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I write a travel blog, stephentravels.com, with stories about the most interesting places to see and explore, the best restaurants, and the most memorable accommodations. After traveling for 30 years, I know a thing or two. Come along for the ride!

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Top 5 Buildings in Tampa, Florida Stephen Travels 3d

After spending some time in the Florida Aquarium, one of the world’s top five aquariums, I took a…

United States #architecture #building #city #sightseeing

Plitvice Lakes National Park (Nacionalni Park Plitvička… Stephen Travels 9d

There was no gradual introduction, no time to assimilate, no gentle readjustment from urban Croatia…

Croatia #nationalpark #nature #riverlake #waterfall

Top 5 Churches in Tallinn, Estonia Stephen Travels 17d

My hotel in Tallinn’s Old Town, the Savoy Boutique Hotel, was perfectly situated to explore all the…

Estonia #architecture #art #building #city

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Top 5 Jails Stephen Travels 24d

The prospect of a life behind bars should scare anyone straight. The very thought of zero privacy,…

#building #city #history #sightseeing

Route 66 in Oklahoma Stephen Travels 31d

Drop the top, roll down the windows, and head out on the highway. Whether it’s a little red…

United States #history #roadtrip #sightseeing

Top 5 Churches in Valletta, Malta Stephen Travels 38d

My fantastic hotel, Hotel Phoenicia, was located in Floriana, just outside the gates of the Maltese…

Malta #architecture #building #city #sightseeing

Joe’s Beerhouse (Windhoek, Namibia) Stephen Travels 45d

My brother and sister-in-law were debating if they should order shots of Jägermeister, even though…

Namibia #city #drinks #food #nightlife

Top 5 Buildings in Alberta Stephen Travels 51d

Thanks to the dramatic Rocky Mountain spine along its western half, filled with awe-inspiring…

Canada #accommodation #architecture #building #sightseeing

Many Glacier Hotel (Glacier National Park, Montana) Stephen Travels 59d

I was cutting it close. The Going-to-the-Sun Road, one of the best drives in the world and the only…

United States #accommodation #architecture #park #riverlake

National World War I Museum and Memorial (Kansas City,… Stephen Travels 73d

War is hell. General William Tecumseh Sherman made that statement during the U.S. Civil War. It…

United States #city #history #museum #sightseeing

Top 5 Buildings in Albany, New York Stephen Travels 80d

With a history that spans more than 400 years, the city of Albany is bound to reveal its age…

United States #architecture #building #city #sightseeing

Christchurch Botanic Gardens (Christchurch, New Zealand) Stephen Travels 87d

From my hotel, I crossed the lazy Avon River and entered the Christchurch Botanic Gardens (or, in…

New Zealand #city #nature #sightseeing

Top 5 Churches in Rome, Italy Stephen Travels 94d

Rome will nourish you, seduce you, make you fall helplessly in love with it. Every street leads to…

Italy #architecture #building #city #sightseeing

Oscarshall (Oslo, Norway) Stephen Travels 101d

On a glorious spring morning in Oslo, I headed to the harbor and boarded a ferry that sails through…

Norway #architecture #building #city #sightseeing

Top 5 Animals in Art Stephen Travels 108d

Climbing the steps to the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan as a child, I was greeted by…

#animals #art #museum #sightseeing

Gage Park (Topeka, Kansas) Stephen Travels 115d

The tornado siren erupted in an ear-shattering alarm, startling me and the black and the brown…

United States #city #nature #park #zoo

Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, New York) Stephen Travels 122d

My longtime fascination with glass kicked into high gear after being completely awed by it in…

United States #art #city #museum #sightseeing

Top 5 Things to See and Do in Baltimore, Maryland Stephen Travels 129d

My long weekend in the largest city in Maryland started when I checked into the terrific Hotel…

United States #city #history #museum #sightseeing

Top 5 Churches in Providence, Rhode Island Stephen Travels 136d

After attending a conference in Providence, I extended my stay, tacking on a few additional days to…

United States #architecture #building #city #sightseeing