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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 …

Tourists watch solar alignment in Egypt temple

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hundreds of visitors gathered in Egypt on Wednesday at the Great Temple of Ramses II to watch the sun illuminate colossal statues, a rare 3,200-year-old astronomical ceremony that happens twice a year. At dawn at Abu Simbel, local …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Baggage Check: Talking through feelings hurt by a spouse and a good friend

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Q: My husband has become very involved in online message boards, to the point that it’s all he talks about. There is a woman on several of these boards with him. She lives across the country, but I know they Skype a lot. He doesn’t think he’s doing …

Ray Duckler: Leave the rest behind and come over here

Friday, October 10, 2014

‘I have to show you,” Deborah Ramsey said, with the enthusiasm of a child. “I have some in the trailer.” Ramsey rushed inside, dressed in khaki shorts, a pink top and sandals, as though she had something precious …

Family travel five: Let literary figures inspire your itinerary

Sunday, October 5, 2014

A good book can transport us to magical places and encourage exploration. Here are five places with stories to tell and the characters behind them: 1. A.A. Milne’s “Winnie the Pooh,” Winnipeg, Manitoba: A century ago, a Canadian soldier launched a literary legacy when he adopted a black …

Cycling France’s Loire Valley

Sunday, September 28, 2014

There are hundreds of miles of bike trails through the chateaux towns of France’s Loire Valley – and that’s what tripped us up. We’d been trying to cycle the 17 miles from Chenonceaux to Chaumont, but kept getting …

Travel Talk: Vacation and weather: can’t have one without the other

Saturday, September 27, 2014

In my mind, vacation and weather are inextricably intertwined. It’s really hard to think about one without thinking about the other. Everyone wants the weather on their vacation to be grand – whatever that might mean for your …

What to do along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Picture the Blue Ridge Parkway as a crooked spine running through the Appalachian Mountains. Government stewardship of public lands is splashed across the map in confusing variety – a national park at either end, national forests, historic sites, …