North America – Travel Stories from Around the World

Below you will find stories written by travellers on their experiences in North America.

United States

Burning the Man NEW!
In order to enjoy what Burning Man had to offer, Belinda Tan had to get over her hang ups, shift her mental expectations, stop being tired and learn how to take naps to enjoy the nocturnal activities.

The Mad River Valley and The Pitcher Inn NEW!
Norman Goldman finds beauty and romance in the rural character of Vermont’s Mad River Valley.

Inn On the Alameda, Santa Fe NEW!
After a cattle-car plane ride, a stay at Santa Fe’s Inn On the Alameda was exactly what Laurel Miller needed.

Five Days in Vegas NEW!
With a little encouragement from Hurricane Ivan, Michael Levy made the fated trek to the City of Sin.

Big City Fun with a Small Town Feeling NEW!
Grand Rapids, Michigan isn’t on most people’s list of top ten cities to visit. But that is precisely what makes it a great spot.

Hanalei Colony Resort NEW!
If you want your Hawaii vacation to be a little less manufactured and a little more old school, Laurel Miller says ditch the package tour and head for Kauai’s incomparably beautiful, peaceful north shore.

Eruption Near Mount McKinley
The non-active Mount McKinley wasn’t the thing that erupted during Kevin Burdick’s tour of the mountain.

To Beat the Heat, Don’t Go To Alaska!
Heat seems to follows Kevin Burdick wherever he goes – even Alaska!

Thar She Blows
Fishing trips off Alaska’s beautiful coast can be fantastic – if you have the stomach for ’em.

The Charm of the Story Inn
Keith Wynne describes the beautiful job done in balancing the opposing objectives of preservation and renovation in a remarkable inn.

La Dolce Vita in Kelowna
Deb Smith describes a splendid winery featured in Architectural Digest and Wine Access as ‘Little Italy.’

Artsy Cleveland
Is Cleveland still a mistake on the lake, or does it really rock? Neilia Sherman reckons the latter.

Along The Road To Hana
On a day drive from Maui, Lee Abbamonte and his girlfriend discover a secluded waterfall, a red-sand beach, and a bunch of naked hippies.

Growing Potential
Often the butt of many bad jokes, Anthony Porco discovers that underrated Newark has some great attractions.

Paradise, Old School Style
The Kaanapali Beach Hotel may not be a five star resort, but it’s the best find in Hawaii, according to Ellen Fairey.

Wilderness Wedding
Courtney Ries would not recommend St. Mary’s Glacier B&B for a wedding, and it wasn’t even her ceremony!

The Inn at Sawmill Farm
Norm Goldman visits this simple, but beautifully restored inn located near West Dover, Vermont.

DC from a Distance
Washington DC resident Melanie Mize Renzulli is baffled by ‘taxation without representation’ in our country’s capital. She is, however, entitled to flash a juvenile gesture at the Commander-in-Chief’s convoy.

Understanding the Lone Star State
Canadian Neilia Sherman finally starts to understand why Texans love the Alamo so much.

VIP’s in Washington
Jerry Lane soon learns that everyone is a VIP in Washington, D.C.

Spring Into Old Palm Springs
Charlie Barrett reviews two of the top hotels in Palm Springs, and the city’s renowned (and fabulous) follies.

An Island Retreat Smack Dab in the Middle of the USA!
Although it’s thousands of miles away from an ocean, a coffee house in Missouri has an island flavor of its own.

Transport Me Around San Francisco
Karen Grosso highlights the best of San Francisco, and how to make the most of your time.

Phoenix: A Romantic Getaway
Norm Goldman discovers Phoenix, Arizona to be very different to other major cities in North America.

Petting Chipmunks
The desert, a testing hike, and wonderful companions will help Philip Blazdell treasure his memories of Joshua Tree National Park.

Youth Hostel Days: the Secret of Angelina
One woman represents the best and the worst of Alex Sharp-Cole’s hostel days.

Hausing Done Right
One of Kay Bozich Owens’ best hostel experiences didn’t occur in the hostel mecca of Europe but in tourist town, USA.

Sedona and Los Abrigados Resort & Spa
Norman Goldman and his wife Lily visit the mystical southwest town of Sedona, Arizona.

Glitz, Sparkle, Money, and Chance
Amy Lau gives the ins, outs and tricks to the East Coast’s answer to Las Vegas.

Alaskan Snapshot
Jill Homer’s quest for the perfect photograph doesn’t require idyllic smiles or even clean clothes.

Visiting Vegas (Italian Style)
Karen Grosso tries to tour the saintly side of Vegas, incorruptible Italian mother in tow.

Short Bus Florida Flopdown
Rich Gladding finds bedbugs, chickens and swarming tourists on his trip to Flordia’s finest.

Maui Fever
From poor customer service to an awful hostel, nothing seemed to work right for David Robinson on his trip to Maui, Hawaii.

A Romantic Sojourn to Recharge, Refuel and Refresh Your Spirit
Scottsdale is the one the Arizona’s hidden treasures. Norman Goldman details some of the can’t miss attractions.

Train Weddings
According to Norman Goldman, there is no better backdrop for a wedding than on a train overlooking the Grand Canyon.

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
Norman Goldman visits Phoenix and recounts the highlights – especially the gastronomical pleasures.

L’auberge de Sedona
The L’Auberge de Sedona hotel blends classical and traditional design influences of the French and American Southwest to create one of the most romantic resorts in Arizona.

Where Y’At?
Throw two million people together for four days, on a one mile stretch of road, add dirt, garbage, alcohol, and debauchery; and what do you have? Mardi Gras!

