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These trips ban cellphones: Could you do it?

Would you take a trip if you couldn’t use your cellphone? A new tour company called Off the Grid is asking travelers to put their cellphones away and not even use them for photos. “When you’re...

DATE: April 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

‘Star Wars’ fans explore Tunisia’s remote, peculiar desert

MATMATA, Tunisia – There’s a reason the original “Star Wars” movie was filmed here in the deserts of southern Tunisia. This stark, remote landscape looks like another planet. One of Tunisia’s vast...

DATE: April 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

New lynching memorial evokes terror of victims

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Visitors to the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice first glimpse them, eerily, in the distance: Brown rectangular slabs, 800 in all, inscribed with the names of more...

DATE: April 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

RFK funeral train photo exhibit: Kennedy’s final journey

SAN FRANCISCO – The assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. 50 years ago this June fractured the nation just two months after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and five years after his...

DATE: April 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Hiking the authentic Great Wall of China, without the crush

Tires crunch the gravel as our driver turns around and makes his way back down the narrow access road, leaving my fiance, his mother and I alone in front of an empty building. The air is cool and...

DATE: April 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Crews with seeds, corals restore broken environment in Puerto Rico

FAJARDO, Puerto Rico – As crews re-string electric lines and clear debris from Hurricane Maria, a small group of Puerto Rican and international conservationists is working on rebuilding natural...

DATE: April 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Wine and waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge

HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) – The Columbia River Gorge is a marvel of nature known for spectacular waterfalls, scenery and hiking. But it’s also famous in the world of wine. The region’s geology has...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Nepal honors 1st conquest of Everest without bottled oxygen

KATHMANDU, Nepal – Nepal’s government on Thursday honored two climbers who were the first to scale Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen 40 years ago. Minister for Tourism Rabindra Adhikari...

DATE: April 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

North Dakota tries to establish Theodore Roosevelt library

BISMARCK, N.D. – When Theodore Roosevelt came to Dakota Territory in 1883 to hunt bison, locals saw him as an Eastern tenderfoot with no clue on handling the hardships of frontier life. He turned...

DATE: April 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Icons of American West on display in new museum – in Florida

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – When you think of Florida, the colored stone walls of the Grand Canyon don’t come to mind. Neither do cowboys, wolves or Native American silver-and-turquoise jewelry. In...

DATE: April 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Former U2 stage to be centerpiece of Utah aquarium expansion

SALT LAKE CITY – It toured the world for two years with rock behemoths U2, towering above the band through 30 countries and before a combined audience of 7.2 million people. But soon, the...

DATE: April 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

A new model for travel? Pay a local $25 a day to plan a trip

Is a company called ViaHero creating a new model for travel? For a flat fee of $25 a day, travelers can use a service called ViaHero to hire locals on the ground to plan out their trips, arranging...

DATE: April 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

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