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Wine country and great Danes in Solvang, California

  Carol Highsmith Nestled in Southern California's Santa Ynez Valley, a 45-minute drive north of Santa Barbara and a bit over two hours from Los Angeles, this small town of just over 6,100 offers visitors a unique blend of nature and culture. One of Solvang's top attractions is its unique Danish, which you can explore by strolling its charming streets. Founded in 1911 by Danish immigrants, and its downtown remodeled in the 1940s to reflect that country's architectural heritage, Solvang has a…

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Ithaca, New York: a place of gorges, greenery, gardens - and goats

  With a population of just over 32,000, in Upstate's Finger Lakes region on the southern shore of Cayuga Lake, a 3½-hour drive from capital Albany and a bit over four hours from New York City, Ithaca is a prominent college town but also a a “gorges” city. I say that because it's surrounded by rocky gorges, many of them with waterfalls - more than 150 within a ten-mile radius. Within the city limits themselves, a one-third mile hike uphill – the Cascadilla Gorge Trail -- is exhilarating not…

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RVing on North Carolina´s Outer Banks

    The Outer Banks, a 200-mile-long string of barrier islands along the North Carolina coast, are a beach-driving paradise, and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, covering some 70 miles of it, is a great place to park your RV for an amazing vacation. Where exactly you choose to do so will depend on your budget and your choice of camping style. Currently there is no admission fee to the National Seashore if you just wish to walk the beaches, swim, picnic, and play water sports such as…

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4 musts in Houston

Rawpixel With a population of 2.3 million - and nearly 7 million in the larger metro area - H-Town (as locals dub it) is the Lone Star State´s largest city (as well as with the fourth-largest in the United States), and one of its richest, especially due in no small part to the great Texas oil boom which began in the early 20th century. All that population and wealth also means a deep bench of top-notch - and increasingly divers - cultural and recreational options for visitors (not to mention…

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  • There´s one thing the destinations on this list have in common - can you tell what it is?
  • Travel+Leisure has just gifted us with a bevy of romantic destinations in the USA for the fall. I´ve been to several of these, but never thought of them as necessarily ¨romantic,¨ but I can certainly see it.
  • Wow, now friendly Canada has issued an official warning to its LGBTQ folks re travel to the USA. Fox ¨News¨ and its ilk are slamming it as misdirected when there are so many worse places where gays and lesbians are actually killed. But thanks to all the current homophobic jihads in Repub-ruled states, it´s leading to real-life violence in the US too, like the recent killing of the straight shop owner in California for flying the Pride flag. Even before this, years ago, there have been gay club shootings like at Pulse in Orlando, and now they will inevitably become more common. So yeah. danger for real.
    Canada issues travel advisory for LGBTQ+ residents visiting US
    Canadian government issues warning after numerous discriminatory laws passed in Republican-controlled states
  • The site just came out with a dozen-plus of the country's top spots to visit this coming month - and there a several suprises here:
  • An interesting recent look in USA Today at the USA's top cities for disabled travelers:
    Which cities are the best for disabled travelers? These 3 US destinations rank among the best.
    In a survey last fall, 3,500 disabled tourists said New York, Las Vegas and Orlando are the most accessible cities in the U.S.
  • I've found New Hampshire a delight to visit in winter, including its skiing/snowboarding and picture-postcard scenery, villages, and towns. And the website recently came out with a look at nearly a dozen of these towns. Want classic New England charm this season? Check out
  • Leave it to California to progressive, "woke," whatever you want to call it, but I think this is a great idea: Visit California has just launched a marketing campaign called Visit Native California to promote cultural tourism around the state's 109 recognized tribes:
    New Visit Native California Program Encourages Travelers to Connect With State's Indigenous Cultures
    The new Native-led initiative seeks to showcase the rich cultures of the state’s 109 federally recognized tribes.
  • Several months ago the London-based travel site came out with "The best cities in the world for art and culture in 2022", including of course a number in the U.S. - and while many of them you would totally expect, there are a few you totally wouldn't:
  • The news website Skift, which does a great job of covering all aspects of the international travel industry, just came out with this sobering look by Lebawit Lily Girma at how all the mass shootings, hate crimes and other dysfunction in the U.S. may pose a challenge for getting tourists to come visit. And I post it here because I'm quoted. Sad but true... 😥
    Gun Violence Creates a Troubling New Reality for U.S. Tourism's Hard Sell
    ”Breaking news: USA hoping to increase tourism with gifts at border entries!” reads the headline on a sketch of a U.S. border patrol officer handing…
  • Delaware's Rehoboth Beach is a warm-weather magnet for many not just in Delaware but also surrounding areas including Washington DC, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Read more about it and other popular beaches along the state's 381-mile coast in's recent look article
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