Early one morning last summer at a new Huttopia “glamping” property in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, I jumped up from my cushy mattress and could barely wait to step outside. There’s nothing quite like the sun’s insistent pink glow through the walls of a tent to nudge you out of bed …

Tipping is a hot topic again, thanks to a controversial ballot measure raising the minimum wage for restaurant workers in the District and recent social-media campaigns such as the #tipthebillchallenge that have drawn attention to low server wages.

It lacks the renown of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, but Robert Russa Moton High School in Prince Edward County, Virginia, played a seminal role in the course of America’s human events. And now the site is getting its due — as part of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail launched this year.

Minglewood Farm & Nature Preserve in Surry County is a 65-acre experiential learning place that focuses on sustainable food production and the environment. It is open to groups of all ages by appointment and scheduled events. The farm hosts events, such as on-farm suppers on select Satur…

In northeast North Carolina, in the town of Scotland Neck, there are more exotic birds than people. Scotland Neck boasts the Sylvan Heights Bird Park, which features more than 2,500 waterfowl, parrots, toucans, flamingos and other nonnative birds. The park, which opened to the public in 2006…

A century has passed since the battles that baptized the U.S. military into the horrors of modern industrialized warfare. Nearly three years after the guns of August opened the First World War, the first doughboys in Gen. John J. Pershing’s American Expeditionary Forces — young, enthusiastic…

Between Friday, Sept. 7, and Sunday, Sept. 9, get out for a hike on North Carolina’s Mountain-to-Sea Trail. Walk or paddle where you want anywhere on the 1,175-mile trail to help accumulate a huge number of miles walking on the MST in celebration of the trail’s 41st birthday. Once done, visi…

Bill, an Australian traveler in Zimbabwe, stood in the velvet-caped darkness and listened. I planted myself next to him and sucked in my breath, not wanting the smallest leak of air to disturb the quiet. And then we waited for it, the low growl that would confirm our suspicions: A lion had c…

The stretch of the Appalachian Trail from Carver’s Gap on the North Carolina-Tennessee border to the Roan High Knob is unlike any hike I’ve experienced in North Carolina. The elevation of the mountain as well as the geologic history have created one of the most unusual biomes in the Appalach…

MEDORA, N.D. — For travelers looking to visit all 50 states, North Dakota is often one of the last to be checked off. It’s not exactly on the way to anywhere else, and flying there is expensive.

Wrightsville Beach will host three surf events in August , starting with the Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic on Aug. 10-12, open to lady surfers of all ages. Next, on Aug. 17-19, is the 13th annual O’Neill/Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Fest. It attracts international and homegrown pros, plus hund…

The majority rule — the one that says the needs of a group outweigh those of an individual — has always been a travel industry standard. When there’s a convention or a wedding, regular guests sometimes feel like second-class citizens when they find attractions, dining areas or other faciliti…

The grand reopening this spring of Virginia Beach’s Cavalier Hotel, following a four-year, $85 million renovation of the 91-year-old oceanfront landmark, is a fitting symbol of the city’s booming tourism business and rapidly changing culinary scene.

Earlier this summer, Morrow Mountain State Park added 45 acres of land on the south side of Mountain Creek. The addition was made possible by a partnership between the landowners, Ron and Nancy Bryant, The LandTrust for Central N.C. and North Carolina State Parks. The park will host a ribbon…

The traditional music and dance heritage of the Appalachian Mountains will be on display in July when Hendersonville hosts the 100th anniversary of Street Dances. Events will be every Monday evening through Aug. 13. For more information or a schedule of dances and performers, go to www.visit…

For nearly three years, the giant sequoias at Yosemite National Park’s Mariposa Grove in Northern California have been shielded from the public, a difficult feat when the main attractions are among the world’s largest living organisms. But on June 15, the National Park Service lifted the vei…

When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., canceled most of the U.S. Senate’s August recess, lawmakers and staff members didn’t have to worry about one thing: airline ticket change fees.

For 82 years, Brevard’s Summer Music Festival has brought hundreds of young musicians from around the world together. Now through August, see more than 80 concerts — ranging from symphony, opera and pops to rock, jazz and bluegrass to this year’s season-long Bernstein Festival — presented ar…

During a six-month backpacking tour of Southeast Asia, Maximo and Sebastian Tuscano stopped for four nights at the Andaman, a 178-room Luxury Collection resort on a lush bay in Langkawi, Malaysia. They marveled at the fauna in the surrounding rainforest-the flying lemurs, dusky leaf monkeys,…

The 99 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the busiest of the year for travel, but also the most misunderstood. The conventional wisdom surrounding summer travel includes false narratives about who’s taking a vacation, how they’re getting there, how much they’re spending and where to…

For decades my backpacking buddies have encouraged me to check out Grayson Highlands and the high country of Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. Within the 200,000-acre recreation area, we have camped, hiked and ridden the Virginia Creeper Trail. But despite friends’ stories of wild ponie…