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fun ways to see Tampa Florida: Bayshore Boulevard

5 Fun Ways to See Tampa Florida

Tampa really did surprise me. My prior visits to Tampa, mostly during Florida road trips, left me with the impression that Tampa had seen better days. Since Tampa recently received a downtown facelift with another $4 billion renovation project for the future, I wanted to explore the Big Guava (aka Cigar City) myself. Besides, several friends moved to the Tampa […]

Many fun Florida road trip stops are waiting to be explored and discovered. What are your favorites Florida road trip stops?

8 Great Fun Florida Road Trip Stops

Continuing the current theme of Florida Road Trips from a previous article (Road Trip Habits), here are some Florida road trip stops to entertain (and hopefully inform) you. Seeing Florida from smaller roads is much more fun than from the highways. 8 Great Fun Florida Road Trip Stops 1. Cemetery Humor Residents of Key West, locally called The Conch […]

Gainesville sign

Things to Do in Gainesville on a Florida Getaway Vacation

Gainesville Florida is surrounded by magnificent natural areas and is home to Florida’s most popular state school, fostering an artistic, entrepreneurial, and innovation spirit. USA’s third largest university also spearheaded the invention of Gatorade, which as you see, further supports and creates a creative environment. Visit Gainesville recently hosted Julie and I in order to discover […]

Road trip habits of happy travelers include enjoying the journey, knowing when to make and break rules, and finding great travel deals.

8 Great Road Trip Habits of Happy Travelers

Many road trips are just a means to arrive at a destination. Those type of road trips are not meant to be fun. Just long days of driving on the fastest route possible, stopping only for essential breaks and perhaps taking quick photos at state border signs. This article focuses on the other type of road trip, […]

things to do in Durham North Carolina. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Fantastic Things to Do in Durham North Carolina: Art, Baseball, Craft Beer, and More

Durham North Carolina inspires visitors and residents alike with a vibrant scene of arts, local cuisine and craft beverages, historic preservation and recognition. It is home to a top university, which adds a youthful vibe, but there are so many other things to do in Durham. Let’s go explore! Durham CVB recently hosted Julie and I […]

positive vibe in St. Croix

8 Great Things To Do in St. Croix

The variety and quality of cuisine really impressed me on my two visits to St. John (still one of my favorite places in the world). When I was invited to a culinary trip to its sister island of St. Croix, I could not say Yes fast enough. St. Croix is one of the three major US Virgin […]

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 […]

positive vibe in St. Croix

8 Great Places to Eat in St Croix

As one St. Croix local told me, “The only bad meal you will have on St. Croix is Wendy’s or McDonald’s.” Mr. Ames—the driver for our group of four travel writers—says there are many great places to eat in St. Croix and that his favorite is Chicken Shack (included below). St. Croix is relatively isolated, […]

DC food trucks. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel

8 Great Washington, DC Food Trucks

8 Great Washington, DC Food Trucks, first published 19 April 2017 A little over a year ago I completed a work assignment in Washington, DC. Every weekday I rode into the big city, did some work, and anticipated lunch. Working at Union Station, a magnificent building (go visit!), several quick bite places inside the building tempted me but almost […]