Education Vacation: A Trek Through Ireland: Dublin to Derry - November 09, 2009 12:30 PM
In Ireland, you’ll find a mix of new and old, including an ancient walled city and a bustling modern capital. Experience the chill of a centuries-old prison, take a cliff-lined hike or soak in the scenery at the birthplace of a revered writer.
New England B&B Weekend: Portland, Maine - September 29, 2009 06:30 PM
Most recently in the spotlight for its enviable restaurants and superb local seafood, Portland presents an attractive range of possibilities for travelers. Few cities can claim to offer Portland's combination of small town atmosphere and fine culture, along with a lively arts district flanked by North Atlantic Ocean scenery.
Hidden Beach: Hellfire Bay, Australia - August 05, 2009 12:00 PM
A road trip along Western Australia’s southern coast will bring travelers to Cape Le Grand National Park, home to secluded beaches, including the remote Hellfire Bay. Wear comfortable walking shoes, pack a fishing pole, and prepare for the lengthy but rewarding coastal walk to the Bay’s glimmering turquoise waters.
Hidden Beach: Noirmoutier Island - July 22, 2009 07:30 AM
Noirmoutier, off the west coast of France, touts sunny beaches, bright green grass and blossoming trees. It received the name “black monastery” for the darkly clad monks who inhabited the island in the seventh century. Noirmoutier has been called “a displaced Mediterranean island” because of its whitewashed buildings, fresh cuisine and vivid landscape.
Hidden Beach: Jericoacoara, Brazil - July 20, 2009 05:00 AM
Far removed from the sultry scene on many of Brazil’s beaches near Rio de Janeiro, Jericoacoara is a slow-moving, old-fashioned idyll on the South American country’s northeastern coast. Jeri, as locals affectionately know the beach, did not have electricity until about 20 years ago, and the village still experiences the occasional power outage. Visitors must endure an eight-hour bus ride, followed by a scenic off-road trek before finally arriving at Jeri’s sandy streets. Yes, the village streets are sand.
Wine Getaway: Napa Valley - June 24, 2009 06:45 AM
The Napa Valley is by and large the most well-known and beloved wine region in the United States, enticing oenophiles and foodies with gorgeous vineyards and bountiful restaurants. Web sites with itineraries and official winery portals can enhance your trip.
Wine Getaway: Long Island - June 10, 2009 08:00 AM
Featuring a gorgeous landscape on the Atlantic Ocean that’s ideally suited for grape growing, Long Island has rapidly become a major player in wine production. The region’s most prized area is the North Fork, where vineyards and award-winning bottles have drawn comparisons to Bordeaux’s world-renowned offerings.
Summer Getaway: Shelter Island - June 01, 2009 08:00 AM
Shelter Island is a natural haven on New York’s Long Island. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Shelter Island’s beaches and nature preserve, while active travelers can glimpse the scenery from the seat of a bike or in a kayak. Learn why this dreamy waterside destination is such a coveted summertime spot.
Education Vacation: Art Galleries and Museums in Upstate New York - May 15, 2009 05:28 PM
New York’s attractions extend far beyond the Big Apple’s bright Broadway lights. If you’re planning a summer vacation to Manhattan, consider traveling north to the quiet, charming towns of “upstate.” And don’t miss the region’s venerable art galleries and museums while you’re there.
Ecological Travel: Hikes and Hot Springs in Central Montana - April 07, 2009 10:00 PM
In Montana, the range of exquisite natural features is reason enough to plan a visit. This week, we'll focus on quiet hiking trails around Crystal Lake in the Lewis and Clark National Forest, and reveal two undeveloped hot springs outside of Bozeman to take the chill out of the early springtime air.
Getaways: Scouring Beaches and Mayan Ruins in Tulum, Mexico - April 03, 2009 04:00 AM
Just a stone’s throw from Cancun, you’ll find a quiet escape with sandy beaches, ancient Mayan ruins, spas and yoga classes overlooking the ocean. Tulum has been referred to as the anti-resort for its relaxed, sometimes rustic accommodations, but it would be impossible not to feel reenergized and enlightened after a trip to this Yucatan paradise.
Literary Travel: Evoking John Cheever in Westchester and the Hudson River Valley - March 25, 2009 01:00 AM
The death of writer John Updike has led some to recall John Cheever, another prolific American author. The suburbs of New York City, particularly Westchester County, are the settings for Cheever’s short stories. Although the Westchester of Cheever has faded some, the small towns strung along the Hudson River still carry a literary allure.
Travel Tales: Glendalough - March 19, 2009 01:40 PM
In my early teens, our extended family vacationed in Ireland. The second day there, we visited Glendalough National Park in County Wicklow. We were tired from the flight and I didn’t understand why it was so important to go there. Little did I know that it would be one of the best days of my life.
Educational Getaway: Virginia’s Historic Homes and Vineyards - February 25, 2009 10:00 AM
Virginia played a central role in the Civil War and boasts some of the oldest and most prestigious wineries in the United States—the perfect combination of student-worthy and parent-friendly attractions. Use the resources in this guide to learn about the many elements that make Virginia a worthwhile diversion, including Thomas Jefferson’s architecture, James Barbour’s knack for viticulture, and the patchwork of battlefields and cemeteries that mark the landscape of this southern state.
Winter Getaway: Juvenex Spa, a New York City Diversion - January 28, 2009 09:45 AM
Harsh winter air and the cloying cold of January and February call for special treatments and nourishing natural remedies. In New York City, try a visit to the Juvenex Spa, tucked away in Little Korea and offering a variety of soothing treatments. Use the Web sites below to learn more and plan your winter spa getaway.
