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Colonial Williamsburg

You don’t need a DeLorean to travel back in time! All it takes is a short carriage ride into Colonial Williamsburg to go back to the time of the American Revolution. Time period dress, dirt roads, and brick buildings all surround you while walking down main street.

This is where the founding fathers overthrew the British government and started the first assembly of elected representatives. Many of the laws that we have today were thought about and discussed in this city. How amazing is that?! To stand in a place like this, where such a significant piece of American history happened, is inspiring.

Take a moment to explore the historic buildings in Williamsburg; American patriotism is deep in every brick and every beam. At Colonial Williamsburg you can see the flags waving in the breeze, taste the period food, hear discussions about the Constitution, and march to authentic colonial snare drums. There is a sense of pride for our country felt throughout the city when you walk through the Governor’s Mansion and the House of Burgesses.

When you go, be sure to take a moment to appreciate the sights around you and feel the history that took place. Appreciate the great country we live in, and the sacrifice that took place before we became a nation.

From the desk of Maren Owen, a producer of Traveling with Eric Dowdle on BYU Radio.

Learn more about some of your favorite place with Eric, Wally and Autumn on Traveling with Eric Dowdle. Weekdays 11am-12pm ET except Tuesdays on BYU Radio (Sirius XM Channel 143).

Traveling to Newport Beach

Small town diners, waves crashing outside your window, feeling the sand between your toes, it all sounds pretty idyllic. And let’s face it- it is. Growing up with the beach in your backyard is a fantasy many little kids have. Especially when it’s Newport Beach that’s right next door. There’s always something going on from biking down the boardwalk to a local art exhibit. Newport has something for everyone.

Balboa Island is a favorite destination for many. All you have to do is take the ferry over and you’re just a short walk away from their famous Balboa Bars. It’s vanilla ice cream in the shape of a square, dipped in chocolate. You even have the choice of rolling it in nuts, Oreos, sprinkles, or anything else delicious! Thank goodness you can bike around afterwards…

If you happen to be there during the Christmas holiday, be sure to check out their famous boat parade. Every year yachts, boats, kayaks, and canoes are elaborately decorated and paraded around the harbor. It’s something you won’t want to miss.

Be sure to mark this town on your California “must visit” list. Relaxing on the beach alone speaks for itself! Take time to enjoy the beautiful views and a tasty treat.

From the desk of Maren Owen, a producer of Traveling with Eric Dowdle on BYU Radio.

Learn more about some of your favorite places with Eric, Wally and Autumn on Traveling with Eric Dowdle. Weekdays 11am-12pm ET except Tuesdays on BYU Radio (Sirius XM Channel 143).

Traveling to Rome, Italy

Many people have their own reason for going to Rome. Whether it’s the food, culture, history, or just to get out of town! For me, it’s for the art. You can’t miss it! From beautiful paintings to the architectural feat that is the Colosseum, Rome has something around every corner. Some of the world’s greatest masterpieces have either come from Rome or been completed by artists from Rome. From the Sistine Chapel to Caravaggio’s Calling of St. Matthew, art brings in thousands of visitors each year. Artists like Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini worked tirelessly to create pieces that we still enjoy today.

Standing in front of the Trevi Fountain is not only a photo op moment, but a chance to admire someone’s craftsmanship. To appreciate the time it took to carefully carve a delicate face out of stone, or to wait for the paint to dry on a figure’s robes. The fact that many of these works have been in Rome for hundreds of years and are still in top condition is amazing.

There is an art piece for everyone. You can be an expert on technique, someone who appreciates the story the artist is telling, or even pretend to be a gladiator inside it! It doesn’t really matter what you love about a piece, for me it’s a chance to appreciate the talents of others and admire beauty in art. So whatever your reason is to visit Rome, make sure that part of your trip is to see the art.

From the desk of Maren Owen, a producer of Traveling with Eric Dowdle on BYU Radio.

Learn more about some of your favorite places with Eric, Wally and Autumn on Traveling with Eric Dowdle. Weekdays 11am-12pm ET except Tuesdays on BYU Radio (Sirius XM Channel 143).

