Visiting the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona is a wonderful adventure in its self, but now the music is even sweeter as the museum is turning up the sound and hosting its inaugural global music festival--MIMFest. 

The dates for the fest are Oct. 18 and 19, 2014.  MIM hosts about 200 concerts each year in its state of the art music theater. This will be the first time, however, the museum has brought together a variety of global acts for a full weekend of outdoor exceptional music in the desert. 

Latin rock will be a highlight as well as Ethiopian grooves and Celtic melodies and  not leaving anything behind, traditional blue grass is on the menu as well. 

So much music you will be there all will the food trucks and plenty of family fun activities.

Here is a little trivia question to get us started. Which state has been home to the most presidents?

The answer is? Ohio––sort of!

Technically--Ohio and Virginia are tied for that honor as William Henry Harrison is on the list of presidents for Ohio and Virginia. President Harrison was born and studied in Virginia, but spent much of his life in Ohio and became a senator for the Buckeye state.

Take this beautiful fall road trip (or 

anytime of the year). 

This travel destination might sound like a state park, but it is so much more.

Whether you are looking for a peaceful, serene place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature or wanting plenty of revved up action, Hocking Hills State Park in Logan, Ohio will fit the bill for your road trip.

Who needs an ocean when the shores of Lake Erie are just a short car ride away and...there are no sharks!

With so much to do for every member of the family––it can't all be listed. Whether it is swimming, just laying on the beach, boating, bicycling, hiking, visiting wineries or art galleries, climbing lighthouses or visiting one of the greatest amusement parks or water parks you can do it all on the shores of Lake Erie.

With many parks and beaches water sports are plentiful.

The hills of Tennessee are a great place to visit for the fall, spring, summer and even the winter...don't miss the beauty of it all.

Travel Foothill Parkway to see just what the area has to offer. 

Jump on the Parkway in Townsend, Tennessee. This area of the parkway offers a view like none other. Visitors get a fantastic look at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park's face that includes mountain vistas.

Get out your clipboard of fun and schedule this event for next year...It is worth it! Even if you are not a "garden person", you will enjoy the Garden Walk in Buffalo, N.Y.

Buffalo has the largest garden walk in the nation, which is held the last weekend in July. Prior to this big national event...on weekend's throughout June and July, gardens are open around the city for visitors.

Even a real go getter gardener could not see the almost 1,000 gardens available for tour over that time period.

Ohio's capital city, Columbus, offers many things to do for all ages from the Number 1 Zoo to home town breweries.

Columbus has the Number 1's––the nation's Number 1 zoo, the Number 1 science center and the only water park located inside a zoo––all providing a Number 1 unforgettable adventure.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium ...has unveiled its 143 acre "Heart of Africa" exhibit allowing visitors to be up close and personal with giraffes and feed them a snack.

It is all Corydon, Indiana...

Two "undergrounds" together, Squire Boone Caverns and Marengo Cave helps to make the area known as one of the nation's most noteworthy caving destinations. One of the most significant archaeological finds in the US over decades was recently discovered--a huge cache of Ice Age bones was found while digging out a portion of the Binkley Cave System.

July is national ice cream month--but in Corydon, Indiana any month is the best month to "scream for ice cream."

These ice cream "places" are really ice cream destinations. You may remember the drug store soda fountains--even if you don't, you will enjoy this trip back in time.

The centerpiece of Butt Drugs pharmacy is the classic soda fountain. This old fashion soda fountain serves malts, shakes, cones and secret-recipe vanilla cream soda. It is also the place to find a 35 cent cup of coffee.

It all takes place in Logan, Ohio where washboards are still being made everyday. The Washboard Festival is a one of a kind event. It is not about laundry, but about music and fun.

In 2014 it will be celebrated June 12 thru 14 and you can check the site for future dates at

There is plenty of music and entertainment--some of that music is washboard related as more than a dozen washboard type bands will be performing.