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Raleigh, NC Is the Best City to Live — Did Your City Make the Top 20?

The 377,487 residents of Raleigh, the state capital of  North Carolina, have something to cheer about as their city has been rated the number one city to live in the nation by Businessweek.com’s first-ever ranking of America’s Best Cities.

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Which Cities Have the Best — and Worst — Commute Times?

If you’re fed up with your long commute to work, you may want to consider a move to Great Falls, Montana.

While a new report from the Census Bureau shows the average US commute is about 25 minutes, those in Great Falls only have a 14-minute travel time, the shortest in the country.

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Go on a 5,000-Mile Hitchhiking Trip in Three Minutes [VIDEO]

You’re bound to meet a few interesting people when you take a year-long hitchhiking trip across the country.

Artist, traveler and self-proclaimed ‘lover of people’ Benjamin Jenks met exactly 930 when he and his raised thumb journeyed 5,000 miles from Los Angeles to Maine. Artist that he is, Ben put together a time-lapse video of his trip complete with photos of all 930 people he met along the way.

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Helena – a.k.a. Crabtown?

 

The History of our State Capital is so interesting.  If you ever get a chance to take a tour around  Helena, I highly recommend it.  Like many other towns in Montana, Helena started out as a mining town and was almost named Crabtown!

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Image courtesy of TaylorSwift.com
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Taylor Swift Shares Pictures of Her Vacation at the Beach

All things being equal, it doesn’t seem terribly likely that any of us will end up frolicking on in the surf with Taylor Swift anytime soon.

Fortunately for anyone who’d like to have the chance, Taylor has been kind enough to share a few photos from her recent beach vacation.

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Kenny Chesney Is One Great Boss

He might be known for breezy, devil-may-care songs like ‘No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem’ and ‘Summertime,’ but when it comes to business, Kenny Chesney takes things very seriously. In fact, as the New York Times discovered during a recent profile, he’s an extremely involved, hands-on boss.

And an extremely generous one, too.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images
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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Building Mammoth Mansion on Private Island [VIDEO]

Between the two of them, the husband-and-wife duo Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have sold over 80 million albums and notched almost 30 number one singles on the country charts. What does that kind of success buy you?

How about your very own private island?

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Doc Searls, Flickr
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Best Sand Castles: 10 Beach Designs That Truly Made Waves

If people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, then what about people who live in sandcastles? After all, glass is just melted sand, right? Maybe they shouldn’t throw magma. Who knows?

The point is, it takes a special kind of sandcastle to inspire this line of questioning. The artistry, the scale and the craftsmanship all have to be second to none. You’re about to see 10 of these epic sand sculptures, so there’s no telling what you might start to think by the end of it.

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Blake Shelton Cruise Sets Sail in October 2012

Ahoy, country fans! If you’ve got some vacation time on the calendar, $1,000 to burn, and a hankering for the high seas, Blake Shelton is offering you the chance to be part of something special.

Next October, Shelton — along with other artists who have yet to be announced — will set sail on the Norwegian Jewel for a seven-day sojourn. During the cruise, passengers will be treated to the usual amenities, including swimming pools, hot tubs, and port stops in places like San Juan, Tortola, and Nassau, along with unique access to country music royalty.

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Ronnie Dunn – Photographer Extraordinaire?

It looks like Ronnie Dunn has quite an eye for landscape photography.  On the official Ronnie Dunn Facebook page, you can find several photos snapped by Dunn himself of various landscapes and sunsets as he tours across the nation promoting his self-titled album.  You can check out some of his photos below, which

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One Tank Travels–Yellowtail Dam

Our area relies a lot on tourism to help generate tax money and jobs.  The Billings Convention and Visitors Bureau goes all out to attract people to "Montana's Trailhead."  Even the Crowne Plaza, where Cat Country rules the 23rd floor, is booked for most of the spring and summer period with guests traveling into our part of the country

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Best Places To Take Mom On Mother’s Day In Billings – My Top Five

Treat Mom like a queen this weekend.  My five top favorite places to go and be spoiled by my husband and kids! 

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