BY JANET STEINBERG           Sitka, on Baranof Island, is located on the outer coast of Alaska's Inside Passage.  Like most Southeast Alaska communities, Sitka is accessible only by air or by sea.  Most visitors arrive in Sitka on a cruise ship.             ARRIVING IN SITKA BY SEA   Disembarking...

BY JANET STEINBERG Cincinnati, Ohio is really rockin' this summer. Events like Balloon Glow at Coney Island, Macy's Music Festival, Paddlefest, Midwest Black Family Reunion, Luminosity at Music Hall, and the Cincinnati Reds, made this Ohio River town the place to be this summer.  But the Emirates Airline US Open Series...

The Emirates Airline US Open Series is in Cincinnati this weekend at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.   The Emirates Airline US Open Series enables tennis fans to see the world’s best players in action from coast to coast. Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic,...

BY JANET STEINBERG It has been reported that millions of Americans are "lining up (and falling down) to take the extreme sports plunge". There are sport climbers who scale sheer cliffs using only ropes; bicycle stunt riders that break the laws of physics; skateboarders who ride off an obstacle and...

BY: JANET STEINBERG Juneau, Alaska's capital city, is located on the pristine waterfront of Gastineau Channel in Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage.  With its backdrop of grand mountain peaks, Juneau has  billed itself as "Alaska's Peak Experience".    The good natured people of Juneau shrug their shoulders at its dampness and joyously welcome you to their Rain Festival which runs from January 1 through December...

BY: JANET STEINBERG Disembarking from our cruise ship in Ketchikan, Alaska, we were surprised!  With an average of 154 inches of precipitation annually, (the record was 202.55 inches in 1949) we were surprised to see the sun shining brightly in what is known as the "Rain Capital of Alaska". Ketchikanners,...

BY: JANET STEINBERG Along with the big cities like Juneau, Anchorage and Sitka, many cruise include calls at some of the smaller, yet more colorful, ports in Alaska. The town of Skagway is one of them. VINTAGE FRONTIER SKAGWAY, ALASKA This vintage frontier town, with its wooden sidewalks, false-fronted buildings and unpaved main street,...

BY: JANET STEINBERG ANCHORAGE, a sophisticated metropolis with frontier Alaska in its backyard, is a fascinating mixture of human cultures and a rich natural history carved out by glaciers and volcanoes. Alaska's largest city, with a 2011 population of 295,570, contains approximately 50% of the entire state's  population.              Alaska's birth and boom is directly related to its...

With its fabulous Balboa Park, Old Town, and Heritage Park, San Diego is quite a town! The world-famous San Diego Zoo, located in the northern section of Balboa Park is home to more than 4,000 rare and endangered animals representing more than 800 species and subspecies.  The San Diego Zoo is a world famous conservation organization where visitors view exotic animals in...

BY: JANET STEINBERG Brush up your Spanish before heading to this coastal California town for dinner.  La Jolla is pronounced La HOY-uh, meaning “the jewel” in Spanish. La Jolla is a many-faceted, picture-postcard jewel hugging seven miles of California coastline some 25 minutes north of San Diego.  Sunny days and legendary sunsets are a daily occurrence in this picturesque village.   SOMETHING...