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A sampler of fall foliage
US Forest Services: 1-800-354-4595 (nationwide hotline)
Maine 1-800-533-9595 (press 3)
New Hampshire 1-800-258-3608
New Hampshire — White Mountains
New York 1-800-225-5697
North Carolina 1-800-847-4862
West Virginia 1-800-225-5982
The inns of Lake Massawippi
Lake Massawippi lies just north of the Vermont border, 90 miles southeast of Montréal in a part of Québec known as the Eastern townships. Great in any season, it’s particularly fantastic in the fall.
Places of a lifetime
The editors of National Geographic Traveler Magazine pulled hundreds of prominent travelers and selected 50 places all curious voyagers should visit in their lifetime.
Special places, special writers
The editors of National Geographic Traveler Magazine asked a group of special people to wax poetic about places in their heart. The contributor list is very impressive.
Block Island is a pork chop shaped wedge of sand off the coast of Rhode Island in the mouth of Long Island Sound. The fall is a very good time to visit.
Seeing DC, beyond the Mall
For most Americans, our nation's capital is the great Mall, with its myriad magnificent monuments and edifying edifices. Yet DC has other treasures to enjoy.
For 40 years, New York City was the beat of Pulitzer prize-winning newspapermen Jimmy Breslin. For him its essence was evidence evident in its Greenwich Village neighborhood.
Fetching e-mail from afar
Going overseas? Even if you're not taking your laptop along, it's easy to find a computer and check your e-mail. If you know what to do.
Story Musgrave's space
Poet, painter, surgeon, statistician, mathematician, chemist, physician and astronaut, Story Musgrave is a man of many talents. He shares his personal vision of a memorable moment in space.
There's a common opinion that no places quite as good as it once was or will be worth visiting at all in another year or two. But hogwash is still hogwash, even if delivered by someone whose opinions you might otherwise trust.
The Blue Plaques of London
Blue historical plaques mark the houses where numerous London notables once lived. Here's a guide to finding them. FMI – www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.1499
Bill McKibben's Kerala
For Bill McKibben, author of numerous books on society and the environment, the Indian state of Karela is a very easy place to just sit back and enjoy.
Ships that follow the sun
Few passengers ships still span the open ocean on regular schedules, but twice a year, repositioning cruises offers special options. FMI – www.cruising.org
Wind powered vessels provide a different, more immediate cruise experience and call on smaller ports that larger vessels never visit.
This week we've been sailing the seas. One nasty side effect can be a case of mal de mer from which even experienced sailors sometimes suffer.
The mummies of Irian Jaya
If you're an adventurous traveler who enjoys being the first on the block to go someplace, this large island just north of Australia may be the place you’ve been looking for.
The coral reefs off Papua, New Guinea are among the Earth's most beautiful and biologically diverse and least damaged.
Gianluigi Colalucci’s Vatican
For 15 centuries, the
A host of haunted hotels
A good ghost story gives a hotel a special flavor, and those that have them like to spook their guests with tales of love and heartbreak, tragedy and revenge. FMI – www.historichotels.org
On a graveyard tour
Old cemeteries, especially those with illustrious occupants, are magnets that attract many travelers. We offer a selection of the most notable.
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