Susan’s Travelogues

Northern Word TraveloguesEach Northern Word travelogue contains tons of photography, tips, and essays about popular destinations in the United States and abroad, told from the perspective of a real traveler on a real trip in real time.

Guidebooks give you endless reviews of hotels you may never visit, but often spend less time on what the destination actually looks like – and why you might want to go in the first place.  Go head, take a little vacation from your desk.

Small St. Martin Caribbean photo

United States

Europe & Caribbean

The Black Hills Travelogue
A two week trip through the Black Hills of South Dakota.  An excellent resource for trip planners or just a virtual escape on a rainy day.  The Black Hills is an unusually rich and isolated vacation destination, with something to please just about everyone: mountain climbing, hiking, swimming, spelunking, wildlife-watching, even a little shopping.  Just like going there, except quicker.

Road Trip: Northeastern Iowa
A weekend road trip from the Twin Cities to beautiful Northeastern Iowa where wild Mississippi landscapes abound and fall color was at its peak.

The Great Southwest Road Trip
Three week driving tour of the Southwestern United States, including Santa Fe, Taos, the San Juan Skyway in Colorado, Mesa Verde, Navajoland and Canyon de Chelly, Albuquerque, and Carlsbad Caverns.

California Redwoods Travel Itinerary
A proposed itinerary for visitors to California’s Redwood Empire, where I went to high school. Oriented toward the out of town visitor, there are two options, one involving San Francisco, one going directly to the North Coast. Both offer you a vacation far out of the American ordinary, and a thousand miles from Los Angeles.

A Week in Rome
One week in the Eternal City. Vivid photographs of major attractions and unexpected pleasures, and tips on what not to miss. Includes one day in Florence. This was the trip of a lifetime and is presented here in chronological order.Columns just after sunset near the Colosseum in Rome, Italy.Caribbean Island Hopping
Vist St. Kitts, St. Martin, Dominica, and more as the Caribbean section continues to grow. Lush landscapes, colorful architecture, and adventures on the back roads.