Day-tripping from Tokyo to Nikko is now practical by the new “Limited Express SPACIA” Tobu Railway train that cuts traveling time to less than two hours.
A long weekend getaway gave me the opportunity to test Club Med’s former slogan and my particular favorite, “The Antidote to Civilization.” Their new one is fine, “Where Happiness Means the World,” but I’m already happy enough, I just needed to tune out for a bit.
The Canary Islands, and particularly Tenerife, have been high on my “must visit places” on my bucket list for years but will only an inking as to the cause of this yearning.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the Tennessee and North Carolina borders. Its 800 square miles of natural and cultural treasures in the Southern Appalachians are just too magnificent and majestic to be contained in one state.
I timed my first visit to Wyoming’s capital of Cheyenne to coincide with the city’s annual Frontier Days, which has been kicking up dust since 1897. It’s evolved into the world’s largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration.
Waikoloa, is an island within an island. And a magnificent one at that.
During my Fine Art of Travel Photography workshops, participants often ask, “Where do I like to do on my vacations?” My stock answer is no matter where I go it’s a busman’s holiday. I can’t imagine boarding a flight at LAX without my camera equipment. It would be like leaving part of me behind.
Cakebread Cellars, one of the great Napa Valley estate wineries, celebrated the 10th anniversary of their most premium label Dancing Bear Ranch with the release of their 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, a vintage receiving 99 points from wine critic Robert Parker
Japan’s southern main island of Kyushu tends to be off the international travelers map because of its distance from the popular destinations of Kyoto and Tokyo. For those who do make it to Kyushu the hot spring towns of Beppu and Yufuin and the dramatic landscape of Mt. Aso are well worth the trip.
An hour north of Milwaukee lies a Great Lakes vacation region that has been off the radar for much of the rest of the country.