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James Richardson's Travel Blog of U.S. destinations, and a few from across the sea.

Check out this travel blog. I have been a photographer and travel writer for several years. This blog is about some of those travels. If there are any questions or comments, you know what to do. Thanks for visiting!

A Somewhat Loop Route to the National Parks in Arizona and Utah

There are few places in the Western U.S. that has a concentration of national parks than along the border of Arizona and Utah. And a convenient route that almost makes a loop allows visiting all these parks possible with a minimum of traveling. Arizona has its Grand Canyon, both the South and North Rims, and the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument...
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Dismals Canyon of Northern Alabama

Northern Alabama does not cover a lot of territory. The entire state of Alabama at its widest point is close to two hundred miles east to west and about three hundred fifteen miles north to south. Its northern-most point is only about 140 miles across and broadens to around 155 miles. This small part of the state has many attractions that visitors...
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Memphis’ Big River Crossing

One of Memphis’ most popular attractions for visitors and residents alike is the pedestrian bridge across the Mississippi River. Named the Big River Crossing, it opened October 22, 2016 and is the longest public pedestrian bridge across the river. At nearly a mile in length, it is also the country’s longest active combination rail, bicycle, and ped...
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The Scenic Blue Ridge Parkway

Anyone who has traveled much has probably been on part or all of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Parkway, part of the National Park Service, runs 469 miles over the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This national park is the longest and narrowest in the world with no traffic lights and a maximum speed limit of 45 miles per hour. The two-lane paved roa...
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What’s Up in the U.P.? Discovering Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Unless you are a “Yooper” – a congenial name referring to residents of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, you cannot appreciate the area’s scenic beauty and its natural resources without visiting this state’s northernmost section. Because the Upper Peninsula contains almost one-third of the land area of the state of Michigan with just three percent of the...
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Tennessee's Tri-Cities: Bristol, Kingsport, Johnson City

Tennessee's Tri-Cities area is a historical and outdoorsy kind of destination. Actually, it is several destinations rolled into one. The proximity of the Tri-Cities, plus a couple more, like Jonesborough (Tennessee's oldest city), Greeneville, and Elizabethton, make it easy to get around and explore its history and good nature. The upper east Tenne...
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A Forrest Ride Through West Tennessee

Tennessee is a great touring ground for Civil War enthusiasts. In fact, more conflicts took place in Tennessee than any other state except Virginia. Tennessee’s significance in The War Between The States was due in large part to its critical river and railroad systems. In addition, because of the state's strategic position and shape, it was a natur...
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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore of Wisconsin

Locals say, when speaking of Lake Superior, "The lake is the boss!" There is a good reason for that. Lake Superior is generally considered to be the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area. It has an average depth of nearly 500 feet. It is the coldest and deepest of the Great Lakes. It stretches approximately 350 miles from west to eas...
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Steinbeck's Salinas - As in California

It's called the "Salad Bowl of the World", the "Artichoke Capital of the World", and the birthplace of John Steinbeck. The Salinas Valley of Central California is all that and more. The fertile valley bordered by the Santa Lucia and the Gabilan Mountain Ranges help make the climate ideal for the first two claims. And John Steinbeck spent the early...
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El Camino Real

The Oldest and Longest "Highway"? El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Between the New Mexico cities of Las Cruces and Albuquerque is the El Camino Real International Heritage Center, a good place to learn about El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, or t he Royal Road to the Interior. The Heritage Center gives an overview of the 1500 mile historical ro...
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