U.S. Travel

Run by volunteers from the California Historical Radio Society, the Bay Area Radio Museum and Hall of Fame in Alameda, Calif., is devoted to everything under the sun related to wireless communication, stretching back some 120 years to the invention of radio. Its thousands of mostly donated artifacts were located in Berkeley’s old KRE radio station before moving here in 2014. For much of its existence, the building has functioned as a social club and hangout space for die-hard radio collectors. But this summer, it plans to open as a full-fledged museum, with rotating exhibits and a burning mission to teach the public that radio is anything but dead.

St. George Island a short distance from Florida’s coast but a world away

A favorite destination for beachgoers, anglers and bird watchers, the 28-mile-long and 1-mile-wide Panhandle barrier island community, only a short drive from Tallahassee and tourist-crammed Panama City, is considered part of Florida’s so-called “Forgotten Coast,” those small, pristine and relatively undiscovered islands and towns like its cousins of Mexico Beach, Cape San Blas and Carrabelle that don’t get the party-hardy crowds of Miami, Daytona and Clearwater beaches.

Adaptive adventures are making national parks more inclusive

National parks are becoming increasingly more welcoming to outdoor enthusiasts with mobility issues, with some like Great Smoky Mountains National Park offering adaptive equipment loans and a program of free, adaptive excursions. Last year, its inaugural year, the national park and its partners organized three hikes and one mountain bike outing for parkgoers who use adaptive gear. This year, the program will feature three hikes, two mountain bike rides, one kayak trip and one night of backcountry camping. The outings are scheduled for select dates in June, July, September and October.

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Backyard mini-Disneyland in Anaheim Hills pays homage to much-loved original

Architect David Sheegog’s scaled-down version, Castle Peak and Thunder Railroad, which he has been working on for about a quarter of a century, is a love letter to Disneyland and Disney animation. But it doesn’t try to re-create the theme park, per se: An equal number of miniatures reference animated films as they do park attractions, some of which no longer exist; there are also references to Florida’s Walt Disney World. But like the actual park, it has enduring appeal and is never quite finished.

Embrace the desert season with a camping trip to the Anza-Borrego in California this winter

Located in San Diego County’s backyard, the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest in California. Desert camping can be a great introduction for first-time campers, said Samantha Young, the education manager at the Anza-Borrego Foundation, since it’s easy to find a flat surface to pitch a tent and there aren’t constant flies or mosquitoes. And desert season — roughly November to April — is a great time for visitors to avoid extreme heat during the day and catch potential wildflower blooms.

Mixing it up in Scottsdale: Rustic Old West meets modern-day luxury

You can find plenty of Old West flair in this Arizona city’s stores and museums like the Smithsonian affiliated Western Spirit and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, a National Historic Landmark and UNESCO World Heritage Site, and plenty of luxury in the area’s stylish accommodations, such as its Four Seasons and Mountain Shadows resorts with all of their amenities and restaurants.

A long-overdue music pilgrimage to Memphis

Music critic finally gets a chance to visit the city deservedly known as both “The Home of the Blues” and “The Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” taking in sights such as Graceland, Sun Studio, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the Blues Hall of Fame Museum, the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.

Panda Palooza left D.C. Now it’s Zoo Atlanta’s turn.

Visits to the National Zoo between Sept. 26 and Nov. 9 — roughly the start of the facility’s “cele-bear-ation,” to the bears’ departure day — increased 179% over those of the same period in 2022, said Ellie Tahmaseb, a spokeswoman for the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. “Although I can’t say definitively this was due to the giant pandas, it’s hard to look at the data and come to any other conclusions,” she said. Now animal lovers are racing to Atlanta to see the only giant pandas left in the U.S. before they too return to China sometime in late 2024.

I spent the night in a lighthouse on a tiny California island. Here’s how you can too

The East Brother Light Station Bed & Breakfast, located on an island near the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay, offers 5 bedrooms that are rentable by the night. Or, if you’re so inclined to splurge, you can rent the entire inn for a 10 to 12 person “house party.” The B&B is a nonprofit, with proceeds paying for the maintenance of the light station, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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