The early morning hours in Presque Isle Bay, just off Stockton Island in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, were characterized by a quietude the likes of which I had never before experienced. Floating in a sailboat on the pristine water, I knew I might never experience such serenity again.
The gentle waves undulated smoothly across the water’s surface in this pocket of Lake Superior, as if glass had been manufactured and kept in a cool, liquid form, flowing ceaselessly, effortlessly and peacefully in the dawn sunlight. The silence was absolute, save for the sound of a single loon in the distance that called once, and then was silent out respect for those still asleep on the various vessels floating in the bay.
There’s no better way to get a feel for the terrain of a place than by cycling it.
With generations of family ensconced in Sturgeon Bay and a lifetime of visits behind me, I thought I knew almost everything about Door County. But I came to learn that I’d never paid close enough attention to the hills.
COLORING BOOKS WITH A SENSE OF PLACE: Coloring books for grown-ups are all the rage as a way to reduce stress and rediscover the simple joy of carefully filling in the spaces between the lines.
Now Little, Brown and Co. is launching a new series of coloring books with a sense of place. "Splendid Cities'' and "Secret Paris'' will be published June 9, with "Secret Tokyo'' and "Secret New York'' coming out in October. Each book is 96 pages and costs $16.
A century ago, Florida was a different place.
Mosquitoes and alligators ruled. Air conditioning was science fiction. Cars were scarce, and paved roads were the perks of city living.
The Wisconsin Dells’ best-known water attraction celebrates its 70th birthday this summer. Since its founding, the Original Wisconsin Ducks have taken more than 15 million visitors on tours of the Wisconsin River’s picturesque rock formations.
Travelers looking for something beyond top attractions like the Space Needle in Seattle might consider adding a weird museum or two to their itineraries.
Here are some suggestions from among dozens of unusual museums across the nation, from a funeral museum to an attraction devoted to wet wipes, of all things. They’re all worth a stop, but probably shouldn’t be your only reason for buying a plane ticket.
A mountain shouldn’t be able to disappear. Yet the Alaskan peak Denali, the highest mountain in North America, does so quite often, blinking into existence only for a lucky few visitors. You can’t plan for it. It’s simply an atmospheric game of chance.
A dark, submarine-inspired thrill ride in California and swank new offerings at Downtown Disney all top the summer’s must-do list for theme park and amusement fans.
For those who want even more extreme summer adventures, a hybrid wood-steel coaster in Massachusetts and a spinning wing coaster based on Batman in Texas are also new for 2015.
For some travelers visiting Arizona for the Super Bowl, the trip may be just as memorable as the game.
Hundreds of luxury jets will arrive at the eight airports around metropolitan Phoenix by kickoff on Feb. 1, adding to the thousands of flights expected over the weekend. The Federal Aviation Administration and area airports have been planning for the influx for the past year.
To New Yorkers like me, going to Coney means hopping on a Coney Island-bound subway train to an amusement park at the beach. But on a trip to Detroit, I learned that “coney” means something entirely different.
In Michigan and a few other places, coney is a generic term for hot dogs topped with onions, mustard and chili.