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Have you ever wondered what the American Revolution would have been like for the average family in the late 1700s?  Just like today, most people were not wealthy; many had small farms and were just trying to survive and maybe even thrive in the colonies.  Our history books tend to focus on the Founding Fathers and their service to our new country, and they absolutely should. But there is more to the story.  While Colonial Williamsburg demonstrates what life would be like in a city or town during the early years of our nation, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown aims to teach us more about rural life during this time period.  The indoor galleries do provide a timeline of the events leading up to the revolution, the war itself, and a little about the new nation.  The Siege of Yorktown is also highlighted, and the lives and actions of…

I’d like to thank The Butterfly Palace in Branson, Missouri, for sponsoring our visit.  As usual, all opinions are honest and my own. When you think of rainforests, Branson, Missouri, is probably not the first place that comes to mind.  Still, you can get a little taste of the rainforest right here in the Ozarks.  The Butterfly Palace in Branson is a lovely celebration of some of the most beautiful creatures on Earth. Arriving at The Butterfly Palace The Butterfly Palace is at the very end of the “strip” as you head west as if you were going to drive to Silver Dollar City.  The building itself sits on top of a hill. Right inside the entrance is a gift shop filled with many butterfly-inspired items.  It’s fun to just look through this area.  Right in the center of the room is the ticket booth. There are two floors with various…

I’d like to thank the Clay Cooper Theatre for sponsoring our attendance to the performance of Clay Cooper’s Country Express.  As always, all opinions are honest and my own. When you think of Branson, Missouri, you may think of country music shows lining the 76 Strip, or the main highway through town.  That strip of highway is also known as Country Music Boulevard, and those shows make up Branson’s history.  Add the beautiful Ozark Mountains and attractions like Silver Dollar’s City, and you have the family destination of Branson. Though historically those shows featured country music, nowadays the shows along the strip offer a diverse array of music and entertainment options.  Clay Cooper’s Country Express is a wonderful example of a show that does it all–music, dancing, and comedy.  And the music covers so many genres that there is truly something for everyone; your whole family will love it! Before…

Things to Do in Gettysburg Gettysburg is just one of those great historic places that we’ve been wanting to experience for a long time.  We wanted, of course, to learn more about the battle, but we also wanted to make some family memories together.  It’s important for my daughter to learn about the events that shaped our nation, even if she is only seven-years-old.  Though the events in Gettysburg were tragic, I wanted her to have a basic understanding of what happened along with doing some family-friendly activities.  We spent four nights in Gettysburg, but I think you could easily do a shorter trip or spend more time here.  We spent most of our evenings watching the sunset over the battlefield.  Here are our recommendations after experiencing Gettysburg. Take a Tour of the Battlefield We took a tour with the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, and it was fantastic! This…

Why Eat at the Pirates’ House? When I began researching what to do in Savannah, I stumbled across a great little restaurant–The Pirates’ House.  We love to try unusual dining opportunities, and we’re not alone!  One of my favorite blogs, Minivan Adventures, shares my love of trying out fun places to eat.  Anyway, as soon as I saw pictures of this place, I knew we had to try it! Eating Lunch at the Pirates’ House As soon as we pulled into town, we headed straight for the restaurant.  Time for lunch! We decided to have lunch here since it’s not as expensive as dinner.  The prices for lunch were really reasonable; they were similar to casual chain table service places.  When we arrived, we were told we had about a 15 minute wait, so we headed upstairs to the gift shop where we saw this guy: We bought a magnet, and…

When Jeff and I were planning a trip to the Black Hills, he insisted that we make a stop at Wall Drug in Wall, South Dakota.  I thought it was a little weird that he wanted to make a stop at a drug store, but little did I know that this is a place like no other.  Turns out, there are many reasons to stop at Wall Drug! This attraction seems to be in the middle of nowhere, but it seems that everyone traveling this way towards the Black Hills knows that a stop here is a must.  We actually planned a stop here overnight after we finished seeing Badlands National Park. First on the Wall Drug itinerary—posing with celebrities of the Wild West. This store has just about anything you can imagine for sale.  Rest assured, there are plenty of touristy trinkets to be found here!  We had a…

Since we often take trips in the summer, we try to avoid too much outdoor activity during the heat of the day.  One thing we’ve learned is that ghost tours can be a great way to see the sites while staying as cool as possible.  We are especially fans of ghost tours that use transportation. We discovered Ghosts and Gravestones on one of our St. Augustine trips, so when we saw the tours were also available in Savannah, we couldn’t wait to try one.  A ghost tour in Savannah seemed perfect! One thing you should realize about these tours is that they are not the kind of experience where you get all kinds of gadgets to test for a ghost’s presence.  These tours mostly involve traveling to different areas of the city while hearing ghost stories.  You get a great overview of the city while your host tells you about…

I originally wrote this trip report for the 1branson.com forum. I am writing this trip report so you can plan your own trip to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennesse.  We just got back yesterday from a trip to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Tennessee. We were always hungry for information, so I thought I would report. I’ll do this in installments. We are a family of three: my husband, me, and a nine-year-old daughter. We live in Joplin, so our trip begins there. . . Day One: Heading to Tennesse We left home on Saturday, June 2 at 4:30 in the morning. My husband works overnights, so we decided to leave when he woke up and couldn’t sleep anymore. I was just like that Disney commercial anyway: I’m too excited to sleep! We decided to go the southern Missouri route instead of going to St. Louis. The roads are better than we…

If you are a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan you simply must visit the Ingalls Homestead in De Smet, South Dakota.  When my husband suggested a trip to the Black Hills, I immediately knew I wanted to work it into our trip to see the little town on the prairie where Laura came of age and met and married Almanzo.  Plus, I was intrigued with the idea of spending the night in a wagon on the actual Ingalls homestead.  I knew we had to do it.  Visiting De Smet and the Ingalls Homestead is one of my favorite traveling memories! If you’ve read the Little House books, you know that Laura’s time in De Smet begins in By the Shores of Silver Lake.  If you haven’t read the books and would like to, you can click on this affiliate link below to purchase a set. We only spent an afternoon, evening,…

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