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Surprising Montana: See glaciers before they vanish, discover Chinese history in Butte

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, Montana – I had a lot of expectations heading to Montana last summer. I expected to check off my bucket-list dream of driving Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road. I...

DATE: July 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Europe’s sunny weather makes for wet summer in Iceland

REYKJAVIK, Iceland – Pop singer Helgi Bjornsson, who is well-known in his native Iceland for a 1980s hit titled “I Do Like the Rain,” recently appeared on national television while a deadpan...

DATE: July 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Hawaii bans sale of sunscreens with coral-harming chemicals

HONOLULU (AP) – Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Tuesday signed legislation that will ban the sale of sunscreens containing two chemicals believed to harm coral reefs. The move makes Hawaii the first U.S....

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Leaving technology behind on vacation in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Children are welcome at Iron Stone Acres, the bed-and-breakfast that Sharon Zimmerman has been running for nearly 30 years in rural Narvon, Pennsylvania, but they’ll need to entertain themselves....

DATE: July 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Russia’s Winter Olympic city turns into a World Cup playground

SOCHI, Russia – Warm weather, beaches, amusement parks. It’s not exactly what Australian fan Adam McKinley expected to find when he decided to make the trip to Russia for the World Cup. But that’s...

DATE: July 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

In a Pennsylvania forest, on the trail of synchronous fireflies

KELLETTVILLE, Pa. – Picture a moonless June evening, shortly after midnight, deep in a northwestern Pennsylvania forest. Wild sounds echo gently. Stars glow far above through the canopy of trees....

DATE: June 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Oregon officials criticized for pesticides killing pines

BEND, Ore. – Environmental advocates are calling out the Oregon Department of Transportation and its contractors for applying a weedkiller along a highway in Sisters that unintentionally killed...

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Utah national parks seeing increase in search and rescues

SALT LAKE CITY – Rescues at Utah’s national parks are up 68 percent from 2014 – and men in their 20s are the ones most likely to need help, according to recent data. Most of the search and rescues...

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Delta bans pit bulls as service dogs, sparks backlash

ATLANTA – Delta Air Lines says it’s no longer allowing passengers to fly with “pit bull type” dogs as service or support animals, a policy that’s being met with criticism by groups that train...

DATE: June 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Atomic New Mexico: Exploring the origins of America’s radioactive history

In December 1942, Secretary of War Henry Stimson ordered the director of the remote Los Alamos Ranch School in northern New Mexico to shut down the elite school. Stimson wrote in a letter that the...

DATE: June 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Germany turns former coal mines into vast lakeside resorts

GROSSRAESCHEN, Germany – As the sun beats down on a small vineyard by the rippling waters of Grossraeschen Lake, there’s little sign of the vast wound that lies beneath. Meuro, the brown-black mine...

DATE: June 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Dig it: Archaeologists scour Woodstock ’69 concert field

BETHEL, N.Y. – Archaeologists scouring the grassy hillside famously trampled during the 1969 Woodstock music festival carefully sifted through the dirt from a time of peace, love, protest and good...

DATE: June 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

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