Forget the pandemic for a day and walk Civil War battlefields in Central Virginia
Visitors still come to Civil War battlefields to ask why our great-great-grandfathers killed one another there, and whether we can resolve the stubborn differences they left behind. But the battlefields are more than memorials. They are also green, open spaces – natural reserves surrounded by rapidly expanding suburbs.
A primer for hiking newbies
Given the number of people in the outdoors, a summer hike might seem daunting for beginners. But getting started with hiking is relatively easy.
How I got my kids to love - or at least not hate - outdoor travel
Numerous studies support our experience, finding that time in nature reduces stress and negative thoughts and correlates with higher self-reported happiness among adults and children. Here are some tips to turn kids into outdoor enthusiasts.
Expect to pay more to cut in line at theme parks this season
In October, Disney ditched its free FastPass+ system and put in Genie+, which charges $15 per person per day to make reservations on select rides. Each park, however, has at least two attractions for which guests need to purchase a separate Lightning Lane ticket to skip the lines. That can cost an extra $7 to $15.
‘Alice’ exhibit turns botanic garden into a ‘Wonderland’
In the exhibit on display until Oct. 31, iconic characters from the Lewis Carroll classic, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” have been brought to literal if botanical life in the form of “mosaiculture” sculptures
At 80, Bob Dylan finally gets a museum
Organizers hope the 29,000-square-foot, $10 million center will become a cultural touchstone in Tulsa, offering both fans and hardcore Dylanologists a greater understanding of the famously enigmatic and guarded musician.
A guide to volunteering in the outdoors
The volunteer opportunities available through the National Park Service are as different as the parks themselves, including both run-of-the-mill duties (picking up trash) and intriguing endeavors (babysitting turtle nests on a beach).
Foraging tours let travelers savor a destination's flavor
If you want to get a real taste of the place you're visiting, don't make a reservation at the hippest-looking locavore restaurant you find on Instagram. Book a tour with a local forager instead.
In Nevada, 'most authentic' railway site has steam, smoke - and a cat
In May 1987, the Nevada Northern Railway Museum opened for business, with locomotive No. 40 - a 4-6-0 steam locomotive built in 1910 for passenger trains - leading the way.
Retracing the Green Book in my city
First printed in 1936, the Green Book was a travel guide for Black Americans that listed gas stations, restaurants, bars and private homes owned by or hospitable to Black patrons.
Fleeting beauty: Cherry Blossom Festival's joyous return
Millions will gather for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C., which returned after a two-year pause because of COVID-19 and runs until April 9.
Celebrating Harriet Tubman's 200th birthday in Auburn, N.Y.
The city of Auburn, N.Y., has a variety of attractions illuminating Harriet Tubman’s life after the Underground Railroad, and this year it is celebrating the bicentennial of her birth with a series of special events expected to last through September.
4 wheels, a map and a curious mind make for the best road trips
Skip the interstate. Traveling the country’s backroads can sometimes lead to wonderful and unexpected adventures.
Chicago blues, rock ‘n’ roll landmark easily overlooked
Chess Records became the hub of the Chicago Blues scene with acts like Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters. It was opened for public tours in 1997.
Alligators take center stage at Florida's Everglades National Park
Florida’s dry season from December to April is the best time for travelers visiting the Everglades to see alligators.
How to plan a family vacation that everyone will enjoy
When it comes to travel, children can be at the mercy of the whims of adults. Here is a list of tips on how to include everyone down to the smallest family member in making travel plans.
Explore a Bay Area ghost town with a trek to Black Diamond mine
Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve lies on the southwest edge of Antioch. The area once teemed with people, residents of five bustling towns that sprang up after coal was discovered here in 1859.
Minibar popularity has waned, but some hotels are finding ways to revive interest in the amenity
Quirky boutique hotels may have their own approach. But many luxury properties and casino resorts have also held on to the minibar.
Winter is a wild time along the San Diego coast. How to spot whales, octopuses and more
There’s something special about a Southern California beach in winter — something restorative about bundling up in a heavy jacket to take in the waves and the often-showy January sunsets.