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Visiting 9/11 sites: Memorial, museum, tours

Visiting 9/11 sites: Memorial, museum, tours

NEW YORK — Out-of-towners and locals alike have shown enormous interest in sites connected to the Sept. 11th attacks. More than 700,000 people from all 50 states and 131 countries have been to the National Sept. 11 Museum since it opened May 21. More have come from New York than any other st…

August 17, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Forest visitors asked to note wildlife, plants

Forest visitors asked to note wildlife, plants

HELENA — A wide diversity of plants and animals inhabit the nearly 1 million-acre Helena National Forest, and with such a massive area to cover, a new citizen science campaign asks the public to help document the many species calling it home.

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Study says national parks boost economy in West

Study says national parks boost economy in West

JACKSON, Wyo. — National parks and monuments boosted the economies of surrounding communities in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho by a combined $1.15 billion last year, according to a new study.

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4 in 10 higher risk wells aren't inspected by feds

4 in 10 higher risk wells aren't inspected by feds

NEW CASTLE, Colo. — Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America’s drilling boom, according to an Associated Press review …

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USGS: Glacier's glaciers melting slowly, for now

USGS: Glacier's glaciers melting slowly, for now

GREAT FALLS — Healthy snowpack and cooler summers over the past four years have slowed melting of remaining glaciers in Glacier National Park in Montana, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Hyatt Andaz, a boutique hotel, provides a new niche for business, leisure travel

When Hyatt hotels joined the ranks of boutique hotels they hit a home run with their lifestyle brand, Andaz. In 2007 the Andaz brand was added to Hyatt’s portfolio that includes Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Place, Hyatt House, Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Residence Club, Hyatt Zilara and H…

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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 golfing to biking to reading to sitting on a patio fringed with pine trees and enjoying a nice glass of pinot noir.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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 playwright who travels back to 1912 to find romance. They simply filmed on Mackinac Island, a Great Lakes enclave that retains its Victorian-era charm thanks t…

January 12, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Study finds elusive carnivores after forest fire

DARBY — There was no way of knowing what kind of critters might venture through the charred trees left last year in the wake of a wildfire in Soldier Creek.

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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 town will enjoy checking out what’s free, from high-altitude adventures to creature comforts.

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 can be procured for an eye-popping $12.99, about the cost of a typical side dish at a steakhouse in New York City. And at Charlie’s, your hunk of cow co…

December 22, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Where to find JFK history 50 years after his death

Where to find JFK history 50 years after his death

Three cities loom large in the life and death of John F. Kennedy: Washington, D.C., where he was president and senator; Dallas, where he died; and Boston, where he was born.

November 10, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Just outside Las Vegas, kayaking through a canyon

Just outside Las Vegas, kayaking through a canyon

BOULDER CITY, Nev. — It’s easy to trade the wild ways of Las Vegas for the wilds of the nearby Colorado River: All it takes is a call to a boating outfitter and a federally-approved form of ID.

October 27, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Final rule for winter travel in Yellowstone gains widespread approval

Final rule for winter travel in Yellowstone gains widespread approval

CODY, Wyo. — After more than 15 years of contentious debate over snowmobile travel in Yellowstone National Park, the National Park Service on Tuesday released a final winter-use plan that appears to have a solid chance of avoiding legal challenges.

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Boise offers moderate climate, plenty of recreation opportunities

Boise offers moderate climate, plenty of recreation opportunities

BOISE, Idaho — Boise has long been dubbed the “City of Trees,” a nickname that always catches newcomers by surprise given the city’s high-desert climate and summers with little or no rain.

October 13, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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See Detroit in a different light from a bicycle, by foot or funky bus

DETROIT — When some people see Detroit, they see bankruptcy and doom.

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The wood chipper and other free things in Fargo

The wood chipper and other free things in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. — It’s a good time to be a North Dakotan. An oil boom in the west has fueled an economic surge, the locals’ frugal nature helped to prevent any housing bubble, and the threat of global warming looks like an attractive option for the chilly climate.

September 15, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Do your research before booking a historic inn

The website used words like "rustic" and "old-world style accommodations" for the lodge, but somehow I read that as "charming" and "romantic."

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Badlands offer otherworldly park experience

Badlands offer otherworldly park experience

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, S.D. — The Badlands feel like they haven’t been spoiled by human hands.

August 11, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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