Many of today's smartphones provide an amazing amount of computing power and storage space. Factor in improved photography capabilities and longer battery power, and it becomes easy to see why many people are choosing to make them their tech item of choice for shorter getaways.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - Most days, in most ways, this park's Upper Geyser Basin is a geothermal outlaw biker beach party - belching and splashing at all hours, with a sulfuric whiff of menace riding the breeze.
SYMONDSBURY, England - Dorset is one of England's often overlooked gems: rolling countryside, ancient thatched-roof villages, the birthplace of 19th century novelist Thomas Hardy and a sea that breaks on a World Heritage Site coastline.
About 640,000 years ago:
KEY WEST, Florida - As an aunt, daughter and sister, I carry certain responsibilities on family vacations. I usually drive the rental car to the supermarket. Take the bed that is farthest from the floor and the bathroom. And play several rounds of dolphin in the pool with my young niece and …
NEW YORK - JetBlue, known for shuttling vacationers from Northeast cities to the warmth of Florida and the Caribbean, is making a play for corporate road warriors.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - As we walked along the trail, partly shaded by towering and ubiquitous lodgepole pines, I turned and looked around. We were alone, had been for a couple of miles.
OAHU, Hawaii - "I need alcohol!" a bikini-clad woman exclaimed on a hot June day as she splashed out of an artificial river after plunging down a water slide inside an artificial mountain at Aulani, Disney's new resort hotel in Hawaii.
CAPE MAY - We arrived at SeaSalt in Cape May a few minutes early for our reservation, and just caught the tail end of the staff meeting.
MFUWE, Zambia - We're nodding off in our tent, pitched under a tree, when the crunching and gnashing begin.
NEW YORK - It was an eerie feeling to speed through airport security without taking off my shoes, removing my laptop and liquids from my bag or stripping away my belt and suit jacket. Eerie but amazing.
FREDERICKSBURG, Texas - Who would have thought deep in the heart of Texas sits a little slice of Germany?
The Last Tortoise
Swift in Museum
SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - "River rafting? Horseback riding? At Snowmass?" Larry behind the counter at the Ski Chalet, in Los Angeles was skeptical.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Bill Cecil and his son were out hunting wild turkey in the rain in 2010 when he got a call that the president would be at the family homestead in a half hour.
Build-your-own brickation spot
NEW YORK - An iconic hotel in the heart of midtown Manhattan is buzzing with thousands of new visitors.
NEW YORK - Claude Monet's beloved flower and water gardens in the north of France are world-famous. But for those unable to visit the artist's iconic home, a trip to the Bronx over the next several months will offer a taste of Monet's indisputably radiant living masterpiece - a riotous displ…
MIAMI - The Carnival Destiny cruise ship hasn't even left port, and half the ship's guests are already wasted.
When I was growing up, children were encouraged to search the wooded areas of my town and collect and keep as pets any amphibians or reptiles we could find. It was a great activity to do in the summer on the North Shore of Long Island.