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DISNEY / AP
                                A new land is opening May 27 at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Called Pandora — The World of Avatar, it is inspired by the lush world of Pandora depicted in the movie “Avatar.”

Disney parks offer bold new attractions

DISNEY / AP
                                A new land is opening May 27 at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Called Pandora — The World of Avatar, it is inspired by the lush world of Pandora depicted in the movie “Avatar.”
Disney theme parks have a big summer ahead of them with major new attractions opening May 27 based on two movies. Read More
TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE / 2001
                                The Main Street Electrical Parade, a Disney tradition for 45 years, has been given two more months.

Classic Disneyland parade ends Aug. 20

TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE / 2001
                                The Main Street Electrical Parade, a Disney tradition for 45 years, has been given two more months.

Updated on  April 8, 2017 at 8:48 pm
Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade, the nostalgic extravaganza of lights, dancing and upbeat synthesizer music, has had its nightly gig at Disneyland extended for another two months. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in Church Creek, Md., is about 90 miles from Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

New Maryland facility celebrates Harriet Tubman

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in Church Creek, Md., is about 90 miles from Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
A new visitor center honoring Harriet Tubman opened this weekend in Maryland, where Tubman was born a slave and later became a leading figure on the Underground Railroad. Read More
TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
                                Glensheen mansion, built in 1905, is a must-see attraction for 2016, according to Explore Minnesota.

Return customers boost lakeside manse

TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
                                Glensheen mansion, built in 1905, is a must-see attraction for 2016, according to Explore Minnesota.

Updated on  February 18, 2017 at 6:47 pm
Millionaire Chester Congdon built Glensheen mansion in 1905 to foster his iron-mining business. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                People look down on the city from Los Angeles’ famed Griffith Observatory.

Movie’s settings make for a fun L.A. trip

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                People look down on the city from Los Angeles’ famed Griffith Observatory.
Whether you’re swooning over Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling or marveling over just how great Los Angeles looks on the silver screen, there’s little doubt that the movie “La La Land” has put L.A. in the romantic spotlight. Read More
 
ASSOCIATED PRESS / DEC. 13, 2015
                                The Chabad-Lubavitch organization plans public menorah lightings in hundreds of cities around the world for Hanukkah. Members of India’s Jewish community pose for photographs after a menorah erected at the Gateway of India landmark was ignited as part of last year’s Hanukkah celebration.

Menorah lightings celebrate Hanukkah

ASSOCIATED PRESS / DEC. 13, 2015
                                The Chabad-Lubavitch organization plans public menorah lightings in hundreds of cities around the world for Hanukkah. Members of India’s Jewish community pose for photographs after a menorah erected at the Gateway of India landmark was ignited as part of last year’s Hanukkah celebration.
The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah began this year on Christmas Eve and lasts for eight days. Read More
CHICAGO TRIBUNE
                                A statue of Miriam Zitur is among many going up in Concordia, Kan., in honor of its Orphan Train museum.

Kansas statues honor Orphan Train kids

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
                                A statue of Miriam Zitur is among many going up in Concordia, Kan., in honor of its Orphan Train museum.
A new bronze statue of a girl sits on a sidewalk in Concordia, Kan. Her name is Miriam Zitur, and she’s about 6 years old with pigtails and bare feet. Read More
 
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Fourteen Utah state parks are applying to be listed as International Dark Sky Parks. Above, starry skies in the desert of southern Utah at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

14 Utah parks pursue Dark Sky Park status

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Fourteen Utah state parks are applying to be listed as International Dark Sky Parks. Above, starry skies in the desert of southern Utah at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Updated on  October 28, 2016 at 8:37 pm
Fourteen Utah state parks are applying to be listed as International Dark Sky Parks in an effort to preserve and promote starry nights that attract tourists, reported the Deseret News (bit.ly/2eFjHtL). Read More
CHICAGO TRIBUNE
                                Plywood covered up graffiti Sunday at the entrance to the Trump International Hotel in Washington. District of Columbia police said someone spray-painted the phrases “black lives matter” and “no justice no peace” on the front of the building Saturday afternoon.

