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9 places you haven't visited -- but shouldSome of the most magical travel moments can happen when you discover the hidden gems of the world -- spots that fly under the radar of the average traveler.

Mon, 6 Aug 2012 14:09:09 GMT

(image) Some of the most magical travel moments can happen when you discover the hidden gems of the world -- spots that fly under the radar of the average traveler.


Some of the most magical travel moments can happen when you discover the hidden gems of the world -- spots that fly under the radar of the average traveler.



Caesars gets key permit for Vegas Strip wheel

Wed, 25 Jul 2012 23:25:45 GMT

(image) Caesars Entertainment Corp. announced Wednesday that it obtained a key county permit to build the world's tallest observation wheel in a more than half-billion dollar retail, dining and entertainment complex it is developing on the Las Vegas Strip.



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Howling good time at the National Hollerin' ContestIf you’ve ever been shushed by a cranky concertgoer or tight-lipped librarian, here’s your chance to get your revenge. On Saturday, the tiny town of Spivey’s Corner, N.C., will host the National Hollerin’ Contest, which promises to be a howling good time.

Fri, 15 Jun 2012 12:32:02 GMT

(image) If you’ve ever been shushed by a cranky concertgoer or tight-lipped librarian, here’s your chance to get your revenge. On Saturday, the tiny town of Spivey’s Corner, N.C., will host the National Hollerin’ Contest, which promises to be a howling good time.


If you’ve ever been shushed by a cranky concertgoer or tight-lipped librarian, here’s your chance to get your revenge. On Saturday, the tiny town of Spivey’s Corner, N.C., will host the National Hollerin’ Contest, which promises to be a howling good time.



America's coolest water parksWet fun these days include half-pipes, free-fall slides and near-vertical looping slides that shoot riders like cannonballs at 40 mph.

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 12:19:54 GMT

(image) Wet fun these days include half-pipes, free-fall slides and near-vertical looping slides that shoot riders like cannonballs at 40 mph.


Wet fun these days include half-pipes, free-fall slides and near-vertical looping slides that shoot riders like cannonballs at 40 mph.



America's best baseball stadiumsThe best baseball stadiums bring their A-game all season with regional food, great sightlines and plenty of traditions.

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 12:19:01 GMT

(image) The best baseball stadiums bring their A-game all season with regional food, great sightlines and plenty of traditions.


The best baseball stadiums bring their A-game all season with regional food, great sightlines and plenty of traditions.



Environmental woes imperil America's national parksDisappearing glaciers, decreasing air quality and foundation species pushed to the brink of survival. America’s national parks are facing environmental threats that range from tiny invasive species to the planet-spanning impacts of climate change.

Fri, 8 Jun 2012 23:43:08 GMT

(image) Disappearing glaciers, decreasing air quality and foundation species pushed to the brink of survival. America’s national parks are facing environmental threats that range from tiny invasive species to the planet-spanning impacts of climate change.


Disappearing glaciers, decreasing air quality and foundation species pushed to the brink of survival. America’s national parks are facing environmental threats that range from tiny invasive species to the planet-spanning impacts of climate change.



New coasters offer one-of-a-kind thrillsRide designers and theme park operators are upping the thrill factor through design and technology rather than vying for new records.

Tue, 22 May 2012 12:30:59 GMT

(image) Ride designers and theme park operators are upping the thrill factor through design and technology rather than vying for new records.


Ride designers and theme park operators are upping the thrill factor through design and technology rather than vying for new records.



Wacky! Human-powered, kinetic craft hit the roadAs millions of Americans prepare to hit the road this holiday weekend, some intrepid souls are taking a decidedly different tack. From Arcata, Calif., to Key West, Fla.

Fri, 25 May 2012 19:54:58 GMT

(image) As millions of Americans prepare to hit the road this holiday weekend, some intrepid souls are taking a decidedly different tack. From Arcata, Calif., to Key West, Fla.


As millions of Americans prepare to hit the road this holiday weekend, some intrepid souls are taking a decidedly different tack. From Arcata, Calif., to Key West, Fla.



12 great Memorial Day getawaysMany locales offer something special in honor of Memorial Day, be it a patriotic tribute, a celeb-worthy pool party, an epic blues festival or a vineyard tour.

