Breweries: 9 Outstanding Brewpubs

Beer is recognized as one of the world’s oldest beverages. Starting with the cultivation of cereals, breweries and beer have been part of the world’s cultures and social gatherings for thousands of years. In fact, rules for brewing beer are part of the 2000 year old Babylonian Code of Hammurabi: one of the oldest written set of laws ever discovered. Today, the world’s oldest operating brewery is the Weihenstephan Abbey in Bavaria, run by Benedictine monks since 720.

To celebrate this important part of the human experience, we at Trover have selected a few choice spots in the United States for you to celebrate. Each brewery has a unique approach that highlights the rich cultural heritage and delicious tastes of craft beer. Take a look at the below brewpubs that are located from Tampa to Tempe. Bottoms up!

1. Goose Island, Chicago, IL

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Photo by Barney Harford.

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7 Fake European Towns That Won’t Break the Bank

So you want to go to Europe but don’t quite have the time or money to make it over? Believe it or not, you’re in luck! Hundreds of places around the world have been inspired by the architecture and culture of major European cities. Some have even gone so far as to replicate the original.

If authenticity doesn’t matter to you as much as budget, you may just find the European escape of your dreams right in your own backyard. Here are 7 of our favorite Fake European Towns That Won’t Break the Bank:

1. Solvang, California

Nicknamed the “Danish Capital of America,” this Santa Barbara-area town was founded in 1911 by a group of Danes who wanted to establish a Danish colony outside of the cold Midwest. The town features Danish bakeries, shops and restaurants, and a replica of the famous Little Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen.

Trover photo by The Snowmads

 

2. Thames Valley Khao Yai in Ban Mu Si, Thailand

This unique hotel in the lush Khao Yai region of Thailand was designed to resemble an English countryside village along the River Thames corridor, complete with tea rooms and traditional English pubs.

Trover photo by Nita Gulati

 

3. Frankenmuth, Michigan

Nicknamed “Little Bavaria,” this Michigan town is home to many Bavarian-themed shops and restaurants, as well as Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, a 7-acre store billed as the “World’s Largest Christmas Store.”

Trover photo by Marisa Heilman

 

4. Leavenworth, Washington

This formerly sleepy railroad town in central Washington was transformed into a mock Bavarian village in 1962 and is now home to a popular Oktoberfest celebration and the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, which houses more than 5,000 nutcrackers!

Trover photo by Michelle Finseth

 

5. Québec City, Québec

Okay, Québec City is not exactly a fake European city. But it is heavily influenced by its French heritage. Besides hearing Canadian French spoken around every corner, you can expect to see romantic architecture, sidewalk cafes, and traditional French bakeries all over this beautiful and historic city.

 

6. Helen, Georgia

Modeled to look like a Bavarian alpine village, this small town of 500 keeps it “authentic” with street performers, Oktoberfest celebrations, and a Denny’s that is actually designed to fit the Bavarian architectural style!

Trover photo by Michael Schuier

 

7. Las Vegas, Nevada

Of course, if you’re looking to get the most European flair from a non-European city, there’s no better place than Las Vegas. Where else in the world can you visit the top of the Eiffel Tower and ride in a Venetian gondola within the same hour? Well, maybe in Europe if you hurry. But Vegas is definitely the next best thing.

Trover photo by Lauréanne Pelletier

Trover photo by Adrian Roberts

 

Fake European towns won’t satisfy all of your cravings for a classic European adventure, but they will provide a taste of Europe and will keep your wallet happy at the same time. To see more fake European towns around the world, check out the full list here, and don’t forget to share your own European discoveries (real or otherwise) on Trover this summer!

 

10 Best Aquariums in America

Kids or no kids, aquariums are pretty awesome places to hang out. There’s just something about submerging yourself into a world of sharks, jellies, and tropical fish (from behind safe walls of glass, of course) that really excites the little kid in all of us.

With so many great aquariums in the U.S. and so much to admire and learn about, narrowing your focus can be a challenge. To help guide your search, we’ve assembled a list of the 10 best aquariums in America. Let’s dive in:

 

1. The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia

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2. The Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California

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Which is perhaps best known for its brilliant collection of jellyfish:

Trover photo by YoungAdventuress

 

3. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois

 

4. Scott Aquarium at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha, Nebraska

Trover photo by Erik Rowley

 

5. The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland

Trover photo by Nick Pagano

 

6. The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Trover photo by Intrepidor

 

7. Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut

Trover photo by Benny Goh

 

8. Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Trover photo by Jaisen Mohamed

 

9. The New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts

Trover photo by Tati

 

10. The Seattle Aquarium in Seattle, Washington

Trover photo by Jon Battle

 

How’s that for some underwater inspiration? Thankfully, these 10 best aquariums make up only a small portion of the incredible public and private aquariums all across the United States. Check out an even bigger list of American aquarium eye candy here, and don’t forget to share your own aqua-discoveries on Trover!

Best Places to Canoe, Kayak, and Raft

Port your canoe down the water’s edge and get ready for the trip of a lifetime. These top spots provide everything from rushing thrills in a kayak, to tranquil paddling in a canoe, to serious chill out time floating down a lazy river. Grab your kayak or canoe and start paddling: the water is calling!

Cumberland Island, Georgia

Canoe and kayak in one of the largest pristine barrier islands in the world.

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Pictured Rocks National Park, Michigan

Paddle among brightly colored sandstone cliffs and towers.

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The Everglades, Florida

10,000 islands full of wildlife to explore.

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Buffalo National River, Arkansas

This 150 mile long river offers rushing rapids and deep swimming pools.

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Glacier Bay, Alaska

Glide through crystal clear waters and watch for whales and bald eagles.

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There are many more watery treks available in our National Parks list.