USA, NM: Santa Fe – Downtown Retreat & Mountain Ranch Resort
During the nineteenth century, La Fonda became the preferred destination of trappers, soldiers, gold seekers, gamblers and politicians. Through the Civil War, railroad expansion and New Mexico statehood in 1912, the building changed hands and names several times but remained a Santa Fe landmark.
USA: Route 66 Texas to California RV Trip (Part 2)
Forty five miles south of Route 66, Fort Sumner had little to distinguish it other than winds blowing sagebrush across the uneven road and into the cemetery where ‘Billy the Kid’ is buried. Made famous in early western novels and immortalized in numerous western movies, ‘Billy the Kid’ is still today known as one of the most notorious killers of the Wild West era.
USA: Route 66 Chicago to Texas RV Trip (Part 1)
It was a cold April day, the sort of morning that even a swig of moonshine wouldn’t have helped warm up our hearts as we headed away from Chicago’s lakefront on a small section of old Route 66, what Americans fondly call, “The Mother Road,” or as it’s also colloquially known, “The Main Street of America.”
USA, WY: The Legend of Buffalo Bill
Cody, in the northwestern corner of Wyoming was founded in 1895 and named after the legendary Pony Express rider, soldier in the Kansas Cavalry, scout, buffalo hunter and Wild West actor and showman, Col. William F. ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody.
USA, NV: Top 10 Las Vegas Travel Tips
If you’re heading to Las Vegas anytime soon then check out what you need to know before you go – not just which casinos offer the cheapest drinks or the best paying slots but the places and things over and above the standard casino offerings. There has never been a better time to visit ‘the city that never sleeps.’
USA, Rockies: A Most Excellent Adventure - RV Trip Part 2
Departing the Black Hills of South Dakota we turned our RV (recreational vehicle) west, back into Wyoming on our return journey to Los Angeles via Utah. There were no clouds in the sky as we drove into the wide open expanses of America’s cowboy state, a state littered with the remains of the early days of the wild west.
USA, Rockies: A Most Excellent Adventure - RV Trip Part 1
The weather on June 15th 2013 was crisp, clear, hot and sunny. It was my birthday. When we arrived at the summit of Wyoming’s Teton Pass at 8,431-feet (2560 m) a group of Harley Davidson riders were taking in the view. And what a view. Laid out below us was a landscape canvas of the southern Jackson Hole valley.
USA, WY: Unadulterated Wilderness - Yellowstone National Park
The Madison River is a chalkstream-course that is largely the same today as it was nearly 200 years ago when mountain man and fur trapper John Colter first stumbled upon the bizarre natural geothermal wonders of this region. Today it’s better known as Yellowstone National Park.
USA, SD: Famous Faces in Great Places
The Black Hills of South Dakota is famous for the gold rush days of the 1870s and the town of Deadwood, later made famous by the likes of James Butler, also known as ‘Wild’ Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane which started life in 1876, built on a rowdy history of gold, gambling and gunpowder!
USA, MT: Montana’s Forgotten Ghost Towns
As I found out, ghost towns and ghost camps in Montana are in out of the way places at high elevations in places such as Alder Gulch - Virginia City, Bannack, Granite and Garnet. To retrace history, I found most of these ghost towns off the beaten path.
USA, ID and MT: Call of the Wild
Adrenaline junkie Shane Boocock whets his appetite for wild adventure driving the backroads in big-sky Montana and big-river Idaho. From fly fishing it's wild rivers and lakes, to river rafting and jet boating . . . Idaho and Montana offers up a plethora of outdoor opportunities.
USA, ID: Sun Valley Lodge, Ketchum
For Ketchum and Sun Valley locals, spring, summer and autumn are all about the outdoors and enjoying what nature has delivered in abundance. The region is renowned for a host of world class challenging golf courses, great trout fishing rivers and lakes, over-the-top mountain biking and hiking trails as well as the chance to horse ride over stunning passes into the wild high country.
USA, ID: A Big City with a Small Town Heart
Idaho’s largest city and capital is a relaxed metropolis of outdoor revelers, casual dressed city slickers, bicycle riding university students and the odd Stetson wearing cowpoke. A place where modern sophistication meets country chic. The city’s youthful population is centered around technology with giant corporations like Hewlett-Packard and Micron Technology.
USA, AZ: Tombstone - To Boothill and Back RV Trip
Hitting the road in an American camper van (a Recreational Vehicle or RV) is the way to see the great outdoors of the USA. With two weeks to head into southern California and the well-known cowboy town of Tombstone in Arizona is what western dreams are made of.
USA, CA: Jamaica Bay Inn, Marina Del Rey
This hotel has an unmatched location with Venice Pier about six blocks walking distance west giving access to the famed Venice promenade and the nearby shopping and restaurant precinct of Venice itself. To get to nearby Santa Monica and the abundant shopping and restaurant options is also a breeze either by hiring a bike and cycling along the Venice Beach bike path.
USA, HI: Hairpin Highway to Hana and Beyond
The island of Maui is a place that is far more crowded today than when author James Michener visited Hana, writing these words about Hamoa Beach, “Paradoxically, the only beach I have ever seen that looks like the South Pacific was in the North Pacific. Hamoa Beach on Maui Island in Hawai’i; a beach so perfectly formed that I wonder at its comparative obscurity.”
USA, CA: Handlery Union Square Hotel, San Francisco
Not only does the Handlery Hotel have such a distinct, personal service but it is so well located that within a few strides to the theatre district, a few steps to the right and you're on Powell Street where the cable cars that take you to Fisherman’s Wharf. Beyond the famous stores in Union Square you're in Chinatown.
USA, CA: In Yountville Pushing the Epicurean Envelope
My first view of Yountville was driving along Washington Street, the main ‘cultivated’ thoroughfare, lined with both ivy-covered historical and faux-vintage buildings, a small train station, wine tasting rooms, restaurants, galleries, sculpture lined sidewalks, an array of large palm trees, neatly clipped hedges and colourful hanging flower boxes.
USA, CA: Highway 1 - The Convict Coast RV Trip
We were headed for the town of Pacifica and the start of one of America’s best known routes. For anybody who likes to get behind the wheel of a convertible, sedan, or luxury RV motorhome, Highway 1 is the road that will turn all other scenic routes into mere back street thoroughfares.
USA, FL: A Highway That Goes to Sea - Florida Keys RV Trip
Over the years many famous American’s have made their way south to Key West including the Nobel prize winning author Ernest Hemingway, playwright Tennessee Williams as well as President Harry S Truman. Some people never leave, they call it “the Key’s Disease,” out of towners like us simply know it as living on island-time.