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[VIDEO] 5 Awesome Roadside Attractions

From iconic to sporty to just plain quirky, our Senior Editor, Courtney Scott shares her picks for this summer’s must-see roadside attractions.

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Beer Drinking Pigs at Mount Pellier Domino Club in St. Croix, USVI
Drive on Rt. 76 deep into the rainforest on the West side of the island of St. Croix and you’ll stumble upon the Mt. Pellier roadside hut, famous for its beer drinking pigs.  You can feed the pigs non-alcoholic beer from 10am-5pm daily.  While you’re there, have some cold drinks or get a taste of Norma’s yummy home cooking. Stay nearby at the Renaissance Carambola Resort, tucked between lush green tropical landscape and the Caribbean Sea.  The rooms are airy and open with lovely vaulted ceilings and the average July rate is only $145/night.

The Naked Cowboy in Times Square, NYC
The Naked Cowboy, real name Robert, can be found nearly every day in Times Square in nothing more than his undies, a cowboy hat and a guitar.  He sings, he takes photos, and will even marry you and your sweetie for $499!  Stay at the Ink 48, a Kimpton Hotel on the west side of Manhattan.  It’s a chic boutique hotel with breathtaking Hudson River views.  Join fellow guests at the complimentary hosted wine hour every night from 5-6pm, curated by their master sommelier.  A three-night weekender over July 4th weekend will cost you $194/night, one of the cheapest rates I’ve seen in Manhattan this summer.

Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska
First there was Stonehenge, now we have Foamhenge, Truckhenge and one of my favorites, Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska.  It was created in 1987 by a man named Jim Reinders as a memorial to his father, and wasn’t initially received well by locals, but now has become a beloved attraction in the tiny town of Alliance.  The unique automobile sculpture consists of 38 cars.  Continue your road trip past Carhenge to the town of Cheyenne, Wyoming, a little over an hour away and stay at the Little America Resort.  It’s an 80-acre oasis of luxury and comfort in the middle of the vast Wyoming prairie.  $127/night is average summer rate.

The World’s Largest Bat at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
The world’s largest baseball bat is six stories tall and appears to be leaning against the museum building, but it’s completely free standing!  The bat weighs 68,000 pounds and the hollow interior has a 30,000 gallon capacity. The bat is constructed of ASTM A36 carbon steel.  While in Louisville, stay at The Brown Hotel.  Here, history and opulence meet comfort and friendly hospitality.  The property was originally built in 1923 and is right in the heart of downtown Louisville.  The average nightly rate in August is $181/night, a great value for such an elegant hotel and central location.

The Hollywood Sign Turns 90
This year marks the 90th anniversary of the iconic Hollywood Sign in the Hollywood hills!  One of the best locations to view the sign is from the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Avenue, which happens to be the location of the Lowes Hollywood Hotel.  It’s super kid-friendly, pet-friendly and boasts unparalleled views of the Hollywood Sign from every room.  The average rate in August is  $279/night.

Top 5 Budget Hotels at Walt Disney World

This week I’m happy to share our first guest blog post from our 2013 Disney Parks Moms Panel blogger, Amanda Ficili.

So, you’ve decided to visit Walt Disney World but you’re not quite sure where to begin when planning such a magical vacation since there’s so much to see and do.  Well, lodging is a great place to start, but many families worry that staying on property will not fit their budget. But with more than 25 unique Walt Disney World Resort hotels to choose from there is an option to suit almost every taste and budget. From affordable value resorts to luxurious deluxe resorts, there’s truly something for everyone at the Walt Disney World Resort and the benefits of selecting an “on property” hotel are innumerable. The value and moderate level resorts were designed with the budget-minded family in mind but no expense was spared in ensuring each guest has a purely magical experience that only Disney can provide! Read more

Travel for Good – Volunteering to Help NYC’s Cats and Dogs

Travel is a gift, and it comes with the responsibility of giving back along the way.  So every place that I travel with the “Let’s Roam” show I’ll be spending the day with one organization and in this episode it’s Bideawee, home to some of the cutest and most well-cared-for pets, just waiting to be adopted by you.

Like its people, New York’s animal inhabitants come in all colors, shapes and personalities.  They are 100% part of the family.  And while thousands of pets have found a loving home in New York, the ones that haven’t turn to Bideawee, the cupid of canines and cats.  For over 100 years, Bideawee has made New York’s pet welfare their number one mission, finding life-long homes for thousands of animals in need.

For animal lovers, Bideawee is a dream voluntourism experience.  The cats, well, they oversee your cleaning duties and make sure to let you know you’re doing a good job.  While the puppies, they will give you a run for your money.

And play time –  it’s an essential piece in making sure these precious pets are prepared for their new homes.  But pairing pets and people isn’t an easy task.  So, what’s the secret to  Bideawee’s match-making success?  Their team knows the ins and outs of every cat and dog.  So the only risk of a volunteer day at Bideawee is coming home with a few new friends!

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