Mobile games can are a great ways to make air travel and days at sea just cruise by. We decided to pick a few games that you should consider loading on your phone or ipad before your next trip.
A great new game released by Dig-iT! Games on the App store has you wondering which way is up as you play. The genre is a relaxing puzzle game, according to the developers, that was recently previewed at the MAGFest Indie Video Game showcase. The fairytale environments have all the trimmings with a princess trying to regain her title as Queen of Roterra while her evil brother throws challenging puzzles and evil knights to block her path. We got to play some levels and watch others at MAGFest and were amazed by the polish and progressive challenge in this game. This game is great for the whole family with a 4+ age rating on the App Store. If you liked Monument Valley and the Go series games (Lara Croft Go) then you will feel right at home with this new game from Dig-iT! Games. Roterra is currently available on the AppStore and has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. It is premium game where you pay once and there are not ads.
A puzzle game by Game Revenant on the App store and Google Play has you playing in the shadows to solve the puzzle to progress forward. The graphics and unique use of shadows in the game caught our interest and game play provided a good balance of progression for the puzzle. Our ony surprise in this game was the mild violence in the cut scenes. You can be the judge on family use but the rating is 12+ on the App Store. Where Shadows Slumber is available for sale on the App Store and Google Play with 4.4 out of 5 stars. This is also a premium game.
When Apple made this game of the year in 2018 it is is a pretty sure bet that everyone will be able to find some fun in this puzzle game. Yes another puzzle game, but who doesn't like puzzles. These are the perfect types of games for short escapes that are perfect for passing time - just think flight delayed. In this game you play as an every growing hole in the ground where you consume characters and loot(trash) along the way. Not sure about playing as a hole. Well the reality is your are a Racoon that is controllig the hole. This is a great game for anyone in the family. Donut County is a premium title available on the App Store.
Make your winter holiday visit to Washington D.C. special at the U.S. Botanic Garden exhibit. The holiday season elevates this local attraction to a top thing to do in DC with it's amazing train and model exhibit. This year it is all about train stations from around the country vs the 2017 display features model trains traveling through an exhibit of roadside attratctions from around the country with each state represented. Fair warning that this is a busy exhibit, typically with lines and parking in the area over the holidays is very limited. This is a great family excursion exploring the 50 state road side attraction while trains whistle by and Thomas the tank engine chugs along its tracks.
Tradtional Season's Greetings includes pine trees and pine wreaths but get ready for something unique. Your visit to the Botanic Gardens will deliver you an architecutral experience of how plant materials are used to build the models of many of the Washington D.C. landmarks. There are twelve plant-based model in the 2017 exhibit that incorporate materials such as corriander seeds, willow sticks, pine cone scales and over 70 more plant materials. It would be a great eye spy game to try and find each and every plant material used on the models. This is painstaking work with U.S. Capitol builidng taking over 600 hours to construct but what an amazing sight. Models on exhibit this year are include the following:
Albert Einstein Memorial
The 2018 hoilday exhibit feature train stations from around the country which is so appropriate because there are trains. You can read more about this years exhibit here.
Biltmore Depot North Carolina 1896
Cannondale Metro-North Railroad Station Connecticut 1852
Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal New Jersey 1889
Chattanooga Train Shed Tennesse 1859
Cincinnati Union Terminal Ohio 1933
Citrus Train and Citrus Groves Diorama Florida 1925
Dinosaur Depot -- --
East Glacier Park Station Montana 1912
Ellicott City Station Maryland 1830
Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station Pennsylvania 1859
Grain Elevator Minnesota --
Grain Fields Kansas --
Grand Canyon Depot Arizona 1910
Grand Central Terminal New York 1871
Kirkwood Missouri Pacific Station Missouri 1839
Lahaina Station Hawaii 1970
Los Angeles Union Station California 1939
Michigan Central Station Michigan 1913
North Bennington Depot Vermont 1880
North Pole Station -- --
Peanut Farms Alabama --
Pennsylvania Station (interior) New York 1910
Pikes Peak Cog Railway Colorado 1891
Point of Rocks Station Maryland 1860s
Salt Lake City Union Pacific Depot Utah 1909
Santa Fe Depot California 1887
Santa Fe Depot Oklahoma 1928
Union Station Washington 1910
Union Station D.C. 1907
Viaduct Train Hotel Maryland 1873
Vicksburg Train Barge Mississippi 1907
There are more than 40 roadside exhibits at the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory this year expressing America's love for the automobile. If you are a Route 66 enthusiast you will recognize many of the attractions. But there is so much more like the first on the list below that honors one of the most destructive pest ever on U.S. soil.
