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Taking the Kids: Ten-plus ideas for summer adventures in ski country

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Time for a bike ride? Not so fast! Not if you are going to try mountain-biking, says Rick Sokoloff, the mountain bike program director at Smugglers’ Notch Resort in Vermont and co-founder of the Stowe Mountain Bike Club.

It's a lot different to bike on a ...Read more

The Easy Streets of Copenhagen

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Copenhagen, Denmark's capital, is an improbable combination of corny Danish cliches, well-dressed executives having a business lunch amid cutting-edge contemporary architecture and some of the funkiest counterculture in Europe. And yet, it all just works so tidily together.

I like tuning in to the little details of everyday life here. Along ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Constance Zimmer

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

"Traveling opens your eyes to different cultures," says actress Constance Zimmer. "I have learned that there are many, many people living in countries with so much less than what we have and they sometimes seem much happier (than us)." The star of the Lifetime series "UnREAL," Zimmer also may be seen in the film adaptation of "Entourage." The ...Read more

Around the World: Staying Healthy During Flight

Travel / Around the World /

Let’s face it: airplanes are germ-packed places where travelers are exposed to a full range of contagious diseases. You face the possibility of catching a vacation-spoiling disease whether the plane filled with other passengers during a peak travel seasons or relatively empty. Whether you’re seated in coach, business or first class, you’re...Read more

In the Southwest, exploring the mysteries of the ancient Pueblo people

Travel / Travel News /

GRAND GULCH, Utah -- As the setting sun turned the red rock of southern Utah to a deepening shade of pink, I set up camp below an ancient ruin tucked high into a cliff. My tent raised, I enjoyed a hot pasta dinner while contemplating what looked like a house 70 feet above from where I sat.

Questions came to mind about the people who lived up ...Read more

Experience 'Saturday Night Live' at new exhibit

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"Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition" is like walking through the 40th-anniversary show that ran in February and the James Franco-made documentary "Saturday Night."

The exhibition, which opened up at the end of May, takes you through the work week at "Saturday Night Live," from meeting the host for the week to watching the show. In between are ...Read more

Five ways to play on Coronado Island

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Surf surges against this pristine shore, the white sand dotted picturesquely with red-striped cabanas. A paved footpath leads up to the iconic grand hotel. And it doesn't take much imagination to see Marilyn Monroe on this beach, sun-kissed and windswept in her short white beach robe.

In fact, it takes no imagination at all. All over Coronado ...Read more

At Southern California theme parks, some new twists on old rides

Travel / Travel News /

LOS ANGELES -- It's sequel summer at Southern California theme parks.

Park operators traditionally rip out aging rides to make way for fresh, cutting-edge offerings. But this season, local theme parks are rolling out upgrades of old stalwarts.

Six Flags Magic Mountain has reworked its historic wooden roller coaster with gut-churning twists and...Read more

Going deep into the jungle at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

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OMAHA, Neb. -- Deep into the rainforest, the warm air is sticky with humidity and a ghostly mist hangs just above our heads. Through the tangled web of tropical trees of fig, bamboo and palm come sounds, curiously exotic and occasionally shiver-inducing.

Somewhere close by I hear low growls and grunts mixed in with high, excited shrieking, and ...Read more

Looking for new attractions in San Francisco? Here are some ideas for travelers

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Miniature golf and alcohol, together at last. New lights on the Ferry Building. Fire pits and picnickers on the Presidio's parade lawn. Screaming scarlet walls on Nob Hill. A clamorous neo-Hawaiian feast on Sutter Street and a muted neo-Mexican repast in the Mission District. These things are happening in San Francisco. I found ...Read more

Northwest's first citizens develop tribal tourism

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Where else could I get an authentic Indian fry-bread taco, geoduck chowder and a Northwest native dogwood to plant in the yard, all in one stop?

This was a May visit in Washington state to a garden sale and open house at the Kitsap Peninsula's newly restored Heronswood Garden, now a property of the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe.

A week earlier, ...Read more

Look Before You Book On Priceline

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I'm a frequent Priceline user and love its services. But I had a technical issue with the Priceline website bidding that resulted in the booking of a room at an inferior star level and in a section of town I did not select.

I recently bid on a room in the Fulton-Gwinnett area of Georgia. As soon as the order went through, I saw that it was ...Read more

Taking the Kids: To Half Moon Bay

Travel / Taking The Kids /

We're walking past groves of soaring redwood "families," some with their innards carved out as the result of forest fires.

But we're not in a crowded national park. In fact, we've pretty much got the hiking trail to ourselves in Butano State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains, midway between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay and only a little more ...Read more

Rome after dark

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

In Rome, sunset brings unexpected magic. A stroll in the cool of the evening is made memorable by the romance of the Eternal City. The tourist who retreats at night to an air-conditioned hotel room is missing the best time to plunge into Rome. Once the museums close and the crowds thin, Rome relaxes. The city -- so grand and monumental by day --...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Suk Park

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Born in South Korea, raised in Spain and educated in the United States, entrepreneur Suk Park now resides in Manhattan's Upper West Side with his wife and two children. Park, 41, is the co-founder and president of DramaFever (, a popular multilingual video streaming service that offers ...Read more

Miami's Calle Ocho hints at Havana that was, that isn't, and which might come to pass

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Calle Ocho is a street of dreams. The Miami thoroughfare formally known as Southwest Eighth Street is the heart of Little Havana. It's the next-best-thing to visiting Cuba for many Americans; the lodestone of the large Cuban-American community that settled in Miami in waves after Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution.

Stroll the heart of Calle Ocho, ...Read more

Tourism operator spearheading a boom in new Catalina Island attractions

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Catalina Island, just 22 miles southwest of Los Angeles, is experiencing a big boom in tourism, coinciding with a transformation led by Irvine, Calif.-based Santa Catalina Island Co.

The group, which owns much of the commercial property on the island -- including hotels, restaurants and retail areas -- has been adding new attractions for the ...Read more

Around the World: “Bon Bini” is Aruban for "Welcome", and They Mean It!

Travel / Around the World /

ORANJESTAD, ARUBA -- Each Tuesday evening, tourists in this charming Caribbean island town gather at Fort Zoutman for Aruba’s weekly Bonbini Festival, a spectacular display song, dance and crafts, presented in celebration of the island's unique cultural heritage.

“Bon bini” means welcome in Papiamento, Aruba’s distinctive l sometimes ...Read more

Did We Forget To Mention The Underage Driver Fee?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I’m an Expedia travel agent affiliate, and I’m writing to you on behalf of one of my clients for whom I booked a vacation package. I’m writing to complain about the car-rental portion of the package and, specifically, a fee imposed by Hertz on my client because she’s under 25.

While I explained to my client at the time of booking ...Read more

Go outside when you're inside Europe

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

After spending the last 30 springs and summers in Europe, it seems to me that, more and more, the culture is celebrated outdoors. Cities and towns everywhere are competing to attract tourists; there is more than enough music, drink, theater, and fun to keep these concerts and festivals going and growing. Make a point in your travels to enjoy the...Read more