The Hearst Castle in Photos

A high point of American excess, personified.

Most everybody is familiar with the story of William Randolph Hearst, print magnate and the creator of yellow journalism. What started with one newspaper (a gift from his father) exploded into more than 30 newspapers and magazines all across the country. Hell, Hearst still has its grasp around the print industry; if you've ever subscribed to Car & Driver, you've given the Hearst Corporation some of your money. And if there's one thing W.R. Hearst had, it was money.

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On the Trail of History in Dallas

We search for the magic bullet in a Buick Enclave.

Americans love to take road trips to see historic sites. What could be more American than riding around Dallas in a Buick Enclave SUV to see the site of John Fitzergald Kennedy's final moments? I was in Dallas to attend the Final Four as a guest of Buick, and the company put together a JFK tour for us to check out if we wanted to. Being a bit of a history buff, I did.

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Gallery: Getting Lost in Iceland

Europe's most sparsely populated country holds a few surprises.

"Iceland is green and Greenland is ice," is how the saying goes. Well, it didn't apply to myself and a ragtag band of auto journalists on an early November day in Iceland. As we dug out of yet another Icelandic snowdrift, all we saw around us was snow and black volcanic rock. No green, but at least some ice.

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How to Get Detained at the Atlantic City Airport

Important travel lesson: always carry some cash on you.

Last week I made my first visit to Atlantic City, New Jersey, to attend the Digital Dealer Conference and Exposition. While my entrance into the city was relatively seamless, my departure had some turbulence that made me glad I was getting the hell out of there - no disrespect to New Jersey. The valuable lesson I learned in my 32 hours there is this: if you go to Atlantic City bring cash with you!

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History, Food, and Warmth All Await in Charleston

We take a tour of Chucktown in a Toyota Highlander.

History buffs, foodies, and warm-weather lovers, listen up: We've found a new place for you to visit, and if you're an American, you won't even need a passport. Charleston, South Carolina, seems to fly under the radar as American destination city, at least for those of who don't live near the Southeast Atlantic coast.

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10 Glove Box Essentials

Your survival kit in case you get stranded this winter.

From black ice that makes roads slicker than a soapy slip n' slide to neck-high snow drifts that barricade us in our homes, every winter season brings with it a slew of hazardous driving conditions. Without fail, the first heavy snow fall of the season is accompanied by nonstop news coverage of car pileups on the interstates.

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