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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 …

In remote Scotland, take a walk on the mild side

Saturday, March 15, 2014

I don’t have much to tell you about Scotland, really. It’s true, they have whisky, and kilts, and some people speak with an accent so thick that you wonder whether you’re hearing English or Gaelic. All of that’s …

Mobile, Ala.: 5 free things for visitors

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Mobile is that “other” city on the northern Gulf Coast, the one that sometimes gets lost between the beaches of the Florida Panhandle and the nonstop party of New Orleans. Local promoters call it “secretly awesome.” No, Mobile …

Delta spells out miles needed to earn free flights

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Delta is providing more details about changes to its frequent-flier program after complaints about the overhaul from some travelers. Delta is changing its program so that starting in 2015, customers will earn miles based on how much they spend, not just miles flown. On Thursday, the airline released …

Loreto: Quiet gem on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Efforts to turn the seaside village of Loreto, Mexico, into a major destination have been going on for years. So far, though, the results have been limited, and that in itself makes it worth visiting. Loreto is already …

Not just St. Patrick: Ireland home to many saints

Sunday, February 23, 2014

St. Patrick may have banished snakes and brought Christianity to Ireland, but perhaps his greatest feat was one of sheer endurance. After all, there were hundreds of other future saints roaming Ireland at the time, but Patrick is …

Spring break in Asia? Consider Thailand’s beaches

Sunday, February 16, 2014

A trip sampling the diversity of Southeast Asian destinations can take you from the sleek modernity of Singapore to the ancient temples of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. And then there are the beaches of Thailand: relaxing, beautiful, and for …

White Mountain National Forest waives day fees

Saturday, February 15, 2014

In celebration of Presidents Day weekend, the White Mountain National Forest is joining other forests across the country in waiving fees at all day-use areas through Monday. Fees will remain in effect for overnight camping, cabin rentals, permits, reservations and activities offered by concessionaires. The other scheduled fee-free …

Austin: Live Music Capital of the World

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Texas Capital, the Live Music Capital of the World, the Velvet Crown, Bat City or simply River City. Residents of Austin claim many titles and are known for their slogan: “Keep Austin Weird.” Some locals pejoratively call …

Travel Talk: Come up with your upgrade strategy

Sunday, February 9, 2014

I’m grumpy about flying these days. Part of it is just the hassle of the process, but now there’s even more. Bud and I had a decades-long strategy of managing our US Airways frequent flier status to maximize …

5 free things in St. Louis as city marks 250 years

Sunday, February 2, 2014

St. Louis is turning 250 this year, and visitors who want to join in the celebration can find plenty to do without spending a dime. The Gateway City was founded by Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau on Feb. …