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Around the World: Travel to Treat Yourself to a Haunting Halloween

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Almost every town across the United States has a Halloween parade or party, and they’re all a lot of fun. But if you want to highlight your Halloween experience this year, head for one of the holiday evening’s biggest, best and most memorable -- perhaps even haunting -- celebrations.

Here are my destination-specific recommendations:

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Taking the Kids: A Colorado resort that's no longer hard to reach

Travel / Taking The Kids /

The bike rack at the Telluride gondola is full with snow-dusted bikes, as well as a stroller or two. No wonder. Tiny Telluride is a popular place. Nestled in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, the mountain range has the highest concentration of 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks in North America. That means much of the historic town -- at 8...Read more

A turret-studded meander along the Rhine

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Visiting the Rhine River Valley never gets old. It's storybook Germany, a fairy-tale world of legends, rugged cliffs, half-timbered towns and robber-baron castles. One of Europe's great thrills is zipping along the Rhine River on a fast train, or gliding slowly on a relaxing old steamer boat.

The Rhine flows north from Switzerland to Holland, ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Will Shafroth

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

As president and CEO of The National Park Foundation -- the official charity of America's national parks -- Will Shafroth oversees NPF operations. The NPF recently launched its Find Your Park ( movement to encourage people to visit America's national parks.

"A lot of people only think about five or six national parks, but there...Read more

Best way to see the Bluegrass? Go on foot or by bike

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Scenic drives have long been a local pastime in the Lexington area, but the best way to experience the beauty of the Bluegrass region is either on two feet or two wheels.

Drive by too fast and you miss the architectural detail of an old house or the craftsmanship of a dry-laid stone fence, either of which may be 200 years old....Read more

New Donner visitors center is a feast for history lovers

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TRUCKEE, Calif. -- Sometimes AutoCorrect, bane of our digital existence, unintentionally makes the perfect and perfectly ridiculous word choice that serves both as cogent commentary and comic relief.

Take the other day. I was stopped at a traffic light in Truckee, heading toward a certain state park visitors center, and received a text from a ...Read more

Embracing Nashville beyond country

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We came in search of Nashville beyond the twang and the bro-country, and it didn't take us long to find it.

A drag performer named China, in a fuchsia dress, belts out "I Will Always Love You" -- lip-syncing the Whitney Houston version of this Dolly Parton original -- to applause and tips, including from little old ladies. It's our first ...Read more

Sunny Southern California to get state's first indoor water park

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California's first indoor water park will debut in mid-February when the oft-delayed $300 million woodsy themed Great Wolf Lodge finally opens in the Disneyland area.

During a recent press preview, I walked through the framed and airtight Great Wolf Lodge Southern California hotel and entertainment complex still under construction in Garden ...Read more

Around the World: Hong Kong is an Ongoing Feast !

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HONG KONG – Night and day, this high energy city pulses with colorful neon signs, about half of which, it seems, lead to food.

In fact, according to a recent report, Hong Kong boasts about 30,000 restaurants. That mind-boggling number is a good indicator that Hong Kong you can dine three times a day for more than a decade and still never ...Read more

Do I Have To Pay This Late Car-Rental Damage Claim?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I rented a car in 2014 from Hertz in Canada. While I rented it, the vehicle received a small dent in the driver's door. It happened overnight; it looked like someone hip-checked it. I took a photo of the damage.

I filled out an incident report and contacted my credit-card company to open a claim. My credit card requires claims to be ...Read more

Taking the Kids: To the Statue of Liberty

Travel / Taking The Kids /

What a view! We're standing atop the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty -- about halfway up the 305-foot, 1-inch climb to the crown -- looking out at the New York City skyline.

Even the jaded high school boys I'm chaperoning can't help but be impressed. "You don't realize how big it really is until you're here," said Christopher Morales, 15.

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Europe's Jewish quarters

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

I like to take in European history by strolling a neighborhood, as if beachcombing. Picking up shards of a place's distant past, it's possible to piece together unexpected stories. Europe's venerable Jewish quarters are ideal places for this.

European Jewish history is dominated by the Holocaust and the brutal persecution and murder of Jews by ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Karin Slaughter

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A New York Times bestselling author, Karin Slaughter's latest book is the thriller, "Pretty Girls" (William Morrow, $27.99). "Since all of my stories are set in Georgia, I don't have to travel far to write about how beautiful the state is," says the 44-year-old Atlanta resident. "The ...Read more

Wisconsin's Kettle Moraine can burst with colors

Travel / Travel News /

Wisconsinites might grimace at how rough winters can get these days, but 20,000 years ago much of the state was under a sheet of ice thicker than a mile in some places. This Laurentide Ice Sheet extended south of Chicago. One of the most fascinating marks it left as the ice melted was the Kettle Moraine.

A "kettle" forms when debris from a ...Read more

Recipe: G is for grits in Shenandoah Valley

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If you eat out while vacationing in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, chances are the menu is going to include grits. On a recent trip there that included a drive on Skyline Drive, we got the dish of coarsely ground corn kernels boiled with water and/or cream not just as a side with breakfast at Cranberry's Grocery & Eatery in Staunton, but also at ...Read more

Chasing fall's colors in Virginia's picturesque Shenandoah Valley

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LURAY, Va. -- Some years ago, fresh out of college and poor as church mice, my husband and I set out on our great honeymoon adventure. Our three-day drive from Pittsburgh to jobs in Miami would take us through Virginia's picturesque Shenandoah Valley. To humor my father, we agreed to stop at Luray Caverns.

Good call, Dad!

Discovered in 1878 ...Read more

Around the World: Museum Hop in Chicago For A Great Family Adventure

Travel / Around the World /

No visit to Chicago is complete without a day – at the very least – of museum hopping.

The city’s impressive collection of world-class museums are clustered along picturesque Lake Shore Drive, or are situation in other neighborhoods that are easily reached by public transportation. So, making the rounds is really quite doable.

There are...Read more

Why Did American Reverse Course On My Compensation?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I recently experienced a 23-hour delay when flying from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to San Francisco on American Airlines. I spent nine hours at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and around 36 hours without sleep because of this issue, and also spent extra money on the rental car due to the late pickup. Finally, I missed two important ...Read more

Around the World: When in Finland, SAUNA!

Travel / Around the World /

When it comes to unwinding after a long journey or an arduous day’s work, most people worldwide take a moment to pour themselves a drink to take the edge off the day’s stresses and relax.

In Finland, people are more likely to head for the sauna. Whether they go solo or with friends or coworkers, Finns rely on sauna to ease their stress, ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Touring Paris, and other cities, with those who live there

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Forget the ubiquitous and delicious French macarons. "Parisians are very keen on eclairs now," said Edouard Morhange, as he ushers us into a shop called L'Atelier de L'eclair on the rue Bachaumont where all they sell are delectable eclairs -- strawberry, caramel, chocolate...

Morhange, who lives nearby and is on the board of the Paris Greeter (...Read more