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Planning a Trip to Bodie Ghost Town, Spirit Of The Frontier Or Frontier Spirit?

This is a guest post from my dad, Grandpa Points. He and my mom are in their mid-60’s, are (mostly) retired, and are ticking off “bucket list” destinations quicker than they ever thought possible thanks to miles, points, and travel deals. They have an intense love of this country, of its National Parks and treasures, and have no problem with a clean budget hotel room and an economy airline seat on a budget airline as long as it gets them…

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Taking a Day Trip Back in Time on the Grand Canyon Railway!

A look at the various cars and classes of travel on the Grand Canyon Railway day trip that takes you not only from Williams, Arizona to the Grand Canyon, but back in time complete with shootouts, horse chases, US Marshals, guitar sing-alongs, and more…

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The Impact of Visiting the Arizona Meteor Crater

This is a guest post from my dad, Grandpa Points. He and my mom are in their 60’s, are (mostly) retired, and are ticking off “bucket list” destinations quicker than they ever thought possible thanks to miles, points, and travel deals. They have an intense love of this country, of its National Parks and treasures, and have no problem with a clean budget hotel room and an economy airline seat on a budget airline as long as it gets them where…

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The Best Surprises Along The Journey

From coming around the bend to find a beautiful lake, to taking a bush plane through Alaska, to stumbling upon the best state park in the United States, sometimes the best parts of the journey are the surprises that find you along the way. Here are a look at some of Grandpa Points best travel surprises…

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Las Vegas, the City Where Things Used to be Free

Ahhhh, Las Vegas. Bright Light City. The city where anything is feels possible. The city where parking, even valet parking, is was free. The city where the free drinks flow used to flow. The city where virtually free food and rooms are available for those who gamble even a little. The city where resort fees of up to $39 per night can cost now more than a nightly room charge. A couple of years ago when I wrote a break-up note…

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Overcoming Waterfall-a-Phobia and Visiting Niagara Falls

This is a guest post from my dad, Grandpa Points. He and my mom are in their mid-60’s, are (mostly) retired, and are ticking off “bucket list” destinations quicker than they ever thought possible thanks to miles, points, and travel deals.  They have an intense love of this country, of its National Parks and treasures, and have no problem with a clean budget hotel room and an economy airline seat on a budget airline as long as it gets them…

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Our Holiday Wish For You

Merry Christmas from Grandpa Points and all of us. Here is a special holiday wish from him to all of you…. Our holiday wish for the traveler in you Is that each day brings something exciting and new Adventures and journeys to far and near places Experienced with joy and with smiles on your faces   By ship or plane or by car or by train We hope that oohs and aahs are your constant refrain As you set out…

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Death, Taxes, and Fall Foliage

This post is brought to you by Grandpa Points… There are some established and well recognized “certainties and guarantees” in life. Two of the most common are death and taxes. Here in Texas, among educators and their families, there is for sure one more. That is, upon retirement, that teachers WILL take a trip to the northeast United States to see the fall foliage. I do not know if this is a DNA preordained need or if it is written…

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Best State Parks in the United States for a Thousand

You can’t really go wrong with a fall foliage centered trip to the Northeast, but you can go really, really right if you visit places like the “best state park” in the United States at exactly the right time while on that trip. Learn more about Letchworth State Park and what makes it a picture postcard type of place.

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