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High-tech fun rivals view at Seattle Space Needle

High-tech fun rivals view at Seattle Space Needle

SEATTLE — Visitors to Seattle’s Space Needle are treated to a gorgeous view of this waterfront city when skies are clear and the sun is shining.

October 19, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Ghost towns of the Southwest

Ghost towns of the Southwest

DEATH VALLEY JUNCTION, Calif. — The Amargosa Hotel was once a hub of activity, the Spanish Colonial-style buildings filled with workers from t…

October 12, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Lady Bird's legacy lives on at wildflower center

Lady Bird's legacy lives on at wildflower center

AUSTIN, Texas — Visitors to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, can stroll along paths featuring colorful blooms abuzz w…

September 28, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Blueberry-fueled biking on Quebec's Route Verte

Blueberry-fueled biking on Quebec's Route Verte

ALMA, Quebec — I had wondered whether Lac-Saint-Jean, a two-day drive from home in Virginia to the edge of the Quebec wilderness, might prove …

September 21, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Street art, not beaches, in Honolulu's Kakaako

Street art, not beaches, in Honolulu's Kakaako

HONOLULU — Honolulu is famous for golden sand beaches and big waves. But the city’s warehouse district, called Kakaako, is famous for a differ…

September 07, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Short-range Alaska: Busy day trips from Anchorage make the most of limited time

Short-range Alaska: Busy day trips from Anchorage make the most of limited time

Having a short amount of time to explore a new place presents its own set of challenges, no matter the place. When the destination is Alaska, …

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In California wine country, an olive oil trail

In California wine country, an olive oil trail

NAPA, Calif. – Come to California wine country taste the ... olive oil?

March 30, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Oregon’s Sunriver Resort an outdoor oasis for all

Oregon’s Sunriver Resort an outdoor oasis for all

SUNRIVER, Ore. — Say you are a large group of vacation-seekers. Your ages span from toddler to senior. Your interests range from walking to go…

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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A fresh spin on Bellingham, Wash.

A fresh spin on Bellingham, Wash.

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Most visitors to this college town make a beeline for Fairhaven, the understandably popular gentrified historic district a…

March 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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New meets old in Pittsburgh

New meets old in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — I’ve never been to a city that loves itself more than Pittsburgh.

March 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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LeClaire, Iowa, is a colorful Mississippi River stop on America’s Great River Road

LeClaire, Iowa, is a colorful Mississippi River stop on America’s Great River Road

LECLAIRE, Iowa — Perched on the west bank of the Mississippi River, LeClaire sits on the Great River Road National Scenic Byway.

February 23, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Going insane for cranes on the Great Plains

Going insane for cranes on the Great Plains

KEARNEY, Neb. — Just before sunrise, in the hourglass heart of the North American continent, the temperature has dipped to 15 degrees on the P…

February 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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5 free things to do in Taos, Santa Fe's hipper little sister

5 free things to do in Taos, Santa Fe's hipper little sister

TAOS, N.M. — To winter sports enthusiasts, Taos is best known for its challenging ski slopes. But this northern New Mexico town has plenty mor…

February 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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For high spirits on Maui, take a distillery tour

For high spirits on Maui, take a distillery tour

KULA, Maui — A new tourist attraction here is adding to what you might call, well, the high spirits of visitors.

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Though upscale, Santa Barbara is also welcoming to kids

Though upscale, Santa Barbara is also welcoming to kids

Way back in the 20th century when life was simple, my wife, Mary Frances, and I lived in Carpinteria, swooping in and out of Santa Barbara wit…

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Mackinac Island offers Victorian charm in modern era

Mackinac Island offers Victorian charm in modern era

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. — Producers of the 1980 movie "Somewhere in Time" didn't need to build elaborate sets to depict the tale of a playwrigh…

January 12, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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5 free things to do in New Mexico's largest city

5 free things to do in New Mexico's largest city

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, has a history that stretches back to the days of the Spanish conquistadors. They w…

January 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Even in peak ski season, Aspen has some freebies

Even in peak ski season, Aspen has some freebies

DENVER — A trip to Aspen during peak ski season is going to set you back some cash. But even those who can afford the posh Colorado mountain t…

December 29, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Branson’s new twists: Missouri’s down-home tourism magnet just might surprise you

Branson’s new twists: Missouri’s down-home tourism magnet just might surprise you

BRANSON, Mo. — At Charlie’s Steak, Ribs & Ale, just off the famous 76 Country Boulevard in Branson, a prime cut of New York strip steak ca…

December 22, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Five-star kids ski schools: When small is better …

Five-star kids ski schools: When small is better …

PARK CITY, Utah — Hindsight is always 20-20, especially when you’re talking about teaching kids to ski. Like a lot of parents who love to ski,…

December 15, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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