U.S. Travel

It’s a glorious time to hike the High Sierra, now a paradise of wildflowers and snow

A fall guide to hiking the California mountain range — straightforwardly named for its lofty elevation — which runs north from Lake Tahoe to the Golden Trout Wilderness, south of Sequoia National Park. It encompasses parts of Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks and several U.S. Forest Service areas, including the Inyo National Forest along the east side. After a fierce winter delayed backpacking season, September (and perhaps the first half of October), might be the best and driest time to hike among the lofty peaks.

50th hip-hop anniversary pop-up opens in Atlanta

While the pop-up, which is located at Underground Atlanta, highlights Atlanta’s contributions to the music genre through photo exhibits, artwork and memorabilia, organizers say it’s more of an experience than a museum as they also plan to host parties, artist Q&A sessions, celebrity podcasts, live DJ sets and documentary screenings there.

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Which Mississippi River cruise ship is right for you?

Three modern cruise lines – American Queen Voyages, American Cruise Lines and Viking River Cruises ply the Great River, with at least seven ships docking as far north as the Minnesota river towns of Red Wing, Winona and St. Paul. Itineraries to and from Minnesota explore up to 10 states and dozens of ports, from the wild and scenic Midwest to the blues-soaked Delta and iconic New Orleans. Choosing which Mississippi cruise line and ship that is right for you comes down to your budget, your interest in American history and/or your taste for modern comforts.

A Motown lover’s guide to Detroit

Expansions to the Motown Museum offer a fresh reason to revisit a Michigan city steeped in soul. Here’s where to find live music, soul food, classy cocktails and more.

Mammoth Mountain extends ski season into August for third time ever

Usually, the California resort receives an average of about 33 feet of snow — enough to fuel a season lasting from November through June. This winter shattered that norm. A record 60 feet of snow was recorded at the resort’s main lodge, the snowiest season on record.

A Georgetown canal boat tour offers a leisurely trip through the past

The Georgetown Heritage is the 1st boat to carry visitors through the area’s stretch of the C&O Canal for more than a decade. As they cruise, visitors get an unexpected history lesson and learn about the backbreaking work, done mainly by immigrants, to construct the canal, while enjoying the views and breeze.

A trick for getting into LA’s Magic Castle — and how to avoid the bracelet of shame

There are just a few ways to gain access to the Magic Castle, which first opened in 1963 as a private clubhouse for members of the Academy of Magical Arts and their guests. To get into the customized Hollywood hilltop mansion, which is part Old Hollywood, part Las Vegas, part Harry Houdini and part Harry Potter, you must know a member, be invited by a performer, or book a stay at the Magic Castle Hotel next door.

Route 66, America’s ‘Mother Road,’ readying for its centennial

The eight states traversed by America’s defining highway are getting it ready for its 100th anniversary, in 2026. States are handing out grants to restore vintage neon signs along the highway. They’re installing shoulders to make the road safer for bicyclists and improving signage to make the route more obvious through cities. And they’re installing charging stations that will make it easier to travel the entire length in an electric vehicle.

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