Star confusion on my Hotwire hotel room

Q: I just booked a hotel room in New Orleans through Hotwire. It seemed like a great deal. The listing was for a 4.5-star hotel. I started looking around their website, trying to determine what the...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2011 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

‘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

Is TSA’s 10th birthday cause for celebration?

Happy birthday, TSA.The federal agency charged with protecting the nation’s transportation systems celebrated its 10th birthday Saturday. And although its supporters probably will spend the coming...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2011 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Playground & Pavilion

ST. LOUISDon’t expect to find the Mona Lisa here. Or a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton.Instead, this museum features a 10-story slide that whizzes guests of all ages from the roof to a subterranean...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Raptor feature at Cody museum is hit with visitors

CODY, Wyo. (AP) – The turkey vulture opens its wings and takes a Zen-like pose in the morning sun. The young bird has come a long way since it was orphaned as a chick and left for dead in a Kansas...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Travel is going to the dogs –and it’s your fault

From the “gotcha” fees that can double the price of your trip to being roughed up by TSA screeners, there’s no shortage of issues to get mad about in the travel business.So why do we allow the...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2011 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Airlines now chargingfees to use your credit card

When it comes to airline fees, you’ve probably stopped asking yourself, “What will they think of next?”That’s because you thought they’d stop with charging for the first checked bag. But they...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2011 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Exhibition in Md. showcases ‘Lost and Found’ text

BALTIMORE – After more than a decade of restoration and study, the public is getting a glimpse at the oldest surviving copy of works by an ancient Greek mathematical genius at the Walters Art...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

A toast to ghost wineries

NAPA, Calif. As the crisp bite of fall turns vineyards into a kaleidoscope of russet and orange, the Napa Valley’s spooky side comes out to play with tales of mysterious noises and ghostly...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2011 | CATEGORY: Travel

Need to book a flight? Just Google it

When Brittany Laughlin needed to fly from Chicago to San Francisco last month, she tried something new. Instead of visiting an online travel agency or an airline website, she headed over to Google...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2011 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

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