First Time Visiting The Iowa State Fair!

When I moved to Iowa, the State Fair went straight on the ‘Iowa Bucket List’.  We don’t have fairs quite like this in the UK and every Iowan seems to have gone multiple times, so of course I wanted to see what the fuss was about!  The fair is located in Des Moines and in 2016 over 1 million people visited!  Here’s what I thought of the 2017 fair as a first timer (and for those stats lovers 120,833 people were at the fair the day I visited)!

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Discovering The History of Kenosha, WI at the Southport Light Station Museum

Now I was shocked to find out that it is in fact possible to reach the Atlantic Ocean from Lake Michigan.  I just always assumed with it being a 1000 miles away from the sea that it was probably land locked.  But after discovering that cargo ships could in fact travel from Kenosha Wisconsin all the way to SOUTH AFRICA, the dots of Kenosha’s history all connect together!

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Visiting Janesville’s Rotary Botanical Gardens, Wisconsin

It’s hard to imagine what the area would have looked like before the creation of the Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, Wisconsin.  30 years ago the site was a disused quarry and BMX track but thanks to the creative vision of Dr. Robert Yahr, a local orthodontist, the old quarry is now 24 different styles of international gardens spanning across 20 acres!

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A 10,000 Step Self Guided Walking Tour of Kenosha, Wisconsin

I love flicking through destination visitor guides.  Sometimes on a website you may miss something if you’re not quite looking in the right place but in a guide, it’s all there in black and white for you to see.  Back in April, I discovered that Kenosha (Wisconsin) had a section of their guide entitled “Get Your 10,000 Steps While Enjoying the Kenosha Area”.  Now as a Fitbit obsessed person, I was desperate to get back to Kenosha in the summer to test a couple of the routes out!  I was so impressed that a destination was actually targeting the 10,000 step counting market!

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Ghost Sunday at the Field of Dreams Movie Site (Dyersville, IA)

During the months of July and August (for the past 25 years!) the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa comes alive with ghosts of the Chicago White Sox for their free event ‘Ghost Sunday Comedy Show’.

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10 Things to do in Mayrhofen, Austria in the Summer

Mayrhofen is a small village located in the Zillertal Valley in the Tirol region of Austria.  Innsbruck is the closest major airport with a 1hr30 transfer or it can be reached by train, changing at Jenbach (with links to other places such as Salzburg and Munich). To be honest, Mayrhofen attracts a slightly older crowd that are mainly into hiking, but there is SO much more to the region than just hiking trails.  Here are my top 10 things to do for those looking for adventure in Austria!

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Visiting the Hintertux Glacier, Austria in Summer

The Hintertux Glacier in Austria sits at an elevation of 3250 metres and it’s one of only a few places where you can ski 365 days a year!  I visited in July and while it was 26c/78f at the bottom of the mountain, on top of the glacier it was a chilly -1c/31f!

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3 Adventurous Excursions from Ocho Rios, Jamaica

There are several different things I take into consideration when planning my travels.  A big one is the attractions that are available in the area, I’ll often base myself close to the places I want to visit!  One of these 3 Ocho Rios excursions was the whole reason Jamaica made it on to my bucket list!  These excursions are perfect for those that love a bit of adventure when they travel!

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