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  • Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park celebrates turning 100 Aug 24, 2014 10:26 AM
    No adjectives can do Rocky Mountain National Park justice. The jagged snow-draped peaks, rocky tundra, green valleys and roaring waterfalls render exclamation points inadequate. And starting Sept. 3, Rocky Mountain National Park launches a year of festivities to celebrate its centennial, including special hikes, wildlife seminars, art shows and a wild game culinary fest.

  • United lures top fliers with promise of a hot meal Aug 23, 2014 7:32 AM
    To win the hearts of frequent business travelers, United Airlines is going through their stomachs. The carrier has been looking for ways to woo back some of its top fliers who defected to other carriers following a rocky merger with Continental Airlines. So, it’s upgrading first class food options and replacing snacks with full meals on some of its shortest flights.

  • On the road: Chicago’s massive Artopia Fest fetes art, music, culture Aug 23, 2014 5:45 AM
    Artopia Fest says it’s Chicago’s largest indoor and outdoor music and art festival, completely filling the Chicago Urban Art Society with art, music and culture. Expect to see the works of more than 100 artists plus visual performances by Redmoon Theater. Or head to Chicago's Taste of Polonia, the largest Polish festival in the U.S., to experience nonstop live entertainment courtesy of 30 bands playing rock, blues and polka music.

  • Dinosaur footprints set for display in Utah Aug 22, 2014 1:45 PM
    Paleontologists believe the tracks were made over several days in what was a shallow lake. They likely became covered by sediment that filled them up quickly enough to preserve them but gently enough not to scour them out.

  • Fla. Panhandle military beach is little-known gem Aug 22, 2014 6:00 AM
    Alabama tourist Lance Du Bose has long enjoyed taking his family to a little-known spit of beach underneath a highway bridge on the Florida Panhandle, where there’s sand, shade and shallow water and fewer visitors than the beaches in nearby Destin. The only drawback: occasional encounters with military police armed with AR 15 assault rifles. It’s part of more than 20 miles of prime costal property that have been under the control of Eglin Air Force Base since before World War II. Just a small stretch of Eglin’s beaches are open to the public.

  • 5 free things to do in Lincoln, Nebraska Aug 22, 2014 5:45 AM
    Lincoln, Nebraska, may be famous for Husker football, but Nebraska’s capital city also welcomes visitors with free attractions for history buffs and families on a budget. Here are five free things to see and do in Lincoln.

  • Smithsonian adds LGBT history to museum collection Aug 20, 2014 5:45 AM
    Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people were added to the Smithsonian Institution’s collection Tuesday, including items from the popular TV show “Will and Grace.” Show creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick along with NBC donated objects to the National Museum of American History.

  • Visiting 9/11 sites in New York: Memorial, museum, tours Aug 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    Out-of-towners and locals alike have shown enormous interest in sites connected to the Sept. 11th attacks. More than 700,000 people from all 50 states and 131 countries have been to the National Sept. 11 Museum since it opened May 21. In addition, nearly 15 million people have visited the September 11 Memorial since it opened three years ago on the footprints of the twin towers. And yet the very idea of 9/11 tourism remains controversial to some.

  • On the road: It's almost time for apple season Aug 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    Opportunities for family fun picking apples still exist in McHenry County, and the time for early-season apples is right around the corner. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Chicago's Fashion Fest takes over Division Street next weekend, with all kinds of fashion and shopping.

  • Reindeer dogs from Alaska’s cranky hot dog vendor Aug 15, 2014 5:45 AM
    There’s no shortage of hot dog stands hawking that spicy, oh-so-Alaska treat, the reindeer dog, in downtown Anchorage. But only one of them has consistently long lines. M.A.’s Gourmet Dogs is owned by Michael Anderson, who offers seven types of tasty grilled dogs — including one with a little bit of Rudolph in it. It’s the hands-down crowd favorite, every bite delivering a pleasing crunchy pop.