A Perfect Drive
In search of good outdoor fun, Eric Lehman and his wanderless friends, end up finding their best adventures while driving aimlessly.

I Will Travel Again!
Harry Z offers a testimonial to the powers and wonders of traveling.

Casa de Solana
Norman Goldman and his wife, Lily, learn a little bit about history, and a little bit about romance, in St. Augustine, Florida.

Casa De La Paz
Norman Goldman and his wife, Lily, manage to avoid ghosts – for the most part – while roaming around one of Florida’s most historic towns.

Palm Island: Florida’s Last True Island
Norman Goldman and his wife, Lily, visit Palm Island – perhaps the most untouched island off Florida’s coast.

Sand or Surf or the Central Coast Wine Country?
Charlie Barrett spoils himself rotten in three small towns of Southern California.

The Virgin Burn
Meaghan O’Neill is in Black Rock City, a remote Nevada desert that is built from scratch and then completely destroyed.

Yes, We Have No Burritos
The real way to the heart of Santa Barbara, Meaghan O’Neill discovers, is through its stomach, particulary a certain taqueria.

Beyond Bourbon Street
Nick Fox encourages visitors to New Orleans to step beyond the usual and delve into the real Big Easy.

Miracle to Branson
Traveling on a tight, scenic road, Lena Hunt Mabra’s overstuffed car started shedding it’s contents – a mattress, chairs, the grill!

The Tale of the Garbage Drop
Eric D. Lehman learned the only way to live free and true was to turn the ordinary into the sublime and the sublime into the miraculous.

Spring Signals the Return of the Swallows
Chris Millikan returns to San Juan Capistrano not only for the tiny birds, but also to drift back to a much different time in California’s history.

Once a Year Climbing Bums
Jesse Grant takes one trip a year with his best friend and cousin to indulge their love of climbing. This year’s trip had everything.

The River Green
Sheila Lamb’s dream of a few days on a raft with a Park Service boy didn’t quite work out the way she imagined.

A Journey of a Different Kind
Kip Patrick space travels in the confines of a refrigerator-sized cardboard box not long ago discarded by someone who thought it was plain old trash.

Going Nowhere
Kip Patrick imagines he is somewhere else, anywhere other than where he is.

Na Pali Coast’s Eleven-Mile Kalalau Trail
Yansu Ouyang and Daniel Hoover wanted to do something amazing and adventurous. And during the 11 mile Kalalau Trail, Peanut butter, trail mix and chocolate were their saviors.

Provincetown, Massachusetts
There is so much history and mystique attached to Provincetown that it is difficult to know where to begin.

Wachusett Mountain, Massachusetts
If you are not from Massachusetts, you’ve probably never heard of Wachusett Mountain, let alone be able to pronounce it as easily as the locals do.

Chatham, Cape Cod, MA
Often referred to as the ‘elbow of the Cape’, Chatham, Cape Cod encompasses all that is enjoyable in life and is one of New England’s most preserved towns.

Woodstock, Vermont
Woodstock, Vermont is described by several publications to be one of the most beautiful small towns in the USA.

Romance in the Catskills
The moment you enter the Emerson Inn, you experience a grand sense of escape, visualizing the era of steamer trunks, telegrams, and exotic ports.

Stevens Farm B&B
"Agri-tourism" seems to be the new phenomena. Unsophisticated enjoyment, kind hosts and the closeness to nature are what make farm destinations unique.

That Friday Night in D.C.
Adam Calvert marveled at the million worlds Washington, D.C. can offer when the city looks her best – as she did that Friday night.

Boxcar Steve
The wheels of adventure spun inside Jennifer Leo’s head as she encouraged her friend to help her hop a freight train, going anywhere.

101 Ways
Sim Louankang delights in the many ways you can enjoy the islands of Hawaii.

Just Beneath
How does one break free from induced hypnosis in Las Vegas? Find out what Mark Schoneveld and his friends did with a marker pen and some cardboard.

City Immortal
Amy Hoff has traveled her entire adult life trying to escape from Duluth, Minnesota. In the end though, it always called her home.

Alone in Anchorage
Participating in the daily lives of the locals is one of the reasons Rochelle Cuyco travels. That she was mistaken for a local shows that she was successful.

A Romantic Voyage Back in Time
Newport Rhode Island is a town of Colonial charm, Victorian architecture, a picturesque harbor, marvelous restaurants, narrow old streets, and ‘la bonne vie’ – the good life.

The Majestic Adirondacks
Rare is the person these days who does not crave for sparkling clear lakes, lush natural spruce, hemlock and pine forests, high peak mountains, unspoiled wilderness, and a feeling of complete relaxation and renewal. Isn’t this what a romantic getaway is all about?

The White Barn Inn
If academic degrees were awarded to resorts and inns, the White Barn Inn, located in Kennebunkport, Maine, would graduate summa cum laude.

The Wildflowers Inn
No matter the time of year, romance is always in season at the Wildflowers Inn.

Sugar Hill Inn
Unhurried, quiet and gentle are the most appropriate adjectives to describe the quaint town of Sugar Hill, New Hampshire.

Blueberry Hill Inn
Goshen is home to one of the most romantic inns in Vermont, which provides a true country experience that focuses on a casual, relaxed and homey atmosphere.

A Rebel Without Shoes
Erik R. Trinidad learns that during Gauley season in West Virginia, it’s all about lookin’ good.

Aurora Borealis and the Big Boom
Between her two ideas for a lively conversation on a backpacking trip, Judy Zimola and friends discovered an unexpected third.

