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Where summer and deals sizzle

PHOENIX – Winter turns the Valley of the Sun into a destination, luring visitors from colder climates around the world to the warmth of the desert. Once the searing heat of summer hits, the...

DATE: July 20, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Legoland Florida expands with World of Chima

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The world’s largest Lego theme park is expanding again, this time with a water ride, a splash zone and an interactive play area – all welcome activities for vacationing...

DATE: July 6, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

5 freebies: Not everything in Napa Valley will tap your wallet

NAPA, Calif. – Love the lush and lovely Napa Valley but hate how expensive it can be? You’re not the first. In the late 19th century, writer Robert Louis Stevenson moved his honeymoon to the rustic...

DATE: July 6, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Kansas’ Tallgrass Prairie Preserve: Glimpse of yesteryear

David Maciewicz, 24, of Utica, N.Y., was struck by the “vast nothing” of the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Strong City, Kan. when he visited last year Maciewicz said he was in awe of the quiet....

DATE: June 29, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

From art to trails, 5 freebies in Helena, Mont.

HELENA, Mont. – Montana’s capital is perfectly positioned as a halfway point between Glacier and Yellowstone national parks, but visitors often decide to extend their stopovers once they get a feel...

DATE: June 29, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

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

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