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Amtrak’s Only Car With a Panoramic View Coming to Grand Rapids

Amtrak's Great Dome car is coming to Grand Rapids. The car has windows which curve up to the roof on all four sides offering a 360-degree view.

The Great Dome car will be added to the Amtrak Pere Marquette train for a limited time. The Pere Marquette train runs between Grand Rapids and Chicago.

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The Top Five West Michigan Beaches to Visit This Summer

You can feel it. A little anyway. Summer is almost here, and it's time to start thinking about some tasty waves and the sweet smell of SPF 40 sun screen.

Here’s five beaches worth making the drive from Grand Rapids to visit.  I’ve included some old favorites, and at least one hidden gem (that I guess won’t be hidden anymore).

All of these are within about an hour’s drive from the Grand Rapids Metropolitan area.

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Top Five State Park Summer Camping Locations In Michigan

I know you're thinking -- 'Jojo, it's way too cold to go camping just yet', and you're right. Unless you're me. I love freezing to death slowly in my cheap tent.

Even if you hate spring camping, now is the time to make those camping reservations if you're to have any chance at the best state park camp sites in Michigan this summer. Here's my Top Five. 

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The Rapid Begins New Schedule and Route Changes

This morning marked the beginning of a number of changes to the schedule and routes for The Rapid bus service in the Grand Rapids metro area.

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Lake Michigan High Speed Ferry Begins 2016 Trips to Milwaukee Today

The Lake Express Ferry is launching its 13th season of service today, Friday, April 29, providing modern high-speed ferry service daily  from Muskegon to Milwaukee, and back.

The four-engine powered, 148-ton, 248-passenger- carrying ferry takes only two and a half hours to cross the lake. The ferry is able to transport cars, motorcycles, bicycles and pets.

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Top 5 Michigan Waterfalls [Photos]

Spring means the water is flowing and Michigan's waterfalls will be at top capacity. So, if you don't mind the spring chill and more than a little mud, you can enjoy some of our state's finest waterfalls before the black flies pop up in May.

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Senior Man Relaxing In Park With Grandchildren In Background
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What is Your Biggest Regret?

Is there something in your life you regret? Something you did, haven't done, should have done?

It's easy for all of us to look back and say, "if only I had....."  I like to work in the present and future, and try to not dwell on the past. But, I found a new survey that asked people what they regretted the most in their life. Interesting question, and not easily answered. What would you say?

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Yahoo! Selects Detroit Road As The State’s Most Scenic Drive, Leaving Michiganders Puzzled

Yahoo!'s list of the nation's most scenic drives include staggering mountain vistas and sweeping frives along the ocean. But when it comes to Michigan, the web site left me a little cold when it selected Woodward Avenue in Detroit as the most scenic.

If you love seeing urban decay and strip malls, it's very scenic. But this state has so many beautiful roads with much better scenery. 

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Miami Named As Worst City For Road Rage
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Tired of Slow Cars in the Left Lane? So are the State Police [Video]

We've all been there, you're whizzing down 131 on the way to work when everything comes to a screeching halt, all because some idiot has decided to go 50 mph in the passing lane.

Well, mister, your passive aggressive tendencies are coming to an end. The State Police are as tired of it as the rest of us.

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Volvo World Match Play Championship - Day Four
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Our Ireland Trip Could be Your Vacation of a Lifetime

Dublin, Rock of Cashel,, Waterford & Waterford Crystal Factory, Cobh, Blarney Castle, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Galway, Bunratty Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey, Belfast.

These are just some of the places we'll visit as we set off on our 12-day Best of Ireland Tour, and you could be with us.

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This is the Ultimate Selfie [Video]

We've all taken selfies with our phones, right? Of course. You take them at parties, restaurants, concerts, random travels around town, dozens of other places.

How far would you go, or what chances would you take, to shoot what you considered to be your ultimate selfie? What do you think you would do to take the topper of all toppers?

These guys, daredevil lunatics, climbed a big old building to take their selfie. And, not just any big building.  It was one of China's largest skyscrapers.

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Your Ireland Trip is Almost Sold Out! Are you Coming?

This coming August 11, my wife Kathy and I, along with YMT Vacations, will be hosting another wonderful River Listener trip, and this time we're going to Ireland, as if you didn't know. Twelve wonderful days on the Emerald Isle.

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