State Fairs: 7 Festivals of Food and Fun

Nothing says old fashioned fun like a state fair. Started in the United States during 19th century to showcase agricultural achievements, the first state fair was held in 1841 in Syracuse, New York. Today’s state fairs include rides and amusements along with music and entertainment. The other great activity at a state fair? Food of course! Here are Trover’s blue ribbon picks for some of the best state fairs in the US:

1. Washington State Fair

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Photo by Quinton Doroquez.

2. South Carolina State Fair

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Photo by Elza Hayen.

3. Minnesota State Fair

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Photo by Angelica B.

4. Utah State Fair

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Photo by Ryan Miller.

5. Iowa State Fair

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Photo by Jumpseat Explorer.

6. Texas State Fair

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Photo by Brittany Willis.

7. North Carolina State Fair

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Photo by Niko Batista.

Feeling festive? More choices for celebrating here. 

We have more festivals to see here and check out this list from our very own Julia here.  And as always, come on over to Trover.com to share your awesome travel photos.

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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13 Incredible Spots for a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Hot air balloon rides offer incredible views for passengers, but also make for a beautiful view to spectators on the ground.

Whether you want to see your hometown from a new perspective, explore someplace new, or simply try something different and exciting, there are hundreds of beautiful places to take a hot air balloon ride around the world.

To help get your inspiration flowing, we’ve put together a list of some of the most incredible spots to take a hot air balloon ride. Read on to see our favorites:

1. Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Trover photo by Braden Jarvis

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Best Secret Swimming Holes in North America

Henry James said, “’Summer afternoonsummer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” Here at Trover we have searched for the best places to cool off for a summer afternoon and created a list of the most secret swimming holes so you can escape your cube and practice your back flip in private. Check out our favorite spots to cool off as we enter the second half of summer.

Looking Glass Falls, Transylvania County, North Carolina

Follow the path from the popular waterfall to the much quieter plunge pool.

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Photo by Hayley Lundgren.

Jacob’s Well, Hays County, Texas

A karstic spring explored and mapped by some very brave cave divers.

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Photo by Stephen Leonardi.

Camp Orr, Newton County, Arkansas

Twin Falls offers a refreshing spot to cool off in the hot Arkansas summers.

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Photo by Jeremy Nguyen.

Bruce Peninsula State Park, Ontario

The Grotto is a gorgeous spot in Ontario for swimming with cool clear water for swimming and splashing.

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Photo by Ai Long.

Hamilton Pool, Travis County, Texas

Popular with Austin visitors and locals for cooling off in the strong Texas summer heat.

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Photo by wonders of back roads.

Queen’s Bath, Princeville, Kauai

Located near Princeville on the north shore of Kauai, this is the former swimming hole of Hawaiian royalty.

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Photo by MapNomads.

Need more ideas for fun escapes? Check out our Epic Roadtrip photos here. Find more places to make a splash on Trover.com.

Striking Sculptures

What sculptures a city or town chooses to display as public art can be a window into their identity. From classic Parisian busts to Seattle’s modern sculpture parks, these striking works of art will inspire you to a take a moment to contemplate art and what it means for a city’s civic pride. Your own private viewing awaits.

Rodin Museum, Paris, France

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Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, WA

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Umlauf Sculpture Gardens, Austin, TX

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Storm King Art Center, Orange County, NY

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Platja de la Barceloneta, Barcelona, Spain

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Cloud Gate, Grant Park, Chicago, IL

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Still have some time for more artistic endeavors? Find some of the best art from around the world  in our Art From Around The World List. Need more artistic inspiration? Find the best art around the world at Trover.com.