I woke at 8:30 one Friday morning in a pitch-black hotel room, slipped on a robe, pulled back the curtains between me and my balcony and stepped out for a stunning Memphis view: hundreds of people ambling through the aisles of a Bass Pro Shops store.
Much of Disneyland is built to scale to create the illusion of a full-scale experience. The trains circling the park and the Mark Twain Riverboat are built to five-eighth scale. Sleeping Beauty Castle and the storefronts on Main Street, U.S.A., use forced perspective to make the buildings appear taller.
The 1,400 lakes sprinkled throughout Lake County add to the distinct character of a bucolic Central Florida gem. The diverse set of attractions and annual events draws visitors who enjoy the outdoorsy, laid-back vibe.
Jason Frye, a Wilmington, N.C.-based travel writer, zeroes in on the Southeast. His third guidebook, "Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trip," was published in May (Moon/Avalon Travel, $19.99), with four more books for Moon lined up for 2016. Two will be about the Carolinas, one about Asheville and the fourth about Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Stanley Park. Granville Island. If you've been to Vancouver, British Columbia, you've probably been to those two top spots. But the park's lovely Seawall walk and the farmers market can be jammed with tourists and locals on summer weekends.
For the oldest town in America, St. Augustine has sure come a long way in recent years. The town of 14,000 on Florida's northern Atlantic coast celebrates its 450th birthday in late summer, but locals mostly have been rejoicing over the town's cultural growth.
Unless you moved to Seattle like last week, you've probably taken a few weekend getaways to Portland. Portland, the weird. Portland of "Portlandia" fame, so hilariously politically correct that locavores need to know the name of the chicken they're eating. Portland, deliciously marinated in craft beer.
A German court on Wednesday sentenced a 94-year-old former member of the Waffen-SS to four years in jail for his role as an accessory to the murder of 300,000 people at the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Hatteras Island is a fragile but resilient place that has been reshaped by hurricanes and nor’easters throughout history. Connected by ferry or bridge, NC 12, the island’s north-south road, hugs the Atlantic Ocean coast, transporting visitors from the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge – a birder’s paradise – to the Ocracoke ferry landing.
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