We visited Princeville, Kauai, in March and were fascinated with this inviting grove of mahogany trees we encountered on a hike.

As the carriage circled the hill, Billy the Irish cob glanced back at Lionel Chadwick, the coachman at Ballyfin manor, as if to say, “I’m ready, old son. What about you?”

Two hours before a recent 2:15 p.m. flight to Las Vegas, the Stockton Metropolitan Airport, as if on cue, came to life.

Could it be that a massive oil leak was the best thing that ever happened to Avila Beach, now a trendy tourist beach town?

Step into North America’s first foray into “histortainment” and back into San Francisco’s legacy.

As we arrived at our hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, the sun was beginning to set.

The same turquoise waters that lure tourists to Caribbean destinations slosh around Belize’s island chain. But tiny Belize has a major advantage in reeling in the holidaymakers – spectacular Maya ruins tucked away in lush jungle. The nation is home to more prehistoric buildings than modern-day ones, according to its Institute of Archaeology.

For those who are jet setting off to foreign (or domestic) lands this summer, or those just dreaming of it, these summer travel-themed accessories are a great way to get a travel fix for much less than actually traveling somewhere.

More than 100 writers will read their work at a free event.

The Bison Airlighter, which looks and acts like a butane blow torch, will light a fire on the first try.

Baltimore is known for its row houses – modest brick buildings lining sidewalks so narrow, you can see right through the front windows into people’s homes.

In mid-February, we booked a Viking River Cruises trip to Ukraine for this summer. Some of our ports of call were in Crimea. We paid for the total cost of our trip, including three nights in Istanbul and an additional five days in Turkey on our own before our return flight.

Delve deep below the surface to discover the dark treasures of Lava Beds National Monument.

Not much remains from the Tule Lake Segregation Center, used to incarcerate Japanese Americans during World War II, but plans to upgrade are in the offing.

My baseball fanatic friends and I always close the bar at the Rivertowne Brewing Hall of Fame Club after Pirates games at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. We linger for as long as they let us, enjoying the great view of the field and reduced postgame drinks prices. It’s just one of many reasons why we love coming to PNC Park and hate leaving.

Last March, I rented a vehicle from Hertz in Los Angeles. When I picked up the car, I noticed that the car had seen better days and had some minor damage, like scratches and small dents.

Groove all weekend long at the Fillmore Jazz Festival, the largest free jazz festival on the West Coast.

A new product called EZSqueezes has a reusable, machine-washable pouch for energy gels, pureed fruit and smoothies.

Escape the heat and discovery the gastronomic charm of Bodega Bay.

In July of last year, I was walking with the grizzlies in Hallo Bay at Katmai National Park in Alaska.

Ernest Hemingway lived, drank, fished and wrote in many locales around the country and the world. One of his most celebrated haunts is Key West, Fla., where the late writer’s birthday is marked each July with a Hemingway look-alike contest and other festivities, some held at one of his favorite bars. But fans following the Hemingway trail will also find museums, homes and other places connected to him in Illinois, Idaho, Arkansas and Cuba. Here’s a list.

A San Francisco hotel offers a Google Glass experience – if you’re game, say “OK, Glass.”

Driven by the fun and community of mountain life, the Alpenglow Mountain Festival has returned to Tahoe City.

Why should your dog have to sleep on the hard, cold ground when you are in a nice sleeping bag on your campouts?

Universal Orlando Resort opened its new, richly detailed Harry Potter-themed area to media and other travel industry insiders on Wednesday night.

The Jersey shore’s main attraction is undoubtedly its 127 miles of beautiful beaches. And even with its reputation as one of only a tiny handful of spots in the country that make you pay for the privilege of dipping your toes in the surf (or even sitting on the sand), there are still a few beaches in New Jersey that you can use for free.

This photograph, taken on a recent one-week cruise with American Cruise Lines, was captured as we were leaving Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in the Puget Sound area.

For the painters, musicians, sculptors and writers who have inspired this art-loving country for centuries, their works are the truest memorials, whether concertos of Antonio Vivaldi still regularly performed in the Venice church where he served as violin master or Michelangelo’s masterpieces that pack crowds daily into the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel.

Last year, while I was visiting Australia, my wife had a medical emergency that caused us to cancel our trip and come home. Fortunately, we had bought a travel insurance policy through Allianz.

At Bay Area coastal hostels, what you give up in privacy you get back in camaraderie, thriftiness and some gorgeous views.

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