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In north-central Wyoming sits the Bighorn Mountains. From Buffalo, Wyoming, take US Route 16 west, crossing the southern part of the Bighorns. On the western edge, the highway enters Tensleep Canyon, an absolutely jaw-dropping example of what Mother Nature can do with a river and a sandstone deposit.

Fortunately for drivers, there are turnouts, so you can absolutely stop and take it all in, which you’ll probably want to do more than once, as my wife, Barbara, and I did in...

Seal of the State of West Virginia, on the carpet of the governor's office in the capitol. Photos by Marv Feldman

While West Virginia (WV) conjured up grimy coal mines, a spontaneous car trip there in October 2016 showed us the opposite: warm, welcoming locals, lively music, creative craft shops, amazing scenery and even a famous luxury resort.

In WV’s capital of Charleston, the fantastic West Virginia State Museum clearly explained the state’s unusual, contentious origin in 1863. In Huntington, the centerpiece of the world-class, small Huntington Museum of Art (well worth a visit...


 As someone who has visited over 100 countries, I highly recommend taking a week-long windjammer cruise off the coast of Maine.

My wife and I have done this four times, the first trip around 30 years ago. It’s always a delightful experience, though it bears no resemblance to a traditional cruise. (The word “cruise” evokes certain experiences to seasoned travelers, but anyone expecting anything remotely similar to that will be disappointed.)

The scenery...