The El Paso Texas Mission Trail, near the El Paso/Juarez border, provides a fascinating glimpse into four centuries of Mexico/U.S. immigration, trade, and cultural exchange.
Many of the enjoyable outdoor adventures I have experienced have been inaccessible to large numbers of readers. An exception, however, is the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum on the Mall in Washington, D.C., has added a new branch, the Udvar-Hazy Center, in Chantilly, Virginia.
Isle Royale, our island wilderness National Park, lures visitors both for its seen and unseen attractions.
The Florida Everglades National Park is a slow-motion river, only a few inches deep but 50 miles wide and a hundred miles long, America's greatest wetland ecosystem. Among things to see and do, consider Marco Island, Everglades City, kayaking and canoeing, reading Marjory Stoneman Douglas' The Everglades: River of Grass, Flamingo, and the Anhinga Trail.
New York City seems as resilient as ever, perhaps aided by the city's basic exuberance and vitality.
Central Florida is a land of visionaries. St. Petersburg first saw a future in Florida tourism. Walt Disney at EPCOT dreamed of a peaceful and technology-rich world future. The Kennedy Space Center is where man left earth for the moon.
In New Orleans, lagniappe is a Creole term meaning something special, a small extra gift given to a customer, an unexpected item above and beyond.
Fort Worth, still affectionately known as Cowtown, attracts visitors with its Sundance Square, Stockyards entertainment district, and three exceptional art museums. The museums are the Sid Richardson Collection, Amon Carter Museum, and Kimbell Art Museum.
The ongoing reality of terrorism worldwide is now a daily factor in our lives. Occasionally, we may think back on that fateful day in New York 9-11-01 when the first major terrorism shock of the new century occurred.
Almost everyone who visits Washington DC wants to view the iconic elements, such as the Lincoln Memorial. Some travelers will wish to photograph these icons. Others will be content to experience and visualize the major entities. Regardless, everyone is faced with the challenge: where should I go, and when, to get the great views and savor the best moments?
Georgia boasts more undeveloped coastline than any other Atlantic seabord state. Numerous islands, rich estuarine environments, and extensive swamps make Georgia's coast more diverse than the mileage claim alone suggests.
America's most popular park is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in eastern Tennessee and northern North Carolina. It draws over 8.5 million visitors each year.
St. Augustine, Florida, lures travelers with its Spanish history, its beaches, and its inland waterways alive with wildlife. See the Spanish Fort Castillo de San Marcos, the St. Augustine Lighthouse, Anastasia Island, Lightner Museum, Alligator Farm, and the Coastal Outdoor Center.
At a time when intolerance is on the rise worldwide, it's worth exploring again the city of Philadelphia and its special legacy.
There is a universal desire in humans to create something positive with our lives, especially if we think of creativity in a broad sense rather than the narrower world of artistic artifacts. The creation of song in Nashville has always epitomized to me this deep human longing to create.
The annual spring Cherry Blossom Festival in Wasington, D.C., has blossoming cherry trees, a parade, and the Sakura Matsuri Japanese festival.
Miami's Art Deco Architecture in South Beach is a main travel attraction among things to see and do here. Check out also the Design District, pulsating clubs, art at the Lowe Museum, fine dining at Sushisamba and Azul restaurants, and an eventing of classica orchestra music by the New World Symphony.
Annapolis ranks as one of our more charming east coast cities to visit.
If you seek a coastal vacation in the Southeast United States, Myrtle Beach in South Carolina is a logical option to consider.
Minneapolis celebrates its Aquatennial and Summer Arts festivities, honoring the 10,00 Lakes, with a parade, the Nicollet Mall Block Party, and many summer cultural efforts, including drama at the Guthrie Theater.
Arkansas promotes itself as "the natural state," but it can now also say it's the state of the political natural, Bill Clinton. Among its natural resources are Hot Springs National Park and the lakes and woods in the Ouachita National Forest.
I am posting some excerpts from my memoir about growing up in Minnesota, titled Minnesota Boy: Growing Up in Mid-America, Mid-20th Century. This post is about the wonder of childhood, in all its little details.
The marvel of space flight is surely one of the most wondrous aspects of our modern world. It is amazing to think that only 66 years passed between the first halting flight at Kitty Hawk and man's first step on the moon. On a visit to Cape Canaveral, your imagination can lift off, as have so many adventuresome rockets.
Baltimore, a treasure trove of Americana, emerges to explore.