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    February, 2011

  • Civil Rights Cities: Atlanta, Georgia - February 15, 2011 07:00 AM
    Atlanta has always been an economic force. Essential to the South during the Civil War, it was the first city targeted during the Union’s “total war.” The birthplace of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and its first leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Atlanta was at the forefront of the civil rights movement. In 1973, Atlanta was the first city to elect a black mayor. Now, it continues to be a hotspot for both tourism and commerce.
  • Civil Rights Cities: Birmingham, Alabama - February 13, 2011 07:00 AM
    Known as the “Magic City,” Birmingham was created at the end of the Civil War with the explicit purpose of bringing successful northern industries to the South. Nearly one hundred mostly prosperous years later, the city became a focus of the civil rights movement. Although scarred by tragedy during that period, modern Birmingham, Alabama’s largest city, is a key industrial center for the nation and is often named as a favorable city for business and quality of life.
  • Civil Rights Cities: Little Rock, Arkansas - February 11, 2011 07:00 AM
    Witness to one of the defining moments in the U.S. civil rights movement, Little Rock, Ark., made history in 1957 when nine African American students tested federal anti-segregation laws in public schools for the first time. Even before that seminal 1957 event, Little Rock had been the scene of both progress and setbacks for African Americans in their struggle for equality and civil rights. Today, Little Rock is a thriving center of business and government, as well as home to a nascent tourism industry.
  • Civil Rights Cities: Montgomery, Alabama - February 09, 2011 07:00 AM
    Decades of history come full circle in Montgomery, Ala. The pursuit of equal rights for all people links many of the city's historic events, from the controversy over slavery that launched the Civil War, to the civil rights movement of the 20th century; the events and places of Montgomery's past and future seem destined to meet up with each other.
  • Education Vacation: Literary Haunts and Beatnik Jaunts on the California Coast - February 01, 2011 07:00 AM
    Despite having lost some of its counterculture luster, the central California coast is an intriguing area of the country to visit and maintains a free-spirited allure. Along the Pacific Coast Highway, between Salinas and Big Sur, discover the setting for John Steinbeck’s novels, visit the family-friendly Nit Wit Ridge and learn about a woodsy Jack Kerouac hideout.
  • December, 2010

  • Vatican City: Art, Lore and Christmas Celebrations - December 14, 2010 07:00 AM
    Vatican City is the world’s smallest independent country and is ruled by the Pope, known as the Bishop of Rome. But Vatican City’s close proximity to Rome makes it almost synonymous with the “eternal city.” Learn more about the abundance of history, art and artifacts in Vatican City, which led to its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • November, 2010

  • Fall Getaway: Carbondale, Colorado - November 26, 2010 07:00 AM
    The adventurous city of Carbondale, Colorado, presents an enviable array of outdoor pursuits, but with a lower profile than neighboring Aspen. Laid-back but high-energy Carbondale offers skiing at Mount Sopris, lauded organic food restaurants, and snowy Rocky Mountain scenery.
  • Plymouth: Where Thanksgiving Was Born - November 21, 2010 07:00 AM
    Plymouth, for a small group of Americans, is the source of their ancestry in North America. But for most of us, it is Chapter One of the history of the United States and the origin of Thanksgiving. Learn about the Native American tribe that called Plymouth (originally spelled “Plimoth”) home, and discover Web sites that explore the historic landmark.
  • Fall Getaways: San Francisco, Rain or Shine - November 05, 2010 07:00 AM
    In November, San Francisco is caught between the warm early fall and the approaching winter months. But while Bay Area weather is notoriously difficult to contend with, San Francisco’s array of activity options makes it easy to plan a stay. 
  • October, 2010

  • Fall Getaway: Montreal - October 29, 2010 07:00 AM
    November in Montreal is made for festivals and meandering city strolls. Stop along the way for flaky pastries and steaming cups of coffee at streetside cafes, enjoy a film festival or free museum exhibit, and dine on regional cuisine in a relaxed neighborhood restaurant. This week, we highlight Montreal’s distinctly autumnal opportunities.
  • Fall Getaways: Blue Ridge Parkway - October 22, 2010 07:00 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 activities along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.
  • Fall Getaways: Oregon - October 15, 2010 12:00 PM
    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. Two of the best areas for these distinctly autumnal activities are Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge and Hood River Valley.
  • Fall Getaways: Santa Fe - October 08, 2010 07:00 AM
    Fall is made for festivals, hikes in the woods, and scenic road trips, with stops along the way for local produce and stunning photo opportunities. This week, we highlight distinctly autumnal activities in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • July, 2010

  • Hidden Beach: Cayo Costa - July 14, 2010 08:00 AM
    There are no stores or businesses on Cayo Costa, so intrepid beach-goers will have to make like pirates exploring a deserted island. Located west of North Fort Myers in the Gulf of Mexico, this Florida state park offers a diverse selection of outdoor activities, but remains quiet and peacefully untouched, accessible only by private boat or passenger ferry.
  • June, 2010

