Category Archives: tourism

Ugly two-digit Interstate Highway segments and thoughts on how to improve them

The following list identifies some segments of two-digit Interstate Highways where the aesthetics along the freeway are far less than pleasing. The list represents segments where there is little to impress a traveler and may in fact repel them from … Continue reading

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Places that should be National Parks

The photos speak for themselves, but the list below are some of the beautiful and inspiring places in the United States (and one in Canada) that this author believes should be National Parks. Some are already part of the National … Continue reading

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Really big, biG, bIG, BIG coin statues!

Just when you thought it was safe to come outside from winter hibernation and Covid lock downs, the Earth is now being overrun by very large coin statues. Will it ever end? Can only cryptocurrencies save us from such a … Continue reading

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Regional and semi-national fast food burger chains

Most of us are familiar with the national fast food burger chains like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Dairy Queen, Five Guys, Sonic, and Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr. But, there are many local, regional, and semi-national burger chains that dot the map and … Continue reading

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Tucumcari – Where signs are art

A recent trip through Tucumcari, New Mexico on old Route 66 revealed a litany of roadside history, not least of which were some amazing signs. The following photo montage depicts a sample of these structures and reveals the artistry of … Continue reading

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Working list – Diverging diamond interchanges in the USA

A working list of diverging diamond interchanges (DDIs) is listed in alphabetical order by full state name under each calendar year. The first DDI in the United States opened in 2009. This style of interchange design cuts down the number … Continue reading

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Restoring the AT&SF’s mighty 2926 Steam Locomotive

We had the privilege this weekend to visit the New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railroad Historical Society’s workshop near Old Town Albuquerque, to tour the ongoing restoration efforts on the immense 1944 Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Steam Locomotive … Continue reading

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Largest partially enclosed rodeo arenas in the USA

This post, the third in this series, contains a list of the largest partially enclosed rodeo arenas in the USA. Partially enclosed generally means the facility is roofed but without side walls. This protects the participants and attendees from the … Continue reading

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An enchanting old ballpark filled with baseball history

As one who appreciates the both history and nostalgia associated with America’s pastime, I understand the importance that vintage ballparks holds in our combined psyche. Often in baseball, the places where baseball is played are as important and the game … Continue reading

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Largest fully enclosed rodeo arenas in the USA

The list provided below identifies the largest fully enclosed rodeo arenas in the United States. Not included are outdoor rodeo arenas (posted 2/1/22), semi-enclosed rodeo arenas, and sports arenas primarily designed and built for basketball or hockey. A minimum 2,000 … Continue reading

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