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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Brian Dietzen

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Fans of the CBS crime procedural "NCIS" know Brian Dietzen as Dr. Jimmy Palmer. An avid fan of road trips, Dietzen says, "When we were growing up, my dad and mom wanted us to explore the United States. Our family went to Yellowstone and all these different national parks. We went out to California every now and again and we returned to the ...Read more

A winter wonderland that caters to all

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It's funny how a majestic Lake Tahoe vista, all lathered in snow, can bring out vastly different desires in different people.

The adrenaline junkie lays eyes on the powdery terrain and instantly yearns to rip through it at a frantic pace on a pair of skis, or aboard a snarling snowmobile.

Meanwhile, the more laid-back type prefers to position ...Read more

A Tahoe North Shore romp, with ziplines and more at Treetop Adventure Parks

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The most fun I've ever had while fearing for my life -- that should have been emblazoned on the T-shirt I wore while traipsing through two of Tahoe's three unforgettable Treetop Adventure Parks with my daughter.

If you love to scramble up tree trunks, whoosh along a zip line or experience a day in the life of a squirrel, this is the ultimate ...Read more

Los Angeles: Is it really 'America's capital of the 21st century'?

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It's been a long time since theme parks were the main reason to go to Los Angeles. That's even true for starstruck fans for whom the Hollywood Walk of Fame and other flashy, industry-related attractions are the main lure.

Los Angeles has begun to shed its reputation as a culturally backward sprawl of freeways, suburbs and soulless strip malls ...Read more

Want to really see Atlanta? Get out of the airport and forget what you think you know

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ATLANTA -- I've always joked that when I die, whether I go to Heaven or Hell, I will have to change planes in Atlanta. I suspect that many of us who live in the south feel the same. I'm intimately familiar with every nook and cranny of the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, but am less so with the city itself.

Oh, I've done the usual -- ...Read more

I canceled my flight within 24 hours -- where's my refund?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I booked a flight on British Airways from Cairo to Houston in June using Expedia. I canceled it within 24 hours and requested a refund. I was told it may take up to six weeks to process.

Now we are way beyond the six weeks, and nothing has appeared in my account yet. I contacted Expedia and it claims the ticket was refunded three months ago....Read more

Hidden San Diego website offers adventure but raises ethical questions

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SAN DIEGO -- The first time Jessica Johnson explored the Mushroom Caves in Solana Beach she was trespassing.

It was 2013, a few years after the 35-year-old elementary school art teacher first started documenting her passion for adventurous, sometimes dangerous hikes on her increasingly popular website Hidden San Diego.

Walking along the path ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Making holiday lights a post-Thanksgiving tradition

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Let the gawking begin!

There's no better time to see who has the biggest and best holiday lights than as soon as the Thanksgiving dishes are done. In some cases, before Thanksgiving if you are looking for ways to get everyone out of the house.

Cities, towns and hotels, just like many families, are getting ...Read more

Not just a pretty place, the Finger Lakes are a destination for history and wine

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Even considering that a travel writer's career is unconventional, this was an unusual day at the office. Standing in front of a large illuminated screen filled with cartoon and movie characters, and using just the motion of my arms against the screen, I was trying to get Darth Vader to do battle with Yoda.

Darth, menacing as ...Read more

Christmas arrives at Hogwarts Castle, and so has all that new Harry Potter merchandise

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood is adding a holiday light show that splashes images of falling snow, flying owls and wizards on broomsticks on the 200-foot Hogwarts Castle.

The new show, the first Christmas celebration at the Harry Potter land, is free with admission, but it gives the park an excuse to ...Read more

Boomer buddies become kids again, kicking back on Florida's southwest coast

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"No, Pete, turn here."

Navigating a pontoon boat through the maze of islands off the southwest coast of Florida turns out to be nothing like sailing on the Great Lakes. Our friend, Pete, has done the latter for decades, but finding our way to Keewaydin Island dumbfounds us all.

The boat-rental guy said it would be easy. Just follow the map, he...Read more

South Spain's big three: Granada, Cordoba, and Sevilla

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

The quintessential image of Spain is the region of Andalucia, home of bullfights, flamenco, whitewashed hill towns and glamorous Mediterranean resorts. And while much of the region's appeal is in its hill and coastal retreats, at the heart of Andalucia are three great cities: Granada, Cordoba and Sevilla.

Granada is the famous last home of the ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Kimberly Hebert Gregory

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Kimberly Hebert Gregory's latest role is as Yvette on ABC's "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World." During her time off from filming, she enjoys heading off on trips with family and friends. "It's getting harder to find untapped destinations nowadays," says the Los Angeles-based actress. "One of my favorite places is Lake Retba (Senegal). It's a ...Read more

Can Palladium Travel Club keep my money?

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: My husband and I recently stayed at the Grand Palladium Bavaro Suites in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. While we were there, we were invited to attend a sales presentation for the Palladium Travel Club. We paid $8,174 as initial payment, which included a deposit and administrative fee, using our credit card for a 30-year package with 60 all-...Read more

Around the World: Ready, Set, Start Your Holiday Shopping!

Travel / Around the World /

Before you go racing off to that crowded mall to treasure hunt for your favorite traveler’s seasonal gift, consider the variety, value and ease of shopping online.  The trick is to order gifts early, so you can avoid express shipping surcharges that will impact your budget for gift-giving.

Browsing online travel purveyor ...Read more

Outdoor adventures, inner Zen in Oregon's quirky Portland

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon's quirkiest city may tout its desire to "Keep Portland Weird," but it's the Zen of the place that takes hold at the Portland Japanese Garden. Tucked away in the steep hills of Washington Park, towering trees shade the winding paths in a haze of verdant green and gilded autumn hues. Lush gardens and flowing streams vie ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Debunking Thanksgiving myths

Travel / Taking The Kids /

There wasn't any pie, pumpkin or otherwise. No cranberry sauce or potatoes either. Nor was turkey the center of the feast.

More likely, culinary historians report, that first Thanksgiving in the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims and Native Americans from the Wampanoag tribe feasted on venison, shellfish, and while there might have been ...Read more

Getting around in Scottsdale

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My first trip to Scottsdale, Ariz., took me quite by surprise.

Somehow I imagined Scottsdale as a predominantly golf and spa mecca, surrounded by miles of luxury resorts and lush greens with dramatic mountain backdrops. To be sure, that image stands true and is an important part of Scottsdale's appeal.

What I didn't realize is that this ...Read more

'Top Chef' takes on Denver, where food scene is reaching new heights

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Let's play a game: I'll name a city, and you think of food associated with that place.

Ready? Denver.

What comes to mind? Omelets? Rocky Mountain oysters? How about bison, venison or the meat of other animals that keeps taxidermists paying income taxes?

Maybe you're pondering another kind of edible, given Colorado's embrace of recreational ...Read more

Disneyland is adding 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' scenes to its Star Tours ride

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"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" doesn't open in theaters until Dec. 15, but Disneyland visitors who board a vehicle on the Star Tours attraction can get an early glimpse of scenes from the film.

Disneyland was to add scenes from the newest "Star Wars" movie to its Star Tours attractions last week, the resort announced in a blog post.

The park said ...Read more