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Places to Visit in Harrisonburg, Virginia

With a population of nearly 50,000 residents, Harrisonburg is an independent city nestled in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. The city is surrounded by history, art, and culture. The location is prime not only to residents, but to tourists, and with a close proxmity to the Shenandoah National Park and George Washington National Forest, the area makes for a great tourist destination, especially for those more inclined to explore the outdoors. Harrisonburg is home to many attractions, perfect for people seeking excitement and adventure, while also trying new things. Continue reading “Places to Visit in Harrisonburg, Virginia” »

Things to Bring on a Rail Vacation

Train rides are both fun and long experiences in which you might want to find ways to keep yourself occupied. If you’re traveling with children, this task is made even more difficult. There are some really simple things you can bring with your on a train ride. Whenever I take long train rides, I always make sure to pack some form of entainment–for me, that’s my tablet where I can watch TV or movies, or even browse the web. For others, it could be a book or a card game. Either way you look at it, you’ll want to make sure you bring the essentials for a lenghty ride on the railroad so you’re neither bored nor uncomfortable. Continue reading “Things to Bring on a Rail Vacation” »

How Should You Travel This Summer?

It’s June, and that means if you don’t have summer vacation plans yet, it’s time to start booking. Forget flying in a plane. Take a vacation that will really let you see and experience your surroundings. Planes are nice, if you’re trying to get somewhere fast. But whatever happened to good old fashioned road trips or train rides? What about taking the ferry or a cruise? The benefits of taking a slower mode of transportation means you’re traveling while on vacation. Cruises let you see islands and coastal areas around you. Train rides have stops along the way to see nature and explore. Road trips basically mean you get to plan wherever you stop and go. It’s all about experience, not traveling just to get nowhere fast. Continue reading “How Should You Travel This Summer?” »

Five Places to Explore in Hocking Hills, Ohio

From cliffs to caves, Hocking Hills, Ohio is a destination for the hiker, explorer and avid camper. Lodge at Hocking Hills for an incredible woodland experience, learning about distinct history and wildlife.

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Yellowstone National Park: America’s Jewel

All About Yellowstone

Known as the first national park in the world, Yellowstone National Park is one of the United States’ finest natural areas and has been a staple of American culture for more than 140 years. Yellowstone was signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872. The park’s 3,468 acres are mostly located in Wyoming, with property extending into Montana and Idaho as well.

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3 Reasons to Take the Train

You and your spouse have planned a family vacation for this summer. Airplane ticket prices are through the roof and you can’t imagine driving your three screaming kids for two days across the country – what’s a family to do? Or perhaps you are a college student planning on traveling to visit your loved ones or significant other – but you don’t have a car and you’re on a budget. How will you get there? Try the train! There are three simple reasons why taking the train is the best option when vacationing: it’s affordable, it’s fun, and it’s comfortable. Read on for more details!

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3 Reasons to Visit Grand Rapids

If you find yourself in the Midwest with nothing to do, why not take a trip to beautiful Michigan and visit one of its most vibrant cities? Grand Rapids is an exciting, attractive place to visit (and it was recently ranked #1 on Forbes’ list of Best Cities for Raising a Family). There’s something for all ages within this Great Lakes gem (and it’s also just a short drive away from the beautiful sandy shores of Lake Michigan!). Here are several “reasons” to visit this amazing city that hundreds of thousands of people call home.

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Vancouver 101

Whether you’re a newcomer to the city, a visitor just passing through, or a longtime resident looking for fun, Vancouver has something to offer you. Although we could never possibly cover everything to see, taste, and try in Vancouver, this list is a great place to start. We sought advice from Milica S., a University of British Columbia graduate and Vancouverite, and she gave us a great list of sights to see and places to visit.

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5 Spots You NEED to Scuba

The web is full of lists of the best dive sites, and I thought it was about time that Reef-N-Rail gave our take. Here are the 5 spots that we think every scuba diver should put on his or her bucket list.

5. Barrier Islands, North Carolina

This spot is ideal for scuba divers on a budget who don’t want to dig out their passports for a great location. While most of the spots on this list are marine life havens, Barrier Islands is known more for its wreck diving. Wrecks from the 16th century along with more recent ones including a German U-Boat from WWII make up the over 600 shipwrecks in this area. This spot is also much less crowded year round than most top scuba destinations, though diving in the winter does require a heavy wetsuit.

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Making the Most of Your Travels

When exploring somewhere new, it can be overwhelming to think of all the different things to see and do while there. Regardless of how much planning and mapping you do ahead of time, there are usually countless things you wish you’d had more time for or factored in had you known about them earlier. Popular vacation and tourist destinations are often known for specific landmarks, food restaurants, works of art, festivals, or cultural vibes. So how exactly does one “see it all?”

Picking up city guides at the local visitors center can give you the chance to pick up a map that will save time en route, and help you make the most of the areas you cover. Walking into local shops and asking the employees working there for suggestions on what to see and do usually yields positive results from those who work in the area day in and day out. Getting a City Pass that can be used at several popular attractions, like those offered in New York, Toronto, Chicago and other cities, are often cheaper than paying the regular ticket price to see them independently, which can save you a significant amount of money in the long run.

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