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Gates center about more than philanthropy

SEATTLE – People already are joking it’s a good thing the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation isn’t charging admission for its new visitor center, which showcases Bill Gates’ multibillion-dollar...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Southeast Asia: Organized chaos

While waiting for a connecting flight to Vietnam at the Narita International Airport in Japan, a Vietnamese-American chatted me up. Like me, he was from Wisconsin, where he owned a chain of nail...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Bird-watching is big business in Arizona

PHOENIX – From the sandhill crane to the red-faced warbler, rock stars of the birding world have spawned a tourism industry in Arizona that draws bird-watchers from around the world. “It’s one of...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Mexico’s Grand

CHIHUAHUA, Mexico I won’t lie: I had some qualms about traveling alone to the Copper Canyon, a series of awe-inspiring gorges bigger than the Grand Canyon that happen to be in the same northwestern...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

The long, colorful history of lighting Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario – You can’t take a boat ride into the roar and spray of Niagara Falls in the winter, but this time of year offers a different spectacle: Nighttime illumination of the falls...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Destination 2012

NEW YORK The Olympics, the centennial of the Titanic sinking, new rules on travel to Cuba, a once-a-decade horticultural festival in the Netherlands and increased reliance on technology and...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Idaho’s a hotbed for soaking, skiing

POWELL, Idaho – After a day on cross country skis in the Bitterroot Range along the Idaho-Montana border, the dinner of spaghetti with elk meat was just the thing.We had driven the 58 miles from...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Make the season bright

NEW YORKElaborate gingerbread houses, boat parades, train shows and dazzling light shows that illuminate entire neighborhoods are all part of the holiday fun this year for the Christmas and New...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Find your bliss off Kauai’s Napali Coast

KILAUEA, Hawaii – I was barefoot and drenched, holding fast to the railing of the 34-foot Sea Breeze as it zipped through the water. The jagged cliffs of the Napali Coast jutted to my right, and...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

‘Please Touch!’

SALT LAKE CITY Museum-goers are taking in the sounds, smell and feel of ancient life and landscapes at a new $100 million building in Salt Lake City.The Natural History Museum of Utah engages the...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Checking out the New Age vibe in Sedona

SEDONA, Ariz. – “You’re a teacher, a guider. You transmit energy. You also have a deep connection to the spirit world, to spirits,” says spiritual adviser Leon Pelletier, as he analyzes a Polaroid...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

New coasters, rides offered for 2012

ORLANDO, Fla. – A host of new roller coasters, a 12-acre town lifted straight out of the animated “Cars” movies and an elaborate “Transformers” 3-D simulator ride are among the new theme park...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

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