| May 8, 2012
| 6:53 PM
ARLES, France — It's not often people can walk in the footsteps of a legend, seeing the things he saw and experiencing life as he lived.
When Vincent van Gogh settled in Arles in 1888, he entered a hyper-productive burst, producing works such as...
| Oct 21, 2012
HONOLULU — That Hawaiian shirt you wore on Friday for casual day? You can thank Alfred Shaheen for that.
Clothes may make the man, but Shaheen was the man who made the clothes — the fashionable ones created in Honolulu that elevated aloha...
| Apr 8, 2012
| 3:21 PM
EPHRAIM, Wis. — As the sun sets in a blaze of color over the waters of Green Bay, a few hundred visitors to Peninsula State Park intentionally miss the sight.
They're only a couple of miles from the shoreline, but their eyes are focused on...
| Sep 16, 2012
Begun in 1819, Ft. Snelling at the time was the remotest military outpost on the American frontier. (Now it's just a mile from the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.) It was built to protect U.S. interests (read: fur trade) in this corner of the Louisiana...
| Apr 6, 2012
| 8:59 AM
LONDON (Reuters) - Got 48 hours to spare in Bonn? This sleepy city perched on the banks of the romantic River Rhine offers history, culture, and beautiful scenery galore.
Located about 30 km south of Cologne, the city of around 325,000 prides itself on...
| Sep 20, 2011
| 12:11 PM
SAN ANTONIO, N.M — Rowena Baca was just a toddler on what she calls "the day the sun rose twice" in New Mexico.
Shortly before 6 a.m. on July 16, 1945, scientists detonated the first atomic bomb just 35 miles from the dusty crossroads of San...
| Oct 16, 2011
Up in the northwest forest where Washington, Idaho and British Columbia converge, there's a lazy little international border crossing called Nelway, about the size of a gas station.
"Where are you headed?" a Canadian border patrol agent asked when my...
| Nov 1, 2011
| 1:10 PM
AUSTIN, Minn. — When you've never tasted Spam, there's only one way to prepare for the Spam Museum: Eat Spam. And the places to do that in this town of 25,000 are plenty.
Steve's serves Spam pizza. Johnny's Main Event offers a Spam Reuben. Kenny'...
| Nov 1, 2011
| 1:26 PM
Wars aren't really over when they're over. There's the debris of a battlefield or a landmark church destroyed. And, always, there is the memory of those lost. You can sense the pain and pride always so palpably, so movingly, in France, where the 20th...
| Nov 13, 2011
"Where you headed?" asked the cheerful driver of the rental-car shuttle at the Detroit airport.
"Detroit!" I answered, equally cheerfully.
"Southfield, Birmingham or Rochester?" he asked, referring to well-to-do northern suburbs.
| Nov 30, 2011
| 12:26 PM
BERLIN — More than any other place in Europe, Berlin is a work in progress. Over the last two decades, ripped-up tracks and a canopy of cranes have signaled its rebirth as a great city. If you haven't been here lately, you won't recognize the place....
| Feb 14, 2013
| 12:30 PM
It's not easy to find a place that equally inspires kids and grown-ups, whatever their ages.
Welcome to one of the most wonderful museums I've visited lately — The Musical Instrument Museum (http://www.themim.org) in Phoenix, Ariz. —...