District Of Columbia

    Columbia Glacier, Alaska

    11/08/13 •

    …Get a close-up look at Alaska’s fast-moving Columbia Glacier. We live in sunny Florida, so it’s only natural that Alaska is our favorite destination–we’ve been there five times. One of our most exciting day trips there began in Valdez, where we boarded the Glacier Spirit for a cruise through Prince William Sound to…

    Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park in Southern British Columbia

    11/11/16 •

    …Last summer, my girlfriend and I ran across Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park in southern British Columbia — a perfect place to take a break. Spectacular Bridal Veil Falls, the sixth-highest waterfall in Canada, tumbles 197 feet over the smooth rock face of Mount Cheam. We enjoyed a 15-minute walk through lush greenery…

    Historic Grist Mill and Gardens in Keremeos, British Columbia

    9/09/12 •

    …We spent a fun-filled, educational and interesting day at the Grist Mill and Gardens in Keremeos, British Columbia. The historic flour mill was built in 1877 by Barrington Price and was restored in the 1980s. It now serves as a living-history museum–it’s the only mill in British Columbia that still has its original…

    Gunderson's Cannery Cafe, Oregon: Dining With a Panoramic View of the Columbia River (1)

    6/11/16 •

    …As a military family, my husband and I have lived and traveled all over. But we’ve never eaten anywhere like Gunderson’s Cannery Cafe on the waterfront in Astoria, Oregon. Housed in a former fishing cannery built in 1879, the pleasant bistro offers a panoramic view of the Columbia River. Naturally, we ordered seafood for…

    Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park, British Columbia: An Amazing Engineering Achievement

    5/09/16 •

    …Late fall or early spring is a great time to drive through spectacular Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park of Canada, located in east-central British Columbia. My girlfriend and I find that the park’s traffic greatly diminishes during these seasons. This magnificent stretch of road winds through the heart of the Selkirk and…

    Othello Tunnels, British Columbia: Carved From Granite for a Railroad Line

    7/07/14 •

    …is where Trans-Canada Highway 1 meets Highways 3 and 5, roughly 35 miles northeast of Chilliwack. The day-use park, open from April through mid-November, is just east of Hope, off Highway 5 (take Exit 183 north). Parking costs about $2.50 (in U.S. dollars) per vehicle. To learn more, telephone Tourism British Columbia at 1-800-435-5622….

    Kimberley, Canadian Rocky Mountains: A Cozy Little Bavarian Town

    9/24/12 •

    …As my girlfriend and I drove through the Canadian Rockies in southeastern British Columbia, each turn in the road brought a breathtaking view more spectacular than the last. We thought it couldn’t get any better — until we pulled our fifth-wheel into Kimberley, a cozy little Bavarian town. Sidewalk cafes… whimsical wooden carvings……

    Latourell Falls, Oregon: A Spectacular Falls With Few Rivals

    7/19/17 •

    …Many waterfalls grace the spectacular Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in northern Oregon, but few rival little-known Latourell Falls in Guy W. Talbot State Park. I hiked a steep but short trail to see the stunning 250-foot-high falls, formed as Latourell Creek (named for a prominent early settler) plunges over a sheer…

    Georgetown on the South Carolina Coast: A Peaceful Town With Plenty to See

    3/29/15 •

    …admire the 32-square-block downtown district that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places (keep an eye out for the light-blue markers that identify historic structures) and love the friendly hometown atmosphere. Georgetown is still an active seaport; you can watch shrimp trawlers unload their catch daily. The streets, lit at night with old-fashioned lanterns,…

    Red Wing, Minnesota: Shop Antiques and Watch the Boats

    12/21/13 •

    …very relaxing to browse in antique shops and watch the boats from Levee Park behind the hotel. Red Wing is known for its salt-glazed pottery and Red Wing shoes, so we enjoyed visiting the Red Wing Shoe Museum and the Historic Pottery District. You’ll also want to see the renovated Sheldon Theater, at the corner…

    Manistee Michigan's Victorian Sleighbell Parade and Old Christmas Weekend

    3/14/17 •

    …than any other city in America! Manistee still looks much like it did during those lumber baron’s heyday. Its entire downtown district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and many graceful “painted lady” Victorian homes dot its cozy neighborhoods. The heart of the historic district is River Street, which follows the Manistee…

    Making the Most of Your Trip to Tokyo

    7/12/13 •

    …temples and marketplace. The kitchen goods district (close to the motorcycle district). The perfect place to buy some plastic sushi for that special someone. Shinjuku station and the surrounding neon – just make sure you don’t get lost in the station (which is pretty big!) The Imperial Palace Gardens – about the only spot of…

