Loretto Chapel and the Mystery Within

The Loretto Chapel is one of the most intriguing tourist attractions in Santa Fe, primarily because of its “miraculous staircase,” a 33-step helix shaped construction that stands without any visible support. Architects are at a loss to explain the phenomenon, though the people of Santa Fe have their own speculations. The Sisters of Loretto first came to Santa Fe in …

Belgian Beer Tours: What’s It Like to Take One and Is It Worth It?

During my PlacePass beer tour of Brussels, my tour guide Simon had no qualms about telling us, a group of Americans, exactly what he thought of American beer. He was the leader of a two and a half hour long beer tasting tour in Brussels, and he was certainly proud of his country’s beer heritage. After being assured that American …

Classic Southern BBQ: Who Invented Barbecue?

Barbecue may have become an American favorite, but few people know the origins of this beloved national food. Some people claim the term BBQ arose when roadhouses and beer halls with pool tables advertised “bar, beer, and cues,” a phrase which was eventually shortened to BBCue and then BBQ. Others assert that the phrase came in to being when French …

Brooklyn Walking Tour: Impressive Brooklyn Transformations   

Brooklyn paves the the way for all things hip, trendy, and edgy (while staying PC of course). Oftentimes, these new trends involve acts of repurposing, recycling, and reinventing. Think exposed brick and mason jars. After this Brooklyn walking tour, I learned that the borough’s act of repurposing extends further than originally thought. Here are a few times when Brooklyn really …

Your Visit to Liverpool: Understanding Scouse

When you visit Liverpool, you’ll probably notice their accent is rather different from what most people associate with a British accent. The distinct Liverpudlian lilt has confounded and intrigued visitors for decades. In “Scouse,” as the accent is called, “cut” rhymes with “foot,” “nurse” has the same vowel as “square,” and T is often dropped from the end of words. …

Guadalupe Peak or Devil’s Hall: Which Trail to Hike in Guadalupe Mountains

The king of all hikes in the Guadalupe Mountains is the Guadalupe Peak trail, which climbs 3000 ft. over the course of a 4¼ mi. (one-way) hike. Although the park is in the desert, its wet season comes in the summer, when it occasionally sees days of heavy fog and rain, which can make hiking to the peak a wasted …

What You Need to See at Carlsbad Caverns National Park

While the Big Room of the Carlsbad Caverns is more than 750 ft. underground, it is well paved and well lit. If you want to see parts of the caves that most visitors can’t access and have the physical ability to do so, try your luck in Spider Cave. Only one tour is offered a week, and they fill up …

The Ultimate Guide to Big Bend National Park

In Big Bend National Park, you’re right in the middle of the desert, where clouds are scarce and the views are unparalleled. You can meander along the roads of Big Bend in your car or four-by-four, but that would be an insult to this beautiful landscape. The Lost Mine Peak hiking trail (4¾ mi. round-trip) takes visitors up 1300 ft. …

Five Must-See MoMA Exhibits You Can’t Miss

The Museum of Modern Art, also known as MoMA, features some of the world’s most famous artwork. Here are a few pieces from the incomparable museum that you can’t miss on your next visit: 1. Campbell’s Soup Cans You’ve seen it on shirts, on Instagram, and on coffee mugs. You’ve seen various iterations of the work on the Internet and …

Visit Hungary: History’s Architectural Legacy

When you visit Hungary, you will definitely take note of it’s architecture. For a country at the intersection of three civilizations—Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East—it’s remarkable that Hungary has managed to retain a distinct identity. At the same time, the marks of the region’s former empires have left their traces on Budapest’s physical and cultural landscape. The …