The best places to stay in NYC

The best places to stay in NYC

Choosing a neighborhood to stay in for your time in New York is intimidating. New York City is huge…and expensive. If you find a great deal on a room in Midtown, by all means, book it! But be warned that if it’s cheap it’s probably microscopic,...
The toxic history of Niagara Falls, NY

The toxic history of Niagara Falls, NY

Niagara Falls has millions of visitors every year, yet the cities it connects are full of poverty, crime, and desperation. Most people want to hear about the falls themselves, death defying adventures and amazing engineering. Or they want to know the best spot to eat...
Red Bank, NJ: A perfect day trip

Red Bank, NJ: A perfect day trip

So many of the things I thought were cool as a high schooler haven’t aged so well. Just about everything. Somehow, Red Bank is still one of my favorite spots to spend a Saturday. Back in the oh so charming town of Red Bank New Jersey tonight. This place has...
Baltimore in a day

Baltimore in a day

Baltimore is a pretty unique city. It’s the last real affordable city in America. It’s got a fantastic walkable downtown core, a bustling streetscape, solid transit connections, and great architecture. They call it charm city for a reason. Except for when they don’t....
Why you want the Mobile Passport app

Why you want the Mobile Passport app

US Customs and Border protection is getting hip with #mobilepasport, their Mobile Passport app. If you don’t travel enough for a trusted traveler program to be worth it (it’s always worth it, but to each his own) and you live in one of these cities, Mobile...
How to win the US Green Card lottery

How to win the US Green Card lottery

You’ve probably heard of the green card lottery, officially called the Diversity Visa Program(DV). Each year, the US invites 50k people from countries with low rates of immigration to the US to apply for permanent resident (PR) status. Each year’s green card lottery...
2016 year in review

2016 year in review

Most of this year was taken up with immigrating to Canada and then writing a book about the process. With both of us working full time, it’s been a busy year! Life is better in Canada. A post shared by Cori Carl (@sheepdontswim) on Oct 20, 2016 at 1:52pm PDT It...
Sandwich Boardwalk

Sandwich Boardwalk

The sandwich boardwalk (AKA Plank Walk) is one of the most scenic spots on Cape Cod, affording some amazing views of Sandwich Harbor. Though only about a quarter mile in length, it seems to stretch out forever in front of you as you walk towards the ocean from the end...
Winkelmann: the smallest town in Texas

Winkelmann: the smallest town in Texas

If you find yourself driving on US 290 in east-central Texas, you may see what looks like an abandoned town off to the side of the road. This apparent ghost town is actually a failed tourist trap known as Winkelmann, billed as the “smallest town in Texas.” While the...
The Pilgrim cemetery at Burial Hill

The Pilgrim cemetery at Burial Hill

Burial Hill in Plymouth, Massachusetts is one of the oldest colonial cemeteries in America and was an active burial ground until 1957. There are about 2,269 headstones along with an untold number of unmarked graves. It is believed that Burial Hill was first used as a...
Cumberland Gap National Park, USA

Cumberland Gap National Park, USA

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park isn’t particularly well known. Wedged between Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia, the main entrance and visitor center is in Middlesboro, Kentucky. The visitor center is the best place to start, so you can buy tickets for...
Rochester Public Market

Rochester Public Market

Public markets are always fun to visit. They tell you so much about a city — especially since it’s nearly impossible to go and not end up chatting with a local. The Rochester Public Market has fed the city since 1827. You can get just about anything here...
Abandoned Camp Evans, NJ

Abandoned Camp Evans, NJ

Growing up, everyone has that place they always wonder about. It lies unknown, forbidden, behind a stone wall or closed doors. Camp Evans was that place for me, a semi-abandoned military base behind a barbed wire fence and guards. There were signs warning of patrol...
Four Corners

Four Corners

If you’re like me and you have been working towards a goal of visiting every state in America, then Four Corners is an easy way to check off four states all at once. These are the only state boundaries  that meet at two intersecting lines, allowing Colorado, Utah, New...
NOLA

NOLA

New Orleans will forever stand out to me as the first place I ever saw a man dragged out of his car by a mob and beaten. No, there are no photos in here of...
The Lodi Mission Arch

The Lodi Mission Arch

The Lodi Mission Arch celebrated the harvest of the Tokay grape and is one of the few (if not only) ceremonial arches built in the Mission Revival style still standing today. The arch, which stands stands 40 feet tall and 80 feet wide, was constructed in 1907, just a...
Abandoned trains in Albany

Abandoned trains in Albany

A few years ago we decided to go to Albany for Independence Day weekend. We booked tickets on Amtrak and decided to walk around and explore the capital city. On a whim, I did some preliminary googling to find out if there was anything out of the ordinary worth seeing....
Abandoned Fort Tilden

