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A Christmas Story House in Cleveland, Ohio

A Christmas Story House in Cleveland, Ohio

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. A Christmas Story is rerunning on the TV, for 24 hours it plays for all to see. Wouldn’t you like to see the A Christmas Story House for yourself? Come out to Cleveland, Ohio, just you and your elf! If you have never seen A Christmas Story (Watch it here if...

The Venetian Gondola Rides in Las Vegas

The Venetian Gondola Rides in Las Vegas

True story: A Las Vegas gondola ride is more relaxing than a gondola ride through Venice. I speak the truth here, I swear. And I highly recommend the Venetian gondola rides as a diversion from the hustle and bustle of daily Vegas life. Like many hotel/casinos in Las Vegas, The Venetian is built on a city-centered theme (much like nearby Paris or New York, New York ...

Sigma Derby Horse Racing Casino Game at MGM Grand in Las Vegas

Sigma Derby Las Vegas: Plastic Horse Racing Casino Game

Everyone knows the gambling standards of Las Vegas casinos: Blackjack, Poker, Roulette, Slots, Craps. But tucked away in the midst of the card tables of the MGM Grand Casino was my favorite game of them all, one that only a true Silly American could appreciate: Sigma Derby, a plastic horse racing casino game. Picture this: five ponies line up at the start line, the...

World's Largest Chocolate Fountain in Las Vegas, Nevada

World’s Largest Chocolate Fountain in Las Vegas

There is widely-known fact about silly American (OK OK, American American) girls: We like things chocolate and we like things big (yes boys, size does matter). Over the weekend I took my fourth trip in four years to Las Vegas, Nevada. The city itself is huge in a way only Vegas can be: over-the-top buildings, over-the-top shows, over-the-top buffets, bright lights...

The Spindle - Car Kabob - in Berwyn, Illinois

Chicago Road Trip: Roadside Attractions in Chicago

This summer I took a road trip around “Illinois” (believe me, you’ll hear all about it in the coming months). If you are from around here you know that “Illinois” and “Chicago” are two very different things so last weekend my friend Emily and I decided to take a Chicago road trip to find all the best roadside attractions in...

Wigwam Village Inn #2 teepee shaped motel in Cave City, Kentucky

Wigwam Village Inn #2 in Cave City, Kentucky

On a road trip between Chicago, Illinois and Chattanooga, Tennessee, my friends and I took a detour into Cave City, Kentucky to check out some Kentucky roadside attractions. Cave City is a crazy anomaly of a town, full of American wonders. They had everything from Big Mike’s Mystery House (a fun house full of optimal illusions) to a dinosaur park to cave...

Welcome to my America.

I never called the circular road in my home town of Brookfield, Illinois a roundabout until well after the internet was popularized and MapQuest defined it as such. The roundabout was always called “eight-corners” or “the circle” (although, technically “Veteran’s Memorial Circle“). As a child I always thought that it was...