The Last Things They Saw
Ian Everett enjoyed one of those small, nano-relationships typical of the travelling life on a train heading for Mexico.

I Was Pierce Brosnan’s Son
A case of mistaken identity makes an evening at a Hawaiian restaurant more interesting than Thibault Worth could have imagined.

Maurice Valentine shares his experiences, and his long walk home, on the day the lights went out in the Big Apple.

The Teenage Tourist in Hawaii
The quest to keep a teenage daughter amused and entertained works out great for parent, Deb Smith, on the big island of Hawaii.

The Whale’s Gift
For those interested in whales, James Dorsey says the place to be is southeastern Alaska in late August, and in a kayak.

Cliff Jumping
Meaghan O’Neill is on a mission to explore Maui, Hawaii and revisit the five top spots for taking the plunge.

Whiz Wit
Erik R. Trinidad learns the lingo when ordering an authentic Philadelphia Cheese Steak Sandwich.

Scene on a Downtown Train
As a people-watcher and someone who loves the odd random encounter, the New York subway is always an adventure for Andy Walker.

Finding That Farthest Point
Barbara H. Shaw found the end of the road. From that place and moment, the journey would carry her home.

Longboat Key And The Resort At Long Boat Key Club
Norm Goldman reviews this legendary resort for romance, located on an island paradise in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club
Norm Goldman describes this resort which was once high society, fell into ruin and has now been resurrected to former glories.

Marco Island and the Marco Island Beach Resort
On land once inhabited by Calusa Indians, a resort now stands and nothing is spared to offer guests ultimate luxury.

Romantic Fun in Orlando
You can’t get much more romantic than a message of love delivered by a dolphin. Norm Goldman tells you where to find it.

A Floridian Fun Filled Wedding
For people looking to travel to a particular destination to get married, Norm Goldman recommends Florida.

A Campout in Louisiana’s Only National Forest
It’s incredible how clear things seem without the distractions of daily life, says Kip Patrick. No cell phones or people, just the stars and the sleeping forest.

Biking Oregon’s McKenzie River Trail
Scott Churchill rides the finest the Pacific Northwest has to offer. So far.

The Road to Moab and Beyond
This stretch of landscape will test the imagination of the most seasoned traveler, says Neville Millen.

Stories on the Santa Fe Trail
Neville Millen heads to New Mexico on a six-day quest for sun and scenery, while his daughter ponders the meaning of Santa Fe.

Red Bluff
Barbara Shaw is not what she was, nor is the town of Red Bluff, but there is still the river that she’s known well for many years.

Biker Heaven in America’s Heartland
Picture a scene, writes Neville Millen, with 10,000 bikes parked down the centre of town and along the verges for nearly a mile.

Body Ritual in Manhattan
Neville Millen encounters New York City’s raw urban energy, cramped millions, and unenviable reputation for coolness and inhumanity.

Sarasota, Florida
Norman Goldman did not have to look far to see proof of Sarasota’s famous dedication to the arts.

Club Med Sandpiper
The name Club Med conjures up images of far-flung, exotic islands, but Norman Goldman found one an hour from Palm Beach, Florida.

Bal Harbour, Florida
For travelers who value beauty, a vibrant cultural scene, exotic dining, and that unique romantic atmosphere, Bal Harbour fits the bill.

In the Rocky Mountains, the World is Your Oyster. Sort Of.
In China, Chinese food is just food. In New England, New England Clam Chowder is just clam chowder. And in the Rocky Mountains, Rocky Mountain Oysters are just fried bull testicles.

The 66…6
Pay attention to your train number, says Mo Valentine – it may have something to do with what happens on the tracks.

An Alaskan Bear Makes All the Difference
The wildlife in Alaska was one of the highlights of Aidan Doyle’s small-group camping trip, if you include the locals as wildlife.

Sheila Lamb is a little hesitant to write about her favorite place. She wants it to remain untouched by the outside world.

Character Sketch of The Meck
The Meck is dimly lit, often smoky pub but it’s where the heart and soul of Shepherdstown comes together.

Resting Place: Reflections on the Mountain
A chance encounter on a Mt. Rainier day hike mingles the living, the dead, and Andrew Walker.

The ‘New" Daytona Beach: Much More Than Just Racing
Neilia Sherman pictured Daytona Beach to be full of racing fanatics. What she found was a community full of history, natural beauty and friendly residents.

Going Native in Alaska
With a quarter of a million residents and a median age of thirty-two, Lori I. Barkus wanted to discover what the friendly people of Anchorage do when the sun sets.

Once Upon a Vegas Proposal…
Those lights, buzzers, tantalizing rollers, carnivalesque sounds of Las Vegas can pull you in, as James Pfrehm found out to the detriment of his wallet.

Keep Those Receipts
One of Helen Kay Polaski’s paper trails turned out differently than she would have anticipated.

Meeting Oprah
Dana McMahan travelled to Chicago with her mum to see a popular attraction – the Oprah show.

Things To Do In Portland When You’re Not Dead
Discover another aspect of America in Michal Lali Kagan’s quiet and warm portrayal of a community in Portland, Oregon.

The Music Of New Orleans
A girl named London, his own pickup band and streetcars (not named Desire) greet Pookie Elliott in the Big Easy.

SoBe Moon Party
Michael Nicholas recommends you make time to attend a Moon Party in Miami. The only drawback is that it comes but once a month.

Follow That Bird
If you’re ever in Key Largo with nothing to do, look for the birds. Peli the pelican may be your guide to places of interest otherwise unfound.

