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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 …

Red, black, green: Sand on Hawaiian beaches not just golden

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Go ahead, sink your toes in the sand on Hawaii’s famous beaches. But you might be surprised by the color of that sand – it’s not always golden. You’ll find black sand, red sand and even green sand …

From ocean to ocean, through the Panama Canal

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Nina and Fred Fenton have gone on 40 cruises, including five times through the Panama Canal since 1998, but they keep coming back. While aboard the Norwegian Sun on their latest journey into the storied waterway linking two …

Balloon crew makes history crossing Pacific Ocean

Friday, January 30, 2015

A pair of pilots has traveled farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone in history, trying to eliminate any remaining debate over a century of records in long-distance ballooning. The Two Eagles pilots surpassed the distance …

It’s a hoot hanging out with owls at this Tokyo cafe

Saturday, January 24, 2015

In the U.S., hanging out in a cafe with animals is such an exotic concept that people can’t get enough of it. A pop-up cat cafe in New York last year had lines down the block. Online reservations …

Travel Talk: Technology can help steer you in the right direction on a road trip

Saturday, January 24, 2015

With gas prices at an amazingly low level, I bet lots of you readers are planning road trips this year. And with technology advancing at warp speed and prices for tech gadgets dropping fast, I have no doubt that lots of you will rely on a GPS, whether …

Explore 3 N.Y.C. Chinatowns: In Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Chinatown has long been a popular destination for tourists in Lower Manhattan. But visitors willing to explore the city’s outer boroughs might consider a subway ride to neighborhoods in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, or Flushing, Queens, which are also …

Travel Talk: Some tips so you can hit the road like a pro

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Bud and I just finished a 1,500-mile drive south to Florida. It’s our third year being snowbirds, and you’d think we’ve have the routine down pat . . . nary a problem the entire way to Cape Coral. But . . . not! Whether it was overconfidence, or …

Hotel hopes guests head home with a rescue dog

Sunday, January 4, 2015

At this hotel, guests get welcomed with a wagging tail or a warm lick to the face. A dog will bound out from behind the registration desk, clad in an “Adopt Me” vest, as visitors arrive at the …

Downtown: All aboard for a 30-day U.S. train tour

Monday, December 29, 2014

Mike Cashion planned to spend all 24 hours of Christmas Day on an Amtrak train. The owner of Villari’s Martial Arts on North State Street took 30 days off work in December and January, part of a goal …

Destinations for 2015

Sunday, December 28, 2014

See Cuba before it changes. Check out the Expo in Milan. And if you’re heading to New York City to see the view from 1 World Trade Center’s observatory (scheduled to open late spring), take the subway to …