin, Ireland
November 25, 2014 - 8:07 pm in Featured Cities, Historical, Places to visit

Dublin, Ireland: Potatoes, Proclamations and Pubs

There’s more to Ireland than just emerald hills and Blarney stones. For hundreds of years, the Irish fought against British rule, and for a people known for their luck, we found very little of it in their history. From the potato famine that saw the island lose 25% of its population…
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November 20, 2014 - 3:26 pm in Featured Cities, Historical, Places to visit

Buffalo and Niagara Falls: Come for the Food. Stay for the Beauty.

New York is a state rich in experiences and adventures, laced with historical intrigue, and topped off with a decadent dash of natural beauty. Buffalo and Niagara Falls are among the most fascinating places to visit in the state, and offer much more than one of the world’s most impressive…
Albany, New York
November 12, 2014 - 7:34 pm in Featured Cities, Historical, Places to visit

Albany and Saratoga Springs, NY: Upstate is Where It’s At

In season 3, we got a chance to showcase a part of New York that's less heralded, but no less rich in American lore and history. We headed upstate and visited the beautiful Saratoga Springs and the capital, Albany. Driving around upstate is a wonderful experience, made all-the-richer…
Meteor Crater, Flagstaff, AZ
November 6, 2014 - 3:40 pm in Featured Cities, Historical, Places to visit

Flagstaff, Arizona: Astronomy to Gastronomy

The first time I set foot in Flagstaff, I was shocked. Coming from the Northeast, I’d always pictured Arizona like the landscape in Wiley Coyote and the Road Runner cartoons – a barren desert, devoid of everything except cacti and the occasional rock formation. Flagstaff looked…
Akershus Fortress, Oslo Norway. Photo via dollarstockphoto.com
October 28, 2014 - 6:40 pm in Featured Cities, Historical, Places to visit

Oslo, Norway: More Than a Millennia of Adventure

This season, we journeyed to Oslo, Norway. Nicknamed Tigerstaden (Tiger City) by the Norwegian poet Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson in the late 19th century, you'll find sculpted tigers in the streets, but not live ones. The seafaring and adventurous spirit of the city is perfectly represented…
Baltimore Harbor with the USS Constellation. Photo via dollarstockphoto.com
October 20, 2014 - 7:00 pm in Featured Cities, Historical, Places to visit

Baltimore, MD: Star-Spangled History

This season we got a chance to videotape an episode in the "Charm City." The seaport city of Baltimore is known for its role in American history. Outside of the nation’s creation, Baltimore offers exciting adventures for the whole family – from ferry rides in the harbor and a trip…
Russian Nesting Dolls, St. Petersburg Russia
October 16, 2014 - 3:07 pm in Historical, Places to visit

St. Petersburg, Russia: Beyond the Tourist Attractions

Imagine a world where in winter air turns your breath into iridescent drops of ice as soon as you exhale. A place where the cold isn’t bitter – it’s inviting, but bone-bitingly fierce. The sky stays a pale blue, even near midnight, and the natural beauty is intoxicating. In spring…
Pittsburgh Skyline
October 8, 2014 - 5:52 pm in Historical, Places to visit

Pittsburgh’s Oakland Neighborhood: Hidden History at Every Turn

No neighborhood represents the mix of cultures and ideas that created Pittsburgh as well as Oakland. Home to the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and Carlow University, the neighborhood is often thought of as the education hub of the city. Beyond books, museums,…
Palm Springs, California
October 2, 2014 - 1:40 pm in Historical, Places to visit

Palm Springs, California: Hollywood Legends and Family Fun

This desert oasis has been a vacation destination since the 1890s, but its heyday began in the 1920s. Movie studios in Los Angeles enforced a “two hour rule,” which required contract actors to stay within two hours drive of Hollywood for last minute film takes. Palm Springs was…
The rideau canal in Ottawa
September 19, 2014 - 8:32 am in Attractions, Featured Cities, Historical, Places to visit

Discovering Ottawa: A Real Crown Jewel

In our third season, we ventured deeper into Canadian territory. Season one we got to tell Toronto's tale. This year we would highlight Canada's capital city, Ottawa. Located right on the border of Ontario and Quebec, you may not have any preconceived notions at all about what to expect…