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In this July 22, 2015 photo, people on the top deck of a river boat view piers toward the Minnesota side for the mile-long St. Croix Crossing bridge linking Minnesota and Wisconsin near Stillwater, Minn. Three times a month, 350 or more people head out on the 90-minute tours, with adults paying $10 apiece for the chance to view one of the biggest and most expensive bridge projects in Minnesota history. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota: Tourists flock to huge bridge projects

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Jockeying for a rail spot on the third-floor deck of a St. Croix River paddlewheel boat starts an hour before departure. Up there are prime views of the towering piers, protruding concrete segments and barges full of heavy equipment – all elements of one of the biggest, most expensive bridge projects the Upper Midwest has seen. Construction of the mile-long …

UTAH: Holidays celebrate pioneers, pie and beers

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Most people were gathering Friday in Utah to celebrate the state’s Mormon heritage at Pioneer Day parades featuring floats, carriages and women in prairie dresses. But many non-Mormons enjoyed an increasingly popular counter-holiday with a playful name: Pie and Beer Day. A few gathered on patios and lawns near the parade route in …

GEORGIA: A junkyard of classic cars

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Nestled in a north Georgia forest, over 4,000 classic cars decorate 32 acres that have been turned into a junkyard museum. Owner Walter Dean Lewis’ parents started the business in 1931 as a general store that also sold auto parts. Lewis grew the collection, which had just 40 cars in the ’70s, over …

Ready to renew that passport?

Saturday, July 11, 2015

If you’re curious about why I haven’t been dishing up great travel advice and compelling stories of faraway places, there’s a reason. Bud and I have deferred overseas travel during the past 18 months while we concentrated on …

San Francisco: $3 million restoration shines up Alcatraz

Sunday, July 5, 2015

More than a million people visit Alcatraz Island every year to see the shuttered prison sitting in the San Francisco Bay, made famous by Clint Eastwood in the movie about the great escape of three prisoners in the …

U.S. probing possible airline collusion that kept fares high

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by the Associated Press. The civil antitrust investigation by the Justice Department appears to focus …

Diver’s dream: Cuba’s pristine reefs

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The coral reefs and gin-clear waters off the coast of Cuba offer some of the best diving in the Caribbean and some of the best-preserved reefs on earth. And if travel restrictions on U.S. tourism to Cuba are …

MILWAUKEE: Bobblehead museum finds home

Saturday, June 13, 2015

There’s a puppetry museum in Utah. A vacuum museum in Oregon. A roller skating museum in Nebraska. So, why not a bobblehead hall of fame and museum in Wisconsin? Two Milwaukee men think their state is the perfect …

North Korea plans to show off for tourists

Sunday, June 7, 2015

If you’re still looking for somewhere exotic to go this summer and don’t mind a vacation that comes with a heavy dose of socialist propaganda and leader worship, North Korea says it’s just the place for you. Fresh …

Hike Safe cards being offered to support searches, rescues

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

As the summer hiking season gets underway, New Hampshire’s Fish and Game Department is offering Hike Safe cards for people to support search and rescue efforts, and be exempt from liability for repaying such costs. Hike Safe cards may only be bought online for $25 for an individual …

White Mountains: Raw slopes keep riders stoked

Sunday, May 10, 2015

On a postcard spring Saturday in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, a boisterous band of pilgrims some 2,000 strong is preparing for their own brand of funky and fearless worship. Alone and in groups, they leave Pinkham Notch and …

Back from Florida, with the latest credit card tech

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Bud and I love coming home from Florida in the spring. We get to reconnect with friends and family and always enjoy seeing flowers blooming and lawns greening up. This year, though, has been very special. Not only …

Germany’s Black Forest: Dark woods and mushrooms

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Black Forest gets its name from a canopy of trees so dense that the woods seem dark, pierced only by shafts of sunlight. Mushrooms sprout across the damp forest floor. Red squirrels scamper up the towering trees; …