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  • 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.

  • Traveling helps shape world view, spark curiosity Jul 10, 2014 7:06 AM
    When I was 10 years old, my mother and I were inside our hotel in Hawaii before we went on a cruise through the islands. Outside, there was a huge commotion going on that sounded like a parade to me. It was actually a march in support of Hawaii’s independence. Witnessing that demonstration started a lifelong passion for understanding different peoples, their cultures and their struggles.

  • World’s largest folk art market opens in Santa Fe Jul 10, 2014 5:45 AM
    Santa Fe’s famed summer market season opens this weekend with the International Folk Market, the world’s largest folk art market and one dedicated to helping artisans from impoverished nations start their own businesses. And as the popular market celebrates its 11th anniversary, it is drawing more than just tourists and locals. “We’ve had many fashion experts shop the market, visionary designers from Donna Karan, Yves Saint Laurent, Anthropologie, and Coach among them,” said market founder Judith Espinar.

  • Exhibit features wedding fashions from 1800s to today Jul 9, 2014 5:45 AM
    Wedding dresses from the 19th century to the present day are featured in a new exhibit in Denton, Texas, showcasing the changing styles of American brides. That includes a 1900s dress featuring a lace choker collar, a beaded flapper dress from the 1920s and a 1980s satin confection with an explosion of organdy ruffles.

  • Running with bulls annual reminder of suburban tragedy Jul 9, 2014 4:26 PM
    Every time I see news coverage of the bulls running through the streets of Pamplona, or see the annual spectacle mined for entertainment or comedy in a TV commercial, I think of Matthew Tassio. The Glen Ellyn native remains the only American to be killed during the running with the bulls.

  • Not falling down: London bridges inspire new show Jul 8, 2014 5:45 AM
    London is a city of bridges, but it’s not a City of Bridges. A new exhibition wants visitors to look again, peering on, under and even inside the structures spanning the River Thames. Without bridges, the show argues, London as we know it would not exist. “Bridges can often make a city what it is,” said Lucinda Grange, an adventure photographer who sneaked inside London Bridge and took images that appear in the exhibition of artworks at Museum of London Docklands.

  • 5 free things for visitors to do in Detroit Jul 8, 2014 5:45 AM
    Detroit certainly has its financial woes as the largest U.S. city to undergo bankruptcy. But that doesn’t mean visitors have to break their own banks to experience some impressive attractions. Here are five things tourists and natives alike can take in for free.

  • British Airways has your mind-reading mood blanket Jul 6, 2014 6:14 AM
    If British Airways could wire up its passengers to in-flight lie detectors, would it? Before this weekend, the idea might have sounded preposterous. But that was before the airline rolled out a video promoting what it calls its “Happiness Blanket.”

  • On the road: Adler Planetarium inspires Young Explorers Jul 5, 2014 5:00 AM
    Adler Planetarium just launched Young Explorers Mondays, a weekly series of hands-on activities that promote creativity, fun and scientific investigation for the 2- to 6-year-old set. The 34th Annual Blissfest Folk & Roots Music Festival offers lots of live entertainment, culture, art and community in picturesque rural northern Michigan.

  • Tips for stress-free flying with little kids Jul 5, 2014 6:00 AM
    Pack distractions. Bring your own food. Make friends with your seat neighbors. Flying with children can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be a nightmare. There are a few tricks you can learn to head trouble off at the pass.

  • EU slashes mobile data roaming fees by 55 percent Jul 4, 2014 7:53 AM
    The European Union says the surcharges for surfing the Internet on mobile devices while traveling across the 28-nation bloc will be more than halved.

  • Twin Cities: 5 free things for visitors Jul 4, 2014 5:45 AM
    Like many places that endure long, difficult winters, Minnesota comes alive when the weather warms up. So many people from the Twin Cities — as Minneapolis and St. Paul are known — head to lakes in northern parts of the state that the city’s attractions truly open up to out-of-towners. And as in any urban area, some of the best are free.

  • Naples, green and clean, now bike-friendly Jul 3, 2014 5:45 AM
    Luca Simeone rides his bike along the sunny beachfront of Naples while his little daughter sleeps on the baby seat. It may sound ordinary, but this simple act is revolutionary. Three years ago Naples’ seafront was an urban highway, noisy and smoggy, jammed with car traffic. Three years later, Naples has a new mayor, clean streets, a wide pedestrian beachfront and a 20-mile cycling lane overlooking a beautiful bay.

  • JFK Library spotlights family’s summers on Cape Jul 2, 2014 5:45 AM
    Never-before-displayed artifacts from the Kennedy family’s summers on Cape Cod are now on display at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. The library, located next to the University of Massachusetts-Boston campus, opened a special exhibit Friday featuring the golf cart Kennedy used to get around the family’s Hyannis Port compound, among other items the museum has not previously showcased.

  • 2 hotels get overhauls in sign of Sin City upswing Jul 2, 2014 7:52 AM
    wo major Las Vegas resorts will be completely overhauled and rebranded in another sign that the entertainment capital is emerging from its recession doldrums. Caesars Entertainment announced Tuesday that it’s investing $223 million to overhaul The Quad, an aging 2,256-room hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, and will rename it the LINQ Hotel & Casino effective Oct. 30. In a separate announcement, timeshare company Westgate Resorts said it had purchased the LVH, a hard-hit property that was formerly known as the Las Vegas Hilton and hosted more than 800 Elvis Presley concerts during its heyday in the 1970s.

  • Jeff Koons’ whimsy takes over NYC museum Jul 2, 2014 5:45 AM
    Jeff Koons has taken over the Whitney Museum of American Art. The contemporary artist’s oversized toy-like sculptures and other works spanning a three-decade career now fill nearly the entire museum, in an exhibit that runs through Oct. 19. Some pieces were completed just days before the opening, including a 10-foot-high sculpture called “Play-Doh.”

  • Disney adding ‘Frozen’ characters, fireworks at Hollywood Studios Jul 1, 2014 12:56 PM
    Disney’s Hollywood Studios in central Florida will add to the “Frozen” frenzy by offering a daily character procession, singalongs and a nightly party based on the hit animated movie. Disney recently announced that “Frozen Summer Live” — a character-driven procession down the park’s Hollywood Boulevard with Anna, Elsa and Kristoff — will begin July 5 and run through Sept. 1, each day at 11 a.m.

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