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  • Ellis Island hospital complex to open to visitors Oct 1, 2014 6:00 AM
    The crumbling old sick ward opens off a long hallway, separate from the rest of the Ellis Island hospital complex. “If you found yourself in this room, you were either too sick to survive or too sick to stay,” tour guide Jessica Cameron-Bush said. “And this was your last view — the Statue of Liberty.” The historic complex, where 1.2 million immigrants received medical care between 1901 and 1954, is opening to the public on Wednesday for the first time in 60 years. The complex of 29 unrestored buildings is located across the ferry slip from the fully-restored immigration museum.

     
  • Get a slice of Chicago culture on pizza tour Sep 28, 2014 12:01 AM
    In a city famous for its deep-dish pizza, tourists wouldn’t know that the locals more often eat a thinner-crust, tavern-style pie topped with homemade Italian sausage and cut into squares, not slices — unless they went on a pizza tour. Chicago is one of a handful of cities, like Boston, Milwaukee and New York, with companies that offer pizza tours. Chicago Pizza Tours owner Jonathan Porter takes his customers on a bus ride around the city that includes four stops over 3 hours to sample deep-dish, tavern-style and other eclectic pizza variations.

     
  • Frequent fliers learn how to survive a plane crash Sep 28, 2014 6:12 AM
    Started as a training exercise for oil company employees who routinely flew to remote locations, the course is now open to frequent fliers willing to pay $265, although most participants are still sent by their companies. There are up to three classes a week.

     
  • Suds & Grapes: Midwestern Craft Beer and Wine-cations Sep 27, 2014 6:00 AM
    Beer and wine can be the basis of fine fall getaway, near enough to be affordable and so low on the travel-hassle scale. Combine an overnight with educational tours of burgeoning Midwestern craft breweries and sampling the fate of local grapes at wineries and tasting rooms.

     
  • On the road: St. Louis Oktoberfest adding carnival to festivities Sep 27, 2014 6:00 AM
    The 2014 Oktoberfest in the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis promises to be the biggest in its history, with internationally acclaimed music, award-winning polka rock and a full carnival (just like the traditional Oktoberfest in Munich). Taste Talks is a three-day food festival inChicago featuring panel discussions, underground dinners and an all-star barbecue starring some of the nation’s favorite chefs.

     
  • NYC photo show looks back at Debbie Harry’s career Sep 26, 2014 6:00 AM
    Forty-one years after Blondie hit the music scene, frontwoman Debbie Harry is looking back — but not through her music. Instead, band co-founder Chris Stein is offering an insider’s view with a show of photographs that he began shooting before Blondie was formed. Stein, 64, said he began the decades-long series of photos in 1973 when he and Harry formed The Stilettos. The exhibit coincides with the release of Stein’s photo book, He hopes younger people will take away “a little sense of history” from the exhibit at New York’s iconic Chelsea Hotel.

     
  • Go for the food: Santa Fe twist on a roadside diner Sep 26, 2014 5:45 AM
    There is no shortage of good food in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the many casual and gourmet takes on the state’s trademark chile dishes are almost as big a draw as the city’s art galleries and festivals. While the tourists are lining up at the Plaza’s dining hot spots, a popular respite for locals is Harry’s Roadhouse, Santa Fe’s upscale version of the roadside diner.

     
  • Leaf peeping, festivals top free W.Va. events Sep 26, 2014 6:00 AM
    Autumn’s arrival in West Virginia means the leaves and the weather will be changing — and the fun is just getting started. Celebrations of parachute-jumping, leaf-peeping and unique festivals highlight a fall full of free events in the Mountain State. All that’s required is a map to get there.

     
  • Sculpture of end-of-WWII kiss lands in Normandy Sep 24, 2014 6:00 AM
    A sculpture honoring a photograph of a kiss in Times Square that captured New York’s celebration as World War II ended has gone up in Normandy for a one-year visit. Cranes and construction crews in the French city of Caen on Tuesday hoisted and locked together pieces of “Unconditional Surrender,” a 25-foot cast-bronze sculpture in color of a sailor and a nurse in a lip-locked embrace.

     
  • Get into the bourbon spirit with Kentucky distilleries tour Sep 21, 2014 6:15 AM
    Sales of bourbon have risen sharply in the last decade across Kentucky, where 95 percent of the world's bourbon is made. As the taste for bourbon has risen, so has interest in seeing it made. To guide visitors, the distillers association created the Kentucky Bourbon Trail of seven distilleries that offer tours.

