If you’re visiting Florence, Italy, you’ve got to see the world-famous Uffizi Gallery. But why? Because that’s what one does in Florence? Because you feel compelled to post a selfie in front of Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus”?
Ghirardelli Square was founded on the cocoa bean. In 1852, Italian entrepreneur Domenico Ghirardelli opened a confectionery company that would become “America’s oldest continuously operating chocolate-maker.” And, really, who doesn’t like chocolate?
Thursday marks the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, founded by president Woodrow Wilson in 1916. In honor of the occasion, the service has waived admission to all 412 National Park Service sites through Sunday.
The notion of traveling across the globe induces an exhilarating thrill. Hopping on a plane, soaring through the sky, and landing at your dream destination - what a concept. However, the reality of traveling is far less glamorous and much more exhausting. While there is certainly nothing Zen about long TSA lines or sitting between two selfie queens, there are ways to manage your stress level.
In the summer of 2015, social media turned an obscure series of hunting violations into a global cause celebre. The frenzied reporting last August about the killing of a lion was the catalyst behind changes in international laws and trophy transport, African hunting regulations, corporate policies and social awareness that have advanced the protection of African wildlife yet stalled the growth of a conservation model that was taking hold on the continent.
Brazilians were steamed when Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte told a tale of armed robbery and a gun pointed at his head during at night on the town in Rio de Janeiro, but the head of Brazil's tourism board said Tuesday there was no lasting damage to Brazil's image.
It's been 100 years since the National Park Service was founded, and most other countries agree that it was one of America's best ideas: The concept's been copied around the world from Costa Rica to Kenya.
Frequent travelers know the value of a high-quality carry-on bag. One of our testers travels quite a bit for work and swears by this Eddie Bauer rolling duffel bag. She describes it as the most durable carry-on she's ever owned.
At 250 feet, Temple IV of the ancient Maya city of Tikal in Guatemala was the tallest building in the Americas before skyscrapers arose in the late 1800s. The ancient city is intertwined with a verdant rainforest that gives it an unearthly beauty, so much so that "Star Wars Episode IV" used it as the backdrop for the landing of the Millennium Falcon at the rebel base.
I based my riding route on a pair of roads that bisect the Chianti region, following the recommendations of motorcycling friends. Both were said to offer the best in curving climbs, bella vistas and access to attractive hill towns.
A word, please, about Italian drivers. They were weaned on Ferraris, Alfa Romeos and Lamborghinis. They are expert operators, generally, who seem to think every trip to the supermarket is a Formula One event.