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More travelers discover allure of fall tourism

NEW YORK – Fall used to be off-peak for tourism everywhere except New England and other fall foliage destinations. But autumn tourism is rising, with traditional summer hot spots increasingly busy...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

U.S. eager to cater to Chinese tourists

COSTA MESA, Calif. – On a hot summer day, nearly two dozen Chinese tourists descended from a white shuttle bus for an afternoon of shopping at one of Southern California’s signature upscale malls....

DATE: Sept. 6, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Passenger explains seat dispute, use of Knee Defender

NEW YORK – The businessman whose dispute with a fellow airline passenger over a reclined seat sparked a national debate about air-travel etiquette says he’s embarrassed by the way the confrontation...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Reclining an airline seat can be risky business

NEW YORK – Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers. Three U.S. flights made unscheduled landings recently...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Mimicking airlines, hotels get fee-happy

NEW YORK – Forget bad weather, traffic jams and kids asking, “Are we there yet?” The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use. ...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Johnny Cash’s colonial past

DYESS, Ark. – Money and memorabilia from Johnny Cash’s family and friends have helped historians restore a significant part of the Historic Dyess Colony, a government collective built to pull...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Touching the clouds

ESTES PARK – No adjectives can do Rocky Mountain National Park justice. The jagged snow-draped peaks, rocky tundra, green valleys and roaring waterfalls render exclamation points inadequate. The...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Pompeii: Dead city lives in ruins, imaginations

POMPEII, Italy – Pompeii is the city of the long goodbye. In A.D. 62, a major earthquake toppled buildings, causing severe damage, harbinger of what was to come. Seventeen years later, in A.D. 79,...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Missing from New Zealand’s slopes? Snow

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Winter has rolled into its third month in New Zealand, and Nick Jarman says he’s going stir crazy as he stares out at the driving rain on the small ski area he manages in...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Great white tourism

CHATHAM, Mass. – Its reputation as a man-eating predator aside, the great white shark is emerging as a boon for tourism on Cape Cod. Unlike in “Jaws,” in which one of the animals terrorizes a small...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

The challenge of keeping our skies safe

NEW YORK – More travelers are flying than ever before, creating a daunting challenge for airlines: keep passengers safe in an ever more crowded airspace. Each day, 8.3 million people around the...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Traveling with your teen

NEW YORK – Family travel falls into three distinct phases. First, there’s the exhausting period of travel with crying babies who need diapers, bottles, strollers, car seats and naps. Then come the...

DATE: July 19, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

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