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    Melissa Burdick Harmon

    Melissa Burdick Harmon

  • Charming villages around the world

    These magical villages are beautiful and welcoming places. You might not get to live there, but these photos make you want to plan a visit.

  • The small-town fight to save Amtrak's Southwest Chief

    It is a magical journey. It is a way to experience the panoramic scenery of the Midwest and West without ever turning a key in an ignition. Amtrak’s Southwest Chief is cited as one of the loveliest rail trips in the world, and its future is in jeopardy.

  • America’s best fall-foliage trips, in pictures

    There’s something so exhilarating about those glorious first days of autumn, when the air becomes delightfully crisp, the skies are too blue to be true, and the autumn leaves start their quick-change act, shifting from green to scarlet or vivid gold or Halloween orange, in what seems like a matter of minutes. It’s a time [...]

  • Daily Destination: Atlantic City, N.J.

    Atlantic City, the legendary New Jersey beach resort, still offers teeth-achingly good saltwater taffy, as it has since 1889. Folks still stroll along the now 5.5-mile-long Boardwalk, stopping to buy a sweatshirt here, a candy apple there. Some opt to be pushed along in wicker chairs, enjoying the breeze, as folks have done for almost [...]

  • Daily Destination: Kyoto, Japan

    Autumn comes early and in a blaze of color in Kyoto, Japan, with the city’s many deciduous trees turning to strikingly vivid shades of gold and deep orange. It is a serene and glorious setting, backed by soft hills. It is also just outside a city packed with temples—some of the most noteworthy in all [...]

  • 10 glorious gardens to explore

    Think about azaleas bursting into bloom in spring, glorious desert cacti in a bevy of bright colors or a world-class garden drawing visitors to an abandoned quarry in Canada. If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing Monet’s Garden in Giverny, you can without having to fly across the pond: A good replica exists in Kansas. Want [...]