Tag: Rick Steves

A Dynamic Duo of Destinations: Cuba and U.S. National Parks

A Dynamic Duo of Destinations: Cuba and U.S. National Parks

In 2016 there are two destinations that are both figuratively and literately “hot” – Cuba and the U.S. National Parks.

Things are literally “cooking” in Havana where temperatures and humidity right now are both in the 90s, reminiscent of what I experienced while visiting just-to-the-north-a-bit Miami back in August of 1961.

While this week the air will be much drier in Death Valley National Park, look for the mercury to hit the 100-120 degree Fahrenheit mark, as it did when I drove through the park with my parents on a long-ago journey from Southern California to Reno, Nevada, part of a longer loop trip from Seattle to Disneyland and back.

Visits by Americans to both Cuba and the U.S. national parks are up this year for different reasons.

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Easy Day Hiking The Swiss Alps

Easy Day Hiking The Swiss Alps

For years, stories in newspaper Sunday “Travel” sections were my source of inspiration to travel to places where I had never gone before, as well as to re-visit familiar and much-loved stops on past trips.

These days such stories sometimes prompt me to sit back and reminisce about a journey taken long ago.

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And that is what happened on Easter Sunday when I read “Tracks and treks the key to Swiss Alps” in the San Francisco Chronicle by its former “Travel” editor, John Flinn.

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