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Kari Haugeto
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Kari Haugeto is a multimedia journalist whose work is shaped by an eclectic resume. Her eye for all things visually compelling captures immersive masterpieces about the areas she visits, transporting audiences to places rarely seen and experiences rarely tried. And she has tried it all.

She was a featured soloist at Lincoln Center at age 7. She’s instructed Naval Academy midshipmen on the finer points of scuba diving. She ran for public office in South Florida and lived to tell the tale. She helped create one of the first Internet startups in Berkeley, Calif. She’s been a museum docent, starred in an off-Broadway show and sang the national anthem at a Baltimore Orioles game.

She holds an MBA from the University of Central Florida. She learned the art of multimedia journalism as a graduate student at Full Sail University and the craft of writing from mentors at National Geographic.

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Dallas

(6) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 3:14 PM

It only takes a few minutes in Dallas to know that they're happy you decided to visit. For someone originally from New York, it was a little disconcerting, but my Florida-born kids loved the attention.

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"Everybody is so nice here," raved my...

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Fast Times in Southern Indiana

(5) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 12:18 PM

When you think of Southern Indiana, do images of sweeping plains, dotted with picturesque farms come to mind? Yeah, me too.

The last thing I expected to find was an ornate, turn-of-the-century European-style resort, an over-the-top historic hotel or an adrenaline-laced adventure park.

It was a surprise, even to...

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Overheard in Minnesota, Dontcha Know?

(69) Comments | Posted June 13, 2015 | 6:58 AM

Minneapolis looks just like any other big American city.

There are skyscrapers, fast-talking urbanites, Metro light rail and even a brand-new football stadium being constructed in a revitalized part of town.

But Minneapolis sounds different. It's in the way they talk here, a peculiar way of saying things...

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Making a Splash in Chicago

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 9:55 AM

Most people know a big city by its skyline, but in Chicago, despite its instantly recognizable silhouette, it's all about the waterways.

At least that's how our family sees it.

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And we're pretty sure most Chicagoans quietly agree. Chicago's Municipal Device, a...

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Thinking Outside the Box in Indiana

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2015 | 11:46 AM

From the air, the Midwest looks like a checkerboard, with squares of cornfields, pastures, and farms spread across a perfectly flat landscape.

But from the ground, it can be an outside-the-box experience.

Indianapolis isn't what you would expect. Consider The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, a place where life-size dinosaur...

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This Arizona 'Castle' Is A Beautiful And Well-Preserved Mistake

(189) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 9:34 AM

When it comes to national monuments, Montezuma's Castle near the town of Camp Verde, Arizona, is one of my favorite mistakes.

The riverside cliff dwelling is believed to be made and once inhabited by the Sinagua people, a pre-Columbian culture closely related to the Hohokam and other indigenous...

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Experiencing Tomorrowland Today

(2) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 7:48 AM

Grizzled theme park veterans like us never go to Tomorrowland at Disney's Magic Kingdom.

Instead, we turn left after beelining it down Main Street USA, straight to Frontierland, avoiding the throngs of guests who instinctively turn right toward the spires of the Astro Orbiter and the iconic Space Mountain.

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Spring Break Traditions in the Mountains

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2015 | 8:33 PM

A real family tradition doesn't have to be explained. Kind of like when you pull off Interstate 70 at Frisco, Colo., in the middle of an early spring blizzard, and you don't have to ask where you're headed.

You just know.

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So there...

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How to Get Your Ski Legs Back -- Minus the Meltdown

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2015 | 1:27 PM

Look at this photo. How does it make you feel?

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I'm scared to death. My heart is pounding even as I write these words. I can almost feel an icy wind whipping across my face and my kids at the bottom of the...

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A Botanical Tour of Boulder With Kids

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 12:49 PM

Mention the words "herb" and "Colorado" and the next thing that comes to mind probably isn't "with kids." But stay with us for a minute. That's all it'll take.

A certain Colorado amendment brought a bunch of attention to one of the oldest traditions in the Rockies: using botanicals with...

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A Terminal Adventure at Denver's Union Station

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 10:40 AM

Denver's newest attraction is an old landmark: the lovingly restored Union Station. But it's more than an historic terminal.

Sure, you can still catch an Amtrak train from here to California. And yes, it'll be the final stop of RTD's highly-anticipated SkyRide line to Denver International Airport next year....

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Want a Taste of Washington? Then Sample This

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2015 | 8:00 PM

When you think of Washington, what kind of food comes to mind? Crab cakes? Hot dogs? Chili?

If you said, "none of the above," you know our dilemma. You're in the nation's capital and you want an authentic dining experience. But what is Washingtonian cuisine?

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Making New Discoveries in Florida's Old Capitol

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 2:12 PM

You don't have to visit the State Capitol in Tallahassee to be reminded of all the reasons you love Florida. But it helps.

Great weather? Check. The hottest tourist destinations? Roger that. More than 500 years of continuous civilization? Florida's got it, too.

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Dodging Gators On Lake Jesup, Florida's 'Natural' Theme Park

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2015 | 9:40 AM

The Florida airboat ride -- a must-do for anyone visiting the Sunshine State's vast wetlands -- is actually less "boat" than "air." When that massive propellor gets revved up, you practically lift off the surface of the water. If the wind is blowing, expect a wild ride.

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Orlando's Number-Two Animal Attraction, Behind Disney

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2015 | 12:16 PM

Not every business in Florida readily admits to taking a lot of crap from Disney. Except maybe Showcase of Citrus.

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As a matter of fact, this organic citrus grove, blooming with heirloom fruit trees, accepts it by the ton. The family-owned...

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In Orlando, There's a New Challenge in the Trees

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2015 | 7:13 AM

Zip-line courses may be a prerequisite for any self-respecting tourist destination, but Orlando has a reputation for taking its attractions to new heights. The recently-opened Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park -- a series of obstacle courses set among windswept pines -- is a worthy addition. And this one's...

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Yeehaw! See the Sea Cow Roundup in Florida's Citrus County

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2015 | 8:37 PM

Every January for the last 28 years, Citrus County has commemorated the return of the sea cow -- also known as the Florida Manatee -- to their winter home with in a raucous two-day party.

Think of the Florida Manatee Festival as the Sunshine State's version of the round...

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Tuning In to the Song of the South in Macon

(2) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 9:58 AM

Macon, George, calls itself the "Song of the South," and with good reason. It's the birthplace of Southern Rock, Little Richard and Otis Redding. But on a recent visit to this city in the heart of Georgia, we heard a different tune.

Macon has an unexpected rhythm, melody...

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Ready Or Not, Here Comes Winter Holiday Roadway Congestion

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 8:13 AM

The first flakes of snow are falling in the mountains of California, Utah and Colorado, even though we're barely through fall.

But for the rest of the country, winter weather still seems a long way off.

So when should you start prepping the family vehicle for the changing season and...

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Do Aggressive Passengers Need to Take a Chill Pill?

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 5:09 PM

Is uncertainty the hardest part of travel?

Maybe.

I have a lot of unsettling questions when I travel with my kids these days.

Will I miss my train? Will I sit next to an offensive person who smells bad or uses foul language? Will I get scammed?

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