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Disney World announces new dining plan

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Walt Disney World Resort announced Thursday it had introduced a new Disney Dining Plan option for guests staying at qualifying hotels.

The Disney Dining Plan Plus allows visitors to prepay for meals and eat at dining establishments throughout Disney World's four theme parks, hotels and select locations at Disney Springs.

The new plan offers ...Read more

Death comes for 'The Walking Dead' attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood

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LOS ANGELES -- An attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood that put parkgoers face to face with killer zombies will be killed off next month as the park gets ready for an attraction with a livelier outlook.

Known as "The Walking Dead," the attraction inspired by the popular AMC television series opened in 2016 and is scheduled to close March 4...Read more

Utah animal sanctuary draws intrepid travelers looking for something different

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KANAB, Utah -- During my three decades as a travel writer, this was the first time I had found myself in the doghouse. Literally. I was in the Puppy Pre-school at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary's Dogtown, cuddling an affectionate pit bull mix named Challah. She was the last of her litter, and if there is any justice in the world, this adorable ...Read more

What's new in Phoenix: Where to eat, stay and play in the Valley of the Sun

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PHOENIX -- "We put salt on our drinks, not our roads," quipped a Phoenix native, who had the misfortune of visiting Chicago on a recent frigid day when the sun was MIA.

Meteorological bragging rights help explain why Arizona's capital is the fastest-growing city in the country. Its population swelled by more than 25,000 people over the space of...Read more

Yosemite's 'firefall' glow is a no-go, but you may still see a great sunset on El Capitan

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Yosemite's annual "firefall" phenomenon likely won't appear this year, according to Yosemite National Park. The stunning glow best seen the last two weeks in February depends on the sunset's waning light striking a glistening waterfall on El Capitan's granite walls. But right now, the fall isn't running.

"When weather and conditions align, the ...Read more

In Legoland California, Lego Movie World to debut April 1 with Emmet and Unikitty

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On April 1, Legoland California in Carlsbad will unveil its biggest change since the park debuted in 1999: a new, 2-acre Lego Movie World aimed at the same young families who made hits of "The Lego Movie" and "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part" in 2014 and 2019.

The new territory takes the place of Heartlake City and Duplo Village (which moves ...Read more

Hike it, ride it, kayak it: 3 ways to see the Arizona desert

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- What's one thing Arizona has that many places do not have this time of year? Sun. And warm weather and cacti and mountains. In short, a desert climate.

The Sonoran Desert covers much of the southwestern part of the United States and into Mexico. It's known for a variety of vegetation including the majestic saguaro (it's the...Read more

Small town of Tupelo, Miss., has lots of love for native son Elvis

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TUPELO, Miss. -- If seeing "G.I. Blues" 14 times makes one an Elvis fan, then Connie Tullos definitely qualifies. Her love for the King of Rock 'n' Roll didn't end once she was past the swooning stage. The septuagenarian is just as enamored of his sensuous lips and swiveling hips as she ever was.

With that in mind, visitors to Tupelo, Elvis's ...Read more

Las Vegas buffets: Your guide to lavish nonstop dining on the Strip

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Nothing says "America" like excess, and nothing says "excess" like Las Vegas, and nothing says "Las Vegas" like the all-you-can-eat buffet. By the transitive property, that makes the AYCE buffet the most American thing imaginable. We sifted through a heap of them to help you decide where to do your patriotic duty.

Aria Resort & Casino

Among ...Read more

Coffee in Las Vegas: 6 spots to get your caffeine fix in Sin City

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You'll need all the energy you can muster in the morning after a long night of poker at the Flamingo and hitting the clubs until 5 a.m. Here are six great off-Strip places to help ensure you're making the most of your time in Vegas.

Vesta Coffee Roasters

Vesta Coffee Roasters opened in an old art-supply store in 2016 to give the downtown Arts ...Read more

Follow the footsteps of 'Little Women' on a pilgrimage in Massachusetts

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GROTON, Mass. -- A rural New England cemetery is not where you'd expect to spot four-time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan and other Hollywood A-listers on a crisp autumn day.

But there the actors were in 2018, and now on screens around the world, in the Old Burying Ground cemetery in Groton, just one of several real-life locations that director ...Read more

In Las Vegas 2020, new hotels, bigger convention center and a football stadium

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LAS VEGAS -- Resorts rise, resorts fall (or get strategically imploded). Brands are born, go dim, then sometimes are reborn. So goes business as usual in Las Vegas, which draws more than 40 million tourists annually and will be unveiling new hotels, a new football stadium and an expanded convention center in the coming months.

Here's a roundup ...Read more

In Las Vegas lately, it's lights, cameras and more lights

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Nearly 80 years after the first casino blinked to life along the stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard now known as the Strip, the re-illumination of Las Vegas is nearly complete.

Call it the end of the neon era or the beginning of the LED epoch.

Either way, in the next two years, numerous hotels, casinos and other attractions, eager to boost tourism...Read more

San Diego's Guild Hotel nabs a top 10 ranking from USA Today

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SAN DIEGO -- The Guild Hotel, which opened last year after a three-year-long transformation of a former Army Navy YMCA building, has been named by USA Today as one of the top 10 new hotels in the country.

The selection of the hotels is based on a combination of input from travel experts and USA Today editors, and the publication's readers, who ...Read more

The new ride at Universal Studios Hollywood will make a dog out of you

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LOS ANGELES -- It will be a dog's life for riders of Universal Studios Hollywood's newest ride.

The next ride to open at the movie-themed amusement park this spring will feature characters and scenes from the animated film franchise "The Secret Life of Pets." The park is boasting that the new attraction will rely on a "series of technological ...Read more

About 430,000 more of you visited Yosemite in 2019. Here are the best times to go

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Attendance at Yosemite National Park increased by 10.2% in 2019, newly released numbers show, and rangers are huddling with experts to devise ways to better manage traffic.

The National Park Service's latest "monthly use report" shows 4.59 million visitors last year, up from 4.16 million the year before.

The figure didn't top the park's ...Read more

Is the Dominican Republic safe to visit right now?

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In 2019, British outlet Daily Express published a piece about the Dominican Republic, with a headline that reads "Crimewave Grips Holiday Hotspot." The article details an advisory from the U.K. Foreign Office, focusing on a spate of violent car robberies near the Las Americas airport in Santa Domingo. But if you read the report that ...Read more

In wake of Kincade fire, Sonoma wine country lifestyle is very much intact

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The late fall day is cool and foggy with light rain falling, weather seemingly more suited for San Francisco than the usually sunny Healdsburg, in good traffic maybe an hour's drive north of the Bay Area.

On a guided tour of Jordan Vineyard and Winery, in the Alexander Valley of California's Sonoma County, a cloak of ghostly mist shrouding a ...Read more

How to see Yosemite's 'firefall.' Waterfall glows for a limited time in February

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A thin ephemeral waterfall in Yosemite National Park that's barely noticed by many visitors to the popular Yosemite Valley becomes the California park's star attraction each February.

Horsetail Fall over the eastern edge of El Capitan can glow golden or orange at sunset from mid- to late-February when its water is flowing and skies are clear.

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The Ben hotel plans on being the latest hip hotspot in West Palm Beach

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Pretty soon West Palm Beachers might ask you, "Have you been to the Ben?"

That's because a cool new Florida hotel -- the Ben West Palm -- is coming to the hot downtown area with an opening slated for Feb. 13.

The boutique hotel sits on Flagler Banyan Square, where City Hall used to be. The location gives the Ben bragging rights as downtown ...Read more