Winter Getaway: Berlin’s Late Night Culture - January 21, 2009 08:15 AM
Berlin heats up in January and February, with several different cultural events to keep visitors and locals entertained, curious and busy. Despite much attention for its cultural achievements and elusive cool over the past year or two, Berlin still pulsates with energy. The city’s artists, musicians and café scene remain invigorating, say travel experts, who’ve called Berlin a must-visit place in 2009.
Digital D.C.: A Virtual Visit to the Nation's Capital - January 19, 2009 10:30 AM
We all know that Washington, D.C. will be mobbed on Inauguration Day. Wouldn't it be great to see the nation's capital without all those people in the way? Become a virtual tourist with help from the sites below.
Reykjavik: Culture and Festivities in Iceland's Capital - January 14, 2009 09:45 AM
The city streets may be clogged with foreign revelers, but Reykjavík is not old news just yet. Due to the fall of the Icelandic krona, 2009 is an affordable time to visit Iceland’s pulsating capital city, which offers plenty of options beyond partying for travelers who know where to look.
Winter Getaway: Shrug Off the Cold in Mexico - January 07, 2009 08:15 AM
Mexico caters to any wintertime traveler, whether your ideal getaway involves lazing at a beach resort, experiencing authentic culture or city life, or getting up close with nature. Learn where the choicest, yet cheapest, all-inclusive resorts are found, find out why butterflies are synonymous with one particular Mexican state, and discover two under-the-radar locales where the quiet life prevails over commercial development.
Exploring Japan: A Blog's-Eye View - December 11, 2008 08:15 AM
Like many countries in Asia and the South Pacific, Japan seems remote and exotic to many Americans—it's around 14 time zones and as many hours away by plane. But you can bridge the distance by reading blogs written by people who have intimate knowledge of Japan: those who live there or who frequently travel there. This is where you’ll find the juicy details that other Web sites leave out: the honest opinions and quirky insights of people of all ages, interests and backgrounds.
Exploring Japan: Visiting in Style - December 08, 2008 08:15 AM
Japan boasts centuries of exquisite fine arts and crafts, impressive Buddhist temples and sophisticated garden design, as well as some of the most advanced technology and architecture in the world. With so many aesthetically pleasing sites to visit, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Use the links below to get a virtual sampling of Japan’s unique accommodations and attractions.
Exploring Japan: Distinctly Different Destinations - December 05, 2008 08:15 AM
Japan, the beautiful island nation in the Pacific Ocean, feels ancient and modern at the same time. Think of Tokyo, the bustling city known for its bright screens of advertisements covering the sides of buildings and people moving in a dozen directions. Less known are the hundreds of islands scattered off the coast of mainland Japan, providing an opportunity for quiet contemplation and discovery. Get a taste of Japan's apparent contradictions through gorgeous photos available online.
Exploring South Africa: Travelers’ Insights - December 01, 2008 06:00 AM
South Africa has a tumultuous history of colonization and apartheid; a mix of cultures, including English, Afrikaans and Zulu; a variety of wildlife; and several bustling cities. The country provides fertile ground for travelers to explore how these disparate cultures intersect, and the Web provides ample opportunity for travelers to share their discoveries through photos, blogs and videos.
Exploring South Africa: Cameras on Safari - November 25, 2008 06:00 AM
The next best thing to a South African safari is photos from a South African safari—and lots of them. Through Web cams and abundant uploaded photos, you can take a virtual safari through South Africa's natural wonders and marvel at the resident wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and picturesque cultural centers.
Fall Getaway: Pittsburgh, Art and Outdoors - November 12, 2008 06:00 AM
A late fall visit to Pittsburgh presents myriad opportunities for fun. Area slopes are beginning to buzz with skiers and snowboarders, and a downtown landmark was recently recognized for its greatness. If you’re already wincing at the thought of chilly November air, simply head to a Pittsburgh museum, or hang out at the annual film festival; both offer a cozy cultural respite from the encroaching winter.
Exploring South Africa: The Gauteng Province - November 07, 2008 06:00 AM
Gauteng is a highly recommended destination for any trip to South Africa. It may be South Africa's smallest province, but it's home to some of the country's most spectacular landmarks, such as the National Botanical Garden and Union Buildings in Pretoria, the cultural hub that is the city of Johannesburg, and many artistic and natural attractions. In addition, Sterkfontein boasts the "Cradle of Humankind," the location of some of the oldest human fossils ever found.
Exploring South Africa: Cape Town - November 03, 2008 06:00 AM
Not only is Cape Town the third largest city in South Africa, it is also a place of great natural beauty and geographic diversity. Cape Town is located at the tip of Cape Peninsula. Its harbor faces forward to the Atlantic Ocean while the city's backdrop is Table Mountain, rising to more than 3,000 feet. Two almost vertical peaks surround the city while the suburbs are on the Cape Flats, a plain that connects the peninsula to the mainland.
Fall Getaway: Sun Valley, Idaho - October 29, 2008 06:00 AM
Fall is made for festivals, hikes in the woods, and scenic road-trips, with stops along the way for crisp red apples and stunning photo opportunities. This week, we highlight distinctly autumnal opportunities in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Fall Getaways: Autumn Festivals - October 22, 2008 06:00 AM
Cities around the world are celebrating the height of the fall season with bright lights, artisan wines and fresh local foods, and plenty of pumpkins. The second half of October is packed with intriguing autumn events, five of which are detailed below.
Fall Getaways: Sassofortino, Italy - September 24, 2008 12:30 AM
Fall is made for festivals, hikes in the woods and scenic road trips, with stops along the way for seasonal foods and stunning photo opportunities. This week, we highlight distinctly autumnal opportunities in Sassofortino in southern Tuscany.