Boll Weevil Monument Alabama
Cadillac Ranch Texas
Coffee Pot and Cup Water Towers Iowa
Coney Island Hot Dog Stand Colorado
Corn Palace South Dakota
Dinosaur Park Dinosaurs South Dakota
Earn of Corn Water Tower Minnesota
Elwood, The World’s Tallest Concrete Gnome Iowa
Golden Driller Statue Oklahoma
Hollywood Sign California
Jimmy Carter Peanut Statue Georgia
Jolly Green Giant Statue Minnesota
Leaning Tower of Niles Illinois
Lucy the Elephant New Jersey
Mr. Potato Head Statue Rhode Island
Mt. Rushmore South Dakota
Niagara Falls and Maid of the Mist Boat New York
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox Minnesota
Peachoid Water Tower South Carolina, Alabama
Pineapple Water Tower Hawaii
Randy’s Donuts California
Route 66 Diner New Mexico
Santa Monica Pier California
Sapp Bros. Coffee Pot Water Tower Nebraska
See Rock City Barn Tennessee
Spoonbridge and Cherry Minnesota
Teapot Dome Gas Station Washington
The Big Chair Washington, D.C.
The Big Duck New York
The Blue Whale Oklahoma
Twistee Treat Florida, Texas, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois
Volkswagen Beetle Spider Iowa, Alabama, California, Nevada, Idaho, Pennsylvania
Watermelon Water Tower Texas
Wawona Tree Tunneled Sequoia California
“Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign Nevada
Willis Tower (aka Sears Tower) Illinois
World’s Largest Basket Ohio
World’s Largest Bat Kentucky
World’s Largest Chili Pepper New Mexico
World’s Largest Pecan Texas
World’s Largest Pistachio New Mexico
Austin Texas is a perfect long weekend getaway with over 200 live music venues, awesome food, tons of entertainment, and many unique landmarks. This capital city in Texas is a top destination for music lovers, foodies and those looking for a fun and funky city for a getaway. Many compare it to Portland, Oregon, so if you are looking for that vibe, a trip to Austin might be a good choice for you. Four days is barely enough to scratch the surface of this live music capital of the world. We tried cramming in as much as we could on a walking tour of the city in just four days, using an occasional Uber ride here and there to save time and our feet. This video best captures the essence of what Austin is all about - live music.
Looking for an American West getaway, full of classic western scenery with red rocks, high deserts, Rocky Mountain peaks, with dozens of attractions and activities to enjoy nature, adventure, culture and much more? Then Colorado Springs, Colorado, has it all; anything and everything you could possibly want to satisfy your wanderlust for a vacation in the western USA.
Colorado Springs, situated at the base of America's famous mountain, Pikes Peak with the magnificent red rock formations of Garden of the Gods in its shadow, offers so many ways to enjoy the impressive landscape and experience the history of this region. If all you have is a few days and want to escape to a stunning western location in one concentrated area with a huge variety of activities that will satisfy all your interests, then this is the place to go, right in the middle of the USA. Here's a look at the best things to see over three days in Colorado Springs, although a week or a lifetime would be better.
There are many awe-inspiring memorials to visit if you are planning a trip to Washington DC. This photo tour can be your guide to planning which memorials to see on your visit. Several are located along the National Mall and Memorial Parks route and easily walkable, while some are just over the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia, just a short distance away. The parks are open 24 hours a day, and it's best to visit during the early mornings or evenings to enjoy the tranquillity of the setting without the crowds
Vacation in grand style at The Greenbrier resort in the beautiful Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. This magnificent resort, also referred to as America's Resort, is a National Historic Landmark that has been welcoming guests since 1778. Presidents, royalty, dignitaries and other luminaries have visited this resort over the years. It boasts 11,000 acres of luxurious accommodations and endless activities. The video will give you a flavor of the grandeur of this huge white hotel, that at first glance looks like The White House.
The High Desert Museum is on of a few tourist activites one can explore in and around Bend Oregon. Outdoor activities takes top billing in the Deschutes National Forest area but this museum rich in early pioneer and later living in Oregon is worth a look. This photo essay provides over 20 reasons one shoud consider a visit to this museum. Founded in the 1980's it has been serving experiences to travelers every year.
Planning a trip to Bend, Oregon, should include a trip to the High Desert Museum. What better way to spend a day after some great hikes in the local area over a few days? Isn't it time to put up your feet for a bit and explore some early American culture. The High Desert Museum in Bend is a great place to take the family to explore some history in 135 acres of high desert country. Explore this travel video on this Oregon attraction created from photos we captured during our visit to help you decide if the museum should be part of your planned itinerary.