Smugglers’ Notch: Away from the Pollution
Smuggs is an area with a colorful past, and thanks to the efforts of a family environmental resort, a bright future too.

The Little Ghetto Van That Could
Erik R. Trinidad was determined to carry out his mission of patriotism to Ground Zero, no matter what obstacles were placed in his way.

Driving the Road Less Traveled
Sally J. Walton contends there are still places even in populated California where you can find natural wonders and very few people.

A Stranger in the Denali Wilderness
Nervous about a solo hike in the wilderness of Denali, Lori Barkus found an unlikely friend in an eighty year old grandfather.

Won’t Work for Food
In nearly every nation to which he has traveled, Sean Fitzmorris has encountered a common denominator regardless of language, geography or economy: beggars.

An Amble in Anaheim
Andrew Walker takes on the challenge of finding something interesting behind SoCal’s Orange Curtain.

SoCal’s Finest
When visiting LA, Vanessa E. Harris recommends you leave Downtown to the pigeons and head to the Westside, where SoCal gets its cool.

Middle Market, Noon
Amy Scott hasn’t been traveling much lately but a walk around the, um, colorful neighborhood where she works in San Francisco is as much of an adventure.

Helena: An Historical Gem on the Mississippi River
Donnie Crain thinks that even Mark Twain would still be pretty impressed by this quintessential Mississippi River Delta town.

High and Wet
Despite being home to several of the world’s tallest buildings, Chicago overlooks nothing in its quest to attract tourists. Barry Dunstall takes a look around, he just wishes he’d brought a raincoat.

Crescent City Afternoon>
Like many New Orleanians, Sean Fitzmorris had a jaded, apathetic attitude towards his home town. But an afternoon in the heart of New Orleans, spent doing truly ‘New Orleans’ things impressed and surprised him.

Takilma’s Tree House Hotels Take a Bough
Wanna feel like a kid again? Climb a tree, says Molly Pumper.

Where the Hell’s the Lift?
After making it partway to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, Hans Daviknes can’t understand why the Americans never thought to install an elevator.

You Know You’re on Vacation When You Shampoo With "Pert"
In Pensacola, Sean Fitzmorris found a great town and a beautiful beach for a weekend getaway. It also cured any possible nagging desire to have a fondue meal again.

Kauai: the Not-So-Touristy Island
Sylvia Seschel found this friendly, quiet and quaint island to be the perfect getaway. No wonder so many movies and TV shows were filmed here.

California By Rail
Desperate for that feeling of independence of lone traveling, Delara Adams jumped on a long distance train for the weekend.

On The Metro
Using the LA metro to get to her destination, Delara Adams saved herself so much emotional turmoil and personal road rage, not to mention parking fees.

Welcome to Miami
Miami was the biggest, busiest and most expensive city Justin Pushman had seen after a year in South America, and that was just the airport.

Harley Types
In Daytona for Bike Week, Justin Pushman checks out the festivities at a true Harley biker’s bar.

Anza-Borrego: Losing Myself in the Desert
If star-gazing and quiet, relaxing desert hiking is what you’re after, Anita Culp recommends Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

Joshua Tree
Even Anita Culp’s verbosity cannot describe Joshua Tree. You have to experience it yourself to understand, but you’ll need your car to do it.

Fort Lauderdale: Who Could Ask For Anything More?
Neilia Sherman, for a short time at least, felt as if she and her family were living the enviable lifestyle of Florida’s elite.

Attack of the Killer Hawk
Adam Whitener had a close encounter with a large member of the animal kingdom while hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Discovering Alabama: Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Delara Adams learned a lot about the civil rights movement at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, completely by accident.

48 Hours on Another Planet
Even a jaded New Yorker like Sarah Greenbaum finds much at a communal farm in rural Oregon. Alpha and its people weather time and trouble, and keep going.

How to be Stupid in a Slot Canyon and Live to Tell the Tale
Letty Morris set out to hike the longest slot canyon in the world, Buckskin Gulch. Rain and flash floods made things interesting.

Xanadu, Colchis, Avalon…and Miters
David Kessler left home with a VCR remote in his pocket, looking for a bar that didn’t exist… and succeeded in creating a modern folktale.

Doing the Dirty Dog in Winter
Sarah Greenbaum attempts to take the Greyhound coast to coast at Christmas time. After all, the trip only takes two days, right? Right?

Holiday Road
Roofless churches, HolidayWorld, Santa Claus, "Dueling Banjos" – who would’ve thought Indiana had so much to offer? Page Ettle did.

Hail, Hail Fredonia!
Vaudeville may be dead, but David Kessler digs up Marx Brothers bones in Fredonia, N.Y., and also finds a flag that the locals didn’t know existed.

You Always Want What You Don’t Have
Sean Fitzmorris finds Hilton Head a great city disguised as a forest, and Charleston a charming civilized place in dire need of a shot of hedonism.

Pirates, Brides & Socialists on the Vegas Strip
In Las Vegas John Barth finds the only pirate haven in the 7 seas, and gets a lesson in socialism from – who else? – his taxi driver.

It’s Almost Over: Skiing ‘n More at Penn’s Woods
The skiing in Pennsylvania’s Poconos was great. But the motel? Mold, cold and old movies, says a sleepless Alan Jay.

Guts and Glory: Angola Prison Rodeo
Here’s one we’re betting the guidebooks don’t mention, but Craig Guillot does: next time you’re in Louisiana, go to jail. There’s arts, crafts, and a big rodeo.

