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Fla. Panhandle: Fun for budget travelers

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The gleaming white-sand beaches and turquoise waters of Florida’s Panhandle draw millions of visitors each year, but this area isn’t known for glitz, glamour and high-end hot...

DATE: March 16, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Mysterious moai

EASTER ISLAND, ChileF rom its famed giant stone statues to finding a good, affordable hotel, Easter Island is full of mysteries.There are ancient questions, such as how the statues were...

DATE: March 16, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Free in LA, from Hollywood to the beach

LOS ANGELES – It’s been called, sometimes derisively, a collection of 72 suburbs in search of a city. Still, there’s a lot of stuff to see and do inside those 72 suburbs that are said to comprise...

DATE: March 2, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Nature’s light show

JUNEAU, AlaskaBill Carter had been planning his bucket-list winter vacation to Alaska for 30 years, and he couldn’t have picked a better time to take it. The retired chemist from Jesup, Ga., didn’t...

DATE: March 2, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

5 free things: Honolulu bargains beyond beaches

HONOLULU – Airfare, hotels, guided tours and pricey luaus – a Hawaii vacation can add up, especially now that hotel room prices are back on the rise. But walk past the expensive hotels in Waikiki,...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

A winter getaway

BOISE MOUNTAINS, Idaho Daybreak’s rose-colored light glows over the snowy mountain peaks surrounding Stargaze Yurt in the Boise Mountains.It’s minus 6 outside, and the January air is so cold and...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Sunny and relaxing

TULUM, Mexico The all-inclusive Cancun resorts are not known for topless women on the beach or Argentinians with scraggly beards playing Gypsy music. But that’s the norm in Tulum, a Mexican seaside...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Temple Square tops the ‘free’ list of places to visit in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah’s internationally acclaimed ski resorts are the main reason people visit Salt Lake City in the winter, but there are plenty of fun, free and interesting things to do in Salt...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Phoenix more than just sun in the desert

PHOENIX – With cactus and strip malls obstructing the views at times, visitors easily could write off Phoenix as a place where water and culture are scarce. But this metropolis – which includes...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

‘The Unspoiled Queen’

THE BOTTOM, SabaThe small propeller airplane lands quickly and softly, like a butterfly, on one of the world’s shortest commercial runways on the rainforest-capped island of Saba, which rises...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Treasure trove

SANIBEL, Fla.Visit the beaches on this Gulf Coast barrier island and you’re likely to see people doing the Sanibel Stoop. That’s the term for the bent-at-the-waist posture used to collect seashells...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Florida is a vacation paradise for dogs

FORT DE SOTO PARK, Fla. – Picture this: You’re sitting on a white-sand beach, warm sun on your skin. Coconut-scented sunscreen wafts through the air. A splashing noise comes from the blue Gulf of...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

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