7 Surprising Things to See and Do in Buffalo

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If you thought you knew the Buffalo/Niagara Falls area, well think again. New York state’s second largest metropolitan area has been undergoing somewhat of a renaissance that’s given it a new urban vibe in both its downtown core and throughout its system of outdoor parks and growing-in-stature art galleries. Plus, 3.1 million Canadians cross the […]

Mapping the Conch Republic

Out on the water with Hall's Diving Center in the Florida Keys

On April 23, 1982, the mayor of Key West, Florida, Dennis Wardlow, “broke a loaf of stale Cuban bread over the head of a man dressed in a naval uniform.” This naturally ushered his city into secession from the United States, officially as the “Conch Republic.” One minute into sovereignty, Prime Minister Wardlow surrendered to the same man, and the […]

Charleston, SC, Part 3: Regaling in a Wealth of Antebellum Ambiance

Fort Sumter from the air (Credit: Bill Rockwell)

This is Part 3 in Dave Zuchowski’s three-part series on Charleston, South Carolina—voted the best city in the U.S. and Canada in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards for the second year in a row. For more, check out Part 1 and Part 2. My first morning in Charleston, South Carolina, found me sitting on […]

Summer in Spokane, Washington

Monroe St. Bridge over the Spokane River at sunset. (Credit: Visit Spokane)

My adventure to Spokane, Washington came at the perfect time. The month of July in my beloved hometown of Los Angeles can be overwhelming. The malls and theme parks are flooded with kids on summer break. School’s out, but the freeways are jammed with tourists flocking to the Pacific Ocean. Needless to say, I longed […]

Charleston, SC, Part 1: Charleston Gets Top Vote for Best City—Again

Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards issue

This is Part 1 in Dave Zuchowski’s three-part series on Charleston, South Carolina—voted the best city in the U.S. and Canada in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards for the second year in a row. Check out Part 2 here, and tune in for Part 3 next Friday. Lucky Charleston! Maybe make that magnetic, alluring Charleston. The South […]

Summer in Deer Valley, Utah, at the St. Regis

Fly fishing with Jan's Experts

Spending a long summer weekend in Deer Valley, Utah at the St. Regis Deer Valley is a breath of fresh air. Literally! The altitude of 7452′ (also the name of their Bloody Mary!) guarantees the freshest air where the Uinta and Wasatch converge. The 181-room hotel looks like a modern castle nestled in the mountainous […]

7 steps to a wonderful weekend in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Point Lobos State Nature Reserve (Credit: Jen Melo)

Imagine quaint cottages, topped with the terracotta roof tiles as in Europe, lined with lush lawns, pristine landscaping and towering palm trees. And all of this is set to a soothing soundtrack of waves rushing in and flowing out to the Pacific Ocean. “Picturesque” aptly describes Carmel-by-the Sea, an idyllic village in Monterey, California. But […]

April 19-27, 2014 is National Park Week

Grand Teton National Park, as seen from the Grand Teton Lodge Company

Most people know that today is Earth Day, but did you know that this week—April 19-27, 2014—is National Park Week? Well it is, and that means seven more days (it’s more than a week, for some reason) worth of excuses to celebrate the spectacular and one-of-of-a-kind natural beauty packaged as America’s 58 U.S. National Parks. […]