With blue water, whale sharks, sand and sun, Mexico’s tiny Isla Holbox is a relaxing getaway from heavily developed tourist hot spots
Several weeks before I found myself uncomfortably close to the world's largest shark, I told a few folks I would be going to Holbox.
Imagine being a teenager forced to spend your summer vacation with robo-tourist Rick Steves (aka "Dad"). My kids, Jackie and Andy, now in their 20s, did that a while ago. I had to think hard about what would make our trip to England educational and fun for travel partners who dubbed the Beatles tour in Liverpool the "most boring" one on our itinerary. Turns out most teens couldn't care less about where Paul McCartney went to grade school. But they were more enthusiastic about the "Bizarre Bath" walking tour in the English spa town of Bath, which provided two hours of jokes and not a bit of history.
Calling it a reflection of the “larger American experience,” a home that has been witness to slavery, the Civil War and the civil rights era has been opened to the public in Tallahassee.
Last year’s wildfire behind it, Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains National Park is back in business
It's a spectacular drive northward along U.S. 441 from the small town of Cherokee on the North Carolina side of Smoky Mountains National Park to Gatlinburg on the Tennessee side. In the lower elevations, the spring wildflowers of mid-March -- mostly trillium -- pop from the ground, offering bits of color that soon disappear the higher we climb toward 5,046-foot Newfound Gap at the center of the park. At the highest elevations, patches of snow and ice among the fir and spruce trees prove that winter still hangs on.
NEW YORK -- Mummy No. 30007, currently residing at the American Museum of Natural History, is a showstopper.
A few years ago in Greece, I noticed flags flying at half-staff, and wondered who had died. Then I remembered it was Good Friday -- marking the day of Jesus' crucifixion.
PETIT JEAN STATE PARK -- Petit Jean's fictive grave site is normally deserted at sunrise. But the overlook above her mountainside tomb will be populated at 6:35 a.m. Sunday as dawn arrives.