Trump hotel in D.C. is vandalized

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
                                Plywood covered up graffiti Sunday at the entrance to the Trump International Hotel in Washington. District of Columbia police said someone spray-painted the phrases “black lives matter” and “no justice no peace” on the front of the building Saturday afternoon.
Donald Trump’s new luxury hotel in downtown Washington has been vandalized. District of Columbia police say someone spray-painted the phrases “black lives matter” and “no justice no peace” on the front of the building on Oct. 1. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Fog blankets the valley of the White Mountains as leaves change colors, as seen from Milan Hill in Milan, N.H. Fall colors are expected to peak in inland New Hampshire Sept. 28-Oct. 9 and in coastal regions Oct. 5-21, according to the Farmers’ Almanac. See farmers almanac.com for the best viewing times for fall foliage across the mainland United States.

Unplugged retreats on rise

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Fog blankets the valley of the White Mountains as leaves change colors, as seen from Milan Hill in Milan, N.H. Fall colors are expected to peak in inland New Hampshire Sept. 28-Oct. 9 and in coastal regions Oct. 5-21, according to the Farmers’ Almanac. See farmers almanac.com for the best viewing times for fall foliage across the mainland United States.

Updated on  September 18, 2016 at 12:36 am
Digital devices have given travelers instant access to online guidebooks, restaurant reviews and the social media means to disseminate photos. Read More

Brexit lures Americans to London

The British city has become the top international destination among U.S. travelers this year, and Londoners have Brexit to thank for that. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                People pose for pictures alongside Android lawn statues at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Fans of tech culture will find a variety of places to visit and take selfies around Silicon Valley.

Airfares up, but lower than usual

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                People pose for pictures alongside Android lawn statues at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Fans of tech culture will find a variety of places to visit and take selfies around Silicon Valley.

Updated on  September 3, 2016 at 7:24 pm
Airfares typically soar for travel around Labor Day weekend. This year is no exception. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                The Millard Fillmore Presidential Library, a bar in Cleveland, is themed in jest after President Fillmore, with a drink menu that includes a Fillmore Manhattan and beers named Fireside Chat, 21st Amendment and Jackie O’s Firefly Amber. It could well be a stop for those attending the Republican National Convention next month.

Saudi Arabia eyed for theme park

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                The Millard Fillmore Presidential Library, a bar in Cleveland, is themed in jest after President Fillmore, with a drink menu that includes a Fillmore Manhattan and beers named Fireside Chat, 21st Amendment and Jackie O’s Firefly Amber. It could well be a stop for those attending the Republican National Convention next month.
Theme park chain Six Flags Entertainment Corp. says it is in “discussions” with Saudi Arabia to pursue developing amusement parks in the ultraconservative Sunni kingdom. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Workers unloaded a life-size Edmontonia dinosaur model arriving at the Los Angeles Zoo for the upcoming exhibit “Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo” in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The exhibit featuring life-size animatronic dinosaurs runs from April 15 through Oct. 31.

Denmark-Boston flights planned

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Workers unloaded a life-size Edmontonia dinosaur model arriving at the Los Angeles Zoo for the upcoming exhibit “Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo” in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The exhibit featuring life-size animatronic dinosaurs runs from April 15 through Oct. 31.

Updated on  April 2, 2016 at 7:28 pm
Scandinavian Airlines has launched a new route it says will offer the first direct flight from Scandinavia to Boston. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Aircraft are on display during a media event to mark the reopening of the American Air Museum after a major overhaul at the Imperial War Museum of aviation in Duxford, England. The transformed American Air Museum opened Saturday.

Spirit ends bag fees for military

ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Aircraft are on display during a media event to mark the reopening of the American Air Museum after a major overhaul at the Imperial War Museum of aviation in Duxford, England. The transformed American Air Museum opened Saturday.
Spirit Airlines, the Florida-based carrier that has led the industry in imposing passenger fees, is giving some fliers a break. Read More
ASSOCIATED PRESS / APRIL 2015
                                The Washington Monument is seen through cherry blossoms across the Tidal Basin in Washington. Unusually warm weather has spurred the National Park Service to revise its prediction for peak blooms for the city’s cherry blossom trees.

Cherry blossoms to peak earlier

ASSOCIATED PRESS / APRIL 2015
                                The Washington Monument is seen through cherry blossoms across the Tidal Basin in Washington. Unusually warm weather has spurred the National Park Service to revise its prediction for peak blooms for the city’s cherry blossom trees.

Updated on  March 12, 2016 at 8:11 pm
Unseasonably warm weather has prompted the National Park Service to revise its prediction for peak blooms for Washington’s cherry blossom trees. Read More

Airline accidents remain low

There’s good news for white-knuckle fliers: 2015 was another safe year for commercial air travel worldwide. Read More
Updated on  March 5, 2016 at 6:17 pm

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