| Dec 14, 2013
So I made a point of not taking any Florida road trips on my recent vacation, odd behavior that qualifies as normal when a typical workweek involves putting a few hundred miles on the odometer.
When I returned last week, my email box was filled with...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 12:30 PM
The water thunders down — 700,000 gallons per second, in fact — as we stand underneath Niagara Falls on the famous Hurricane Deck, part of the Cave of the Winds tour. We're totally soaked, but we don't care.
The sheer power of the water...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 4:45 PM
Chicago-born author and environmentalist Sigurd F. Olson once wrote, "Wilderness to the people of America is a spiritual necessity, an antidote to the high pressure of modern life, a means of regaining serenity and equilibrium." For many of us, that...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 1:56 PM
We’re sorry, world. As you know, countless travelers from around the globe got shafted this week when U.S. elected officials, unable to compromise on a budget, closed down more than 400 national park system sites (and much of the federal government)...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 5:14 PM
Leaves already are changing color north of Chicago, so it's time to plan your fall leaf-hunting getaway. We've come up with some of the most scenic autumn areas within roughly 180 miles of Chicago, so it can be a day trip, or you can make a weekend of it....
| Sep 15, 2013
When it comes to pirate tourism Connecticut often gets robbed of its fair share of the booty.
Sure, pirate activity in the Caribbean has inspired the Disney ride and a billion dollar film franchise, and the famous Blackbeard spent his later years...
| Oct 26, 2013
It's easy to remember that Peck's Old Port Cove, an utterly out-of-the-way, old-school fish house on the Gulf of Mexico, is exactly 9.3 miles west of U.S. Highway 19 in Crystal River.
All the menu items offer a reminder, with prices that end in 93...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 4:50 PM
EGG HARBOR, Wis. — Biking through a canopy of trees on White Cliff Road, I can see glimpses of the waters of Lake Michigan's Green Bay off to the left, flanked by cottages. I look to the right and see the road is aptly named: Peeking through the...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Of course it's disappointing if you were planning to visit a national park or Washington, D.C., during the government shutdown, which has closed top attractions, including the 19 Smithsonian Museums, the National Zoo and the National Mall. It's even...
| Jan 19, 2014
Find out about historic and scenic sites as well as programs, fees and directions to California's national parks, monuments and recreation areas:
Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Ft. Mason, B201, San Francisco; (415) 561-4900 or...
| Oct 19, 2013
With Halloween around the corner, it's fitting that this week's destination has a bit of the devil in its history.
Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park (floridastateparks.org/devilsmillhopper), just a few miles northwest of Gainesville, is a 120-...