Wed, 23 May 2012 12:49:09 GMT

(image) Many locales offer something special in honor of Memorial Day, be it a patriotic tribute, a celeb-worthy pool party, an epic blues festival or a vineyard tour.


Many locales offer something special in honor of Memorial Day, be it a patriotic tribute, a celeb-worthy pool party, an epic blues festival or a vineyard tour.



See the solar eclipse at a national park Visitors to America’s national parks are used to seeing impressive displays of nature, but this weekend, some may be in for a special treat.

Fri, 18 May 2012 12:53:16 GMT

(image) Visitors to America’s national parks are used to seeing impressive displays of nature, but this weekend, some may be in for a special treat.


Visitors to America’s national parks are used to seeing impressive displays of nature, but this weekend, some may be in for a special treat.



Best brunch cities in the U.S.While the brunch scene in Chicago and Washington, D.C., is taking off, New York still rules when it comes to brunch-crazed populations.

Fri, 18 May 2012 12:53:16 GMT

(image) While the brunch scene in Chicago and Washington, D.C., is taking off, New York still rules when it comes to brunch-crazed populations.


While the brunch scene in Chicago and Washington, D.C., is taking off, New York still rules when it comes to brunch-crazed populations.



10 best historic U.S. sites for kidsKids learn history through interactive exhibits, firsthand accounts and thought-provoking audio-visuals. They might even remember some of it.

Mon, 14 May 2012 12:48:57 GMT

(image) Kids learn history through interactive exhibits, firsthand accounts and thought-provoking audio-visuals. They might even remember some of it.


Kids learn history through interactive exhibits, firsthand accounts and thought-provoking audio-visuals. They might even remember some of it.



Golden Gate Bridge readies for 75th anniversaryOn Tuesday, in preparation for a year-long Golden Gate Bridge anniversary celebration, a new 3,500 square-foot Bridge Pavilion opens to the public.

Tue, 8 May 2012 22:40:05 GMT

(image) On Tuesday, in preparation for a year-long Golden Gate Bridge anniversary celebration, a new 3,500 square-foot Bridge Pavilion opens to the public.


On Tuesday, in preparation for a year-long Golden Gate Bridge anniversary celebration, a new 3,500 square-foot Bridge Pavilion opens to the public.



Best affordable city hotels in the U.S.Top affordable hotels defy the conventional wisdom that you should look to a city’s outlying neighborhoods for a good deal.

Mon, 30 Apr 2012 12:32:40 GMT

(image) Top affordable hotels defy the conventional wisdom that you should look to a city’s outlying neighborhoods for a good deal.


Top affordable hotels defy the conventional wisdom that you should look to a city’s outlying neighborhoods for a good deal.



Offbeat adventures mark Obscura DayIf there's room in your travel plans for activities ranging from a guided tour of the world's second largest particle accelerator to a behind-the-scenes tour of Alcatraz, then Obscura Day, on Saturday, April 28, is for you.     

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 12:54:55 GMT

(image) If there's room in your travel plans for activities ranging from a guided tour of the world's second largest particle accelerator to a behind-the-scenes tour of Alcatraz, then Obscura Day, on Saturday, April 28, is for you.     


If there's room in your travel plans for activities ranging from a guided tour of the world's second largest particle accelerator to a behind-the-scenes tour of Alcatraz, then Obscura Day, on Saturday, April 28, is for you.     



Confessions of a national park rangerEach year, Grand Canyon National Park sees close to 5 million visitors. From wildfires to helicopter rescues to lost tourists, a park ranger dishes on what really goes on behind the scenes at a national park.

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 12:50:17 GMT

(image) Each year, Grand Canyon National Park sees close to 5 million visitors. From wildfires to helicopter rescues to lost tourists, a park ranger dishes on what really goes on behind the scenes at a national park.


Each year, Grand Canyon National Park sees close to 5 million visitors. From wildfires to helicopter rescues to lost tourists, a park ranger dishes on what really goes on behind the scenes at a national park.



Seattle's iconic Space Needle turns 50The iconic Seattle tower, which was once likened to “a UFO on stilts” and was for many years the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River, is turning 50.

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 17:10:39 GMT

(image) The iconic Seattle tower, which was once likened to “a UFO on stilts” and was for many years the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River, is turning 50.


The iconic Seattle tower, which was once likened to “a UFO on stilts” and was for many years the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River, is turning 50.



