Top Sights in Cape Cod By Laura M. Reckford Summertime is what Cape Cod and Islands are really all about. Sunbathing on the pristine beaches, discovering inlets by kayak, and biking some of New England's best trails are just some of the pleasures to be found here. The hardest choice for visitors may be deciding which town to stay in. Fortunately, most come with charming Main Streets lined with one-of-a-kind shops. Here are 15 top things to do and see in these parts. [Read More]
10 Natural Swimming Holes for Cooling Off
With record temps blanketing the U.S. this summer, finding a place to cool off is more important than ever. From Arizona to Puerto Rico, these natural swimming holes are scenic, refreshing -- and just what you need on a hot summer day. [Read More]
Utah is a place of unfathomable natural beauty—with its unique natural formations, colorful history, and culture, and exciting recreation opportunities—it is a state that contains the best elements of the great Mountain West and the Desert Southwest, from red rock splendor to mountain peaks with The Greatest Snow on Earth®, Utah is a four-season world-class... [Read More...]
Come summertime, your best meal may come from a shack. Seafood dives dot the coasts, offering not only fresh off-the-boat fare, but a laid-back atmosphere where you often order from a window and eat outside. "They are literally shacks, a lot of them," says Mike Urban , author of Lobster Shacks: A Road Guide to New England's Best Lobster Joints (Countryman Press, $18.95). "They're whimsical, funky places." He shares some favorite shacks around his native New England and further afield with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY. [Read More]
In this summer of baggage fees and oversold flights, doesn't a good, old-fashioned road trip to a cabin in the woods or a great American town make total sense? This list of summer vacation spots takes you to 19 states: from the start of the Appalachian Trail in Maine and across the nation to Big Sur, California. So pack your bags, gas up the car, unfold your map, and hit the road to visit one of these great American summer escapes. [Read More]
Want to live out your Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory fantasies? Turns out you can! Inspired by the 1971 musical, The Daily Meal checked out all of the delicious ways to learn about food production. From jelly beans to potato chips, there are food factory tours and tastings to satisfy any craving--so beat the heat indoors at one of these fun food factory tours or events [Read More]
South of downtown Louisville, the Kentucky Exposition Center is the epicenter for the Good Sam Rally happening June 21-24 that will draw thousands of RV and trailer lovers, but attending this great show is the perfect excuse to make yourself comfortable, stay a while and explore the area. A relatively undiscovered dot on the national [Read More...]
For some road trippers, rest-stop strategy is a science. How many stops do you plan to make on your trip? Which states have the best -- or worst -- rest areas? Should you risk getting off the interstate, or stick to the state-run stops? We can't help on the best options for your trip [Read More...]
By Holly Hughes & Julie Duchaine Here are 100 must-see places around the United States, from Niagara Falls to the La Brea Tar Pits. We cover everything from the action and adventure you'll find ballooning over the Arizona desert and dog-sledding in Alaska to historic spots like Puerto Rico's coastal fortress and California's Gold Rush Country. So pack your bags, strap the kids into the car, and hit the road [Read more...}
Farmers markets aren't just about veggies anymore. Some have become weekly festivals celebrating local food, says Gretchen Mais of the American Farmland Trust. Markets help visitors experience a community like a local. "It's a place for conversation and music and to taste the actual flavor of the region," she says [Read More]
Most Californians moved here from someplace else, but that doesn’t stop us from boasting about the Golden State’s coastline like we put it here. Over a long weekend from San Francisco or Los Angeles, you too can earn bragging rights to the top five attractions of California’s central coast: Monterey Bay Aquarium, Carmel-By-The-Sea, Big Sur’s McWay Falls, [Read More]
If you are lucky enough to have a little time for travel this week, then be sure to visit one of our fabulous national parks. It’s National Park Week! From April 21-29, ALL of our 397 parks will be offering FREE admission! Presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, this wonderful gift is a fabulous [Read More...]
The editors did't leave it up to personal favorites across the country, though. They enlisted geographic information systems company Esri to search its data base for towns in the lower 48 with high concentrations of cultural attractions that are more common in bigger cities, but only in places with a population of under 25,000. [Read More]
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced that it will create smoke-free areas in outdoor settings within state parks and historic sites where large numbers of people congregate, including around playgrounds and pools. “State Parks and Historic Sites should be healthy and clean places for our visitors, especially our youngest [Read More...]
If you are traveling to Montana this summer, you might consider a visit to the Grant-Kohrs National Historic Site. A working cattle ranch, Grant-Kohrs celebrates the life and legacy of the American cowboy and cattlemen. We visited this fabulous informative historic ranch about two years ago when we were driving home from Yellowstone National [Read More...]