My Naughty Cruise Down Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats
No cops, no lights, no rules: Mike Jamison sneaks his wife’s car keys to
make his speed demon dream come true.

Attack on America and the World
Travellers write about their experiences from the road and their perspectives on the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Live from the Left Coast: Bumbershoot
Anthony St. Clair gets his groove on in Seattle when he goes to his first Bumbershoot music fest.

The Wild West
Bradley Hughes set out on a road trip looking for the Wild West, but he found the battles between man and nature were turning out more and more in favour of engineering.

Tips for Visiting Ybor City
Once the Cigar Capital of the World, Ybor City is again attracting visitors looking for historical sites, excellent dining or nightclub-hopping.

A Texas Encounter with Some Ornery Critters
Outside of Dallas, Barbara Ballard is attacked by ostrich… and giraffe and sheep and cheetah and dinosaurs…

The Long Way Home
A missed stop on the subway leads to a harrowing experience for April Banks on only her second NY subway ride.

Girlfriends’ New York Getaway
Neilia Sherman flew off to New York City for a quick getaway, worried about its reputation. She left with a whole new feeling about the city.

Long live the King (in Memphis)
In early August, during the week that commemorates Elvis Presley’s death in 1977, upwards of 40,000 Elvis-lovers and some impersonators are drawn to Memphis.

Catalina Island: Island of Romance
If your perception of a perfect place is somewhere you can’t rent a car, this is your island paradise.

Fear and Loathing at the Laughing Jackalope
Zelda Wilbert grew up thinking of Las Vegas as being a mobster’s haunt. Now she knows better and how to get the most gamble for the buck.

Cold Balls and Waterfalls
Ben Divall thought he’d found his own private paradise in Yosemite National Park. The camera flashes soon told him otherwise.

Northwest Oregon
The Easter break provided Sarah Morgan and her friends the opportunity to traipse around the woods of Northwestern Oregon and Washington for a few days.

Glimpses of Arizona
Fred Perry left behind both touristy spots and winter during his trip to western and southern Arizona.

A Pair of Old Jeans
Keiron Burchell travels to New York and finds the city instantly familiar after a decade in frontof the TV. A misspent youth in someone else’s city

American Movies
A whirlwind road trip up the west coast is full of "movie moments".

Cow Palace Blues
A dogfight gets busted in San Francisco.

A Very Subjective Tour of Chicago
Harry Carry, Haystacks, humidors – whatever your interests, Glenn finds, the Windy City will take good care of you.

Hiking Montana
To walk is human, to hike is divine. If this is true, then Montana must be heaven. Grab your boots and hit the trails.

Cycling Colorado
A cycling trip through Colorado takes in the impressive Rockies, some mining towns and some pesky insects.

Small Town, Big Party
The town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico gears up for a party every year in celebration of how it came by its name.

Straddling the Dog
An Englishman learns that Greyhound travel is very different from public transport back home and picks up a few tips along the way.

New York, and Quite Literally New York
A first time trip to the Big Apple reveals that it looks just like it does in the movies.

Danny and the Bucket
A whitewater rafting trip takes on a surreal edge when someone doesn’t want to get wet.

A Berkeley Boy Visits the South
Travel to the South and discover the people, food, hospitality and a way of life all it’s own.

Hiking on Kauai
When you hike on Kauai you are never far away from a dazzling view of the Pacific Ocean.

Virginia Beach
A first time visit to the ocean and finding it’s not like Baywatch.

Welcome to the Florida Keys
Take the road less travelled to the southernmost point in the United States.

Welcome to the Florida Keys – Part II
The journey continues down to Islamorada, a favourite with locals for a weekend or short holiday.

I Hit the Wrong Button
Getting out of a jam brought on by being locked out of your RV.

Kaua’i: The Garden Isle
Kaua’i has a taste of every flavor of the Hawaiian islands, no island hopping needed.

On The Bus
Seattle to San Francisco on the amazing and unusual Green Tortoise.

Under the Boardwalk
A surfer’s guide to the Californian coast, from Newport Beach up to San Francisco.

My First Hitch Hiking Trip
The most cost effective way to get to a Grateful Dead show in California.

Adventures in Alaska
One woman’s journey of discovery in the Alaskan wilderness.

Driving Eighty in Someone Else’s Mercedes
Bending the rules to take full advantage of cheap transport.

Lord, what fools these mortals be!
Outdoor performances of Shakespeare’s plays at picturesque Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Cheyenne, Wyoming
Hell on Wheels or Magic City of the Plains? Either way, the people are real friendly.

A San Diego Summer, California
Surf and Suds; everything you need to know for a day (and night) at the beach.

San Diego Buses, California
Get the most out of public transport, including a trip to Tijuana.

Barstow, California
The only reason to stop in Barstow is to get more gas to keep going.



The Canadian Badlands NEW!
Despite being overshadowed by its famous neighbor, Banff, Drumheller shouldn’t be missed on a trip to Alberta.

Some Unusual and Beautiful Wedding Venues In and Around Banff NEW!
Banff isn’t just home to some of the most beautiful wedding backdrops in the world – it’s also home to some of the most unusual.

Marvelous Miette NEW!
For years Deb Smith had dreamed of visiting Miette Hot Springs in Alberta. She discovers a perfect holiday weekend.

Alberta’s David Thomson Explorer’s Trail NEW!
Norm Goldman thinks this stretch of road is Alberta’s best kept secret.

A Stay in Not Just an Ordinary B&B In Banff, Alberta NEW!
It took 35 years of traveling before Norm Goldman visited Banff, and he wonders what took him so long.

