American Nomad Blog
About this blog
American Nomad covers the best of U.S. travel—from vacation deals to festivals, weekend getaways, travel tips, and more. A seasoned traveler and Moon author, Laura is the perfect guide to help discover new gems when traveling domestically.
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- One Novelist's Odyssey Across America
- Gearing up for a Family Camping Trip
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- Avoiding Identity Theft While on Vacation
- Money-Saving Travel Tips from Nomadic Matt
- Fashion, Fun, and Convenience for the Modern Traveler
- In Search of Irish Museums Across America
- The Inspiring Journey of a Solo Kayaker
- Getting Fit for Treks in Yosemite and Elsewhere, Part 2
- Getting Fit for Treks in Yosemite and Elsewhere, Part 1
- Experiencing Yosemite with YExplore
- Two Travel Contests Worth Mentioning
- A Word About the TSA's No-No List
- A Reader's Advice About Airport Security
Moon Authors' Helpful Tips for Various U.S. Destinations
I interrupt this week's regularly scheduled programming – that is, my ongoing “Middle Keys Escape” blog series – in order to share a small annoucement. Earlier today, I was informed that my latest author Q&A, meant to accompany the recently published Moon Florida Keys, is now live. Obviously intended to assist travelers to the Florida Keys – especially first-timers – this Q&A covers everything from must-see festivals, such as Hemingway Days, to the best place for a family-friendly vacation, namely the Marathon area, to the best restaurant for a special night out, which I humbly consider Pierre's Restaurant in Islamorada. Of course, my last Q&A explored a very different place – the Great Lakes State – and accompanied my Moon Michigan guide.
Of course, mine aren't the only author Q&A's currently available for domestic travelers. Those planning a trip to America's West Coast, for instance, will value Hollyanna McCollom's tips for enjoying Portland, Michael Cervin's advice about visiting Santa Barbara, Ericka Chickowski's take on San Diego, and Liz Hamill Scott's general knowledge of California. On the other hand, those headed to Texas and the American Southwest might appreciate Justin Marler's tips for getting the most out of Austin, Jonanna Widner's advice for exploring Dallas and Fort Worth, Mindy Sink's passion for Denver, Rick Garman's take on Las Vegas, and Jeff Ficker's view of Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Sedona.
Meanwhile, travelers bound for the Heartland and the Midwest can learn more about Kansas City from Katy Ryan, Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills from Laura Bidwell, and Michigan's Upper Peninsula from Josh Bishop. Naturally, East Coast travelers aren't left out either. After all, Moon.com features Hilary Nangle's advice on visiting coastal Maine, Dan Eldridge's tips for discovering Pittsburgh, Karrie Gavin's love of Philadelphia, Deborah Huso's tips for exploring the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, Jim Morekis's passion for the coastal Carolinas, and Tray Butler's fascination with Atlanta.
Still, that's just a taste of the author Q&A's on Moon.com – and additional ones are being added all the time – so be sure to check them out before planning your next vacation. Goodness knows, I've learned a lot from my fellow authors – and no doubt, you will, too. In fact, inspired by these author Q&A's, I plan to kick off a blog series next week that will highlight some of my favorite spots in the above-mentioned destinations, so stay tuned for that. Until then, however, I'll continue my Middle Keys series tomorrow – and remember, I'll consider any and all ideas for future posts, so keep them coming!
If you have any suggestions, burning questions, or destinations that you’d like me to explore in greater detail, please comment below or contact me via laura [at] wanderingsoles [dot] com.
Disclosure: While I occasionally accept free or discounted travel assistance when it coincides with my editorial goals, my opinion is never for sale, which means that everything written in my American Nomad blog and Moon travel guides is my unbiased reflection of the things that I see, do, and experience while traveling across the United States.
Photo of Hemingway Days © 2011 Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO / Text © 2011 Laura Martone