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Charles Kenyon, left, and Megan Putnam, center, of the group Civil War Friends of Alcatraz, stand below the sally port and guardhouse during a tour of newly restored areas on Alcatraz Island Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in San Francisco. The National Park Service pulled the tarps off upgrades at Alcatraz Island after $3 million in improvements to the guardhouse, the citadel and other historic features. The park service on Wednesday unveiled the results of more than a year of work. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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 early 1960s. But these days, the prison, first opened to the public in October 1973, has been showing wear and tear, and …

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 on whether airlines illegally signaled to each other how quickly they would add new flights, …

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 ever lifted, the remote Peninsula of Guanahacabibes could well become a popular destination for American …

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; …

Essentials for visiting the new Vegas

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Remember when a visit to Las Vegas was all about gambling? Massive, windowless casinos with air-conditioning and free drinks kept guests oblivious to the passage of time while they sat at slot machines and card tables for hours …

Ultralight hiking tips to bring less and go farther

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Too many people picture a long-distance hiker painfully hauling this unwieldy backpack with enough stuff strapped to the outside to make you wonder what could possibly be inside. Don’t let the image of that misguided fogey with his …

Godzilla welcomed in Tokyo – to lure visitors

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Fire-breathing, building-stomping Godzilla was welcomed in part of Tokyo on Thursday as a sign of prosperity, not destruction. The irradiated monster was appointed special resident and tourism ambassador for Shinjuku ward, known for its down-home bars and noodle …

Georgian architecture, hot springs among gems in Bath

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Yes, there really is a natural hot spring beneath the city of Bath, but soaking in the above-ground sights and sounds will leave you plenty relaxed. With its Georgian brick buildings and lush green hills, almost everywhere in …