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Taking the Kids: Finding hidden gems in snow country

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Can you keep a secret? "We only tell our nearest and dearest friends," laughs Denverite Amanda Arguello, mom of two, ages 6 and 4.

She's talking about Ski Cooper, a small -- and inexpensive -- snow resort just outside Leadville, Colorado, and a half-hour from Vail and other major Colorado resorts. But a family of four can ski here for less than...Read more

Krakow: The heart and soul of Poland

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Krakow is easily Poland's most popular destination, located in the southern region of perhaps Europe's most underappreciated country. It's a charming, old-fashioned city buzzing with quirky history, unforgettable sights, and fun-loving college students. Even though the country's capital moved to Warsaw 400 years ago, Krakow remains Poland's ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Jessica Pimentel

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

As one of the breakout stars of the Netflix original series "Orange Is the New Black," Jessica Pimentel brings life to complicated inmate Maria Ruiz. The actress has another side to her as well: musician. She fronts the indie death-metal band Alekhine's Gun. A huge fan of New York, Pimentel resides in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. Fans may ...Read more

Reindeer Reign at Karasjok’s Easter Festival

Travel / Around the World /

Perhaps the holiday you most readily associate with reindeer is Christmas, when -- as legend and wishful thinking suggest -- a gift-giving Santa harnesses his fleet-footed herd to his sleigh and circles the globe to deliver goodies to good little boys and girls of all ages.

Christmas is celebrated in Karasjok, Norway, ...Read more

WOW air, where's my $92 refund?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: A few months ago, my WOW air flight from Edinburgh, Scotland, to Keflavik, Iceland, was delayed. That caused me and my travel companion to miss our connecting flight to Baltimore.

The next day, WOW rerouted us to Washington Dulles International Airport on Icelandair. But our car was 60 miles away at Baltimore-Washington International Airport...Read more

Taking the Kids: Finding the value at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico

Travel / Taking The Kids /

The three Goenka kids are splashing in the pool with their dad, while their mom sits poolside in the sun, a big smile on her face. "A real vacation," sighs Kelly Goenka, noting that it is the first resort vacation for the Toronto family since before the birth of their 4 year old.

The family had chosen Azul Beach Resort the Fives, a homeandleisure/travel/takingthekids/s-1927793">Read more

Disney California Adventure's Guardians of the Galaxy ride to open May 27

Travel / Travel News /

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and other super heroes will start invading Disney California Adventure this summer, part of The Walt Disney Co.'s continuing push to stamp its Anaheim theme parks with another one of its popular franchises.

With "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" already slated to hit theaters on May 5, Disney ...Read more

 Escape to Newfoundland’s Stress-Free Avalon 

Travel / Around the World /

Residents of Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula don’t claim direct lineage from denizens of the mythical English domain where Joseph of Arimathea first preached the Christian gospel in Old England, and where fabled King Arthur is laid to rest. But they do boast a wonderfully old world ambiance that’s wrapped in convenient ...Read more

Soaking it up in Europe's best spas

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

With my intense travel schedule, I savor detours where I put away the schedule and notes and simply enjoy the moment. And for me, there's no better detour in Europe than visiting a public bath or spa for a relaxing, good soak.

Some Americans are prudish when it comes to enjoying public baths in Europe -- especially when the dress code is just a...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Suzy Nakamura

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Born and raised in Chicago, Suzy Nakamura credits her career at The Second City for honing her comedic chops. Her prolific film and television work includes "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Veep" and "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story." Nakamura, who stars opposite Ken Jeong in the ABC comedy series, "Dr. ...Read more

Fun day trips await across the Golden Gate Bridge in Northern California

Travel / Travel News /

Northern California in January? Why not?

Sure, on a recent new year jaunt to the Bay Area, it rained five out of seven days, as an extraordinary weather phenomenon known as an "atmospheric river" soaked the northern half of the state out of its five-year drought. But San Francisco is mild year-round, and as a traveler fleeing Minnesota in ...Read more

In Portland, it's best to go with the flow

Travel / Travel News /

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Here's the thing about this laid-back seaport city nestled in the shadow of Oregon's majestic Mount Hood. To really enjoy it, it's best to go native.

Portland, to quote our Uber driver, has "a very chill vibe." So to get your panties in a twist because, say, you happened to arrive on one of the coldest days in recent memory (...Read more

Get up close to elk and bighorns at winter feeding site in Yakima County

Travel / Travel News /

NACHES, Yakima County -- The bighorn sheep know when it's lunch time. Would you expect any less from a creature with a four-part stomach?

Once distant specks against the snow, the California bighorn filed down the hillside at about 10:30 a.m. on a recent Saturday morning, marching in such an orderly row that any elementary-school teacher would ...Read more

Born to be wild (flowers): Three springtime delights in the desert

Travel / Travel News /

If spring wildflowers were people, they'd be a carefree lot, free spirits who don't set their alarm clocks and never check email. They'd toss their colorful heads with a mischievous catch-me-if-you-can dare, living by the seats of their pants. If they had pants. But they don't. They're flowers, born to be wild and au so naturel.

From coast to ...Read more

My flight was canceled and I had to pay extra to travel

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: My friend and I used our frequent-flier miles to book a flight on American Airlines' partner airline LATAM Airlines Group S.A. from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina. That flight, the only one of the day, was canceled due to pilot illness.

Both LATAM and American refused to rebook us on another flight, each claiming that it was the other's ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Visiting Antarctica

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Who needs a sled! In Antarctica, they're superfluous -- for both humans and penguins. The Chinstrap penguins we watch (so named because of their black markings that resemble a chin strap) effortlessly slide down a big ice floe into the water amid the floating chunks of ice, leaving tracks just like skiers on a powder day.

The 34 kids that are ...Read more

New food tours offer deep dive into Key West seafood, rum

Travel / Travel News /

KEY WEST, Fla. -- Chef Paul Menta is passionate about fish and rum -- the subjects of colorful stories over the years in his adopted home, the Florida Keys.

Menta is executive chef at The Stoned Crab, a sprawling seafood restaurant in Key West. The Philadelphia native also co-owns a distillery that last year produced about 18,000 bottles of rum...Read more

5 don't-miss Hawaii surf spots

Travel / Travel News /

What's not to love about Hawaii's perfect waves?

The water is so warm, you'll never hear the word "wetsuit" on the lips of locals. The sea is crystal clear and many places are surrounded by lush, green hills and pristine, sandy beaches that will make you feel like you've found a slice of heaven.

For some, Hawaii is where they fell in love with...Read more

For Gulf Coast thrill seekers, Alabama theme park to open in May

Travel / Travel News /

A new theme park coming to Alabama's Gulf Coast hopes to fill a void left by Hurricane Katrina's destruction of Six Flags New Orleans more than a decade ago.

The Owa theme park, about 45 minutes southeast of Mobile, is set to open May 17. It will feature 20 rides as part of a $500 million complex built by a local Native American tribe.

The 14-...Read more

Kids can have a blast at Kennedy Space Center camp

Travel / Travel News /

Looking for a kids camp that's out of this world? Check out Camp Kennedy Space Center (KSC) near Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Camp KSC is running a three-day spring break session April 12-14 for students in second through ninth grade. If those dates don't align with your school calendar, nine weeklong sessions will also be available this summer.

...Read more