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Travel Cheap by Rail – Amtrak’s Rail Pass

California Zephyr pulling into the station at Granby Colorado

  Amtrak has a U.S. Rail pass for as little as $439.  That will get an adult 8 segments (stops) in 15 days.  It’s an affordable way to see the country with enjoy riding a train as part of the travel experience.  My husband and I traveled from Baltimore to Truckee, […]

 
 

Mark Twain House – #7 in National Geographics 10 Best Historic Houses

Mark Twain House – #7 in National Geographics 10 Best Historic Houses

National Geographic just released the third edition of their best-selling book The 10 Best of Everything. In it they rank the 10 top historic houses in the world.  The Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT is ranked #7.  We visited this house and the adjacent museum on our way to Maine […]

 
 

The Angel Oak in Charleston – Oldest Living Thing in the East

The Angel Oak in Charleston – Oldest Living Thing in the East

The Angel Oak is said to be the oldest living thing east of the Rocky Mountains.  This ancient Live Oak located in Johns Island, South Carolina just twelve miles from Charleston historic district is a hidden gem few visitors know about.  Majestic Live Oaks draped in Spanish Moss lining the […]

 
 

Travel Hag Photo Contest – Snap a Hag, Win a Prize

Travelin' Hags at Hoare Abbey in Ireland

The Travel Hags and Homemade Hippie are sponsoring the Travelin’ Hags Photo Contest. It’s meant to be a fun way to share photos of women in the act of traveling. We’re awarding some fun prizes for the best pics submitted. The Photo Contest began Monday, January 21st and ends February […]

 
 

Buy Local Schmocal – Retailers Need to Get Online

Homemade Snow Man Hat - from Lara English's Etsy Shop

When I organize our Travel Hag Adventures, I’m committed to the Buy Local movement.  Whenever possible, we support local, privately owned businesses when we shop, eat, rent gear, or stay overnight (if affordability allows).  Buying local helps to preserve communities and build local economies, and tourists are often big factors […]

 
 

Christmas at Mount Vernon – Catch the Christmas Spirit

Mount Vernon Camel at Christmas - photo by army.arch @ Flickr

  Christmas at Mount Vernon is a program at the famous estate of George Washington that offers the visitor an authentic 18th century Christmas experience. It runs the full Christmas season from the day after Thanksgiving to the Epiphany (January 6). Mount Vernon is beautiful all year long with its […]

 
 

Why Visit Mount Vernon? Uncle Tony’s Perspective

Mount Vernon - photo by Sherry Main - CC - Attribution-ShareAlike

Mount Vernon is the 18th century Georgian-style mansion located on the Potomac River in Virginia just sixteen miles from Washington, DC.  The mansion that George Washington called home is situated on a 50 acre plantation which is now a living heritage museum and a national historic landmark.  George and Martha […]

 
 

Bear Lake in the Colorado Rocky Mountains – Step into a Higher Existence

Bear Lake in the Colorado Rocky Mountains – Step into a Higher Existence

  Bear Lake sits at an elevation of nearly 10,000 feet above sea level. It was formed by ice-age glaciers and is surrounded by the jagged peaks of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The staff at Rocky Mountain National Park have built an easy trail that circles the lake and has […]

 
 

Estes Park, Colorado – A Great Intro to the Rocky Mountains

Estes Park - Welcome Sign

Coming from Denver, Estes Park is about 65 miles.  The hour and a half drive starts out on straight flat highway with the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains rising up out of the western landscape.  It’s stunning really.  I’ve done this drive once before and have also approached Denver […]

 
 

Grand Lake Colorado by Train – California Zephyr hits Granby Station

Grand Lake Colorado by Train – California Zephyr hits Granby Station

Cross Country Trip by Rail – Chicago to Granby on the California Zephyr   Take the train to visit Colorado and the Rockies.  Amtrak’s California Zephyr leaves from Chicago at 2 pm and arrives at Granby station the next morning. Noted as one of the most scenic train rides in […]

 
 

The California Zephyr – Traveling First Class in the Windy City

The California Zephyr – Traveling First Class in the Windy City

On the second day on our Cross-Country Rail trip we boarded the California Zephyr in Chicago and set out for one of the most scenic rail experiences in America.  But before we arrived in the Windy City, we awoke to the Indiana landscape, with three remaining hours on the Capitol […]

 
 

The Romance is Real – Cross Country by Train

The Romance is Real – Cross Country by Train

I always thought travel by train / rail would be romantic.  So this year I booked a trip from DC to California on two scenic train routes – one on the Capital Limited from DC to Chicago, and the other on the California Zephyr going from Chicago to Truckee California […]

 
 
 
 
 

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