Traveling to Zion National Park

The world is full of beautiful landscapes, but for me there are few views more jaw dropping than Zion National Park. When you’re down in the canyon the colors jump out at you! Those reds, oranges, and greens…all standing out against the bright blue sky. At the park I’m always looking up which makes me think of other things I look up to. For example: people! Like many, I look up to my parents. Some may look up to their grandparents, a professor, an athlete, chef, author… it could be anyone really!

One of the popular things to do in the park is the hike up to Angel’s Landing. It’s a difficult hike with steep drop-offs and narrow paths. There’s even a chain you have to hold on to at one point! Once you get to the top though the view is reward enough. Now that you’re at the top, you get a different perspective. It made me look back on my own life and reflect on how I got to where I am. What challenges I went through and what shaped me into the person I am today. When I was going through these things it was difficult and I didn’t know why I was going through them. Looking back now though I see why I went through those things, just like the canyon had to endure the pressures of nature to be shaped into the beautiful Zion National Park.

Whatever your reason for visiting the park, you won’t be sorry. I have never been disappointed! I always leave the park a little sore and a little bit more grateful for the people in my life and for who I am- usually with some new self-improvement goals too.

Visit the park and take a moment to think of the people you look up to and to look back on your own life story!

From the desk of Maren Owen, a producer of Traveling with Eric Dowdle on BYU Radio.

Learn more about some of your favorite places with Eric, Wally and Autumn on Traveling with Eric Dowdle. Weekdays 11am-12pm ET except Tuesdays on BYU Radio (Sirius XM Channel 143).

Colorado

So I might be a little biased ... BUT for my blog about traveling I want to talk about the most amazing state in America (once again...bias) let’s get a drum roll... COLORADO! 

I’ve lived in Colorado since I was about 3 years old... basically my whole life and I couldn't ask for a better upbringing! Colorado is one of those places that makes you feel right at home. I could go on for days about it but here are a couple of things that I love about Colorado.

1. The Mile High City - Denver: This city is unlike any other city and it's not just because it is a mile about sea level. So many people that have come to visit me have observed and commented about how clean down town Denver is. We Coloradans take a lot of pride in how clean we keep our city. Not only that, the well-known "16th Street Mall" is a great place to go for shopping and to see what Downtown Denver has to offer. I went on a lot of dates here and this is PRIME dating spot.

2. The sports: This is a shout-out to all of you sports fans... I LOVE SPORTS. There is really nothing else to say about that. But what I can say is that we have Pro Hockey, Football, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, and Lacrosse teams. A lot of states can't say they have all these sports. And do you want to know something else? A lot of our teams are good.. I mean, come on... we have Peyton Manning on the Broncos and have a shot at the Super Bowl. Can you ask for anything more? I don't think so.

3. Boulder: This city deserves its’ own little description. It is a place unlike any other in the whole world. From hippies to well... hippies... this is the place to go to find "Peace and Love." Also, it’s one of the best places for Rock Climbing and hiking or just enjoying the nice and chill people.

4. The Mountains: Yes... we live near the Rocky Mountains. No matter where you are in Colorado you can look at the elegance of their silhouette and admire how beautiful they are. They make the best sunrises and sunsets, too. I know that I have never encountered prettier mountains than those in Colorado.

5. Last but not least- The PEOPLE: Coloradans are probably the nicest people I have ever met. They are willing to help, they understand what true beauty is, and they are active. Do you know why they are so happy? It's because they live in the best state in the world! 

Those are just a few of the things I love about the state. And, as I reminisce about my childhood, I realize that living in Colorado has shaped who I am. It’s helped me to admire nature and its beauty and encounter great friends that I will have forever. And, it gave me a safe childhood because Colorado likes to keep its people safe. I love Colorado and I encourage every single one of you that reads this to visit one day. You won't regret it... I promise you that! 

From the desk of Londyn Clawsona producer for Travelling with Eric Dowdle on BYU Radio.

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