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Ireland’s wild and stately County Wicklow

WICKLOW, Ireland – The road winds across the spine of the mountains, past a seemingly endless wilderness of heather-covered bogs, lakes, waterfalls, pine forests and trails. There is an eerie...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Get your kicks – and books – on Route 66

ALBUQUERQUE – Travelers along historic Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles have no problem finding their fix of fake American Indian jewelry and vintage Elvis posters. But along this path...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

A gem in the Blue Ridge

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – This is an old soul of a city renewed by a hipster vibe. Attractions range from new beer breweries and a honey bar to the 120-year-old Biltmore mansion. You can see artists at...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Sewer museum reveals ‘intestines of Paris’

PARIS – Forget Versailles, the Eiffel Tower and French fashion. When I want to be impressed by a marvel of Parisian design I head to the Musee des Egouts, aka the Sewer Museum. Sure, not everyone...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Take a spin in Seattle

SEATTLE – It doesn’t always rain in Seattle, despite its reputation, so pack sunglasses for your next visit, and be sure to catch new attractions like the Great Wheel along with classics like the...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

In city-states, Mayans built complex culture

SAN DIEGO – The splendor of Mayan civilization is captured in a compact exhibit here at the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” blends authentic artifacts,...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

In Rwanda, gorillas draw growing number of tourists

VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Rwanda – Deep in Rwanda’s steep-sloped forest, the mountain gorillas look both endearing and intimidating. A tourist might feel conflicting impulses to shy away and reach...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

Unplugged and rediscovering the world

We are so used to technology that I wondered if I could live without it. But I did it, disconnecting during a month on the Saint James Way, an ancient pilgrimage route in Spain. The journey along...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

United Airlines CEO faces a long list of challenges

The new CEO of United Airlines faces a daunting list of problems he must fix, including late flights and technology that too often suffers embarrassing outages. But if Oscar Munoz listens to people...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

The dirtiest places on an airplane, ranked

Traveling can be kind of a nightmare for germ-a-phobes. Whether you go by plane, train or automobile, you’re sure to meet with dirty rest stop bathrooms, crowded trains and buses or people coughing...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

World’s worst airline? Perhaps quirkiest

PYONGYANG, North Korea – If an Air Koryo passenger ignores its no-photography rule, a flight attendant might take the camera and delete the pictures herself. Crumpling up a newspaper bearing the...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

National parks see dramatic rise in visitors

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. Visitors heading to the Grand Canyon lately know they are going to get two things when they arrive: breathtaking views and long waits, whether it is to get into...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Travel

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