Trip Talk Travel Podcast

Welcome to the Dark Sky City of Flagstaff, AZ

Posted on 04/15/2024

Flagstaff, AZ was named the world’s first International Dark Sky City by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) on October 24, 2001. Skywatchers are always welcome here and so are Astrotourism[…]

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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2024

Posted on 04/08/2024

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival celebrates the glory of Spring and the abundant splendor of Mother Nature from April 1st to April 30th, 2024. In this episode, Matt Shea provides[…]

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Best Places to View the Total Solar Eclipse April 8, 2024

Posted on 04/01/2024

The Total Solar Eclipse of April 8, 2024 is approaching fast and Jamie Jensen, who is celebrating publication of the 10th Edition of his Road Trip USA travel guide, joins[…]

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American Luxury: Henry M. Leland, Founder of Cadillac and Lincoln

Posted on 03/25/2024

Henry Martyn Leland was an American machinist, inventor, engineer, and automotive entrepreneur. He founded the two premier American luxury automotive marques, Cadillac and Lincoln. His motto was, “Craftsmanship a creed,[…]

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Inappropriation on the American Road

Posted on 03/18/2024

Erika Nelson joins us to recount a pop-up show at TeePee Junction in Lawrence, Kansas. Erika responded to the “Hillbilly Halfwit”, Armando Minjarez responded to “La Salsa Man”, and Mona[…]

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Adventure Drives for When Spring Arrives

Posted on 03/11/2024

Mark Greene of Cars Yeah says, “For me an adventure drive is when you go off the freeway and onto the back roads, or no roads, out into the wilderness.[…]

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Small Town Charm in the Evergreen State

Posted on 03/04/2024

Washington State has more than her fair share of small towns with plenty of charm to lure visitors away from the city life of Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma et al as[…]

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Sundown on the Mother Road (Encore)

Posted on 02/26/2024

Route 66 is a long story that is still being told. The glory of The Mother Road endures with a resilience underscored by her responsiveness to movements of not only[…]

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Seaside Aquarium in Beautiful Seaside, Oregon

Posted on 02/19/2024

Seaside Aquarium is one of the oldest aquariums on the West Coast. Founded in 1937, the aquarium is privately owned and the descendants of some of the founders still are[…]

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When Beatlemania Came to America

Posted on 02/12/2024

On February 9, 1964, The Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show and on that electrifying night, Beatlemania swept across America. Geoffrey Mark is our guest for[…]

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From Phoenix to Vermont and Back With Jessica Dunham

Posted on 02/06/2024

Travel author Jessica Dunham has driven from Phoenix to Vermont and back again six times; the people and places she has had the privilege of experiencing are treasured memories. In[…]

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Nevada-Arizona Adventure with Jamie Jensen

Posted on 01/30/2024

A road trip from southern Nevada to Arizona (or vice-versa) will bring spectacular desert vistas and stunning historic places into view. Hoover Dam and Laughlin in Nevada; Bullhead City, Arizona[…]

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Edsel, Etc. Woulda Coulda Shoulda Cars

Posted on 01/23/2024

They seemed like a great idea at the time: cars that were produced with big ambitions in mind but that failed to win over the public while others went through[…]

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Vintage Cafes in Western Washington

Posted on 01/16/2024

Western Washington is home to many vintage venues for dining and socializing that proudly maintain their links to the past. Matt Shea is back with first-hand experiences to share about[…]

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Muskegon Museum of Art in Michigan

Posted on 01/09/2024

The Muskegon Museum of Art, founded on a tradition of aesthetic excellence, is committed to fostering the life-long study and appreciation of the visual arts. We visit with Art Martin,[…]

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Revel in a Wonderland at Bear Lake

Posted on 01/03/2024

The Bear Lake Valley is a recreational paradise! Bear Lake on the Idaho-Utah border is often called “Caribbean of the Rockies” for its intense turquoise blue water. Jet ski, go[…]

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In Memoriam of Automotive Luminaries 2023

Posted on 01/03/2024

In this episode, Mark Greene joins us to memorialize several highly esteemed gentlemen of the automotive world who passed away in 2023. Each leaves a beautiful legacy and all will[…]

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Natural Wonder in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho

Posted on 12/21/2023

In this episode, we talk with Destiny Egley, an authority on Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. The city has become a popular resort location, noted for its numerous hot springs suitable[…]

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Looking a Lot Like Christmas with Jessica Dunham

Posted on 12/11/2023

Across America, Holiday celebrations are in full swing. Road trip expert Jessica Dunham joins us to talk about notable places where Christmastime is happening spectacularly with unique experiences to offer.

