For a holiday experience like none other visit the Dickens Victorian Village and fantastic courthouse light display in Cambridge, Ohio.

This is a unique mix of the old and the new in a family event that is free to the public. This city, of about 13,000 residents, has a passion for making the Christmas holidays special for visitors. 

For the last six years more than 1,000 volunteers have been creating The Dickens Victorian Village display.  It begins in November and continues through the first week of January. Each year thousands of visitors flock to see the 80 life like scenes depicting Victorian times. 

Volunteers work year round to redress and make new life size mannequins adding to the 186 current figures.

One of the most famed Christmas movies of all time, "A Christmas Story" was filmed in Cleveland, Ohio. The house used in the movie where Ralphie and his family lived is open year-round for tours. You can climb under the sink, shoot the BB gun and see the famed leg lamp.

When it comes to holiday shopping...visiting Peddler's Village in Bucks County, PA has something fun for everyone in the family from Grandma to Junior. 

A visit to the area makes for a fun family event. 

Peddler's Village is home to over 70 one-of-a-kind shops, eight restaurants, children's fun things to do and lodging available on site. It is adjacent to small towns, scenic drives and historic sites.

We all learned to spell it, maybe one of the only words I really could spell well and never forgot--

M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I. A place where the cotton grows and the blues were born.

So where do you begin? First stop should be the Gateway to the Blues Visitors Center and Museum located on U.S. Highway 61. It is housed in an 1895 train depot, interesting in itself, and travelers will find plenty of information on “things to do” from a very friendly state!.

In 1985 this modest home on a quiet brick street in Akron was declared to be a state historical site by Governor Richard Celeste. The home of Dr. Bob, Robert Holbrook Smith, is an important piece of history and also became a National Historical Landmark through the offices of U.S. Congressman John Seiberling.

The 12 steps you walk to get up to the front door are filled with history and the imprints of those that sought help.

The Moosehead Lake area in Maine, includes the areas of Sugar and Farm Islands as well as the shore in Days Academy and Kineo Townships. 

You will find campsites and boating opportunities. Mossehead Lake is known for its scenic hiking trails and fantastic views of the fall colors from Mount Kineo. The area is a real outdoor experience.

Mother Nature's vibrant colors are becoming abundant. A weekend trip to western New York gives leaf seekers a view of her best work.

The scarlet, orange and golden yellow leaves of fall is one last look at beauty before winter hits.

The drive to New York offers fantastic views in itself, but getting off the highway and into the forests certainly offers a leaf adventure.

Just three hours from home, the areas of Chautauqua and Salamanca, New York offer brilliant colors and more.

This is a chance for you to get a behind the scenes look at some amazing Ice Age discoveries, but you have to act fast. 

Visitors are invited to go back in time to see what is known as Big Bone Mountain, the Ice Age Bones excavation. Travelers will have a chance October 2 through October 4 (2014) to observe the Indiana State Museum's expert paleontologists while they unearth the more than 40,000 year old bones hidden in cave crevices.

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.

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.
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