Why drive to Newport when you can float instead?

Psst, visitors: Riding the ferry, a 65-foot catamaran named the Ocean State, is an easy and affordable way to get from Providence to Newport while taking in the beauty of the state and Narragansett Bay, deemed an “estuary of national significance,” by Congress.

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Park it here on the Cape Cod Rail Trail

Feel like doing just a bit of the rail trail, or ready to go end-to-end? Here are some places to park your car for free.

The 192 rooms — sorry, “chambers” — at the Virgin Hotel in San Francisco are succinct without feeling cramped, helped in no small part by floor-to-ceiling windows letting the sunshine in.

In San Francisco, new destinations over the top

How to be over the top, but not obnoxiously so? If there’s a way to do indulgence tastefully, the new Virgin Hotel comes close.

Neon-lit Beale Street, home to more than two dozen bars and nightclubs, is TennesseeÕs most-visited attraction. (Diane Bair) 16memphis

You can visit, as long as you promise not to sing ‘Walking in Memphis’

Even after a few days of biscuit-and-gravy-fueled sightseeing, you’ll barely capture the city’s flavor.

21capetrail - TheyÕve eliminated hairy road crossings on the Cape Cod Rail Trail by using bridges and tunnels. (Diane Bair for The Boston Globe)

Cool cruising along the Cape Cod Rail Trail

Traveling through the towns of Yarmouth, Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham, and Wellfleet, the Cape Cod Rail Trail “passes through all types of neighborhoods: residential, commercial, woodlands, ponds, bogs, trees, fields, swamps and creeks.”

Casey Affleck stars in “The Finest Hours,” a 2016 film based on the 2009 book by Casey Sherman (who attended Barnstable High School) and Michael J. Tougias that chronicles an extraordinary and heroic rescue off Chatham in 1952 by the US Coast Guard.

Some of the Cape’s finest hours: On the big screen and printed page

Cape Cod has provided inspiration and settings to many a novelist and filmmaker. If you’re heading to the Cape this summer, you may want to check out a book or a movie before you go.

Sculptor Patrick Dougherty at a window of his stick sculpture,

Get stuck on sticks with a visit to ‘A Passing Fancy’

Over the last 30 years, Patrick Dougherty has completed more than 250 stick sculptures, or “stickworks,” all over the world, and involving community volunteers is a hallmark of his process.

Fans take in a game between the Brewster Whitecaps and the Chatham Anglers in Chatham.

Cape Cod baseball, where the grass is real and the price is right

The Cape Cod Baseball League is a summertime staple on the Cape. The best collegiate players in the country compete nightly before Major League scouts, and gems emerge from diamonds.

The Moultons at home.

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The VIP Lounge with Seth Moulton

We caught up with the presidential candidate to talk about all things travel.


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George Whitley inspects meal at Gray’s Grist Mill.

At Gray’s Grist Mill, they’re feeding tradition

Johnny cakes are the featured attraction at the Westport mill, one of the oldest continually operating grist mills in New England.

World’s largest airlines taking small steps to reduce cabin waste

Will it be enough?

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How can you make a difference?

Experts say to start small. Here are some tips.

Naturalist Guide with Guests, Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, Marañón River, Amazon River, Peru

Leave the world a better place

Here are three top conservation-led companies in the travel industry that are leading the way for sustainable tourism in remarkable and successful ways.

Mitchell Simpson, tasting room manager, pours Sweet Tea Vodka at Firefly Distillery on Wadmalaw Island, S.C.

At this S.C. distillery, creativity seems to be the main ingredient

When I first heard about Sweet Tea Vodka, I knew that Firefly Distillery had created it just for me, combining two of my favorite drinks in one bottle.

The Cornish-Windsor Bridge connects the towns of Cornish, N.H. and Windsor, Vt. Photo by Joann Vitali / @joannvitaliphotography

6 Instagram-worthy covered bridges in New England

These bridges are picture-perfect any time of year.

xxphinda - ThereÕs an open pit fire area, outdoor bar and pool overlooking a popular animal watering hole. (Pamela Wright for The Boston Globe)


Check-In: andBeyond Phinda Homestead reopens in South Africa

If you’re looking in the luxury range, Phinda Homestead — costing about $6,595 a night for the entire property, which sleeps 12 — packs some value, along with lots of luxury perks. And you can cross a safari off your bucket list.

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Jessica Phillips and her sons at Ventura Beach, Calif.

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The VIP Lounge with actress Jessica Phillips

Phillips, an Emerson grad, is returning to Boston for a monthlong run in the Tony Award-winning musical “Dear Even Hansen,” at the Boston Opera House through Aug. 4.

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My United Airlines flight transferred to a train — my ticket didn’t

After a 40-hour delay, Sandra Gronenberg found herself in Frankfurt without a connecting train ticket. Could United Airlines help her untangle this mess?

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Hybrid footwear for all terrains

Even if you’re just schlepping around town and get caught in the rain, these recommendations can handle any puddle with comfort and distinctive style. And most of these brands offer a similar counterpart style for men.

The Mark Twain House & Museum is a beautiful 25-room Victorian with numerous original items belonging to the author and his family.

Wit and wisdom in West Hartford

The Mark Twain House is a beauty, a 25-room Victorian with elaborate woodwork and furnishings. You don’t need to be a Twain fan to appreciate the design, workmanship, and careful restoration of the home and adjoining museum.

Tourists riding elephants in Thailand.

No more elephant rides and horse-drawn carriages: Visitors, tour companies put focus on animal welfare

At least two large travel outfits in Massachusetts — EF Education First in Cambridge and TripAdvisor in Needham — have partnered with World Animal Protection to make wildlife-friendly changes.

