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In Europe, shop for memories -- not stuff

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

With each trip I take, I look for cultural souvenirs -- experiences and memories are the gold nuggets of travel. Shopping is never my priority, but I find the best souvenirs come from local entrepreneurs and craftspeople. These days, Europe's modern shopping arenas are also fun spots to witness a slice of contemporary life. In moderation, it can...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Malcolm David Kelley

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

After impressing critics with his work in films such as "Antwone Fisher," Malcolm David Kelley was cast to play Walt on the hit series, "Lost." Now 25, Kelley is one of the stars of the new Kathryn Bigelow film "Detroit," which is based on the Algiers Motel incident during that city's 1967 12th Street Riot. "Detroit is a city with so much ...Read more

Why did United cancel my return flight?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I recently flew from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on United Airlines. The gate from which I was boarding my flight in Chicago was a shared gate with another United flight leaving at approximately the same time, and there was much confusion boarding both flights with shared gate attendants...Read more

Taking the Kids: Family reunion central

Travel / Taking The Kids /

What's the most fun? Maybe the Rocky Mountain hikes, the horseback riding, the chance to do crafts and eat homemade ice cream. We are after all in Estes Park, Colorado, at the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park.

But as fun as Colorado is in the summer, there's something more important going on here at the YMCA of the Rockies. "It's eating ...Read more

Alsace blends the best of France and Germany

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

The French province of Alsace stands like a flower-child referee between Germany and France. Bounded by the Rhine River on the east and the Vosges Mountains on the west, this is a green region of Hansel-and-Gretel villages, ambitious vineyards, and vibrant cities. Food and wine are the primary industry, topic of conversation, and perfect excuse ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Mickaëlle X. Bizet

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Los Angeles-based actress Mickaëlle X. Bizet ("American Crime," "Diary of the MadMan") formerly lived in Martinique, Paris, Viry-Châtillon and Boston. An avid traveler who speaks French, Creole and Spanish -- in addition to English -- she says her knowledge of foreign languages has helped her as a tourist. "My favorite travel memory isn't ...Read more

Inn-Escapable: California's Great Wolf Lodge

Travel / Travel News /

The Great Wolf Lodge is the country's largest family of indoor water park resorts, with 16 water park and lodge offerings spread across the U.S. The year-old Garden Grove, Calif., resort, located about three miles from Disneyland, is the chain's first California venture. You can certainly stay at the resort during your next Disney excursion, but...Read more

Bumped from our Delta flight -- are we owed anything?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I was wondering if I could get your opinion on this issue my wife and I had with Delta Air Lines. We recently flew from Cleveland to Aruba via Atlanta. But we were removed from our connecting flight and had to spend the night in Atlanta. Delta covered our meals and hotel expenses.

I believe my wife and I were involuntarily denied boarding. ...Read more

Two hundred years later, game-changing Erie Canal traffics in tourists

Travel / Travel News /

WATERFORD, N.Y. -- Earlier this year, Jim and Jan Donnelly sold or stored what they owned in Annapolis, Md., and shoved off for New York's Hudson River with son AJ, a dog and a cat.

They moored their 36-foot catamaran in this small town north of Albany to do some sightseeing, tidy their boat and plot their course west on the Erie Canal. It's ...Read more

Scandinavian heritage, quirky charm await on winsome Washington Island

Travel / Travel News /

WASHINGTON ISLAND, Wis. -- Unlike many island vacation spots, Washington Island -- a half-hour ferry ride from Wisconsin's Door County peninsula -- takes pride in being quirky.

Let's start with the sign in the window of K.K. Fiske Restaurant: "Fresh Lawyers." No, it's not an ad for cocky litigators. These "lawyers" are tender and tasty -- ...Read more

9 fun things in Honolulu: Seattle Times food writer finds old favorites and new

Travel / Travel News /

HONOLULU -- This city isn't most travelers' postcard vision of Hawaiian paradise, with waves lapping at a tranquil beach and a bungalow surrounded by lush foliage in the background. The city looks startling flying in, a slew of tall buildings crowding around the harbor's azure waters. The tourism of Waikiki, Honolulu's famous beach district, ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Walking in Jane Austen's footsteps

Travel / Taking The Kids /

CHAWTON, England -- The tiny writing table and chair don't seem very comfortable, much less the place where some of the most beloved and enduring English heroes and heroines were brought to life.

Jane Austen was her most prolific at this small table and chair in a modest cottage in the tiny village of Chawton in Hampshire, England, about a half...Read more

Disneyland can't work its magic on wait times

Travel / Travel News /

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Like scores of other Disneyland fans, Craig Yoshihara has developed his own time-tested technique for avoiding long wait times for rides in the park.

The pastor from Dinuba, Calif., who visits at least once a month, rushes in as soon as the gates open and quickly heads to Space Mountain and Star Tours before hitting other ...Read more

Does this little amusement park really have the best wooden coaster in the world?

Travel / Travel News /

Ride enthusiasts beat a path each summer to ride the world's best wooden coaster in one of the most unlikely of places: a small amusement park located halfway between New York City and Boston that bills itself as the oldest continuously operating amusement park in the United States.

I made my pilgrimage this summer to Lake Compounce in Bristol,...Read more

My Disney mind

Travel / Travel News /

My name is Todd, and I am addicted to Disney theme parks.

This spring, I spent 10 days at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., even though I live less than an hour away from Disneyland, which I visit at least several times during any given month. For the amount of money it cost me to go to Disney World, I could have gone almost anywhere on the ...Read more

Around the World: Wonderful Easter Island

Travel / Around the World /

Like the holiday for which it was names, Easter Island does give rise to a sense of wonder. It’s a rocky dot of land in the middle of the vast ocean, miles from any other land mass, yet it has sustained life and its own civilization for centuries.

Imagine the astonishment felt by the Dutch explorer Admiral Jacob Roggenveen ...Read more

How travel pried open my hometown blinders

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

I'll never forget my first trip to Europe. I was a gangly 14-year-old, dragged to the old country by a conspiracy of grandparents and parents solely to visit Norwegian relatives. I didn't want to go. It just didn't make sense.

Jet lag wasn't the problem. It was teen culture-shock: No Fanta. No hamburgers. But after a few days I was wild about ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Molly Bernard

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Actress Molly Bernard ("Sully") likes staying busy, which is a good thing given her work schedule. The star of TV Land's "Younger" -- where she portrays publicist Lauren Heller -- also has a recurring role on the Emmy Award-winning series, "Transparent" (Amazon Prime Video). Bernard, 29, resides in Brooklyn, and is a fan of New York in general: ...Read more

Delta stopped flying to Barbados -- is our vacation ruined?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: My family and I made plans to fly to Barbados on Delta Air Lines to celebrate the new year. Unfortunately, several months after we booked this trip, the airline notified us that it no longer will fly to the Caribbean island.

I've been offered a refund, but I would prefer Delta give us tickets to an alternate Caribbean destination, so that we...Read more

Hotel del Coronado is going to become a Hilton

Travel / Travel News /

SAN DIEGO -- The storied Hotel del Coronado will soon become a Hilton hotel, joining the huge hospitality company's smaller Curio Collection of more unique, upscale properties around the world.

But don't expect to see a large Hilton marquee suddenly adorn the facade of the 129-year-old, red-roofed Victorian building. While Hilton's physical ...Read more


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