The Icelands Parkway and the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge NEW!
You ain’t seen nuthing until you’ve seen the Icelands Parkway in Alberta.

Islands at the Boundary of the World
Hidden sixty miles off the coast of mainland British Columbia, lie the remains of a great civilization seeped in war and art.

The Edge of the Real
Camping had always been a means to an end for Eric D. Lehman, a way to escape the secular reality of everyday. But that all changed the day he set a tent at the northern tip of Cape Breton Island.

Business & Pleasure
Deb Smith gives her pespective on how to enjoy Montreal if you have an evening and at least one morning to enjoy the city.

A Hummer of a Good Time
Mark Feenstra figured that since he’s environmentally responsible 99% of the time, he could afford to break habit once in a while and do something like rampage up a mountain in a gas eating Hummer.

Rock and Roll to the Rescue
Zelda Wilbert attended SARSstock in Toronto and was amazed at how well behaved half a million people could be.

Pretty in Pink
Erik R. Trinidad slips into a bra "just for laughs" at the Montreal international comedy festival.

Going to Montreal, Just for Laughs
For 10 days in July Montreal will be overtaken by fire-eaters, human statues, jugglers, circus acts, and street performers. Jennifer Leo plans to be in the middle of it all.

London, Ontario
Neilia Sherman found a London, Ontario vacation will suit couples, families or friends who want to relax and enjoy a city that truly has it all.

Delawana Inn Resort
Delawana Inn Resort is a joy for both the kids and their parents. Neilia Sherman gave it the ‘Jonah’ test and it passed with flying colours.

The Chill of a Lifetime
Where else in the world, except perhaps Sweden, could Jeanine Buckley and others claim to overcome nature’s frigid fury and live to tell about it?

Living on Urban Water
For Len Wickens, living on a sailboat in Toronto is like having a cottage in the middle of the city.

A Walk on the Haunted Side
Public hangings, ghouls, body snatchers – not exactly the stories Anna Rodrigues expected to hear in a dignified university town.

Are You Wearing Long Johns?
Sarah Spence has now joined the entirety of Canada in their obsession over the weather. Even after the novelty of frozen snot has worn off.

How Can Something So Cold, Be So Hot?
Maybe one day, Neilia Sherman will be brave and spend the night in the Ice Hotel. For now, she’s proud to say she survived the tour.

Run and Never Look Back
Ben Morris ponders how two countries can make such differing yet equally depressing errors of judgement regarding one of the world’s most impressive natural wonders.

Up! Up! and Away!
Fred Perry and his birthday girl wife take the plunge on a hot-air balloon ride over chilly Ottawa.

Newfoundland, Eh?
Mostly unknown as a tourist destination, Fred Perry found this island a treasury of history, scenery, seafood, music and friendly people.

Toronto: A Walk to Explore
Sylvia Seschel found that all you need is a good pair of walking shoes to help you enjoy and relish Toronto’s atmosphere.

Surfing the 49th Parallel
John Cooper found the scenery stunning, and the unspoilt waves well worth the trip. He has listed some of his favorite surf spots in Tofino, BC.

Kerouac Gets One Thumb Up
Colin Field was out to live life as fully as he possibly could. Jack Kerouac inspired him to stick out his thumb and hitch.

Lobster Porn
Helping David Kessler take his mind off his dodgy stomach was a very surreal experience at the Lunenburg maritime museum in Nova Scotia.

Quebec Winter Carnival Creates Unparalleled Warmth in the Dead of Winter
Neilia Sherman had never seen such happy looking people in winter. In Quebec, they embrace the cold and turn it into a party.

Land Shanties
David Kessler took to the seas on the Tall Ship Rose hoping to hear some sea shanties. All he heard were out of tune Elvis songs.

Hitching in Canada
John Stedman offers his tips and experiences on getting around Canada using his thumb.

Visiting the Ursuline Monastery in Quebec City
Chris Card Fuller found the real adventure of Quebec’s history not in the battlefields, but in the monastery founded by two nuns in 1639.

Tall Ships Challenge 2001
When the tall ships converge on Lake Ontario near Kingston, says Fred Perry, expect everyone who sees them to be awe-inspired.

Canadian Tulip Festival
Think Ottawa. Now think tulips. Think they don’t go together? Think again, says Fred Perry.

Ottawa’s Fabulous Winterlude
Winter may be cold in Ottawa, but with Winterlude it’s certainly not dull! Fred Perry checks out the festival famous for ice sculpture.

Sandbanks Provincial Park
Only a 2½ hour drive from Toronto is one of the most fascinating baymouth and coastal sand dune systems in the world.

Wakefield, Quebec
A mixture of France and Britain in this Canadian town.

Toronto, Ontario
Explore the mix of global cultures in this cosmopolitan city.


Barbados By Bus
The beauty of Barbados is best seen by bus, according to David Robinson.

Curacao: Simply Looking at Faces
Pieter Meinster battles raging seas, dead squid and debachurous crewmates to earn a little cash.

Navy Blues
Charles William takes an honest look at how the lives of the Vieques people have been altered by the presence of the US Navy.

My BIG Disappointment
Want a reason to hate the Bahamas? Listen to what Harald Fuhrmann has to say.

Unspoiled Paradise
Alexandra Friedman writes about the what, where, when and why of the Turk and Caicos Islands.

Shark Diving in the Bahamas
Marty Dickinson wasn’t sure which was scarier – diving with sharks or staying in a cheap hotel above a thumping nightclub with her Dad.

