Travel

Following the Klondike Gold Rush Trail

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:29

Disembarking from our Holland America cruise ship in Skagway, Alaska, we didn’t realize that our upcoming detour through the Yukon Territory would follow the trail of the most important U.S. event to occur on Canadian soil since the War of 1812.

Neither did we realize that the stunning scenery and wildlife were just a preview to the natural wonders ahead in Denali National Park.

Go For the Food: Dim sum in the Land of Barbecue

Written by MARIA SUDEKUM,
AP writer
Thursday, 17 July 2014 06:44

Yes, even in the Land of Barbecue, there are other artery-challenging options beyond the slab.

The weekend crowds at Bo Lings Chinese restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri, have long suggested that plenty of people in this barbecue fumes-driven metro often prefer their pork steamed amid shrimp in a dumpling, diced in rice noodles or laced with barbecue sauce and stuffed into a fluffy, white steamed bun.

Dr. Beach: Duke Kahanamoku in Waikiki tops 2014 beach ranking

Written by The AP Monday, 26 May 2014 10:31

A tourist-friendly beach named for a Hawaii surfing legend has been dubbed the best public beach in the United States in this year’s Dr. Beach ranking.

Duke Kahanamoku Beach, a well-groomed crescent of blond sand and palm trees near the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, beat out more than 600 other beaches for the distinction.

Wineries – and now breweries – make Door County a spirited destination

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 22 August 2013 12:35

Travel to Door County to sample the wines.

Wisconsin’s Door County isn’t Napa Valley, but seven wineries dot the 483-square-mile peninsula. Two of the wineries also brew beer and one of the two produces distilled spirits. There is a third brewery just starting out and a hard cider operation on the peninsula’s northern end.

Dawson City, Gold Rush Central

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:11

Downtown Dawson City. — PHOTO: WikiCommons

A valley cut by a river creates a large V between mountain ranges; one cut by a glacier is more U-shaped — and much wider.

Legal marijuana in Washington state: How it works

Written by GENE JOHNSON,
AP writer
Friday, 11 July 2014 22:22

Washington state’s first recreational marijuana stores began opening for business earlier this week, more than a year and a half after voters decided to legalize, tax and regulate pot. Some questions and answers about the industry:

WHEN AND WHERE CAN I BUY WEED IN WASHINGTON?

Tours, museum recreate Derby Day excitement

Written by By Anne Siegel,
Contributing writer
Friday, 02 May 2014 13:50

Although you might not be able to attend the Kentucky Derby this year, you can experience Churchill Downs excitement year-round. Within its gates there’s a fascinating museum that’s certain to awe racing enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike. 

An app launches for Provincetown travelers

Written by WiG Thursday, 11 July 2013 07:48

A smartphone app to help visitors to Provincetown, Mass., has debuted. And it isn't an ordinary travel app – 'Useful Information' depicts Ernestine, the Lily Tomlin's telephone operator who made "one, ringy, dingy" a classic skit.

Provincetown went digital with the iPtown app to help visitors and locals find services, food and lodging, shopping, special events and happenings around town.

Vancouver’s foodie scene flourishes

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:20

The Vancouver skyline. — PHOTO: Duncan Rawlinson - Flickr

Vancouver, B.C., is Canada’s westernmost major metro area and one of the nation’s most popular foodie destinations. Vancouver restaurants combine the best culinary influences the province has to offer, including ethnic diversity, creative innovation and a commitment to environmental sustainability. The dining scene is defined but not constrained by tradition and West Coast style.

Led by gay mayor, Atlantic City courts gay tourists

Written by The AP Friday, 20 June 2014 04:50

Atlantic City is planning a series of events to attract gay tourists, who are becoming an increasingly important part of the resort's growth strategy.

Mayor Don Guardian and tourism officials said this week the goal is to reinvigorate a once-thriving gay community in Atlantic City.

Exploring literary Dublin and Bloomsday

Written by HELEN O’NEILL,
AP writer
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:31

James Joyce immortalized this misty port city in his literary epic “Ulysses,” though many Dubliners freely admit they haven’t read a word of the stream-of-consciousness novel. That doesn’t stop them from throwing a huge celebration every June 16, honoring the day in 1904 when the fictional Leopold Bloom perambulated through the streets of the author’s hometown.

Every year, thousands of Joyce lovers and tourists, many in period costume, flock to the capital to retrace Bloom’s steps. The faithful devour “innards of beasts and fowls” for breakfast, plunge into the once-famous gentlemen-only bathing spot called the Forty Foot, and descend on Davy Byrnes’ pub for that famous literary lunch: a gorgonzola sandwich and glass of Burgundy.

Catching some (sting) rays at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium

Written by Mike Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 13 June 2013 15:24

Cownose stingrays range over a large part of the western Atlantic and Caribbean, from New England to southern Brazil. -Photo: Courtesy

Petting a stingray is something I decided to do for the experience rather than the pleasure. But as I discovered at the Shedd Aquarium’s current exhibit “Stingray Touch,” the sensation of touching a stingray’s back as it glides effortlessly through the water is anything but unpleasant.