The Bicentennial of the War of 1812, to be commemorated from 2012 to 2014, will mark the United States' second victory over Great Britain and the writing of "The Star Spangled Banner." Organizers say they plan the celebration to mark 200 years of peace and friendship with Great Britain. [Read more...]
April 6, 2012
Best-restaurant lists are common, but it's rare to see a nationwide list devoted to steakhouses.
So, cow-craving travelers, here's hoping you have no beef with this list, just out on Gayot.com. Gayot uses experts and others to rate restaurants. [Read More]
Elkhart, Ind., is known as the RV capital of the world. The city suffered badly when the recession hit and demand for recreational vehicles all but screeched to a halt. That's when local and state leaders started looking for ways to bolster the area's manufacturing industry. [Read More]
By Bob Difley. In a previous post on efforts to keep California State Parks open I commended the good work by Ruth Coleman, her staff, and others to keep parks open by going the extra step, being creative, and thinking outside the box. Well, some good news came today when Michael Harris, the acting chief deputy [Read More...]
Free-falling from a 60-foot tower, slipping down an oceanfront zip line or fighting through a curve in a car once driven by a NASCAR great are among the new attractions that will greet visitors to Myrtle Beach during a new beach season.
There are also improvements to one of the area's most popular piers and, for a change of pace, a year-long celebration [Read More]
Earlier this year, we asked you to vote for the best food destinations in the South. Now that a whopping 519,729 votes have been cast, Senior editor Paula Disbrowe weighs in on the surprising winner and nine other destinations with amazing hometown flavor. Don't forget to enter for a chance to win a $2,500 cash prize for a trip to any Tasty Town of your choice! [Read More]
But this is no ordinary Old West town. For one thing, it's got a 130-year-old super-attraction that draws 140,000 visitors a year - close to 10 times the number of people who live here. [Read More]
It was a simple ceremony on the northern bank of Washington's Tidal Basin, attended by only a few people.
First lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador to the United States, planted two Yoshino cherry trees, part of a gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Japan to the United States...[Read More]
You'll always find postcard-worthy views at these five best places to shoot photos in D.C. Forget your itinerary, forget your underwear, but don't forget your camera when visiting Washington, D.C. Whether you shoot from above, below, or head on, you can't lose when it comes to these five best places to take photos in D.C. [Read More...]
Ken Salazar, the Secretary of the Interior, announced the designation on Tuesday of 13 new historic landmarks in 9 different states.
In a press release from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Salazar said, “Each of these landmarks teaches us about the history of our land, our people, and our nation... [Read More]
Xanterra Parks & Resorts, the concessioner that runs lodges, restaurants and activities in Yellowstone National Park, says it will start opening campgrounds there in early May, The Associated Press reported. Campgrounds start to open on May 4 with the Madison Campground, followed by Fishing Bridge RV Park on May 11. The park itself reopens to automobiles [Read More...]
Larry the Cable Guy says he was astonished when he was asked to host a series for the History channel. "It would be like Charlie Sheen doing commercials for eHarmony," says Larry, whose real name is Daniel Lawrence Whitney. But the blue-collar comedian says the show, Only in America With Larry the Cable Guy, has been a great fit, letting him explore the grandeur and oddities of the nation. He shares some favorite spots with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY. [Read More]
Presidents Day weekend may have us thinking of Washington, D.C., but most of our national leaders started their careers working in state capitols. Author Jim Stembridge says statehouses are bona-fide tourist attractions [Read More]
According to a recent report from the Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, snowbird reservations for long-term stays are up in the Sunshine State compared to the same time last year. The same is true in Texas, Arizona and California. In the Volusia-Flagler area, RV park operators say they are slightly up or even with last year, so far. [Read More]
Summer vacation planning starts now: Explore the ultimate bucket list of 100 must-see spots for families.
Here are 100 must-see places around the United States, from Niagara Falls to the La Brea Tar Pits. We cover everything from the action and adventure you'll find ballooning over the Arizona desert and dog-sledding in Alaska to historic spots like Puerto Rico's coastal fortress and California's Gold Rush Country. [Read More]
If Champagne is the drink of choice on New Year's Eve, oysters are the meal. "They're celebratory and light," says Erin Byers Murray , author of Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm (St. Martin's, $25.99). "There's no better way to bring in the new year." Murray says the bivalve is in the midst of a comeback, with new producers and restaurants featuring them both raw and cooked. She shares some favorite places to sample the shellfish with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY. [Read More]
The assignment: Start in New York City and wind up in Los Angeles, exploring the best of small-town America along the way. Three weeks and 25,000 miles later, five teams competing in the Best of the Road contest — sponsored by Rand McNally in collaboration with USA TODAY — [Read More]