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Cyclists cruise Oregon’s scenic back roads

TROUTDALE, Ore. – As laid-back as Portland is, it’s still a city with hustle and bustle. My escape is right at my doorstep: a picturesque slice of Oregon that appeals to my urge to aimlessly wander...

DATE: July 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Walking the treetops

TUPPER LAKE, N.Y. – While most boardwalks skirt beaches or traverse bogs and marshlands, a new wooden walkway in the Adirondacks takes nature lovers on a tour of the treetops to let them experience...

DATE: July 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Carnival aims to launch Miami to Cuba cruises

The world’s largest cruise company could be heading to Cuba. Starting in May, Carnival Corp. plans to offer trips from Miami to the Caribbean island nation, the company announced last week....

DATE: July 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Looking for ‘Mockingbird’ in Lee’s hometown

MONROEVILLE, Ala. – Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird is always nearby in the southwestern Alabama town of Monroeville. The quiet city is the birthplace and current home of the 89-year-old...

DATE: July 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Escape to Alcatraz

SAN FRANCISCO – More than a million people visit Alcatraz Island every year to see the shuttered prison sitting in the San Francisco Bay, made famous by Clint Eastwood in the movie about the great...

DATE: July 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

A room on the wall

ESTES PARK – Brett Bloxom and TJ Sanford typically deploy a tent-like tarp over their guests’ beds before arrival. It has little to do with weather. The view from the bunk is spectacular – one of...

DATE: July 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

In some ways, flying is actually improving

NEW YORK – Packed planes. Less legroom. Fewer frequent flier miles. Is that all summer travelers can look forward to? Thankfully, no. Amid the unpleasantness, there are a few bright spots where...

DATE: July 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Finding adjacent airline seats

NEW YORK – On top of the bag fees and other charges, families traveling this summer may have to pay extra just to sit next to one another. Airlines are reserving a growing number of seats for elite...

DATE: June 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Airlines cash in with those extra fees

NEW YORK – U.S. airlines continue to collect record fees from passengers who check suitcases or make changes to their reservations. In the first three months of this year, airlines took in $1.6...

DATE: June 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Sabino Canyon an easy escape from Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. – On a quick trip to Tucson, I had a few hours to get a look at some classic desert scenery, but not enough time (or energy) for a big hike before catching a flight home. A friend...

DATE: June 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Nova Scotia’s coastline without a crowd

INGONISH BEACH, Nova Scotia – Rounding a curve on the Cabot Trail, you see it: an elongated pile of granite jutting toward the Atlantic Ocean. It’s called Middle Head, and it’s part of Cape Breton...

DATE: June 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Why does your return trip feel shorter?

For complex beings, humans aren’t that great at perceiving time. We’re especially bad at measuring time in the short term – seconds, minutes and hours. Our sense of how much time is passing is...

DATE: June 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

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