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Hundreds of balloons lift off to mark the official start of the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta during the first mass ascension in Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. The nine-day event attracts hundreds of balloonists and thousands of spectators from around the world. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

Mass ascension kicks off international balloon fiesta

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Tens of thousands of spectators swarmed the launch field Saturday for the first mass ascension of the 44th annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The nine-day event kicked off at dawn. More than 500 balloons representing dozens of states and nearly 20 different countries registered for the event this year. Among them were character balloons such as one depicting the head …

Everything is awesome about Lego Vatican

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Philadelphia’s science museum already was hosting a blockbuster exhibit of Lego sculptures and preparing to unveil a huge display of Holy See treasures for the pope’s visit when administrators got a serendipitous inquiry. Would they like to see a model of the Vatican that a priest built entirely of Legos? “It’s amazing,” said …

Tourism, businesses find uneasy balance at New England ports

Saturday, September 12, 2015

From the cab of his seafood truck, Louis Giannola watches pedestrians wandering with their noses in their phones as shoppers, diners and frustrated motorists crowd Commercial Street on busy summer days in Portland, Maine. “It’s nuts down there!” he says. With the decline of New England’s groundfishing fleet and other related industries, Maine’s …

Lincoln museum to mark anniversaries with exhibits

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum will mark the 150th anniversary of the 16th president’s death – and its own 10th anniversary – with a host of new exhibits and activities next year. New digital features will give visitors immediate access to photographs and documents with a …

Amsterdam lights up in dark winter

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Art festival lights up Amsterdam in dark winter …

Vermont resorts make big snowmaking upgrades

Monday, December 1, 2014

Northeast ski resorts continue to invest millions in leaner and meaner snowmaking guns, with Vermont making big inroads this year, thanks to an energy-efficiency program that helped resorts swap older model snow guns for nearly 2,300 new energy-efficient …

WWII Museum to open new pavilion in New Orleans

Sunday, November 30, 2014

A bombed-out bunker with a digital battle mapping table and animated fighter planes soaring overhead gives an immersive look at strategic air raids over Europe during World War II. The simulated experience takes place inside a new 32,000-square-foot …

Travel Talk: It’s the perfect time to plan that road trip you’ve dreaming of

Sunday, November 23, 2014

If you haven’t noticed, gas prices are at their lowest in four years. Even better, industry wizards predict that the prices will stay low throughout 2015. At the same time, airfares are so high that Bud and I …

Project to highlight Native connection to Route 66

Sunday, November 23, 2014

More than two dozen American Indian tribes are teaming up with a tourism group and the National Park Service to tell a new story for travelers along historic Route 66, the famous byway that stretches from Chicago to …

Many Broadway shows offer kids-for-free program

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Forget paying for a baby sitter. Why not take the kids to Broadway? Theater-loving parents early next year will get a financial break with the annual program that lets children and teens aged 6-18 see a Broadway show for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. This year, …

Rockefeller Center’s tree is coming from Pa.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

An 85-foot Norway spruce that belonged to a central Pennsylvania family of “Christmas elves” will serve as Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree this year. Workers cut down the 13-ton tree and a crane hoisted it onto a trailer Wednesday …

Travel Talk: Ephemeral immersion abroad

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Friends recently emailed to say that they’re headed to Spain for three weeks. Fun – and not unusual for this globe-trotting couple. But the purpose of the trip piqued my interest. They’ll be scouting locations and planning details …

5 free things to do and see in Baltimore

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Baltimore on a budget? Easy as Edgar Allan Poe. His gravesite is one of several memorable places that can be visited around this historic city without spending a dime. Here are some details on paying your respects to …