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2 killed, tourists hurt in Papua New Guinea attack

SYDNEY – Machete-wielding men attacked a group of Australian and New Zealand tourists hiking a popular trail in the Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea, killing two porters and injuring...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

5 fun freebies in Boise, Idaho

BOISE, Idaho – Boise has long been dubbed the “City of Trees,” a nickname that always catches newcomers by surprise given the city’s high-desert climate and summers with little or no rain. But a...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Bikes and craft beers

Beer lovers are finding a new way to explore the burgeoning craft-brewing world: on bicycles. From Colorado to New Mexico to Vermont, beer aficionados can now hop on a bike and be led from one...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

In Jamaica, (illegal) tours for pot lovers

NINE MILE, Jamaica – Napa and Sonoma have their wine tours, and travelers flock to Scotland to sample the fine single malt whiskies. But in Jamaica, farmers are offering a different kind of trip...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Airline seats get a makeover

The airline seat. It's as fundamental to the flying experience as the pilot in the cockpit, and the engine and wings of the plane. You may dread the middle seat, or love to sit on the aisle, but...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Now might be time to set sail on a cruise

If you’re one of the 303 million Americans who won’t take a cruise this year, you might want to reconsider your vacation plans. This may be the time to head out to sea. The reason has little to do...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Adventure not over for Lonely Planet founder

NEW YORK – Tony Wheeler wrote his first travel book with his wife, Maureen, in 1973 after driving across Europe and Asia. It sold 1,500 copies in a week and launched a guidebook empire called...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Cruising Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska More than 1 million cruise passengers set sail between April and September in port towns from Ketchikan to Seward. Cruise passengers who sign up for shore excursions can spend...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Smokejumper base features parachute corps

MISSOULA, Mont. – Fighting wildland fires is grimy, exhausting, dangerous and impressive. When smokejumpers do the work, parachuting in to wage the initial attack on fires in remote, rugged places,...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Hiking Shi Shi

SHI SHI BEACH, Wash. First there’s a drive through windy seaside and tree-lined roads. Then there’s a peek at the farthest northwest point in the lower 48 states. Finally, after a two-mile hike...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Into the Outback

SYDNEY – Australia has thousands of miles of roads crisscrossing the country’s vast Outback. But most travelers miss out on the beautiful sites dotted across the land by flying from one city to the...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

The endless quest for better boarding

DALLAS – Getting people on and off an airplane quickly is so complicated that even an astrophysicist couldn’t figure it out. Jason Steffen, a research fellow at Northwestern University, normally...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

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