Marquette is located along the coast of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (photo by Dennis Lennox).

By Dennis Lennox

MARQUETTE — Locals are scratching their heads at the sudden publicity this city along the Lake Superior coast in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is receiving, but they shouldn’t be surprised.

Lately it’s been the Travel Channel, which has been in town twice in as many weeks for different programs, including the latest Andrew Zimmern “Bizarre Foods” spin-off.

While Marquette is relatively unknown nationally, it’s been a popular destination not just for downstate Michiganders — or “trolls” in the parlance of Yoopers, as inhabitants of the Upper Peninsula are known — but also for in-the-know visitors from Chicago and…

Mission Point Resort (courtesy photo).

By Dennis Lennox

Anyone who grew up in Michigan knows Mackinac Island to be a special place.

Located in the Straits of Mackinac, where Lake Huron and Lake Michigan meet and the impressive Mackinac Bridge has connected the state’s Upper and Lower peninsulas since 1957, the island has been on the map since the days of empire, when French explorers, traders and missionaries first charted these waters.

The British soon followed, though their settlement of Mackinac Island may have never happened had the threat of an American attack against the largely indefensible old French fort on the mainland during the…

By Dennis Lennox

New and old blends together in the city-state of Singapore (photo by Dennis Lennox).

Only in Singapore. That was the headline of a short article I wrote a month ago, when I was getting ready to spend a week in the Asian city-state.

After the piece was published I received several messages from friends and followers. Some said they were adding Singapore to their list of places to visit. A few talked about Singapore’s world-class airline, its famed street food, the Singapore sling cocktail of Raffles Hotel fame and the city-state’s reputation for law and order. There were also just as many questions. The common refrain — “Singapore, that’s by [insert…

By Dennis Lennox

Hong Kong is partly a global financial capital and partly a historical curiosity — being an ex-British colony that’s now part of China, but is in many ways autonomous from Beijing. Tokyo is known for making hallmarks of Americana like denim jeans and sneakers even better. Singapore, on the other hand, is a little less defined in popular imagination.

Sure, it has a world-class airline and one of the best food scenes, but the city-state in Southeast Asia has in just 50 years since its independence become a global leader in all things architecture, design and urban…

Toronto’s ever-changing cityscape (photo by Dennis Lennox).

By Dennis Lennox

Detroit was pretty undesirable when I was coming of age in the early 2000s. It was basically a no-go area, at least outside of a professional sporting event.

As a result, I never had the big city experiences—shopping in flagship downtown department stores, riding a subway, gazing up at massive skyscrapers—that many urban dwellers take for granted until I started going to Toronto for hockey during my high school and college years.

Since then I’ve watched as Toronto has exploded.

And not just downtown, but in every direction. This becomes evident during the last 45 or so…

Tallinn, Estonia (photo by Dennis Lennox).

By Dennis Lennox

For the last week or two it seems like just about everyone published their must-visit places of 2016.

While some of the recommendations are quite good, others have been nothing more than unreported listicles aimed at getting you to click the computer mouse or tap the screen.

My recommendations are different. They’re based on my own experiences flying 125,000-plus miles and spending some 200 nights on the road last year alone.

Here are the top three places to go in 2016:

By Dennis Lennox

Cape St. Vincent, the end of the world prior to Christopher Columbus discovering the Americas in 1492, in the Algarve region of Portugal (Photo by Dennis Lennox.)

As I walked from the grounds of my hotel on the outskirts of the village of Moncarapacho to an ancient Roman road that still has its original paving stones I couldn’t help but wonder why I haven’t come to the Algarve sooner.

The Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost region, is largely undiscovered by Americans, who account for just 32,000 of the more than 2.4 million yearly foreign visitors, according to Statistics Portugal.

Most of those who visit are British and seldom leave one of the 130 beaches, which means they miss out on the rich history, vibrant culture, incredible…

The view of the mighty Columbia River from atop the Astoria Column (Photo by Dennis Lennox).

By Dennis Lennox

Almost two hundred and ten years to the day I stood near where the American explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark first glimpsed the Pacific Ocean in November of 1805.

I came to see Fort Clatsop, where Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery ended their epic outbound journey.

Lewis and Clark reached this point in northwest Oregon, near present-day Astoria, after exploring — up and down unchartered rivers, across prairies and over the Rocky Mountains — the lands acquired by the United States in the Louisiana Purchase.

Their great exploration would be fundamental to the American experience.

By Dennis Lennox

Exploring the old churches scattered across small villages and hamlets in the 100-square-mile Romney Marsh in Kent, a history-rich county in southeastern England, was alluring enough to bring me across the pond.

Admittedly, church touring seems like an uncommon vacation, but it is a popular English pastime that seems to be right up there with gardening, at least judging by the scores of guidebooks written for those who chase steeples, stained glass windows and architectural details dating back more than a thousand years to the Normans and Saxons.

St. Thomas à Becket Church in Fairfield (photo by Dennis Lennox).

Of Romney Marsh’s 14 churches — distinct even in…

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Urnes stave church was built in approximately 1130. (Photo by Dennis Lennox.)

By Dennis Lennox

If you’re like me then stunning fjords and picturesque landscapes are the first things that come to mind when thinking about Norway.

Yet in the midst of all that natural beauty are well-preserved medieval churches.

Just look at the picture below.

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Dennis Lennox writes about his travels.

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