Detroit is known the world over by two nicknames. The Motor City, where Ford and other companies developed the automobile and factories into a a new way of life. The other is Motown. That particular combination of jazz and upbeat soulful singing that helped define 1960s America. Today I’m going to discuss my tour of the Motown Museum and how I got a closer look at how so many iconic artists were set on the path to stardom. Disclosure: I was invited for a free tour of the Motown Museum. Content, as always, is purely my own creation. The...Read More
Author: Richard Christensen
Coming up on its bicentennial year in 2018, the port city of Sandusky, Ohio is quickly becoming a vacation destination. Known throughout the Midwest and beyond for Cedar Point amusement park’s world class roller coasters, Sandusky itself has often been overlooked as part of the vacation experience. That is all changing now with the city experiencing a renaissance of the downtown and port areas. This list of things to do and places to visit just scratches the surface of the fun for the whole family in Sandusky. Disclosure: Accommodations at Holiday Inn Express and tours were provided by Shores...Read More
Do you remember where you were during the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks? I find it hard to believe it was 16 years ago, yet the moments are still clear as yesterday. I was parking my car at the office when the morning talk show host on the radio mentioned a report of a plane crashing into the World Trade Center. No details, the gravity hadn’t set in yet. As I walked to my lab, two coworkers were standing in front of the TV in the conference room and looking very concerned. I, and the rest of the employees, joined...Read More
At one time, the United States dominated the car making industry and Detroit was truly the Motor City. Between outsourcing to cut costs in the 1970s through 1990s, plus the globalization of the market, purely American made cars declined in number. Despite this, American auto manufacturing still employs a significant number of people across the US. Roughly 320,000 in auto assembly plants and another 500,000+ in automotive parts supplier factories. In fact, around 60% of new cars and trucks in the US are at least assembled here. ***This post is sponsored by Cars.com. Article content is purely my own...Read More
If you’re looking for a destination with several prime attractions within easy walking distance, then Chicago has everything you need. Clustered along the Lake Michigan shoreline, you’ll find art, history, science, and even a world class aquarium. Fine hotels are within walking distance of most attractions and it’s an easy bus or taxi ride to the others. Downtown Chicago is also easy to get to whether driving, flying, or by rail. Let’s take a look at five of Chicago’s best museums. This post may contain links from a trusted partner. Thank you for supporting Wagon Pilot Adventures. Field Museum...Read More
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