Most recent Destinations blogs and columns

  • Playing a 2nd shot at the par-5 4th at Bethpage Black can be daunting. (Courtesy of New York State Dept of Parks)

    Interactive Map: Top 12 US Golf Courses Based on Value

    Golf trips in the United States often start with a dreamy “wish list.” How ’bout 18 holes at Augusta National? Cypress Point? Shinnecock Hills or... Read more

  • Black Mesa/ Espanola, New Mexico (Courtesy of Maureen A Vaccaro)

    Top 12 US Golf Courses Based on Value

    Golf trips in the United States often start with a dreamy “wish list.” How ’bout 18 holes at Augusta National? Cypress Point? Shinnecock Hills or... Read more

  • Grand Canyon from it´s hardest trek - South Kaibab Trail. (Google Maps)

    10 Beautiful, Remote Places Brought to You by Google Street View

    Have you ever dreamed of climbing Mount Everest? How about diving in the depths of a crystal clear ocean, or walking in spring under the... Read more

  • The most dangerous road in the world, from La Paz to Coroico, Bolivia (*Image via YouTube)

    14 Dangerous Destinations Tourists Can’t Stay Away From [Interactive Map]

    …... Read more

  • sixflags

    Zumanjaro, Six Flags’ New Record-Breaking Ride

    Six Flags Great Adventure is adding a new record-breaking thrill ride. Meet Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom. Zumanjaro is to be the tallest drop tower, lifting... Read more

  • Venice

    Carnival of Venice 2014—Masks and Mystique (Photos)

    The Carnival of Venice dates back to the 12th century, supposedly to celebrate and memorialize a military victory. In 1797, the festival was outlawed under... Read more

  • This March 19, 2014 photo shows a recreation of a jail cell in Montgomery, Ala. where Martin Luther King was held in 1963 at the newly-renovated National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. The museum, which first opened in 1991, is now ready to show off new, emotionally-moving exhibits and flashy, informative interactive displays. The museum says it attracts 200,000 people every year, but the renovations are impressive enough that they could lead to a spike in visitor turnout. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

    Renovated National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis Reopening

    MEMPHIS, Tenn.—One of the first exhibits visitors see at the newly renovated National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis displays statues of shackled and branded black... Read more

  • In this photo taken March 15, 2014, at Phantom Falls, Fall Creek forms a huge ice sculpture surrounded by an ice-misted landscape near Oakley, Idaho. The brush-covered hills southwest of Oakley hide a little-known spot of startling beauty, Phantom Falls, the highest waterfall in the South Hills. (AP Photo/Times-News, Virginia Hutchins)

    On the Trail of Idaho’s Icy Phantom of the Falls

    OAKLEY, Idaho — I heard reports of the ice phantom, saw the secret spot where it was said to appear, wondered about it for two... Read more

  • Side view of Buchlovice Castle. (Susan Hallett)

    Buchlovice: A Jewel of the Czech Republic

    When I think of parks and flowers, especially fuchsias, I don’t think of Ireland’s Mt. Stewart or England’s Kew Gardens. I let my mind wander... Read more

  • The short par-4 4th at Diamante Dunes—tempting much and testing all. (Maureen A Vaccaro)

    Tiger Woods to Open His First Golf Course in Mexico

    Conquering golf courses has been on the agenda for Tiger Woods since he appeared on the “Mike Douglas Show” in 1978 as a two-year-old child... Read more

  • Boston

    Preserving Historic Boston and an Insider’s Look at Some Neighborhoods (Videos)

    A preservation expert discusses older homes in Boston, and we take an insider’s look at some of the unique characteristics of Boston’s neighborhoods. *Image of... Read more

  • A Moken boy, nomads of the sea, plays with a bamboo pole with a wooden wheel attached, on Island 115 in Mergui Archipelago, Burma, Feb. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

    Burma’s Maritime ‘Lost World’ Braces for Tourism

    MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO, Myanmar—Where the Indian Ocean rolls toward Burma’s southwestern coast, a lacework of 800 islands rises, fringed with shimmering beaches of no footprints. Here... Read more

  • The Everglades is technically a river, flowing southwest at the slow rate of about a quarter mile a day. (Wibke Carter)

    Gators and Birds in Florida’s River of Grass: Touring the Everglades

    “There are no other Everglades in the world. They are, they have always been, one of the unique regions of the earth; remote, never wholly... Read more

  • Road Trips

    5 Epic Road Trips You Need to Take in Your 20s

    Grab your keys and a friend.…... Read more

  • People relaxing at Vienna's Café Demel. Viennese coffeehouses are a good place to read, study, socialize, or spend some alone time. (Wien Tourismus/Peter Rigaud)

    Coffee Drinking is an Art in Vienna

    Coffee drinking in Vienna is now on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage activities, along with Spanish flamenco and Portuguese fado. Austrian coffeehouses are,... Read more

  • 2014 marks the Year of the Horse in the Chinese zodiac, and was a centerpiece in the LED light display at Taiwan’s largest display celebrating Chinese New Year. (Manos Angelakis)

    Taiwan’s Lantern Festival

    I was in Taiwan this February, so it was natural to attend the largest and most elaborate Lantern Festival on the island, taking place in... Read more

  • Bright red tulips in bloom. (Don MacKinnon/Getty Images)

    Tiptoe Through the Tulips in Ottawa

    As I walked through Ottawa’s Confederation Park to City Hall, I was covered in the gentle spring snow of crab-apple blossoms. Their perfume mingled with... Read more

  • The Tango Festival in Seinäjoki, Finland. (Carole Jobin)

    Finland’s Take on Tango

    There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. I noted this popular Finnish proverb at an international market soon after visiting Finland... Read more

  • Two girls contemplating the sunset on Lake Garda. (Marius Iacob/Epoch Times)

    Dreaming of Italian Summer (+Photos)

    If this winter’s bitter cold weather has you daydreaming ahead to summer vacation plans, Lake Garda could be just the thing. The Northern Italy vacation... Read more

  • This 2014 photo shows Koh Ma, off Koh Phangan, Thailand. Thailand's beaches and islands are beautiful and relaxing, with a vibrant party scene, and make an exotic alternative to more traditional spring break destinations for adventurous travelers. (AP Photo/Mairead Flynn)

    Need a New Spring Break Destination? Consider Thailand’s Beaches

    KOH PHANGAN, Thailand—A trip sampling the diversity of Southeast Asian destinations can take you from the sleek modernity of Singapore to the ancient temples of... Read more

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