I had wondered whether Lac-Saint-Jean, a two-day drive from home in Virginia to the edge of the Quebec wilderness, might prove to be a trip too far as a bicycling destination. A sublime moment on the lake’s Veloroute des Bleuets, the Blueberry Trail, put that question to rest.

Fall used to be off-peak for tourism everywhere except New England and other fall foliage destinations. But autumn tourism is rising, with traditional summer hotspots increasingly busy September through November.

Today’s cost-cutting air travel experience sends many yearning for the “Golden Age” of service with a smile and nice meals. But was that age really so golden?

A guide for what you need to buy, read or consume to enhance your recreation and travel experience.

All right, Mr. DeMille, the Sphinx is ready for her close-up.

Are you a traveler who never leaves home without a camera? The Bee wants you to share your best travel photographs with other readers.

I rented a car from Enterprise in Paramus, N.J., for a month while my car was being fixed due to an accident. It was the only rental available that day, and an Enterprise employee told me there was an open claim with some damages, which were pointed out to me. I was told I would be contacted in a few days to switch out the car for one without any damage, but that never happened.

The first swallows appear at sunset, inky flecks in a dusky pink sky. A cloud of birds forms, then another and another. Soon the entire sky is teeming with tree swallows – hundreds of thousands of them – swooping and swirling and shimmying in a dazzling aerial ballet that paints the sky black.

The 5th annual Much Ado About Sebastopol is a two-day Renaissance fair in the city’s historic Ives Park.

With its fluorescent bulbs and cafeteria-style tables, the Bangkok restaurant Raan Jay Fai wouldn’t win any awards for interior decorating.

A picture can be worth a thousand dollars if it saves you from being charged for damages you didn’t cause.

There are many wonderful locations to find fall colors in the Sierra Nevada, especially on the eastern side near Bishop. But one of my favorite places to photograph fall foliage is in Hope Valley, which is south of Lake Tahoe near the intersection of Highways 88 and 89.

YOSEMITE – Standing nearly 5,000 feet tall, Half Dome won’t fit in a backpack. The Ahwanhee Hotel can’t be strapped to the top of an SUV. And record-breaking drought notwithstanding, the Merced River would strain even the sturdiest water bottle.

Editor’s note: This story, originally published on Sept. 25, 2011, has been updated for this section.

We engage in a “scientific” experiment: Which has the most magnetic appeal: Santa Cruz’s Mystery House or the Oregon Vortex?

Get a glimpse into how the turn-of-the-century swells lived in a swanky “cottage” at Empire Mine State Park’s living history days.

Usher in harvest season early with the 29th annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival.

I am in desperate need of your help. I recently rented a car from Europcar in Brussels. I declined the collision damage waiver (CDW) provided by Europcar in favor of the CDW on my Capital One World MasterCard.

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Despite a summer replete with natural disasters – fires, drought, earthquake – Labor Day weekend will bring out the crowds.

Few know that Angel Island played a role in World War II, but docents make the period come alive.

Behind the walls at San Quentin State Prison is a museum that details the storied history — including the executions — of the facility.

Earlier this year, I booked tickets through Expedia.com for myself and my infant daughter to fly from Johannesburg, South Africa, to Billings, Mont., on British Airways. Our return flight was from Chicago to Johannesburg.

There’s no shortage of ways to spend your money in Stockholm, one of Europe’s most expensive cities.

Out-of-towners and locals alike have shown enormous interest in sites connected to the Sept. 11 attacks. More than 700,000 people from all 50 states and 131 countries have been to the National Sept. 11 Museum since it opened May 21.

Are you a traveler who never leaves home without a camera? The Bee wants you to share your best travel photographs with other readers.

Honolulu is famous for golden sand beaches and big waves. But the city’s warehouse district, called Kakaako, is famous for a different sort of attraction. You won’t find kitschy Hawaiian souvenir shops or hordes of tourists here, but you will find a thriving urban arts scene, with colorful street murals so big they stretch across walls and sometimes entire sides of buildings.

The 44th annual Art & Wine Festival will feature more than a dozen artisan food purveyors, a microbrew tasting tent, an array of fine wine and 250 professional artists showing off their work.

When you’re on the road and a call comes in, how many times have you fumbled to put an ear bud in place or sync the phone with your Bluetooth, almost resulting in a swerving freeway accident?

More than 20,000 car enthusiasts gathered Sunday for the 64th annual Concours d’Elegance at the Pebble Beach Golf Course in Monterey. Classic cars from the 1920s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s were showcased, but the superstars were the Ferraris, Maseratis, Lamborghinis, Bugattis and McLarens. Plus, the twin-turbocharged Hennessey Venom GT was back. It top-ends at more than 270 mph. Price tag: $1.2 million.

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