NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ontario (AP) - Mention Niagara and most travelers think of the famous falls, which deserve their reputation as the mother of all tourist attractions. But there's another place with Niagara in its name just a half-hour drive from the falls that should be part of any visit to the area: Niagara-on-the-Lake, a lovely town known for wineries, an annual theater festival and a charming downtown.
HONOLULU (AP) - Walk along the shops in Waikiki and it isn't hard to come across vendors selling knickknacks of a fake Hawaii - no, the Aloha State doesn't have wild monkeys or parrots. Lei aren't plastic and don't cost 99 cents - they're supposed to be made of real flowers.
If you're looking for cool factor on your next California getaway, it would be hard to beat Santa Monica, a playground for L.A. TV and movie people that is all neatly compressed into 8.3 miles strategically bordered by the Santa Monica Mountains on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other.
September 12, 2012|
By CARY ORDWAY
|On The Road
CARLTON, Ore. (AP) - Driving southwest from Portland an hour or so through the suburbs, you hit the heart of Oregon's wine country rather suddenly. Here the mountainous Coast Range slopes to the Willamette Valley floor, which is smothered with vineyards that produce some of the best pinot noir on earth.
SECOND MESA, Ariz. (AP) - A road trip to the Four Corners region of the Southwest offers a window into Native American culture, from ruins older than any other man-made structure in the U.S., to glimpses of contemporary life amid the Navajo and Hopi. Named for the spot where the borders of four states - Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona - intersect, the Four Corners region is also home to surreal landscapes like the Painted Desert and Monument Valley.
There's a little game I like to play when I first get into a test car. It's called "Guess the Price" – and it can influence the first impression. It's the dollar number that I'd pay for the vehicle – and often I'm wrong, on the low side.
September 05, 2012|
By MARK MAYNARD
|On The Road