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Fly and Ride: Fall Foliage Along the Blue Ridge Parkway
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Ever since our trip to Asheville over Labor Day weekend 2012, Jimmy has been enthralled with the notion of going back to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway in the late fall. As someone who sat in the backseat during Jimmy’s first driving lesson on the freeway and survived with white knuckles to prove it, the irony is not lost on me.  The Blue Ridge...

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Return to Zion National Park
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Fall is my favorite season of the year. Somehow the fresh crisp air conjures up memories of Back-to-School, Halloween and the visceral joy of jumping on a pile of brown crunchy leaves -memories that manage to leave me feeling like a 10 year old again.  Living in the desert, the arrival of fall also means a reprieve from the grueling days of 100+ degree...

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Whirlwind Weekend – Boston by Foot + Wiki Offline Winners Announced
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A Stroll Through One of the Oldest Cities in America Although I’m not a big fan of cities, there’s something about Boston that I find utterly charming.  My first visit was a few years ago, when Mr. Travelbypoints and I were relative neophytes to the world of whirlwind travel.  If memory serves correctly, we budgeted two full days to tour the city, a more...

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Whirlwind Weekend – Connecticut Before Sandy
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It was two days of quiet before the big storm. This past weekend in true whirlwind fashion, Mr. Travelbypoints and I packed our small Cambelbaks and headed cross-country for a short tour of Connecticut’s lovely fall foliage. It was not until a few days before our trip that we heard rumblings about a storm called Sandy that was supposed to hit the eastern seaboard right...

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Whirlwind Weekend – Experiencing Grand Teton National Park
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Grand Teton is the yin to Yellowstone’s yang. While Yellowstone is visceral , energetic and raw, the energy that pervades Grand Teton is contemplative and quiet. In the days leading up to our trip, I tried to research Yellowstone’s sister park and would often come across descriptions of Grand Teton as essentially a pretty place that you pass through en route to Yellowstone. Some even...

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Whirlwind Weekend – Road Trip to Yellowstone National Park
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Two National Parks in Two Days Are you ready for another road trip? Two days and a full tank of gas inspired us to undertake a road trip that would be considered a stretch for even the most seasoned travel maximizer.  To round out what Mr. Travelbypoints has termed our “National Parks Extravaganza” (Five National Parks in Four Weekends), we set off from Salt...

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Whirlwind Weekend – California Road Trip to Point Reyes and Yosemite
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Another weekend, another opportunity for me to question my husband’s sanity and my own.  Which begs the question, who is crazier – the guy who attempts a road trip to visit both Point Reyes National Seashore and Yosemite National Park in one weekend, or the wife who gets dragged along for the ride?  On second thought, don’t answer that.  I concede defeat. In our...

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Whirlwind Weekend – Colorado – Rocky Mountain National Park
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Whirlwind Weekend Wackiness (“WWW”) continues with our recent trip to Denver, Colorado.  Newly acquired national park pass (and photo ID) in hand, Mr. Travelbypoints and I traveled to the Mile High State with the expectation of spending two days basking in the glorious outdoor beauty of the Colorado Rockies.  Little did we know that the weatherman in the sky had other plans. Colorado is...

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Whirlwind Weekend – Seattle – Deception Pass and Mt Rainier
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This past weekend Mr. Travelbypoints and I hopped on the plane to visit our dear friends in Seattle, WA to kick-start what I’ve decided to call “Wacky Whirlwind Weekends” (“WWW”).  Plural.  As in there is more to come and I better get my sleep in whenever I can. Yes, Mr. Travelbypoints is a newly-minted proud holder of a Southwest Airlines Companion Pass, which entitles...

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Dog Tripping Through Mammoth Lakes
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Choosing the right travel companions can literally make or break the trip.  While a bad one can have you wishing you had stayed home, a good travel mate can help you see the world through a different set of eyes.  Or, in our case, three different furry sets of eyes. Road Trip?  No Thanks. Before we adopted dogs, I wasn’t a huge fan of...

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Visit Zion National Park During National Park Week 2012
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I have a confession to make.  One of my favorite places in the world is Zion National Park and it wasn’t until 6 years after I’d moved to Las Vegas that I finally discovered this hidden gem just 3 hours away by car.   Zion is one of those places that doesn’t typically surface on the radar of the casual traveler like Yellowstone or...

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An Unexpected Gem in DC
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An Unexpected Gem in DC

Apr 20, 2012 by

When you explore a city by foot, it is not uncommon to encounter hidden gems off the main thoroughfares.  On our second full day in Washington DC, we decided to avoid the potential crowds on Easter Sunday and opted to visit the National Cathedral one day earlier on a lazy Saturday afternoon.   After an uncharacteristically late start (the luxury of sleeping in doesn’t occur that...

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Catching the Late Bloom in Washington DC
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Itinerary:  Las Vegas, NV to Baltimore, MD Length:  3 Days Cost: $320 per person, all inclusive* Redeemed: 1 Free Night voucher at Hilton’s Embassy Suites Pts Earned: 11,500 miles (valued at $175) per person   This past Easter weekend, Mr. Travelbypoints and I packed up our trusty camelbaks and donned our new travel shoes – Vibram FiveFingers – for a weekend excursion to our nation’s...

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Kayak Adventure in Virginia Beach
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Itinerary:  Las Vegas, NV to Norfolk, VA Length:  3 Days Cost: $288 per person, all inclusive* Pts Earned: 11,000 miles per person (valued at $165) They say that once you make a commitment to try new things, the trajectory of your life slowly changes.  Last May, Mr. TravelByPoints and I booked our first mileage run, destination – Norfolk, Virginia.  I’ll leave the nitty gritty...

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Mid Summer’s Dream: Vermont and New Hampshire in July
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Itinerary:    Las Vegas, NV to Manchester, NH Length:    2 Days Cost:   $230 per person, all inclusive* Pts Earned:   10,000 miles (including 2.0x multiplier, valued at $150)   When you live in the desert, a trip to the Northeastern part of our country is like visiting another planet.  The dry desert air and flat vistas give way to lush valleys so...

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