Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens

After a hard day at work, you come home, kick off your shoes, and pop open an ice-cold can of beer. Staring at your beverage, the idea of a perfect vacation comes to mind - a field trip to a brewery! All that's left is to convince the family to share in your dream. Never fear, Busch Gardens is here. Continue reading...

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Few things symbolize anything as completely as the one hundred and fifty-one feet statue symbolizes her namesake. A gift from France to commemorate the centennial of the United States of America, the Statue of Liberty has stood since 1886 as a steady welcome to anyone visiting for the first time, anyone returning for the umpteenth time, and perhaps above all, anyone staying for all time. Continue reading...

Howard Johnson's

Howard Johnson’s

To the road weary traveler in the early days of the motor car, an orange-colored roof was the closest thing they would find to an oasis. What lie ahead was reliably good eats, and clean and comfortable lodging. For that trademark orange roof meant only one thing, Howard Johnson's - and the founder of the company made sure his customers were pleased with their visit. Continue reading...

Dumbo

Dumbo, the Flying Elephant

In 1939, through the magic of animation, Walt Disney showed us that, miracle of all miracles, a very special elephant named Dumbo could actually fly (with the aid of a magic feather, of course). It was reasonable to assume that, if only we could somehow climb aboard our lovable pachyderm friend, perhaps we could share in his magnificent flying adventures. Years later, when Walt built his first theme park, he remarked that anything was possible at Disneyland. As it turns out, even a ride on Dumbo, the Flying Elephant. Continue reading...

Chuck E. Cheese

Chuck E. Cheese

The year was 1977, and the man who gave us Atari and Pong, Nolan Bushnell, realized that there weren’t enough family-oriented establishments with video games. To fill the void, he came up with an idea for a restaurant where kids and adults could eat and play together. Originally called Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theater and located in San Jose, California, it was a small-time operation – a glorified pizza shop with animatronic characters on stage performing for the guests. Continue reading...

Haunted Houses

Haunted Houses

In childhood, few things are as delightfully frightful as a spooky old home in the neighborhood that, according to legend, is inhabited by ghostly spirits. For decades, our entertainment has happily helped condition us to believe in the validity of such places, as evidenced by the overwhelming number of books, films, television shows, and attractions that not only convinced us, but painted a vivid image in our heads as to what a haunted house is supposed to look like. Continue reading...

The Enchanted Tiki Room

The Enchanted Tiki Room

“All the birds sing words and the flowers croon, in the (tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki) Tiki Room”.So sayeth the theme song to one of the most beloved attractions in Disneyland, located at the entrance to Adventureland. With over 250 animated birds, flowers, and statues to serenade and delight guests, it isn't any wonder that people have been flocking to see The Enchanted Tiki Room since 1963. Continue reading...

Roadside Attractions

Roadside Attractions

The end of summer is a traditional time for families to pack up the car and head out on the nation’s highways for a good, old-fashioned road trip vacation. Perhaps grandma’s house is the final destination, or perhaps it’s Wally World, or just a relaxing jaunt down Route 66, but millions will be traveling the nation’s highways this summer. And depending on where one’s travels take them, folks may even pass a few of the strange and wonderful roadside attractions that have dotted the landscape of rural highways over the last century. Today, we thought we would take a look at some of these classic spots that have lured more than a few families to make a quick detour on the way to grandma’s house. Continue reading...