  • Virginia Beach: 5 free things to do besides the beach Aug 15, 2014 5:45 AM
    Virginia Beach, Virginia, is no generic beach town. It’s the largest city in Virginia, which means there are plenty of things to do throughout the year for free. The city caters to tourists at the oceanfront resort area, but the cost-conscious traveler can find a variety of activities to do without opening a wallet at the oceanfront and elsewhere in the city.

  • Tips for taking kids out of school to travel Aug 14, 2014 5:30 AM
    Those of us who travel with kids know that travel is educational. We also know that family travel gets much more affordable after Labor Day, once kids are back in the classroom. That’s why we so often take our kids out of school for family travel.

  • Santa Claus and Rockettes stop traffic in New York Aug 14, 2014 4:29 PM
    The calendar says August, but that didn’t stop Santa Claus from visiting midtown Manhattan and snarling a section of Sixth Avenue, much to the bafflement of tourists and the frustration of drivers forced to idle their vehicles.Father Christmas, along with 15 Rockettes costumed as rag dolls, stood on a Radio City Music Hall porch on Thursday as 12 Rockettes dressed as toy soldiers marched on the street below to perform the “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.”

  • Wisconsin's Great River Road winds its way into great road trip Aug 14, 2014 6:14 AM
    Straight out of a time when the kids piled into the station wagon for a Sunday drive, the Wisconsin Great River Road — yes, that “great river,” the Mississippi — wholesomely winds its way through 33 river towns over 250 miles of terrain. This stretch of pavement is what road trip dreams are made of. There are no billboard-filled lengths of straightaway. Rather, the road curves gently along the river and each new town offers foods to try, shops to browse through and scenic vistas to photograph.

  • Celine Dion cancels all shows, cites family health Aug 13, 2014 10:59 AM
    Celine Dion has cleared her calendar of all performances, saying she needs to focus on her health, her husband’s health and raising their three young children. The superstar vocalist is cancelling shows that were slated through March 22, 2015, including a tour of Asia planned for the fall and regular shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

  • Ag tourism touted as way to boost rural economies Aug 10, 2014 7:00 AM
    Ag tourism refers to working farm enterprises geared to visitors, encompassing farm stands, pumpkin patches, barn dances, zip-line rides, pick-your-own berries, corn mazes and even weddings. Farms engaging in ag tourism generated roughly $700 million in 2012 — a 24 percent increase over five years, according to the most recent U.S. Agriculture Department statistics.

  • Kansas City emerges as a creative crossroads Aug 10, 2014 4:30 AM
    He hated art museums, saying he'd rather have his work hanging in a brothel, but he became Missouri's most renowned 20th-century artist. So what would Thomas Hart Benton think of Kansas City's arts scene in his hometown on this, the 125th anniversary of his birth?

  • Silent retreats: Tradition finds 21st-century fans Aug 10, 2014 5:45 AM
    A very pregnant Juliana Berger took a five-day trip with her husband and didn’t speak to him once. They weren’t fighting. They were attending a silent retreat. Like so many people these days, the New York-based couple wanted a break from the stress of daily life. “I thought the stillness would help me connect with my baby,” said Berger. Silent meditation transcends most religious traditions, and can be traced back thousands of years. Today’s retreats last from a day to several weeks and take place at monasteries, colleges, spas, hotels and even hospitals.

  • Florida preserve brings wolves, people together Aug 9, 2014 6:00 AM
    At Seacrest Wolf Preserve in northern Florida, billed as the largest such facility in the Southeast, owners Cynthia and Wayne Watkins say they raise their wolves to become accustomed to humans — and for a $25 fee, they even let visitors mingle with a wolf pack. It lets wolves become ambassadors for their species, they say, and helps people become advocates for wolves.

  • On the road: Ed Paschke Art Center opens in Jefferson Park Aug 9, 2014 5:12 AM
    There’s a new museum in Chicago, and what a doozy it is: The Ed Paschke Art Center includes a permanent Paschke collection showcasing the distinct, in-your-face style that the artist explored, as well as the work of other Chicago artists. Get in on a one-time special event from Chicago Detours that will tour artist studios, a factory, warehouse, church and artisanal bakery in the Bridgeport neightborhood. And bring your young conductor to the Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine at the Illinois Railway Museum.

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