The California coastline might come to mind when you think of a destination for a beach trip, but Alabama and the Gulf of Mexico have some of the best beaches in the world. Here are five reasons why your next beach trip should be to Alabama.
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Whether it’s an obscure beauty spot that’s about to be exposed to the world via a hot new film or remote islands about to be made more accessible thanks to a new airport, these are the places on the brink of becoming major destinations. Time to get booking now, before everyone else does.
Scotty’s Castle is about 150 miles from Las Vegas. Follow Highway 95 north through Beatty to Scotty’s Junction. Questions about who owned the mansion existed for a long time because of tall tales told by Walter Scott, a colorful character better known as Death Valley Scotty.
For people living in North America, it’s been an especially brutal winter. The first day of spring — March 20 — can’t come too soon.
Visiting the Grand Canyon is one of those iconic experiences that we Americans often take for granted. I regularly meet people who’ve never been, even though they grew up in the West. Meanwhile, tourists from all over the world detour thousands of miles just to see the magnificent canyon carved by the Colorado River.
In a galaxy far, far away … in the Western Caribbean, actually, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Boba Fett and stormtroopers party with Disney Cruisers around the pool deck. Disney Cruise Line announced last week it will introduce Star Wars Day at Sea in 2016.
The verdant Muddy River Valley, better known as Moapa Valley, assumes a quiet demeanor that belies a long and sometimes turbulent past.
Paris is romantic. Everybody knows that. But with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve put together a list of 10 little-known spots that are equally dreamy.
The Mojave Desert contains extensive areas of mountainous sand dunes. Early travelers tried to avoid the sand, but today the sands attract many modern travelers, some for their sheer beauty, others for their recreational opportunities.
No longer is it enough to simply lace up your running shoes and pant your way through a marathon.
From Denali to Mount Rainier to Mount Washington, the U.S. is full of majestic, towering peaks that have long challenged people to climb them. This story is not about those.
Long distance trails inspire contradictory tales of solitude and camaraderie, pleasure and pain. The idea of covering thousands of miles on foot is itself barely believable. Perhaps that’s what makes these adventures so memorable.
Yosemite is one of the most popular national parks, especially in summer and fall, when it is difficult to find parking spots at viewpoints and attractions. But winter is a different story. In this season, when Yosemite becomes a winter wonderland, the crowds melt away.
Fun winter activities abound in Brian Head, Utah, from skiing and snowboarding to tubing and snowmobiling. Or perhaps you’d enjoy a sleigh ride around town or a pleasant evening around the fireplace.
See Cuba before it changes. Check out the Expo in Milan. And if you’re heading to New York City to see the view from 1 World Trade Center’s observatory (scheduled to open late spring), take the subway to Queens and see if you can figure out why it topped Lonely Planet’s “best in the U.S.” destinations for 2015.
A city once wracked by drug violence has undergone massive social and economic transformation, and it’s now known in tourist circles for spectacular Christmas light displays that veil churches, buildings, parks and even the Medellin River with glittering cascades of color.
Along the Virgin River between the Zion Canyon Visitor Center and Canyon Junction are some of the best areas for viewing fall colors. This may be the last weekend to enjoy the changing of the season at Zion National Park in Southern Utah.
One of the nation’s largest national parks at 3.4 million acres, Death Valley often overwhelms visitors with its dramatic distances and stark beauty. Though summertime brings blazing temperatures, this desert preserve enjoys temperate autumns, mild winters and pleasant springtimes.
From fine arts to rugged hikes and a deeply revered history, Prescott, Ariz., offers a wealth of activities and sights for visitors.
Ski season officially started in Colorado a week ago with the opening of Arapahoe Basin. Other ski areas plan Halloween-themed openings next weekend.
I learned an important lesson from a food blogger in Kansas City: Talking about barbecue in these parts may involve “fightin’ words.”
In a ramshackle old building in Budapest, tourists pay to be locked up in a room and try to escape by solving a series of mysterious clues, opening locks and finding their way out.
Money really does grow on trees in autumn in New England, and all six states are raking it in. Officials say tourists will spend upward of $3 billion to catch a glimpse of the red, yellow and orange hues — and the windfall is steadily rising as the economy regains strength.
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