Trip Talk Travel Podcast

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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The Gold Rush Era Still Lives in Bodie, CA

Posted on 04/17/2023

Bodie, California was booming in 1876 after discovery of an impressive vein of gold. The town however went into decline in subsequent decades and was known as a ghost town[…]

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Erika Nelson’s Favorite Revelations of Roadside America

Posted on 04/10/2023

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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40th Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2023

Posted on 04/03/2023

Our annual episode saluting The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival celebrates the 40th anniversary of a springtime festival that draws eager crowds from around the world. The event shows off Western[…]

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Making Your Automobile Road Trip Worthy

Posted on 03/27/2023

Observing the Do’s and Don’ts of getting your car, truck or SUV ready for a memorable trek aka The Big Road Trip is serious business. Karl Petry of the Garden[…]

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Phoenix Lights Still a Mystery After 26 Years

Posted on 03/20/2023

Phoenix, Arizona is famous as a sun-drenched metropolis with a stunning desert panorama under the gaze of Camelback Mountain and plentiful recreational and cultural attractions to offer. On March 13,[…]

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Hooray for Hollywood! It’s Oscars Time

Posted on 03/13/2023

The 95th Academy Awards will be presented on March 12, 2023, in a ceremony held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the Dolby Theatre in Los[…]

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The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee

Posted on 03/06/2023

March 3 is World Wildlife Day. We celebrate the occasion by exploring a haven for a majestic yet at-risk marvel of nature. The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee is the nation’s[…]

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Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory Tap Trail Returns

Posted on 02/27/2023

The revamped and newly relaunched Mt. Hood Territory Tap Trail celebrates Oregon Craft Beer Month throughout February, 2023. Mt. Hood Territory is a year-round adventure destination and the popular trail[…]

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Kitsch Me If You Can: Quirky Lodging in WA

Posted on 02/17/2023

Just as many people prefer to dine in unique restaurants, there are road-travelers who choose offbeat places to stay the night. Some of the more unusual digs can be found[…]

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On the Trail of The Sopranos

Posted on 02/13/2023

Jersey, baby! The Sopranos was filmed in Atlantic Beach, Belleville, Bloomfield, Clifton, East Brunswick, East Rutherford, Fort Lee, Garfield, Harrison, Kearny, Lincoln Tunnel, Lodi, Lyndhurst, Matarazzo’s Farm, New Jersey Turnpike,[…]

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What Potential Auto Buyers Need to Know

Posted on 02/06/2023

Why pay more or settle for less when negotiating the purchase of an automobile in 2023? What are the tricks and traps to avoid at the dealership or used car[…]

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Barrett-Jackson Car Auction Scottsdale 2023

Posted on 01/23/2023

The largest and longest auction of the year for Barrett-Jackson runs from January 21-29, 2023. Have the chance to explore the city of Scottsdale, the auction venue – the Westworld[…]

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Celebrating Iconic Animal Art of the PNW (Encore)

Posted on 01/13/2023

When “kitsch” first emerged, the prevalent view of art critics and historians was that gaudy roadside attractions were good for a laugh and a bit of banal gratification thanks to[…]

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Graceland, the Home of Elvis Presley (encore)

Posted on 01/09/2023

Elvis Presley, The King of Rock and Roll, left a great legacy of popular songs, hit movies and his beautiful sprawling home which is still a top tourist destination in[…]

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Cops and Doughnuts: Good Deeds Live On

Posted on 12/30/2022

There is a doughnut shop and bakery in Clare, Michigan that has been in constant operation since 1896. This heritage business was just weeks from closing when members of the[…]

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It’s A Wonderful Life in Seneca (Bedford) Falls!

Posted on 12/23/2022

Welcome to Seneca Falls, the Real Bedford Falls! Each year, the town celebrates It’s A Wonderful Life Festival the second weekend in December. But the Museum is open all year[…]

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Christmas Festivities Dazzle in Detroit

Posted on 12/19/2022

Christmas in Detroit takes a backseat to nobody as The Motor City rolls out a new vision of its wintry self year after year. The festive lights and artistic displays[…]

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On the Trail of Beloved Musical Greats

Posted on 12/13/2022

Have you made a pilgrimage to the heritage sites of your favorite musical performers? Lots of us have and will continue to make the trek to the birthplaces, homes, studios,[…]

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Puget Sound Holiday Lights Beckon You

Posted on 12/05/2022

Wherever you go around Puget Sound, a blaze of electric glory is close by and ready to enhance your enjoyment of the Season. Matt Shea scouted some of the best[…]

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Roadside Yuletide with Erika Nelson

Posted on 11/29/2022

Erika Nelson, when she is not gracing the American landscape with her popular art projects, curates the Worlds Largest Collection of the Worlds Smallest Versions of the Worlds Largest Things.[…]

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Fiery Colors and Pilgrim’s Pride in New England

Posted on 11/16/2022

Autumn in New England sets a table of natural splendor for modern pilgrims who find something close to heaven on the winding roads of a heritage region. Jamie Jensen has[…]

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Remembering Car Culture Heroes Lost in 2022

Posted on 11/07/2022

After many years of sharing their passion for style and performance with the world, some very bright lights of car culture have passed on in 2022. Their departure leaves a[…]

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Happy Halloween Haunts in Puget Sound 2022

Posted on 11/02/2022

For those who dare, the Halloween fright season has arrived! With it comes a plethora of choices for enjoying a darned good scare thanks to ghoulishly creative folks around Seattle[…]

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A Lake Michigan Mosaic

Posted on 10/25/2022

Meet author Fred Carlisle. His work, The Lake Effect, is grounded in personal experiences but moves to wider considerations that include the aesthetic, emotional, historic, economic, and social effects of[…]

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Grovers Mill, NJ and The War of the Worlds

Posted on 10/17/2022

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, where it was depicted as[…]

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Wil Lowe from Muscogee (Creek) Nation

Posted on 10/12/2022

We chat with Muscogee (Creek) National Council Speaker Wil Lowe about exciting places to visit in the tribe’s eleven-counties. From the Nation’s original capitol built in Indian Territory to exciting[…]

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Subterranean Wonderland at Luray Caverns

Posted on 10/10/2022

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

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Classy Cars of Classic TV (Encore)

Posted on 10/03/2022

Everyone has a favorite car from the sensational (or campy) days of television in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. The Batmobile, perhaps? How about that jalopy The Monkees drove around[…]

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