Cruising Maine's coast in search of the greatest lobster rolls on Earth

A lobster claw the size of an iPhone 5 sits perched atop my lunch, completely obliterating any chance I have to see the quarter-pound of chopped lobster meat, lightly dressed with mayo and tucked into a split-top hot dog bun that's been ever-so-gently griddled with butter on either side. The lobster roll at Quoddy Bay Lobster, an industrial-looking blue aluminum shack on the eastern lip of the United States, isn't my first - you can find them now in seafood restaurants all over the country - but it's certainly the freshest, most delicious version I've ever had.


Best of San Diego's Balboa Park

There are few places more sublime than sunny San Diego, with its intoxicating mix of surf-frothed beaches, trendy cafes and, of course, Balboa Park. That 1,200-acre swath includes 16 museums, more than a dozen gardens, multiple theaters and the San Diego Zoo. And this year, the park is celebrating its 100th birthday.


Must-have travel apps

Whether you're taking the kids on a day trip or a trip around the world, if you're bringing a smartphone or tablet, you'll want to be sure you have these great apps for getting them involved and engaged in your travel adventure.


Florida theme parks: Get ready for a wild ride

Coming to Florida theme parks in 2016: A 200-foot roller coaster at SeaWorld that will be the tallest in Orlando. The reincarnation of King Kong at Universal Orlando. A ride based on "Frozen" at Epcot. A new light show at Disney's Animal Kingdom. A major attraction at Busch Gardens, details still under wraps.


Visiting the new Key West

There's a classic way of doing Key West, Fla. It involves dinner at Louie's Backyard, drinks and live music at Sloppy Joe's, photo ops at the Southernmost Buoy, a stop at the Hemingway House, spotting Key West chickens and sunset at Mallory Square. And, of course, plenty of key lime pie, conch fritters and margaritas.


Tips for travel to Cuba

Traditional vacations to Cuba - lazing on the beach all day, for instance - have been forbidden by the U.S. for more than 50 years. But since December the Obama administration has eased some restrictions. Here's information on the types of trips permitted by U.S. law, the paperwork and more:


In Cuba, a culinary window on culture

If you consider yourself a foodie in any way, know this: If you travel to Cuba, be prepared for a squash fest. At every lunch and dinner, we were offered pumpkin soup or cooked butternut squash or squash stew. It was rarely bad but never great, which was true of much of the food we consumed.


3 Caribbean islands that will recharge your batteries

How many times have you said, "I'd really like to get away from it all?" If you're looking for destinations where phones, Internet and TVs take a back seat to spun sugar beaches, tropical trade winds and a blessed sense of unplugging, here are three Caribbean islands that might just be what you're looking for.


Enjoy a camping adventure in eastern South Carolina

With gardens full of new flowers, it might be a good time for even more outdoor adventure: a camping trip or three. You might be surprised to know that without leaving eastern South Carolina, you can go exploring from mountaintop to seaside. The entire eastern side of South Carolina used to be the ocean floor, and as the sea receded, it left a lot of sand behind … even actual mountains of sand.

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Take a few tips for planning Rome getaway

Looking for a quick getaway before summer? Rome is one of my favorite spring escapes. All of the wonderful sights, flowers and trees are just beginning to bud as if the ancient town is awakening from a winter slumber.


Easy Escapes | Enjoy the gems of West Virginia’s Greenbrier Valley

The section of southeastern West Virginia known as Greenbrier Valley has the strong and lovely Allegheny Mountains and Greenbrier River to thank for its wholesome genes. The gifts of nature are abundant here and call to all who love the outdoors. With the same breath, this area, occupied since before the Revolutionary War, has nurtured a lifestyle and culture that fits perfectly into the landscape around it.


N.C., Jacksonville zoos worthy spring break destinations

Anyone planning family spring break road trips has two humongous zoos — one north and one south — that merit a stop for at least a half-day on their way to a destination. Heading to Walt Disney World or other points in Orlando, Fla.? Swing by the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, right off Interstate 95 and full of large big-cat displays, especally tigers, up close, through glass. Heading north into or through central North Carolina? The N.C. Zoological Park, near Asheboro, south of Greensboro and off I-73/74, is an expanse that will take your breath away for a whole day.


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