    How to Become a Life Guard

    7/22/15 •

    …more effective rescues. In this course there are physical skills they must complete, knowledge they must show they possess, and various rescues they must prove they can perform. This course is about 40 hours in length. For more information on the Life Saving Society refer to: Ontario Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Quebec…

    Take a Scenic Side Trip to Polebridge Mercantile, Montana (1)

    7/02/17 •

    …of Columbia Falls, Montana on County Highway 486 (also known as the Outside North Fork Road). From the park’s Camas Creek Entrance, take the North Fork Road and follow the signs; it’s about a 15-mile drive. The store is generally open 7 days a week, but it shuts down for a few weeks in late…

    Falls Mill, Tennessee: A Still-Working Historic Mill

    12/08/13 •

    …depot in Cowan, about 18 miles east of Falls Mill on U.S. Highway 41. The museum showcases a rare full-size Columbia-type locomotive, a 1920 Porter steam locomotive and a caboose plus other railroad memorabilia. It’s open Thursday through Sunday from May through October. For more information about the museum and other area attractions, call the…

    Mountain Survival: Les Stroud Shows How to Get Out Alive

    4/11/15 •

    …This time around Survivorman, Les Stroud, shows us some tactics for surviving 7 days in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia — home to high winds, snow, and bitter cold temperatures. In addition, the weather can change without notice in the mountains as storms are hidden until they are upon you. And the combination…

    Experience the Fury of An Avalanche: Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, Crownsnest Pass, Alberta

    12/19/12 •

    …as big as houses. Crowsnest Pass is on Highway 3 in southwestern Alberta, about 14 miles east of the Alberta/British Columbia border and about 89 miles west of Lethbridge. The Frank Slide center is about a mile north of Highway 3. It’s open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open later in summer). National…

    Best Places to Retire in the World (11)

    9/16/16 •

    …I had no interest in Brazil or Venezuela (sometimes you just have to go with your gut). Columbia is obviously out for a gringo. Uruguay got plenty of mention in my research, but I wasn’t impressed with the weather — still it may be that some areas could be good. Chile sounded promising in part…

    Delicious Dinner at the Northern Lights Saloon, Montana

    9/08/13 •

    …early — we got there at 5:30 p.m. and an hour later, the place was full. Polebridge is roughly 35 miles north of Columbia Falls on County Highway 486 (also called Outside North Fork Road), a mile west of the park’s Camas Creek entrance. (The drive is not recommended for RVs.) From Memorial Day weekend…

    20 Easy Ways to Save Money Without Sacrificing Your Happiness

    1/16/14 •

    …current cable package for a while, you’re probably not near as excited about it as when you first signed up. Couldn’t you save $20 or $30 by downgrading and still have plenty of movies, sports and other channels available? Have you signed up for Columbia House DVD/CD memberships, magazines, websites, or any other services that…

    Safari Clothing and Gear

    11/20/16 •

    …batteries, or memory cards. I picked up the Columbia Silver Ridge Vest which I bought from REI for $65. Safari Hat I hate wearing hats. They make my head itch. And with pretty thick hair I usually don’t worry about getting a sunburn on my head. However, it seemed foolish to not take a hat…

    Kaleidoworld, New York: Home of The World's Largest Kaleidoscope (2)

    1/18/17 •

    …west of I-87 (the New York Thruway); take Exit 19 at Kingston. For details, call 1-888-303-3936. More to See Nearby Kingston is a historic maritime community, featuring the Hudson River Maritime Museum and the Kingston Trolley Museum, both on the historic Rondout Waterfront District. For more information contact the Kingston Visitor’s Center at 1-845-331-7517….

    Whitewater Falls in the Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina

    8/17/13 •

    …of Brevard, which is where U.S. Highways 64 and 276 meet, some 30 miles southwest of Asheville. From Highway 64, turn south on Highway 281 and follow the signs; the waterfall is about an 8-mile drive from the turnoff. A $2 parking fee applies. For details, call the Highlands Ranger District office at 1-828-526-3765….

    Helen Village in North Georgia: An Unexpected Touch of Bavaria

    2/22/13 •

    …southwest of Helen, where U.S. Highway 19 meets State Highway 52. For details, call 1-706-864-2257. The Anna Ruby Falls Recreation Area features spectacular twin waterfalls that tumble 153 and 53 feet. The falls are located several miles north of Helen in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests. To learn more call the Chattooga Ranger District, 1-706-754-6221…

    Ozark National Forest, Arkansas: Awe Inspiring Vistas and Rock Formations

    6/06/16 •

    …1-3/4-mile Kings Bluff Trail is also worth exploring. Pelsor is where State Highways 7, 16 and 123 meet, about 36 miles north of Russellville on I-40 (Exit 81). The Pedestal Rocks area is 6 miles east of Pelsor on the south side of Highway 16. For details, call the Bayou Ranger District at 1-479-284-3150….