Holy bat cave! See millions of bats on new tourBracken Cave, the Texas home of the world’s largest bat colony, is open for public tours for the very first time.

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 15:34:34 GMT

(image) Bracken Cave, the Texas home of the world’s largest bat colony, is open for public tours for the very first time.


Bracken Cave, the Texas home of the world’s largest bat colony, is open for public tours for the very first time.



Travel photo of the day: California sunriseSun, surf and an ocean view promise another fine day in the Golden State.

Wed, 18 Apr 2012 17:18:26 GMT

(image) Sun, surf and an ocean view promise another fine day in the Golden State.


Sun, surf and an ocean view promise another fine day in the Golden State.



Travel photo of the day: Paddle boarding Lake McDonaldA calm, clear day on Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park offered ideal conditions for paddling.

Tue, 17 Apr 2012 17:47:47 GMT

(image) A calm, clear day on Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park offered ideal conditions for paddling.


A calm, clear day on Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park offered ideal conditions for paddling.



America’s finest flea marketsWhether held on county fairgrounds or in warehouses, these markets offer shoppers bargains and the rush of a good find.

Sun, 15 Apr 2012 16:47:11 GMT

(image) Whether held on county fairgrounds or in warehouses, these markets offer shoppers bargains and the rush of a good find.


Whether held on county fairgrounds or in warehouses, these markets offer shoppers bargains and the rush of a good find.



Follow the Grateful Dead at new museum exhibitThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is opening a major exhibit filled with treasures relating to the Grateful Dead, an iconic American rock band.

Fri, 13 Apr 2012 11:19:34 GMT

(image) The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is opening a major exhibit filled with treasures relating to the Grateful Dead, an iconic American rock band.


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is opening a major exhibit filled with treasures relating to the Grateful Dead, an iconic American rock band.



Travel photo of the day: Crater Lake in winterKatie Cornett was on a seven-day solo trip from Santa Monica, Calif. up coastal Highway 1 and into Oregon when she took this photo of Crater Lake in November 2011.

Fri, 13 Apr 2012 17:26:54 GMT

(image) Katie Cornett was on a seven-day solo trip from Santa Monica, Calif. up coastal Highway 1 and into Oregon when she took this photo of Crater Lake in November 2011.


Katie Cornett was on a seven-day solo trip from Santa Monica, Calif. up coastal Highway 1 and into Oregon when she took this photo of Crater Lake in November 2011.



Travel's silly season: weird festivals around the U.S.From tossing mullets, spitting crickets and racing rats, here’s a look at a trio of weird festivals around the country.

Thu, 12 Apr 2012 12:41:15 GMT

(image) From tossing mullets, spitting crickets and racing rats, here’s a look at a trio of weird festivals around the country.


From tossing mullets, spitting crickets and racing rats, here’s a look at a trio of weird festivals around the country.



America's greenest citiesIn Portland, Ore., rated America’s No. 1 greenest city in a survey, every day feels like Earth Day. Among its features are 288 parks.

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 12:19:30 GMT

(image) In Portland, Ore., rated America’s No. 1 greenest city in a survey, every day feels like Earth Day. Among its features are 288 parks.


In Portland, Ore., rated America’s No. 1 greenest city in a survey, every day feels like Earth Day. Among its features are 288 parks.



From refund to audit: 5 holidays for tax seasonAccording to the IRS, the average 2010 individual tax return was $3,003. With that kind of cash burning a hole in your pocket, taking a tax holiday takes on a whole new meaning — and the only debate on the subject will be whether or not to order room service.

Mon, 9 Apr 2012 17:07:58 GMT

(image) According to the IRS, the average 2010 individual tax return was $3,003. With that kind of cash burning a hole in your pocket, taking a tax holiday takes on a whole new meaning — and the only debate on the subject will be whether or not to order room service.


According to the IRS, the average 2010 individual tax return was $3,003. With that kind of cash burning a hole in your pocket, taking a tax holiday takes on a whole new meaning — and the only debate on the subject will be whether or not to order room service.



Travel photo of the day: Glorious Golden Gate BridgeWhen the Golden Gate Bridge opened nearly 75 years ago, the San Francisco Chronicle called it a $35 million dollar steel harp.

