A very special thank you to all of the agencies, hotels, restaurants, and activity venues that have made our four (soon to be five) cross country adventures better than we could have imagined.  Thoughtful planning from convention and visitor bureaus, coupled with hotel and activity discounts and sponsorship have made this “happy accident” of ours turn into the trips of a lifetime.  We would also like to thank Amtrak for making our trips memorable and answering endless questions about planning a train trip!

      Whether it was a national park, greeting “Walkers”, historical venues, horseback riding, sky -high ledges, or local night life we have had some incredible adventures. We recommend without reservation the following activities, accommodations and resources.  Happy Planning!


Atlanta Movie Tours, Atlanta, GA

CNN Tour, Atlanta, GA

Martin Luther King National Historic Site, Atlanta, GA

World of Coca-Cola Tour, Atlanta, GA

Fort McHenry, Baltimore, MD

Monticello Tour, Charlottesville, VA

DIVVY Bikes, Chicago, IL

The Ledge, Sky Deck, Chicago, IL

Central Coast Trail Rides, Creston, CA

Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, AZ

Billy Bob’s Honky Tonk, Fort Worth, TX

Cattle Drive, Fort Worth Stockyards, Fort Worth, TX

Stockyards Gunfighter, Fort Worth, TX

Glenwood Hot Springs Resort, Glenwood Springs, CO

Iron Mountain Hot Springs, Glenwood Springs, CO

Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves, Glenwood Springs, CO

Paramount Studios, Los Angeles, CA

Warner Bros. Studios, Los Angeles, CA

Hop on Hop Off Bus Tours, New Orleans, LA

National WWII Museum, New Orleans, LA

Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, Omaha, NE

Gatorland, Orlando, FL

Kennedy Space Center, Orlando, FL

SeaWorld, Orlando, FL

Alta Colina Vineyards, Paso Robles, CA

Paso Bike Tours, Paso Robles, CA

Thanksgiving Point, Provo, UT

National Bowling Stadium, Reno, NV

California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento, CA

The Alamo, San Antonio, TX

Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA

Experience Music Project Museum, Seattle, WA

D.C. by Foot, Washington, D.C.

Glacier National Park Tours, West Glacier, MT


Regency Suites, Atlanta, Georgia

Glacier Highland Resort, Belton-West Glacier, Montana

Hampton Inn & Suites Charlottesville, Virginia

JW Marriott, Chicago, Illinois

Hilton Chicago, South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

Motel Dubeau & Grand Canyon Hostel, Flagstaff, Arizona

Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards, Fort Worth, Texas

Best Western Antlers, Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Magnolia Hotel, Omaha, Nebraska

Drury Inn & Suites, Orlando, Florida

Metro Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles, California

Courtyard by Marriott, Provo, Utah

Best Western Sutter House, Sacramento, California

Menger Hotel, San Antonio, Texas

Emeryville: Hilton Garden Inn San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge, California


Taco Mac Sports Bar, Atlanta, GA

Donut Connection, Charlottesville, VA

Giordano’s Restaurant, Chicago, IL

Garrett’s Popcorn, Chicago, IL

Billy Bob’s Texas Honky Tonk, Fort Worth, TX

The Pullman, Glenwood Springs, CO

Upstream Brewery, Old Market, Omaha, NE

Alta Colina Vineyard, Paso Robles, CA

Black Sheep Cafe, Provo, UT

The Pilot House at the Delta King, Sacramento, CA

Glacier Highland Restaurant, West Glacier, MT

Travel Resources

Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce

Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau

Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau

Montana Convention & Visitors Bureau

NOLA Convention & Visitors Bureau

Visit Omaha, Omaha, NE

Visit Sacramento, Sacramento, CA

Budget Car Rental, Los Angeles, CA

Enterprise Car Rentals, Fort Worth, TX

Hertz Car Rental, Orlando, FL

Resort Trends, Inc., Glenwood Springs, CO

Sandwich Community Television, Sandwich, MA



Thank you to Gatorland for this VIP Tour. I am out on the island with the staff, never in a million years did I think I would be this close to live alligators!  (Later they had me zip-lining over the gators – a little too much screaming from me on that video!)