Savoring Virginia's Blue Ridge Parkway by Lisa Waterman Gray

Roanoke, Virginia and the entire area near the Blue Ridge Parkway have experienced enormous culinary growth in recent years. Roanoke now hosts several places for eating and food shopping, and that's just the beginning of the culinary fun available along America's famous Blue Ridge Parkway.

Dinant Belgium: Celebrating famous son Adolphe Sax, music, and history (and a bit of beer) by Neala McCarten

It's impossible to miss the connection between the endearing and indomitable town of Dinant and famous son Adolphe Sax, without whom where would jazz be? But there is far more to discover in Dinant.

Idyllic Costa Rica: ATVs, rafting, and thermal soaks by Vickie Lillo

It was a whirlwind five days of hiking, rafting, and ATV riding--a rejuvenating soak in the therapeutic mineral waters. And all of it was great. Read more about Rafting and ATV -- Costa Rica.

Champaign Illinois: Urban haven and outstanding beauty by Patrice Raplee

Champaign County, Illinois, is an inviting, urban haven in the Midwest known for the prestigious University of Illinois, arts and culture, fantastic restaurants and agricultural bounty, You'll find outstanding forest preserves parks and gardens and outdoor activities

Swimming with Manatees on Florida’s Nature Coast by Mark Bradley

Quietly hidden away, on Florida’s lesser known Nature Coast, lies the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. And each autumn when the first chill in the air arrives on the Gulf of Mexico, the West Indian manatee migration begins in earnest. The best time to observe the manatees? Between October and March.

Saint Guilhem, France: A place caught between fact and legend by Glen Cowley

Like some giant's crown enigmatic castle-ruins rest wind-blown above Saint Guilhem au Desert, France. Their historical silence poses questions as to just what of the legend of Saint Guilhem may be true


From Arizona to Wisconsin: Sea to Shining Sea


Exploring the Fabled and Diverse Orient and More


Paradise in the Atlantic


Sophistication, Charm, History


Gorgeous Landscapes, and Cosmopolitan Cities


Mexico Will Surprise You

Central and South America

From the Heat of the Equator to the Chill of Antarctica

Egypt and the Middle East

Dolphins in Oman to New Testament in Israel


Temples of the Nile and safaris in the Bush

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Paris, France: Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, and more by Patrice Raplee The city is so steeped in culture, art and history. One has to just stand on any street corner to see a vibrant city and people that have a passion for their culture.
Atacama Desert in Chile: salt flats, hot springs and geysers, and flamingos by Vickie Lillo This article explores our son's first visit to his father's native homeland, Chile. We went to the desert where you can see all the constellations in the heavens at night -- a totally unobstructed view. It was just the three of us, for most of the entire visit, enjoying each other's company.
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Alta: Northern Lights, Igloo Hotels, Dog Sled Rides and the Sami Culture by Keith Kellett I think that's the one I most enjoyed researching. Also, it left no sense of 'been there; done that'; I'd repeat the trip tomorrow if given the opportunity.

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Craft Beer Lovers Rejoice: North Carolina Beer Month Returns for Third Year in April

The flavors of North Carolina's beerscape will be on tap during the state's third annual NC Beer Month, taking place throughout April 2015. Read more about Dublin City Pass at

Dublin Pass Relaunched to Help Visitors See Dublin Easier and More Affordably

The Dublin Pass has been revamped with a new smartphone- and tablet-ready website, making it easier to purchase, and now offers entry to 33 of the Dublin's top attractions. Read more about Kings Dominion expansion plans at

Kings Dominion to open Soak City

Kings Dominion is adding a splash to its 40th anniversary celebration with a major expansion to its 20-acre water park. WaterWorks will be transformed into all inclusive Soak City.

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March 2, 2015