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Chris Rodell has written over 1,000 travel features for the most prestigious print publications from back when that really meant something. Today he’s writing just for you.

From the posh to the idiosyncratic, this site is the travel companion to his wildly popular book, Use All The Crayons! The Colorful Guide to Simple Human Happiness,” described by Foreword Reviews as the “quirky and exuberant roadmap to finding joy all along life’s path.” Now, Rodell’s taking that euphoric ethos on the road, taking the most colorful stories from 20 years of writing for offbeat Americana travel (and beyond).

Stories here include what you’ll find if you take a peek in the Fort Knox-like lost ’n’ found at The Breakers Resort & Spa in Palm Beach, Florida, and why Darwin, Minnesota, is the town saved by a giant ball of twine. It’s about the Texas town where streets are named This Way, That Way and Which Way; and Point Roberts, Washington, the only town in America’s lower 48 where Americans need to twice display their international passports before being legally allowed to enter.

Rodell’s writing had been hailed for keen observation coupled with crackling wit. It’s all here, the travel website dedicated to depicting vibrant snapshots of why when it comes to colorful destinations, America’s forever using all the crayons!

Stories on this site originally appeared in Esquire, People, Maxim, The London Daily News, Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Pittsburgh Magazine, The St. Petersburg Times, Kingdom, The Dallas Morning News, Silver Kris, Outside, Cooking Light, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Herald, PetLife, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, National Enquirer, Stuff, Delta Sky, MSNBC, Inspirato, Men’s Health, The Toronto Globe & Mail, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Travel & Leisure, Golf, The San Diego Union Tribune, The Miami Herald, Details, Golf Connoisseur, The Providence Journal, America’s Best Travel Features, National Enquirer, Diversion, The Atlanta Constitution-Journal, Hemispheres, The San Antonio Express-News, The New Orleans Times Picayune, The South China Morning Post and other too numerous to name.

The stories to these links have already reached 97 million Earthlings. Thank you for taking the time to make it 97 million and 1!

- Chris Rodell, Feb. 2015


olorful Places
America from A to Z
  • Arkansas

  • Murfreesboro: Places treasure hunters can really dig

  • California

  • Beverly Hills: The Hotel Bel-Air
  • Colma: Town where dead outnumber the living
  • Gold Mountain: Nakoma a Sierra Nevada splendor
  • Hollywood: Hotel star gazing on Oscar night
  • Napa: Help Napa rebuild — drink more wine!
  • Napa: Ballooning over wine country

  • Florida

  • Everglades City: Blind Gator Wrestlers
  • Gibsonton: Home of the Circus Freaks
  • Palm Beach: The Breakers: Lost ’n’ Founds of the rich ’n’ famous
  • Palm Beach: Ficus fortresses protect monster mansions

  • Indiana

  • French Lick: Vintage baseball in historic resort
  • Santa Claus: All nice, no naughty
  • Santa Claus: Holiday World & RIP Will Koch

  • Maine

  • Bar Harbor: Soaring over fall foliage at 200 mph

  • Maryland

  • Baltimore: Lots of grins at Dental Museum
  • St. Michaels: Renting a mansion for the family vacation

  • Michigan

  • Dearborn: Edison’s last breath at Ford Museum
  • Hell: Places named for hot/cold stuff

  • Minnesota

  • Darwin: Town saved by giant ball of twine
  • Mille Lacs: Ice fishing phenomenon cool at Mille Lacs

  • Montana

  • Philipsburg: Montana town wants me! And you!

  • Nevada

  • Vegas: When Benny Binion bet on Vegas
  • Vegas: Dream racing the 5-minute Ferrari
  • Vegas: Curing Sin City hangovers
  • Vegas: Sacred places/Sin City
  • Vegas: Soaring above Vegas with Sky Combat Ace
  • Vegas: Stratosphere Skyjump with Playboy Playmate Claire Sinclaire
  • Vegas: Whale hunt in the desert
  • Vegas: IMINO (If Money Is No Object)

  • New Mexico

  • Anthony: Border town Leap Year Capital of the World
  • Taos: Born of blood Taos is all about art
  • New York

  • NYC: Any way you slice it, New York pizza often named Ray
  • NYC: Suggested slogans for the Big Apple
  • NYC: Great Manhattan hotel bars (& 5 dandy dives)
  • NYC: The Big Smoke, Manhattan cigar bars

  • North Carolina

  • Mt. Airy: Where the REAL Mayberry reigns

  • Ohio

  • Avon: Miss America stuck on Duct Tape Capital

  • Pennsylvania

  • Bedford Springs: Ghost in the glass at historic resort
  • Benezette: Pennsylvania elk drawing herds of tourists
  • Gettysburg: Marching on history with daughter, 12
  • Hershey: America needs more Hersheys (like Milton)
  • Indiana: Jimmy Stewart Museum details a "wonderful life" (like Milton)
  • Intercourse: Pennsylvania proud to have it
  • Kinzua: Skywalk’s 70-year-old stunt secret
  • Latrobe: Arnold Palmer’s hometown fit for The King
  • Mars: Mars, Pa., is surprisingly down to Earth
  • Philadelphia: Ben Franklin at 300
  • Philadelphia: Moshulu restaurant a history-rich delight
  • Pittsburgh: America’s cartoon museum
  • Pittsburgh: National Geographic names city one of world’s best
  • Pittsburgh: Fairmont hotels going to the dogs
  • Pittsburgh: Bridge capital of the world
  • Shanksville: Flight 93 Memorial where souls still soar
  • York: America’s Waist Basket

  • Tennessee

  • Nashville: Gruhn Guitar where rock gods shop

  • Texas

  • Austin: Zilker Park Kite Festival
  • Lake Jackson: America’s most confusing town
  • San Antonio: Ozzy/Alamo story mostly all wet

  • Virginia

  • Manassas: Ghosts and ghostings in haunted Virginiat
  • Wintergreen: Manly pedicures at Wintergreen Resort

  • Washington

  • Bellingham: Seaside bar home to multiple serial killers
  • Mt. Rainer: Historic park in good hands with star volunteers
  • Point Roberts: America’s most exclusive gated community

  • West Virginia

  • Fayetteville: Bridge Walk at New River Gorge

  • Wisconsin

  • Lake Geneva: Where mail delivery a spectator sport

Beyond All The Borders
Overseas (and Elsewhere)