This is the year to hike the Dylan Thomas trail

| |Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

In his short life, Dylan Thomas became one of the world's first multimedia superstars through his spellbinding poetry, stage readings, and dramatic writing for the stage, screen, radio and television.

Hoosier tenderloin: It's a tasty Midwest classic, plain and simple

| |Monday, Apr. 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS - If you meet Rick Garrett, our country's most fastidious chronicler of the Indiana breaded pork tenderloin, one may notice similarities between man and sandwich.

L.A.'s Velveteria celebrates kitsch art form

| |Monday, Apr. 14, 2014

LOS ANGELES - It could be argued, maybe not by snooty art historians but certainly by congenitally low-brow connoisseurs of kitsch, that to be famous in America, truly iconic, one's likeness must be painted on black velvet.

Try taking a wintertime vacation in Alaska and drink in its spectacular snow-covered vistas

| |Monday, Apr. 14, 2014

The thought of visiting Alaska in the winter may fill you with shivers and a longing to hibernate, but for adventure-seekers, it is prime playtime.

Museums, good food, scenic wandering are draws to historical Skagit Valley town

| |Monday, Apr. 14, 2014

LA CONNER, Wash. - Nearby tulip fields aren't the only reason to visit this little town. But with the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival running the whole month of April, that's undoubtedly why many visitors will make the drive in coming weeks.

Universal Studios Hollywood unleashes Minion Mayhem

| |Monday, Apr. 14, 2014

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - Where once gunfire and the roar of a motorcycle filled the air, the sound of high-pitched giggling can now be heard at Universal Studios Hollywood. Yellow-skinned Minions - made popular through the two "Despicable Me" movies - have pushed the Terminator out of his home on the theme park grounds.

Bahamas' Bimini: Way off the path

| |Monday, Apr. 14, 2014

One afternoon in Bimini, I was out doing what people do in Bimini - fish - when I mentioned to my guide that I was in the mood for pizza.

Homage to Catalonia, where the Costa Brava is a rite of passage

| |Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014

I happened to be looking up when they flew overhead, a flock of white storks heading south along the Costa Brava, in Catalonia, on Spain's Mediterranean coast.

Eat your way through Nashville

| |Monday, Apr. 07, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Strong winds might blow through Chicago, and New York might never lay its head upon its pillow, but no city lives up to its nickname with as much gusto as Music City does. From the tourist-thronged honky-tonks along Broadway to the street-corner busker armed with only a guitar, a dream and the Merle Haggard songbook, you can't walk 5 feet in Nashville day or night without finding an opportunity to watch live music.

Peeping behind the front door of the homes of London's famous residents

| |Monday, Apr. 07, 2014

LONDON - He craved more, more and even more stuff.