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Cogwheel trains that climb the steep slopes of Mount Pilatus offer breathtaking views of the surrounding hillsides against the backdrop of beautiful Lake Lucerne.

Books are not the only places for fairytales. Pack your bags and escape to the medieval city of Lucerne, Switzerland. Set among the Alps and just over a two-hour drive from the Black Forest, the Old Town of Lucerne has preserved much of its earliest architecture, which makes it feel like it’s right out of a storybook!

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States like North Carolina are making an effort to inform citizens like the Jimenezes about REAL ID.

Since the U.S. doesn’t have a national identity card, a driver’s license has become the nation’s de facto form of official identification. 

However, a driver’s license is authorized by an individual state, and each state has its own unique system and requirements for obtaining one. For example, some states require a birth certificate before they issue a license. Others do not.

Transportation is usually luxurious in Monte Carlo. Here, a driver rolls up to Hôtel de Paris in Casino Square in a luxury vehicle.

A tiny pocket of glamour and opulence, Monaco is home to the famous Monaco Grand Prix road race and the world’s highest density of mega-millionaires. An independent city-state stretching just over three miles along the French Riviera, Monaco offers human-made elegance and excess, coupled with the natural beauty of the Mediterranean.

A beautiful scene of down town Charleston

Walking the streets of Charleston in late May, I couldn’t help but think, “Now this is a place where I could retire.”

Tree-canopied streets lined with romantic secret gardens behind ivy-covered walls. Plantation shutters. Hanging baskets overflowing with colorful blooms. Side porches with sky-blue painted ceilings. Southern charm at its finest.

Two men point to law enforcement documents on a wall.

The nation’s capital has its fair share of museums, and this past fall, Washington, D.C., has unveiled one more. In October 2018, the National Law Enforcement Museum opened its doors, introducing the public to the heroic and dangerous world of policing in the United States.

Colorful rowhomes over the river at sunset

Venice, Italy, is pure magic. From the romance of a gondola ride to the splendor of ancient piazzas, everywhere you look, there is something to marvel at.

In recent years, however, Venice has been overrun by tourists—as many as 60,000 a day by some estimates.

Roman ruins with the Acropolis in the background.

You may not find it in the guidebooks, but the place to begin a tour of Athens isn’t the Acropolis—where the incredible Parthenon overlooks the city below—but on a hill just across from it that you won’t be able to pronounce, Pnyx. It was there that the Athenians gathered to cast their votes beginning in 507 B.C, thus making it the birthplace of democracy.

Alanya Castle's Red Tower is a favorite stop for visitors to explore and enjoy the view of the city.

Just over an hour flight from Istanbul, Turkey’s Alanya offers the beachside beauty of the Mediterranean, the historical wonder and architecture of medieval times, and the affordable accommodations of a lesser-known tourist destination. 

A brontosaurus at the Prehistoric Museum in Cabazon, Calif.

In the early twentieth century, the automobile was more than just a way to get from here to there. Driving was a recreational pastime.

As early as the 1920s, Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, championed the Sunday drive by encouraging Americans to hit the road, preferably in their new Ford motor cars, and see the beauty of their great nation.