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5 free things: Phoenix more than sun in the desert

PHOENIX (AP) - With cactus and strip malls obstructing the views at times, visitors could easily write Phoenix off as a place where water and culture are scarce. But this metropolis - which includes upscale Scottsdale and college town Tempe - is a nature lover's oasis with pristine peaks and the vast Sonoran desert.

December 05, 2012 | | On The Road


5 free things: Phoenix more than sun in the desert

PHOENIX (AP) - With cactus and strip malls obstructing the views at times, visitors could easily write Phoenix off as a place where water and culture are scarce. But this metropolis - which includes upscale Scottsdale and college town Tempe - is a nature lover's oasis with pristine peaks and the vast Sonoran desert.

December 05, 2012 | | On The Road


Zip line to zing tourists through downtown Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Tourists will soon have a new way to see the lights of Las Vegas: By being spit out of the mouth of an 11-story slot machine and zinged down a five-block zip line past some of the city's oldest casinos.

December 05, 2012 | | On The Road


Family-owned resorts offer personal touch

VAIL, Colo. (AP) - Rosana Faessler stops by the hostess stand to check on reservations, then makes her way into the dining room to chat with a couple of the regular guests. After a few minutes, she wanders to the breakfast buffet to make sure everything's clean and full, then straightens a picture before heading back out to the dining room.

December 05, 2012 | | On The Road


Pocket dogs and designer puppies making old English sheepdogs rare

LOS ANGELES (AP) - There was a time when old English sheepdogs dominated television screens and newspaper comic strips. Now it's hard to find one beyond a dog show.

December 05, 2012 | | On The Road


Capitalism, socialism wed as words of the year

NEW YORK (AP) - Thanks to the election, socialism and capitalism are forever wed as Merriam-Webster's most looked-up words of 2012.

December 05, 2012 | | On The Road


Subaru multi-tool: The XV Crosstrek

Subaru gets up and dirty for trail riders with its XV Crosstrek, a compact, all-wheel-drive five-door hatchback.

December 05, 2012 | By MARK MAYNARD Maynard's Garage | On The Road


Enjoy Santa Barbara on the cheap

SANTA BARBARA - If there is a more beautiful city in California than Santa Barbara, we have yet to find it. Broad beaches are set against lush vegetation and a hilly landscape that is nestled just in front of the picturesque Santa Ynez Mountains. An abundance of Spanish architecture completes a panorama that could just as well be a beautiful city on the Mediterranean.

December 05, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY CaliforniaWeekend.com | On The Road


2013 Sentra: A solid bet

TRACY – When it comes to looking at a new car, the 2013 Sentra might be considered a solid bet.

November 28, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | On The Road


Volvo Rebel: S60 T6 R-Design

The 2013 Volvo T6 R-Design is the top-end halo sedan with all-wheel drive "instant traction." And instant traction is good for this 325-horsepower, turbocharged inline six-cylinder with a healthy 345 foot-pounds of torque that pours out briskly from 3,000 to 3,600 rpm. Volvo says that translates to 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds.

November 28, 2012 | By MARK MAYNARD Maynard's Garage | On The Road


A touch of Denmark found in California

If bakeries and beer gardens are high on your list of vacation amenities, you couldn't do better than a visit to Solvang, the Danish-inspired theme community just a half-hour drive from Santa Barbara. Of course there is much more, but food is a great place to start.

November 28, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY CaliforniaWeekend.com | On The Road


Gift guide to full-size tablets

NEW YORK (AP) - Tablets are at the top of many wish lists this holiday season. But what to get? The choice used to be pretty limited, with the iPad dominating the latecomers. But this year, the field is more even, as tablets from Apple's competitors have matured. In addition, Google and Microsoft are diving in with their own tablets, providing more choice.

November 21, 2012 | | On The Road


NTSB urges safety technologies be made standard

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government should require automakers to make the latest collision prevention technologies standard equipment on all new cars and trucks, a move that could reduce fatal highway accidents by more than half, federal accident investigators said Wednesday.

November 21, 2012 | | On The Road


Infiniti JX: SUV stance, crossover finesse

The Infiniti JX is the three-row, seven-passenger alternative for those who do not need the big, truck-based Infiniti QX SUV for heavy-duty family duty and towing.

November 21, 2012 | By MARK MAYNARD Autoword | On The Road


Ford to bring smaller 3-cyclinder engine to US market in 2014 Fiesta

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Ford is bringing its smallest engine to the U.S. in the race to meet stricter government fuel economy rules.

November 21, 2012 | | On The Road


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