Biscayne National Park is not like most national parks, where land is the dominant feature. Here on the southeast edge of the Florida peninsula, water takes centerstage and comprises 95% of the park’s geography. It’s a subtropical playground, comprised of a mangrove shoreline, a warm, shallow bay and small islands or keys.


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The Wonders of Oregon

It doesn’t take long for visitors to Oregon to admire its varied landscapes, intriguing chapters of history and reputation as a cornucopia of tasty fruits, vegetables and outstanding wine

Experience a visual conversation between Wright and Chihuly at Taliesin West

Aficionados of Frank Lloyd Wright most likely have Taliesin West on their list of places to visit. After all, it’s one of the legendary architect’s famed creations and an iconic, cultural landmark in Arizona. Now, however, fans of celebrated contemporary artist Dale Chihuly need to add this UNESCO World Heritage ...

Treasures abound at Florida’s Dry Tortugas National Park

The seaplane kissed the water as we landed at Dry Tortugas National Park, one of our country’s most inaccessible national parks. It had been a smooth flight on Key West Seaplane Charters from Key West, where we had departed a mere thirty-five minutes ago, and the sights enroute were incredible.

Greenville is more than just a pretty face

Move over Charleston and Savannah. There’s a new southern belle in town and her name is Greenville. She can ooze sultry charm like the best of them and she’s picture-pretty. But, there’s plenty of substance and depth under those good looks.

Lakewold Gardens

This classic garden estate features a vast collection of rhododendrons, plant collections and the beautiful artful design of the grounds completed by architect Thomas Church

Enjoy laid back luxury and natural beauty in Ponte Vedra

I thought I had good eyes until I went shark tooth hunting on a beach in Ponte Vedra, Florida. I didn’t realize that these teeth are very tiny and blend in well with shells. They are black and shiny and usually triangular in shape, but that fits the description for ...


The Maiden of Deception Pass

The soft sands of the shore, the rocky tidepools, the beautiful ocean views, the sound of the waves softly crashing ashore, and the Maiden of Deception Pass watching over it all

The wild heart of South Carolina beats strong in Congaree National Park

Having a National Park pretty much to yourself is a rare experience. Yet, there I was wandering in the swamp among the towering trees of Congaree National Park with nary a soul in sight…with the exception of my husband. It was somewhat eerie, yet peacefully comforting to be amid the ...

Palouse Falls

Carved more than 13,000 years ago, Palouse Falls is among the last active waterfalls on the Ice Age floods path

New Mexico State Capitol is a roundhouse of art

Art doesn’t necessarily come to mind when you think of state capitol buildings. Typically, most people equate capitals with all things government and they envision an austere, staid environment. So, it’s a delightful surprise when visitors enter the “Roundhouse” in Santa Fe and discover a veritable art museum.

Immigrant history comes alive at the Tenement Museum

I had always wanted to tour the Tenement Museum in New York City, having had a number of my relatives immigrate to the U.S. from Europe; a number who came through Ellis Island and spent time in New York before heading elsewhere. On my recent trip to the Big Apple, ...

It's Tulip Festival Time!

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of the destination events for the Pacific Northwest, held from April 1 through 30, celebrating millions of tulips bursting into bloom

Signs of Spring

Each year, usually in March, I get fed up with winter

5 Staycation Ideas

Looking for a vacation close to home? Washington State Parks offers these five ideas for making memories