  • A Tour of Transformed Historic Buildings - June 20, 2010 10:00 AM
    When approached creatively and with a reverence for history, the practice of transforming abandoned or deteriorating structures into new buildings can have astounding results. Around the world, schools, apartments, breweries and other unlikely entities have evolved from the remains of forgotten brick and mortar, breathing new life into old design.
  • Exploring South Africa: Manmade Beauty - June 11, 2010 07:00 AM
    South Africa is one of the most storied countries on the African continent. Home to some of the earliest human fossils in the world, this small country on the southern coast has an abundance of beautiful natural features and a variety of notable architecture. Read on to discover how the uniquely manmade complements the pristine natural environment in South Africa.
  • May, 2010

  • Spring Getaways: The Shawangunk Mountains - May 19, 2010 08:00 AM
    A favorite of climbers and outdoor enthusiasts looking for an adventure fix within reach of New York City, the Shawangunk region also accommodates a range of travelers. Anyone seeking a getaway that offers plenty of fresh air, good food and kind locals will enjoy a stay in this Catskills haven.
  • Spring Getaway: Vancouver, British Columbia - May 03, 2010 08:00 AM
    For city lovers seeking a breath of fresh air, Vancouver should be at the top of the list for an urban getaway. The city sits on the coast of British Columbia, and offers visitors kayaking and beaches, as well as cultural draws like museums and renowned restaurants.
  • April, 2010

  • Education Vacation: Native American History in the American Southwest - April 10, 2010 08:00 AM
    The American Southwest bursts with potential for exploration, and offers opportunities to learn about Native American groups, particularly the Hopi and Anasazi. Discover what it’s like to drive the Trail of the Ancients scenic byway, plan a day trip to New Mexico’s Chaco Culture National Historical Park or create an itinerary for the Four Corners, a hotbed of Native American history and culture.
  • March, 2010

  • European Micro-States - March 31, 2010 02:45 PM
    Europe contains six tiny nations described as “micro-states.” Although these locales are sovereign countries and members of the European Union, they are unusually small in geographic area. Earlier we took a look at the Principality of Monaco and Vatican City. Read on to discover the lore, beauty and quirky facts associated with Liechtenstein, Andorra, the Republic of San Marino and Malta.
  • Travel Through US History at Gettysburg - March 26, 2010 12:30 PM
    Gettysburg is famous for its Civil War history, its 20,000-acre battlefield, dramatic stone monuments and affecting cemetery. A popular destination for schools and families with children, Gettysburg presents a wealth of educational opportunities, but is surrounded by a quaint town that allows for parental relaxation as well. Take a virtual visit to Gettysburg using the Web sites in this article, and get a pre-trip history lesson that will enhance your visit.
  • Women’s History Month: The New York Studio School and the Whitney Museum - March 11, 2010 12:00 PM
    Three New York women profoundly influenced the 20th-century art world. In the 1960s, painter Mercedes Matter helped students start a school with a focus on art, not academics. The New York Studio School eventually moved to the former location of the Whitney Museum, founded in 1931 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and Juliana Force.
  • Women’s History Month: Landmarks of Higher Learning - March 10, 2010 08:00 AM
    In the 1800s, women had to fight to gain the same educational opportunities as men. FindingDulcinea highlights some of the institutions and educators that forged the path for women’s education.
  • Women's History Month: Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, NY - March 07, 2010 08:15 AM
    In July 1848, the Women’s Rights Convention was held in Seneca Falls, N.Y. It was the opening salvo of the battle for women’s suffrage, although many years would pass before its proponents would finally achieve victory.
  • Women's History Month: The "Mill Girls" of Lowell, Mass. - March 06, 2010 08:15 AM
    The women who found work in the mills of Lowell, Mass., during the first half of the 19th century also found a reason to rebel.
  • Women's History Month: The Salem Witch Trials - March 05, 2010 02:00 PM
    Was it witchcraft, simple hysteria or a hallucinogenic poison? Hundreds of people were accused of doing the devil’s work during the Salem witch trials.
  • January, 2010

  • Focus on Burundi - January 23, 2010 08:00 AM
    Burundi has experienced political turmoil, civil conflict, colonizing and outside governance—as well as peace, progress and international support. Learn how Burundi emerged from a 12-year civil war, and discover books and lesson plans focused on Burundi.
  • Winter Getaway: Montana Skiing - January 02, 2010 08:00 AM
    Montana’s expansive ski slopes draw families and celebrities alike, drawn by the state’s quiet, adventurous spirit. The state offers two big-name resorts, Big Sky and Big Mountain, but also boasts several other small ski areas where it’s not hard to trek off the beaten path into the Montana backcountry.
  • December, 2009

  • Winter Getaway: Soaking in Japanese Hot Springs - December 31, 2009 07:00 AM
    Hot springs have long been intrinsic to Japanese culture, initially used for medicinal reasons, and now offering residents and visitors a steaming respite from the outside world. A winter getaway to an onsen, which literally means “hot spring” in Japanese, is a perfect way to experience snowy scenery while keeping toasty warm.
  • Winter Getaway: Yosemite National Park - December 06, 2009 08:00 AM
    Whether coated in white snow or shrouded in stark winter gray, Yosemite National Park takes on a serene identity from December through February. Without summer crowds or hot sun, the park is prime for skiing, skating and quiet hikes to majestic sequoia trees—weather permitting. Suit up in waterproof attire, equip your car tires for icy conditions and prepare to be awestruck by the winter scene at Yosemite.
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