We all dream of jet-setting off to Europe for an unforgettable getaway. A very, very expensive getaway. But that doesn't mean you can't get the full European experience right here in the ol' US of A. Seriously.
Here in San Francisco, as I'm coming to learn, there's a phenomenon famously known as Indian Summer: In September and October, temperatures actually rise and the Bay Area's nagging fog burns away, making this the best time of year to be outdoors.
Think Walt Disney World is just kiddie rides and princesses? Think again. Epcot is home to the World Showcase, which consists of 11 pavilions representing countries from around the world, including Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Morocco, Japan, the United States, Italy, Germany, China, Norway and Mexico.
Sometimes there's no better way of taking the pulse of a place than by reading the local weekly, especially for understanding the foibles, predilectio...
Living in the heart of America's Heartland lends itself to wonderful exploratory road trips. From Great Plains to arid Badlands, Great Lakes to Ozark Mountains, the Midwest is far more than flat land filled with corn, beans, and hogs.
After Labor Day, people across the country pack up their towels, stash their unfinished beach reading, and stow their beach chairs for the winter ahead. But what they don't realize is that fall and winter are actually the best times of year to visit many beaches around the country.
It takes 18 hours from Kodiak aboard Alaska Marine Highway System's good ship Tustumena to reach our next stop, Chignik on the Alaskan Peninsula - allowing me ample time to get along with the dining-room staff like a house on fire.
We've got some good news and some bad news. Bad news first? Beach season is finito. Now for the bright side: America is darn beautiful in autumn. Here, nine places to put on your fall vacation list.
If you want to get really, really away from it all, try the western segment of the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS). AMHS is best known for its ...
The panorama from the tiny 19-seater Beechcraft turboprop for the half-hour hop to Homer from Anchorage is magnificent.
Here I am in the large collection of packing cases that goes for the Prudhoe Bay Hotel, about 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle, with nothing to do for the next three hours before the flight on to Barrow, flogging the proverbial dead horse.
Somebody has indeed sighted a critter - in fact a dirty great grizzly bear at 10 o'clock, across a broad pebble-bottomed river just below a line of spruce.
OK, I know we live in an age of language inflation where never-use-one-word-when-you-can-use-four is the golden rule, where simple terms are preempted...
If you want to break your train or car journey on the New York-Montreal run you could do worse than stop off for a couple of days in Lake George and T...
All have populations of under 100,000, and often as much to offer as cities ten times their size.
Waterfalls, large and small, tumble down the cliffs every few yards - and, alas, a zillion selfies click every few nano-inches on the observation platforms with a gazillion inane and insane grimaces, grins and grunts. I must be in a proud minority of one in my aversion to the selfie craze.