Ideal stops on Atlanta-Memphis road trip, and other travel tips
The Washington Post's Travel section writers and editors recently discussed stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts:
Q: I am taking a road trip from Atlanta to Memphis, Tenn., and back by way of the Delta and Birmingham over winter break. Any favorite spots in the deep south for these Yankees to visit?
A: For Birmingham, here are some of my favorite places: Red Mountain Park, Negro Southern League Museum, Vulcan Park and Museum, Sloss Furnaces, Ovenbird and Pepper Place. I would also recommend incorporating some of the sites along Georgia's Civil Rights Trail.
Swing by Clarksdale, Miss., home of the Delta Blues Museum, Rock and Blues Museum and Ground Zero Blues Club, co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman.
— Andrea Sachs
Q: I am thinking of visiting San Juan, Puerto Rico, in early- to mid-February and am hoping to stay in the Condado area. Where can I find a list of hotels that are open? My two "usuals," the Caribe Hilton and the Condado Plaza, are closed for a few more months.
A: You can find a list of open hotels here: dev.puertoriconow.seepuertorico.com/lodging .
— Nicole Arthur
Q: Were any Los Angeles hotels affected by the recent wildfires? I read that the fires came very close to the Getty Museum.
A: The Skirball fire did get somewhat close to the Getty, but it's been contained. No hotels were damaged.
Q: My wife and I are giving ourselves a retirement party of 10 days or so. We will be travelling to Ireland, Wales and Scotland and would like to know the most comprehensive way to plan this trip: B&B's, car rental/public transportation, ferry trip to and from Wales, etc.
Whom should we rely on for our travels? Agent, agency, embassies? We will be travelling late summer of 2018.
A: If you aren't used to traveling, you may want to do an independent tour, where a travel company will put all the logistics together. Take a look at Tenon Tours as an example.
Q: I am headed to England for about 15 days. I have been there before, so I have seen much of the tourist spots in London. Do you have suggestions of "must see or do" in London or anywhere in the country? Any great B&B's or hotels?
A: Oxford, York and the Lake District are three of my favorite spots in England. I stay in basic places in London to save money, but splurge when I'm in other areas. I like the Grange Hotel in York and Armathwaite Hall Hotel in the Lake District.
Q: We're visiting Los Angeles for a week, and are looking for suggestions for which part of the city to base ourselves. We'll do the normal touristy stuff and will have a rental car, but would prefer not to pack/unpack for just seven days.
A: If it were up to me, I'd find a VRBO or Airbnb rental for a week in the suburbs — maybe Pasadena or Venice Beach — that puts you in striking distance of all of the L.A. attractions. But L.A. also has some impressive hotels. My favorite is the Peninsula.
— Carol Sottili
Compiled by Washington Post travel writers and editors.