Bacon's Castle in Virginia is a microcosm of major trends in U.S. history and culture.
Most Gothic architecture was built in the 19th and 20th centuries when the medieval style underwent a global revival. Now, Gothic is trending again.
With a pandemic raging and snarled air traffic, it's a perfect time to head into the past and the wild to track dinosaurs.
What if you love Thanksgiving as a holiday, but aren't crazy about some traditional Thanksgiving foods? These recipes might help.
The Rosetta Stone, which revolutionized the study of Egypt and ancient languages, continues to court controversy today.
Scientists are stitching together a DNA sequence to produce a living mammoth as well as learning more about the chubby long-haired giant.
The pandemic, soaring cost of housing and environmental concerns are renewing interest in courtyard houses, albeit on a miniature scale.
When you need a break and relaxing activities that are relatively safe in the pandemic, try California's Central Coast.
Remembering September 11th has been a national opportunity to evaluate the past and move on with the long messy process of rebuilding.
Civil War reenacting has taken a hit from the pandemic and controversy over the Confederate flag's association with racism.
Versailles has an image of lavish opulence under the Sun King, Louis XIV, but the palace also has a history of revolution and American ties.
Chinese-sponsored Confucius Institutes have taken an international hit because of broader controversial China policies.
The American Southwest is the fastest growing region in the United States, but also the hottest and most arid.
Arches National Park in southeastern Utah is being loved to death, and the park service is scrambling to manage the attention.
The U.S. capital has more Roman-style architecture than almost any major city. We explore why.
For beautiful handmade pottery, there is no better place in the United States than Seagrove, North Carolina.
As the pandemic wanes in the United States, the crowds have returned to Yellowstone National Park.
We are living in the Great Age of Panoramas, with super wide angle photography permeating our everyday lives.
Colorful Western mining towns where the ancestors of many Americans once flocked to seek their fortunes have become upscale tourist meccas for outdoor adventure.
Duke University's Gothic architecture and academic excellence alongside its mixed historical legacy makes it a microcosm of the American South's historical dilemmas.
Making a family museum is a perfect way to teach your family about your heritage in a fun way.
The history of La Purisima Mission in Lompoc, California, is a cautionary tale about the consequences of environmental damage, epidemics and racial inequality.
Exit polls showed that many voters saw boosting the economy and controlling the pandemic as competing goals, but experts say they need to happen in tandem.
On a day that included both voting and getting tested for COVID-19, we look to the past for perspective on elections.
The Salt Lake Temple and Temple Square, among America's most popular tourist destinations, are undergoing a major renovation.
The racial history of the United States belongs to us all, with the responsibility to resolve the accompanying outstanding problems.
The racist past associated with the Confederacy and Confederate monuments has a complex history.
A mother of non-white children compares her fears for her children because of COVID-19 and her fears for them because of racism.
Yaquina Head, Ore., has one of the Pacific Coast’s premier tide pool observation sites, a lighthouse and seal and seabird colonies.
New Orleans's hybrid culture is the result of its 300 years as the gateway to trading networks of the Mississippi River.
Utah's spectacular scenery harbors one of the world's most complete and diverse dinosaur fossil records.
The picturesque town of Bristol, Rhode Island, once was a slave port and home of the nation's leading slave traders, the DeWolfs.
The colorful annual mountain men rendezvous at Fort Bridger, Wyoming, commemorates the 19th century global fur trade.
New York City, America's great atypical metropolis, taught me what America means. Here are my favorite patriotic sites in the city.
The mammoth Colorado River is the lifeblood of the southwest United States, supplying water and power for cities and agriculture.
A moving monument and burial ground in Manhattan comemorates enslaved people who once made up more than a third of New York City.
A search for ancestral roots in southern France leads to a legendary land with a walled medieval town and tales of a magic sword.
Illuminated medieval manuscripts preserved culture and religious beliefs and set a foundation for book design and art styles.
What does it mean to be Latino or Hispanic in the United States? This blog explores the ambiguous origins of these two terms.
Santa Maria's scrumptious grilling is California's premier barbecue style.
Junipero Serra's "sainthood" is controversial, but the extent of his cultural impact on California is indisputable.
Charleston, South Carolina, is one of America's most beautiful and heartbreaking cities.