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Traveling alone: For these adventurers, it’s the way to go

On a May vacation in Nicaragua, Alison Peters often visited several panaderias after dinner, sampling not one but many desserts. She spent days wearing the same bathing suit cover-up. And near the...

DATE: June 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Tallest building west of Mississippi River is opening in LA

LOS ANGELES – The tallest building west of the Mississippi River opens its doors on Friday, celebrating with lights and fanfare in once-stodgy downtown Los Angeles that is sprouting a crop of new...

DATE: June 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Auto club predicts record travel over July 4 weekend

DALLAS – Americans are expected to put down the TV remote and hit the road in record numbers for the July 4th weekend. Auto club AAA said Thursday that it expects 44.2 million people will travel at...

DATE: June 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Travel books, from literary pilgrimages to beer tours

NEW YORK – Whether you’re an armchair traveler, a road tripper or a frequent flier, books about travel can inspire and inform. Here are a few out this season on a variety of travel themes. – Great...

DATE: June 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Tourists descend as temperatures climb in Death Valley

LAS VEGAS – Desert dwellers in the western U.S. see temperatures topping 120 degrees as a reason to hunker down indoors and turn up the air conditioning. But some tourists welcome it as a...

DATE: June 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Woman crosses West to fulfill a last wish

SEATTLE – Nancy Zingheim barely knew Rita Poe when Poe approached her office at a Washington state RV park. Poe, a shy registered nurse, had a request for the RV park business manager: Could...

DATE: June 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Summer of Love turns 50: San Francisco puts spotlight on counterculture

SAN FRANCISCO They came for the music, the mind-bending drugs, to resist the Vietnam War and 1960s American orthodoxy, or simply to escape summer boredom. And they left an enduring legacy. This...

DATE: June 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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River pilgrimage takes paddlers on 400-mile spiritual quest

Charles Montgomery welcomed the challenge of hiking the steep terrain of the Connecticut River headwaters in remote northern New Hampshire, admiring the birds, the plants, the woods. He also loved...

DATE: June 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Minutes from U.S., museum tells story of the Mexican Revolution

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico – Towns along the U.S.-Mexico border often are stereotyped as enclaves for bar-hoppers, smoky factories, cheap souvenirs and long entry lines for cargo and trucks. They also...

DATE: June 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Flying with pets: How to make it easier for them and you, too

Gabby Slome rarely vacations without her dog, Pancho, in tow. He is a full-fledged family member. And just as “you wouldn’t leave your child at home,” Slome says, she doesn’t leave Pancho either –...

DATE: June 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Mexico protects ancient temple while hotel is built above

MEXICO CITY – Plans to expand a hotel in Mexico City have been put on hold after archaeologists unearthed a 1400s-era temple to the Aztec wind god Ehecatl and a ceremonial ball court under the...

DATE: June 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

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Dakotas buffalo trail tour traces story of American bison

PIERRE, S.D. – From historical details of Native Americans’ final great wild buffalo hunts to tales of the animal’s rescue from near extinction, a new self-guided tour across 10 sites in the...

DATE: June 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel