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Sightseeing at dawn

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

The rising Riviera sun touches the tip of Vernazza's bell tower and greets a peaceful world. When the bells chime six, I know it's time to get up. Last night's wind is gone. There's a refreshing damp coolness in the air and a rare Italian silence. With my head down and lost in thought, I wander downhill, passing under the tracks. Then, out of ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Betty Ann Boeving

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Betty Ann Boeving says that one of her proudest accomplishments has been founding the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition (BAATC), which fights against human trafficking. Boeving, 39, has visited all seven continents, traveled to more than 85 countries and even climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise ...Read more

Best of San Diego's Balboa Park

Travel / Travel News /

There are few places more sublime than sunny San Diego, with its intoxicating mix of surf-frothed beaches, trendy cafes and, of course, Balboa Park. That 1,200-acre swath includes 16 museums, more than a dozen gardens, multiple theaters and the San Diego Zoo. And this year, the park is celebrating its 100th birthday.

It wasn't supposed to be a ...Read more

Perfect Ashland itinerary includes little shopping, noshing, as well as Shakespeare

Travel / Travel News /

In 1887, when the last Golden Spike was pounded into the tracks in Ashland, Ore., and the iron horse officially encircled the nation, the Railroad District was the bustling hub of the Rogue Valley. The area was bristling with railroad workers, Chinese immigrants, gamblers and hustlers of all stripes, looking to make their fortune in the Wild ...Read more

Cruising Maine's coast in search of the greatest lobster rolls on Earth

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EASTPORT, Maine -- A lobster claw the size of an iPhone 5 sits perched atop my lunch, completely obliterating any chance I have to see the quarter-pound of chopped lobster meat, lightly dressed with mayo and tucked into a split-top hot dog bun that's been ever-so-gently griddled with butter on either side. The lobster roll at Quoddy Bay Lobster,...Read more

Around the World: Peak Travel Season Tips for Coping with Delayed and Cancelled Flights

Travel / Around the World /

Summer’s peak travel season is underway, and with heavier traffic, you can expect flights to be full of passengers impatient to get to their vacation destinations so they can make the most of their time away.

During any season of the year, all airlines schedules are often impacted by the inevitability of adverse weather conditions, ...Read more

Help! Alitalia Misspelled My Name And Won't Change It Back

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I'm hoping you can help me. My husband booked a trip over the phone with an Alitalia agent whose first language obviously was not English. Though my husband spelled my name more than once, he assumed that when the agent read it back correctly, it was typed in correctly.

Bad assumption. We didn't realize until after the 24-hour cancellation ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Off the tourist track in Mexico

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Got the binoculars? Make it a contest to see how many different species of birds the kids can count. On a good day, you might see 120, says our naturalist guide Francisco Nombre, who just happens to hold Mexico's 2015 title for "The Big Day," seeing the most different species in a 24-hour period.

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Disneyland prepares for crush of visitors during 60th anniversary celebration

Travel / Travel News /

The gripes about Disneyland crowds started on opening day -- July 17, 1955 -- when so many people showed up that refreshment stands ran out of food and drinks.

Sixty years later, Disneyland is celebrating its diamond anniversary with a new pulsating nighttime parade, an upgraded fireworks show and a sparkling veneer on Sleeping Beauty's castle....Read more

Cash strategies for Europe

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

With the value of the euro dipping in the past few months, I've been able to experience Europe without as much of a strain on my wallet. I'm enjoying thinking of the euro as being worth a buck. I've done this in the past -- when a euro cost $1.35 -- just to con myself into splurging a bit. But now, with a rate of about $1....Read more

'Disneyland: The Exhibit' takes a ride through 60 years of history

Travel / Travel News /

Here's a challenge: Try to condense 60 years of Disneyland history into a single museum-like exhibit.

That's the test facing Becky Cline, Walt Disney Archives director. She's putting the finishing touches on "Walt Disney Archives Presents -- Disneyland: The Exhibit," which in August will attempt to encompass the theme park's past six decades ...Read more

Visiting the new Key West

Travel / Travel News /

There's a classic way of doing Key West, Fla. It involves dinner at Louie's Backyard, drinks and live music at Sloppy Joe's, photo ops at the Southernmost Buoy, a stop at the Hemingway House, spotting Key West chickens and sunset at Mallory Square. And, of course, plenty of key lime pie, conch fritters and margaritas.

But a younger, hipper Key ...Read more

Florida theme parks: Get ready for a wild ride

Travel / Travel News /

Coming to Florida theme parks in 2016: A 200-foot roller coaster at SeaWorld that will be the tallest in Orlando. The reincarnation of King Kong at Universal Orlando. A ride based on "Frozen" at Epcot. A new light show at Disney's Animal Kingdom. A major attraction at Busch Gardens, details still under wraps.

Did we forget to mention this year?...Read more

One Year Later, Our Ticket Refund Is MIA

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: American Airlines made a data-entry error when my husband and I booked our airline tickets by phone. An agent entered our return dates as January 2016 -- a full year after our planned dates of travel.

The airline agreed to refund the tickets, but we've had no luck with getting the money back. Our original tickets were purchased in April 2014...Read more

Taking the Kids: Why families love all-inclusives, even when they didn't think they would

Travel / Taking The Kids /

New Yorker Angela Manna's family typically wouldn't choose an all-inclusive resort, but suddenly she's seen the light.

"It's great," she acknowledged. "Everything is so effortless." Her family, including a 9-year-old and an 11-year-old, were relaxing at the beachfront Now Amber resort in Puerto ...Read more

Dresden's inspiring rebirth

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Intriguing Dresden, Germany, winds up on far fewer American itineraries than it deserves to. Don't make that mistake. Since its horrific firebombing in World War I, the city has transitioned to a thriving cultural center that's well worth a visit. Even with only a day to spare, Dresden is a doable side trip from bigger attractions like Berlin or...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Neil deGrasse Tyson

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson never dreamed that he would grow up to be a television personality. Besides having guested on shows such as "The Big Bang Theory" and "Stargate: Atlantis," he is the host of the National Geographic Channel's "StarTalk."

"For me growing up, the night sky was at the local planetarium," says Tyson, 56, who ...Read more

Letting the good times roll at Louisiana's Cycle Zydeco

Travel / Travel News /

Imagine a bike ride where speed doesn't matter and every pedal stroke carries you closer to another helping of Louisiana music, food or drink.

I lived that dream at Cycle Zydeco, a 200-mile rolling Cajun culture festival. Po'boys, etouffee and jambalaya fueled four days of bicycling, punctuated by the sounds of rubboards, fiddles and accordions...Read more

Disney Family Museum spins tales of mouse and man

Travel / Travel News /

SAN FRANCISCO -- As origin stories go, the one about the creation of the Walt Disney Family Museum here at the Presidio is surprising and not.

Seems that these days, those of a certain tender age -- oh, callow youth -- believe jolly ol' Uncle Walt to be a fictional character, something created out of whole cloth by Disney marketing Machiavellis...Read more

Old South melds with new ideas in Macon's College Hill Corridor

Travel / Travel News /

Everywhere there are dogs. Big dogs, little dogs, fluffy dogs, and not-so-fluffy dogs, all playing catch with their masters, happily leaping in the air after Frisbees and beach balls, or maybe taking a quick snooze. As one of those confirmed crazy cat ladies, I watch the dogs warily but know they are well-behaved.

It's a second Sunday in late ...Read more