Bison run faster than humans, I thought on my morning jog, as I panted down the slope.
They weigh more too -- around 1,400 pounds. One of those beasts could crush me flat and not even notice.
I ran a little distance before looking back at the low ridge, where 50 or 60 bison posed like breathing statues, the morning sun lighting up the smoky ...Read more
Michael Giacchino has won Oscar, Emmy and Grammy statuettes throughout his career, but there's one brag-worthy feat that likely won't be found on his resume: The composer has the ability to ride roller coasters nearly a dozen times back to back without getting motion sickness.
"I've always been OK with riding things like that or being at ...Read more
We're learning that Andy is smart. The boy who owns Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear, he made only brief appearances in the Toy Story movies, a supporting character while his toys were the leads. But looking at the new Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios, which according to Disney's back story Andy created in his own backyard, we ...Read more
When SeaWorld San Diego unveiled its now closed Submarine Quest attraction last year, passengers quickly discovered that the closest they were going to get to seeing sea life during the three-minute long ride was a brief encounter with a digital version of a giant octopus in a darkened enclosure.
Not so for Legoland California, which is ...Read more
Florida is known for making headlines -- alligators end up in swimming pools, iguanas come out of toilets and people are always in the news for outrageous crimes. And with all the funny stories come interesting titles and nicknames for the cities within.
Here are some Florida towns and cities and what they're famous for.
Apopka: Because of its...Read more
The number of public lands and national parks offering electronic visitor passes and permits is growing.
Yosemite National Park, in California, recently announced that it has joined the YourPassNow program, which offers visitors new digital passes. Yosemite began offering the passes June 21.
Through YourPassNow, those planning to visit a ...Read more
Every year, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and its sister country music event bring hundreds of thousands of revelers to the desert, far from the trendy restaurants, hotels and other attractions in a resurgent Palm Springs, Calif.
Now, a developer group with a celebrity pedigree is building a sprawling 35-acre resort featuring a ...Read more
The modest "kitchen," if it could be called that, had drawn a crowd.
Under the shade of a white plastic tent, a man and woman bowed over a grill, flipping tortillas. Fragrant smoke spiraled into the air. A cluster of diners stood in the street, eagerly awaiting their prizes.
"Try one of these quesadillas, chica," a man observing the operation ...Read more
INDIANAPOLIS -- It was quite the scene. Thor aka Chris Hemsworth dropped the green flag. Kelly Clarkson sang the National Anthem. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers cheered on his girlfriend Danica Patrick. "Dancing With the Stars" alum Helio Castroneves hoped for his fourth victory -- a feat which would ensure him "legend" status.
Oh ...Read more
The early days of Disney's California Adventure theme park next door to Disneyland boasted a number of peculiar design choices: a paparazzi-themed family ride, a coaster alluding to reckless drivers on Mulholland Drive and an extreme sports story line to its rafting ride.
Most of the above has been removed or fixed over the park's 17 years. ...Read more
The Grey Lady is gorgeous. Just the profusion of giant rhododendron and wild roses cascading over the sand dunes is worth the cost of the hourlong ferry ride south from Cape Cod. But there is so much more to see and learn about on the island of Nantucket, a National Historic Landmark. Its diminutive size (47.8 square miles, in what Herman ...Read more
A prudent first consideration when trying to understand Seattle is that it is not Athens, Rome or, for that matter, Stratford-upon-Avon. The seed of Western Civilization was planted in classical Athens, blew westward on a storm toward ancient Rome, was miraculously grafted onto stronger roots during the Renaissance in Florence and Siena and, one...Read more
I have just returned from a trip to the Brainerd Lakes area, where I kayaked solo on a lake, hiked along a path (just me and the ticks), and ate dinner with magazines and my smartphone. Around me, families and couples chatted and laughed.
Being alone at a resort could feel strange. For me, it was wonderful.
A few things made it work, and chief...Read more
"Who wants to be the co-pilot?" Evan Frostman asks.
Minutes earlier, Frostman, a pilot for Jones Brothers Air and Seaplane Adventures in the central Florida city of Tavares, had expertly landed his plane on Lake Dora. He now waits as my friend Dennis and I size up the Cessna four-seater. We are standing on the dock of the historic Lakeside Inn ...Read more
BIG SUR, Calif. -- The entire coastal stretch of California's iconic Highway 1 will re-open at the end of July, restoring a beloved but fragile route from San Francisco to Los Angeles that has been closed for more than a year, the California Department of Transportation announced last week.
Construction on the Mud Creek section of southern Big ...Read more
A cold wind from the Blue Mountains carries the scent of sagebrush as it whips your face. Each step stirs dust on the dry path in this high desert plateau in eastern Oregon, where hundreds of thousands of American pioneers walked, changing the course of history.
A roadside sign beneath Flagstaff Hill points the way to this path, where you can ...Read more
A pair of large dogs, too old to be bothered with actually getting up, wag their tails in eager welcome from recumbent positions in the foyer. We're early, and Ludger Szmania, co-owner of Warm Springs Inn & Winery along with his partner Julie Szmania, is busy mowing the lawn. These two adorable pups are the first to welcome me and my partner, ...Read more
Already struggling with crowding problems, Disneyland resort officials have long hinted that they will be forced to add restrictions to deal with the surge of crowds when a Star Wars land opens next summer.
The first attempt at controlling the expected throngs was announced recently as the resort added blackout dates -- thus cutting access -- ...Read more
If you're looking for a quiet weekend beach getaway that lets you skip the tacky trinket shops and overdeveloped strip in favor of quaint coastal charm, an intriguing history going back to the United States' earliest days and a surprisingly well-developed shopping scene, there's a tiny town in southern Delaware that might be just what the travel...Read more
An innkeeper, a Swiss banker and a journalist walk into a restaurant in Coolidge, Kan.
That's not the lead-up to some oddball joke -- that's just what happened this month in this little town near the Colorado state line.
Way out in far western Kansas -- that little sliver of the state in Mountain Time Zone -- Coolidge has become a quaint stop ...Read more
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