Southwest Life

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

Flight to euphoria

KETCHUM, Idaho – If you want to see grown men giggle with joy like sugar-addled schoolgirls, you could go to the Super Bowl, a Home Depot clearance sale or a movie theater showing an early Jim...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Canada’s Powder Highway: 1 circuit, 8 ski resorts

ROSSLAND, British Columbia – For many in the skiing world, the resorts of Canada’s Powder Highway in British Columbia’s Kootenay region are secrets they’d rather not share with the public. The...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

A passage to Alaska

SKAGWAY, Alaska There are three basic types of vacation in my household. A family vacation entails going to visit far-flung relatives. A learning vacation means exploring a new place with my...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

In Asheville, chocolate bar seduces thousands

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – A line stretched down the sidewalk. Patient moms and dads were trying to keep antsy kids occupied as they waited outside a baby-blue-and-brown building. They were waiting for...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Expedia buying rival Orbitz

NEW YORK – Expedia is buying rival online travel site Orbitz for approximately $1.33 billion, adding to the stable of brands it has snapped up recently in order to extend its reach and keep pace in...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Airplane seat spies break the legroom code

SYDNEY – Most people have a few things they won’t board a plane without. For Randy Petersen, it’s a tape measure. Petersen belongs to a small army of independent airline reviewers who fly around...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Lost at the airport

HARRISBURG, Pa. – To the traveler forced to surrender his cricket bat at an airport security checkpoint: I have located your valuable sports gear. I found it inside a state government office...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Surprises in the sand

ERG CHEBBI, Morocco – The bright black silhouettes of our three-camel caravan shone against a tall sand dune like a background drawing of the Three Kings in a Nativity scene. While Georgie, as I...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Will a selfie stick improve your next trip?

NEW YORK – Selfies at tourist attractions are nothing new. But until recently, if you wanted a perfectly composed picture of yourself with Times Square or the Colosseum in the background, you might...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

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