• Morning news: Thick crowds of sunrise watchers pose risk at national park

    The National Park Service wants to manage safety and resource protection concerns as growing crowds of people compete for space to watch the sunrise at Hawaii’s Haleakala summit. Private or rental vehicles have exceeded available parking 98 percent of the time this year, up from 83 percent in 2014 and 94 percent last year, the Maui News reported. Some people are parking and walking where t.... Read More
  • A sip-and-step guide to hiking the Napa Valley

    Here’s a wine country secret that can help you raise your glass and your heart rate. Along with the Napa Valley’s famous wine-tasting trails, there are miles of scenic trails of the hiking variety, beckoning visitors who want to exercise more than their palates. “There are so many great places up here,” says John Conover, partner and general manager of Odette Estate winery and an avid h.... Read More
  • Natural Resources Foundation booking for field trips

    The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is offering 188 expert-led field trips around the state this year — more than any previous year. The program offers opportunities for all ages and abilities to explore public lands, waters and wildlife by foot, bike, boat and even train.  Nearly 40,500 people have joined the field trips since 1994, according to a news release. “The po.... Read More
  • What a hotel can teach us about home design

    You know that feeling you get when you walk into a hotel room and you just want to fall on that big white bedspread with the fluffy pillows? Here are some tips from three hotel brands — Renaissance, Baccarat and Loews — on how to create that same serene and inviting atmosphere at home.   HOTEL SURPRISE AND DELIGHT Marriott opens the Renaissance NY Midtown hotel this spring in Ma.... Read More
  • Tourist town to vote on whether to stay dry

    Ephraim, along the water in peninsular Door County — a popular destination dotted with small towns, resorts and wineries — is dry, but it might not be for much longer. Some locals have gathered enough signatures from among the 300 or so residents to spark a referendum on the issue April 5, the same day as the state's presidential primary. "When people do come in, they sit down and look at th.... Read More
  • Timelooper app takes you back in history

    Imagine watching frantic shopkeepers busily extinguish the Great Fire of London, or sheltering from Nazi bombing raids during the Blitz. Now, with a new virtual reality app, you can travel back in time to be immersed in these events. The Timelooper app allows users to experience key moments in London history with just a smartphone and a cardboard headset. For example, when Timelooper cofo.... Read More
  • Grand Canyon development dealt blow

    The U.S. Forest Service dealt a huge blow to a company that wants to build hundreds of homes, high-end boutiques and five-star hotels just outside Grand Canyon National Park. The Kaibab National Forest on Friday rejected an application for a road easement that developers needed to move forward with the project in Tusayan, a small town a couple of miles from the park's South Rim entrance. Forest .... Read More
  • Try San Fran’s Tenderloin — it doesn’t bite

    Sometimes sunny and always beautiful, San Francisco is one of the world’s most popular destinations. From the Golden Gate Bridge to the former Alcatraz Prison, there is no end to its famous attractions. Guides will recommend Fisherman’s Wharf (home to a Ben and Jerry’s shop), Chinatown, a walk through Golden Gate Park, a visit to Haight-Ashbury and a ride on a streetcar.  But so many of the.... Read More
  • Romantic getaways for a winter weekend in Wisconsin

    Use GPS to find “romance” and the map leads to Romance, Wisconsin, off Route 56 near South Creek Road in Vernon County. This unincorporated community, which claims to be the turkey capital of Wisconsin, is probably not the best destination for a Valentine’s Day getaway, unless there are plans to go hunting or hiking in the nearby Romance Prairie State Nature Area. Couples looking to celebrat.... Read More
  • Vail Resorts buys Wilmot ski resort in Wisconsin

    Vail Resorts says it has acquired the Wilmot Mountain ski area in Wisconsin, between Milwaukee and Chicago. The Broomfield, Colorado-based company said it plans to improve terrain parks, instruction, dining, snowmaking, parking and other aspects of the resort. The price of the sale wasn't disclosed. Wilmot is 50 miles southwest of Milwaukee and 65 miles north of Chicago. Vail Resorts says Wilmot c.... Read More