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.

Be tickled pink at the fab World of Barbie exhibition in California

Among the highlights at the recently expanded immersive experience, now staying at Santa Monica Place through Sept. 4, are life-size recreations of the doll’s beach house and camper van, the latter of which was designed by local car shop West Coast Customs.

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.

Why can’t tourists stop messing with wild animals at national parks?

The National Park Service has pleaded with people to stop messing with wildlife. But due to cognitive dissonance, stupidity or their compassion for other species, people are not listening.

What it’s like to surf in Waco, Texas, where machine-made waves create the stoke

Orange County Register reporter and her husband travel to Waco Surf, formally known as BSR Surf Ranch, for 48 hours to check out its fresh-water wave pool and discover that surfing there is more civilized and reliable than surfing in the ocean, an experience that draws surfers from near and far.

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.

I slept at Jack Kerouac’s home in St. Petersburg. You can, too

In the last few months, the Jack Kerouac House of St. Petersburg Inc., the nonprofit behind the Kerouac residence, has started booking daytime tours, evening stays and special events to raise funds for the group’s preservation mission. But according to Ken Burchenal, who joined forces with the nonprofit when he and his wife bought the Florida home in 2020, being a Kerouac fan is not a requirement. “We don’t want this to be just an homage to Jack Kerouac,” he said. We’re really interested in not only all of the Beats, but American counterculture.”

Eat like a king, or go camping?

New cookbook ‘Cook It Wild’ says you can do both

Disney to close Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel

The hotel at Walt Disney World in Florida, which allowed Star Wars fans to dress up, participate in adventures and immerse themselves in constant role-playing, opened in March 2022 but will take its final voyage Sept. 28. While innovative, its price tag — starting at $4,809 for two people on weeknights during the cheapest time of year — made the experience unattainable for many fans.

Surf's up! Florida's St. George Island beach named nation's best in annual ranking

Dr. Beach has made his selection for 2023, and he chose a Gulf of Mexico beach notable for its natural beauty, abundant outdoor activities and unparalleled view of the night sky.

Communing with honeybees is creating a buzz over this Colorado ranch

Most guests who spend time at Capella Ranch in Lafayette, Colo., in one of the property’s 2 recently opened bee therapy huts say the experience of being around the honeybees is relaxing; some even go so far as to say it’s meditative or transcendental. Still others claim it had positive effects on their health.

Easy-going and quirky, Port Aransas in Texas is a good place to ‘to sit and watch the world go by’

Affectionately known as Port A, the tranquil beach town on Mustang Island —a 45-minute drive from Corpus Christi — is a great destination year-round. While it has a reputation as “the fishing capital of Texas,” it also plays host to Texas SandFest in April, the U.S.’ largest native sand festival, and the Whooping Crane Festival in February.

Historic, spirited Blairsville offers an endless supply of Georgia’s mountain culture

A guide to dining, lodging and outdoor activities in the seat of Union County, Ga., a county that is often referred to as the “top of Georgia” because of Brasstown Bald, the state’s tallest mountain.

Disney parks ban costumes for adults. These fans have a way around it

DisneyBound is a term coined by Leslie Kay which refers to the everyday clothing subtly inspired by characters that adult fans wear. Kay says, “It’s a fun way to, as an adult, have a similar interaction to what a kid would have when they’re in their costumes.” Participants say they love how Disneybounding provides both a creative outlet and a sense of community.

Steep, freezing and fast: California’s epic snowpack promises a whitewater rafting season for the ages

As the record Sierra snowpack begins to melt, it is sending immense volumes of water cascading through some of the most storied and beautiful rafting rivers in the world: the Kern in the southern Sierra, the Tuolumne, which flows out of Yosemite National Park and the American flowing out of the mountains near Lake Tahoe. "We'll probably run out of people wanting to go rafting before we run out of water," said Evan Moore, 27, who manages Sierra South Mountain Sports in Kernville, Calif.

How to explore the 3 newest national monuments

A guide to Avi Kwa Ame, a sacred Native American site in Nevada and Castner Range, a former Army training base teeming with wildlife in Texas, both of which were established by the Biden administration last month, and the Camp Hale-Continental Divide in Colorado, which the president designated in October.

Surfing and snowboarding in one day? How I survived the ‘California Double’

Los Angeles Times writer joins a group of thrill seekers attempting a modified form of the ‘California Double’ (they also skateboarded), a challenge that’s possible in only a few places on Earth

What I learned staying at an eco retreat in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Three takeaways after a 3-day glamping trip at Cinnamon Bay Beach & Campground on St. John, the smallest U.S. Virgin Island

7 interesting facts about Lake Mead near Las Vegas

In the waters of Lake Mead, one of the West’s most popular outdoor attractions, lies a boatload of rich history including the stories of a submerged World War II-era landing craft and plane.