A stone angel stands in a snowy cemetery.

Tombstone Tripping: Touring Unique Graveyards

Like it or not, nearly everyone will visit a graveyard at some point in their lives (or shortly thereafter). But once you get beyond the initial apprehension many people feel toward graveyards, they are fascinating places to visit.

Aerial view of a corn maze in a large field.

Fall Favorites: Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, and Apple Orchards

Daylight hours get shorter and temperatures begin to drop with the arrival of fall and there seems an almost urgent need to get outside to enjoy every fair weather day before the arrival of winter. Here are some of Gayle Hart’s favorite outdoor fall activities—and they’re family-friendly.

Oktoberfest 2009

Traditionally, Oktoberfest is a sixteen-day celebration held each year in Munich, Germany during late-September up to (and including) the first Sunday in October. But sometimes it’s just not possible to get away to Munich. If you’re craving brats, beer, and a steady oompah beat, here’s a run down of a few upcoming U.S. Oktoberfest celebrations from coast-to-coast.

National Public Lands Day

September 26, 2009 is National Public Lands Day and thousands of volunteers from coast-to-coast will work to enhance and improve the public lands that Americans enjoy. From planting trees and building trails, to removing trash and culling invasive species, there’s something for everyone who wants to join in.

A Detroit Original

The family-owned and operated American Coney Island is the place where a hot dog with skin, beanless chili, onions, and mustard was first called “one with everything.” If you’d like to get a taste of Detroit at home, here’s a recipe for the beanless chili that makes Coney Dogs so delicious.

A horse-drawn carriage on Mackinac Island.

Michigan: More than Motown

We’ve just finished putting content from our Moon Michigan guidebook, by Laura Martone, online yesterday. In addition to all the things you might expect to find in a guide to Michigan—like Detroit’s Motown Historical Museum, Ann Arbor’s Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum, The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Mackinac Island, and rich ethnic enclaves like Greektown and Hamtramck—Laura includes many unexpected gems, too, like the annual late-March Sugar & Shearing Festival and the annual Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Powwow held every August.

View looking up at the tower at Independence Hall.

A Slice of Philly

Gayle Hart, our Content Editor, visited Philadelphia for the first time in 2004 and had a blast. From strolling through Independence Hall to ordering a cheesesteak on South Street, she loved the city’s seamless melding of history with culture.

What Makes a Road Trip a Road Trip?

Gayle Hart is looking for answers to this very important question. Is a road trip based on distance? Is it based on stopping at kitschy roadside attractions like Trees of Mystery, the Drive-Thru Tree, or Confusion Hill? Do you have to drive for multiple days? We want to know what you think!

A Tennessee Story

Gayle Hart recently had the pleasure of editing Moon Tennessee, by Susanna Henighan Potter, for Moon.com. Her mother’s maternal family hails from Tennessee, and while she hasn’t had the chance to see the Volunteer State herself, it was fun to imagine how her relatives would have experienced the places featured in the book.

Swine Flu: Get Informed

With the news of swine flu flooding the media, you may be anxious about your travel plans—or wonder whether you should even be traveling at all. In order to help you better understand swine flu, we’ve pulled together a list of websites and articles that provide the clearest, most relevant information about this outbreak.