Jane Smiley on What St. Louis Tells Us About America

I don’t think most Americans view St. Louis as a tourist destination, but they should. Even as I was enjoying my fall sojourn, activists were protesting current conditions there, and I could see why — infrastructure, housing, and wages need serious investment. But my hometown is still beautiful, still full of unique attractions, and, I […]

Fly Fishing Is the New Bird-Watching

Step aside, goat yoga. The chic way to unwind now is fly fishing. That’s right. For some of the same reasons millennials recently flocked to bird-watching, this sport — long dominated by old white men — is gaining popularity with a younger set. For those who can afford the leisure time and some rudimentary equipment, […]

Who Wants to Save the Las Vegas Wedding?

LAS VEGAS — On Las Vegas Boulevard, nestled between a motel and tattoo parlor, sits what may be the most famous marriage site in the world: A Little White Wedding Chapel. Charolette Richards, the chapel’s owner and an originator of the 10-minute wedding ceremony, said she has had her hand in more than 50,000 weddings […]

Norwegian Cruise Ship Passengers Live-Tweet a Mutiny

It is not clear if the rebellion was sparked by the clogged toilets or the canceled visit to Scotland, but passengers on the Norwegian Cruise Line ship had had enough. In recent days, travelers on the “mystical fjords” voyage in Europe staged (and live tweeted) a veritable mutiny after inclement weather forced repeated changes to […]

A Writer’s Favorite Spots in Nairobi

The prominent author Zukiswa Wanner, born to a South African father and a Zimbabwean mother in Zambia, has a complicated relationship with Nairobi, the Kenyan capital and her adopted city of seven years. “In its many layers, Nairobi has the beauty and the frustrations of all African cities I love,” said Ms. Wanner, 43, a […]

In the Alps, Keeping Tabs on Melting Ice

For over a century, the Jungfrau Railway has delivered tourists high into the wild and frozen terrain of Switzerland’s Bernese Alps. In 2018, more than one million people rode the train up to the Jungfraujoch, a railway station — the highest in Europe — that occupies a rocky perch between the Jungfrau and the Mönch, […]

Gear for Fall Foliage Hikes

A New England or Rocky Mountain road trip may be the traditional way to see fall’s colors, but there’s a lot to be said for getting out of the car and ut on the trail: escaping jammed roads, breathing crisp autumn air and seeing those flame-hued leaves up close and personal. Here, the travel editors […]

Norwegian Cruise Line Passengers Mutiny Over Changed Plans and Poor Conditions

It is not clear if the rebellion was sparked by the clogged toilets or the canceled visit to Scotland, but passengers on the Norwegian Cruise Line ship had had enough. In recent days, travelers on the “mystical fjords” voyage in Europe have staged (and live tweeted) a veritable mutiny after inclement weather forced repeated changes […]

In ‘Verrocchio,’ Leonardo’s Master Is the Star

WASHINGTON — Probably, on a long car ride or at a lagging dinner party, you have been asked that trivial query: If you could have been born at any time and place, where and when would you choose? If you’re an artist, then at least as a practical matter you ought to consider reincarnating in […]

MoMA Reboots With ‘Modernism Plus’

When the Museum of Modern Art reopens on Oct. 21 after a $450-million, 47,000-square-foot expansion, it will finally, if still cautiously, reveal itself to be a living, breathing 21st-century institution, rather than the monument to an obsolete history — white, male, and nationalist — that it has become over the years since its founding in […]