Ojai – Real-Life Shangri-lai

When filming Lost Horizon in 1937, Frank Capra was looking for a sunny paradise to he Shangri-la, the mythical land of eternal youth. He chose the mystical, oak-covered Тора Тора Mountains that ring Ojai...

Yale University -American Gothic

The nation's third-oldest university and the embodiment of preeminent Ivy prestige, Yale University and its host city have long been linked. Founded 20 miles east in 1702 and moved here in 1716, Yale infuses...

Hearst Castle

LA CUESTA ENCANTADA—THE ENCHANTED HILL—Was the name chosen for his 127-acre estate by the publisher-tycoon William Randolph Hearst. Certainly it enchanted him. As a boy traveling in Europe he had told his mother that...

Saint Petersburg-The Spirit of the Czars

Czar  Peter  the  Great  had  a  brainstorm: What  Russia  needed  was  a  new  capital.  A major  seaport  was  essential,  he  knew,  for his  landlocked  country  to  claim  its  place among  the  nations  of  Europe.  And  so  in 1703  Peter...

Portofino – Postcard of the Italian Riviera

Portofino wins the beauty contest in Liguria, the crescent-shaped region known as the Italian Riviera. The town's perfect little harbor has been designated a historical landmark, and Portofino is said to be the most...

Inner Town-Watching the River Flow

After the raging waters of the Viltava wreaked Havoc on Prague in 2002, they gushed through a snaky series of bends around the town of Ceský Krumlov. The town’s historic castle sat safe on its dramatic rocky hill, but that didn’t help the low-lying Inner Town. Czech...

Hearst Castle-California Palace in the Sky

It’s not entirely true that the hilltop California estate of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst is a 20th-century replica of an Old World manor. True, it was built from 1919 to 1947, but the bits and pieces are...

3 Reasons To Visit Bilbao

The Basque city was once known for its heavy industry and thriving ports; not particularly attractive prospects for attracting tourism. Over the past couple of decades though, like a phoenix from the ashes, Bilbao...

Urbino – Greatest Collections of Renaissance Paintings

Urbino is a pinnacle of Renaissance art and architecture. It is a hilltown in the Marche region of central Italy that achieved cultural importance for a short period and then fell back into obscurity,...

Congaree

Say the word "swamp," and the first image that probably comes to mind is of a wet, sticky, mosquito-infested mire that few people would want to visit. Such an image certainly might have kept...

Mount Bachelor – Premier Skiing on Oregon’s Sunny Side

Just east of Oregon's chain of volcanic Cascade peaks is the rapidly growing city of Bend, a four-season haven for skiers, hikers, anglers, and refugees from the rainy side of the mountains. The mountains...

Everglades National Park

A short parade of visitors follows a ranger on an Everglades nature walk. For more than an hour she has shown them the living wonders around them—butterflies and snails, alligators and fish, and bird...