How to Think of Chicago

How to Think of Chicago

“Think of Chicago as a piece of music, perhaps,” he continued. “In it you can hear the thousands of years of people living here and fishing and hunting, and then bullets and axes, and the whine of machinery, and the bellowing of cattle, and the shriek of railroads, and the thud of fists and staves…

Ashley’s Sack

Ashley’s Sack

From 2016 until earlier this year, the artifact now known as Ashley’s sack had been on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture; it was on loan from Middleton Place in South Carolina, where so many viewers started weeping when they saw it that curators handed out tissues beside its…

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…