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Visit Niagara Falls. Photo by Linda Aksomitis.

Visit Niagara Falls. Photo by Linda Aksomitis.

It’s time to tear that last page from the 2017 calendar. But before we do, let’s look back at some of the best stories of 2017 on guide2travel.

Adventure Attraction

Whitewater rafting is one of those adventures that can range from the extreme, to the manageable, depending on the destination. However, you don’t usually have any choice in the matter. Once your raft is on the river, it’s either stick to the insides or find yourself tossing and twisting with the current.

U.S. National Whitewater Center

U.S. National Whitewater Center

Not so with the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Not at all. Instead, your guide can take you through whatever part of the course suits your experience — and your fancy. Be prepared to get hooked on the thrill of the rapids on a hot summer day though! You may find yourself taking on a lot more of the manmade course than you expected.

Best Canadian Attraction

This summer we took a roadtrip North, all the way to Alaska, for the 75th anniversary of the Alaska Highway. And while we’ll be sharing more of those stories in the coming year or two, we’ve already introduced you to some great attractions.

Yukon Transportation Museum

Yukon Transportation Museum

The Yukon Transportation Museum was just one of the places where we saw some fascinating machinery of the past. The Sno Train, above, is a relic from the Cold War, one of the most interesting eras we’ve been exploring these past couple of years.

Most Surprising State

We’ve visited 49 of the 50 states in the United States. Which one are we missing? Hawaii. That said, we’ve enjoyed each and every one of them, but of course, we do have a few favorites. This year, I added one more state to that list.

Hiking Windlass Hill in Nebraska on the Oregon Trail

Hiking Windlass Hill in Nebraska on the Oregon Trail

We’ve driven through Nebraska a number of times, but never stopped to visit. Until this year, that is, when I took a press trip to explore many parts of the Oregon Trail and old West. I had no idea the northwest part of the state had so much history — or so many beautiful hiking trails. Windlass Hill, gateway to the North Platte Valley, was one of my favorite.

European Attraction

For those of us who love historic places, Europe is a number one destination. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that my ancestors all came from Europe, so I can always find tastes of home and traditions I recognize.

Auschwitz-Birkenau

Auschwitz-Birkenau

The story of Auschwitz Concentration Camp outside Krakow, Poland, is a sad one, one that took awhile for me to even be able to tell. However, when we started to explore the history of World War II, it was definitely a must-visit destination. Television documentaries, movies, and images can only tell so much of the story — sometimes you just have to be there.

Foodie Story

You can’t travel without trying the local cuisine. And while I’m not a food writer, I do love finding new tastes and discovering old ones that have added twists.

Tin Mill Brewery, Hermann, Missouri.

Tin Mill Brewery, Hermann, Missouri.

And what food is better than pizza, especially with beer? With the ever-increasing popularity of kraft beers, you’ll find all sorts of new tastes across the continent. I shared one I really enjoyed, Tin Mill Brewery, in Hermann, Missouri, for the second ever National Beer & Pizza Day in 2017.

Best of Nature

There are so many amazing natural attractions on the planet that it’s often hard to pick a favorite story about one. This year, though, one destination really stood out: the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska.

Mendenhall Glacier & Nugget Falls in Juneau, Alaska

Mendenhall Glacier & Nugget Falls in Juneau, Alaska

With this story, we share the wonder of feeling the cold breeze blowing off of the 13-mile long, icy-blue chunk of thousands of years-old ice. We hiked the trails as well, getting various perspectives of the glacier, as well as the Nugget Falls.

Quirkiest Story

We’re more off, than on, the beaten path kind of travelers. In fact, the more unique the more fascinating we find an attraction.

Carhenge Roadside Stop in Alliance, Nebraska

Carhenge Roadside Stop in Alliance, Nebraska

While I did this one on my own, David couldn’t argue that 38 cars, propped up and painted grey to look like rocks, arranged in the shape of Stonehenge, England, was pretty quirky. In fact, Carhenge is sometimes called one of America’s coolest roadside attractions.

Saskatchewan Story

Saskatchewan is home for us — along with many great stories. While visitors are often surprised at the variety of landscapes we have (Really, we’re more than flat plains, in fact we have 100,000 lakes!), they’ve come to expect friendly faces everywhere they stop. And Winston’s English Pub & Grill in Saskatoon offers that and a lot more.

Winston's English Pub & Grill in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Winston’s English Pub & Grill in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

In addition to some insights on your evening experience at Winston’s, you’ll find some history on English pubs in this article. For instance, did you know that in 1577 the English had one drinking establishment for every 200 people? Saskatchewan doesn’t have quite that many pubs, but you’ll find one in most small towns around the province as well as in our cities.

More Great Stories From Guide2Travel

Check out the slideshow below for more great stories from Linda & David. Stay tuned — if you enjoy our stories, please leave a review or ask a question.

Best 6 Snowmobile Museums in North America

Snowmobiles have been making transportation over the snow easier for decades — or, if you count adapted automobiles with tracks as a snowmachine, for more than a century. These six museums are home to many historic models!

Best Stories of 2017 on guide2travel

It’s time to tear that last page from the 2017 calendar. But before we do, let’s look back at some of the best stories of 2017 on guide2travel.

Hiking the Oregon Trail to the top of Windlass Hill

Hiking the Oregon Trail to the top of Windlass Hill provides a panorama of the Nebraska Platte Valley along with wagon ruts made by settlers 175+ years ago.

