The iconic Galata Tower stands tall, right, in Istanbul's skyline. The former seat of the opulent Byzantine and Ottoman empires is divided into European and Asian sides by the Bosphorus Strait, offering a wealth of history and stunning scenery.

Istanbul tantalizes with its mix of cultures

Ten hours in Istanbul to sample the cultures of Europe and Asia and a mix of ancient culture and modern rhythms.

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Stratford Festival wears a smile

During the height of tourism, the Canadian town rolls out a red carpet of friendliness for visitors.

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 Workers polish the copper roof of The Rotunda at the University of Virginia in preparation for painting at the school in Charlottesville.  The centerpiece of the university's historic Grounds, built from 1822 to 1826, is the focus of a $52 million renovation.

University of Virginia Rotunda being rebuilt inside and out

Thomas Jefferson's University of Virginia icon in the middle of a $53 million face-lift.

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Travel notes: Look for more fees from airlines

Consumers say they’re willing to pay even more fees in coming years for special services when they fly.

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 Located along scenic Highway 1 on the central California coast, Big Sur has attained a worldwide reputation for its spectacular beauty.

California's Central Coast amazing at every turn

California’s central coast celebrates the state’s natural beauty, quirkiness.

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 Pittsburgh is receiving a flurry of national media attention lately.

Why is Pittsburgh being called the new darling destination?

Last week’s flurry of national media attention on the city’s charms has become the new normal.

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 Eric Kobal has spent more than a year restoring the Pottery Terrace Planter. The area is a somewhat secret garden, as Fallingwater visitors rarely get to the terrace. Mr. Kobal hopes this restoration will make the garden a focal point.

'Secret garden' restored at Wright's masterpiece Fallingwater

For three years Eric Kobal led tours at Fallingwater, but last fall he began a very special project as a landscape volunteer.

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 Riders glide over steel tracks on Hersheypark's new indoor roller coaster, Laff Trakk.

Hersheypark's Laff Trakk coaster spins and glows for a family-friendly ride

New indoor roller coaster at Hersheypark goes for laughs and family-friendly thrills.

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 Court of the Patriarchs at Zion National Park, Utah. The stately rock formations were carved by wind and water over millions of years.

For half the year, cars are banned in Zion National Park

Mighty Zion National Park in Utah, envelops visitors in natural wonder.

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 The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad's steam locomotive 734 pauses in Cumberland, Md., after a recent round trip to Frostburg, Md.

A trip back in time to Cumberland, Md.

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad’s locomotive 734 chugs out its “farewell tour” this season.

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 This house at 2324 N. Madelyn Circle in Tucson, Ariz., was occupied by Clark Gable in 1942 after his wife, Carole Lombard, was killed in an airplane crash, local residents say. It has been for sale for several years.

Clark Gable's former home awaits a buyer

A house occupied once by one of the most famous actors in Hollywood sits unsold for years in a Tucson, Ariz., neighborhood.

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Travel notes: Mandatory resort fees at hotels ‘not deceptive'

The Federal Trade Commission finds that hotel resort fees do not need to be wrapped in advertised nightly room rate.

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 Snow-capped Mt. Churchill, right, greets visitors traveling to Princess Louisa Inlet, British Columbia.

British Columbia floats your boat. Or plane.

There are so many year-round activities in the snow-sport mecca of British Columbia that more people are visiting in summer than winter.

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 Spruce Tree House is one of more than 300 cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park in southwest Colorado.

Exploring ancient Pueblo mysteries

The Southwest offers many opportunities to explore the mysteries of the ancient Pueblo people.

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 The Meditation Garden at Graceland contains the graves of Elvis Presley and his parents, Vernon and Gladys Presley.

In Memphis, Bass Pro Shop mixes with music and civil rights greats

A variety of sights in Memphis and surrounding attractions in West Tennessee offer an escape in music, arts and history.

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Travel talk: Passport options, cruise costs and cabins

How to get a passport quickly and get the best rates for a rental car.

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Cracking airlines' 'code sharing' rules

Starting your multi-segment trip on one airline doesn’t mean it’s operating all the carriers you ride -- so be alert to your rights.

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