National Geographic Magazine calls Fairbanks, Alaska the number one place in the United States to see the Aurora Borealis for good reason. Local officials say if you spend three nights in the area, you have a 90 percent chance to see the elusive lights. I spent three nights in the area and this is what I found.
The world’s best artists paint over-sized murals on the the facades of six warehouses. The 1.6-acre gallery is one of the largest concentrated public displays of street art showcasing more than 30 major works of art. It is also the primary catalyst for transforming what used to be a sketchy part of town into one of the nation’s hottest urban neighborhoods.
Family-owned wineries dot the back country, two-lane roads. Winemakers pour $5 to $10 tastings of surprisingly good wines as they take the time to talk to guests about their process. It is what travelers envision Napa being before the reality of bumper-to-bumper traffic, $50 tastings and hedge-funded owned wineries smack them in the face.
Texans have been making the day trips to the barbecue mecca of Lockhart for eons. The small town with its triple treat of barbecue joints is the official Barbecue Capital of Texas. While Lockhart has traditionally been known as a day trip destination, it has more than enough to offer for a relaxing weekend getaway. Put your bags down, stop for awhile, and enjoy the small town life with your barbecue.
San Marcos, the charming little college-town halfway between Austin and San Antonio is known for many things, its historic square, its river, its outlet mall, but what most outsiders don't know, however, is that the town is obsession with mermaids. How did a mythical sea creature become the mascot for a landlocked Texas town? Here is how.