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Pioneers of the road trip

The urge to travel coast to coast is an American constant, from Lewis and Clark to the self-driving car that completed a transcontinental trip just last month. Now the approach of summer vacation...

DATE: May 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Sin City’s typical tourist: 45, married

LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says it has a pretty good idea who visited the destination last year: 45-year-old married people making $40,000 or more, with one-third...

DATE: May 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Where birds count

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. The crowd quickly gathered – a dozen or so people, cameras in hand – as an 8-foot alligator came ashore. “Alligator!” someone yelled as camera shutters clicked. “It’s got a...

DATE: April 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Business travelers turn to Uber for rides

NEW YORK – Business travelers are bypassing the taxi queue with greater frequency, choosing instead ride-hailing services such as Uber Technologies. A new report by expense management system...

DATE: April 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

What’s in a hotel name? A growing industry

NEW YORK – Today’s traveler faces a bewildering choice of hotel brands with similar-sounding and confusing names. Want to stay at a Hyatt? Take your pick. There’s Hyatt Regency, Park Hyatt, Grand...

DATE: April 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Airbnb now booking Americans in Cuba

HAVANA – The popular online home-rental service Airbnb is allowing American travelers to book lodging in Cuba in the most significant U.S. business expansion on the island since the declaration of...

DATE: April 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Showing their age

WASHINGTON After nearly 100 years, the National Park Service holds some of the country’s most beautiful and historic places, but it suffers from an $11 billion backlog of unfunded maintenance and...

DATE: April 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

In Portland, airport carpet turns celebrity

SALEM, Ore. – Locals and visitors lined up inside Portland International Airport to have their photos taken with an odd celebrity – a piece of nearly 30-year-old carpet. By day’s end, more than 800...

DATE: April 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Wild, cold, irresistible

KING GEORGE ISLAND, Antarctica – They trekked snow-covered mountains, gasped at seals flopping along the coastline and oohed at penguins waddling along on the ice – and even took in the spectacle...

DATE: March 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Tulsa reinvents itself as a hipster haven

TULSA, Okla. – Punching far above their weight, starry-eyed Tulsans have tried for years to demonstrate to fellow Oklahomans and outsiders that the state’s second-largest city was more funky and...

DATE: March 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Seduced by the northern lights

In Sweden, there are people who say that you can hear the northern lights. Some say they whoosh like the wind. Others say they crackle like pine needles on a campfire. After a week in the far north...

DATE: March 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Seeking boredom on 3,000-mile road trip

Last July, my kids and I drove from our house in New York to my hometown in Montana. My one rule: no screens. John, 6, and Alex, 3, sat in their booster seats for more than 3,000 miles, wedged...

DATE: March 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

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