You can see a brown oak leaf anywhere in the eastern United States in November

You can see a brown oak leaf anywhere in the eastern United States in November

“Here’s the plain truth, at least as it has been shown to me: We are never far from wonders. I remember when my son was about two, we were walking in the woods one November morning. We were along a ridge, looking down at a forest in the valley below, where a cold haze seemed…

Big Things in America

Big Things in America

“I thought to myself that there are surely a lot of big things in America. The Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty are big. The Mississippi River and the Grand Canyon are big. The skies over the prairie are big. But there is nothing bigger than a man’s opinion of himself.” Amor Towles, The…

Orlando’s Walt Disney World Turns 50

Orlando’s Walt Disney World Turns 50

On October 1, 1971, a theme park in Orlando opened its doors to the public. That theme park was, of course, Walt Disney World. And it changed family travel as we know it today. In Married to the Mouse: Walt Disney World and Orlando, Richard E. Foglesong writes about the history of Florida’s most famous…

Photo of the Day: September Surfing on Lake Michigan

Photo of the Day: September Surfing on Lake Michigan

Why, yes, it is possible to surf on the Great Lakes, including Lake Michigan. But doing so means braving not-so-great weather. This week, as fall ushered in high winds and life-threatening conditions, Chicago Tribune captured the scene as surfers donned wet suits and headed out into the waves. According to Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak:…

Hawaii’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Slated to Be Removed

Hawaii’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Slated to Be Removed

Although officially off-limits since 1987, Hawaii’s famous Ha’ikū Stairs, have become a favorite landmark for thrill-seekers. But they have also become a liability for the City of Honolulu, which cannot provide the infrastructure or security to maintain the so-called “Stairway to Heaven.” CNN reports that on September 8, the Honolulu City Council voted unanimously in…

Lonely Planet Unveils Its Ultimate United States Travel List

Lonely Planet Unveils Its Ultimate United States Travel List

What’s on your ultimate list of places to visit in the United States? If you work for Lonely Planet, then your answer is likely The Grand Canyon or one of the USA’s famous national parks. The Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellowstone ranked 1, 2, and 3 in LP’s ranking of the best places to visit…

US will welcome vaccinated international visitors beginning in November

US will welcome vaccinated international visitors beginning in November

Since the pandemic began, international travelers—including those who are vaccinated—have largely been barred from entering the United States. On Monday, President Biden revealed that the ban on vaccinated visitors is set to be lifted in November. Foreign travelers who provide proof that they are fully vaccinated before boarding a flight will be able to fly…

Happy Birthday, Los Angeles

Happy Birthday, Los Angeles

The city of Los Angeles was founded on September 4, 1781, by a diverse group of 44 settlers (pobladores). They called the city El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula (English: The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porciúncula). Today, the historical heart of Los Angeles…

Mermaid Museum Opens Near Ocean City, Maryland

Mermaid Museum Opens Near Ocean City, Maryland

The new Mermaid Museum in Berlin, Maryland, blends history, pop culture, and folklore and features a Feejee mermaid—”a half-monkey, half-fish taxidermy model promoted as authentic by 19th-century showman P.T. Barnum.” Read more