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Have you ever visited a dual topic museum? We have been to a few, but none like the one we found in Dodge City, Kansas. At the Kansas Teachers' Hall of Fame, we discovered a mix of teachers and lessons learned. They say we learn from history, and this place is filled with some interesting displays of well-known people from the past. To combine the state's best teachers and famous gunfighters under one roof makes for quite a fun visit. The museum is just across the street from Boot Hill, so the inclusion of these exhibits makes perfect sense. We want [...]
Some of you will remember back in the day, when shopping was done at small shops owned locally. Over time these were squeezed out by the "big box" department stores. We have noticed that lately there is a sort of renaissance revival of smaller shops happening here in Kansas City, as well as the other places we travel. It is fueled from the desire to have a more cultural shopping experience that you don't get at the department store level. This is changing the landscape of shopping for many of the downtown areas of cities across the Midwest. They Keep [...]
It never ceases to amaze us how each downtown has its own unique flavor. In Oklahoma City, we discovered their urban environment is experiencing a continued resurgence. An assortment of neighborhoods are included in this revitalization and we tried our best to touch as many as possible. Our stop in Bricktown gave us an opportunity to check out one of the main draws of the city. With dozens of restaurants, shops, bars, and attractions this district is a hub for visitors and locals alike. We want to thank the Visit Oklahoma City for their hospitality. Rest assured that all opinions are our [...]
We found Dodge City, Kansas to be another great walking destination. The downtown section has lots of shops, sights, and eateries within close striking distance. The morning of the Dodge City Days Parade was a perfect time to get an up close view of many of these sights. After a nice stroll through the neighborhoods, we ended up at Dodge City Brewing just in time for lunch. We want to thank the Dodge City CVB for their hospitality. Rest assured that all opinions are our own. Opening Time Our arrival occurred just as they were opening, so that weren't brewing during [...]
Running a travel blog means that we have the opportunity to stay in lots of hotels. Many of them are your standard lodging choices, which each have their own unique style. Every once in a while we visit one that is completely out of the ordinary. Such is the case with Chateau Avalon in the Village West District of Kansas City, Kansas. This boutique style hotel sets itself apart from other hotels by offering a fun and adventurous atmosphere designed primarily for couples. We want to thank the Visit Kansas City, Kansas and Chateau Avalon for their hospitality. Rest assured that all opinions are [...]
There are lots of highways that criss-cross the Central U.S. One of our favorites is the old "Route 66", which is also referred to as the "Mother Road". This old school road has regained much of its popularity, as people from all over the world choose to travel on it. Running from Illinois to California, many will choose to break it up into pieces they can visit on multiple trips. With Oklahoma City as our destination, we got a chance to travel another section of this historic road. There were a couple of spots we couldn't wait to check out [...]
Usually when we tour around a new destination it requires one of us to do the driving. This makes it difficult to truly enjoy the sights. That is one of the reasons we strive to park and walk most of the time, as it helps us get a better lay of the land. In Dodge city we had the opportunity to take a trolley tour, which would offer a great overview of the city. As we headed out of the CVB parking lot, we found ourselves rolling through Dodge City in style. We want to thank the Dodge City CVB for [...]
Way back around 1980, a little annual event started up to celebrate the rich diversity found in Kansas City. We are sure that the organizers of this festival were hopeful that it would continue, but wonder if they could have imagined that it would achieve its current level of success. Here we are 39 years later, and the Kansas City Ethnic Enrichment Festival is still going strong. Held in the middle of August, this multicultural celebration embraces the reality that Kansas City is "The Melting Pot of the Midwest". Over 50 Countries We dropped in to the festival on a [...]
We enjoy visiting destinations that can be reached in just a couple of hours. Living in the Midwest, we tend to space our cities a little farther apart than what is found on the coasts. Fortunately, the miles between are filled with some beautiful landscape. Abilene, Kansas makes a perfect day trip from the Kansas City area, but on our visit we spent the night. This allowed us to add a couple more stops to our itinerary. Being the northern end of the Chisholm Trail meant that the rowdy and rambunctious cowboys couldn't wait to arrive. Much like them, we [...]
The Wild West may have been many moons ago, but there is still a place that travelers can experience those long gone days. Dodge City, Kansas is one of the original cow towns in the Midwest and is home to the Boot Hill Museum. This living history space has a mix of static displays and live action, which help tell the story of the wild and wooly days, and the people who lived and died in the "Queen of the Cowtowns". We visited the museum section to learn more about life in the Wild West. We want to thank the [...]
We are Jeff and Crystal, a Baby Boomer couple who love exploring this big blue marble we all call home. After spending the first portion of our lives together raising a family, the empty-nest syndrome finally caught up with us. This has given us the opportunity to spend more time traveling, and seeking out new destinations. We developed this travel blog with the goal of showing how we “Visit Like A Local”.