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Mike’s Road Trip is about discovering those hidden gems of the road and sharing them with other adventurous and discerning travelers.  You won’t find mediocrity or the ordinary on Mike’s Road Trip; these are the travels that create fond memories. Whether you live vicariously or by example, I’ll do the exploring so you can have an adventure.

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Cozy Cactus: Not fancy…just fabulous

Heading north on Hwy 179 toward Sedona, the landscape is similar to that of the drive from Phoenix.  However, just a few miles after you round a bend in the road, the landscape dramatically changes, revealing the first signs of Sedona’s awe-inspiring red rock formations.  As you enter Oak Creek Village, three...

SKY: luxurious Lappish cuisine with a view

On my last evening in the Lapland capital of Rovaniemi, I was looking for a really nice place to enjoy one last Lappish meal before my departure. I asked a number of the locals which restaurant they thought I should try; nearly all said, “SKY Restaurant.” SKY is located at the Ounasvaara...

Sampo Icebreaker cruise

While visiting Kemi, Finland in the northern part of the country, I had an opportunity to go on an extraordinary excursion…the Sampo Icebreaker cruise. The Sampo is the only icebreaker in the world dedicated as a tourist attraction. This mighty icebreaker takes passengers around the northern Gulf of Bothnia (part of the...

Alchemy turns food into fun fare

Located in the San Diego community of South Park (just east of downtown) is a neighborhood restaurant the locals rave about, so I had to check it out for myself. Alchemy is a casual and slightly eclectic place serving up some interesting culinary fare and craft cocktails. The focal point of the...

Arizona Renaissance Festival

The Arizona Renaissance Festival is is one of the largest such festivals in the nation. This year festival organizers are celebrating its 26th season, which runs from the beginning of February through the end of March. The 30-acre park is located just outside of Apache Junction, about 50 miles east of Phoenix. If...