Recently, I had the opportunity to explore the historic and charming town of Pendleton, Oregon. The town embraces its Wild West past through numerous historic and cultural attractions, such as its newest addition, the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute. Operated by the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla Tribes, this must-see attraction is the only Native American-owned interpretive…

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New York City remains an iconic destination that ends up on most people’s bucket lists. Our staff sound-off on their favorite memories of the Big Apple!   “I’m a big fan of the High Line. The last time I was in New York with my family, we did a couple dozen blocks on a bright…

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Shrine Opening in Indiana

Posted by Sponsored Article in The Midwest on September 24, 2014

 
 

Article Sponsored By: Sisters of Providence “When one has nothing more to lose, the heart is inaccessible to fear.” – Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Saint Mother Theodore Guerin is a saint who will inspire you and a saint with whom you can relate.  A French woman who lived in the 1800s, Mother Theodore was called…

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Arriving in Central Oregon

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The West on September 23, 2014

 
 

Oregon offers the traveler such a wealth of exceptional vacation destinations that the central part of the state is sometimes overlooked, which is definitely a big mistake! But if your group has made plans to tour the Central Oregon area, you’ll surely want to make an en route sightseeing stop at the Peter Skene Ogden…

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Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The West on September 23, 2014

 
 

Established by Presidential Proclamation in 1990, the numerous points of interest in Newberry National Volcanic Monument are administered by the U.S. Forest Service rather than the National Park Service. Newberry Crater itself is just part of a massive volcano that covers some 600 square miles and has erupted sporadically for many thousands of years. I…

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The Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The West on September 23, 2014

 
 

Depending on exactly which routes one follows from Bend, the splendid Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway takes the traveler through a wonderland of about a dozen sparkling lakes, surrounded by snowcapped peaks, dense forests and geological formations. Although a minimum driving time of three to five hours is suggested, I spent another full day here, allowing…

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The Living Desert Museum

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The West on September 19, 2014

 
 

I spent a weekend revising old favorites and discovering new vistas on a weekend discovering the area around Bend, Oregon. One indoor attraction that caught my eye was the Living Desert Museum. It’s always a treat to encounter a world-class facility in a largely rural area, but that is precisely what I found at the…

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In more than a decade of professional travel journalism, I’ve attended dozens if not 100 or more familiarization (FAM) tours of many varieties. In addition to individual FAMs, I’ve joined organized tours with other writers, as well as group leaders, tour operators, travel agents and other industry professionals. And although each tour is different, FAM…

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“Just try it,” said my mom, offering me a taste of her boiled cabbage. “It’s not like it’s going to hurt you to just try it.” I looked at the mushy, green cabbage she was offering and quietly disagreed. It must be admitted that boiled cabbage can look pretty scary no matter how you feel…

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The Restored Fox Theater

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The West on August 15, 2014

 
 

During my weekend in the Spokane area, I learned about the Expo ’74, which held one of the last World’s Fairs in America. The site of Expo ’74 remains today as the 100-acre Riverfront Park, tucked between the city center to the south and the Spokane River and cataracts of Spokane Falls on the north….

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