Western Washington Holiday Lights Abound

Posted on 12/04/2023

Happy Holidays! The lights burn brightest this time of year in and around Puget Sound in brilliant creative celebration of the Season. Our roving correspondent Matt Shea has the story[…]

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The First Thanksgiving

Posted on 11/27/2023

The holiday feast dates back to November 1621, when the newly arrived Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians gathered at Plymouth for an autumn harvest celebration, an event regarded as America’s[…]

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Perfect Day Michigan with Amy S. Eckert

Posted on 11/20/2023

Amy S. Eckert returns with a survey of her new book, Perfect Day Michigan. She shares highlights of destinations across the state in answer to the question: how should we[…]

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Two-Lane Pilgrim’s Pride in New England

Posted on 11/06/2023

Autumn in New England is a fiery presage of Winter, a spectacular display of Mother Nature in all her seasonal glory. Jamie Jensen has driven the two-road path to Northeast[…]

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Santee Cooper Country and Clarendon Co. SC

Posted on 10/30/2023

Santee Cooper Country and nearby Clarendon County in South Carolina offer all the rich history, natural beauty and outdoor activities anybody could want. Even Hollywood has discovered the region! Local[…]

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Grovers Mill and The Night That Panicked America

Posted on 10/23/2023

The tiny community of Grovers Mill, New Jersey was made famous by Orson Welles’ October 30, 1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds, depicted as the first landing[…]

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Leslie Rule and Haunted In America

Posted on 10/16/2023

Leslie Rule for decades has been a chronicler of ghost stories and related phenomena as experienced at American locations from coast to coast. She joins us (on Friday the 13th[…]

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50 Best USA Road Trips with Jessica Dunham

Posted on 10/09/2023

Meet Jessica Dunham. She is an expert on American road-tripping from Route 66 to a plethora of other routes across the nation. Just released is her updated version of The[…]

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Getaway Adventure in Michigan

Posted on 10/02/2023

Detroit native and travel writer Amy S. Eckert packed up the bare essentials and headed to the U.P. Her trek to the wondrously wooded region in Michigan, bounded by three[…]

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Halloween Season Comes Early to Seattle

Posted on 09/25/2023

In the Emerald City and environs, dreary turns to eerie if you know where to look in Autumn. With so much to entice (and scare) you in the works, it’s[…]

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Erika Nelson’s Favorite Roadside Revelations (Encore)

Posted on 09/18/2023

We visit once again with our friend Erika Nelson, creator and curator of the World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things Traveling Roadside Attraction[…]

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Power and Style at Pebble Beach and Monterey Car Week

Posted on 09/11/2023

2023 Pebble Beach and Monterey Car Week has done it again! Each year, the gala is considered by many to be the most memorable car gathering in the world, offering[…]

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Route 66 Festival in Springfield, Illinois

Posted on 09/05/2023

The 22nd Annual Route 66 Mother Road Festival is September 22-24, 2023. The cars, the music, the fun and nostalgia that Route 66 has brought to generations will return for[…]

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Two-Lane Fun in Florida Awaits You (Encore)

Posted on 08/28/2023

The wild, rustic and sometimes offbeat beauty of the Sunshine State is yours to enjoy along the system of two-lane roads that have helped to shape the destiny of Florida.[…]

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Welcome to the Dark Sky City of Flagstaff, AZ

Posted on 08/21/2023

Flagstaff was named the world’s first International Dark Sky City by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) on October 24, 2001. Skywatchers are always welcome here and so are Astrotourism aficionados.[…]

