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Learning and Leisure Abound in Talbot County

By Victor Block

As I steered the car into the tiny town of Oxford (population about 600), I began to feel calm. My breathing slowed, my body relaxed and I noticed that my wife, Fyllis, seated beside me, was having the same reaction.

Welcome to Talbot County, Maryland, where visitors are immersed in chapters of the past in meaningful ...Read more

Talbot County, Maryland: A Throwback to History and Americana

By Fyllis Hockman

Talbot County, Maryland, is old. Very old. One of the earliest buildings, a Quaker meeting house, dates to 1682. But even more than the origin of its buildings, three favorite sons of the county encapsulate its history in different but fascinating ways. Two were symbols of the Revolutionary War and the other the Civil ...Read more

Camp With Camels in San Diego's Backcountry

By Nicola Bridges

Horse and cows, yes. Mexican longhorn Corriente cattle, yes. Llamas? Quite possibly. Goats? For sure. But camels in San Diego's backcountry? And I'm not speaking of the dromedaries at the world-renowned San Diego Zoo Safari Park, also a great place to see camels.

No, I was 45 minutes east of San Diego exploring the ...Read more

Learn Rich and Tragic History in Beautiful Charleston

By Victor Block

During a recent tour of Charleston, South Carolina, the guide paused in front of a church, began discussing its history and said it had been built in 1855. Then he referred to it as a "new" place of worship. While that description seemed unusual, the reason for it soon became evident.

Charleson is, if anything, old. It ...Read more

For a Lively Vacation, Try Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

By Candyce H. Stapen

Sometimes, we like our lake vacations mild -- boats, books and hiking boots. Other times, we crave a lively lake getaway with good restaurants, music, street festivals and bars. Either way, Elkhart Lake in eastern Wisconsin, about two and a half hours from Chicago, delivers a next-level lake vacation full of ...Read more

Prohibition Museum Recalls a Turbulent Time in American History

By Fyllis Hockman

The entrance immediately transports you to the era just preceding Prohibition, which lasted from 1920 to1933. A larger-than-life 1918 street scene depicts a truck loaded with alcohol being prevented from moving by an angry crowd of protesters. They sport signs that read "Liquor is a curse," "Alcohol is poison" and "...Read more

Choices Abound During a Trip on American Cruise Lines

By Victor Block

One day during a recent journey through several Southeastern states, I knocked on an unmarked wood door, uttered a secret password and my wife, Fyllis, and I were admitted into the throwback of a Prohibition era speakeasy. This experience took place in a history-rich city where visitors feel as if they have stepped back ...Read more

Around-the-Clock Food, Festivities and Fun on a Coastal Cruise

By Fyllis Hockman

I looked tentatively at the load of shrimp, blue crabs, gar, sea trout and other denizens of the deep as they were dropped into the boat. Even more tentatively, I volunteered to hold one and found myself making eye contact with a very cute stingray, and I'm pretty sure we had a moment.

My trip on the Lady Jane Shrimp ...Read more

San Diego Jewelry Exhibit Reflects Border Life Reality

By Nicola Bridges

The La Frontera exhibit at San Diego's Mingei International Museum is a thoughtful showcase of the juxtaposition of life at the U.S.-Mexico border, reflected in the artists' clever craftsmanship and using precious and mundane materials to depict the clash of border cultures.

Silver, bronze and gems are paired with ...Read more

There's More Than One Thing To See at Popular Destinations

By Victor Block

Countless people around the world the world dream of visiting New York City's Times Square, and many of them do, which is one reason why the neighborhood is included on lists of most-overrated places in the United States.

That's not to say that if you haven't been to the enclave nicknamed "Crossroads of the World" and "...Read more

Discover Magical Family Fun in Branson, Missouri

By Candyce H. Stapen

Sometime between the world's tallest looping coaster and The Haygoods' laser, fire and musical extravaganza, we realized that Branson, Missouri, wasn't just for retirees. It's a top place for fun and affordable family entertainment. And who isn't looking for affordability these days? Most shows and museums cost less ...Read more

Small City or Big Town, Greenville Is Worth a Visit

By Victor Block

When I first heard mention of Greenville, South Carolina, I had to look at a map to learn exactly where it is. Little did I know that it has received rave reviews from major newspapers and magazines. It didn't take long after I got there to agree with those accolades.

My first impression after arriving was the inviting ...Read more

A Visit to the Official Center of the World

By Nicola Bridges

A trip to the Official Center of the World is, well, trippy if not intriguing. But it's well worth a sidebar stop if you're cruising Interstate 8 a few miles from the California-Arizona border and bored of the vast, flat, snooze-inducing sand and scrub-strewn landscape slowly eating up the horizon miles to your ...Read more

Treat Your Traveling Feet

By Nicola Bridges

Deciding what footwear to take on your travels can be a conundrum. Ideally, it's great to pack just a couple of pairs that work for different needs and don't take up too much space in your suitcase. A perfect pair of strappy sandals or heels appropriate for evenings at your destination and flip-flops for the beach or ...Read more

Volunteer Vacations Give New Meaning to Travel

By Victor Block

Sixteen-year-old David Trone is learning to use a specially designed ax and a two-sided rake to clear foliage in a dense woodland. Nearby, Mary Beers, age 79, is patting down soil that soon will be a path for hikers and backpackers. These two are among people who volunteered to help reroute a section of a trail in the ...Read more

Unusual Tours Teach Local Culture With Flair

By Victor Block

The day begins with a viewing of an airline that doesn't exist. Later, visitors arrive at a dry lake bed where unidentified flying object sightings are said to occur. These are among features of a Las Vegas Area 51 Tour, one of a number of unusual excursions that are available to curious sightseers throughout the United ...Read more

Surprises Await off Washington's Major Highways

by Jim Farber

Traveling Washington state's interstate highways provides a convenient way to connect big city centers such as Seattle, Tacoma and -- in this case -- Olympia. But it's the country roads and byways radiating out from Olympia that can often provide some very surprising and memorable discoveries.

From Olympia you can easily ...Read more

San Diego County Museums Worth a Trip

By Nicola Bridges

Beyond San Diego's world-class Balboa Park museums are a multitude more that each offer culturally immersive memories. Here are four San Diego County museum favorites just a little farther afield from downtown and off the beaten Balboa Park path.

The vibrant colors of Niraja Lorenz's wall-sized "Edge of Chaos" textile ...Read more

What Visitors Want, Alaska Provides

By Victor Block

When I began planning to visit Alaska, three words came to mind: "big," which describes many things in the 49th state; scenery, some of the most magnificent anywhere; and "wildlife," which is there in abundance.

It didn't take long to experience all of those observations. Alaska is big. It's twice as large as Texas, with...Read more

Wildlife, Wild Scenery and Wild Stories in Denali

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 kids from one ...Read more



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