| Apr 10, 2011
On a blustery late-winter afternoon at Manassas, where a muscular statue of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson marks the spot where the Confederate general earned his nickname, the Civil War lives, not separate from life in Virginia, but intricately entwined with...
| Nov 25, 2010
Sure, Pleasure Island has resembled a ghost town for two years, but now it's officially dead. Walt Disney World announced last week its plans to rename and reinvent the area, the center segment of Downtown Disney.
Coming up is the Hyperion Wharf name....
| Feb 28, 2011
| 11:40 AM
CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. — Call it the manatee meeting hole. Each winter, as many as 500 manatees gather in a protected estuary 10 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico seeking a warm-water refuge.
And because there's no place like Kings Bay, tens of...
| Dec 5, 2010
Hostels can be boring, cheap, safe places to stay for a night. Of course, in Eli Roth's "Hostel" horror flicks, they can lead to torture and malice. This list leaps beyond the bare white walls and hard mattresses, while stopping short of chainsaws and...
| Jan 8, 2011
| 10:00 AM
Question: We are planning a trip to New York City next summer. Is there a list of bedbug-free hotels? How can we protect ourselves?
S. Penza, Camarillo
Answer: Bedbugs have become such an issue that several websites have sprung up to help travelers...
| Jul 2, 2011
Even if you're not the outdoorsy type, the natural beauty of the Torstenson lodge and surrounding wildlife can easily lure you in — or draw you out, as the case may be.
Rockford tool magnate and avid conservationist Robert Torstenson died in 2002,...
| Apr 21, 2011
| 5:19 PM
SeaWorld Orlando's new killer-whale show includes old favorites, new maneuvers on display and a message designed to inspire landlubbers.
"The title itself, 'One Ocean,' says we're all in one world, the world is one ocean and we as a species can make a...
| May 24, 2011
| 12:23 PM
Back before the tourism tide started by Disney World, Central Florida was a vast land of varied native wildlife that could be found just minutes outside Orlando, sometimes even in Orlando. The good news is that you can still find a place not far away to...
| May 17, 2011
| 1:53 PM
Stabbing my walking stick into the muck and sliding my feet forward, I waded into the swamp, one eye on the lookout for alligators, the other trying to spot the elusive orchids that draw so many people to South Florida's Fakahatchee Strand Preserve, a...
| May 18, 2011
| 10:01 AM
MIAMI — Just because the moonlight bike tours and guided swamp walks have ended for the season and most of the migratory birds have moved on doesn't mean there's no reason to visit the Everglades this spring and summer.
The hottest, stickiest,...
| May 24, 2011
| 12:16 PM
Under a searing afternoon sun, red dust covering my clothes and clinging to the sweat clotting at the back of my neck, I head deep into hunting grounds for maharajahs of old and royals of the modern day.
I'm on my very first safari, on my first trip to...