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Thursday, May 17, 2018 12:06 am
Mention the Galapagos Islands and many think of tortoises or Charles Darwin. Layne Zimmers discovered there is so much more to this area of the world when she was selected as a Lindblad Expeditions an...
Thursday, April 26, 2018 12:07 am

For the bicentennial, explore Illinois

 Driving east on I-72 on a crisp fall Saturday, you may encounter carloads of orange-clad Illini fans, heading to Champaign-Urbana to tailgate outside Memorial Stadium or cheer the football team...
Thursday, March 15, 2018 12:11 am
David Estes should ask Ancestry.com to check his DNA for a museum-founding gene.His mother, Betty, late tourism director for Pontiac, Illinois, founded the town’s popular Route 66 museum in 2004. No...
Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 12:11 am

To observe the state’s bicentennial, travel Illinois

 Editor’s note: This article marks the first in a series of monthly travel columns focusing on Illinois in honor of the state’s bicentennial year in 2018.It’s a good thing early state leade...
Thursday, July 14, 2016 12:09 am

A visit to St. Louis’ Sappington House Museum

 My friend and I seized on a chance to go to the beautiful Thomas Sappington House in St. Louis for a meal and tour. The Barn restaurant outside of the house is a combination gift shop and tea ro...
Thursday, May 5, 2016 12:14 am

Tourism agency urges residents to explore their hometown

 May 1-7 is National Travel and Tourism Week, and Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Gina Gemberling wants Springfield-area residents to join in the fun right here at h...
Thursday, March 10, 2016 12:11 am

Visit Mason City for a movie, comedy and a down-home meal

 When I was in seventh grade, my friends and I got our parents to drop us at the local small-town movie theater on Saturday nights. We would buy tickets at an enclosed booth, shell out a quarter...

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