Palm Springs

Every other one of Palm Springs' checkerboard lots belongs to the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians, who control 42 of the land in the Coachella Valley and are the richest tribe in North America. The Spa Hotel & Casino & Mineral Springs, at 100 N. Indian Canyon Dr., is one of the tribal ventures, offering 24-hour poker, slots, and Spa-21, which we interpret as a healthy version of blackjack. While many of Palm Springs's senior celebrity residents are irreverently referred to as The...

RV Parks

THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION OF WHERE TO SLEEP IN YOUR RV IS almost anywhere. There are more than 16,000 campgrounds in the United States that can accommodate RVs, some offering hookups, others for self-contained or dry camping. A few are free, but many more are lavish resorts that may cost 50 a night and up for full hookups, cable TV, phone service, spas, swimming pools, tennis courts, playgrounds, and miniature or par-3 golf courses. If you prefer ranger hikes and scenery to horseshoe pits and...

Anne of Green Gables Sites

Anne of Green Gables, the heroine of a series of books, movies, and television shows, is a cottage industry on Prince Edward Island (PEI), because PEI has taken the unique step of trademarking the name. All summer, Anne of Green Gables-The Musical (seats C 28- 64 US 23- 51) runs in the Mainstage Theatre at the Charlottetown Festival, playing matinees and evenings most days, alternating on occasion with other shows (box office & 800 565-0278 www.confederationcentre.com). The Lucy Maud...

Lasvegas

We've driven up I-15 to Las Vegas many times over the years. Now as we approach the skyline of resort high-rises, move along the clogged expressways around the metropolis, wonder at the expanding communities of tract houses that make this most expansive city in Nevada, we think back to vintage Las Vegas. It was a time when Sinatra ruled the entertainment world of the Strip (he got miffed when new owner of the Sands cut off his credit and drove a golf cart through a plate glass window, later...

On the Road North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt National Park

I have always said I would not have been president if it had not been for my experience in North Dakota, Theodore Roosevelt often said and wrote. Remembered as the preserver of our natural resources, a founder of our national parks, and the namesake of the teddy bear, Roosevelt as a young man was dedicated to big-game hunting. He had read of the threatened extinction of the American bison and first came to North Dakota's Badlands in 1883 on a hunting trip, afraid that some other hunter would...

Getting Prepared RVing Tips Hints

THE FIRST TIME WE SET OUT IN AN RV, WE DEVOTED AS MUCH ATTENtion to it as the Allies planning D-Day, and had about as much success as Napoleon at Waterloo. Now, we can decide on the spur of the moment to go away for a few days, pick up the RV keys, and set out. In this chapter we'll discuss some of the nuts and bolts of life on the road so that you, too, can overcome disorganization and have the courage to just hit the road. While most confident (or overconfident) drivers pick up RV-wrangling...

The Best Utah Sights Tastes Experiences Offthewall Attractions

Located on Highway 89 south of Richfield, off I-70, exit 23 to Sevier, it really does look a little like a mound of caramel. Neither folk singer Burl Ives nor songwriter Harry McClintock ever saw it, but that didn't stop them from making money out of a hit song about it. Folk experts John Lomax and Charles Seeger said the original version, with its lemonade springs and lakes of stew, was sung by old-time hobos to lure young farm boys into a life on the road. The...

Six Special Side Trips

Stop in at the King Ranch, Kingsville. Southwest of Corpus Christi, the King Ranch covers more than 825,000 acres and is three times bigger than the state of Rhode Island. It developed the Santa Gertrudis cattle breed. The visitor center showcases a small museum and conducts bus tours around the ranch daily. 7 adults, 2.50 ages 5-12. Open between 9am and 4pm Monday through Saturday, noon to 5pm on Sunday. On the western edge of Kingsville off West Highway 141 (& 361 592-8055...

Ten Scenic Side Trips

The California poppy trail about 50 miles . When the winter has the right amount of rain, early spring looks like Dorothy's dream in The Wizard of Oz, except the poppies are orange instead of red. While there's an admission fee, you may, as we did one year, see more poppies in bloom along the roadsides than in the reserve itself. Call ahead to determine bloom time, usually best March through May. Drive California 138 between Gorman and Lancaster, turning south on Avenue I to the Antelope...