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The VIP Lounge with playwright Matthew Lombardo

Playwright Matthew Lombardo’s Broadway-bound play, “Tea at Five,” is now in Boston for an extended run. We caught up with him to talk about all things travel.

A bedtime story, deep in the jungle in Belize

If you’re in the jungle, without electricity, the darkness is so all-encompassing that it almost has a scent to it, of green plants, and decaying compost, wet grass, and exotic flowers that don’t grow in the United States.

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Iberia compensation not received — now what?

When Iberia Airlines delayed Eileen Hopkins’s flight from Madrid to New York, it agreed to pay her and her husband compensation of 600 euros ($678) each, as required by law. But where’s the money?


Those hidden resort fees? You’re not the only one worked up about them

Search “resort fees” on Twitter and experience a deluge of anger. The backlash has spawned a movement called Kill Resort Fees, whose organizer contends they are deceptive and misleading, if not illegal.

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Legendary Belmond Cap Juluca resort is back and creating a buzz on Anguilla

Thanks to new ownership and a top-to-bottom $121 million renovation, the resort is once again a gem of the Caribbean.

The small town of Wiscasset, along the Sheepscot River, bills itself as the “prettiest village in Maine.”

Driven by one goal: To meander in Maine

The idea was a simple one: Cross the Piscataqua River on Route 1 from New Hampshire into Maine and drive north. Follow the Coastal Route to the Canadian border, or until I (not the car) run out of gas.

A recent online search for orchestra seats for “The Prom” yielded fees on top of the ticket prices that ranged from $26.50 to $136.04.

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How to do Broadway on a budget

If you can build in some time and are OK with a little spontaneity, scoring discounted tickets to even the hottest shows is possible.

Mount Otemanu stands over the palm trees and clear water in Bora Bora

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How a botched cruise turned into a free trip to Tahiti

Like I always say: When life gives you lemons, enjoy a lemon drop martini.

Canterbury Shaker Village, arguably one of the most historically pristine sites in New England, sits on a hilltop overlooking some 700 acres of pastoral land, forests, nature trails, and ponds.

A lot of Shaker going on: Canterbury Shaker Village living history museum celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019

The Canterbury Shaker Village, arguably one of the most historically pristine sites in New England, sits on a hilltop overlooking some 700 acres of pastoral land, forests, nature trails, and ponds.

What to do when you lose your passport overseas

If you’ve misplaced your passport or are the victim of theft, you’ll need to keep a clear head and jump into action right away.

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Norwegian Airlines promised to refund my train tickets to London. It didn’t.

When Norwegian Airlines canceled Andrew Brown’s flight, it rebooked him and promised to reimburse the train tickets to his final destination. Then it changed course. Is he out of luck?

Lego House’s top floor features a Masterpiece Gallery.

How Lego House came to be: brick by brick

Billund, Denmark, is the birthplace of Lego and home to an out-of-this-world creation experience at Lego House.

 Cretaiole, a 14th-century farmhouse converted into a combination inn and working farm.

How Italy’s agriturismo movement gave rise to The Isabella Experience

At 50, Isabella Moricciani is the life force behind The Isabella Experience, a hospitality concept she honed at Cretaiole, an alluring inn situated just outside Pienza, which was her first foray into agriturismo more than 20 years ago.

Reza Pazooki, a personal trainer from New York, clambered atop a precipitous perch for a photo by guide Roberto Calcagno on Cima dei Quattro Denti, overlooking the Susa Valley.

Trekking a golden ridge, bracketed by snow-covered Alps

Turin offers a turnstyle to the Italian Alps.

The Duomo il Milan was constructed over more than five centuries.

In Milan, a low-tech saunter through a mecca of high fashion

Renowned as an epicenter of fashion, this Italian city is also surprisingly walkable, threaded with commerce-canyoned walkways and studded with gems from early Christendom and the Renaissance.

Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel

Hotels that fit baseball fans like a glove

These hotels understand your total devotion to the sport, and they’ve hit their own home runs with these rooms and packages.

To get to Briar Barn Inn’s lobby, skip the front building and head back to the silo.

Briar Barn Inn in Rowley: A cute new inn in an unlikely place

Another reason (besides the Agawam Diner) to stop in Rowley.

The Hitchcock Ichnology Collection at Beneski Museum of Natural History is the most extensive collection of dinosaur footprints in the world.

Making tracks: Walking in the footsteps of New England dinosaurs

The Connecticut River Valley may not be Jurassic Park, but dinosaurs did run rampant on the floodplains here at the cusp of the Triassic and Jurassic eras.

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The VIP Lounge with Sirius XM radio host Seth Rudetsky

Rudetsky will perform with Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller at the Emerson Colonial Theatre on July 8.

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Left: Frida Hirt Raz (left) and her sister-in-law. Right: The author and her daughter, who bought the DNA kit that launched their adventure.

A familial journey to Israel, launched with a simple cheek swab

Little did I know when my daughter gave me a DNA kit that what she was really giving me was a chance to meet family, discover my past, and see Israel with a newfound cousin at my side.

Passengers wait to board the M/S Mount Washington.

Seeing Lake Winnipesaukee from the M/S Mount Washington is a N.H. must-do

The boat has been taking families on tours of Lake Winnipesaukee — informing, entertaining, and feeding them along the way — for nearly 150 years.

Seed to Stem is a plant and lifestyle boutique in Worcester.

Worcester has upped its game

It took an unexpected detour to show me the city’s charms, which are real and worth experiencing.