The California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences Golden Gate Park, San Francisco http://www.calacademy.org/ The newly remodeled California Academy of Sciences, located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park across from the almost-new (2006) de Young Museum, is not your grandmother’s natural history  ...

Canadian Rockies–Destinations

For years, I’ve lulled myself to sleep imagining I was riding in an old-fashioned Pullman car, rocking along the tracks, flying by tiny towns where only a few houses still had lights burning. Last May, I was able to  ...

The Adirondack Museum Review

A look at a New York state map shows a large, almost bare area in the state’s northern triangle. Compared with the rest of New York, there’s hardly a major road. Instead, there are lakes, rivers, mountains, small towns; and,  ...

California’s Other Wine Country

What’s north of San Francisco? Ask many out-of-state visitors, and the only answer you’ll hear is “Napa Valley.” Yes, Napa is gorgeous, studded with wineries and laced with roads winding through the oak-covered hillsides. But Northern California is home  ...

Los Gatos–Destinations

Los Gatos, California, is the home of Netflix and the birthplace of the Pet Rock. John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath in the little town of 30,000, Hollywood’s Olivia de Havilland graduated from Los Gatos High School, and Yehudi  ...

Shenandoah National Park Review

Shenandoah. As if that word weren’t melodious enough, consider its meaning, derived from an Indian creation legend: “Valley of the Daughter of the Stars.” The beauty of the place—Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley—matches the beauty of its name. The valley  ...

The Other Las Vegas – Las Vegas, New Mexico

Las Vegas’s premier hotel is 123 years old but has only 36 rooms.The town’s main drag is lined with historic Victorian-era buildings.And there’s not a slot machine in sight. Las Vegas? It’s Las Vegas, New Mexico, “the  ...

Peggy Guggenheim Collection – Venice

Should you choose to approach Venice’s Collezione Peggy Guggenheim by gondola—the Peggy Guggenheim museum, is located, like so much else in Venice, on the Grand Canal—the first work of art you would see would be Marino Marini’s 1948 sculpture,  ...