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Taking the Kids: Celebrating Martin Luther King

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"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that," Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously said. "Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that."

These words, and many others attributed to Dr. King, have been carved into the stone at the Martin Luther King Memorialin Washington, D.C. In...Read more

L.A. County sets another tourism record

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LOS ANGELES -- For the seventh straight year, Los Angeles County has set a record for drawing big-spending tourists.

The county hosted 48.3 million visitors in 2017, a 2.2 percent increase over the record 47.3 million tourists in 2016, according to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who announced the fresh record during a recent news conference ...Read more

Following in the footsteps of fictional character Doc Ford in Sanibel and Captiva, Fla.

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Darkness has descended over the southwest Florida swamps as I ease my rental car into the parking lot of Tarpon Lodge on Pine Island. Grabbing my bag, I head for the marina to meet up with Captain Jack La Plante, whose boat will be my ride over to Cabbage Key.

As we skim across Pine Island Sound on a moonless night, I let my imagination run ...Read more

What's new in Scandinavia for 2018

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Anyone traveling in Scandinavia this year will find a region that's investing productively in itself. Numerous urban, cultural and transit projects are underway, continuing the Scandinavian devotion to quality of life for residents and visitors alike. Here are some newsworthy notes to keep in mind as you travel in the region in 2018.

In Denmark...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Min Jin Lee

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New York Times best-selling author Min Jin Lee spent four years in Japan doing research on her sweeping novel, "Pachinko" (Grand Central Publishing, $27), which was a National Book Award finalist. The time spent overseas provided valuable insight for the New Yorker, who "was based in Tokyo, but I ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Having fun in the snow during Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

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Sometimes, that one selfie offers indisputable vacation bragging rights. My nephew, Chris Yemma, took his dad up in the Imperial Express SuperChair at ...Read more

What's new in Italy for 2018

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Italy bubbles with emotion, corruption, traffic jams, strikes, religious holidays and crowds. Irate ranters shake their fists at each other one minute and walk arm-in-arm the next. It's bella chaos, and if you're up-to-date on your sightseeing and transit info, you'll love it. Here's the latest, gleaned from research done for the 2018 edition of...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Martin Garrix

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Voted by fans as DJ Mag's No. 1 DJ in the world, Martin Garrix was also handpicked last summer to be the face of Armani Exchange. Some of his collaborations include "Scared to Be Lonely" with Dua Lipa and "So Far Away" with David Guetta. Asked what he enjoys most about working with other artists, Garrix, 21, said, "I love to see how everyone ...Read more

Around the World: Tips for Travel in the New Year

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If you make and keep New Year’s resolutions, add to your list a commitment to travel more and travel smarter in 2018!

Begin by picking dates and selecting destinations for this year’s adventures.

Commit to taking at least four trips – best to make it one per season. Three can be short weekend escapes, but ...Read more

Around the World: Take Japan’s High Tech Trains to Heritage Sites

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Japan continually amazes and fascinates tourists with its unique blend of cutting edge modernity and timeless tradition.

The intriguing admixture is really evident when you ride Japan’s ultra-high-tech Shinkansen train system to ancient locations included  among country’s 21 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and four natural ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Spending New Year's with the penguins and whales in Antarctica

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WILHELMINA BAY, Antarctica -- Everyone is busy getting ready for the black-tie New Year's Eve bash. Here in Antarctica, it's a giant penguin party, of course. We're in a Zodiac boat in the Errera Channel between Ronge Island and the Antarctic Peninsula watching Gentoo penguins jump off an ice floe to "shower" in the water, and ...Read more

Porto: Portugal's 'second city' is second to none

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I'm really into "second cities" these days. For generations, Industrial Age powerhouses in Europe turned into what we would call "the rust belt," while their elegant "first city" counterparts enjoyed the luster of the Information Age. But over the last decade or so, the rust has become a trendy accessory and industrial ruins have turned bohemian...Read more

Around the World: The Spin On Senior Travel

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Seniors, aged 50 and older, seem to have an unquenchable thirst for travel.  In fact, the travel industry estimates indicate that seniors account for approximately 80 percent of leisure travel spending. They venture forth from home more frequently, go farther away and stay longer than people in other age groups.
There are, according...Read more

Taking the Kids: Gawking at giant gingerbread creations

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It's all about the icing. Not the taste, though. When you're building gingerbread structures, what matters is the consistency -- "not too soft or too hard," says Erin McIlwain, the pastry chef at the Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is a member of the team responsible for the ...Read more

Around the World: Baltimore is The Place for Poe

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 For the past two centuries--give or take a decade or two--Edgar Allan Poe has provided armchair travelers with thrilling trips through the realms of their imaginations.  Those who’ve enjoyed reading Poe’s work will find it equally thrilling to visit places known to and frequented by the legendary author.  Baltimore, the town he ...Read more

Wine country hotels: Healdsburg's Camellia Inn

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The Camellia Inn comes by its name honestly. More than 80 camellia plants flower in the gardens of this peach-hued Victorian inn, just a couple of blocks from the town square in Healdsburg, Calif. The house was built in 1869 for a former gold miner, who found prospecting in real estate far more lucrative than scrabbling around creeks with a pan....Read more

Europe's convents offer tranquility -- and treats

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Once, while traveling in the '70s, the youth hostel where I had planned to stay was full, and the staff directed me to a nearby convent instead. As I walked there, I wondered if I was signing myself up for draconian curfews, spartan accommodations, and Mass at dawn.

Without funds for much else, I was resigned. But I shouldn't have worried -- it...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Patrick Gilmore

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With credits such as "SGU Stargate Universe," "The Killing" and "Supernatural," Patrick Gilmore enjoys immersing himself into unique characters. The son of former hockey pro Tom Gilmore, the Canadian actor's latest role is as David Mailer in the Netflix series, "Travelers." Fans may interact with Gilmore on Twitter (homeandleisure/travel/celebritytravel/s-2030121">Read more

Beyond glitz of Palm Springs is a winter oasis

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Five minutes from downtown Palm Springs, a former Hollywood hangout where the ghosts of Dinah Shore and Bob Hope still stroll, five friends and I on a winter getaway filled our water bottles and smeared on sunblock at the trading post-themed Indian Canyons visitor center.

Our timing was perfect. A guided ranger walk was about to begin. We lined...Read more

New Canoe Bay Escape village offers tiny houses for rent in northern Wisconsin

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The tiny-house craze has come to vacation properties in Wisconsin.

The new Canoe Bay Escape Village features three types of tiny homes for rent outside Chetek, Wis. The village, the first of its kind in Wisconsin and projected to be the largest in the Midwest, opened Dec. 1.

The village is situated on 100 acres of mixed hardwoods and wetlands,...Read more