Springtime beckons at gardens nearby

By Victor Block
Posted on May 05, 2021

Onlookers gaze in awe at topiary sculptures of riders astride galloping horses and hounds pursuing a frantic fox. Grandparents look on with delight as grandchildren make mud pies and dig in dirt to find ersatz dinosaur bones. Exquisite statuary, ornate stonework and splashing fountains create a scene which could be set in Italy — but isn’t. These seemingly disparate scenes have ... READ MORE

As travel reopens, what you can do now

By Ed Perkins
Posted on April 05, 2021

Everywhere you look, you see signs of a reopening of the travel world. Airlines are ramping up schedules, and destinations are actively seeking customers. Unfortunately, however, the major stakeholders — airlines, destinations and governments — have not put together coherent and unified policies and procedures for reopening. If you want to start thinking about spring or summer... READ MORE

Portugal road trip reveals beauty, history

By Jeanine Barone
Posted on March 29, 2021

Strolling a sandy lane atop tall sea cliffs in Portugal’s Cape Sãrdao with nary a hotel in sight, I found an idyllic, pastoral setting far away from the hustle and bustle of Lisbon, just two hours north. My only company was a white stork gliding overhead. Springtime is especially lovely in southern Portugal, with lavender and thyme blooming, and stork chicks squirming in nests built... READ MORE

More to Florida Keys than just Key West

By Victor Block
Posted on March 04, 2021

One afternoon during a recent visit to the Florida Keys, I photographed my wife as she swam with stingrays and other denizens of the sea in an enormous tank of water, and then gingerly shoved live fish through a small opening in a plexiglass wall to feed hungry sharks on the other side. The island chain that stretches in a gentle curve southwest from the tip of Florida combines close-up... READ MORE

See lesser-known Washington memorials

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on February 26, 2021

Albert Einstein sits on a white granite bench in downtown Washington, D.C., with a notebook in hand and a pensive look on his bronze face. But the four-ton, 12-foot statue of the world-famous physicist is often overlooked by tourists and locals, despite its location in front of the National Academy of Sciences, just across the street from the National Mall. Of course, many of D.C.’s... READ MORE

International travel pass in development

By Ed Perkins
Posted on February 08, 2021

IATA, the International Air Transport Association, is developing a digital “Travel Pass” data system that it hopes will serve as the standard “health pass” for international air travelers. The basic idea is simple: a computer system collects your personal ID information, the results of your most recent vaccinations and tests, current information on how well those vaccinations and ... READ MORE

Good news for those contemplating trips

By Ed Perkins
Posted on February 05, 2021

Most of you may remember Gabriel Heatter, a radio newscaster who, no matter how dire the country’s situation, would start off each broadcast with “There’s good news tonight,” leading into some trivial, feel-good item. That’s the context in which, given the ceaseless downpour of bad coronavirus news, I’m glad to lead off with some upbeat items. Rocky Mountaineer, the... READ MORE

Appalachia offers simple life and luxury

By Victor Block
Posted on February 04, 2021

Last fall, my wife, Fyllis, and I visited southwestern Virginia, home to a luxury boutique resort which has won accolades as among the best resorts in the country. But we also took time to explore the area around the resort, Patrick County, whose slogan is “Experience the simple life.” Located along the Virginia-North Carolina border, about a five-hour drive from Washington, D.C., ... READ MORE

American’s guide to the Queen’s English

By Rick Steves
Posted on January 11, 2021

As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. These thoughts about communicating on the road in Britain are a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis. Oscar Wilde famously said that the English “have really everything in common with America nowadays — except, of course,... READ MORE

Being bold in Boulder during a pandemic

By Tony Glaros
Posted on January 07, 2021

Practically speaking, no one in their right mind would dare drive to Colorado during a life-altering pandemic. Or stay in motels in the nation’s heartland while it’s in the grip of a deadly virus. So, what does that make me and my wife? We will not soon forget the 1,600-mile road trip we took this fall to help our son move to Denver. We spent five weeks out West, returning in time... READ MORE