     
  • The Roosevelt trail, from Maine to North Dakota Sep 20, 2014 6:00 AM
    Ken Burns’ new documentary about the Roosevelts — presidents Theodore and Franklin, and Franklin’s wife, Eleanor — is bound to stir interest in some of the places connected to them. Here’s a look at some major Roosevelt sites, including birthplaces, family homes, vacation retreats, and national parks and monuments from Maine to North Dakota.

     
  • On the road: Catch a groove at Hyde Park Jazz Fest Sep 20, 2014 6:00 AM
    South Side Hyde Park hosts two days and nights of dazzling grooves and improvised tunes during the eighth annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival, featuring nearly 40 jazz acts, including world-class headliners and local emerging artists. West Town’s thriving art scene takes over the hip neighborhood for the fourth annual West Town Art Walk.

     
  • Street art, not beaches, in Honolulu’s Kakaako Sep 19, 2014 5:30 AM
    Honolulu is famous for golden sand beaches and big waves. But the city’s warehouse district, called Kakaako, is famous for a different sort of attraction. You won’t find kitschy Hawaiian souvenir shops or hordes of tourists here, but you will find a thriving urban arts scene, with colorful street murals so big they stretch across walls and sometimes entire sides of buildings.

     
  • Autumn on the Connecticut River with the swallows Sep 18, 2014 5:45 AM
    The first swallows appear at sunset, inky flecks in a dusky pink sky. A cloud of birds forms. Soon the entire sky is teeming with tree swallows — hundreds of thousands of them — swooping and swirling and shimmying in a dazzling aerial ballet that paints the sky black. Peering through binoculars from the river below, birders, boaters and tourists gasp. But the swallows have only begun their nightly fall spectacular.

     
  • Go for the food: The ultimate beer run in Vermont Sep 17, 2014 6:00 AM
    The ultimate beer journey. For the ultimate cult beer. If you have even a passing interest in great beer, chances are good you’ve heard of Heady Topper, the intensely hoppy, grapefruitily-delicious American double IPA by The Alchemist Brewery in Waterbury, Vermont. It is wildly popular, famously hard to get, and always comes emblazoned with the admonishment: “Drink from the can!”

     
  • Take a deep dive at Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale Sep 16, 2014 6:00 AM
    The International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, fills a wave-shaped building with a collection so vast, it overflows into the pool shop’s attic. I expect photos, medals and back stories related to superstars whose strokes I’m still trying to emulate, from Fort Lauderdale-based swimming/diving legend Katherine Rawls to nine-time Olympic champion Mark Spitz. It’s the surprises that anchor me here for hours.

     
  • 5 free things to see in Belfast, Northern Ireland Sep 16, 2014 6:00 AM
    Belfast may seem an unlikely destination for tourists, associated as it is with the Troubles. But the city has been transformed in recent years and is now a cosmopolitan place with plenty to see and do, much of it free.

     
  • Brooklyn show looks at mystique of ‘killer heels’ Sep 16, 2014 6:00 AM
    It may have just been Fashion Week in Manhattan, but “Killer Heels” have landed in Brooklyn. A new exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum looks at the elevated shoe as a design object, from platform shoes dating to about 1600 to a contemporary — and lethal — 8-inch dagger stiletto. “Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe” opens last week and runs through February 15, after which it will travel around the U.S.

     
  • Statue of singer Amy Winehouse unveiled in London Sep 15, 2014 6:50 AM
    Late singer Amy Winehouse has been honored on what would have been her 31st birthday with a life-size statue in her beloved Camden Town neighborhood of north London. Winehouse’s many fans will have no problem recognizing the singer, who is portrayed sporting her distinctive beehive hairdo.

     
  • Rampant Ebola fear takes toll on Africa tourism Sep 15, 2014 9:41 AM
    Ebola is thousands of miles away from Kenya’s pristine Indian Ocean beaches, but the deadly disease appears to be discouraging tourism there and elsewhere in this vast continent. Tour operators across Africa say they face difficulties as the Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 2,200 people in four countries, continues to defy international efforts to control it. Tourism, a major source of revenue for many African countries — especially Kenya and South Africa — is increasingly being hurt as some potential visitors hesitate over visiting the continent that is home to the disease.

     
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