Deemed by many to be among the world’s most splendidly beautiful coastal itineraries, the service-oriented ferries have been adopted by tourists seeking a unique and splendid cruising experience.
Northbound, the voyage takes seven days, southbound, it’s six. And, of course, there’s the eleven-day roundtrip option. Two ...Read more
Pretty, pristine, and lakeside, with a striking mountain panorama as a backdrop, Lucerne has long been Switzerland's tourism capital. Since the Romantic era in the 19th century, it's been a regular stop on the "Grand Tour" of Europe for the likes of Mark Twain and Queen Victoria. And with a charming old town, a pair of picture-perfect wooden ...Read more
Grammy Award-winning musician Angelique Kidjo says that being named UNICEF's International Goodwill ambassador in 2002 has been a fulfilling part of her life. "It gave me the opportunity to travel to all the other continents and meet incredible women who carry the continents on their shoulders," says the New York-based artist. "They are the main...Read more
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When you visit Madrid, take a vacation from your vacation with some side trips that help illuminate Spain's rich history. Four key sights lie within an easy travel distance: El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen, Segovia and Avila -- all convenient by car, bus, or train.
A short drive from Madrid is the giant palace/monastery/mausoleum called ...Read more
NAVARRE BEACH, Fla. -- Dolphins leaping in the sea. Shells glistening on the shore. Perfect miles of white sand beaches that make you happy to be alive.
The treasures of the Florida Panhandle belong to all of us and none of us.
And whether you respond to this place with parties or solitude, it's up to you.
The Florida Panhandle, if you look ...Read more
GOOD SLEEPING, INSIDE GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
Cavallo Point: the Lodge at the Golden Gate, 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito; (888) 651-2003, www.cavallopoint.com. Luxury hotel that opened in 2008. Of its 142 rooms, about half are in historic Army buildings; the other half are sleek hillside units. Doubles from $408.
Inn at...Read more
Like many great love affairs, mine began in childhood. The details are sketchy, drawn from memory and from photographs in a family album, old Super 8s. Our two-toned station wagon is loaded up in the driveway of the Altadena, Calif., home, room for five, our gear and a black Labrador named Sheba.
The Central Valley is a pre-dawn blur, but ...Read more
PORT ANGELES, Wash. -- You just never know what you'll see when you turn off Highway 101 on the far side of Sequim.
Zig and zag the back lanes toward Dungeness Spit and there's plenty to gawk at: the occasional lavender farm, wide views of windswept water, heavily loaded ships plodding past Victoria, and, oh look, there's George Washington's ...Read more
If you like today's national parks, be grateful that industrialist and native Californian Stephen T. Mather hit it big on borax mining in the 1890s.
Give further thanks that Mather's delicate mental health lasted long enough for him to launch a second career and pick a protege.
Mather and fellow Californian Horace M. Albright together helped ...Read more
GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, Calif. -- The busiest unit in our national park system isn't a park at all. In fact, plenty of visitors never notice that they're in it -- not when they're half-lost in the redwoods of Marin County's Muir Woods, not when they're deep into a conversation about robots at San Francisco's Fort Mason, not when ...Read more
Best times to visit the Golden Gate National Recreation Area -- or not: December, January and February are the wettest months, bookended by November and March. If you want dry, June, July and August are your best bets. If you want warm, go in September.
What to wear: Layers. If you hit that 70-degree day or find yourself enveloped by swirling ...Read more
Q: I recently made a reservation for a room at the Gite Nadia near Casablanca, Morocco, using Booking.com. Because of a scheduling error, I realized I would not be able to use the room. A gentleman on the train, who spoke French, agreed to call the hotel to explain that I couldn't make it. But the Gite Nadia refused to cancel the reservation.
"More sweet potato pudding?" Doris Morgan asks. We're having lunch at her Montego Bay home -- local specialties like Bammy, made from ground cassava that's fried, roasted breadfruit, pumpkin bread, star apple fruit and my favorite, the sweet potato pudding.
But before lunch, we'd never met Mrs. Morgan, her husband Clayton, daughter Nneka, who ...Read more
Most Americans form their first impressions of Salem when they're in grade school and their history lessons take them to colonial Massachusetts to learn of the infamous witch hunts, trials and cruel punishments that took place during the 1690s.
The depiction of colonial witches, whether accurate or not, is so scary and ...Read more
To see Europe at its craziest, join the wild party that kicks off the reverent Easter season. Carnival is a boisterous time before the traditional period of abstinence and piety of Lent. Its finale -- what we call Mardi Gras -- is held this year on Feb. 9. Here are a few of the most colorful events.
Spread Your ...Read more
Chef and restaurateur Tim Love is one of the stars of CNBC's series "Restaurant Startup." The reality show helps potential restaurateurs by investing money in new restaurants. He says one way he keeps on top of culinary trends is via travel.
"Cooking is really not the hard part," says Love, 44. "When you ...Read more
This is a belated apology to Kansas City: Sorry that it took me so long.
I get it now.
My wife and I arrived in Kansas City, Mo., knowing little of its history or cultural attractions and expecting even less. We'd driven through it, mostly on our way to other destinations and stopping only to sample barbecue.
So we were astonished -- and a ...Read more
Downtown Salt Lake City is livelier than it used to be. City Creek Center, a 23-acre mall-and-housing redevelopment project (retractable roof, trout pond, completed in 2013) is a big part of that, as is the Greenbike sharing program, also begun in 2013. A loosening of liquor laws hasn't hurt, either. As I found on a three-night visit in November...Read more
WINTER PARK, Fla. -- Back in 1881, wealthy Northerners decided to buy some lakefront land here and change the area's name from Osceola -- after the chief of the state's Seminole Indians -- to Winter Park to make the area more appealing to vacationers. Little would they know that a century later nearby Orlando would grab the attention of most of ...Read more