An unconventional president

AN UNCONVENTIONAL PRESIDENT: And at his hideaway at the very end of the country he once ruled, the President Truman's quiet authority shines through beyond the loud shirts.

The photographs on the wall of this little presidential hideaway are gloriously unstatesmanlike.

Confessions of hotel front desk clerks

BE POLITE: A hello, a please and thank you gets you far.

We interviewed hotel front desk clerks in the US to learn some insider secrets. Read and be prepared for your next stay.

Manatees: Look but don't touch

LOVED TO DEATH: Kayakers at Three Sisters Springs, near the Florida town of Crystal River, watch a manatee swim by.

Chubby Florida manatees are adorable. They look like big soft squishy grey pillows.

Try Niagara without the Viagra

Canada, Ontario, Niagara Falls, the Maid of the Mist at the bottom of Canadian falls

Niagara-on-the-Lake offers a welcome contrast to the glitz surrounding the famous falls, just down the road.

More to LA than glitz and glam

HOLLYWOOD SIGN: Beyond the facade find stars of the art world.

Hollywood stars are not the only attraction - art lovers will find museums and galleries of awe.

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