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Free Things to Do in Oslo Norway. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Fantastic Free Things to Do in Oslo Norway

Fantastic Free Things to Do in Oslo Norway The quantity and quality of free things to do in Oslo Norway impressed me during a quick visit after our recent Viking cruise. Yes, Oslo Norway is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Dining out is really expensive—$25 burgers are the norm. Put on your […]

Fun places to visit in Washington DC. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

8 Great Fun Places to Visit in Washington DC

Please enjoy this starter list of fun places to visit in Washington DC. Whether you visit Washington, DC often or seek fun places to visit in DC for your first trip there. While most visitors prioritize seeing the amazing museums and the National Mall (rightly so), there is so much more to see and do […]

seafood entree at Ember, L'Auberge Lake Charles. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel

Relaxed Luxury at L’Auberge Lake Charles

Relaxed Luxury at L’Auberge Lake Charles We stayed at L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana during the Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras celebrations and loved the relaxed luxury vibe. The property is cool, fun, and still has a new resort feel, as it completed a renovation in November 2015. L’Auberge Lake Charles earns a AAA Four Diamond designation with their […]

Breckenridge Brewing Colorado

Great Craft Beer Places to Celebrate in USA

The craft beer scene in the United States continues to rapidly grow. NPR reports over 5,300 US breweries currently exist and over 5,200 of them are craft beer places (in 2012 there were only 2,000 breweries). This article lists some great craft beer places around the United States. I include only one per state and some […]

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Places to stay in Victoria.

Luxury Lodging: Victoria Canada Hotels

On our recent trip to British Columbia, we stayed at four different Victoria Canada hotels. Each property exhibits its own distinct luxury travel characteristics. While I really enjoyed exploring vibrant Victoria and a little bit of natural Vancouver Island, I was struck by the fun variety of luxury lodging options in this part of British […]

surprising things to see in Nepal. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel

8 Great Surprising Things to See in Nepal

Traveling to Nepal last month was one of the coolest things I have done. I expected to see amazing mountains, trekking trails, and prayer flags but I did not really know what else to expect. Some surprising things to see in Nepal, I learned, included amazing sunsets, colorful vivid street art, and clever transportation and […]

great casual places to eat in Charlottesville Virginia

8 Great Casual Places to Eat in Charlottesville Virginia

There are certainly a variety of places to eat in Charlottesville, Virginia. The range of places to eat in Charlottesville range from typical fast food (and drive through) places to high end luxury fine dining restaurants with everything in between. This McCool Travel article lists some great casual places to eat in Charlottesville, hopefully helpful whether […]

places to visit near DC: Great Falls National Park.

Great Places to Visit Near DC

IPW 2017, sponsored by U.S. Travel Association, is a major travel conference occurring right now, in early June in Washington, DC. The IPW theme of “Bringing the World to America” is realized by bringing prominent international and US travel journalists (including ME!), destinations, and travel brands together. All of the visitors want to know, even if they do not know […]