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Go for the food: Simple treats in garish Las VegasApr 12, 2014 12:00 AM
You might not expect to find farm-to-table dining in Las Vegas. But that’s exactly why tourists are lining up at a rundown corner a few blocks near the old casinos in the town’s seedy core. It takes visitors arriving by cab a few minutes to locate the nouveau diner Eat on the ground floor of a motel-style apartment complex. But this is Las Vegas’ first neighborhood restaurant with an emphasis on freshness and locally sourced ingredients.
On the road: Electronic duo plays cultural centerApr 12, 2014 12:00 AM
Take advantage of a special “Loops and Variations” evening concert with the electronic duo R WE WHO R WE at the Chicago Cultural Center. Visit Loop locations where Ferris Bueller took a day off and Spider-Man hopped an el train with Watson Adventures’ The Loop Movie Locations Scavenger Hunt. Hop on over to Egg Day at the Milwaukee County Zoo and whisk up some fun for the kids, with crafts face painting, treats and a parade.
Tel Aviv: 5 free things for visitors to doApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
As a city regularly ranked the most expensive in the Middle East, you are going to have a hard time enjoying Tel Aviv’s plethora of hopping clubs, swanky bars and mouthwatering restaurants without making a major dent in your wallet. But if you are ready to pack a lunch, use your legs and lose yourself in the seaside city’s urban vibe, you’ll find there is still plenty to take in without shelling out a shekel.
National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis reopensApr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
One of the first exhibits visitors see at the newly renovated National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis displays statues of shackled and branded black men, sitting in a line with knees near their chins, on the deck of a creaking slave ship headed across an ocean. The powerful, visceral exhibit sets the tone for an evocative, newly immersive museum experience that chronicles the history of the civil rights struggle in America. The main section of the museum reopened April 5.
Study: U.S. travelers to Cuba continues to riseApr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
The number of U.S. visitors to Cuba continues to rise, even as the more than five-decade long embargo remains firmly in place, according to study released Monday. Within the first three months of 2014 alone, there were more U.S. tourists to the island than in all of 2013 from England, Germany or France, according to a report by the U.S.-based Havana Consulting Group provided to The Associated Press.
Producers add Thursday matinees on BroadwayApr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
Catching a Wednesday matinee on Broadway is so last year. The hot thing now is Thursday afternoon shows. Three shows making the move are “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” “Mamma Mia!!” and “The Phantom of the Opera.” “Matilda the Musical” may experiment with the idea this summer.
Ant invasion, dog bite part of ‘best family vacation ever’Apr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
With college for our 18-year-old twin sons looming, my wife pulls out all the stops for this year’s spring break. Instead of our usual quick getaway to Indianapolis, Springfield, Milwaukee or St. Louis, she plans the ultimate family vacation to Costa Rica.
How to save money on your summer vacation hotelsApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
Summer vacationers looking for deals on hotel rooms are going to have to search a little harder. The average cost of a room now stands at $110, up 4 percent from last year and 8 percent from two years ago. But that doesn’t mean that hotel stays need to break the bank. Here are some tips to save on your family’s summer lodging.
Bayeux boasts D-Day history, ancient tapestryApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
There’s a digital clock on display outside the visitors center in the charming Normandy town of Bayeux — but it doesn’t tell the time. It’s counting down the days until the 70th anniversary of D-Day in June. But World War II-related tourism comprises only part of the attraction of Normandy, a region rich in history and natural beauty, not to mention the famous Bayeux Tapestry. The countryside also features quaint cities and centuries-old châteaus, as well as apple farms and windswept coastlines. Bayeux, about three hours by bus from Paris, is a great place to start.
In-flight entertainment rises to a whole new levelApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
If you were lucky enough to be on a certain Virgin-Australia flight from Brisbane to Sydney recently, you would have boarded to the chorus from the musical, “The Lion King.” And it wouldn’t have been piped in music or a bunch of spring break juniors singing off key. It would have been the actual cast from the production playing in Sydney. Talk about taking in-flight entertainment up a notch.
Exhibition by Jewish museum shows pre-WWII lifeApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
A new exhibition at Warsaw’s Jewish history museum shows how the Jewish community and the city interacted with and influenced each other for centuries until World War II. The “Warszawa, Warsze” — “Warsaw” in Polish and Yiddish — exhibition opens Friday at the new Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and will run through June 30. It uses films, daily use objects, pictures and sound recordings to recreate the atmosphere of Jewish life.
Pittsburgh: 5 free things for visitors to doApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
Pittsburgh may have been built around the steel and coal industries, but the once-sooty city now features a beautiful downtown river walk, multicultural neighborhoods and restaurants, and even free subway rides. Here are five free things to see and do while in the area.
On the road: Take advantage of Disney's getaway specialsApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
Disney hotels are offering getaway specials. Closer to home, Chicago's Hotel Monaco has tax-break specials. Hotel Lincoln hosts Moonshine + Monet, a bring-your-own-moonshine painting class.
Caterer recalls meals served on British AirwaysApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
A Chicago-based airline catering firm has announced the recall of 41 appetizer meals prepared for three British Airways flights that flew out of Miami.
Loreto: Quiet gem on Mexico's Baja PeninsulaMar 30, 2014 12:00 AM
Efforts to turn the seaside village of Loreto, Mexico, into a major destination have been going on for years. So far, though, the results have been limited, and that in itself makes it worth visiting. Loreto is already a gem — a historic town nestled between gold-hued mountains and the blue Sea of Cortez. It's known mainly to whale watchers (late winter), sport fishermen (year-round) and snowbirds who drive down from British Columbia, Canada. Two years ago, Mexico's tourism agency gave Loreto its “Magic Town” moniker, a label to promote places notable for natural beauty, cultural riches or historical relevance.
Coltrane’s sax joins Smithsonian jazz collectionMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
One of John Coltrane’s tenor saxophones is joining the jazz collection at the Smithsonian. Coltrane’s son, musician Ravi Coltrane, donated one of his father’s three principal tenor saxophones to the National Museum of American History on Wednesday.
On the road: ‘Bubbles’ go pop at Chicago Children’s MuseumMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
The little spring breakers can get wet, silly and messy at Chicago Children's Museum's new "Bubbles" extravaganza through the month of April. It’s four days of wango tango classes and milongas (social dances) at the Rosemont Hilton during the 2014 Chicago Mini Tango Festival April 10-14.
Washington Monument to reopen May 12 after repairsMar 28, 2014 12:00 AM
The National Park Service says the Washington Monument will reopen to visitors May 12 after being closed for nearly three years due to a 2011 earthquake. The park service says the remaining scaffolding around the monument is coming down this week.
5 free things to do in historic BostonMar 28, 2014 12:00 AM
The city of Boston is known for its “wicked” rich history, to use a term the locals love, going back to the Boston Tea Party and roots of the American Revolution. But pride is not limited to the past: The city is also home to the World Series champion Red Sox team. Historic landmarks are scattered across the downtown from 17th-century churches and meetinghouses to some of the nation’s oldest schools. And taking in the sites won’t cost you a penny. Just remember that the cramped vintage streets are better tackled on foot than by car.
Lowell, Mass., offers up taste of Little CambodiaMar 27, 2014 12:00 AM
Consider yourself warned: You’re going to need your GPS for this meal in Lowell, Mass. And a short history lesson. But it will be worth it. Start your visit at New Phnom Penh, an Asian grocer that can be a bit of a sensory overload. Then head to the Dessert Shop and Bakery, which seems to sell no desserts or baked goods, but sell Cambodian lunch items and addictive beef jerky made by the owner herself.
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