Who knew you could quantify fun? Apparently, WalletHub's research team did.
They took a look at the nation's 150 biggest cities and rated them on a general awesomeness scale, weighing 58 factors that ranged from brewery hours and coffeehouses per capita to theaters, hiking trails, bicycle rentals and the relative perfection of the weather.
LAHAINA, Maui -- This tropical town may be better known for its touristy souvenir shops and cafes, but a stroll along Lahaina's waterfront yields a glimpse into Hawaii's past, from its whaling days to King Kamehameha's extracurricular activities.
Some walking tour maps suggest that you include 28 historic stops on your stroll -- and start early...Read more
The historic Pioneer Inn adjacent to the Lahaina harbor was built in 1901, back when there were no lodgings on the island at all -- and 400 whaling ships regularly anchored offshore. This is a place rich in lore, where a horse once got thrown out of the saloon for misbehavior -- it's unclear whether it was the horse or the rider who was ...Read more
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. -- For years, the small communities on the north bank of the Ohio River across from Louisville, Ky., could have been compared to Brooklyn, seemingly forever in the shadow of its glamorous fellow borough, Manhattan.
That is until Brooklyn -- much like a rebellious stepchild -- broke free and came into its own in spectacular ...Read more
It's the question no local wants to hear when they're entertaining friends or family from out of town -- "Can we go to Fisherman's Wharf to see the sea lions?"
Or even worse -- maybe your loved ones suggests a Segway or double-decker bus tour.
Nothing sucks the fun out of a Saturday afternoon like fighting through hordes of tourists pointing ...Read more
Knott's Berry Farm's less-is-more approach to Halloween Haunt in recent seasons has resulted in fewer but better haunted mazes with a greater focus on storytelling and attention to detail.
In its 45th season, the granddaddy of theme park haunted attractions is playing catch-up with Universal's Halloween Horror Nights, which specializes in mazes...Read more
Tucked into a far corner of Europe, just two hours north of Lisbon, is one of my favorite beach towns: Nazare, a Portuguese fishing town turned tourist retreat. Visitors are greeted by the energetic applause of the surf, widows with rooms to rent, and fishermen mending nets. This is a place to relax in the sun among cork groves, eucalyptus trees...Read more
Tanna Frederick thrives when she's juggling multiple projects. A co-founder of the Iowa Film Festival and creator of the nonprofit Project Save Our Surf (http://www.projectsaveoursurf.org/), she is also an avid surfer and holds a second-degree black belt in taekwondo. Frederick, who co-starred ...Read more
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Whenever I'm looking for a short getaway, I need look no further than the River City. Whether I'm wanting to revisit an old favorite or try a new experience, Louisville never disappoints.
On my most recent jaunt down I-64, I spent a few days with three friends which included a leisurely guided stroll through an historic ...Read more
Ready to take a spin? Kids were lining up for the chance to "drive" the shiny red convertible At the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), but what they didn't realize was that their ride would be a meaningful teaching tool about the era of segregation in the United States. While ...Read more
BISHOP, Calif. -- In the Eastern Sierra near Bishop is a mountain route unofficially known as the highest motorable road in California.
The dirt section at the top is maintained by the University of California scientific research facility at Barcroft Station and access is open just two days a year. (Dates for 2017 have passed, and those for ...Read more
France is a cultural bouillabaisse that surprises travelers with its varied, complex flavors. To experience the tasty and fragrant wonders of its edible diversity, head to a street market. No single "sightseeing" activity better connects you to the French preoccupation with fresh products and their strong ties to the soil.
Markets combine ...Read more
Author Charles Elton says he loves living in his house by the sea in Somerset, England. But when he takes a vacation, he heads for Los Angeles. "Everyone in England is very snobbish about Los Angeles, saying there's no culture, it's movie orientated (and you have to) drive everywhere," says Elton, whose latest book is "The Songs" (Other Press, $...Read more
Washington Irving’s beloved classic “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” certainly sets the scene. To quote: “Indeed, certain of the most authentic historians of those parts, who have been careful in collecting and collating the floating facts concerning this spectre, allege that the body of the trooper, having been buried in the church-...Read more
PADUCAH, Ky. -- In this riverfront town in western Kentucky, art isn't just a luxury. It's a lifeline.
It helped salvage one of the city's oldest neighborhoods with an artist relocation program that lured talent from around the country.
And art, in the form of 52 murals and a national museum devoted to quilting (much cooler than it sounds -- I...Read more
In Budapest, The Hungarian Flodni layer cake with plum jam, apple, poppy seed and walnuts lives up to its reputation. Yum! So do the "Baselon," (translated as a "friend's ear") -- dumplings fashioned from potato dough with plum jam and sprinkled with brown sugar.
"Great tour!" my daughter Reggie ...Read more
SUTTER CREEK, Calif. -- The Gold Rush brought a flood of argonauts, gamblers and adventure-seekers to California's gold-flecked hills. But modern-day visitors are wooed by something else -- a taste of the Wild West, yes, but one washed down with barbera and rose, perhaps with a little charcuterie or fried Brussels sprouts on the side.
We've ...Read more
As the vintage wooden Chris-Craft shaved a path into the still lake, shades of coral, cherry and lime rippled in the trailing wake.
The florid shoreline, replicated in those blurred patches of water, seemed to be preening.
"The colors are just really getting going," said Michael Andrews, our captain. "By the end of the day, you'll see -- it's ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Three blocks from Smithsonian exhibits depicting the Big Bang and evolution, Washington's newest museum will tell a different story of the creation of the universe.
The Museum of the Bible will showcase the impact of the Old and New Testaments using ancient artifacts and examples of ways the holy book has influenced the modern ...Read more
Thinking of hitting the road for one last vacation before winter sets in? Explore the scenic wonders and historic attractions along the Lincoln Highway, America’s original coast-to-coast interstate. This is a good time for an all-American road trip.
Never heard of the Lincoln Highway? You’re not alone. Some of ...Read more