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Amid dispute, Yosemite renames iconic attractions

SAN FRANCISCO – The prices of Yosemite National Park souvenirs have been slashed in half, and road signs directing visitors to iconic attractions have been switched. Among the changes, the historic...

DATE: March 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Cuba’s tobacco country: A photographic journey

VINALES, Cuba – Unseasonably heavy rains have damaged Cuba’s tobacco crop and raised questions about iconic cigar brands that some aficionados hope will not suffer from declining quality amid...

DATE: March 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

The next Puerto Vallarta?

SAYULITA, Mexico Bookended by seaside rocks that protrude into warm Pacific Ocean waters, the relatively small Playa de los Muertos, or Beach of the Dead, features gentle waves, pelicans diving for...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Risk your life for that epic selfie? One city says no

MUMBAI, India – Look around in any major Indian city, and you will find someone with an arm outstretched, mobile phone in hand, smiling widely and clicking away. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

How to avoid fees for changing flights

DALLAS – Airlines now get one-fourth of their revenue from sources other than fares – mostly fees – and one of the biggest is a charge of up to $200 to change or cancel a ticket. The fee galls...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Happily meandering in Nova Scotia

NOVA SCOTIA, Canada When my wife and I told people we were going to Nova Scotia to hike, many seemed mystified. The province is not very big, and their mental picture was of a placid landscape on a...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

To pacify fliers, airlines restore tiny perks

NEW YORK – After 15 years of near austerity, U.S. airlines are restoring some small perks for passengers crammed into coach. Don’t expect ample legroom or free checked bags. But fliers will find...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Hotels cater to guests’ desire to stay healthy

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Running concierges, a hotel mini bar stocked with produce from the local farmers market and a training wall that comes standard in every room. The hotel industry is moving...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

Lonely Planet names Philadelphia top destination

PHILADELPHIA – Lonely Planet gave some love to The City of Brotherly Love last week, ranking Philadelphia the No. 1 place to visit in the United States in 2016. “Philly’s on a roll right now,” the...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

In Italy, charmed by history – and pasta

An old Italian proverb says “a day without pasta is like a day without sunshine.” My husband and favorite travelling companion, Richard, and I were ready for some pasta and for our fourth trip to...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

The making of Mardi Gras: A celebration of creativity

NEW ORLEANS – It’s glitter season in New Orleans. A time for feathers, papier-mâché, sequins, paint, bailing wire, bones, and just about any other item that can be used for decoration. Across...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

How U.S. air travelers compare to the world

Imagine this scenario: An American and a Singaporean are flying together on a cross-country trip. An aisle seat upgrade becomes available, for a fee. Which passenger will open her wallet first? If...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Travel

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