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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

The best two-week itinerary for Sri Lanka

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Once a well-kept secret, Sri Lanka has gained popularity for its beautiful beaches, incredible hillsides with tea plantations, and elaborate Buddhist temples. Although the country is small, it packs a punch with lots to see and do - so much in fact that we recommend at least two weeks to experience the culture, cuisine, landscape, and history on...Read more

Contemplating the growth of spiritual tourism at a peaceful, if sometimes odd, Santa Fe resort

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Before flying to my Santa Fe, N.M., resort, I received a list of at least 20 activities available during my stay. Yoga Nidra. Zen Qi Flow. Sound Healing Journey. Meditation in Motion. Temazcal Sweat Lodge. Petroglyph Art Hike. Awakening the Elements Within. Chicken Chats.

I circled the boxes for hiking, chi gong, visual arts -- and put a ...Read more

Disney offering savings on dining packages, resort and hotel stays

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Whether travelers want to visit the Walt Disney World Resort or the Disneyland Resort, the theme parks and surrounding hotels and resorts are offering savings that make 2020 the perfect time to hit the road.

At Disney World, visitors can enjoy a free Disney dining plan with the purchase of a nondiscounted minimum four-night package that ...Read more

Norfolk's varied virtues are sure to enchant

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NORFOLK, Va. -- The expression on my face must have shown my sheer frustration. I had been waiting half an hour for Fred -- make that F.R.E.D. (Free Ride Every Day.) This eco-friendly taxi comes equipped with battery power and solar roof and is available on request for those in need of a ride to a specific Norfolk destination.

As luck would ...Read more

Get to know New Mexico's White Sands, the country's newest national park

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WHITE SANDS NATIONAL PARK, N.M. -- I didn't expect to be hugged today, let alone three times. And by strangers. But that's what happened after I snagged one of the 10 coveted campsites at White Sands National Monument last October, then offered to share it with some people who just missed the cut.

None of us knew that, weeks later, White Sands ...Read more

Washington, D.C., deservedly earns reputation for world-class cuisine

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WASHINGTON -- Much attention has been focused on Washington in recent weeks as the impeachment hearings have played out. The president may have been impeached, but there is one unimpeachable fact regarding our nation's capital. It has developed quite the reputation for world-class cuisine. From sizzling steaks to spicy Afghan kebobs, Washington ...Read more

Beaufort, crown jewel of South Carolina's Low Country, has plenty to offer

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BEAUFORT, S.C. -- The "Great Skedaddle" proved the salvation of Beaufort, the jewel in the crown of South Carolina's Low Country. Following the 1861 firing on Fort Sumter in Charleston, which precipitated the Civil War, the entire state was under siege. Beaufort, just 70 miles south of Charleston, was at particular risk.

The city's residents --...Read more

Six Flags Magic Mountain looks to pimp its newest ride, West Coast Racers

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LOS ANGELES -- Six Flags Magic Mountain in nearby Valencia operates the world's longest hybrid coaster, the world's first 360-degree vertical loop and the West Coast's tallest pendulum ride.

So when the executives at the self-described roller coaster capital of the world were looking for a new kind of thrill to offer adrenaline-junkie fans, ...Read more

Las Vegas: What you will (and one thing you won't) miss in 2020

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Las Vegas is all about the new, but some places disappear, fading away quietly or exiting with a bang. Travelers who have a favorite dining spot in Vegas would do well to check in at Eater Las Vegas' comprehensive list of 2019 restaurant closures.

Here are some of the highlights and other things you can expect to miss (and one thing you won't) ...Read more

Want authentic Vegas? We found it at Fergusons Downtown

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The recently opened Fergusons Downtown offers something in short supply in Las Vegas: authenticity. Fergusons departs from the usual over-the-top Vegas spectacles by creating a block-long space filled with locally inspired restaurants, shops and pop-up events; tiny homes and Airstream trailers for visitors to spend the night may soon be added ...Read more

Shelbyville, Ky., offers the real Christmas town experience

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By now you have probably overdosed on all those Hallmark Christmas movies that begin before Halloween and continue up to New Year's Day. You know -- the ones that are always set in impossibly picturesque small towns where the entire population turns out to light up the tree and help the hero and heroine rekindle an old flame.

If you're tired of...Read more

Paso Robles: Bruce Munro's massive 'Field of Light' art exhibit extended through June

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The outdoor light exhibit created by British artist Bruce Munro in a Paso Robles, Calif., field has been a big hit. Now organizers have extended the run through the end of June because of "overwhelming public demand," according to a news release last week. "Field of Light at Sensorio" planted more than 58,000 solar-powered stemmed lights in a ...Read more

Televangelist opens his Bible-themed attraction — from wailing wall and catacombs to luxury lodging

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SAN DIEGO -- The golden-hued limestone facade rising above the freeway in San Diego came straight from a century-old quarry in Israel. The domed motion-seat theater, housed within the meandering 18-acre resort, draws inspiration from Disney alums.

And those dancing, multicolored fountains at the project's front door? Their muse was the now-...Read more

National Geographic names Philadelphia to its '25 Best Trips in 2020' list

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PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia is officially one of 2020's must-see places, according to National Geographic, which puts it alongside destinations in such countries as China, Hungary, and Egypt.

National Geographic recently released its "25 Best Trips in 2020," putting Philly about a third of the way into the list, just after Zakouma National ...Read more

It's a beautiful day in Mr. Rogers' neighborhood: the town of Latrobe, Pa.

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LATROBE, Pa. -- "Welcome to Mr. Rogers' real neighborhood," says Mary Lou Townsend as she opens the door to the Latrobe Area Historical Society on a warm fall Friday afternoon.

The building, formerly a synagogue, sits on a tree-lined street in the small town with a population of about 8,000, about an hour outside Pittsburgh. Just a few blocks ...Read more

San Antonio's Day of the Dead celebration is a lively one

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SAN ANTONIO -- As I made my way past the steps leading down to the river level of the Paseo del Rio and headed toward La Villita, I found myself surrounded by an army of black-clad figures, faces painted a luminous white, giving them a skull-like appearance. It might have been a scene from "The Walking Dead."

It wasn't the "Walking Dead," ...Read more

Tall tales in Lompoc: Where history meets the sea

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LOMPOC, Calif. -- I thought I'd seen everything.

Then I discovered a remarkable collection of the world's oldest pictorial art hiding out in Lompoc, a modest hamlet perched on the wave-dashed coast of California, north of Santa Barbara.

Murals are what I mean, 36 huge paintings on the walls in the Old Town district, an art whose origins reach ...Read more

Legoland to close popular Star Wars attraction in January

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SAN DIEGO -- Just as the Death Star exploded into stardust in the movie "Return of the Jedi," the popular Star Wars attraction at Legoland California will also soon evaporate.

Jan. 6 is the last day visitors at the Carlsbad theme park will be able to tour Star Wars Miniland, an extensive outdoor collection of more than 2,000 Lego brick models ...Read more

Living it up at L.A. Live

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L.A. Live has replaced Hollywood Boulevard as the bejeweled bellybutton of Los Angeles.

What's your pleasure? High-stakes basketball? Red-carpet concerts? Stunning views? This downtown destination has them all. Maybe I'm biased, but I'd say it rivals New York's Times Square for things to do, places to go, celebrities to see.

Jack Nicholson is ...Read more