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Colorado guest ranch keeps traditions alive

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MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. -- I was returning from a hike up Mount Vigil, the peak you can see from the Ranch at Emerald Valley, near Colorado Springs, when a leathery-faced cowboy walked by, humming a tune and leading a horse.

At the same moment, a car pulled up and the driver, eyes masked behind dark sunglasses, leaned out and asked for ...Read more

Boston, Italian-style

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A clear sky stretched over Boston Harbor like a taut, blue canvas, the sea air warming under the midday sun. The water was a smooth highway through which our water taxi skimmed toward moored sailboats. A white schooner sailed in fine trim off our port bow. "That's what I want next," said George Morton as he pointed out the schooner. Gray-haired ...Read more

In search of Americana, South Carolina-style

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A few years ago, I was driving through a rural community in South Carolina named Denmark when I stopped at a nondescript red brick building called Jim Harrison Gallery. I knew of Jim Harrison, a well-known Southern artist and author, but had never met him. At the time, he was best known for painting rural landscapes and coastal scenes, often ...Read more

Best places for kidding around in Europe

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

I'm often inspired by families on the road. Last summer, on a ferry between Oban and the Isle of Mull in Scotland, I met a family from Texas. The parents were taking their kids on a year-long adventure through Europe and told me how they've realized there's no better education or quality family time than traveling together -- and I ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With San Holo

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Better known by his stage name of San Holo, Dutch DJ, guitarist and producer Sander van Dijck, 28, says that he often finds inspiration for his music in his travels. "Traveling has affected my music a lot," he says. "Seeing new places and meeting new people -- it always gives me fresh insights and new perspectives on life, which tend to have an ...Read more

Around the World: Honor an American hero on Independence Day!

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July 4 is the perfect date to honor and celebrate some of the Americans heroes who played a historic role in making our nation great, and the best way to pay homage to them is to learn more about their contributions by visiting the places where they lived and worked.
 The trip need not be extensive or expensive — the ...Read more

Norwegian Airlines promised to refund my train tickets to London -- it didn't

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

When Norwegian Airlines cancels Andrew Brown's flight, it rebooks him and promises to reimburse the train tickets to his final destination. Then it changes course. Is he out of luck?

Q: My family and I booked round-trip flights to England on Norwegian Airlines as part of a 10-day vacation. On the morning we were due to fly, the airline sent us ...Read more

Taking the Kids: To Philadelphia and America's most historic square mile

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Talk about second-guessing. Thomas Jefferson couldn't have been happy. In Philadelphia on July 2, 1776, the delegates to the Second Continental Congress finally voted for independence, but they continued to argue about every word of the Declaration of Independence, making 86 changes, before the edited version was adopted on ...Read more

Tasty, fun and cheap: It's easy to see why Wisconsin is hooked on Friday fish fries

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In America's Dairyland, folks have about as much love for their Friday fish fries as they do for the Packers, cheese and beer. And leading the cheering squad -- for the fish, not the football -- is a Milwaukee guy named Caleb Westphal.

"I have eaten a fish fry every Friday night for at least 279 weeks," Westphal said in an email in mid-May, ...Read more

Why this is the best time to visit Disneyland

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LOS ANGELES -- Now may be the perfect time to visit Disneyland -- as long as you have no interest in checking out the park's Star Wars expansion.

The opening of the much-anticipated 14-acre Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge drew so many visitors since it opened May 31 that it substantially reduced wait times at all the other attractions in the Anaheim ...Read more

Around the World: Amsterdam’s Uniquely Dutch Lifestyle Museums

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Amsterdam’s big three art museums on Museumplein – the Rijksmueum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Staedlik Museum – are among the city’s top tourist attractions, and their proximity to each other makes visiting them very convenient. But touring another set of superb museums located along the Prinsengracht is a great way to explore ...Read more

Tivoli: Still Rome's great escape after 2,000 years

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

When travel dreams take people to Europe, Italy is often their first stop. There's something seductively charming about this country, its people, and "la dolce vita." I always feel at home in Italy, whether struggling onto a crowded bus in Rome, navigating the fun chaos of Naples, sipping a cocktail in a Venetian bar, or sitting on the banister ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Tim Lounibos

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Veteran actor Tim Lounibos ("Hawaii Five-0," "Criminal Minds," "NCIS") is best known for his portrayal of Ed Sung on Amazon's "Bosch." Well-traveled and always ready to explore, the actor said he learned a valuable lesson from his treks around the world. "We all might look different and have differing perspectives, but we're all essentially the ...Read more

Alexandria offers history come to vibrant life

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Most cities wouldn't take kindly to having it said they had gone to the dogs. Alexandria, however, enthusiastically admits to it.

With a population of 160,000, it has an estimated 40,000 dogs, and they have free range of the city (with their humans, of course.) They can enjoy pup-tinis on Barks, Brews and Bites night at ...Read more

Pool your resources: You can swim at Hearst Castle for a cool $1,250

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Imagine taking a dip in one of Hearst Castle's ornate pools on a warm summer evening. The historic swimming pools at the famously opulent private residence built by newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst will open for pool parties on selected evenings -- with a $1,250-per-person ticket price.

The pools have been among the most photographed...Read more

Taking the Kids: Making the most of summer vacation

Travel / Taking The Kids /

So much for spontaneity. It's hard to be spontaneous when you are carting a stroller, portable crib, diaper bags, toddlers and their backpacks.

Say goodbye to those days of taking off on a whim to a music festival, without a hotel or campground reservation. No more switching gears when you get to a train station in a foreign city and decide to ...Read more

Is LAX's Theme Building coming back to life as part of an on-airport hotel?

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LOS ANGELES -- In New York, JFK airport has found someone to transform its curvaceous but long-dead TWA terminal into a hotel. In downtown Los Angeles, Union Station has at last found a brewpub to fill its grand old Harvey House restaurant space after about 50 years.

So when will Los Angeles International Airport resurrect its own iconic, ...Read more

A wine country weekend close to home: Southwest Michigan's vineyards boast variety — and a cute new B&B

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"Sometimes I take baths because it's hard to drink wine in the shower."

This maxim hangs on the wall near the cedar tub in my room at Among the Vineyards, a bed and breakfast where the shoutouts to grown-up grape juice are as plentiful as misplaced beverage containers on the set of "Game of Thrones." (The B&B's Wi-Fi password? "Drinkwine.")

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Europe's crazy rich royals and their lavish retreats

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Just like today, the royal families of the past were fond of their countryside getaways. These lavish retreats provided an escape from the city and the summer heat, a place for diversions like hunting and horseback riding, and enough land to build grand showpiece palaces and gardens. While Europe has many royal retreats, a few are remarkable for...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Avan Jogia

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Born in Canada, Avan Jogia came to the United States with a challenge. His parents gave him six months to get an acting job or return home and finish school. He has remained in Los Angeles ever since. Best known for his roles in Nickelodeon's "Victorious" and STARZ's "Now Apocalypse," he can be seen in Samuel L. Jackson's reboot of the feature ...Read more