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Detroit Brew Trail, Detroit, Mich.
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Detroit Brew Trail makes for fun itinerary stop

DETROIT, Mich. — The Detroit Brew Trail is freshly tapped and deliciously flowing! The trail is continually growing with unique places to bend an elbow and wet your whistle. It’s your quintessential guide to sampling tasty ales, lagers, ports, porters, wheats, pilsners and craft creations that will put a genuine hop in your step. It’s easy to sign up for the Detroit Brew Trail and sip your way across town while earning swag along the way. So, grab your friends and tap into a fun, frothy way to explore the city.

Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum presents annual exhibit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On view through Feb. 5, 2023, at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is “American Currents: State of the Music.” Presented annually, “American Currents” employs the museum’s broad interpretation of the genre to explore notable music, artist achievements and events from the past year, as determined by the museum’s curators. This year’s exhibition features Jimmie Allen, Brothers Osborne, Brandi Carlile, Luke Combs, Jerry Douglas and John Hiatt, Jenee Fleenor, the Grand Ole Opry, Mickey Guyton, Walker Hayes, Wanda Jackson, Alison Krauss, Old Dominion, Carly Pearce, Allison Russell, Chris Stapleton, Billy Strings and Taylor Swift.

Visit Quad Cities creates a buzz with new QC Coffee Trail

QUAD CITIES — Visit Quad Cities recently announced a new initiative expanding the way visitors and Quad Citizens interact with destination assets. The brand-new QC Coffee Trail showcases nearly 30 local coffee shops and cafés in the Quad Cities regional destination that are participating in the new trail.

The QC Coffee Trail uses mobile-based code check-ins, special offers and gamification to engage participants.

It’s free to register at As you visit the variety of coffee shops in the QC, you can check in at each location and track your progress. Participants who check in at five places will earn a QC Coffee Trail coaster for their vehicle cup holder. Continue the trail to visit 15 locations and receive a fleece blanket. Complete all the locations for a QC Coffee Trail insulated flask, and a place on the trail’s Caffeinated Wall of Fame.

Countdown begins for 2024 solar eclipse in Cleveland

NASA’s Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio
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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Let the countdown begin! In just two years — on April 8, 2024 — the Cleveland area will be in the path of totality for a solar eclipse, making the region a prime viewing location. The eclipse will last just under four minutes in Cleveland, which is one of the longest durations for major cities in the path.

With unobstructed views over Lake Erie or in the acres of greenspace throughout the area and special programming from local science institutions — including NASA’s Glenn Research Center and Great Lakes Science Center — Cleveland is an ideal location to witness the celestial event.

As travelers consider plans for the event, Destination Cleveland, NASA Glenn and Great Lakes Science Center have launched an online hub featuring a countdown clock, information on the path of totality and an email sign-up for information as it becomes available. The hub will expand to include details for local celebrations and viewing events.

U.S. Botanic Garden fully reopens to guests

U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, D.C.
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WASHINGTON — The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) in Washington, D.C., fully reopened to the public in April, marking a full reopening of all areas of the USBG. Entrance to the USBG is free and timed tickets will not be required. Masks are recommended for indoor spaces, and groups are encouraged to maintain social distance from other visitor groups. Visitors who are sick or do not feel well should stay home.

Newly renovated garden spaces throughout the conservatory will display more of the USBG’s diverse plant collections and offer increased accessibility. Visitors can see a new exhibit on agriculture, “Cultivate: Growing Food in a Changing World,” in the galleries and multiple other garden spaces. Additionally, a new gift store run by the Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden and local D.C. small business Rewild will operate in the conservatory’s West Gallery, offering botanically-themed gifts for purchase. The store will be open on weekends, expanding to more days later in the spring.