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Explore All Aspects of Aruba

By Victor Block

If you like to loll on magnificent beaches, visit Aruba. When seeking immersion in a fascinating multiracial culture, think Aruba. Want to combine a long list of activities with an otherworldly moonscape setting? Yes, Aruba. This tiny Caribbean island more than makes up in appeal what it lacks in size.

Many people go ...Read more

Underwater and Topside Fun at De Palm Island, Aruba

By Fyllis Hockman

I've always envied my scuba-diving friends who describe their colorful underwater world full of coral reefs and various inhabitants of the sea as "magical." I've snorkeled, but it's not the same. Now, although I remain uncertified as a diver, I have an idea of what the majesty is all about, thanks to my SNUBA experience...Read more

Gatlinburg's Best Breakfast Is at Crockett's

By Bonnie Neely

Crockett's Breakfast Camp in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, which churns out huge home-cooked breakfasts and a fascinating hillbilly history, honors the work of the dedicated frontiersman and soldier David C. "Crockett" Maples (born in 1840) and his wife Mary R. Ogles, who were known for serving the best breakfast in the Smoky ...Read more

Ponies, Oysters and Birds on Chincoteague Island

By Victor Block

Mention Chincoteague Island, Virginia, and you're likely to be asked, "Isn't that the place where those ponies are?" The answer is yes. The narrow spit of land and nearby Assateague Island became famous as home to a herd of wild ponies in 1947, when the popular children's book "Misty of Chincoteague" was published. A 1961...Read more

Discover Dynamic Eau Claire

By Glenda Winders

Chances are if you don't have relatives to visit, a child in college or business to transact in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, you may have completely overlooked it as a travel possibility. If that's the case, you've missed an important slice of Americana and a mid-size city in the throes of a renaissance. The next time you ...Read more

New Mexico's Three Rivers Petroglyph Site Opens a Door to the Past

By Bonnie and Bill Neely

Driving our RV from home in South Carolina to see our family in Los Angeles, California, is an ambitious trip. But spending as much time outdoors as possible and avoiding crowds is easy in most campgrounds, and RV travel and tent camping has increased 1,000% in the last year.

We chose to avoid major Interstate ...Read more

Small Utah Resort Offers Big Family Fun

By Margot Black

For learning how to snowboard and ski, Snowbasin is the perfect resort to make winter-sports lovers out of your whole family. Nestled behind Mount Ogden in Utah, it is easily accessible from both Ogden and Salt Lake City.

From their single-day lessons to their three-year Learn & Earn program, Snowbasin offers award-...Read more

Find Much More Than Shopping at These Malls

By Victor Block

Every member of the Taylor family found something of interest and entertainment. Dad Bob tried his hand at the miniature golf course and checked his accuracy throwing an axe at a target. His wife, Evelyn, searched for the bald eagles that like to hang out along the nearby lake, then took in a show at the comedy club. ...Read more

Land Trusts Protect More Than You Might Think

By Victor Block

Visitors to North Carolina stroll by a centuries-old Native American site, then relive a taste of life in rural Appalachia from the early 1900s. Farther north, a center of attention is a stone that was placed during the mapping of the Mason-Dixon Line, which delineated the boundary between three British Colonies in ...Read more

Science Mixes With History at New Mexico's Valley of Fires

by Bonnie and Bill Neely

On a recent RV trip across the United States, we discovered places of which we had never heard that turned out to be real finds. Valley of Fires Recreation Area is part of the Bureau of Land Management -- protected lands where ranchers are allowed to graze their animals and people are allowed to hunt, fish, camp,...Read more

Green Destinations Are a Travel Plus

By Victor Block

As Daniel and Martha Everett and their two children enjoyed a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida, their focus was on entertainment and excitement rather than the environment. When Barbara and Andy Allen checked into a Boston hotel, they were thinking about the many sites they wanted to see during their two-day visit. ...Read more

Climate Change May Affect Future Travels

For the millions of people who visit Yellowstone National Park each year the sight of Old Faithful can be a disappointment. The geyser, which is famous for erupting at regular intervals, is doing so less frequently these days. And tourists planning to take in the treasures of St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, sometimes ...Read more

Brew, Chew and Cider, Too: Exploring San Diego's North Park

You're vacationing in San Diego. You've had a close encounter with wildlife from every continent at the zoo. You've strolled the waterfront and admired the clipper ship Star of India and the massive aircraft carrier Midway. You've shopped at Horton Plaza and supped in the Gaslamp Quarter. What now? Explore North Park.

This historic neighborhood...Read more

The Spirit of San Diego's Imig Manor Remains Today

It was during the dark days of World War II that a San Diego entrepreneur and former car dealer named Larry Imig decided to risk $2 million on the construction of a glamorous new hotel he would christen Imig Manor. He had a vision that when the war was over the Golden Age of Hollywood, which had been put on hold, would rise again and its ...Read more

Special Gifts for the Travelers on Your List

By Margot Black

With COVID-19 vaccines now readily available to youngsters, families who love to travel are gearing up again for their next adventure. Whether you plan on getting on the road, catching a flight, enjoying a staycation, being a great houseguest or simply want to remember a past adventure, here are a few great gifts for ...Read more

Learn About Native American Culture in Cherokee, North Carolina

By Bonnie and Bill Neely

One of my favorite childhood memories was an exciting weekend at the small town of Cherokee in western North Carolina. I recall that at that time several tame black bears were chained at the street corners, and cars stopped to feed them.

The town, as far as I knew, was one wondrous street with Native Americans ...Read more

Travel to the Islands -- In New York City

By Victor Block

Mention New York City and "islands" in the same breath, and it's likely that Liberty and Ellis will come to mind. Liberty Island is home to the world-famous statue which, since 1886, has welcomed people to the United States. Once here, many of them were processed through the immigrant station on Ellis Island.

The ...Read more

Head to Kentucky Horse Park for Equine Fun

By Bonnie and Bill Neely

Before COVID-19 stopped many events and much of travel worldwide we were fortunate to be at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Throughout the year paddocks, pastures and show rings here are lush with Kentucky bluegrass and always busy. We enjoyed especially the introduction to the different horse breeds,...Read more

Vacation in Style on Ambergris Cay, Turks and Caicos

By Candyce H. Stapen

When asked to describe my fantasy island vacation, my response always includes space. Not the moon and the stars kind, but the sort that comes with deserted beaches, acres of scrub brush, an abundance of birds and critters that chirp and rustle in the leaves, plus great food, service and lodging. After all, a ...Read more

Explore Your Special Interest on a Themed Cruise

By Victor Block

Several people watch a master baker demonstrate making pastries; participate in a chocolate, cheese and wine tasting; and enjoy a food-and-wine pairing gourmet dinner. Golfers play at some of the most famous courses around the world before attending a tournament that brings together the top professionals. Music fans of ...Read more



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