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BOOP! The Musical

Posted on 08/14/2023

Betty Boop inspires fans around the world with her looks, voice, and style. Now, in BOOP! The Musical, Betty’s dream of a day off from the super-celebrity in her black-and-white[…]

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Abbott and Costello Honored at The Hollywood Museum

Posted on 08/07/2023

Abbott and Costello are receiving their rightful due at The Hollywood Museum with a new exhibit which opened to the public on Friday July 21, 2023. The display features original[…]

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Luray Caverns in Shenandoah Valley, VA

Posted on 07/31/2023

In the pristine Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, near a National Park, Luray Caverns invites you to explore beneath the tableau of beauty and discover the largest and most popular caverns[…]

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Charleston Museum in SC Celebrates 250 Years

Posted on 07/24/2023

Founded in 1773, The Charleston Museum, America’s First Museum, has been discovering, preserving, interpreting, celebrating, and sharing ever since. The collections, exhibitions, educational programs, and events are designed to inspire[…]

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Stay and Play in Port Angeles, WA

Posted on 07/17/2023

Port Angeles, Washington is the Gateway to Olympic National Park and a destination in its own right; one that includes other natural wonders and recreational opportunities plus the rustic allure[…]

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Antique Adventure at WAAAM in Hood River

Posted on 07/10/2023

The WAAAM Air & Auto Museum has one of the largest collections of still-flying antique aeroplanes and still-driving antique automobiles in the country. The items on display at this museum[…]

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Green Book and Sundown on the Mother Road

Posted on 06/30/2023

Route 66 is a long story that is still being told. The glory of The Mother Road endures with a resilience underscored by her responsiveness to movements of not only[…]

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On the Western Trail of Bigfoot Museums

Posted on 06/26/2023

Bigfoot may be ever-elusive but as Sasquatch researcher and balladeer Tom Yamarone can attest, museums dedicated to the subject are dotted around America and not hard to find if you[…]

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Gen X to Gen Z: Car Culture Looks Beyond the Boomers

Posted on 06/19/2023

Move over, Boomers! In American auto culture, the trend toward younger enthusiasts with upwardly mobile careers and a taste for the finer things in life has become increasingly evident. Mark[…]

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Springfield Shines in the Land of Lincoln

Posted on 06/12/2023

Summertime is prime time for Springfield, Illinois. The heart of the Land of Lincoln beats with an exciting patriotic vibe. Museums, Lincoln historic sites and numerous special events create a[…]

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The Lake Effect

Posted on 06/05/2023

This edition features Fred Carlisle, author of The Lake Effect, a memoir grounded in his personal experiences yet one that wades into wider considerations including aesthetic, emotional, historic, economic, and[…]

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Memorial Day Weekend in Puget Sound

Posted on 05/26/2023

In honor of those countless Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice in wartime, this episode offers places to visit where selfless valor is memorialized in beautiful ways. Our correspondent Matt[…]

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Wine Trail Wows in Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory

Posted on 05/22/2023

Jarrod Lyman returns with news of The Mt. Hood Territory Wine Trail, a FREE mobile passport that guides you through the idyllic family-owned wineries of Clackamas County. Check in as[…]

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Silver State Surprises: Road-tripping in Nevada

Posted on 05/15/2023

In this episode, Tracie Barnthouse of Travel Nevada has lots to say about road tripping through the Silver State. There are 10 branded road trips that cross the state in[…]

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Things to See When the Sun is Out in Seattle

Posted on 05/08/2023

Harriet Baskas is back with more entries from her book, 111 Places In Seattle That You Must Not Miss. Seattle is a natural wonder unto itself with lots of beautiful[…]

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Steering Your Way Through the Car Market

Posted on 05/01/2023

Mark Greene of CarsYeah fame resolved to part with his beloved “Orange Crush” and in the process, discovered little-known insights into today’s hot automotive market. He has lots to share[…]

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Beautiful Blue Ridge and Appalachian Virginia

Posted on 04/25/2023

The gentle rolling hills of Virginia are a beacon for Country Music fans and musicians alike. The Blue Ridge and Appalachian region beckons all who seek out the roots and[…]

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