Visiting one of country’s 62 official national parks is one of the most quintessentially American travel experiences one can have. Most of the year, you’ll have to pay an entrance fee to visit them, but on a few special dates, those same natural splendors are open to the public free of charg…

LONDON — Britain’s Big Ben bell in parliament’s landmark clock tower will ring at midnight on New Year’s Eve, marking the start of a year for the first time since its new face was revealed from under scaffolding halfway through restoration work.

The Caribbean still reigns supreme when it comes to cruising, but there’s a whole new world to explore. Classic ports such as the Bahamas are recovering, new itineraries are opening up in Japan for the 2020 Summer Olympics and luxury options abound in the Seychelles.

Driving in Southern California can be a harrowing experience. The spiderweb of freeways and drivers who appear to be in qualifying heats for the Indy 500 can turn even the stoutest of us into cringing, white-knuckled cowards.