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Pining for Adventure

Summer may be a few months away, but I've already started thinking about vacation. I'm not one to create and stick to a strict itinerary, but I do want start making plans while I can still get a good price on tickets. I've spent several years saving for vacation, so I really want this trip to be great. Do I want to spend a week backpacking in Yosemite? But then, it sounds awfully appealing to sit on a beach somewhere for a week and read. Should I drive through the South, visiting historic sites and the homes of some of my favorite authors? Maybe I should kick it in Oregon's wine country. Maybe I'll throw a dart at a map and see where it lands! While I'm busy daydreaming about my vacation and trying to figure out where to go, here are some ideas to get you started on your dream vacation.

National Parks:

State and national parks are a great way to vacation when you're on a budget. South Carolina has some gems, but what about Canaveral National Seashore in Florida or Kings Canyon National Park in California?

Radical Rambling Reader:

Thomas Wolfe and Carl Sandburg both lived close to Asheville, NC. Philadelphia was home to a host of writers. Salinas, CA was John Steinbeck's childhood home and served as a setting for more than one of his novels. Bonus: It's a stone's throw from Monterey Bay. Go on an adventure fit for a rambler and write about it later.

Frugal Families:

Look, I get it, theme parks are fun. But there are lots of other great vacations for families. Maybe a museum tour suits your budding archeologist or historian. Perhaps you want to go on one last trip with your son before he leaves for college. If your family has a membership to one of Columbia's fantastic museums, use those reciprocity agreements to get reduced (or free!) admission to institutions around the country.

No matter what you decide to do for vacation, Richland Library has lots of resources available to help. If you're traveling internationally, check out Mango Language, and be sure to check out the books below.


Alexis Says: A complete guide to all of the sites administered by the National Park Service.
Amazon Says: This completely updated guide is the ultimate tool for planning the perfect trip to one or more of America's 391 magnificent national parks. Focusing on the most trafficked pa more...
Amazon Says: This completely updated guide is the ultimate tool for planning the perfect trip to one or more of America's 391 magnificent national parks. Focusing on the most trafficked parks as well as the lesser-known gems, this guide includes seashores, trails, wild and scenic rivers, battlefields, and historic sites. Reviewed by the park rangers themselves, this is also the only guide officially endorsed by the National Park Foundation. Coverage includes: - All 391 sites under National Park Service jurisdiction, including three newcomers to the National Park system: African Burial Ground Designation National Monument in New York; Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site in Washington, D.C.; and Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site in Colorado - Detailed regional maps and visitor information for effortless orientation and planning - Selected reviews of what to see and do and where to camp and stay - Tips on where to find food and supplies - Advice on when to go and how to get there less...
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Alexis Says: Want to see where your favorite authors lived? This guide will get you there.
Amazon Says: Readers and travelers are guided to more than 200 homes and historic sites of America’s greatest writers—from the Jack London Ranch in northern California to William Faulk more...
Amazon Says: Readers and travelers are guided to more than 200 homes and historic sites of America’s greatest writers—from the Jack London Ranch in northern California to William Faulkner’s home in Oxford, Mississippi. Clear driving directions and visitor instructions are combined with unique tidbits about each site and author, such as the story of Jack London’s custom-made furniture and the roll top desk and Dictaphone on display in his study. Literary enthusiasts are guided to the site of Thoreau’s bean field, where they can poke around an exact replica of his cabin. They can drop in on Margaret Mitchell’s recently restored Atlanta apartment or visit John Steinbeck’s haunts in the cozy California seaside town of Pacific Grove. This family-oriented, user-friendly guide teaches literary folk about writers' work, their philosophies, and the forces that compelled them to write. All 50 states are represented, and the literary sites are divided by geographic regions. less...
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Alexis Says: A guide for families on a budget.
Amazon Says: Taking a fun family vacation doesn't have to break the bank, as proven by veteran travel writer Kelly Merritt. Inside, she offers no shortage of creative ways to plan affordab more...
Amazon Says: Taking a fun family vacation doesn't have to break the bank, as proven by veteran travel writer Kelly Merritt. Inside, she offers no shortage of creative ways to plan affordable trips! Visit popular sites at off-peak times with your children . . . travel off the beaten path for an eye-opening experience . . . and discover historic sites, scenic areas, and fun-filled attractions right in your own backyard! Featuring hundreds of unique, family-friendly trip ideas such as: Camping (from the mountains to our national parks)Adventure travelWater and island vacationsAll-inclusive resorts and cruisesEducational vacations (eco, historical, cooking, and more)European tours-and beyond! The Everything Family Guide to Budget Travel helps you make the most affordable decisions about lodging, food, and tourist attractions. This easy-to-use guide is an invaluable tool, you won't want to travel without! less...
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