They say if bees die, we die. I headed over to and found this:
Any thoughts?

BUT, The Internet Tourist is not about bees. I’m traveling the web. At Quartz, I could not really find out what the site is about. News stories I guess. Some good ones, sure, but the net is full of good, and bad stories.

I don’t know if you can find there what you cannot find at google, yahoo, or Microsoft news.  Have a peek if you like. Find anything interesting, send it over. We’ll have a look/see.

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Pizza in Chicago

Before I board the train to Seattle, I had to try some Ipizza. I found the place! Goirdanos

This is a Pizza – and the can ship it to you.

From Amtrak: Traveling daily between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest along major portions of the Lewis and Clark trail, Amtrak’s Empire Builder provides the perfect way to experience the rugged splendor of the American West.

The mighty Empire Builder takes you on an exciting adventure through majestic wilderness, following the footsteps of early pioneers.

From Chicago, you’ll have magnificent views of the Mississippi and see the glowing night skyline of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Awake the next morning as you cross the North Dakota plains and travel over the spectacular Gassman Coulee Trestle. Skirting the Missouri, you’ll cross into the Big Sky country in Montana. Visit Glacier National Park during the Centennial celebration, and enjoy educational programs, art events and special activities commemorating the 100th anniversary of the park. From Spokane, you can continue on to Seattle or head down the Columbia River Gorge toward Portland for spectacular views of Mt. Hood and Beacon Rock.

46 Hours of rails. Now this is traveling.
The site is clean, fun to navigate and my mouth is watering.

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Illinois Central Station

When the City of New Orleans pulls into Illinois Central, I found a plethora of information from the South Loop Historical Society

If you like the history of old rail yards, this one is a great read with a couple of good photos that capture what the line was like in the not too distant past. I can almost hear some blues and I want to try a piece of Chicago Style pizza – to see if it is better than Dante’s (Smyrna).

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Good Morning, America. How Are Ya?

“Dealin’ cards with the old men in the club car
Penny a point ain’t no one keepin’ score
Pass the paper bag that holds the bottle
Feel the wheels grumblin’ ‘neath the floor
And the sons of Pullman porters, and the sons of engineers
Ride their father’s magic carpet made of steel
Mothers with their babes asleep, rockin’ to the gentle beat
And the rhythm of the rails is all they feel”Steve Goodman

A great site to travel to for more lyrics:

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City of New Orleans

On board the City of New Orleans heading to Chicago. I want to see the Northern Lights and the NOL be the second leg of the journey. The Amtrak website is a good one to visit if you want to plan your trip by train. Arlo Guthrie keeps playing in my head. I can’t wait til nightfall.

See the City of New Orleans!Preview Changes Photo courtesy of,12279,0,0,1,0 The Soul of America.

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Heading to the Lights of Alaska via America

I’ve made my choice to head to Alaska. How to get there. I’m not going to drive, though it would be grand. But I’m broke and have to get back to work sometime so . . . I am going to train across the us.

I selected Amtrak to start and am going to board the Crescent out of Atlanta to New Orleans.

Viewliner Accessible Bedroom:
Our Viewliner Accessible Bedroom is designed for easy access. The room can accommodate a maximum of three adults, but is best suited to two adults (one passenger with a mobility impairment and a companion). The room includes a sofa with seating for three, plus an upper and lower berth for sleeping. Upper and lower windows allow impressive sightseeing opportunities from both berths. A curtained window facing the aisle provides additional light when desired.

Once in the Big Easy, I am going to board the City of New Orleans and head north. Here Arlo sing my song City of New Orleans.

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Heading to the Northern Lights

Renee wants to go to see the Northern Lights.

I could not think of a better way to get there than by rail. Thanks to search engines, I found the Alaska Railroad. The site opens with a spectacular view of a train heading across the tundra and yes it is fantastic. They have a great FAQ page where I found info regarding depots and luggage and wheelchair access (for me). Pricing is not bad for a vacation and all have winter trips. I can’t to see which train I select and then where I will head to.

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I went to Arkansas’ State Parks today

My gosh, as soon as I arrived, I was stunned by the sheer beauty of their system of parks. Arkansas invited me in to their web with some of he highest quality photographs around. I watched their intro video without being bored, to the contrary, it was like traveling across the US in just a couple of minutes.
I enjoyed my vacation in Arkansas and give it 5 Stars! I will return.

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The Beginning: Packing my virtual suitcase

I probably won’t be able to visit many of the places I dream of going and perhaps the only way I will be able to visit is through the Internet.
When I visit your location, like a vacation, I will be able to review it, judge it for ease, accessibility, beauty, etc., everything I would do as a tourist. Except now, I am a virtual tourist. I can’t wait to visit . . .?

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