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Nauticus, Naval Museum, Norfolk, VA
Home to the world’s largest naval installation, Norfolk is also the site of Nauticus, a unique museum that showcases the nation’s maritime history through hands-on exhibits plus a real, battleship.
New York City Weekend
Discovering lesser-known New York City gems and also revisiting favorite treasures describe our best New York City weekends. On a recent Manhattan adventure, we explored Carl Schurz Park, dined at Toloache, stayed at Affinia 50 and returned to the amazing Museum of Modern Art.
New Zealand’s South Island Adventures
To experience the alluring scenery of Fiordland National Park on New Zealand’s South Island, we hiked the trails of the Milford Track and cruised deep into Milford Sound.
Do naked travelers have more fun? Apparently, they do, say its devotees. When you take your clothes off, they say, you also shed your psychological baggage. That’s why one of the biggest groups of new converts to frolicking au naturel aren’t svelte twentysomethings, but women 45 and older.
Pet Friendly Hotel
Big dogs, unlike “pocketbook” pooches, get turned away at most city hotels, the majority of which only let sleeping dogs lie if they weigh less than 15-25-pounds. But Loews´ hotels offer one of the lodging industry´s most pet-friendly policies.
Pet Lion Cubs and Giraffe, Johannesburg Adventures
A lion cub tugs at my sweater while another grabs my daughter’s pant leg. A giraffe swings his crane-like neck toward us, unfurls his foot-long, purple tongue to grab the food pellets from our hands. Before our safari, we´re enjoying close encounters with the animals at Johannesburg´s Lion Park.
Planning a Destination Wedding
Turks & Caicos' Grace Bay Beach, on Providenciales, with its 12 miles of sugar soft sands, fulfills any bride’s dreams of a beach wedding. During a scouting trip with my son Matt and his fiancée Christina, we discovered that planning a destination wedding is its own type of adventure.
Polar Bear Safari
It’s not often you can safely get within a few feet of wild polar bears. On a Tundra Buggy Adventure travel through these bears´ terrain. Watch as North America’s largest carnivores roll in snowdrifts, engage in mock fights and lope across the frozen tundra.
Puerto Rican Arts and Coffee
San Juan keeps surprising us. Two urban finds we recently discovered are the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, dedicated to the island’s visual arts and Finca Cialitos, a historic area café devoted to serving Puerto Rican coffee picked according to standards the owner learned at his grandfather’s farm.
Puerto Rico Adventures, Arecibo
Puerto Rico’s Porta Atlántico stretches west from Dorado to Camuy, 63 miles from San Juan. The region’s northern coastline and inland forests and farms lure adventurers with cave explorations as well as the chance to see the world’s largest single dish radio telescope at Arecibo.
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