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Chinese zodiac sculptures turn heads in Boston

BOSTON – A dozen giant bronze animal heads representing the signs of the Chinese zodiac are stopping people in their tracks in downtown Boston and sparking conversations. “Circle of Animals/Zodiac...

DATE: May 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

The offseason can be the right time to travel

Among the many photos I have from a recent vacation to Utah, one shows me at Canyonlands National Park, cupping my hands around my eyes and peering into the Island in the Sky Visitor Center. It was...

DATE: May 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Great American Eclipse draws tourists to path of totality

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Where’s the best place to watch next year’s eclipse? If you’re thinking the grand open spaces of Wyoming, you have plenty of company. Hotel rooms across the Cowboy State are going,...

DATE: April 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Planning tools for different types of travelers

Going on vacation is fantastic. The act of planning one, however, can be far less glamorous. Finding a good deal on a flight during travel dates that actually work for your schedule is only half...

DATE: April 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

In Nepal, pushing boundaries, finding peace on trek to Everest

EVEREST BASE CAMP, Nepal We reach Everest Base Camp on a sunny but chilly afternoon, after an eight-day trek that stretched our physical and mental limits. Aching knees from steep descents and...

DATE: April 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Can you spot words and phrases Shakespeare invented?

This month marks the 452nd anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare as well as the 400th anniversary of his death. Both of these monumental events occurred in the English village of...

DATE: April 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Traveling in a group? Here’s how to do it right

The kind of tourist you are determines the kind of tour you get, but unfortunately, I have learned, sometimes good people are bad tourists. In my 2½ years leading bicycle tours of Paris, I’ve met...

DATE: April 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Shakespeare’s hometown a magnet for fans of the bard

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, England – “All the world’s a stage,” wrote William Shakespeare, who died 400 years ago this month. But he played out much of his life in one small English market town:...

DATE: April 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Find fare, check fees: Tips for saving on flights

DALLAS – As families and individuals start to book summer travel, a debate is rising about whether airlines make it too hard to choose the most affordable options. Airlines say the Internet has...

DATE: April 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Walk among wonders of America’s first, finest landscape architect

If you’ve visited parks in New York, Boston or many other places around the U.S., you’ve probably experienced the landscapes of Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted designed hundreds of parks, gardens...

DATE: April 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Touring London’s punk scene, 40 years later

LONDON – The Sex Pistols and The Clash led the British punk rock revolution in the steamy summer of 1976. London is marking 40 years since that summer with a series of events, gigs and exhibits...

DATE: April 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Hiking wine country: Napa Valley visitors want taste of the outdoors

NAPA, Calif. Here’s a wine country secret that can help you raise your glass and your heart rate. Along with the Napa Valley’s famous wine-tasting trails, there are miles of scenic trails of the...

DATE: April 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

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