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Columbus, Indiana, Is a World-Class Outdoor Museum

By Athena Lucero

Travel experts agree that road trips will be the way pandemic-era adventurers will return to discovering the world. And if there's a destination ripe for these times, it's Columbus, Indiana, aka the "Athens of the Prairie." The unassuming Midwestern town is a mecca of modernist architecture and public art, a "natural" ...Read more

From Alan Freed to President Garfield in Cleveland's Lakeview Cemetery

By Steve Bergsman

The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame is located in Cleveland mostly because of a man who wasn't a singer or a musician. His name was Alan Freed, and he was a disc jockey who in the early 1950s had a late-night show on Cleveland radio station WJW playing rhythm and blues music. It was a show oriented to teenagers that used a ...Read more

Sailors, Scuba Divers and Hamilton Buffs: St. Croix Is for You

By Brian E. Clark

Some 30 feet below the calm waters of the Caribbean off St. Croix -- the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands -- an 8-foot-long reef shark cruised beside me, less than 3 feet away. Nearby, an even bigger shark swam within a few feet of another diver in my group. These sharks weren't there to nibble on us. Rather, they ...Read more

Racist Past Gives Way to Music in Shelby, North Carolina

By Steve Bergsman

My wife and I only ended up in Shelby, North Carolina, because we needed a bathroom break. We were driving the local roads west from Charlotte toward the Blue Ridge Mountains, and as we dropped into historic downtown Shelby we decided to stretch our legs and use the facilities at the local coffee shop.

At first, I ...Read more

U.S. Highway 395 Leads Back Into California History

By Kitty Morse

Even though I am a resident of California I had never driven up historic U.S. Highway 395, which slices through Inyo and Tulare counties. The road is the main link between Southern California and the ski slopes of Lake Tahoe, affording glorious views of towering Mount Whitney, at 14,500 feet the tallest peak in the Sierra ...Read more

A bucket list itinerary of places we'll never go

By Victor Block

As a travel journalist who has visited and written about close to 80 countries, the current situation is especially frustrating. While my travels are restricted, however, my imagination isn't, and I'm dreaming about trips to places - some real, others not - that are high on my "wish I could see" agenda.

My list includes ...Read more

Catalonia's Hidden Gem: the Delta del Ebre

By Kitty Morse

"Tierra! Tierra! (Land! Land!)" called out a tipsy passenger as the jetty we had left a couple of hours earlier came back into view. We were on the return leg of our excursion to Mirador de la Badia, the famed oyster beds of L'Ampolla. His companions joined in the cheer, leaning this way and that to the thump of the waves....Read more

Sigal Music Museum Is a Jewel of a Surprise

By Bonnie and Bill Neely

Bryann Burgess, known widely for her special talent as a singer, pianist and speaker, was visiting us recently, so we decided to take the opportunity to visit the Sigal Music Museum in Greenville, South Carolina. The museum, which opened in 2015, was formerly known as the Carolina Music Museum but has been ...Read more

Vacation Places That Are Hard to Forget

By Gay Courter

When I'm not traveling I am either planning the next trip or reminiscing about favorite places. Two categories of adventures linger in my mind: a place where I've encountered a person with whom I've made a visceral connection or somewhere that has stimulated an emotional response.

As I look back to the last year of travel...Read more

Take a Transatlantic Cruise on the Queen Mary 2

By Richard Carroll

The Queen Mary 2, a historic Cunarder and the definitive queen of the seas, is sailing through a thick patch of shifting fog and rough sea, creating large, 20-foot swells and generating bulky scraps of churning sea foam. Farther from the ship, a muscular wind riffles the whitecaps into a string of pearl-white beads.

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Finding Memories Among My Souvenirs

By Victor Block

My body is home, but my mind is roaming the globe. I'm stalking endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda, interacting with animals and people in the Amazon, and clinging to the saddle of a camel strolling through the Sahara Desert. These are among memories that remain alive in souvenirs brought back from the more than 70 ...Read more

Secluded Shores and Bustling Boardwalks in Virginia

By Candyce H. Stapen

Two eaglets warmed themselves at the base of a sand dune, a pelican dived into the Atlantic Ocean and plovers hopped along the shore. The critters and I shared tranquil beaches in Virginia's Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and adjacent False Cape State Park, where even in high season seagulls and sandpipers far ...Read more

Try Bird-Watching While You're Staying at Home

By Victor Block

Joann and Bill Jessen excitedly train their binoculars on a stretch of salt marsh that is alive with the sights and sounds of hawks and falcons that are resting after pursuing songbirds for their dinner. The 24 species of birds that John Beatty spots during the first few minutes of daylight may seem like a lot, but it's ...Read more

Discover South Carolina's Lowcountry Charm

By Bonnie and Bill Neely

When it's safe to travel again, we suggest a visit to the "Lowcountry" of the South. The most popular places to go here are Charleston, Beaufort, Hilton Head and Bluffton, and Savannah isn't far away in Georgia. But we narrowed our visit to Beaufort, where my ancestors once lived.

In fact, one of my grandfathers...Read more

Wilderness and Wildlife in Alaska's Denali National Park

By Fyllis Hockman

Forty pairs of eyes scanned the countryside, looking for movement, any movement. With binoculars and cameras at the ready, we hoped for a bear or a moose but were willing to settle for some Dall sheep high up the mountain. Not a passenger aboard the bus maintained a semblance of composure. We scurried like children from...Read more

Virtual Trains Keep You Traveling at Home

By Victor Block

You're enjoying an adventure for the senses as you journey through the soaring Alps in Switzerland. You immediately understand why the magnificent view that surrounds you in Colorado inspired the words of "America the Beautiful." You channel Harry Potter during a ride over the towering viaduct that the Hogwarts Express ...Read more

Time Well Spent in London's Clink Prison

By Sharon Whitley Larsen

"What did you do in London?" several friends inquired about my trip there.

"I went to jail!" I responded.

And I even had a photo of me behind bars to prove it.

While strolling in Southwark near the southern end of London Bridge, my husband Carl and I stumbled upon the Clink Prison Museum, claimed to be "one of...Read more

When Normalcy Returns, Celebrate in Boston

By Robert Selwitz

Whenever leisure travel again makes sense, Boston should be a prime destination choice. After the present dystopia passes -- taking with it the rampant fear of close contact -- a look at the city where the American Revolution began should be refreshing.

Take a taxi to Charlestown, one end of the Freedom Trail. Its 16 ...Read more

Explore Mystic Seaport's Ties to the Sea

By Steve Bergsman

Walter Cronkite, who was the dean of American television journalism and often referred to as the most trusted man in America, recorded his CBS news show in New York City, but at leisure times he would board his yacht and sail it north into the Long Island Sound, finally docking at the town of Mystic, Connecticut. ...Read more

Travel Virtually to Kitchens Around the World

By Victor Block

You'd like to sample some dishes from the places you had planned to visit this year. Or maybe you'd just like to have some new alternatives to the same old dinner recipes you prepare day after day. You dream of dazzling your friends with a choice of gourmet dishes during a party you're planning when things return to ...Read more


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