There aren’t many places that can manage to pull off just the right combination of minimalistic style and warmth. By its very nature, minimalism is typically cold and aloof, but somehow Hotel Red in Madison Wisconsin, has managed to do just that. When we stepped foot into our room, Lauren and I both felt like we were stepping right into the comfort our own home.
I have to be honest, as an American, when I think of Canada, the contributions of their military to the global peace effort aren’t the first thing that comes to mind. In the US, we do a pretty good job of honoring our soldiers and highlighting their acts of valiance, but when you travel over the border and visit our neighbors t0 the North it’s a bit of a different story. I mean, I always knew that Canada had an active standing military, I just didn’t know all that much about them or their rich history. All that changed however, after we spent our day at the Military Museums in Calgary, AB.
When visiting Harrisburg, PA, several locals recommended we check out the Midtown Scholar Bookstore. We love reading and bookstores are somewhere Kenin and I both use for solitary recreation. All this being said, I wasn’t sure why such a huge deal was being made about this place. Most bookstores are pretty similar, books, comfy chairs, maybe a cafe to grab a cup of coffee. What would set Midtown Scholar Bookstore so far apart that it would be recommended to “tourists” like us?
I’m not going to lie: I HATE driving my car. Whether it’s around the corner to the store or hours of driving to a fun destination, I just really, really don’t like driving. So, for me, the perfect road trip involves me not having to drive.
Winter seems to have the ability to completely change the face of any landscape it touches. Rolling prairies teeming with wildlife become vast frozen tundras, trees become bare, and lakes become blocks of solid ice. When you come from a place that’s primarily warm this transformation can make you feel like you’re on a completely different planet. That’s exactly what it felt like when I visited Jasper National Park in Canada and took a Maligne Canyon icewalk. The views were completely out of this world.
Jasper is a small town in the Canadian Rockies. It’s part of the Jasper National Park so the town’s population can never exceed 5000 humans residents at any given time. This being said, the town and it’s surrounding areas are teaming with wildlife, sometimes you can even catch a critter just wandering through town. If you are an animal lover, Jasper is the perfect spot for a wildlife tour.
From the moment I drove down into the canyon that Sedona, AZ calls home I immediately fell in love. Why? Because it’s GORGEOUS that’s why. Even though it’s a great little city filled with happy people and more hippies per capita than California, Sedona’s biggest attraction are the giant red rocks that surround it. Built like a natural fortress with walls that come in a myriad of shapes, sizes, and colors you can never get tired of just walking around and looking up.
Each butte and stone spire you set your eyes on begs you to come closer for a better look. On our second day in town we succumbed to their calls and decided there would be no better way to explore the desert than getting into a 4×4 and off roading it. That left us with only one choice: booking an off road adventure with Pink Jeep Tours Sedona.
Touring the nation’s capital can be quite stressful. Washington DC has to much to see and the traffic can be horrendous. Trying to get from landmark to landmark can be difficult for even the most seasoned of travelers. On our last visit to Washington DC we opted to take the stress out of our city tour. We signed up for an Urban Adventures eCruiser tour of DC to take in all the sites in the National Mall.
No trip to the Baltimore Inner Harbor would be complete without a stop in at the National Aquarium. With over 17,000 different animals there’s a lot more than just fish to see. They feature mammals, birds, and reptiles in a series of innovative and interactive displays.
Hello! My name is Brett and I am a good friend of both Kenin and Lauren on The Constant Rambler. I live in Orlando and have been married to my wonderful wife for 7 years now. I was asked to write a story about my favorite road trip for the blog and became immediately torn as to what to write about. I am fortunate enough to have traveled quite a bit (most of it as a child) but couldn’t decide which trip to write about; that and most of our trips were no shorter than 21 days. It’s impossible to write about an entire 3 weeklong road trip. Instead, I’ve decided to write about one of my favorite destinations that I went to on a road trip: Jackson, Wyoming.