Visitors are swallowed up in a sea of translucent plastic balls at the National Building Museum's "The BEACH" exhibit, which is meant to simulate the ocean.

D.C. summer exhibit gives visitors a day at the beach, without sand or surf

“The BEACH” exhibit at the National Building Museum’s Grand Hall features neither sand nor sea.

6 days ago

Travel notes: Passenger group upbraids Delta for 'shaming' travelers to spend more

Also: Customer service with a charge at Denver-based Frontier Airlines

6 days ago

Pitt, Duquesne cautious about student travel to hot spots

Safety remains the top priority when the schools are setting up study abroad programs.

1 week ago

 The Strasburg Railroad began excursion rides in 1959, and continues to offer one-hour round-trips from Strasburg to Paradise, Pa.

Railroad buffs still make tracks to Strasburg

All aboard! Pennsylvania’s Strasburg may be the American center of the railroad buff’s universe.

1 week ago

Catching 40 winks in a caboose

There are many opportunities in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. to sleep in a train car.

1 week ago

Travel notes: Airline rebooking fees stir debate

A call for crackdown on airline rebooking fees.

1 week ago

Getting a low airfare requires some digging

Finding the cheapest airfares takes some digging.

1 week ago

 Fishermen of the Malecon gather on the sea wall, chasing schools of Chopa.

Cuba’s good tourism fortune could be bad news for rest of Caribbean

Tourism officials fear that if the U.S. allows free travel to Cuba, it will result in a loss of visitors to the region’s other countries.

2 weeks ago

 Customers dine at the Anaheim Packing District, a food mall converted from an abandoned orange packing house.

Beyond Disneyland, Anaheim invests in future

The California city that houses Disneyland wants to show there’s more for tourists to do there than snap a selfie with Mickey Mouse.

2 weeks ago

 New England Patriot Ron Gronkowski's party ship cruise will sail from Miami Feb. 19-22, 2016.

Theme cruises: Zombies, Def Leppard and Gronk

Zombies are on deck for upcoming themed cruises leaving ports in Florida next year.

2 weeks ago

Travel Q&A: Nontouristy things to do in NYC

Also, is there a way to find a last-minute cheap domestic flight?

2 weeks ago

Travel notes: Low airfares are forecast for fall

The average domestic airfare for the September-through-November period is forecast to be $248, or 3.6 percent cheaper than in fall 2014.

2 weeks ago

 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.

3 weeks ago

Stratford Festival wears a smile

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

3 weeks ago

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.

3 weeks ago

 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.

1 month ago

 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.

1 month ago

 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.

1 month ago

 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.

1 month ago

 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.

1 month ago

 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.

1 month ago

 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.

1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

 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.

1 month ago

 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.

1 month ago

 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.

1 month ago

Travel talk: Passport options, cruise costs and cabins

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

1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

 The exhibit of the fashions of Marjorie Merriweather Post in the Adirondack building on the grounds of the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens in Washington D.C.

Ingenue icon: Marjorie Merriweather Post fashions on display

Gowns, shoes, handbags and more from her early Gibson Girl days to the late 1960s are showcased at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.

2 months ago

 San Anton de Castrojeriz is a long-abandoned monastery on the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain. Volunteers are trying to make it into a habitable hostel for pilgrims.

An ancient trail in Spain leads to hilltop cathedral and intriguing tales

Stories and camaraderie abound on the pilgrimage routes that lead to Spain’s hilltop Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

2 months ago

 Fog shrouds the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands near Sausalito, Calif.

Be deliberate when taking travel photos

How to take amazing travel photos? Slow down!

2 months ago

 Lombard Street in San Francisco, the city where Airbnb got its start.

Airbnb's model has investors happy, hotel owners wary

At Airbnb, growth brings scrutiny, regulation as the company explores going public.

2 months ago

 The London Eye wheel gives passengers a bird's eye view of the city, including Big Ben.

Around the world of wheels

When you’re talking size, you need to know if you’re looking at a Ferris wheel or a giant observation wheel.

2 months ago

Photography tips

How to get the best photographs in your travels -- less is more.

2 months ago

 The Wheel of Lights that will be set up in Point State Park during the Regatta.

A Ferris wheel comes to the Point for the Regatta

But the Wheel of Lights Ferris wheel is a lot flashier than the George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr.’s 1893 version.

2 months ago

 Synchronous fireflies photographed near Tionesta, Pa., during the first Pennsylvania Firefly Festival in June 2013.

News flash: Pennsylvania Firefly Festival is next weekend

A gathering in the Allegheny National Forest Saturday looks for many varieties of Pennsylvania’s state insect.

2 months ago

Merchandise marks Disney's 60th

Die-hard Disney fans’ demand for souvenirs keeps merchandising machine humming.

2 months ago

Four airlines to add a fee for booking with Expedia and other websites

Airlines have tried everything to force fliers to book directly with their websites instead of online travel agencies and fare aggregators.

2 months ago

 There is a rugged, mountainous beauty to the Icelandic coastline.

Iceland's Westfjords a land of beauty and sweeping vistas

Only 14 percent of summer travelers and roughly 6 percent of winter travelers to Iceland visit the Westfjords.

2 months ago

 A view of Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor, Ohio. The Fairport Harbor lighthouse is seen in the background.

Have some fun in Ohio's 74 state parks

It’s time to go outside and play in Ohio State parks, which are within easy driving distance of Pittsburgh.

2 months ago

 The Lodge and Conference Center at Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio.

A snapshot of parks in northeast Ohio

A roundup of state parks in northeast Ohio.

2 months ago

 Cedar Falls at Hocking Hills State Park in southeastern Ohio.

A snapshot of parks in southeast Ohio

Southeast Ohio includes the Buckeye State’s largest state park that spans more than 17,000 acres.

2 months ago

Travel Q&A: Where to start on a trip to Boston?

Travel talk: Cheap (relatively speaking) lodging in New York City and what kind of travel insurance is best when vacationing while pregnant.

2 months ago

Bumped from a booking, you may have little recourse

It's not you, it's us: Getting dumped for other bookings that offer higher rates is becoming more and more common.

2 months ago

Disney considers 3-tiered pricing

Is demand pricing coming to Disney theme parks?

2 months ago

 Sip on some beer at The Porch in Key West, Fla.

Visiting the new Key West

Key West has evolved into a place for the young and old, and this list gives its must-visit spots.

2 months ago

Travel notes: Delta bans some travel sites from posting its airfares

A study by a Yale professor estimates that travelers are losing more than $6 billion in savings a year because of the limits to shopping.

3 months ago

Travel notes: Airlines allow more seats for those with loyalty rewards

Airline travelers looking to save money have a couple of reasons to cheer and one cause to grouse.

3 months ago

Exercise, afternoon sunlight may help overcome jet lag

It takes about a day to adjust for every time zone crossed heading east, and half the time when traveling west.

3 months ago

 Sara, 5, watch Denise Divittis demonstrate the making of parrafin candles during Handson History days at Old Economy Village in Ambridge. They accompanied their grandmother, who demonstrated the making of bobbin lace.

Crafts, tours bring history up close at Old Economy Village

If you want to really know the Harmonists, get crafty every Saturday through September at Old Economy Village in Ambridge.

3 months ago