Located 75 miles south ironically on I-75 from Atlanta, Macon likes to call itself the “Song & Soul of the South.” It is a deserving moniker given the fact that Macon has long been a center of pop music history and African-American culture.
Delta Airlines has been based in Atlanta for 70 years and has long used the city’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport as its chief hub for connecting flights for destinations throughout the world. It is astonishing how many people will say that they have changed planes in Atlanta without ever spending any time outside of Hartsfield. If that sounds like you, then it is time to take Delta from either LaGuardia or JFK and come down to “Hotlanta” so that you explore all that the capital of the South has to offer.
Let’s start off with the obvious. Located 360 miles northwest of New York City, Rochester is a great place to beat the heat of summer. Situated where the Genesee River meets Lake Ontario, Rochester’s Ontario Beach Park has been referred to as western New York State’s answer to Coney Island. Parking and admission to the beach are free. There is also a Dentzel carousel that is 105 years old that features wooden animals other than horses. A 19th century calliope plays while the carousel rotates. After a fun day at the beach you can walk to one of the city’s most popular restaurants, Pier 45.
Vermont has skiing, Maine has Acadia National Park, and Massachusetts has Boston, Cape Cod and the Berkshires. What’s worth seeing in New Hampshire? I recently found out after always managing to miss visiting that state on previous New England trips.
Living in New York, I admit to a bias against other cities: why visit (fill in city name) to see theater/opera/art/architecture when we’ve got it all here? But one must go where the action is, and the U.S. premiere of Hans Werner Henze’s latest opera and an exhibition of artworks by Marc Chagall and others weren’t on the docket in Manhattan, so I hopped on a Boltbus (the best travel bargain for New Yorkers to go to nearby cities cheaply and quickly) and headed to Philadelphia.
There are many people—myself included—who think of Los Angeles as a cultural wasteland where only movie and TV stars count in any way, shape or form. A recent visit to the City of Angels helped to disprove that theory by concentrating on the arts far removed from the clichéd stars on the sidewalks on Hollywood Boulevard.
Gold! Gold! Gold! You would think Frank Norris’ 1899 novel McTeague was back in print (probably best remembered for today as the source material for the classic Erich von Stroheim silent film GREED). [Available for download: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/165] Instead, with the rise in the sp
Cancun is a very young city. Located in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean Sea, Cancun did not exist forty years ago. It was built by developers who thought that Mexico could use an East Coast version of its popular Pacific resort cities such as Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas.
You could visit California a thousand times and still miss many of its charms. What is notable about Napa, Pismo Beach, and Ojai is that they are places that California residents like to escape to for long weekends.
Mark Twain famously wrote that the coldest winter he ever spent was a summer in San Francisco. Based on my recent experience, Twain was only slightly exaggerating. Of course given the recent sweltering weather in New York City, I wasn’t complaining.