Southwest Life

New Orleans festivals booming as Jazz Fest starts

NEW ORLEANS – When Hurricane Katrina scattered New Orleans residents and its musicians across the country, many wondered if the best days of New Orleans music had drowned with the city. But if its...

DATE: April 28, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Motorcyling to the coast

KEY WEST, Fla. – Lots of Northerners shake off the last of the cold weather with a trip south in springtime. We decided to head into the Florida sunshine on two wheels, on a motorcycle trip from...

DATE: April 14, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Tourists learn orderliness in Tuscany visit

CORTONA, TUSCANY, ITALY – Climbing up a cobbled lane behind the Convent Santa Margherita where we are staying, we find the Fortezza di Cortona, built 1,000 years ago on the highest hill above the...

DATE: April 14, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Short life for world’s largest ship

The RMS Titanic was the largest ship in the world – and publicized as the most luxurious – when it was built in 1912.“The Titanic was given every superlative under the sun,” said Theresa Nelson, a...

DATE: March 31, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Titanic centennial: Museums, events, dinners

NEW YORK – A hundred years ago, the sinking of the Titanic was a tragic disaster. Today, it’s fodder for an entertaining outing with the kids. There are replica ships in Tennessee and Missouri,...

DATE: March 31, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Titanic: Upcloseandpersonal

SAN DIEGO The exhibit here of ship artifacts and personal effects of passengers and crew from the ill-fated Titanic is more a retrospect on the human aspect of the April 15, 1912, nautical disaster...

DATE: March 31, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Summer travel planning in winter? Not such a crazy idea

NEW YORK – Hoping to get a good deal on summer travel? Start planning now.The official start to spring is still a few days away, but airfares for summer are rising fast. Many fare-watchers think...

DATE: March 17, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Admission:Free

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – A visitor arriving at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art sees a curved concrete facade with the museum’s name and, behind it, a stand of trees on a hillside.Where’s the...

DATE: March 17, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Like walking? Try the Himalayan range–all of it

In the shadow of Mount Everest and its magnetic lore, a cross-border route with a grand name, the Great Himalaya Trail, is being touted as an epic, untapped alternative to the bucket-list trek to...

DATE: March 3, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

More than just horses

Cowboys. Horses. Guns. Booze. And tennis? When it comes to dude ranches, hosts are adopting John Wayne’s “A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do” and are offering options unheard of just a few...

DATE: March 3, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Make your trip a hit with these tips

CHICAGO – Nothing stirs the blood of baseball fans quite like “pitchers and catchers report.”A harbinger of the coming season, the words mean players are reporting for duty in Florida and Arizona...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Play ball!

TAMPA, Fla. – Major league baseball teams started coming to Florida for spring training almost a century ago, traveling by rail from the often still-frozen North to get in shape and play some...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel