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July 2015

America's Cowboy Culture Is Alive and Well

Oklahoma City is home to the Western Cowboy Museum, which covers every aspect of cowboy life and Western heritage. John Wayne features big here in painting and sculpture. There's the TV show "Gunsmoke" display, and in the lobby is "The End of the Trail" sculpture.

Compulsive Traveler

Fascinating Places to Visit in Arizona

Arizona is dotted with many unique sites including Monument Valley, Four Corners, the Petrified Forest, the Painted Desert, Lake Powell, Hoover Dam and more.

June 2015
The Tenacious Traveler

Intriguing Beauty and History Blend in the Balkans

The tiny sizes of the countries – the four together have a total area about equal to New York State – makes traveling between them convenient. At the same time that similarities become evident, so do interesting differences.

Compulsive Traveler

Tips for Traveling in Asia

Check airfare to many locations to find the least expensive entry into Asia. The shortest flight is not always the least expensive. Once in Asia, check one of the many low-cost carriers like Airasia to connect from one location to another. With low-cost carriers, book baggage online – it is less expensive.

May 2015
Compulsive Traveler

Vietnam for Tourists, Not Troops

Da Nang is becoming a premier beach destination with many high-end resorts. During the war it was one of the world’s busiest airports, parts of which now have grass sprouting from cracks in the concrete runway.

April 2015
The Tenacious Traveler

Of Famous Poets, Writers, Lakes and Incredible Scenery: Don’t Miss England’s Lake District

Begin with the magnificent scenery of lakes and rugged mountains, thick forests and rolling fields outlined by stone walls and hedge rows, where countless sheep graze contentedly. Top off the list with the region's intriguing history and rich cultural heritage and it's clear why the readers of Wanderlust magazine last year voted it the leading destination in the United Kingdom.

March 2015

Sounds of Muscle Shoals

Many famous names like Nat King Cole, Lionel Richie, The Temptations, Hank Williams, Aretha Franklin and W.C. Handy not only made it in the music business -- most of them recorded in one of two recording studios in Florence.

Compulsive Traveler

Syracuse: The Hub of Central New York

The premiere art destination in central New York is the Everson Art Museum by I. M. Pei who designed the building to be a sculpture unto itself. In the permanent collection are Gilbert Stuart's portrait of George Washington, Edward Hick's The Peaceable Kingdom and Eastman Johnson's Corn Husking.

February 2015
The Tenacious Traveler

At Long Last, Your Chance to Explore Cuba After 50 Years of Restrictions

The streets of Old Havana (Habana Vieja), the original 16th-century walled city, are lined by a treasure-trove of architectural gems. Mountain ranges rise dramatically from verdant valleys and fields of sugar cane. And almost everyone I met welcomed visitors with a warm smile on their lips, music in their souls, and a mix of both resignation and humor about the challenges of their lives.


Toronto and Niagara: A Perfect Pair

Canadian ATMs and merchants accept conventional U.S. credit and debit cards. That is, it's not necessary to have one of the new smart-chip type cards that are required in Europe.

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