My bike ride on the Richland B&O Trail in north-central Ohio got off to a pretty shaky start.
The world's airline industry has rebounded from the recession and expects 2014 to be the most profitable year on record, thanks to stable fuel prices and growing travel demand.
KITZBUEHEL, Austria —
Not many people think about booking their flights for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays six months in advance, but jumping in early is the way to snag the lowest fare, according to a recent study.
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The bar woman poured Pommery Champagne free of charge from her stand in the VIP tent, the cold French wine lighting up the cold Austrian morning. The annual polo on snow competition held outside Kitzbuehel, in the Tyrolean Alps, had just begun, and no time had been wasted in making the long white tent worth the price of entry.
It's good to be reminded that California's capital, Sacramento, isn't just a consumer of tax dollars and a dispenser of red tape. It's also a real place with real seasons - daunting heat in summer, golden leaves in fall, chill winds in winter, rampant green renewal in spring. My family and I spent a weekend in November, when fall foliage was still draping Capitol Park (between L and N and 10th and 15th streets) with gravitas. I found J Street livelier than I remembered from a few years before. My wife and daughter liked the wooden sidewalks and Old West flourishes of Old Sacramento. And on our way to dinner, we all got a nice look at the noble facade of the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium at 15th and J.
GEOQUIZ: Which state's upper border is farther north, Washington or Maine?
In most luxury hotels, if you want wireless Internet access, you are going to have to pay.
DETROIT - It's cold. It's snowy. It's already been a hard winter.
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The deal: The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel in Kennebunkport, Maine, is offering the one-night "Lazy Days" package.
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Q: When we were in Britain a couple of years ago, we got a great spiral-bound map book, about 12 by 14 inches, that was large scale. It was easy to find back roads. We will be in Italy for our 25th wedding anniversary, and I cannot find a large-scale map. Any suggestions?
You, dear traveler, have a not-so-secret weapon and it’s time you started using it as such: Instagram.
Virginia is for lovers. We know that. But I think perhaps that phrase has been too narrowly used.
The language might be different and the clothing is probably more colorful.
Bilbo and company are back on the silver screen in the second of director Peter Jacksons three-part adaptation of the adventure fantasy tome The Hobbit. While fans flood to theaters, New Zealands tourism machine is pumping out new location tours the way only Kiwis do with a dash of down-home and a heaping full of adrenalin. From trekking boulder-strewn meadows in Trollshaw Forest, kayaking the Pelorus River in the wake of barrel-bobbing dwarves to horseback riding Beorns house and woods, the pickings just got a lot brighter in the country whose identity is now inextricably linked with J.R.R. Tolkiens Middle-earth.
Patient and flexible bargain hunters will find extraordinary deals in flights from Sea-Tac this winter
If it’s Tuesday, it must be Ua Pou,” said Keith, stretched out on the adjacent mattress. One of a half-dozen passengers still asleep on the upper deck of the Aranui 3, he pushed up on his elbows to watch the dawn skitter over the waves.
SEARCHING FOR THE HEART OF ROME —
You and I both know where to find an endless supply of entertaining animals — felines, canines, reptiles, eating, sleeping, swinging, swatting, playing. It’s hard to look away. Time flies by.
The secret to happiness is perspective, and that’s particularly true when skiing.
A friend once described Manning Park Resort to me as the land that time forgot.
Travel is inherently uncomfortable. The long lines, longer waits, tight spaces, unfamiliar terrain, communication difficulties and displacement from our routines can make travel unnerving and exhausting, even as it stimulates and educates.
The weather here in the north island town of Rotorua, ground zero for New Zealands mind-blowing extreme sports, is as confused as a June bug in July. As this little mecca sheds its heavy gray mantle of winter, both passing spring showers and bursts of sunshine mark the days until the start of the busy summer season. And as the nations high-octane sports operators ramp up, I trek halfway around the world for a taste of New Zealands finest.
As Delta announces still further additions to its West Coast flight schedule in markets now dominated by SeaTac’s Alaska Airlines, air fares are falling as low as $49 each way from Sea-Tac Airport to airports in the San Francisco Bay area.
My dinner at the thick, green oasis in the hills above Baja California’s southern tip, known as Flora Farms, didn’t begin with a meal. It began with a tour.
ORLANDO — Michael Jarboe of Miami paid extra for special airline dog handlers to ensure the safety of his 2-year-old mastiff, BamBam, on a cross-country flight.
McWay Falls is picture perfect. The waterfall drops 80 feet into sandy McWay Cove along Californias Big Sur. Its a stunning image and geographic feature of Lands End on Americas Left Coast, tucked off California Highway 1 in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.
The Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad will run its steam trains as the Santa Express each weekend from Nov. 30 through Dec. 22.
FLAGLER BEACH, Fla. — From my car window along Highway A1A in Flagler County, somewhere between the towns of Marineland and Flagler Beach, the Atlantic Ocean and its sugar-soft dunes glide by in a dizzying landscape of colors and textures.
Cranes tower above the heart of Canadas third-largest city. Theyre white and red and yellow, and some hang 25 stories in the sky. Others sit low to the ground, just beginning their work.
During four days in the historic heart of the Dominican capital, I saw men gather every afternoon in the central square to play dominoes, usually ringed by crowds of onlookers.
Rising at dawn to catch the sunrise, cruise passengers nursing coffee cups watched as the Safari Endeavour glided past the Baja Peninsulas ragged coast. As the rays played over the cliffs, each thumb-shaped cove and crescent beach came into view for a minute or two, then slid out of sight, disappearing astern.
Zane Grey knew how to make an entrance, or at least how to describe one. As the famous Western writer liked to tell the story, he was on horseback in 1913, riding deep into Navajo country, when a lightning flash lit up the desert. That flash, Grey wrote, “revealed a vast valley, a strange world of colossal shafts and buttes of rock, magnificently sculptured, standing isolated and aloof, dark, weird, lonely.”
Thirty years ago, I had just been fired from my first job, as a Sacramento politician’s press secretary. I unexpectedly had time and money to take my first solo vacation. I called up Western Airlines (yes, it was that long ago) and booked a flight to Maui.
Issaquah Salmon Days, the city’s family oriented festival that celebrates the return of the spawning salmon, will be held this weekend. The event typically attracts 150,000 visitors each year.
Dreamhomes Every issue of Sunset, the venerable periodical of au courant living in the West, brings a fantasy land of carefree couples and relaxed families inhabiting homes that seem too perfect to be real.
SAN FRANCISCO — I used to call my travel technique serendipity. Arriving in a new city, I would move as if guided by astrology and the tides. Unfettered by timetables, I often left the beaten path for intriguing side streets and out-of-the-way neighborhoods. My method was instinctual, and it led me to unforgettable Madrid flamenco bars, quaint Reykjavik wharves and picturesque Venetian ghettos.
To celebrate the 200-year anniversary of the Brothers Grimm, Germany is in the midst of a yearlong, countrywide festival to honor and pay homage to the famous siblings.
Mention Bellevue to a Tacoman and youre more than likely to get a skeptical response. After all, what does the city have to offer beyond high-rise condos, shopping malls and BMWs stuck in traffic? A lot more, it turns out. Amid its famous high-end shops, you can find affordable dining and attractions as well as nature.
Sea-Tac Airport will close one of its three runways from July 8 through Aug. 2 to replace deteriorating concrete panels to extend the runways life.
Two construction projects near Sea-Tac Airport are causing periodic delays for South Sound residents wanting to make a quick trip to Sea-Tac Airport.
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