Joan Rattner Heilman

Joan Rattner Heilman, an inveterate traveler and seasoned journalist based in Mamaroneck, New York, is author of more than a dozen books. She specializes in 50-plus travel.

Destinations

National Parks You’ve Never Heard Of

If you love exploring national parks but hate contending with the hordes of people you find at places such as…

Travel

Luxury Hotels With A Past

Stay in a Former Prison…a Gilded Train Station…Even a Grand Old Ocean Liner Some of the country’s most elegant hotels…

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Fabulous Food Tours

Taste your way through towns from Memphis to Maui Treat your taste buds to a guided tasting tour when you’re…

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Visit the Stomping Grounds of Your Favorite Authors

Affordable, too! You can learn more about the lives of your favorite authors -- and have a great time doing…

Lodging

Treat Yourself to a Stay at One of These Grand Historic Hotels

If you’re among the many travelers intrigued by America’s heritage, there’s nothing more fitting than staying at a grand old…

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Four Fascinating Cemeteries to Visit (Before You Die)

Some of America’s famous old cemeteries draw millions of visitors a year from all over the world. That’s because these…

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America’s Greatest Bike Paths

Safe, Beautiful Trails from City to Countryside That Everyone Can Enjoy Millions of Americans now are cycling for transportation, exercise…

Travel

Touring the Town By Boat

Sightseeing trips in five American cities Planning a vacation? For a relaxing sightseeing trip in a big city, try touring…

Lodging

Luxury Hotels with a Past

Stay in a Former Prison…a Gilded Train Station…Even a Grand Old Ocean Liner Some of the country’s most elegant hotels…

Travel

If You Have Receding Gums…

Q. Are there any treatments for receding gums besides surgery? A. No, but receding gums (gingival recession) do not necessarily…

Destinations

Great Bird-Watching Vacations Right Here in the US

If your passion is bird-watching, you’ve got a lot of company. "Birding" is the fastest-growing outdoor activity in America, according…

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Marvelous New Sights in Grand Old Cities

Maybe you think that you’ve experienced all the great sightseeing destinations in the country’s major cities. But, in fact, there…

Destinations

Exotic Adventures for Grown-Ups

  Are you game for an exotic adventure in an unexpected locale -- but a little concerned that you wouldn’t…

Transportation

Cruising the World Your Way

Freighters, tall ships, tiny ships For most people, "taking a cruise" evokes images of a huge ocean liner with hundreds…

Travel

Take the Vacation of Your Dreams for Very Little Money

Get more for your money on vacation by skipping pricey hotels. Instead, try an alternative form of lodging, one that’s…

Lodging

Hotel Adventures

Sweet dreams in weird... but fun!... places Been there, done that? Looking for something different? Try reserving a cave or…

Destinations

Fun Factory Tours: See How It’s Made

Scores of factory tours all over the US draw throngs of visitors curious to witness the processes involved in producing…

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Great Vacations In America’s Most Walkable Cities

Most of the cities listed here as the most pedestrian-friendly are older urban areas with vibrant downtowns, historic architecture and…

Destinations

Take a Cruise With a Boatload of Like-Minded People

Great theme vacations for dog lovers, golfers, knitters, Elvis fans... and more If your dream of heaven is to spend…

Destinations

Glorious Gardens

See nature at its best at these spectacular sites Visiting great gardens is one of America’s favorite pastimes, and some…