The lines for security clearance at airports are invariably long and slow-moving. With shoes in hand, computer and electronic devices set aside for special inspection, you inch forward towards the x-ray machines and metal detectors, As you wait, you begin to worry about the possibility that you may not get to the gate in time to board your...Read more
LOGAN, Ohio -- If you paused long enough to read the trailhead signs in Ohio's Hocking Hills State Park, you'd find that the Black Hand sandstone underfoot was laid down 350,000 years ago, on an ancient seabed.
Or you could blow off the science lesson -- like I did -- and push ahead to the Old Man's Cave, past a meandering creek and down a ...Read more
When it comes to basking in the beauty of Italy's Riviera, the Cinque Terre is tops for me. But there's much more to this region on the Mediterranean coast than those famous five villages.
A handful of charming towns lie within an hour of the Cinque Terre, with posh ports set against rugged mountain backdrops that have drawn poets, authors and ...Read more
Formerly part of Emblem3, Wesley Stromberg has reinvented himself as a solo artist known simply as WESLEY. A resident of Valencia, California, his singles include, "Remedy," "1000 Ways" and "One Shot." "My first trip as a child was a road trip with my grandparents to Whistler Mountain in Canada," says WESLEY, 24. "This trip was magical. I went ...Read more
SEATTLE -- Seeing Seattle's Chinatown through the lens of the martial artist reveals the community's rich living history.
Don Wong knew Bruce Lee. As young men, they worked at Ruby Chow's restaurant together. When Wong, leading the Wing Luke Museum's "Bruce Lee's Chinatown Tour" describes his connection with the martial-arts star, it's not the ...Read more
Long before Harry Potter cast a collective spell with his wizardly ways, a chubby Midwest kid who dabbled in magic was fending off evil in the fictional town of New Zebedee, Mich.
His name is Lewis Barnavelt, the lovably nerdy protagonist in a series of gothic mysteries that debuted in 1973 with the children's book "The House With a Clock in ...Read more
Marge Padgitt had always loved Ginger Rogers.
"I was a fan of Ginger Rogers, as was my mother," said Padgitt, a longtime resident of Independence, Mo. "She got me interested in old-time movies and, of course, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing. There was nothing like the two of them. They were the best."
So it's only fitting that Padgitt ...Read more
CHICAGO -- "Dancing Aloud," a sign said. On stage, guitarist Corey Dennison, 43, white and well tattooed, had just opened an instrumental conversation with a grandfatherly figure in a White Sox cap.
"This is my old man, Mr. Carl Weathersby," Dennison told the crowd. "He taught me everything I know about the blues."
Weathersby, 65, and African-...Read more
Uh-oh. It was just the first day of our multi-day trek up Mount Kilimanjaro and my daughter's rain jacket was leaking. Badly.
It's one thing to have a wardrobe malfunction when you can head back to the hotel or to the nearest mall, but that's not so easy on a Great Adventure.
The good news: We were close enough to where we started that a guide...Read more
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- When I started out on my trail ride on a scorching day with temps well into the 90s, I didn't know I would be riding from Wyoming to Colorado. What I did know -- according to the trail leader -- was that along the way we could possibly see wildlife that might make the horses skittish enough to spook.
The last word of advice ...Read more
Vibrant blue-green water lapped at my kayak, bobbing beside towering sandstone cliffs. Seagulls squawked overhead. The water that sprayed from my paddle was ice-cold, a reminder that I was paddling the largest -- and coldest -- of the Great Lakes.
As I toured Michigan's Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Lake Superior, I could hardly believe ...Read more
With two wildlife refuges, a national forest and deep lake fishing access at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area, Nebraska's northern Sandhills region certainly isn't short on access to Mother Nature. Factor in a big sky horizon boasting some of the darkest stargazing skies the country has to offer, a scenic birding byway for road trippers ...Read more
Gazing into a volcanic crater lake, leaping across a tectonic fissure in the earth's crust, descending into the magma chamber of an extinct volcano ... Iceland is filled with unforgettable experiences. This beautiful country is packed with tourist-attracting natural wonders: waterfalls, glaciers, rivers, fjords, cliffs, thermal springs and ...Read more
Personal travel journals are filled with cautionary tales recounting situations that arise due to travel provider errors -- ticketing mistakes, overcharges, unexpected extras, misrepresentations regarding hotel accommodations, amenities and services, and promises made but not kept.
These issues arise even when trips are ...Read more
Labor Day, which falls on September 3 this year, isn’t a good time for a factory tour. In fact, most factories are closed for the day-long (stretch that to weekend-long)holiday that marks the end of summer while honoring workers who toil throughout the year to make all sorts of products that enhance daily life for millions of Americans. ...Read more
NEW ORLEANS -- The family stepped warily onto Bourbon Street and hurried past a burlesque joint, an absinthe bar and neon signs touting "Leather Lingerie Love Toys" and "Hunk Oasis Male Strippers."
Heather and Chad Bruton, a clean-cut couple from Texas, didn't want to visit this historic city for the first time without witnessing its famed ...Read more
Pirates and Winnie-the-Pooh, LEGO creations and the world of comedy. Welcome to what's new at museums this summer and fall.
That's right -- museums. Whether you have an end-of-summer trip planned or just a few days before the school year gets into full swing, consider checking out a new museum exhibit or two. And if you are a member of your ...Read more
We have all imagined what it might be like to go into space, to land on Mars, to be an astronaut. Now at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida you and your family can live it.
Learning about science and space is important, but experiencing the trials and actively participating in simulations of life on another planet gives ...Read more
When it comes to travel, the term "bucket list" can be synonymous with "budget-busting." Sure, some bucket-list candidates, like safaris or around-the-world cruises, are so expensive you might need multiple lifetimes to pay them off. But we know you can have an epic, life-changing trip without draining your bank account to ...Read more