Cherry Jump
How many military special ops can you fit on a plane, and how many pushups will Mo Valentine have to do before he can jump out of one?

Santiago’s Fall
On a visit to the Garden of Eden, Jim Fischer learns why humans were expelled – and the fault that lies inside us.

Lizards Ran Up My Walls
Barbados truly is the island paradise of its reputation.


Cuban Salsa
Turning, spinning and gyrating, Aidan Doyle experiences the art of dance and music Cuba-style.

In the Shadow of the Sierra Maestra
Ajay Nityananda witnesses the flesh trade in Santiago and comments that it is one of the most bizarre on the planet.

Asphyxiation in Havana
Like revolutionaries, a hurricane, the secret police, death – when you least expect it – La Fumigacion stalks Havana, Cherie Magnus reports.

A Night of Rumba and Revolution
Thanks to persistence and their guide’s Cuban street smarts, Thor Anderson and his friends heard a musical selection no American tourist gets to hear very often.

Bad Fish
Coming face to face with a huge barracuda was not Maydayog’s idea of a lazy snorkel in the waters of Guantanamo Bay.

Havana Great Time in Cuba!
Al Dieste shares his tips on how to vacation like a king in Havana, Cuba at less-than-Motel 6 prices.

Cuban Delight
Gary Haupt spent three weeks in Cuba and came back with the recommendation that if the opportunity presents itself…Go!

10,000 feet and Smoking
Aaron O’Sullivan is really afraid of flying. Imagine his reaction as he flies with an airline with the worst safety record in the entire industry.

A Tortured Traveler
Follow Agnes Wierzbicki into the home of Luisa and Alfredo in Central Havana, where she discovers that the discomforts of travel can sometimes have unexpected rewards.

Tracking Down Havana’s Music Scene
Cuba has wonderful music, but you have to look particularly hard if you want to dance, according to Douglass Norvell.

Travels in Cuba – Cigars, Salsa and Hemingway
Celine O’Malley went to Cuba and left with an odd feeling – she couldn’t live there but it was heartbreaking to say goodbye.

Cruising in Cuba
Cuba does not have a car museum. It is a car museum.

Illegal Travel to Cuba?
Prior to going to Cuba illegally with three friends, David Wilkening pondered the stamp question. Do they or don’t they stamp your passport?

La Salsa Cubana Experience
Travelling to experience Cuban music and dance, Cherie Magnus found Cuba to be vastly different from previous solo trips to Latin America.

Winter in Cuba
The trickle-down effect from the tourist dollars is actually working as predicted by Fidel (roll over Ronald Reagan).

Trip to the Tropicana
A visit to the famous Club Tropicana is a must for all travellers to Cuba, even good eco-tourists.

Havana Nights
The days are getting noisier in Havana as budding commerce has its effect.

Gaviota, The Last Cowgirl in Cuba
The crack-down on "free" enterprise is in full swing. How long will the Cuban people put up with this crap?

Iowa Yankee in King Castro’s Court
The only way to settle a debate on life in Cuba is to actually go there.


¡Goal Veracruz! NEW!
After listening to a Mexican Pop Idol contestant sing in the central square, it’s no surprise she didn’t last long in the competition.

Tacos, Tequila and Too Many Late Nights NEW!
On a trip to the heart of Mexico, Kiwi Lydia Brown hangs out with a Mexican witch doctor with a fetish for dramatic classical music. Go figure.

The Reluctant Toilet
Toilet specialist Travis Ashby gives frank advice on becoming friends with a Mexican toilet.

Over Copan Out
Chris Matcham is astounded by the impressive Aztec and Maya ruins in Mexico and Honduras. After too much ‘stone-watching,’ he is ready to call it quits.

Love on the Road
Meeting that special someone on the road can be wondrous, amazing and heartbreaking, as Jaques Caramac learned in Mexico.

Caribbean Black
Lena Hunt Mabra discovers that a rare storm in Cozumel has the power to flood rooms, shut down activities and even change the color of the ocean.

Killing Kathi in Vallarta
While visiting Puerto Vallarta, Zelda Wilbert gives practical advice on maximizing those time-share presentations.

Impressions of Mexico
Journeying through the countryside of Mexico, Englishman Christopher Matcham assimilates to the nuances of Mexican life, while dreaming of a solid stool.

Grasping Strange Tongues
Shawn Cooley’s first ‘real’ trip to a foreign country teaches him the universal language of compassion and friendship.

Cozumel Kisses
Lena Hunt Mabra has to fight back laughter as two men try their very best to impress her.

The Two Chamizals
In five short hours, thanks to an agreement and a park made in the name of international understanding, Tony Porco and his wife managed to sample Mexico with fun and a memorable experience.

Looking for the Real Thing
David A Robinson went to Mexico looking for original handcrafted items. He wanted to determine what is artistic quality and what is mass produced.

In the Path of Stars
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico has transformed itself into one of the most attractive beach getaways on the Mexican Pacific. Erika Lorentzsen was determined to glimpse what all the hoopla was about.

Viva Mexico
From the natural beauty of the countryside, to the crowded markets, to the wild parties, Cancun is a place Christopher StLawrence will never forget.

The Spirit of the Maya
L. A. Vess experienced moments of connection to the past amid the ruins and mysteries of the Maya in Chich�n Itz�.

From X to Z: Between the Two Worlds of Ixtapa and Zihuatenejo
Nick Fox found that though Zihuatenejo may be a tourist town, it is a tourist town on its own terms.

A Simple Matter of Supply and Demand>
Pickett Porterfield’s preconceived notion of Mexico and Mexicans was proved incorrect. Find out what happened.

