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Austria meets Italy in bicultural Bolzano

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

The Dolomites -- the dramatic mountains along Italy's northeast border -- offer not only some of Europe's most scenic alpine experiences, but a chance to encounter an intriguing mingling of cultures. These Alps belong to the long-Austrian, now-Italian region of South Tirol, an area that for centuries has been at one of Europe's main crossroads, ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Seamus Mullen

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

The author of "Real Food Heals: Eat to Feel Younger and Stronger Every Day" (Avery, $35), Seamus Mullen was also a finalist on the Food Network series, "The Next Iron Chef." Based out of Brooklyn, New York, Mullen has been able to marry his love of cooking and traveling by pairing up with DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co.'s "Chef on Wheels" tours ...Read more

Do 'local laws' mean I don't have a claim for my canceled Aer Lingus flight?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: Our recent Aer Lingus flight from Orlando, Florida, to Dublin was canceled five hours before departure for no concrete reason. My husband and I are wondering if we have a claim under EU Regulation 261/2004. Aer Lingus says we do not because of "local laws," and refunded $142 for our hotel room. We are not cashing this check, as we do not want...Read more

Waiting for snowflakes at Colorado ski resorts

Travel / Travel News /

TABERNASH, Colo. -- Ready or not, powder hounds, here comes the snow.

On Sept. 29, the first snowfall of the season dusted Colorado ski resorts, dropping just enough white flakes for impatient snowboarders to score a downhill run through the trees. But the storm was just an opener for the main event.

A couple of days later another white-out ...Read more

Taking the Kids: A cruise for the whole family

Travel / Taking The Kids /

No Way! No way will I go on a cruise. No way do I want to be stuck on a ship with 3,000 strangers, waiting in long lines...

I've heard every complaint -- including from my own relatives -- when I've suggested a cruise as a great bet for a multigenerational gathering. They couldn't be more wrong, especially these days when there are ships to ...Read more

A Yosemite park ranger's five favorite spots

Travel / Travel News /

Yosemite National Park is not just about Half Dome, spectacular as it is. There's so much beauty and bounty to check out in its northern reaches, where the crowds are sparse and the sights spectacular. So we asked park ranger Jamie Richards about some of her favorite spots. She's particularly fond of Tuolumne Meadows and the points along Tioga ...Read more

A Taste of Transylvania in North Carolina

Travel / Travel News /

Looking for a couple's getaway to keep you both happy? A surprisingly attractive option lies a reasonably short distance from the Asheville, N.C., airport. Home to world-class mountain bikers drawn to its extensive trail network and mild winters, nationally known fly fishermen and an internationally acclaimed music center, this rural getaway ...Read more

Fall day trip: A bike ride between two Minnesota icons

Travel / Travel News /

Someday the Gitchi-Gami State Trail might extend 89 miles along Minnesota's North Shore from Two Harbors to Grand Marais -- a cyclist's answer to the 310-mile Superior Hiking Trail.

Until that utopian vision comes to pass, the paved bike trail exists in only a few short segments. The highlight so far may be the 7 or 8 miles between two iconic ...Read more

Visit Oysterville on the Long Beach (Wash.) Peninsula for fresh oysters and a slice of history

Travel / Travel News /

OYSTERVILLE, Wash. -- Usually, razor clams get all the publicity.

Last spring's razor clam-digging opening on the 28-mile-long Long Beach Peninsula's ocean beach was a big deal because state fisheries honchos temporarily upped the daily limit after a long closure assured a good harvest. Fanatical diggers descended in droves.

But cross the 13/4...Read more

Visiting Germany's Lutherland

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Martin Luther -- a pious monk and fiery orator who became "The Great Reformer" -- came from a humble, pastoral corner of Germany's heartland. It's a land of half-timbered villages, rolling hills and fanciful castles -- and where Luther's bold attempts to reform the Catholic Church launched the Protestant Reformation. This month marks the 500th ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Dhani Jones

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Former NFL linebacker Dhani Jones traveled constantly playing for teams such as the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and the Cincinnati Bengals. The author of "The Sportsman: Unexpected Lessons ...Read more

Our family vacation is in limbo after Norwegian cancels our flight

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: My family and I booked tickets with Norwegian Air Shuttle to fly to Rome via Oslo for our summer vacation. On the day of our outbound flight, Norwegian texted us that the flight was canceled, but offered no assistance to rebook in a timely fashion and no apology. The airline just offered us two options: either a refund or a flight one week ...Read more

Around the World: Taking the Stress Out Of Holiday Travel

Travel / Around the World /

Travel during the holiday season rush is usually much more stressful than travel at any other time of the year.  Lines are long, planes are crowded, extra baggage filled with gifts for friends and family must be handled. That puts a lot of pressure on the transportation system, and the full range of employees who keep the system running. ...Read more

Taking the Kids: San Diego where kids are free all month!

Travel / Taking The Kids /

What should we do first? Commune with penguins or pandas; take a surfing lesson or try an electric bike? Maybe you'd rather explore a museum, sample thrill rides or spend the day tinkering with LEGOS. There's always the beach -- miles and miles. Maybe you'd rather stop and smell the roses -- 200 different kinds!

Welcome to San Diego, considered...Read more

Dodging sticky fingers: How to outfox pickpockets

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

I don't give much thought to petty crime when I travel abroad. I'm well aware that it happens: I've been preaching about the importance of wearing a money belt for decades. And for decades -- probably about a total of 4,000 days of travel -- I've never been hit by a thief. Well, my happy streak finally ended: I was pickpocketed in Paris this ...Read more

4 perfect picnic spots in the Sierra foothills, from Sonora to Yosemite

Travel / Travel News /

There's something irresistible about autumn picnics. Summer's heat has waned and the crisp air makes us long for al fresco feasts -- perhaps with a Thermos of something warm and hearty to accompany those sandwiches, cider and sides.

The foothills of California's Gold Country are dotted with beautiful picnic spots. Here are just a few of our ...Read more

Leaf peeping in Virginia wine country

Travel / Travel News /

LEESBURG, Va. -- The rolling hills around this historic town and county seat northwest of Washington, D.C., has long been known as horse country. Jackie Kennedy famously rode with the Piedmont Fox Hounds in nearby Middleburg, and even today there are more horses than houses in Loudoun County, which was settled in the mid-1720s and still feels a ...Read more

Harpers Ferry: '… worth a voyage across the Atlantic.'

Travel / Travel News /

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. -- "The passage of the Patowmac through the Blue Ridge is perhaps one of the most stupendous scenes in Nature," Thomas Jefferson wrote of the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers in 1783.

"This scene is worth a voyage across the Atlantic."

Many appear to have heeded his recommendation. On a recent weekend, you ...Read more

My son was shut out of his B&B in Montreal

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: My son, Luke, recently stayed at the Gite Maamm Bolduc -- a bed-and-breakfast in Montreal -- and was locked out of the building when he returned late at night. There was a digital lock, but he was not given a code for it.

After calling the bed-and-breakfast with no answer, I obtained another room for him at a hotel, albeit much more ...Read more

Around the World: Giving the Gift of Travel with Inspiring Stories and Bank Accounts

Travel / Around the World /

Sitting next to a chatty stranger on a long flight needn’t be a downer -- especially if your seatmate is a good storyteller with a satchel full of entertaining tales about previous travels to exotic places. By the time you land, you may have been inspired to create a whole new list of destinations that you really want to visit.

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