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What to do when car rental reservations aren’t honored

We’re sorry, sir, but we don’t have any cars left. That was my unpleasant welcome to Michigan by Hertz. I had a reservation. They saw the reservation. The problem: Hertz hadn’t actually saved me a...

DATE: June 29, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Coney Island comes back

NEW YORK Two of New York’s best-known waterfront neighborhoods took a beating last fall from Superstorm Sandy: Coney Island in Brooklyn and the Rockaways in Queens. But crowds are back on both...

DATE: June 29, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Tiny airstrip a death-defying experience

LUKLA, Nepal – As soon as the decades-old Twin Otter landed at Lukla Airport, passengers burst out in applause. They do that for nearly every safe landing at the often terrifying airport at the...

DATE: June 29, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

From beach to the boardwalk: Freebies in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Myrtle Beach, this year celebrating the 75th anniversary of its incorporation, is the heart of South Carolina’s $16.5 billion tourism industry. Myrtle Beach is in the center of...

DATE: June 15, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Giving Guatemala a chance

ANTIGUA, Guatemala – Everyone told me not to go. Even a friend who lived in Guatemala for six months advised me against going. I planned the trip and canceled it twice. But in the end I let my...

DATE: June 15, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Do your homework before booking historic inn

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, Mont. – The website used words like “rustic” and “old-world style accommodations” for the lodge, but somehow I read that as “charming” and “romantic.” When I arrived at the...

DATE: June 15, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Rev up to these freebies in Black Hills

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Mount Rushmore National Memorial may be the most famous landmark in the Black Hills of South Dakota, but it’s not the only one. Covering about 8,000 square miles, the Black...

DATE: June 1, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Dr. Beach names top spot

EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. – This may be hard to believe in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, but an annual list of the best beaches in the country has a New York beach ranked No. 1. Less surprisingly,...

DATE: June 1, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Parks, markets, among free options in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. – Two decades ago, the city of Portland’s Yellow Bike Project put hundreds of canary-colored two-wheelers on the streets for public use. It was an earnest effort, utterly without...

DATE: May 18, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Historic ride on Zephyr

EMERYVILLE, Calif. The journey east on Amtrak’s California Zephyr train is as good as the destination. Riding the rails from the San Francisco Bay area to Reno, Nev., offers beautiful views and a...

DATE: May 18, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Musical happenings

GULF SHORES, Ala. Karen Pery doesn’t consider herself a jazz fan. Yet for each of the last four years, she’s spent $3,000 and flown nearly 4,000 miles round trip to attend the New Orleans Jazz and...

DATE: May 3, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Plenty free in D.C.: Here are 5 suggestions

WASHINGTON – There probably are more free things to do in the U.S. capital than nearly any other major city in the world. The most popular museums and the zoo are free, thanks to government...

DATE: May 3, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

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