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New Hampshire’s ‘people’s forest’ marks 100 years, seeks new connections

PLYMOUTH, N.H. – New Hampshire’s most iconic attraction had been decimated by forest fires and logging when President Woodrow Wilson established it as a national forest a century ago. Now, the...

DATE: May 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

California beach town’s shift to marijuana creates a stink

CARPINTERIA, Calif. This picturesque coastal town cradled by mountains and sandy shores is a scene out of a Southern California postcard. Residents of Carpinteria say they feel lucky to live in...

DATE: May 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Lego-obsessed crowd packs convention every June near Chicago

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – If you think five straight days of Lego are for the kiddie set, think again. Brickworld Chicago is a convention aimed at adults. Teens are welcome. So are tweens. But better nab...

DATE: May 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Hawaii volcano eruption costs tourism industry millions

PAHOA, Hawaii – People nixing vacations to Hawaii’s Big island has cost the tourism industry millions of dollars as the top attraction, Kilauea volcano, keeps spewing lava. Cancellations from May...

DATE: May 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Record 72 million tourists came to Orlando last year

ORLANDO, Fla. – Even though Hurricane Irma forced the closures of its theme parks and airports and filled its hotels with displaced evacuees, a record-setting 72 million tourists still flocked to...

DATE: May 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Travel expert Johnny Jet shares his tips for summer trips

Are you starting to think about summer vacation? John DiScala, better known as the air travel expert Johnny Jet, recently talked with The Associated Press travel podcast “Get Outta Here!” about...

DATE: May 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

More tourists seek out volcanic adventures

Below the craggy rim of Erta Ale, Ethiopia’s most active volcano, a lava lake boils. Beneath the gassy haze, ruby-red, molten rock thickens and rises up, swelling like a tidal wave topped off by a...

DATE: May 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Royal wedding: At hotels, $50K packages, Union Jack condoms

NEW YORK – Hotels are getting in on royal wedding mania, offering $50,000 packages fit for a queen, handing out condoms decorated with the Union Jack and hosting Champagne parties where the wedding...

DATE: May 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Take a grand tour of New England - by bike

Everything we love about New England is better by bike. When you’re on two wheels, the air is crisper, the small towns lovelier, the coast a bit more like heaven, and the wild blueberries may even...

DATE: May 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Kilauea volcano claims more than two dozen homes in Hawaii

PAHOA, Hawaii – Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has destroyed 26 homes since it began spewing lava hundreds of feet into the air last week, and residents who evacuated don’t know how long they might be...

DATE: May 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Planning to visit Pikes Peak? Changes are afoot

One of Colorado’s most-visited destinations is undergoing some big changes. Pikes Peak draws close to 1 million people a year to its summit at just over 14,000 feet. The mountain’s cog railway run...

DATE: May 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Backcountry skiing thrives in New England

BARTLETT, N.H. – Standing at a scenic vista, Tyler Ray looks out at 2,661-foot Bartlett Mountain and envisions a network of ski trials winding through the dense forest below. Ray, who heads the...

DATE: May 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

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