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

Cruise passengers are alarmed – and out of luck

The tragic sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise ship Jan. 13 is leaving a line of worried passengers in its wake. Betty Westbrook is among them. The retiree from Allen, Texas, called me hours...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2012 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

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

Pictures offer protection when renting a car

Q: I’m having a problem with a car I recently rented from National in Denver, and I hope you have the time to help me. I’m a faithful reader of your column, but when I rented the car, I failed to...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2012 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

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

XL passengers invade my seat in economy class

When Elisabeth Haas took her window seat on an American Airlines flight from Orlando to Dallas earlier this year, she discovered a problem – a very big problem.“A morbidly obese seatmate encroached...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2011 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

How much does a hotel owe when power goes out?

Q: We recently checked into the Holiday Inn Express Hotel Poulsbo in Poulsbo, Wash., and experienced a lapse in service. We need your help with a refund.There was a winter storm with ice on the...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2011 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

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

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