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Passengers recount moments after lava hit Hawaii tour boat

HONOLULU – A passenger on a tour boat that was struck by lava off Hawaii’s Big Island last week shielded his girlfriend and waited for death as searing debris came ripping through the catamaran’s...

DATE: July 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

From trails to exhibits, parks aim to increase accessibility

CAVE CITY, Ky. – David Allgood and Tom Stokes glide up a slight incline to the wooden platform overlooking the Green River at Mammoth Cave National Park. From there, they watch through a glass...

DATE: July 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Adults roam free on this night at the museum

NEW YORK – Sometimes, in the middle of the night, nocturnal creatures are allowed to roam the halls of New York’s American Museum of Natural History, free from shouting and swarming children. They...

DATE: July 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Canoeing in the quiet beauty of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters

BOUNDARY WATERS CANOE AREA WILDERNESS, Minn. – Every paddle stroke sprinkled water drops, reflecting the setting sun like sparklers across the black, glacier-carved lake. Just a few hours earlier,...

DATE: July 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Hawaii town hopes lava tourism will bring economic relief

HONOLULU – Stunning images of Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano have captivated people around the world. But ironically it’s nearly impossible for residents and visitors on the ground to see the...

DATE: July 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Scenic California highway near Big Sur reopens after slide

BIG SUR, Calif. – A scenic stretch of Highway 1 in a popular tourist area along the California coast reopened to traffic Wednesday, more than a year after it was blocked by a massive landslide,...

DATE: July 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Archaeologists find ancient pottery workshop in Egypt

CAIRO – Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered an ancient pottery manufacturing workshop dating to more than 4,000 years ago. Thursday’s statement by the Antiquities Ministry says the workshop is...

DATE: July 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

California woman describes finding cliff plunge survivor

LOS ANGELES – A self-described beachcomber says it was her luckiest find yet: A woman who survived a 250-foot car plunge off a cliff and a week stranded on a remote California beach. “We freakin’...

DATE: July 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Psychology museum explores what makes us human

AKRON, Ohio – Wonder Woman’s striking visage on large, bright screens just inside the new National Museum of Psychology tells visitors there’s more here than dusty books and esoteric curiosities....

DATE: July 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Tourists explore an abandoned Chinese ‘ghost village’ engulfed by nature

HOUTOUWAN, China – Blanketed with greenery, the ghost town is perched atop cliffs looking west into sea mists obscuring the horizon. Abandoned homes ravaged by weather and creeping vines stand...

DATE: July 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Tracing Nelson Mandela’s footsteps 100 years after his birth

QUNU, South Africa – July 18 marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013. Visitors can follow in Mandela’s footsteps from the villages where he was born and raised, to the...

DATE: July 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Show tells backstory of icons like Rushmore, Lady Liberty

Did you know that the original symbolism of the Statue of Liberty had nothing to do with welcoming immigrants? And that Mount Rushmore was basically built as a scheme to get road-trippers to make...

DATE: July 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

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