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Oscar is a cat of the world but he didn’t like flying

NEW YORK – Oscar is a cat of the world. He has his own Instagram account, @Oskibabi , along with high-tech toys like a remote-controlled centipede. But there’s one aspect of modern life Oscar...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

On Molokai island, the site of an 1860s leper colony draws determined travelers

My old mule Tita clopped straight up to the edge of the first switchback. One more step and we’d tumble down a sheer cliff, falling almost 1,600 feet to the sea. But mules are smart creatures and,...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

Idaho looking to cash in on starry skies with more tourists

BOISE, Idaho – The stars are aligning for Idaho – mainly because they’re visible. The International Dark-Sky Association recently named the central Idaho city of Ketchum an International Dark Sky...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

U.S. tightens travel rules to Cuba, blacklists many businesses

WASHINGTON – Americans seeking to visit Cuba must navigate a complicated maze of travel, commerce and financial restrictions unveiled Wednesday by the Trump administration, part of a new policy to...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

Talk Travel: The reasons why someone might have multiple passports

The Washington Post’s Travel section writers and editors recently discussed stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts: Q: I read recent news about the businessman with three...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

Birders find an oasis in New York City’s Manhattan

“Look! Over there. Two male Blackburnian warblers are up in the honeylocust,” says Birding Bob, aka Robert DeCandido, waving the green dot of the laser. It looks like Tinker Bell flitting among the...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

Lost in New Mexico: From natural wonders to art, rodeos and balloon rides

ALBUQUERQUE – Away from bustling Santa Fe and quirky Albuquerque, New Mexico offers stunning natural wonders, wide expanses of desert and mountains, and clear skies that guarantee endless days of...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

Viewfinders unveil Tennessee fall colors for the colorblind

GATLINBURG, Tenn. – Even when the rugged expanses of the Great Smoky Mountains were bursting with their famous fall colors, they always looked dull black and tawny to Lauren Van Lew from the...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

Climbing to be banned on sacred red rock formation Uluru

SYDNEY – Climbing the dramatic rock formation Uluru will be banned in two years after declining as visitors to the Australian scenic landmark increasingly recognize its sacredness to indigenous...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

Key parts of women’s tale of survival at sea contradicted

HONOLULU – Two Hawaii women who say they were lost at sea for five months never activated their emergency beacon and described running into a fearsome storm that meteorologists say didn’t exist,...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

With single weekly flight, remote island welcomes tourists

JAMESTOWN, St. Helena – The Gates of Chaos, Lot’s Wife, Old Woman’s Valley, Man and Horse Cliffs. These are the names of places on St. Helena, an otherworldly Atlantic Ocean island far from...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel

His honeymoon destination? A sourdough bakery

SAN FRANCISCO Honeymoons: a chance to relax after the stress of a wedding by sitting on a beach with a cocktail and contemplating the start of a happy, married life. Or, in my case, a chance to...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Travel