Southwest Life

Two months, two wheels, two coasts

Perhaps the best way I have prepared to ride my bicycle across the United States has been to convince myself it’s not a big deal. That everyone can ride an average 60 miles a day. That the 58-day...

DATE: March 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

On this trip, you pray for bad weather

KALALOCH, Wash. – The weekend forecast: low 50s with a 79 percent chance of showers for both days. My first thought: perfect.Sunny skies thwarted my last attempt to visit Kalaloch Lodge, which...

DATE: March 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Hanoi: A 21st century explosion

HANOI, Vietnam – Close your eyes in the streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and you’ll experience two sensations. The first is the earsplitting cacophony of conversation, cars, clamor and chaos. The...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Bleeding Kansas

LECOMPTON, Kan. – One-hundred and fifty years ago, the nation was on the verge of the Civil War and transfixed by the bloody fighting in Kansas over whether the territory would enter the Union as a...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Fear being stranded? An air travel primer

NEW YORK – The Northeast blizzard of late December was a reminder that bad weather can disrupt air travel even if the sky above your local airport is a clear blue.Airlines these days are more...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

America’s music on tour

ASBURY PARK, N.J. – The Smithsonian hears America singing, playing instruments and telling its history through music.The Washington, D.C., cultural institution’s New Harmonies program will feature...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

2011: Defining moments to rule

NEW YORK – Anniversaries, events, celebrities and the economy will influence travel in 2011, from the royal wedding in London, to the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York.London is...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

This week: Exposure, death and mayhem

By John PeelHerald Features EditorEveryone knows that the U.S. Constitution was created in Philadelphia. We’re all aware that the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 took place in Chicago.And you’ve by now...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Champagne in a chandelier

LAS VEGAS – The last major Las Vegas resort approved before the Great Recession will have to lure thousands of gamblers from established neighbors to survive.The $3.9 billion Cosmopolitan of Las...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Preserving a Key marvel

KEY LARGO, Fla. – Fifty years after it was designated the first underwater park in the U.S., John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park looks much like it did when it was founded: Tropical fish swim...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

The exhibit that never sleeps Philly’s new ‘Museum Without Walls’ is open to all, all the time

PHILADELPHIA – Ever walk by a statue and wonder, “What made this guy so important?” or pass by a modern sculpture in a park and think, “What on Earth is that supposed to be?”Now, in Philadelphia,...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

A picture lasts longer

POIPU, Hawaii – The best part of the best-ever family vacation was practically an afterthought.With just days to go before my parents and I left for a week on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, an...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

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