The Coffee King of Irapuato
Pickett Porterfield will remember the high point of his year in Irapuato: spirited conversations on Luis’s sunny balcony, over steaming cups of coffee.

Two Towns, Two Worlds
Take a cab up into the hillsides, writes Nick Fox: you will see Ixtapa’s large hotels, but you will hardly notice Zihuatenejo. Find out why.

2003 Guadalupe Adventure
Patric Douglas cage dives for the first time in Great White Heaven.

Great White Heaven
Follow Bill Fisher as he travels to the world’s newest great white shark hotspot.

A Taco Stand Survival Kit
Dan DeCoursey finds that hitting the streets for tacos entails more than supporting ‘the little guy.’ It means meeting him, shaking his hand, maybe even eating with him.

The Field Trip
After experiencing the Mexican state of Michoacan with a tour group, Cherie Magnus knew she would return – alone.

Bugging Out with the Hostel Virgin
Luckily, Mexico is a treasure that can accommodate both Julie Guyot and her travel partner.

Don’t Eat The Green Cake
Nelson Bayne doesn’t know how he did it, but the same telepathic cabdriver was ready to take his group every time they walked outside.

Treasure of Sierra Madre
David Wilkening describes his train trip through the Copper Canyon as a schizophrenic one – luxurious and rugged.

Guadalajara and Beyond
Ajay Nityananda finds the five-hour drive over the Sierra Madre Occidental to be the most beautiful land he has ever seen.

24 Hours in Puerto Escondido
If the vibrant mayhem of Mexico City has worn you out, Alex Black recommends a little place on the south coast that’s custom-made for chilling you back out again.

Fear and Loathing in Palenque
David Virgili has an intense experience in the Mayan ruins as he and his friends wander around under the influence of hongos magicos.

Auto Mexico
Cherie Magnus found that car trouble is as fascinating a Mexican experience as the ancient pyramids of Teotihuacan.

Heart of Fire
Cherie Magnus always enjoyed a wood fire but found she needed it for more than aesthetic and emotional reasons in a Mexican winter.

Mexico, Christmas Milagros, and Me
Cherie Magnus found serendipity is a way of life in San Miguel de Allende and it helped her have a Feliz Navidad and an incredible Benvenidos a Mexico.

Shark Diving Guadalupe
If you poll 10 divers and ask them where to find Great White Sharks chances are they’ll tell you South Africa or Australia. All that changed in 1999 with a new and exciting discovery in the Pacific off the coast of Mexico and California.

Dreaming of Oaxaca
Lee Arnold heard the voice of an ancient Zapotec god in a dream beckoning him to Oaxaca. He booked the next available flight to Mexico.

Highway Tales: Bandidos and Breakdowns
Kirk Stephan continues his travels on Mexican Highways, running into reasonable bandits and hidden speed bumps.

The Last Easy Day
Most people view the Copper Canyon from the comfort of a train carriage. Leanne Wells and her husband saw it from the perspective of the local Tarahumara Indians as they hiked through part of it.

Horseback Through the Sierra Madres
A few days’ ride might leave John Russell saddlesore, but the landscape’s beauty and the hospitality of friends make it all worthwhile.

What I Learned From the Cows
Moving to Mexico to work on his writing, Brad Newsham struggled with his book until he learned a lesson from the cows.

Learning is Fun under the Sun near the Maya Playa
Eric Morgan invites you to take an educational adventure through history and back at the Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza.

Yucatan Byways
Fred Perry and his son David take you through space, all around the Yucatan Peninsula, and time, from the era of the Mayas to today.

The Usual Suspect
So you’re at the US/Mexico border, and Customs wants to give you a shake-down. Cakewalk, says Craig Guillot.

10 Tips for Crossing the Border
You too can cross the border just fine. Just keep Craig Guillot’s advice in mind…

A Faraway Place
Tucked away in the southernmost corner of México, the area called the Soconusco is almost tourist free.

Into the Belly
A journey to the belly of the Earth finds a remarkable gem called Batopilas, Mexico.

Millennium in the Copper Canyon
A special trip to the Copper Canyon for the millennium goes all wrong after a missed bus stop.

Joe Ehrlich ventures into Mexico for the weekend and comes home with some smelly garlic and more pecans than he knows what to do with.

The Soul of Puerto Vallarta
Duane Grandbois remembers well the infectious friendly spirit of the people in this Mexican village.

Mexico in a Flash
Getting off the beaten track down the Gulf Coast doesn’t mean you can’t watch the footy.

Highway Tales: The Final Report
The final installment from Kirk Stephan as he uncovers a scandal of the phantom rebellion.

Highway Tales: Cancun-Palenque
Third installment from Kirk Stephan as he continues his drive through Mexico – Cancun to Palenque.

Highway Tales: Post Crash
Second installment from Kirk Stephan as he continues his drive through Mexico – San Miguel de Allende to Cancun.

Highway Tales: Crash Boom Bam Blocking Blues
If you don’t block your blues and pull in front of speeding trucks, you’ll have a marvelous time down here!

Copper Canyon Diary
Exploring the famous canyon from a comfortable base, there are opportunities to do some challenging hikes.

Mexico siempre Mexico
The life and times of a travelling academic as he wings his way to Mexico from Japan.

Mexico Trains, Mexico
The services may have changed, but the schedules stay the same.

Copper Canyon, Mexico
Buses and trains from San Diego to the Copper Canyon and back.


For international travelers visiting the USA, check out the San Diego Travel Guide by our friends at USA Tourist.

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