Cruises: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About a Royal Caribbean Mega Ship

Cruising on a mega ship with Royal Caribbean feels a lot like living in a magnificent floating city. The Oasis of the Seas, my first cruise adventure, provided exciting things to do all day — every day.

Which are the Best Caribbean Islands and Beaches?

The Caribbean may be North America’s most popular winter destination with more than 25 million visitors each year. And with good reason! From the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea to the white sand of its beaches, there’s plenty of sun and fun for those wanting to escape the cold.

A Proper Visit to Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is one of the most unique tourist destinations in North America. Mostly this is because it’s simply a stunning natural occurrence – far and away the most striking waterfall (or more accurately, cluster of waterfalls) on the continent.

Celebrate National Cookie Day December 4 at Your Favorite Coffee Shop

National Cookie Day has been around for at least forty years, since Sesame Street included it on their calendar. But of course, what special day could be more popular with the Cookie Monster than Cookie Day?

Vintage Hudson Cars, Petroleum Collectibles, Antiques & More

The Frontier Auto Museum is absolutely amazing — step back to 1950s and ’60s cars, a stocked auto garage, toys, petroleum collectibles, and more.

Celebrate National Cake Day – November 26

If you like cake — and most of us do — then celebrating National Cake Day on November 26 provides the perfect time to indulge!

Where Can You Take the FlyOver Canada Simulation Ride?

FlyOver Canada is an eight-minute experience that takes you by helicopter over some of Canada’s most iconic places. From cowboys rounding up horses on the prairies, to the tops of the Rockies, the experience is nothing short of astounding.

Hike the Unforgettable Giant Redwood Forest or Ride the Sky Trail

Take an unforgettable hike through California’s giant forest at Trees of Mystery, in Klamath, or an adventure ride on the gondola Sky Trail through the treetops.

Walk Through the Sign Post Forest on the Alaska Highway

The Sign Post Forest is a quirky roadside attraction on the Alaska Highway in Watson Lake, Yukon – now 75+ years old with 75,000+ signs from everywhere!

25 Things You Didn’t Know About Hiking the Appalachian Trail — Infographic

How many thru-hikers have hiked the Appalachian Trail? This infographic gives this you this fact, plus 25 additional exciting facts you didn’t know about the 14-state-long hike through the Appalachian Mountains.

Do Ghosts Really Haunt the Frontier Prison in Rawlins, WY?

Wyoming Frontier Prison Museum is a fascinating historical place — the cold chills you feel when you visit may not be just because it’s unheated. Experts say it’s haunted!

Visit the USS Kidd in Baton Rouge for Navy Day

Take a tour of the USS Kidd, docked in Baton Rouge, LA, to celebrate Navy Day. Go through the battleship to see torpedoes, gun decks, living quarters, etc.

Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel Stockholm – Review

Enjoy some four-star pampering on your visit to Stockholm with the Radisson Blu Waterfront hotel — great location next to historical Central Station.

Where Did You Eat the Best Beer & Pizza This Year?

Never heard of beer and pizza day? That could be because it's a newbie on the block when it comes to National Days we love to celebrate. In fact, the first International Beer and Pizza Day (or National!) was held October 9, 2016. Started by Web developer,...

Celebrate National Pierogi Day with the Best Pierogies

These are the best pierogies I’ve eaten! Try them at Lunch Bar TU in Krakow, Poland — they’re perfect to celebrate World Pierogi Day! Check out the history of the pierogi that we eat worldwide.

Get Inside NASCAR Racing at the NASCAR Hall of Fame

The NASCAR Hall of Fame high tech exhibits and simulations are a must-do when you take in a NASCAR race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC.

Getting off the Beaten Path in Sydney, Australia

Some tips on attractions that will take you off the beaten path in Sydney – from a bar named for an historical prostitute to a micronation!

Fabulous Fall Walks in one of Georgia’s Most Beautiful Historic Places

Berry College is one of Rome, Georgia’s, most popular attractions. And I can guarantee you’ll find fabulous fall walks at its historic places!

History of Transportation Museum – Bush Bikes to Studebakers

The Fort Nelson Heritage Museum archives the local history of transportation, and preserves the machinery of the past, along with other artifacts, to tell the story of this Northern British Columbia community at the Mile 300 marker of the Alaska Highway.

Keeping the Tradition of the English Pub Alive with Taps & Fine Whiskies

A traditional English pub was the focal point of community life. Here, you could drink your “pint,” relax and trade stories with friends, even make a deal or two. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan’s popular Winston’s English Pub & Grill captures the traditional pub atmosphere as well as adding its own unique spin on English cuisine.

Weekend Getaways: 10 Colorful Outdoor Things to Do in Charlotte, NC, This Fall

Charlotte, North Carolina, is in the top 50 of America’s greenest cities according to research by Wallet Hub. With tree-lined streets and park canopies ranging from American Chestnut and Pecan, to Red Oak and Sycamore, it’s a safe bet that Charlotte’s also a spectacular stop when it dons its fall foliage.

Flintlock Rifles to Gunpowder to Buffalo Robes: Museum of the Fur Trade

From the 16th century on, fur traders paddled the rivers, set up trading posts, and made alliances that changed history. Visitors can step back through time into that history at The Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron, Nebraska.

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