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Swooping into Normandy

COMMES, France – Weather in Normandy had been iffy for days. Showers and wind gave way to sunshine, then lightning storms over the sea. We watched and waited for the signal to jump. With a window...

DATE: May 17, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Airlines are expecting more travelers to fly this summer

NEW YORK – More travelers will take to the skies this summer, the U.S. airlines’ trade and lobby group predicted last week. About 210 million passengers – or 2.28 million a day– are expected to fly...

DATE: May 17, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

In Yellowstone’s vastness, many wonders

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. – Old Faithful likely comes to mind when you think of Yellowstone National Park. And it’s certainly worth seeing, along with other geysers. But the geysers are just...

DATE: May 17, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Museum honoring Sept. 11 victims to open May 21

NEW YORK – A long-awaited museum dedicated to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will open to the public at the World Trade Center site May 21. The opening will come after a May 15...

DATE: May 3, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Resurrecting a steam giant

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – I n its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300-horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the...

DATE: May 3, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

What to call that trip?

NEW YORK – Hotels advertise “bleisure” packages. The Thai Tourism Authority is promoting “honeyteering.” And a Mississippi TV anchor told advocates of gay equality to “go on gaycation.” Whatever...

DATE: April 19, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

On foot in remote Scotland

TARBERT, Scotland – I don’t have much to tell you about Scotland, really. It’s true, they have whisky, and kilts, and some people speak with an accent so thick that you wonder whether you’re...

DATE: April 19, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Crocodile close calls can’t stop Nile walk

JUBA, South Sudan – Close calls with crocodiles, a brutal civil war and even the death of a fellow traveler have not deterred a British man from attempting to walk the length of the Nile River. The...

DATE: April 19, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Is it safe to go in the water this summer?

When Ken Siegfried heard that the U.S. Consulate General in Hamilton, Bermuda, had issued a warning about ongoing dumping of raw sewage off the island’s south coast, he had flashbacks to a visit to...

DATE: April 19, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

Vegas wheel spins to record

LAS VEGAS – Tourists began taking in the view last week from a skyline-changing observation wheel that offers a unique overview of sparkling Las Vegas Strip resorts, wide skies and craggy brown...

DATE: April 5, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

When Death Valley comes to life

FURNACE CREEK, Calif. – The perception of Death Valley is that it’s hot and desolate. The hot part is right, at least in the summer, when Death Valley is one of the hottest places on Earth. Even in...

DATE: April 5, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

The rural, quirky Oklahoma Panhandle

KENTON, Okla. – The Oklahoma Panhandle has never been for the faint of heart. Before becoming a part of Oklahoma Territory, this strip known as No Man’s Land was a haven for outlaws and land...

DATE: March 29, 2014 | CATEGORY: Travel

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