U.S. Halloween attractions up the scare factor

Oct 11, 2014

U.S. Halloween attractions up the scare factor

Halloween seems to be getting scarier, with attractions going ever-more interactive and in-your-face. At Knott’s Scary Farm in Buena Park, California, guests are outfitted with neon-green laser guns and ordered to shoot actors portraying zombies by aiming at their heads. At the Dent Schoolhouse ...

Exploring France's Loire Valley on two wheels

Oct 4, 2014

Exploring France's Loire Valley on two wheels

by Karen Schwartz

There are hundreds of kilometers of bike trails through the chateaux towns of the Loire Valley in France — and that’s what tripped us up. We’d been trying to cycle the 27 km from Chenonceaux to Chaumont, but kept getting lost. We even asked ...

Exploring the Rockies in autumn on foot

Sep 27, 2014

Exploring the Rockies in autumn on foot

by Lindsey Tanner

No adjectives can do Rocky Mountain National Park justice. The jagged snow-draped peaks, rocky tundra, green valleys, and roaring waterfalls render exclamation points inadequate. The beauty is almost unearthly, and autumn is one of the best times to experience it. Aspen trees turn brilliant ...

Glimpses of Lafcadio Hearn's Matsue

Sep 20, 2014

Glimpses of Lafcadio Hearn's Matsue

by Stephen Mansfield

The Matsue-bound train I boarded at Okayama Station was pointedly named Yakumo, a reference to its destination’s best-known former resident: Greek-Irish writer Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904), whose adopted Japanese name was Yakumo Koizumi. Although Hearn stayed in Matsue for only a year, he developed a ...

Lady Bird's legacy lives on at wildflower center

Sep 20, 2014

Lady Bird's legacy lives on at wildflower center

by Jamie Stengle

Visitors to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, can stroll along paths featuring colorful blooms abuzz with butterflies, relax while swinging under towering oaks, let their children play in a new family garden, get ideas for using native plants in their ...