Oscar de la Renta exhibit opens at Bush library

DALLAS— As former first lady Laura Bush gazed at the elegant knee-length Oscar de la Renta dress and coat she wore to the swearing-in ceremony at her husband’s 2005 inauguration, she recalled that white turned out to be the perfect color choice.

  • Governors Island, the people’s retreat

    With a playground, picnic tables, biking and walking paths, public art, outdoor concerts and theater, carless streets, hammocks where you can catch your breath, and terrific views, Governors Island is an outdoor wonderland designed expressly for public enjoyment.

  • The New York Jewish deli meets the 21st century, and the results are geshmak

    A battered sign in Yiddish hangs near portraits of rabbis on a gleaming white-tile wall. Jewish memorial yahrzeit candles occupy a high shelf. The chalkboard menu touts soul-warming comfort foods: whitefish salad and chopped liver, schmaltz herring and lox, rugelach and halvah.

  • Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism

    In Jaws, the fictional mayor tried to protect the summer tourism season by keeping a lid on reports of the man-eater lurking offshore. As sightings of great white sharks mount off Cape Cod in real life, however, businesses in the Massachusetts town of Chatham are embracing the frenzy.

  • 5 free things to do in Iowa capital of Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Nestled in the middle of Iowa, surrounded by miles of rolling hills green with corn and soybeans, is the capital city of Des Moines. A metropolis that’s experienced a popularity surge in recent years thanks to new businesses and housing opportunities, Des Moines has plenty of activities that will be kind to your wallet.

  • 5 tips for making family trips with teens more fun

    Here are five strategies — crowd-sourced and from personal experience — to help you survive taking teenagers on a summer vacation. 

  • Visitors can dive into Greek culture on the Fla. coast

     About a mile away from downtown Tarpon Springs, the overwhelming number of Greek words on signs confirmed that we were headed the right way.

  • Mobile apps offer last-minute deals

    NEW YORK — While new technology and mobile applications have made old-fashion road trips easier, the thrill of spontaneity and surprise still remains. If travelers are flexible, apps can offer ease with last-minute deals, especially good for day trips and overnight stays.

  • On the absinthe trail

    An intense spirit flavored with a bouquet of powerful herbs, absinthe had been the favorite drink of impressionist painters, romantic poets and the bons vivants of the belle epoque before being banned around Europe on the eve of World War I.

  • For head of New York tourism, 55 million visitors isn’t enough

    NEW YORK — Fred Dixon is not replacing Neil Patrick Harris in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” on Broadway, but he still has one of the hardest acts to follow in New York City.

  • Baltimore: Poe, painted screens, vintage treasures

    BALTIMORE — It’s not the TV shows “Homicide” and “The Wire” that come to mind when I think of Baltimore, though both offered an intense look at an American city’s poverty, drugs and gangs. Baltimore’s glitzy Inner Harbor didn’t draw me there either. Instead, I went looking for old things connected to the city’s history and quirky local culture — everything from Edgar Allan Poe to row houses and painted window screens, a utilitarian folk art that’s being revived. Here’s what I found.

  • Finding summer solace in New Delhi park

    NEW DELHI — Along Mansingh Road, dozens of ice cream carts glow brightly in the night, their battery-powered fluorescent lights calling out for customers.

  • Minneapolis-St. Paul: 5 free things for visitors

    Like many places that endure long, difficult winters, Minnesota comes alive when the weather warms up.

  • Inside the libertarian version of Burning Man: Guns, booze and bitcoin

    LANCASTER, NH — Like any good bonfire, the evening ritual at the Porcupine Freedom Festival deep in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, includes a drum circle, plumes of marijuana smoke, shared bottles of whiskey and spirited debate.

  • 2 hotels get overhauls in sign of Sin City upswing

    Two major Las Vegas resorts will be completely overhauled and rebranded in another sign that the entertainment capital is emerging from its recession doldrums.

  • Travel in brief, July 2, 2014

    Yosemite National Park celebrates 150th anniversary

  • Southwest opens new chapter: international flights

    DALLAS — After four decades of expanding to all corners of the lower 48 states, Southwest Airlines flies into new territory on Tuesday — Jamaica, the Bahamas and Aruba.

  • Jungle ruins and sea life await in tiny Belize

    The same turquoise waters that lure tourists to Caribbean destinations slosh around Belize’s island chain.

  • 5 free things for visitors to do in Detroit

    Detroit certainly has its financial woes as the largest U.S. city to undergo bankruptcy. But that doesn’t mean visitors have to break their own banks to experience some impressive attractions.

  • For sports fans, Pittsburgh covers all the bases

    Pittsburgh’s iconic sports history is celebrated with statues, monuments, memorials and historical markers throughout the city, as well as some very entertaining and enlightening sports museums.

  • Jeff Koons’ whimsy takes over NYC museum

    The contemporary artist’s oversized toylike sculptures of a dog, gorilla, Popeye and other works spanning a three-decade career will fill nearly the entire museum from June 27 through Oct. 19.

  • Navigator: Flying with a bike — cost high, care questionable

    David French remembers the first time he flew with his bike, in 1977. Back then, Continental Airlines didn’t charge him to check his Gitane 10-speed from Washington to Paris, where he spent a month cycling through central Europe.

  • On Hemingway’s trail

    Ernest Hemingway lived, drank, fished and wrote in many locales around the country and the world. One of his most celebrated haunts is Key West, Fla., where the late writer’s birthday is marked each July with a Hemingway look-alike contest and other festivities.

  • Private tours no longer just for wealthy travelers

    Private tours are no longer the exclusive domain of wealthy travelers and high-end packages. Websites and social media have made it easy for travelers to book a personal guide.

  • In Leeds, England, searching for the city’s many owls is a real hoot

    Where less imaginative cities have lions or bears or other fearsome creatures, Leeds has owls. They’re all over the place. As I wander around the elegant, compact city center, built on textile wealth during the Industrial Revolution, I spot them everywhere.

  • Take the train to the Grand Canyon

    GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — The drive to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim is easy enough. Get to Flagstaff and it’s only about 90 miles across Arizona’s high country.