Even in spring, it’s about as hot as many other places are come August, with April and May temperatures ranging from the 70s to just over 100. As for desolation — yes, the landscape is stark. This is a desert, after all. But there’s also a certain beauty to it, a mosaic of colors from the salt flats and sand dunes to the striations of craggy peaks. Some years, stunning wildflowers bloom in spring and early summer.
At the Wintherthur museum in the Brandywine Valley, visitors can become immersed in the world of Downton Abbey. Or at least surrounded by the clothes. Standing at attention on headless mannequins in a large exhibition space are almost 40 costumes from the show.
Historic landmarks are scattered across Boston, from 17th-century churches and meetinghouses to some of the nations oldest schools. And taking in the sites wont cost you a penny. Just remember that the cramped vintage streets are better tackled on foot than by car.
Trip provides a respite from the cold as well as revealing plenty of delicious cuisine.
Come to California wine country to taste the olive oil? Yes, theres liquid gold hidden among the vines, part of an olive oil boom in recent years. You can tour an orchard, learn what extra-virgin olive oil really means and taste your way through lemon-, herb- and even chocolate-infused olive oils. Here are five recommended pit stops.
The Kansas City Star’s Travel Photo Contest is open to amateur photographers of any age who are residents of Missouri or Kansas.