Southwest Life

Checking out the New Age vibe in Sedona

SEDONA, Ariz. – “You’re a teacher, a guider. You transmit energy. You also have a deep connection to the spirit world, to spirits,” says spiritual adviser Leon Pelletier, as he analyzes a Polaroid...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

New coasters, rides offered for 2012

ORLANDO, Fla. – A host of new roller coasters, a 12-acre town lifted straight out of the animated “Cars” movies and an elaborate “Transformers” 3-D simulator ride are among the new theme park...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Playground & Pavilion

ST. LOUISDon’t expect to find the Mona Lisa here. Or a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton.Instead, this museum features a 10-story slide that whizzes guests of all ages from the roof to a subterranean...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Raptor feature at Cody museum is hit with visitors

CODY, Wyo. (AP) – The turkey vulture opens its wings and takes a Zen-like pose in the morning sun. The young bird has come a long way since it was orphaned as a chick and left for dead in a Kansas...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Exhibition in Md. showcases ‘Lost and Found’ text

BALTIMORE – After more than a decade of restoration and study, the public is getting a glimpse at the oldest surviving copy of works by an ancient Greek mathematical genius at the Walters Art...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

A toast to ghost wineries

NAPA, Calif. As the crisp bite of fall turns vineyards into a kaleidoscope of russet and orange, the Napa Valley’s spooky side comes out to play with tales of mysterious noises and ghostly...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Thrills aplenty on New Zealand’s Stewart Island

INVERCARGILL, New Zealand – Pilot Raymond Hector banks his nine-passenger Britten-Norman Islander wide over the Southern Ocean heading for a beach landing at Mason Bay on rugged Stewart Island, a...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

‘Ultimate toy box’

WINTER HAVEN, Fla.The first thing you’ll do upon entering Legoland Florida is walk up to the nearest oversized Lego model and touch it: Is it really made out of those little plastic bricks that are...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Most haunted city

NEW ORLEANS New Orleans calls itself “America’s Most Haunted City,” and the Halloween season has become one of the most popular times of year to visit, with a music festival that attracts 80,000...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Money generated in haunted houses is scary

NEW ORLEANS – Ross Karpelman smiled happily as he looked over his huge collection of bloody body parts, large rats, dangling cobwebs and tools for cutting, slashing and sawing. Karpelman, who with...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Call of the Wild

ESTES PARK – There are certain signs of fall in the town of Estes Park: the chill of morning frost, the reds and yellows of autumn leaves and the thousands of elk that visit. The elk come looking...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

For Star Wars fans, Yoda statue is a mecca

SAN FRANCISCO – Within sight of the Golden Gate Bridge lies another landmark cherished by a small but fervent group of travelers: a full-size replica of Yoda, George Lucas’ master of the...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel