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Beads, bourbon and … babies in New Orleans?

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NEW ORLEANS -- The family stepped warily onto Bourbon Street and hurried past a burlesque joint, an absinthe bar and neon signs touting "Leather Lingerie Love Toys" and "Hunk Oasis Male Strippers."

Heather and Chad Bruton, a clean-cut couple from Texas, didn't want to visit this historic city for the first time without witnessing its famed ...Read more

Your child's dream of space travel is here

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We have all imagined what it might be like to go into space, to land on Mars, to be an astronaut. Now at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida you and your family can live it.

Learning about science and space is important, but experiencing the trials and actively participating in simulations of life on another planet gives ...Read more

7 bucket list trips you can do on a budget

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When it comes to travel, the term "bucket list" can be synonymous with "budget-busting." Sure, some bucket-list candidates, like safaris or around-the-world cruises, are so expensive you might need multiple lifetimes to pay them off. But we know you can have an epic, life-changing trip without draining your bank account to ...Read more

Water and wine make a perfect pairing in Oregon's Willamette Valley

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Standing at the bow of a little rowboat and chatting with my two companions, I realize I'm not just fly-fishing Oregon's famed McKenzie River, I'm also a student in a floating master class on how chance geologic events made this valley about perfect for two things: growing grapes to make world-class wines, and sustaining some of the country's ...Read more

Daring to venture out — by water taxi — during Boston layover

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On our way to Nantucket, my travel companion and I found ourselves with a four-hour-plus layover in Boston. Naturally, I asked the JetBlue agents at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport if we had enough time to zip into the city for lunch.

The Twin Cities agents were unsure. Upon overhearing the conversation, a Boston native jumped in to warn me ...Read more

10 urban sanctuaries well worth a visit

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A foray into the heart of a city can be made all the more memorable and enjoyable with a visit to a public park. In addition to providing restful green spaces for a picnic or a stroll, most of the nation's metropolitan parks offer an extraordinary array of recreational opportunities and cultural sites. In many instances they stand out among ...Read more

Lexington's historic Distillery District gets a new lease on life

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Approaching the Distillery District from downtown Lexington, Ky., motorists are taken aback by the large black-and-red mural depicting what looks to be -- depending on your perspective -- a demented scuba diver, a man wearing a gas mask, or more menacingly, a prison inmate flashing what may or may not be a gang symbol. Underneath are scrawled ...Read more

What's happening at Universal Orlando?

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Universal Orlando is dealing in a lot of mystery this year: What will replace Terminator 2, which closed in October? What will the new Nintendo attractions be and where will they go? Universal isn't answering questions.

Nothing Universal is doing is as mysterious as the land the company has acquired off Sand Lake Road. Some of the land has been...Read more

Hurricane-damaged Hawks Cay Resort reopening Aug. 30 after $50 million renovation

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Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys is scheduled to reopen Aug. 30.

The resort, at Mile Marker 61 in the Middle Keys, was damaged in Hurricane Irma hit last September. The $50 million renovation includes the lobby on the main hotel, 177 guest rooms and public areas.

"We're bringing back what guests loved about Hawks Cay with a fresh design in...Read more

Best hotel and airline reward programs

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To join or not to join a travel/hotel rewards program, that is the question. There are countless options out there, but which is worth its weight in perks? U.S. News & World Report recently released a list of the top travel rewards programs. The airline algorithm factored in ease of earning free round-trip flights, network coverage, flight ...Read more

The 12 best things to do in Vancouver

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Canada is a favorite travel destination for many Americans, attracting more than 12 million visitors each year. A sizable chunk of these travelers heads straight to Vancouver, which is arguably one of the coolest cities in the Pacific Northwest. Beyond its stunning nature, you can expect big-city attractions, hospitable locals and gastronomic ...Read more

The 12 best things to do in Wales

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The least-visited country of the British Isles, Wales will open your eyes to a whole new side of the region. It doesn't have an iconic monument like Big Ben in England or an Instagram star location like the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, but that means travelers will get a much more unique and less overrun experience. Wales has stunning natural ...Read more

Can you stand sand?

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Armed with all my regular outdoor gear, plus special tent stakes for the sand, 4 gallons of water and enough sunscreen to slather an elephant, I headed to the Texas coast recently to find out what it's like to camp on the beach.

Until then, I'd left seaside camping to people who don't mind wallowing in sweat and grit. But I love to sleep in a ...Read more

You'll love this day trip to 'Calle 8' in Miami — trust me

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There's a little pocket in Miami as concentrated with flavor as a spoonful of adobo seasoning. Calle Ocho, (SW 8th Street) in the middle of Little Havana, is that place. The food, the personalities and the charm stretch from SW 10th Street to SW 19th. If you're looking to explore a new neighborhood or area in Florida, and you've already done day...Read more

5 tourist attractions that are only open part time

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Typically, when you plan a vacation, you can choose precisely where you want to go while there, no matter what time of year you visit. Some places, however, may require more planning, as they're only open for a few months - or in some cases, a few days - of the year. Here are a handful of attractions you might not know are only open for a short ...Read more

Myscha Theriault: Colonial Williamsburg a surprisingly superior couple's getaway

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Roughly 150 miles south of Washington, Virginia's Colonial Williamsburg is one of the true national jewels in America's travel crown. Authentically preserved buildings, support staff in period costumes and historic demonstrations such as military munition drills and drum marches happening daily all add up to a magical experience many might ...Read more

From boom to bust and back again, Astoria appeals as gateway to the Oregon coast

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ASTORIA, Ore. -- Founded a little over 200 years ago as America's first settlement in the West, this port city finds itself buoyed these days by a tourist-fueled revival.

Yet history lingers here, palpable and powerful, just a two-hour drive from the state's metropolitan center of Portland.

At the apex of Coxcomb Hill, the mural-wrapped ...Read more

 

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