Mon, 9 Apr 2012 17:07:13 GMT

(image) When the Golden Gate Bridge opened nearly 75 years ago, the San Francisco Chronicle called it a $35 million dollar steel harp.


When the Golden Gate Bridge opened nearly 75 years ago, the San Francisco Chronicle called it a $35 million dollar steel harp.



Travel photo of the day: Desert flower bloomsBiba Bro captured this springtime scene recently in Tucson, Ariz.

Fri, 6 Apr 2012 15:42:52 GMT

(image) Biba Bro captured this springtime scene recently in Tucson, Ariz.


Biba Bro captured this springtime scene recently in Tucson, Ariz.



Easter hotel specials bring on family funThese unique Easter offerings are sure to please egg-seeking kids as well as picture-snapping parents.

Thu, 5 Apr 2012 12:36:22 GMT

(image) These unique Easter offerings are sure to please egg-seeking kids as well as picture-snapping parents.


These unique Easter offerings are sure to please egg-seeking kids as well as picture-snapping parents.



America's loveliest spring drivesThe arrival of spring inspires us to break out from winter’s hibernation and embrace the fresh outdoors. A road trip can satisfy that urge to get out.

Thu, 5 Apr 2012 12:37:44 GMT

(image) The arrival of spring inspires us to break out from winter’s hibernation and embrace the fresh outdoors. A road trip can satisfy that urge to get out.


The arrival of spring inspires us to break out from winter’s hibernation and embrace the fresh outdoors. A road trip can satisfy that urge to get out.



Surf's up! 10 best beaches for familiesThe sun, the surf and sand provide a full day of fun for both kids and adults. Hitting a spectacular beach makes a day even more memorable.

Wed, 4 Apr 2012 13:13:55 GMT

(image) The sun, the surf and sand provide a full day of fun for both kids and adults. Hitting a spectacular beach makes a day even more memorable.


The sun, the surf and sand provide a full day of fun for both kids and adults. Hitting a spectacular beach makes a day even more memorable.



Travel photo of the day: Alaska's snow-covered spruceGretchen Griswold recently decided to fulfill her dream of seeing the aurora borealis, and during her trip to Alaskas, encountered this snow-covered landscape north of the Yukon.

Wed, 4 Apr 2012 17:16:50 GMT

(image) Gretchen Griswold recently decided to fulfill her dream of seeing the aurora borealis, and during her trip to Alaskas, encountered this snow-covered landscape north of the Yukon.


Gretchen Griswold recently decided to fulfill her dream of seeing the aurora borealis, and during her trip to Alaskas, encountered this snow-covered landscape north of the Yukon.



Travel photo of the day: Whytecliff Park beachRay Snook captured this idyllic scene at Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver, British Columbia, in February.

Tue, 3 Apr 2012 17:43:56 GMT

(image) Ray Snook captured this idyllic scene at Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver, British Columbia, in February.


Ray Snook captured this idyllic scene at Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver, British Columbia, in February.



Comfy back-to-nature escapesIf you love the idea of being outdoors, but don’t want to rough it, there is a growing number of hotels and resorts that offer a back-to-nature experience.

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 13:17:28 GMT

(image) If you love the idea of being outdoors, but don’t want to rough it, there is a growing number of hotels and resorts that offer a back-to-nature experience.


If you love the idea of being outdoors, but don’t want to rough it, there is a growing number of hotels and resorts that offer a back-to-nature experience.



Travel photo of the day: Storm batters Maine coastWhen Hurricane Earl passed by the New England coast in 2010, David Jordan headed out with his youngest daughter to photograph the crashing waves.

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 15:42:48 GMT

(image) When Hurricane Earl passed by the New England coast in 2010, David Jordan headed out with his youngest daughter to photograph the crashing waves.


When Hurricane Earl passed by the New England coast in 2010, David Jordan headed out with his youngest daughter to photograph the crashing waves.



Fantasy camps for the young at heartWhether driving a race car, learning a foxtrot or doing musket drills, fantasy camp participants exercise their minds and bodies in new ways.

Thu, 29 Mar 2012 12:03:27 GMT

(image) Whether driving a race car, learning a foxtrot or doing musket drills, fantasy camp participants exercise their minds and bodies in new ways.


Whether driving a race car, learning a foxtrot or doing musket drills, fantasy camp participants exercise their minds and bodies in new ways.