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In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 photo, a tourist photographs Crawford Notch in Carroll, N.H., as foliage reaches peak in New Hampshire's White Mountains. Officials say tourists will spend upwards of $1 billion to catch a glimpse of the red, yellow and orange hues on the trees, and the windfall is steadily rising as the economy regains strength. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

New England raking in millions from leaf peepers

Sunday, October 19, 2014

On Mount Monadnock, hikers file up the 3,165-foot peak in lockstep, protected from drizzling rain by a luminous golden canopy of leaves. They’re not just gazing at foliage – they’re looking at cold, hard cash. Money really does grow on trees in autumn in New England, and all six states are raking it in. Officials say tourists will spend upward …

Dogs welcome at St. Louis museum about, well, dogs

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Exhibits include dog paintings, dog sculptures and displays about famous dogs. But what really makes this St. Louis museum unique is the visitors: Dogs are welcome, and curators aren’t worried about the canines knocking things over or making a mess. “We do it and have been doing it for many years, and to …

Come sail away in a powerchute

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The enormous fanlike propeller behind the passenger whirs, then begins to howl as the pilot hits the accelerator. The wheels bump along the gravelly desert and a small jolt tugs on the safety belts as the chute billows into the sky. A few seconds later, the strange-looking machine lifts off the ground, floating …

Hiking in the American Southwest

Sunday, May 18, 2014

‘Excuse me, coming through, sorry, thank you!” I kept repeating loudly and urgently as I hiked up Picacho Peak, which rises like a Western saddle from the endless desert just off Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz. …

Travel Talk: How to protect your money while traveling

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Ah spring! The daffodils are blooming, lawns are greening up . . . and readers, friends and colleagues are asking how to protect their money on upcoming trips. After all, you can survive without your luggage (at least …

New Mexico: 5 free things in Santa Fe

Sunday, May 11, 2014

There’s no doubt this capital city has truly earned its nickname as The City Different. Its skyline is not made of skyscrapers, but rather a collection of flat-topped adobe buildings that has taken more than four centuries to …

Street art and trendy cafes in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Sunday, May 4, 2014

For the last few years, a neighborhood called Williamsburg has been the epicenter of Brooklyn cool. But with prices for Williamsburg condos hitting $4 million and up, young creative types are migrating to trendier – and less expensive …

Travel Talk: When booking rooms, ask the right people the right questions

Sunday, April 27, 2014

We’re back! After a winter of snowbirding with our pooches Maggie and Millie, we’re settled in at home in Bow. But more about what we learned on the road in another column. This column has to be about …

Take a stroll in these Istanbul neighborhoods

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Istanbul, the noisy metropolis on the Bosporus Strait lauded by many a travel ranking, has much more to offer than grand mosques and bazaars. Away from the din of typical tourist haunts, a walk around the neighborhoods of …

How to save money on your summer vacation hotels

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Summer vacationers looking for deals on hotel rooms are going to have to search a little harder. The average cost of a room now stands at $110, up 4 percent from last year and 8 percent from two …

Feline fans flock to London’s first cat cafe

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Would you like some kitten with your coffee? Feline company is exactly what one of London’s newest cafes is offering – and stressed-out city-dwellers are lapping it up. “People do want to have pets and in tiny flats, …

Pittsburgh: 5 free things for visitors to do

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Pittsburgh may have been built around the steel and coal industries, but the once-sooty city now features a beautiful downtown river walk, multicultural neighborhoods and restaurants, and even free subway rides. Point State Park One of the best …

Manaus, Brazil: Gateway to tours of the Amazon

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Amazon guide raised his hand in the steaming forest and looked at me at the end of a line of six hikers. “Do you want a machete, Jeremy?” asked the guide, Shane Zammette. “Jaguars always attack from …