Articles written by: Jim Farber

Yosemite Falls is at full strength, and its the second week of March!
California / Chronological / Destinations / United States

California’s Drought has a Silver Lining for Visitors to Yosemite and Sequoia National Park

What’s wrong with this picture? It’s a perfect day in Yosemite Valley. The sun is blazing, the sky is a robin’s-egg blue, the waterfalls are gushing, trees are flowering, visitors are bicycling in short sleeves, frogs are croaking and the park’s famous bears are making their presence felt. So what’s […]

My guide Jeff Forbes (left) and I mush through the pines of the Canadian Rockies near Canmore, Alberta.
Canada / Chronological / Destinations

Do You Want to Know a Secret? Canmore, Alberta!

Every year thousands of visitors to Alberta, Canada, motor west from Calgary into the Rocky Mountains, heading for the high-profile destinations of Banff and Lake Louise. After traveling for 50 miles along the Trans-Canada Highway into the scenic splendor of the Bow River Valley, they come to the off-ramp for […]

Exploring the pristine cove from our Un-Cruise ship the Safari Endeavour.
Chronological / Cruises / Destinations / Mexico

Discovering the Wonders of the Sea of Cortez

“The Gulf and Gulf ports have always been unfriendly to colonization. Again and again attempts were made before a settlement would stick. Humans are not much wanted on the peninsula.” From The Log From the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck, 1941. From the bridge of the Safari Endeavour the […]

I joined in the festivities riding on the John Wayne float.
Chronological / Destinations / Louisiana / United States

It’s Mardi Gras Time in Shreveport, LA

“I think we’ll be OK,” said Dave (on-board chief of libations), as our two-story float, “The Duke,” with its massive figurehead of John Wayne, took its place in line for the annual Krewe of Gemini Mardi Gras parade in Shreveport, La. “That is,” he added, skeptically looking up at the […]

A Mazing Experience at Saint Louis’s City Museum
Chronological / Destinations / Missouri / United States

A Mazing Experience at Saint Louis’s City Museum

Before his untimely death in a construction accident at the age of 61, sculptor, designer and recycler-supreme Bob Cassilly was to St. Louis, Mo., what the fantastical architect Antonio Gaudi was to the city of Barcelona, Spain. Cassilly’s civic sculptures of whimsical creatures cavort in a variety of public spaces […]

All Aboard! Next Stop the Klondike
Alaska / Chronological / Destinations / United States

All Aboard! Next Stop the Klondike

On July 17, 1897, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer ran a banner headline proclaiming “Gold! Gold! Gold!” and reporting that 68 men fresh from Alaska had arrived in town loaded down with “stacks of yellow metal.” The rush was on! They called themselves “stampeders” — those hearty men and women who found […]

Well, I'm a-standin' on a corner in Winslow, Arizona
Arizona / Chronological / Destinations / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Winslow, Arizona: There’s More to Do Than Just Standin’ on a Corner

The titans of American banking and industry may have created the transcontinental railroads, but it took an enterprising Englishman named Fred Harvey to turn cross-country rail travel into a pleasurable experience. Through his contract with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe, Harvey not only provided travelers with excellent food and […]

The music festival was rockin'. Then all hell broke loose!
Africa / Chronological / Destinations

Goin’ to Surf City, Moroccan Style: Or Fiddling While Dakhla Burns!

The strangely festive mood that pervaded the Berber-style tent camp bivouac on the beach at Oum Labouir was strained by the knowledge that barely two miles away, rioters were battling in the streets of the small peninsula city of Dakhla on the southwestern coast of Morocco. Details of what was […]

You never know what wonderland you will end up in when you tour the backlot of the Atlas Studios.
Africa / Chronological / Destinations

On the Road to Ouarzazate— Morocco’s Hollywood

Most people have probably never even heard of the high-desert city of Ouarzazate (home of the Atlas Film Studios) or the ancient fortress of Ait Benhaddou or the lush green palm oasis of Fint, but directors such as Ridley Scott (“Gladiator” and “Kingdom of Heaven”), Martin Scorsese (“The Last Temptation […]

Why Chihuahua? For Copper Canyon
Chronological / Destinations / IFWTWA Trips / Mexico

Why Chihuahua? For Copper Canyon

Between bloody drug wars, an epidemic of swine flu and the collapse of the economy, Mexico’s tourism industry has been experiencing tough times — especially in Northern Mexico, where tourism has fallen as much as 60 percent. The state of Chihuahua…