Monday Morning Moment: The Bennington Battle Monument, Bennington, VT

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Bennington Battle Monument, Bennington, VT – August 2019

In a region where the tallest structure you’re likely to see is a large barn, it’s striking to see a massive stone obelisk rising over the Green Mountains of southwestern Vermont. Closer inspection will reveal this imposing structure is known as the Bennington Battle Monument. But why is it here to begin with? Let’s take a closer look at how this little-known architectural and historical attraction came to be.

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Monday Morning Moment: McKee Beshers Wildlife Management Area, Montgomery County, MD

Nestled in an obscure corner of Montgomery County, MD, is an explosion of vibrant yellow, set against the lush green forests set just off the Potomac River. Thousands of sunflowers stretch out before you in rows, craning their necks toward the sky. It’s nearly silent, save for the buzzing of the bees and the calling of a few birds. This is McKee Beshers Wildlife Management Area.

It can be hard to believe this peaceful place is located just 25 miles from the pulsing power corridors of Washington, DC. Let’s take a closer look at how and why this under-the-radar but Instagram-worthy spot came to be.

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Ocean City, NJ: What To Do In A Family-Friendly Shore Destination

Imagine wide, sandy beaches with plenty of room to spread out and a kid-safe boardwalk with lots of wholesome fun, all just a short drive from several major metro areas in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. This is exactly what Ocean City, NJ offers, as one of New Jersey’s top shore destinations. Let’s take a closer look at what makes this place so unique.

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Monday Morning Moment: Boulder Flatirons and Chautauqua Park, Boulder, CO

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Boulder Flatirons from Chautauqua Park – Sept. 2018

Good morning. Southwest of the city of Boulder, CO, the Flatirons of the Rocky Mountains sit perched high above the surrounding area, on the eastern flank of Green Mountain. It’s a breathtaking sight, just minutes from downtown Boulder and less than an hour from Denver. We’re traveling there in today’s Monday Morning Moment.

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Monday Morning Moment: Portland Head Light Sunset, Cape Elizabeth, ME

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Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth, ME – Aug. 2019

Good Morning. A sunset for a Monday Morning Moment? You’d better believe it. Today, we’re heading just south of Portland, ME, to the Portland Head Light. It’s one of the area’s most famous lighthouses and an incredible place to end a busy day in coastal Maine.

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Seven Mile Island and Ludlam Island: A Quieter Corner of the Shore

Seven Mile Island Ludlam Island Map

Nestled between the busy, crowded boardwalks and beaches of Wildwood and Ocean City, you’ll find Seven Mile Island and Ludlam Island. These two barrier islands occupy more than 15 miles of New Jersey coastline, but they may not be what you first think of when you hear “Jersey shore.” Still, this quiet corner of the state is worth exploring for those searching for peaceful beaches and coastal wildlife. So join us as we explore these two unique islands.

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Monday Morning Moment: Truth or Consequences, NM

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Looking Across the Rio Grande in Truth or Consequences, NM – Dec. 2018

Good Morning. Truth or Consequences is a small, south-central New Mexico town with a big name. It’s also got a surprising amount of charm, style, and fun – not to mention some of the most underrated hot springs in the country. We’re taking a trip there today in our Monday Morning Moment.

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10 Must-Have Road Trip Essentials For Your Next Vacation

Ah, road trips. The allure of the long white line drawing you into the distance and toward adventure. But forgetting some crucial road trip essentials is an easy way to turn your dream vacation into the car ride from hell. We rounded our list of the must-have, can’t forget items that will keep you and your fellow travelers happy, entertained, safe, and fed no matter how far the road takes you.

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4 Days in Big Bend: A West Texas Road Trip Pt. 2

This is part two of our four-day Big Bend road trip through West Texas. If you missed it, here’s part one, with days 1 and 2 of the trip.

West Texas Road Trip Day 3: Terlingua to Marfa (122 Miles)

Good morning! Hope you got up early to check out one of those famous West Texas sunrises.

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4 Days In Big Bend: A West Texas Road Trip

A long weekend road trip to Big Bend that’ll have you coming back for years to come.

It’s called Big Bend for a reason – people aren’t kidding when they say everything is bigger in Texas. Also known as Far West Texas or Transpecos, it’s larger than South Carolina. Still, it is home to fewer than a hundred thousand people outside the populous El Paso metro. The area is defined by the beautiful, desolate Chihuahuan Desert, North America’s largest, and the sweeping bend in the Rio Grande that gives the region its name. And remote doesn’t even begin to describe most parts of the area. No matter where you are, you’re practically a few hours from anywhere.

All of these issues mean most Americans (and even many Texans) have never made the trek. But they’re missing out on some of the state’s most unbelievable natural beauty, quirkiest small towns, and authentic border culture. With just a few days, you can get a taste of the region that’ll have you coming back for more again and again.

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