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2 minutes, 8 barrels: Surfer takes an epic ride into history

To say Koa Smith was at the right place at the right time is perfectly accurate. To say he got lucky – that’s missing the point. Perched precariously on his surfboard, the 23-year-old from Hawaii...

DATE: July 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Travel insurance: When to buy it, when not to

When you book flights online, you’re typically prompted to buy travel insurance. Same with cruises and tours. Should you buy the insurance? What will it cover? Equally important, what won’t it...

DATE: July 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Hardly roughing it: Luxury tents, gourmet meals redefine camping on NYC island

NEW YORK – Just imagine it, a luxurious room on an island, with chef-prepared meals and a view of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. Hotel? Not exactly. It’s actually a campground of...

DATE: July 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Despite trade flap, Canadians visit U.S.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine – The United States and Canada are engaged in a trade dispute, angering Canadians, but it doesn’t seem to be having an impact on tourism. Not yet, anyway. In Old Orchard...

DATE: July 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Disappointed visitors leave Yosemite as fire rages nearby

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. – As smoke from a nearby wildfire pours into Yosemite Valley, Tom Lambert has had to tell tourists who booked his vacation home months in advance that they would have...

DATE: July 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Jamestown mystery: Whose bones have been uncovered?

JAMESTOWN, Va. – The skeleton was beautifully laid out in a formal English-style burial, hands at the sides, palms down, the body probably pinned up in a shroud. The arms, legs and ribs were...

DATE: July 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

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

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