Serious street riding in Italy

A word, please, about Italian drivers. They were weaned on Ferraris, Alfa Romeos and Lamborghinis. They are expert operators, generally, who seem to think every trip to the supermarket is a Formula One event.


Family adventure on Turks and Caicos Islands

Our captain, the avuncular "Marvelous" Marvin Mullings, pilots our boat, the Always Something, away from a squall and toward a quiet beach - quiet, that is until all the other boat captains of Providenciales, the most-visited of the Turks and Caicos Islands, reach the same conclusion and join us, forming a moored flotilla. Marvin is one-part seaman, one-part showman; he encourages us to attend to his safety instructions while gently inebriating us on rum punch. We then snorkel above a school of small, blue and utterly complacent fish, next climb back onboard for our next destination, Half Moon Beach.


In the footsteps of the Bronte Sisters

Staring at the horizon, I might have been looking at a vast canvas where the technique of chiaroscuro, the interplay of light and dark, was used to create a specific mood. One minute sunshine dappled the landscape; the next misty rain enveloped it.


How to save on airfare

The airfare for your family vacation to Orlando, Fla., cost you $500 a person. Your friend snagged tickets there during the same week for nearly half the price. What gives?


Kansas sites celebrate National Park Service’s 100 years

Throughout the summer, Ellen Jones has seen an uptick in the number of buses stopping to tour Fort Larned National Historic Site, where she is park ranger of the Indian Wars-era fort on the Santa Fe Trail. She’s also seeing more families from across the country stopping in Larned, about 130 miles northwest of Wichita, as part of cross-country road trips to explore National Park Service sites.


Exploring the revived Eau Claire, Wis.

My Wisconsin hometown is easy to miss - the real Eau Claire, that is. Take any of its three I-94 exits, 90 miles east of the Twin Cities, and you'll find gas stations, fast-food joints, chain hotels, a shopping mall. Nothing too memorable.


Harlem offers lively mix of old and new

Take a walk on 125th Street. Check out the Apollo Theater marquee, the latest exhibit at the Studio Museum, the patio dinner crowd on Lenox Avenue, the high-priced brownstones, the locals of all hues striding past Afrocentric sidewalk stalls while a drum circle grooves across the street.


Kansas camping with a Mongolian touch

Kansas state parks use yurts to offer a camping alternative.
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Kansas camping with a Mongolian touch

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Timelapse of Nico Hernandez parade

Parade and celebration honors Wichita Olympian Nico Hernandez 1:50

Parade and celebration honors Wichita Olympian Nico Hernandez

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Curious Wichita: What's being done about vehicle tax cheaters?

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