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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 …

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 …

Don’t just eat that ramen: Go to a museum and learn about it

Sunday, March 29, 2015

There are two kinds of ramen in this world. There’s the packaged staple of dorm-room cuisine, one of the most processed, industrialized foods ever invented. And then there’s the trendy, artisanal, handmade soup that fans line up for …

Airline world’s tiny secret: love of model planes

Sunday, March 22, 2015

In America, businessmen shake hands. In Japan, they bow. But all over the world airline executives engage in a greeting that is all their own: the exchange of model airplanes. When airlines start flying to new cities, make …

Roughing it: Trekking in Nepal offers adventure

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Dawn’s golden light caught the tops of the snowcapped Himalayas and gradually crept downward as the rising sun lit up a sweeping arc of soaring peaks, at once forbidding and starkly beautiful. The stunning vista from the top …

Lights, camera, blossom! Disney films inspire floral fantasy

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Lights, camera . . . blossom! Floral and garden designers are paying homage to Disney and Pixar films at the Philadelphia Flower Show, which opened yesterday with the theme “Celebrate the Movies.” Meticulously landscaped exhibits have been inspired …

Travel Talk: This service provides an easy – and speedy – way to recover lost items

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I wrote my very first Travel Talk column in Dec. 2007. It was about my much-loved cell phone, a dandy of a flip phone, which fell out of my pocket onto my seat on the first leg of a trip to London. We figured it out in the …

A reluctant tourist braves zip lining in Costa Rica

Saturday, February 14, 2015

‘I’m not sure I can do this,” I said to myself while climbing a few steps to take a practice ride for a zip line. I was in northern Costa Rica, in the shadow of the country’s majestic …