Abandoned Fort Tilden

If you’re at the Flatbush Junction Target, you’re right at the start of the Q35 bus route. Take it to the end and you’ll find yourself at the entrance to what was once Fort Tilden. This old military base is now part of Gateway National Recreation...
Hudson River State Hospital

Hudson River State Hospital

We went to Poughkeepsie to go to the Walkway Over the Hudson. That picture is from below because we never made it. Or, rather, we kept walking. While on the train up, we realized we would be so close to Hudson River State Hospital, so we may as well take a look. Even...
Bannerman’s castle warehouse

Bannerman’s castle warehouse

If you’ve ever been hiking in the Hudson Highlands or taken a train along the Harlem River anywhere north of Beacon, you’ve probably noticed the old castle on Pollepel Island in the middle of the Hudson. Like me, you probably assumed it was the leftovers of a grand...
Ocean Grove, Asbury Park & Bradley Beach

Ocean Grove, Asbury Park & Bradley Beach

While the rest of the shore is known for partying, a la the MTV show, Ocean Grove is a community of tranquil Victorian homes. Asbury Park is (quite a bit) more hip. Bradley Beach is a quiet family town that still has plenty of stuff to do. The heart of Asbury Park is...
Fort Totten, abandoned and forgotten

Fort Totten, abandoned and forgotten

New York has its fair share of former military installations that are now public parks. Most of the former forts are in various states of abandonment and are only partially open to the public in spite of being part of national park land. Fort Totten is no exception.Of...
Arthur Kill marine scrapyard

Arthur Kill marine scrapyard

Chances are you’ve heard about the ship graveyard in Staten Island. It’s officially known as the Donjon Iron and Metal Scrap Processing Facility where old boats are stored after being collected by the owners and salvaged for parts. The Arthur Kill is the...
Our afternoon in Gary, Indiana

Our afternoon in Gary, Indiana

Gary, Indiana isn’t really known for being a nice place. I didn’t want to go to Gary for ruin porn. I knew of it as a symbol of what happened to company towns when the company goes bust. I’m fascinated by the idea of an era when company executives...
7 days in Anchorage, Alaska

7 days in Anchorage, Alaska

We spent a week in Alaska one May. It was much colder than it was supposed to be. Anchorage was a ghost town on days there were no cruise ships docked. There was no electricity for a day. Then it went out again the next day. No one lives in Downtown Anchorage, so it...
Rainy day NYC

Rainy day NYC

New York has its share of bad weather. Rain, snow, or heat, here’s how to keep yourself entertained. If you’re in denial about the weather The Butterfly Conservatory Sure, it’s disgusting outside, but if it’s between September and May, you can still find yourself in a...
Jersey City

Jersey City

Not many New Yorkers venture on the PATH, but those who do are rewarded. We took the train over and explored that forgotten industrial zone between downtown Jersey City and Liberty Square...
Bartow Station

Bartow Station

Did you know there is an abandoned railroad station in Pelham Bay Park? Even better than that, it’s totally accessible so long as you don’t mind taking a long walk. By that I mean you don’t have to climb under, over, or through any fences or ignore any “No Trespassing...
The Queen of Religious Resorts

The Queen of Religious Resorts

We tend to forget about it, but New York is a beach town. Coney Island is hardly the only beach New Yorkers can easily get to without a car. Ocean Grove is one of my favorite day trips from New York City, although I’m a little biased. It’s where my parents met. It’s...
Best and worst airport bars

Best and worst airport bars

Casey and I don’t have platinum status for airlines, but we are frequent flyers. We’re usually chasing the best deal, so we hit different destinations with different airlines. This means we’ve been to a lot of airport bars and eaten a lot of bad...
People I want to get a drink with

People I want to get a drink with

We all have those people we’ve been quietly stalking online for years. Here are mine. Jerry Gretzinger He’s been making a map of an imaginary city for over 50 years Tim Urban He’s going to uncomfortable places and doing uncomfortable things for...
Obsession

Obsession

When Casey and I met, I proposed we walk to all of the wastewater treatment plants in the five boroughs. She agreed for the novelty of it, but quickly became just as obsessed with it as I was. There aren’t that many, but they’re in out-of-the-way places...
NYC’s nerdiest day trips

NYC’s nerdiest day trips

Want to get out of New York? Here are my favorite spots to nerd out in the tri-state area. The Edison Museum What can I add when TMBG has it covered? Although you’ll be lucky if it’s as quiet as they lead you to believe. You can even walk there from NJ...
When mom comes to Brooklyn

When mom comes to Brooklyn

You’ve talked your mom into coming up to visit you. Or perhaps you’re one of those people whose parents visit them voluntarily. What do you do with her once she’s here? What you need is activities that are mom friendly while demonstrating why you pay so much to live...

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