TAOS, N.M. – To winter sports enthusiasts, Taos is best known for its challenging ski slopes. But this northern New Mexico town has plenty more to offer visitors year-round, on and off the slopes. A hipper little sister of sorts to Santa Fe, Taos is known for its diverse outdoor offerings as well as its funky town square packed full of history, art galleries and Hispanic and Native American culture. Whereas Santa Fe is known for its wealth, Taos is lower-key and tends to attracts a younger, more starving-artist-type crowd. It’s a town where new-age nomadic hippies, (referred to locally as “sage monkeys”) peacefully coexist with artists, natives, daredevil skiers and even wealthy Texan tourists. Here are five free things to do and see on your next trip to Taos.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The fees for air tour operators that use technology to quiet the sound of aircraft at Grand Canyon National Park have been reduced.
The lobster trawlers bob like toys in a bathtub,tipping to and fro with every swell of gray sea. I watch from a crowd of Nicaraguans about to board the day’s last panga, or public ferryboat, wondering whether the storm is as bad as it looks.
Q: I’d like to take a quick trip with the family down to the Gulf side of Florida in early January. Any ideas for a specific location or resort? I hear a lot about “Old” Florida – would that be places like Cedar Key or Longboat Key?
SUVA, Fiji – With its white sand beaches, tropical climate and relaxed pace, Fiji has rightfully earned a reputation as a South Pacific paradise. But it’s the friendliness of the people that makes traveling in these islands a real delight. You'll quickly learn the ubiquitous word “bula” (pronounced boolah) which means hello and is usually accompanied with a broad smile.
Standing in the middle of a herd of about 150 reindeer at Williams Reindeer Farm in Palmer, Alaska, I reached out to pet one of the animals. How thick and soft its fur is, I marveled, almost bouncy to the touch, like a natural version of artificial turf.
The travel industry is offering promotions large and small for Cyber Monday. Some companies are participating for the first time, while others are embracing the online holiday sale in a bigger way than in the past.
“The Pacific Northwest is one of my favorite spots in this world, and I’m one walker that’s stood way up and looked way down acrost aplenty of pretty sights in all their veiled and nakedest seasons. The Pacific Northwest has got mineral mountains. It’s got chemical deserts. It’s got rough run canyons. It’s got sawblade snowcaps. It’s got ridges of nine kinds of brown, hills out of six colors of green, ridges five shades of shadows, and stickers the eight tones of hell.”
LONDON – There’s no getting around it: The basics of life are pricey in London. Hotel rooms, taxis, restaurant meals and subway fares are among the most expensive in the world.
PORTO – I read descriptions that called Portugal’s second-largest city “gritty” and “emerging.” So as we drove into Porto the first evening of our visit, I anticipated towering smokestacks belching tinted steam into an orange sky.
– Enterprise has a sale on weekend car rental rates at select neighborhood locations in the United States and Puerto Rico. Economy/compact cars now cost $9.99 per day, intermediate $14.99, standard $17.99, and full-size $19.99 – plus taxes. Rent in advance, with the rental starting on a Friday and ending the following Monday. Valid through May 21. For example, an early December weekend rental in Orlando now costs $41 total, including taxes; normal rates start at about $30 a day. Sale price includes 100 miles per day. Info: 800-261-7331, www.enterprise.com.
NEW YORK – Fliers are rejoicing that they'll soon be able to use their iPads, Kindles, music players and other personal electronics during all phases of a flight. But no policy change is without its quirks or hiccups.
MONTE CARLO, Monaco – Just before noon on a brilliant Riviera day, two columns of guards line up smartly in front of the Prince’s Palace, gold braid glinting on their full dress uniforms, vivid blue helmets rivaling the azure sky.
Three cities loom large in the life and death of John F. Kennedy: Washington, D.C., where he was president and senator; Dallas, where he died; and Boston, where he was born.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Tourists returned to the Grand Canyon on Saturday after Arizona officials along with several counterparts agreed to a federal government plan to reopen national parks, which had been closed as a result of the partial government shutdown.
It was a stroke of luck, really, that my luggage was lost when I flew to Italy this summer to visit the jewel box villages of the Cinque Terre – five heart-stoppingly picturesque hamlets on the Ligurian coast, dotted with pastel houses nestled amid terraced hills that drop to the jade and lapis waters of the Mediterranean. All I had with me were my eyes and feet. For the next few days, that would be all I needed. Unencumbered, I could leap lightly onto trains and trails, feeling sorry for the heavily laden travelers around me, even as I mourned the absence of my hiking sandals.
You awaken, and your brain quickly takes stock of where you are. You realize: It’s time.
ATLANTA – The Georgia Aquarium is giving visitors the chance to peer inside the bodies of giant sea creatures.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. The southwestern New Mexico city thats played home to Breaking Bad is preparing for the end, with the Emmy-award winning series airing its last episode on Sunday.
When you mention the word “museum,” most travelers imagine the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the thralls of people trying to sneak a peak of the Mona Lisa at Le Louvre. While art may be the first thing to come to mind, many other subjects can be found enshrined in museums around the world. To help you culture vultures plan ahead, the members and editors of travel website VirtualTourist.com (www.virtualtourist.com) compiled a list of the “Top 5 Non-Art Museums.”