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'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

Special effects are added to Queen Mary's ghost tour

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LOS ANGELES -- The Queen Mary, a retired ocean liner that has become a floating hotel in the Long Beach harbor, has turned to the type of special effects made famous in Hollywood to try to boost visitor numbers.

For more than 15 years, the ship has offered a ghost tour -- dubbed the Ghosts and Legends Tour -- to draw scare fans who are ...Read more

Beauty rises from a Virginia prison where violence against suffragists changed history

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LORTON, Va. -- The windows in Martin Cervantez's towering artworks never look the same, their gentle colors changing subtly with the arc of the sun.

They also never look like what they once were: tower windows from which guards watched inmates at the notorious Lorton Reformatory.

Those windows are emblematic of the change from correction ...Read more

Leave the cooking behind; These Caribbean cruises still have space for the holidays

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Procrastinators are getting a break.

In a typical year, trying to book a cruise in November for the December holidays would be a task for the Mission: Impossible team. But in 2017, the storms that strafed part of the Eastern Caribbean have left some travelers with the mistaken impression that the islands are still off-limits. (All western ...Read more

Borough with a view: Brooklyn beckons with new hotels, other perks

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Jake Gyllenhaal is walking into my New York hotel.

It's not on Fifth Avenue or one of the trendy corners of Lower Manhattan. It's in Brooklyn. And it -- the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge -- might be the buzziest new hotel in the city, star sightings or no.

Because the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, like the new William Vale Hotel and the Williamsburg ...Read more

After fires, businesses urge visitors to spend in Wine Country: 'This would be a great time to come'

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SAN JOSE, Calif.--As the recovery continues from last month's devastating Northern California wildfires, the iconic wine regions are looking to kick-start their important hospitality and tourism industry with a simple message: We are open for business.

The damage to some areas was indeed devastating. In the 22 days from the start of the fires ...Read more

Why Portland is Maine's culinary capital

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A server took a break from shucking oysters and shaking martinis to deliver my supper: a hat-sized bowl of plump, steaming mussels. I'd just finished snowshoeing along the Presumpscot River and was perched at the seafood counter at Scales, an upscale restaurant on a fishing wharf in the Old Port section of Portland, Maine.

The mussels were the ...Read more

Disney California Adventure is getting a Pixar makeover

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LOS ANGELES -- As part of a makeover at Disney California Adventure, the popular California Screamin' roller coaster will be remade into the Incredicoaster, inspired by the Pixar Animation Studios movie "The Incredibles."

The news of the roller coaster change, announced on the Disneyland Resort blog, is among the first few details offered on ...Read more

New Julia Child exhibit to premiere in Napa

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Yountville's Napa Valley Museum will be celebrating the legacy of culinary luminary Julia Child this winter with a new photographic exhibit that features black and white photos taken by Paul Child during the Childs' postwar days in Paris and the French countryside.

The exhibit, "France Is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia ...Read more

How to draw tourists back after tragedies

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In the wake of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, Las Vegas shelved its fun-loving motto of "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas," replacing it with a hashtag -- #VegasStrong -- to promote tourism to the gambling mecca.

Weeks after wildfires charred California's wine country, that region is preparing a fundraising event and ...Read more

The pros' snow: Lake Tahoe a big draw for skiers of all stripes

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Lake Tahoe isn't just a ski destination. It's a way of life -- one that attracts both powder-hungry tourists and professional athletes to this scenic area, anchored by an alpine lake straddling the California-Nevada state line.

"Your backyard is basically a giant playground," said Olympic gold medalist Julia Mancuso, who grew up in Squaw Valley...Read more

Ghosts live on in Galveston legend

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The evening began innocently enough. After arriving in Galveston, Texas, my travel companion and I were sipping gin gimlets at dusk inside the Hotel Galvez, a turn-of-the-century beauty built on the Gulf of Mexico's edge. The grand hall -- the pinnacle of the island city's glamorous old architecture -- buzzed with imbibers clinking glasses, ...Read more

Georgia's terrorism memorial is stunning, thought-provoking

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On a cool autumn morning, underneath a gray sky laden with fat clouds that promised buckets of rain that thankfully never came, hundreds, perhaps thousands gathered at the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, on the very western edge of Georgia near the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Throw a rock across that river, and you'll hit Alabama.

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Living history performance lets you meet Hawaii's 'Dr. Volcano'

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HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK -- You might call him "Dr. Volcano."

All of a sudden, it's 1912, and the man wearing the Roosevelt button (Teddy) and the big felt hat with a Yosemite Sam brim is telling you all about how he came to be here studying volcanoes in a remote part of the Hawaiian Islands.

It had a lot to do with a volcanic explosion ...Read more

A Big Island farm stay: Off-the-grid adventure in Hawaii

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PAHOA, Hawaii -- Shortly after we'd settled into bed in our tiny cabin under the guava trees at remote I'olani Farm, I wondered if the coqui frogs crowding the woods around us would keep me awake. Their loud mating call, at roughly the same decibels as a lawnmower, sounded to me like "BO-PEEP, BO-PEEP."

The wakefulness question was soon ...Read more

Get aloha (and dinner) at the night market in Hawaii's lava-buried Kaimu

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KAIMU, Hawaii -- In 1990, this Big Island village south of Hilo got famous when the Kilauea volcano buried most of it beneath more than 50 feet of lava.

What remains of the community where the road ends has re-energized with a weekly night market that draws lines of cars to fill a parking lot ($3 a car) edging a sprawling black field of lava ...Read more

After Vegas, should hotels have metal detectors?

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SAN DIEGO -- There was a time when checked luggage wasn't scanned at airports, you could bring a Swiss army knife on board an airplane, and your friends and family could accompany you to your departure gate.

Then the terrorist attacks of 9/11 occurred, and security at airports forever changed. Will the Las Vegas Strip massacre that originated ...Read more

Disneyland puts transportation hub on hold, reveals plan to build parking structure within resort

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LOS ANGELES -- The Disneyland Resort has shelved plans for a new transportation hub on the eastern edge of the Anaheim property and will build a 6,500-space parking structure near its shopping district.

The new parking structure will be built on land used for a surface parking lot adjacent to the massive Mickey & Friends parking garage, just ...Read more

New Wonders of Wildlife aquarium and museum turns conservation knob to 11

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The new Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium doesn't have just one multi-story mega-tank parading exotic fish species. There are at least three, and that's not counting the Bait Ball, a basement-to-second-floor, see-through aquatic sheath in which thousands of little herring swim around in what I ...Read more