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Travel news from the Chicago Tribune. Find travel deals, guides and photos covering the Midwest, U.S. and international travel.



Published: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:00:34 GMT

Last Build Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:00:34 GMT

Copyright: ©2016 Chicago Tribune
 



Batter up with these 5 fabulous Las Vegas waffles

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:57:00 GMT

National Waffle Day — yes, there is such a thing — is Aug. 24. The date recognizes the first U.S. patent for a stove-top waffle iron, issued in 1869 to Cornelius Swartwout of Troy, N.Y.

Celebrate these crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside treats any day of the year with these five Las Vegas...




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Bright, light Marathon jacket goes the distance

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 21:26:00 GMT

For travel, I want a jacket that's lightweight, breathable but insulated, with at least one sturdy zippered pocket for my cell phone. And it needs to come in a bright color.

Ultimate Direction, an athletic gear manufacturer, offers the Marathon Shell jacket, a 3-ounce nylon tough guy that gets...




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12 deals and travel tidbits you shouldn't miss this week

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 20:48:00 GMT

Here are some of the more interesting deals, websites and other travel tidbits that have come across our desk recently:

•Gate 1 Travel offers a Classic Thailand package that's priced as low as $1,887 per person, double occupancy with round-trip air from Chicago. Land-only cost is from $999. The...




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Hooked on fishing, hiking in the Austrian Alps

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:42:00 GMT

Imagine angling for fresh trout in a mountain lake at the base of the towering Austrian Alps, catching one within seconds and then having it cooked and served alongside a crisp, fresh mug of Fohrenburger beer.

I don't know about you, but my usual fishing experience is casting for a couple of hours...




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Malibu Wine Safari pairs vineyard tour with exotic animals

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:24:00 GMT

At Malibu Wine Safari, the tastings get wild — no matter how much you drink.

That's because your typically tame wine-sipping experience takes place at a sprawling estate that's part vineyard, part wildlife habitat.

Owned by California's Semler winemaking family, the 1,000-acre Saddlerock Ranch...




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Iowa goes 'Gothic' for Grant Wood's 125th birthday

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 14:50:00 GMT

Thank goodness for stereotypes. Without them, few folks nowadays would have ever heard of Grant Wood.

Wood is the lifelong Iowan who painted "American Gothic," the famous image of a pitchfork-wielding farmer and his oh-so-glum-looking daughter standing in front of their rural home.

RELATED: TRENDING...




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Bueller? 30? Take a day off to celebrate Ferris with new hotel packages

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 18:14:00 GMT

This summer marks the 30th anniversary of a Chicago classic, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," and you can celebrate the milestone by playing hooky at some Chicago hotels.

The Palmer House Hilton's "Bueller's Chicago" package invites people to make like Matthew Broderick and re-create Ferris' day of...




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Island-hopping in St. Vincent, Grenadines offers taste of beauty, adventure

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16:24:00 GMT

For some, the ideal tropical holiday is a gated all-inclusive resort where time is spent shuttling between the beach and the pool bar.

For those looking for a little more substance, St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean beckons with its 32 islands and cays — not to mention some of the...




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Pack some foot relief for the road

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:45:00 GMT

Anyone who travels may need occasional foot pampering. My soles feel soothed just looking at the Moji Foot Pro massager.

Six stainless steel spheres rotate in sockets embedded in a slip-resistant rubber base, penetrating and alleviating sore or tight muscles and tissues when you roll your foot...




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American Airlines promised vouchers but billed customer's card instead

Sun, 10 Apr 2016 10:00:00 GMT

I recently booked two tickets to Scotland on American Airlines for this summer. A few weeks ago, I saw that the cost of the tickets had dropped considerably. I called American about this and said I felt I was being penalized for booking early.

The representative spoke to her boss about the discrepancy...




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Immigrants open their N.Y. homes to share cuisine, culture

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 17:28:00 GMT

Walk into Damira Inatullaeva's Brooklyn apartment, and she greets you with an array of green tea, dried apricots, raisins, pistachios and, most importantly, her mother's recipe for cinnamon cake.

A native of Uzbekistan's Samarkand, this retired cardiologist moved to the United States in 2013. She...




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Get a deal on a 'Brit Spring Escape' for two

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 14:10:00 GMT

Here are some of the more interesting deals, websites and other travel tidbits that have come across our desk recently:

•La Compagnie, the all-business class airline, is offering the Brit Spring Escape, which provides round-trip flights from Newark, N.J., to London for just $2,790 for two. Bookings...




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See Africa's splendors on a luxury train ride

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 14:48:00 GMT

Train travel isn't the typical way to see Africa, and doing it in vintage, luxurious rail cars makes it even more unusual. Frontiers International Travel is offering two departures this year via Rovos Rail to travel across South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania. Accommodation aboard...




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Tourist mauled by crocodile, Zika in Fiji

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 19:38:00 GMT

Indonesia: A Russian tourist was killed late last month by a crocodile in the Raja Ampat islands of West Papua after he ventured out on a solo snorkeling trip. According to officials, the remote area of Minyaifun island where his body was recovered four days later is known for its dangers, including...




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Midwest events happening in April and May, from Cinco de Mayo to Polka Fest

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 14:13:00 GMT

Illinois

Through April 30: Carl Sandburg Days Festival, Galesburg. This annual event celebrates the Galesburg native, a poet and Lincoln biographer who won two Pulitzer Prizes. Included are literary, history, sporting and children's events. http://tinyurl.com/z3lz6bw. Miles from Chicago: 200

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Get a deal on a seven-night exploration of Rome, Florence and Venice

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 16:17:00 GMT

Here are some of the more interesting deals, websites and other travel tidbits that have come across our desk recently:

•Key Tours Vacations offers an eight-day/seven-night exploration of Rome, Florence and Venice that's priced from $995 per person, double occupancy. Lodging, rail travel between...




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Beyond the falls, history awaits along the Niagara River

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 14:19:00 GMT

If you ask Americans who Laura Secord was, the answer will likely be a blank stare. A few may correctly say there's a chocolate company in Canada with that name, but otherwise we've never heard of her.

Cross the border from New York State to Ontario, and it's a different story. In Canada, Secord...




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After being in the red, Detroit goes green

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 13:48:00 GMT

Picture a green city that's home to 1,400 urban gardens and a massive forest. A riverfront bike path connects with a transformed railway leading to the country's largest historic public market district. Restaurants dish up produce grown within city limits, and visitors stumble upon hidden pocket...




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Tour Alaska in a converted school bus

Mon, 04 Apr 2016 19:59:00 GMT

Many group tours rely on a bus — deluxe motor coach is what the brochures like to call them — for getting around. Infinite Adventures uses a bus for exploring places such as Alaska, but with quite a twist. It's a converted school bus. Trips are offered for small groups, and the bus affords room...




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