At the turn of the century, America’s wild bison — which at one time numbered 60 million — had dwindled to about two dozen animals. Strong, sturdy and resilient, they’ve made a comeback, thanks to public and private conservation efforts. On the range, in refuges and national parks, this symbol of our wildlife heritage is magnificent to observe. Here are five places where you can snap a shot of this American icon — with a zoom lens: 1. Custer State Park, S.
Millennials want shorter, more frequent, but still “Instagrammable” vacations, and Royal Caribbean spent $120 million on one 15-year-old ship to give them that. Royal Caribbean’s upgraded Mariner of the Seas is now taking three- and four-day cruises to the Bahamas with hopes that shorter trips and modern features will attract a younger crowd. “After looking at the short-break cruise market, which is about 20 percent of the entire cruise industry in the United States,
BRYCE CANYON CITY, Utah — For many years, I have been eager to take a trip to the Grand Canyon. My wife Sue Kittelson had visited a long time ago, and I longed to personally witness one of the seven wonders of the world. The stars aligned this year and we made the necessary arrangements to fly to Las Vegas, rent a car and head to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. At the behest of others who have made this trip, we included trips to two other popular national parks within
Bison run faster than humans, I thought on my morning jog, as I panted down the slope. They weigh more too — around 1,400 pounds. One of those beasts could crush me flat and not even notice. I ran a little distance before looking back at the low ridge, where 50 or 60 bison posed like breathing statues, the morning sun lighting up the smoky exhale of their nostrils. The massive animals showed less interest in me than in the dewy grass around them, but they had surely seen me
The Grey Lady is gorgeous. Just the profusion of giant rhododendron and wild roses cascading over the sand dunes is worth the cost of the hourlong ferry ride south from Cape Cod. But there is so much more to see and learn about on the island of Nantucket, a National Historic Landmark. Its diminutive size (47.8 square miles, in what Herman Melville described as a “small elbow of sand”) belies its rich and boundless history and current international appeal.
Much of Itasca State Park, 125 miles northwest of Minneapolis, feels secluded on a 90-degree Saturday afternoon. Only a dozen boats bob on the park’s 1,000-acre lake. A lone osprey swoops to scour for lunch under water. Two loons dip, dunk and disappear, teasing their two-legged admirers. Where Itasca Lake meets its northernmost outlet, the mood changes. Dozens gingerly wade into chilly, 2-foot-deep water: couples hand-in-hand, mosquito-bitten campers, parents
“Who wants to be the co-pilot?” Evan Frostman asks. Minutes earlier, Frostman, a pilot for Jones Brothers Air and Seaplane Adventures in the central Florida city of Tavares, had expertly landed his plane on Lake Dora. He now waits as my friend Dennis and I size up the Cessna four-seater. We are standing on the dock of the historic Lakeside Inn in Mount Dora, preparing to fly over and splash down on one of the region’s 1,000-plus lakes. Dennis gallantly concedes,
When I walked onto the grounds of Wimbledon for the first time, I immediately thought of another place: Augusta National. It was the green. I was struck by the familiar shade that permeates both facilities. Wimbledon green isn’t exactly the same as Augusta National green, but it is close enough to signify the tie between these two iconic venues. What Augusta National is to golf, Wimbledon is to tennis. Indeed, upon entering the gates of Wimbledon, I felt a similar
BIG SUR, Calif. — The entire coastal stretch of California’s iconic Highway 1 will re-open at the end of July, restoring a beloved but fragile route from San Francisco to Los Angeles that has been closed for more than a year, the California Department of Transportation announced last week. Construction on the Mud Creek section of southern Big Sur, closed on May 20, 2017, after fierce winter rains triggered a massive landslide, has been aided by contractor efficiencies, favorable
An innkeeper, a Swiss banker and a journalist walk into a restaurant in Coolidge, Kan. That’s not the lead-up to some oddball joke — that’s just what happened recently in this little town near the Colorado state line. Way out in far western Kansas — that little sliver of the state in Mountain Time Zone — Coolidge has become a quaint stop for westward travelers, thanks to the determination of a few locals. Coolidge is one of those towns you can drive through in