Hilary Larson's travel tales and tips.

Regionalism Still Exists

04/27/2015 - 20:00
Travel Writer

As Oggi and I sped through the cactus-spiked wilderness of southeast Arizona, I reflected that more than a quarter-century had passed since my first cross-country road trip. And from behind the wheel on Interstate 10, it was surprising how little had changed visually from the summer of 1988 — when my parents took my sister and me on a three-week odyssey from Phoenix to Connecticut.

The author’s cross-country trip gave her a new appreciation for America’s vastness and its regional differences. Hilary Larson

King, Carter And Beyond

04/20/2015 - 20:00
Travel Writer

Many cities like to promote themselves as collections of neighborhoods — enclaves that are distinctive and yet still meld, harmoniously, into a cohesive metropolis.

The arty, eclectic Little Five Points neighborhood.  Hilary Larson/JW

History Amid The Magnolias

04/13/2015 - 20:00
Travel Writer

The rain came down steadily, at times in torrents, other times in a chilly drizzle under leaden skies. But the legions of marchers on their way from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., to commemorate the recent 50th anniversary of that legendary civil rights march were undaunted by a little precipitation.

Maya Lin’s black-granite Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery. Wikimedia Commons

A Walker In The Garden District

04/06/2015 - 20:00
Travel Writer

It was drizzling as I strolled down Magazine Street in New Orleans’ Lower Garden District. In this city without a major art museum, the architecture and storefront displays are art in and of themselves, and the window in front of me was no exception — a dazzlingly colorful, sparkly arrangement of chic umbrellas.

A sidewalk on Magazine Street in the Garden District. Photos by Hilary Larson/JW

Wine, Wildflowers And Kolache, Texas Style

03/30/2015 - 20:00
Travel Writer

Texas isn’t an especially popular vacation destination for New Yorkers. (Many Democrats, you may recall, viewed President George W. Bush’s choice of hot, arid Midland for summer vacations as proof of his poor judgment.)

A scene of America with a German twist: Main Street, Fredericksburg, in Texas’ Hill Country. Hilary Larson/JW

South By Southwest

03/23/2015 - 20:00
Travel Writer

Strolling around the pretty Spanish plaza at the heart of Old La Mesilla, Texas, watching children play and families chat in the public square, I thought: Why aren’t there more places like this in the U.S.?

View over Cuidad Juarez from El Paso, above. Hilary Larson/JW

The Wild Jewish West

03/16/2015 - 20:00
Travel Writer

The last time I saw the sun, it was setting over Tucson, Ariz.

Oggi and I started our cross-country drive in sunny Los Angeles. But somewhere in western Texas, we awoke to a cold drizzle, which turned into a week of rainstorms and unrelenting gray skies that we managed to follow, thanks to the jet stream, all the way to Boston. Where, as I write this a day after our arrival, the rain has just turned to — you guessed it — snow.

Congress Street in downtown Tucson. Wikimedia Commons

The Art Of Languor

03/09/2015 - 20:00
Travel Writer

Along the boutique-dotted boulevards of Palm Springs, Calif., the most pressing issues of the day are delightfully trivial.

Palm Springs residents relax on the lawn of an apartment complex, framed by the San Jacinto Mountains. Hilary Larson/JW

Echoes Of The Rothschilds

03/02/2015 - 19:00
Travel Writer

When I am asked about my least favorite airport, I never hesitate. While my relationship with JFK, my home base, is of the love-hate variety, there is no airport I loathe the way I loathe Frankfurt.

The Deutsche Bank building in Frankfurt. Hilary Larson/JW

Where Snow Is Always Welcome

02/23/2015 - 19:00
Travel Writer

Few of us welcome snow in New York, where it perhaps looks picturesque for a half-hour in the park — but then mostly just snarls up commutes, collects in dirty piles on the corner and fouls up sidewalks with slush.

The slopes of Bansko feature quality skiing at reasonable prices.  Wikimedia Commons
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