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The making of Mardi Gras: A celebration of creativity

NEW ORLEANS – It’s glitter season in New Orleans. A time for feathers, papier-mâché, sequins, paint, bailing wire, bones, and just about any other item that can be used for decoration. Across...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

How U.S. air travelers compare to the world

Imagine this scenario: An American and a Singaporean are flying together on a cross-country trip. An aisle seat upgrade becomes available, for a fee. Which passenger will open her wallet first? If...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Magical Laotian town upended by surge in tourism

LUANG PRABANG, Laos It is officially described as the best-preserved city in Southeast Asia, a bygone seat of kings tucked into a remote river valley of Laos. Luang Prabang weaves a never-never...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Las Vegas cabs overcharge by $47M a year

LAS VEGAS – If the cash you doled out for a Las Vegas cab ride hurt your wallet, it’s not all in your head – auditors in Nevada also think taxi rates are outrageous. Las Vegas-area cabs are...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

From architecture to cuisine, Phoenix can surprise you

PHOENIX – With hundreds of golf courses and 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s easy to cast metropolitan Phoenix as a retiree’s paradise that leaves everyone else out in the cold. But within the...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Cruise trends: Extravagance and oddities on high seas

NEW YORK – Underwater sightseeing in a glass submarine, shopping with a chef for dinner ingredients and volunteering with locals: These are some of the new options this season for cruise...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

You don’t have to be a star to love the Sundance Film Festival

SALT LAKE CITY – Every January, the streets of the mountain town of Park City, Utah, light up as the Robert Redford-founded Sundance Film Festival pulls in big names to introduce future Oscar...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

In the Marshall Islands, divers explore shipwrecks, spectacular coral

MAJURO, Marshall Islands It was clear right away it was a tuna swimming past because of the distinctive bumps along its back that lead to its angular tail. And what a whopper. It was about the...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Nuclear tourism? No worries, it’s ‘perfectly safe’

SPOKANE, Wash. – The nation’s most polluted nuclear weapons production site is now its newest national park. This year, thousands of people are expected to tour the Hanford Nuclear Reservation,...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

At ski resorts, pampering reaches new high

Ski resorts are upping the ante, finding new ways this season to pamper guests who barely want to leave the slopes. Ski-in, ski-out used to just refer to prime lodgings that didn’t require a...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Immerse yourself in San Francisco’s rich culture

SAN FRANCISCO – Some things in San Francisco never change. The Golden Gate Bridge is still, in fact, orange; Lombard Street still has eight hairpin turns in one block. But if it’s been awhile since...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

What to do if science is your passion

Q: My husband is interested in science of all types: astronomy, nature, chemistry, geology, etc. Do you have any suggestions for a trip that would include substantial science? Bonus points if it...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

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