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Who's Responsible For This Pilfered Luggage?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: My 18-year-old daughter recently flew from Portland, Oregon, to Jacksonville, Florida, connecting through Atlanta. Her flight on Delta Air Lines was delayed more than three hours into the wee hours of the morning.

When she arrived home, a book with sentimental value, which she had been given for graduation, was gone from her luggage. Also ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Sampling Orlando's changing restaurant scene during Magical Dining Month

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Forget the latest theme park attractions. How about a farm tour or cooking lesson on your next trip to Orlando?

OK, maybe not, though Grande Lakes Orlando, home to the Ritz-Carlton and the JW Marriott, does both and JW Marriott Executive Chef Jadan Sheive points to the popularity of the resort's new ...Read more

Biking in Europe's boonies

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Europe is a treasure chest of great cultural monuments. But it's also a continent filled with natural beauty -- often overlooked by tourists sprinting from sight to sight, or searching for the perfect souvenir. I've found that a day biking in the great outdoors can be just as culturally fulfilling as time spent in a great church or art gallery. ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Kristen Kish

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Former "Top Chef" winner Kristen Kish was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Michigan, by her adoptive parents and has called Boston, Massachusetts home for the past decade. In the new Travel Channel series "36 Hours," she and former pro soccer player Kyle Martino explore culinary experiences in cities such as Berlin, Barcelona and ...Read more

At Disney parks, a bold shift away from Mickey, Goofy and pals

Travel / Travel News /

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Walk the floor of the D23 Disney fan expo, which was held this month in Anaheim, and the biggest storyline was clear. Two of the largest exhibits were dedicated to the Disney parks -- one a look back at 60 years of Disney history and one a look forward, a preview of the Shanghai Disneyland in development and an "Avatar"-...Read more

Catching 40 winks in a caboose

Travel / Travel News /

Lancaster isn't the only place you can sleep in a train car. There's also the Caboose Motel at the Titusville and Oil Creek Railroad in Northwest Pennsylvania, converted Pullman cars in Chattanooga, Tenn., and a clutch of caboose motels in the Pacific Northwest.

The website offers lodging tips for train buffs (motels located ...Read more

Railroad buffs still make tracks to Strasburg

Travel / Travel News /

STRASBURG, Lancaster County -- Parents instinctively want to re-create their favorite childhood memories for their own children. When we adopted our son, now 5, he arrived with an innate love of trains that reflected and even outpaced my own childhood devotion to all things railroad. It was only a matter of time before we retraced my childhood ...Read more

Get away to Los Alamos, in Santa Barbara's wine country

Travel / Travel News /

In the heart of Santa Barbara's wine country, the California town of Los Alamos is slow to awaken in the mornings. It's quiet along Bell Street, the main drag lined with vintage storefronts clustered around a flagpole. But at lunchtime, doors swing open, corks pop and local eateries come to life.

You might think this quirky spot was once a cow ...Read more

A trip down Route 66 with a boatload of old cars, busload of gearheads

Travel / Travel News /

If you ever plan to motor west,

Travel my way, take the highway that's the best,

Get your kicks on Route 66.

-- Bobby Troup

I'm rocketing down a two-lane country road outside Amarillo, Texas, in the sidecar of a Russian army motorcycle. It's nearly midnight, and we're blasting through the hot, dry Panhandle darkness in search of a man named ...Read more

Around the World: Keeping Fit at 30,000 Feet!

Travel / Around the World /

Whether you take to the skies to get to a much anticipated once in a lifetime vacation destination or flight is a required and routine component of your professional commitments, air travel is taxing on your body.

Of course, the most common complaint from travelers is jet lag. But a disrupted sleep cycle isn’t the only change your body ...Read more

Why Won't Allegiant Refund My Deceased Son's Airfare?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: Our son William died in an automobile accident in May. The time following this tragedy was taken up with grief, with us attempting to reconcile and resolve his personal affairs. In June, I found evidence that our son and his girlfriend had airline reservations with Allegiant for round-trip travel from Orlando to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Trying falconry, the ancient sport of kings

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Hello, Autumn! No, not the season, though we are less than a month away from my favorite season, but Autumn the beautiful, slightly over two pounds Harris Hawk, who lands on my gloved arm. She's actually named Fomhar (Gaelic for autumn).

We are at Ireland’s School of Falconry -- the oldest in the country ...Read more

Florence discoveries

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Geographically small but culturally rich, Florence is home to some of the greatest art and architecture in the world. I've been there more times than I can count, and with each visit, I'm reminded that I've barely scratched the surface of all it has to offer.

In this city of noble and elegant facades, inspirational sights are everywhere you ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Carol Alt

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

One of the first supermodels, Carol Alt graced the covers of numerous fashion magazines, as well as the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Since then, she has parlayed her modeling into a career in films, television and books. In her latest self-help book -- "A Healthy You: Boost Your Energy, Live Cleaner, and Look and Feel Younger Every Day" (...Read more

Finding Appalachian culture, fun in Georgia's White County

Travel / Travel News /

The sign on the front porch of the Old Sautee Store is clear. "Don't feed the wampus," it reads on the side of a latched box maybe the size of a small pet carrier. Inside is supposed to be a mythical creature called a wampus. Some call it a wampus cat. In any case, it's a big, furry critter, and all I see is its long scraggly tail as I peer into...Read more

Wisconsin's Rustic Roads program, which preserves bucolic drives, celebrates 40th anniversary

Travel / Travel News /

Many times while traveling Wisconsin's Great River Road, I've passed a plain brown "Rustic Road" sign along a narrow gravel lane just north of Maiden Rock.

Just a warning to avoid another shock-absorber-killing country road, I'd thought.

I couldn't resist.

This spring, I followed that Rustic Road sign near the intersection of Hwy. 35 and ...Read more

Old Sacramento tours descend to history underground

Travel / Travel News /

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The sun doesn't shine here, but it used to.

A path made of old, cracking wood leads into a dark tunnel. The air is dusty, the lighting dim and the brick walls crumbling.

This ancient underground is part of Sacramento's history and is open for tours.

The Old Sacramento Underground Tours, started six years ago by city ...Read more

3 places to stay on the Oregon Coast

Travel / Travel News /

To mark the state's 1959 centennial, Oregon issued auto license plates bearing the motto "Pacific Wonderland," and justifiably so. Oregon's 362 miles of oceanfront is a sea-stacked, highway-winding, sailor-challenging, tourist-pleasing coastline to rival any in the world for scenic beauty. Where rocky capes don't jut into pounding surf, ...Read more

Around the World: Toronto’s PATH Offers Year Round Climate Control

Travel / Around the World /

Culturally sophisticated Toronto deserves its reputation as a cool urban environment that offers tourists a wide range of sizzling hot attractions. The hip Ontario capital offers wonderful museums, sports centers, great eateries, fabulous shopping and a full calendar of appealing events year round.

And, year round, regardless of prevailing ...Read more

Letting a Service Dog Fly

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I was supposed to fly to Heathrow last night on United Airlines, but the airline wouldn't let me on because of my hearing service dog, Aubie. I'm so upset.

Per its website, last week I called United about Aubie and was told I could either send the airline all her international passport information before the flight or bring the paper copy to...Read more