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Guam’s tourism popularity unhurt by North Korea threats

HAGATNA, Guam – Tourists haven’t been deterred from visiting the tropical island of Guam even though the U.S. territory has been the target of threats from North Korea during a week of angry words...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Airplane turbulence can be scary, but it’s no cause for alarm

Patrick Smith compiled a list of the five things that worry him the most when flying. Bird strikes and cargo fires made the cut; turbulence did not. “Most of us in the cockpit are thinking, ‘This...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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More than 1 in 5 travelers knowingly or unknowingly carried prohibited items onto aircraft, survey finds

A survey of airline passengers found that more than 20 percent had knowingly or unknowingly smuggled prohibited items past Transportation Security Administration checkpoints onto the aircraft,...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Bikepacker’s paradise on North Dakota’s Maah Daah Hey Trail

MEDORA, N.D. For mountain bikers, North Dakota’s Maah Daah Hey Trail is such a treasure that people come from all over to experience it. I drove with friends more than 1,000 miles to ride 100-plus...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Hollywood street superheroes struggle with broken dreams

LOS ANGELES – Captain America has a thick British accent, and his day job is cinematographer. Iron Man lives in an apartment behind Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, and at least one of Batman’s wings are...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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‘Wonderlandscape’ tells story of Yellowstone National Park

John Clayton explores the vast historical and cultural history of one of the most popular national parks to uncover why Yellowstone is so beloved in Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park and...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Wrecks, sunken treasures lie under Albania’s coastal waters

SARANDA, Albania – Descending beneath the waves, the cloudy first few meters quickly give way to clear waters and an astonishing sight – dozens, perhaps hundreds, of tightly packed ancient vases...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Icebreaker sets mark for earliest Northwest Passage transit

NUUK, Greenland After 24 days at sea and a journey spanning more than 6,200 miles, the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica has set a new record for the earliest transit of the fabled Northwest Passage....

DATE: Aug. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Slovenia sees tourism boom, thanks in part to Melania Trump

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia – The tiny European nation of Slovenia is undergoing a tourism boom partly because it’s the native country of U.S. first lady Melania Trump. The Slovenian Statistics Office said...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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How to avoid going out of your mind with the in-laws

“Jack, we should call someone. I don’t think he can do this. Do you have reception here? Let’s call someone. He can’t do this.” That’s my mother-in-law, Maureen. Jack is her husband, and I am “he,”...

DATE: July 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Road trip: The Overseas Highway from Key Largo to Key West

KEY LARGO, Fla. The Overseas Highway links Florida’s mainland with Key West, and some tourists drive straight through the chain without exploring until they get to the end of the road. Those people...

DATE: July 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Riding the rails: Touring Rhode Island on a rail bike

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. – There’s a new way to ride the rails in Rhode Island: by pedaling a rail bike beside picturesque Narragansett Bay. Rail Explorers opened in Portsmouth in April as part of the...

DATE: July 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel