Scratching The Surface of Kansas City

Quick – name the most prominent city located closest to the center of the country – meaning the core 48 states of the union? This is a city that has a metropolitan area spilling into two states. Omaha is one…

The Warmest Welcome in America? The Twin Cities!

When it comes to LGBT-friendly cities in the U.S.A., which ones come to mind? There are the usual destinations that come to mind, such as New York City and San Francisco. South Florida, Palm Springs, Chicago…the list goes on. If…

A Mardi Gras driving guide to help you navigate the streets of New Orleans this Fat Tuesday

Every year, I update and repost this article for those of you who can’t be with us in New Orleans for the joys and pains of Fat Tuesday. More sober posts coming tomorrow!  * * * * * Across most…

8 Instagram accounts for car & travel fans

Stuck at your 9-to-5 job, wishing you could ditch the desk and dash off to weekend auto show or take a refreshing road trip? The bad news is, we can’t do anything to help you get outta town. Sorry, being…

Looking For That Once-In-A-Lifetime Vacation? Follow One Of These 12 Great Literary Roadtrips

Richard Kreitner and Steven Melendez at Atlas Obscura have put together a gorgeous, interactive map of 12 great American literary roadtrips. From A Walk Across America to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, they’ve detailed each author’s route and…

'Photo opportunity' by Flickr user John M

Provincetown Bear Week Travel Guide: What To Eat, Who To See, Where To Dance

Today’s special Bear Week travel guide is brought to you by writer, photographer, Provincetown know-it-all, and my husband, John d’Addario.  * * * * * Bear Week in Provincetown, Massachusetts is a lot like summer camp, only with more body…

International Rose Test Garden, Washington Park, Portland, Oregon

Fantasy Road Trip: San Francisco To Portland, Taking The Scenic Route, Day 4

And so we came to the last day of our four-day road trip. This was a different sort of day — one that took us back to well-traveled, densely populated areas of the country, and to get there, we had…

Crater Lake, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Fantasy Road Trip: San Francisco To Portland, Taking The Scenic Route, Day 3

The first day of our road trip from San Francisco, California to Portland, Oregon was all about acclimating our Southern selves to the foggy, majestic Pacific coastline and the twisting, turning Pacific Coast Highway. The second day was about moving inland for a…

Avenue of the Giants, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California

Fantasy Road Trip: San Francisco To Portland, Taking The Scenic Route, Day 2

After our long, winding first day on the road, the three of us felt like we could sleep in a bit — and we did. We had a lazy start to the day, with a leisurely breakfast of leftovers from our…

Big River Beach, Mendocino, California

Fantasy Road Trip: San Francisco To Portland, Taking The Scenic Route, Day 1

Technically speaking, those of us in the northern hemisphere still have a few weeks of spring to enjoy. But to me — and I don’t know whether to blame global warming, cabin fever, or the release of Mad Max: Fury…