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  • Swift, Coldplay set for iHeartRadio festival Jul 23, 2014 9:26 AM
    Taylor Swift, Coldplay and One Direction are part of the star-studded lineup for this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival. Clear Channel announced Wednesday that Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea and Ed Sheeran will also perform at the festival, to be held Sept. 19-20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

  • Out of character: Chinese calligraphy at the Met Jul 22, 2014 5:45 AM
    Large public exhibits of ancient Chinese calligraphy are rare in the United States, as are major shows that can be appreciated by kids as well as adults, novices as well as experts. “Out of Character” is both. It’s the first public showing of highlights from the extensive Chinese calligraphy collection of former Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang and his wife, Akiko Yamazaki. “It’s meant to be fun and casual,” Yang said of the exhibit, on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through Aug. 17.

  • Shania Twain’s Vegas residency to end in December Jul 22, 2014 3:08 PM
    Country superstar Shania Twain says she’ll end her residency in Las Vegas with a final show Dec. 13, two years after she began performing at Caesars Palace. Twain announced 16 “Shania: Still the One” shows in October and December, in addition to summer performances running through July 26 at the Colosseum.

  • Little Prince park, like book, delights in small Jul 22, 2014 5:45 AM
    Tucked into a corner of eastern France where overseas tourists rarely venture, the Park of the Little Prince takes its name from one of French literature’s most beloved characters — and takes its cues from a time when roller coasters didn’t set out to terrify and theme parks were scaled for the small. The park, which opened July 1, is perfect for visitors looking for a way to entertain small children who might have had their fill of the French, German or Swiss countryside.

  • Kids studying abroad are now never out of touch Jul 21, 2014 6:00 AM
    A generation ago, students on semester abroad were practically incommunicado, aside from airmailed letters and one or two calls home. These days, from the minute the plane lands, kids studying overseas are connected with home via Skype, Facebook, and messaging apps like Viber and WhatsApp. Has technology altered semester abroad by making it impossible to immerse yourself in another culture? Or does staying in touch simply increase comfort levels, easing both homesickness and parental worries?

  • 5 money saving tips for exchanging currency Jul 20, 2014 7:33 AM
    Headed overseas for summer vacation? It’s easy to get hit with extra fees and expensive exchange rates when switching currencies. Some currency exchange tables in airports and tourist areas offer bad rates, taking more of your money. Here are five tips to maximize your dollars.

  • Hidden gems of the Dalmatian Coast: Stunning scenery, rich culture make these Adriatic ports worth a stop Jul 20, 2014 5:30 AM
    Mention the Dalmatian Coast and many travelers think of Dubrovnik, that popular tourist city heavily shelled following the breakup of Yugoslavia and since restored. But while this big sister steals the spotlight — and the drama — other ports continue to display their quiet charm through historic old towns, lovely landscapes and colorful folklore.

  • Study: National parks boost economy in West Jul 19, 2014 5:09 PM
    “We understand the part we play in creating a healthy and sustainable economic base, and we appreciate the support of area businesses, neighbors and park partners for our national parks,” Grand Teton National Park Superintendent David Vela said in a statement.

  • Review: Tech goodies to bring along on trips Jul 19, 2014 7:41 AM
    Your swimsuit and your sunscreen are in the luggage, and your boarding passes are all printed out. But did you remember your gadgets and chargers? Did you download enough entertainment? Here's a list of products and services worth bringing along.

  • Archaeologists excavate Colonial battleground Jul 19, 2014 1:34 PM
    During the Revolutionary War, the same grounds were believed to have been the site of a smallpox hospital that treated returning American troops infected with the disease during the colonies’ attempt to conquer Quebec. More than 1,000 stricken soldiers may have died here.

  • Beyonce exhibit to debut at Rock Hall of Fame Museum Jul 19, 2014 7:00 AM
    A fashion exhibit centered on Beyonce will debut at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in a section previously featuring only Hall of Famers. The Rock Hall announced Friday that outfits from Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance and music videos will debut Tuesday in the Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall in its Legends of Rock section, next to iconic pieces from Michael Jackson, David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen.

  • Going to Lolla? Book a hotel package! Jul 19, 2014 5:00 AM
    Attending Lollapalooza? Experience the ultimate VIP weekend at The James Chicago or the Kinzie Hotel. Millennium Park offers Thursday-night jazz concerts through August. And Grayslake hosts the Lake County Fair.

  • Trails, salmon viewing top free Anchorage events Jul 18, 2014 6:00 AM
    Most tourists making a summer trip to Alaska will pass through Anchorage on their way to cruises, Denali National Park and other scenic adventures. While in Alaska’s biggest city, also home to the state’s largest airport, there are plenty of free things to do.

  • Brazilian music invades New York Jul 17, 2014 9:41 AM
    The Brazilians are coming. Over nine days starting on July 17, some 20 acts representing a cross section of Brazilian popular music will descend upon New York playing at venues across the city for the fourth annual Brasil Summerfest. The ensuing party may do little to avenge the country’s spectacular World Cup flameout, but at the very least it will serve to show that Brazil has more than just soccer: They still have their samba.

  • At Elvis Fest, impersonations are reverent tribute Jul 16, 2014 1:01 AM
    The white-suited, chest hair-baring, blue contact-wearing men posing with fans outside the showroom of the former Las Vegas Hilton don’t want to be called Elvis impersonators. The correct term is Elvis tribute artist — or ETA for short. “It’s not a gag,” explained Jason Sherry, producer of Elvis Festival in Las Vegas, one of several sanctioned by Presley’s estate that lead up to Elvis Week in Memphis in August.

  • Going to extremes at a mountaintop weather museum Jul 15, 2014 5:00 AM
    How do you rebuild a weather museum atop a mountain known for some of the world’s worst weather? Very carefully. Extreme Mount Washington sits on the top of the Northeast’s highest peak, in New Hampshire. The museum recently underwent a $1 million transformation from a modest collection of artifacts behind glass to a modern facility packed with hands-on exhibits.

  • On the road: Folk Festival brings the tunes to Woodstock Jul 12, 2014 5:30 AM
    Woodstock's 29th annual Folk Festival features contemporary acoustic performers, folk circuit mainstays and plenty of bluegrass, Americana, country and Southern blues tunes. If you're feeling more urban, visit more than 80 lush neighborhood gardens during the 46th annual Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival in Chicago.

  • Mobile apps offer last-minute travel deals Jul 12, 2014 5:45 AM
    While new technology and mobile applications have made old-fashion road trips easier, the thrill of spontaneity and surprise still remains. If travelers are flexible, apps can offer ease with last-minute deals, especially good for day trips and overnight stays. Need a hotel room immediately? There’s an app for that.

  • Touring ‘Frozen’ Norway with Adventures by Disney Jul 11, 2014 5:45 AM
    Rushing water and my 6-year-old daughter’s squeals of delight were all I could hear as we roared over the whitewater rapids of Norway’s Voss River. It’s been a week of non-stop fun with Adventures by Disney, which makes every corner of the globe accessible to adventurous travelers like me, parents who’ve now got kids along for the ride.

  • Visitors wait 5 hours for Harry Potter ride Jul 10, 2014 6:58 AM
    You might need a magic wand to get on the new Harry Potter ride at Universal Orlando Resort. For a second day in a row, visitors waited up to five hours to get on the ride, "Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts," located in the new Diagon Alley section of Universal Studios. On Tuesday, the first day Diagon Alley was open to the public, visitors waited for as long as seven hours. A sign at the entrance to the 3-D ride at midday Wednesday said the wait would be 300 minutes.

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