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For Robert Frost, did his 2 roads diverge in England?

DYMOCK, England – The woods were cool, a welcome balm on a hot day. Shafts of sunlight poured through the canopy. Slowly, I walked down a track thick with long-fallen leaves. And then I found it....

DATE: July 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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In Boulder, 5 fun things in 1 whirlwind afternoon

BOULDER – Not every destination lends itself to a whirlwind tour, but in the beautiful city of Boulder, you can sample five fun and scenic spots in one afternoon. Of course, if you’ve got more...

DATE: July 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Same difference: Photographs of 32 hotel rooms in 32 countries reveal few variations

In cities around the world, hotel rooms – with their carpets showing the fresh tracks of a housekeeping vacuum and their vents exhaling temperature-controlled air – await the arrival of strangers....

DATE: July 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Afraid of sharks? Flu, asteroids pose far greater risk

BOSTON – You might want a bigger boat, but you probably don’t need better odds. The confirmed return of great white sharks to Cape Cod has rattled some boaters and beachgoers. Yet the chances of an...

DATE: July 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Monkey troupe vexes Florida park, goes viral on social media

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – There’s an upswing in monkey business in and around a state park in Florida, where bands of non-native rhesus macaques live along a river that’s popular with kayakers and...

DATE: July 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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How to handle crowds and beat the heat: Tips from Rick Steves

Summer travel can be crowded, hot and expensive, especially in Europe, where it’s peak tourist season. Travel expert Rick Steves, the guidebook writer, public radio and TV show host, offered these...

DATE: July 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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The view of a lifetime: Eclipse chasers blaze trail to Oregon

MADRAS, Ore. Just before sunrise, there’s typically nothing atop Round Butte but the whistle of the wind and a panoramic view of Oregon’s second-highest peak glowing pink in the faint light. But on...

DATE: July 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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In rural Kentucky, solar eclipse preparation keeps town busy

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. – Cross over the old Louisville & Nashville Railroad in this town remembered for its Civil War encampment and you’ll see the first signs – there’s fresh anticipation in the rural...

DATE: July 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Rare white deer herd open to public viewing beginning this fall

ALBANY, N.Y. – A rare herd of ghostly white deer kept mostly from public view for decades is no longer off-limits. The herd at a former World War II Army weapons depot in upstate New York will be...

DATE: July 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Alaska salutes black soldiers’ work on highway

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Leonard Larkins and nearly 4,000 other segregated black soldiers helped build a highway across Alaska and Canada during World War II, a contribution largely ignored for decades...

DATE: July 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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In Maine, explore water, woods and the arts

For me, summer vacation means spending time on a Maine pond where the sound of loons calling is about the most exciting thing that happens all day. But I do venture occasionally from my little...

DATE: July 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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New Trump rules on Cuba travel leaves winners and losers

President Donald Trump’s new policy on Cuba travel has winners and losers: Group tour operators hope to sell more trips, but bed-and-breakfast owners in Cuba say they’re losing business. Five of 12...

DATE: June 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel