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 A skier zips along the Bobcat Slope at Hidden Valley ski resort.

Smaller resorts help build next generation of ski enthusiasts

Smaller resorts aimed at families are important to the future of skiiing, which depends on beginners returning for repeat visits.

6 days ago


 Lauren Kelly, 18, and Logan Krause, 18, both of Apollo, ride the ski lift Boyce Park earlier this year.

A complete guide to the Pittsburgh region's slopes

Here's everything you need to know about the region's 16 ski resorts

6 days ago


Ski Denton decides to close for season

Ski Denton near Coudersport in Potter County will not open this season, with the concessionaire running it citing lack of revenue.

6 days ago


 A triple chairlift is giving new life to Mount Pleasant resort at Edinboro.

Edinboro ski area gets a big lift

Little Mount Pleasant ski resort in Edinboro hopes for a big lift this season with new triple chairlift.

6 days ago


 Afrika Abrey at the Meridian Hill Park Drum Circle in Washington, D.C., in August.

Washington's lesser-known attractions make for a capital time

The richest finds in the nation’s capital may be these little off-the-beaten-path gems.

1 week ago


 Veronica Larson pours a beer for a customer at Big Wood Brewery in White Bear Lake, Minn.

Brewing up a vacation in Minnesota

We’ll have a vacation with that beer, please.

1 week ago


Airline considers 'Economy Minus' seating

Would you book a smaller seat to save money?

1 week ago


 Brazilliance wallpaper and photos of the famous visitors and entertainers decorate the entrance leading to the Polo Lounge at the Colony Hotel.

The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach gets colorized

Like many of Palm Beach’s residents, the Colony Hotel has undergone a facelift. The surgeon? Renowned interior designer Carleton Varney.

2 weeks ago


 At the Mauerpark, on the site of the former Berlin Wall, a group celebrates with balloons. Illuminated balloons like these will line a section of the former Wall for the 25th anniversary of its fall next Sunday.

Since the fall of the Wall 25 years ago, reunified Berlin has become one of Europe's hottest tourist sites

Today, Berlin is cool and confident as it prepares to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall next week.

2 weeks ago


 "Warsaw Uprising: 1944" is an exhibit that runs outside along a section of the old Berlin Wall at the Topography of Terror Documentation Center.

Museum in Berlin presents a realistic view of WWII terror

Berlin’s Topography of Terror Documentation Center recounts and archives the darkness of World War II.

2 weeks ago


 At the Newseum, these eight 12-foot-high concrete sections of the original Berlin Wall are the largest display of unaltered portions of the wall outside of Germany. A three-story East German guard tower that loomed near Checkpoint Charlie — Berlin’s best-known East-West crossing — stands nearby.

View pieces of Berlin Wall in Fayette County and D.C.

Three pieces of the original Berlin Wall can be found in Fayette County, and the largest section outside Germany in Washington, D.C.

2 weeks ago


Films look at Berlin Wall before and after its fall

The University of Pittsburgh will host filmmaker Andreas Voigt as it marks “25 Years: Fall of the Berlin Wall.”

2 weeks ago


Balloons over Berlin mark wall’s fall

If you go to Berlin, here are some tips on getting around, hotels and restaurants.

2 weeks ago


TSA gets low marks despite expanded PreCheck

The Transportation Security Administration is falling flat in its efforts to win the hearts of frequent fliers.

2 weeks ago


Eleven tips to make holiday travel easier

Here are ways to get the best deal on booking flights over the holidays.

2 weeks ago


Some hotels offering free phone calls

Some hotels are providing their guests the perk of unlimited free talking anywhere in the world.

3 weeks ago


 One of the many thermal pools in Yellowstone National Park.

Grand Tetons and Yellowstone: Nature enthralls at parks in Wyoming

September is a great time to visit the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone and Wyoming as crowds begin to dwindle.

3 weeks ago


Theme parks aim to fight the lines

Amusement parks have plenty of motivation to lessen waits, or at least make them less boring, analysts say.

3 weeks ago


 Sunrise at Ras Al Jinz, a beach in Oman’s Al Sharqiyyah region where sea turtles lay eggs.

Sultanate of Oman is safe, laid-back

Oman, on the edge of the Arabian Peninsula, bewitches visitors with its striking beauty, mix of cultures and relaxed pace.

1 month ago


 The Bollinger Mill State Historic Site is where you will find the four-story mill building that dates back to 1867. Today, you'll find a museum inside it with various implements, from a grain elevator to a roller mill. Visitors can watch corn ground into corn meal or take a guided tour of the entire mill.

Sites in southeastern Missouri shine in movie 'Gone Girl'

Sites in southeastern Missouri shine in movie “Gone Girl.”  Cape Girardeau plays the role of the fictional North Carthage.

1 month ago


 Annual National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn. is Oct. 3-5. Bluegrass musicians drop by regularly for jam sessions at Bellamy Hardware in Surgoinsville.

Storytelling Festival draws crowds to Tennessee

Jonesborough has bestowed upon itself the somewhat immodest title of “Storytelling Capital of the World.”

1 month ago


 Immigrants from France and Scotland brought their Celtic music traditions to Cape Breton.

Cape Breton celebrates Celtic music

Cape Breton’s mash-up of bluegrass and Brigadoon resounds through pubs and church halls each summer.

1 month ago


 Cabot Links: Designed by the creator of Bandon Dunes and opened in 2012, Cabot Links in Inverness, Cape Breton has won acclaim as an authentic links course.

Cape Breton's views cap the New Scotland

A weeklong June drive around Cape Breton was counterclockwise and counterintuitive.

1 month ago


 Interior of Memorial Church of Our Father — an unexpected, gorgeous Gothic Revival gem in Foxburg, Clarion County.

Foxburg is a great place to visit all year long

The Clarion County town is gorgeous even when foliage isn’t at its peak.

1 month ago


Travel Notes: Pros, cons considered for phone calls in air

The FCC took the first step toward allowing cellphone calls on planes in December.

1 month ago


 The Grand Cascade at Peterhof Palace, built on the Gulf of Finland for Peter the Great .

Russian cruise breaks down barriers

A two-week cruise through Russia for a group from Pittsburgh presents a fascinating journey through one of the world’s pivotal nations.

1 month ago


 The Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame in Halifax pays homage to native son and Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

A shrine to Sidney Crosby in Halifax

Sidney Crosby’s hometown of Halifax honors the Penguins captain in a Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame display.

1 month ago


Bag checkers were bonus to travelers

Whatever happened to those folks who checked bag tags?

1 month ago


View fliers' inappropriate behavior online

Public shaming among airline travelers increases as passengers and flight attendants post photos of inappropriate behavior online.

1 month ago


 The spicier-than-usual chicken at Gus's World Famous Chicken in the heart of Memphis, Tenn., is seasoned with cayenne. It can be ordered a la carte or as a platter with baked beans, cole slaw and white bread.

What we ate in Memphis

At the Association of Food Journalists conference, the Pittsburgh contingent ate very well.

1 month ago


 Cos­tumes in­clud­ing Lady Edith’s wed­ding dress are on ex­hibit in "Costumes of Downton Abbey" at Winterthur through Jan. 4.

Forty costumes worn by 'Downton Abbey' cast on exhibit at Winterthur, the former du Pont estate

Lady Mary’s beaded spider web gown, Lady Sybil’s harem pants and Lady Edith’s wedding gown are included in a “Downton Abbey” exhibit.

2 months ago


 One of the historic rooms at The Inn at Montchanin Village & Spa in Delaware.

Former du Pont buildings now provide luxury stay

Buildings that housed du Pont employees have been transformed into The Inn at Montchanin Village & Spa.

2 months ago


 The Owl Cafe is located on Old Route 66 in Albuquerque, N.M.

Owl Cafe in New Mexico is a hoot

Owl Cafe knows how to serve up a green chili cheeseburger on Old Route 66.

2 months ago


Let mourning begin for bereavement fares

A long-dwindling practice has nearly bottomed out in 2014, as most major American airlines have done away with breaks for grieving fliers.

2 months ago


Travel notes: Despite fights over reclining seats, unruly passenger reports drop

If more passengers are having meltdowns over airline service, federal statistics do not show it.

2 months ago


Design talks on tap at Winterthur

New fall lectures on the “Downton Abbey” exhibit are offered at Winterthur.

2 months ago


 The California State Prison at San Quentin is home to a museum open on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

As macabre destinations go, the museum at San Quentin State Prison is enjoyable

It lifts the veil off the mystique of California’s first prison, opened 162 years ago and looking every day its age.

2 months ago


 The main attraction in Ricketts Glen State Park in northeastern Pennsylvania is hiking the Falls Trail, a 7.2-mile loop that follows along most the park’s 22 beautiful waterfalls. The park’s crown jewel is the “wedding cake” Ganoga Falls, which descends 94 feet in a series of small steps.

Autumn shows its true colors in northeastern Pennsylvania

Enjoying the fall colors and waterfalls at Ricketts Glen State Park in northeastern Pennsylvania.

2 months ago


 Signature Theatre in the Village of Shirlington in Arlington, Va., decorates the walk way for its acclaimed production of “Sunday in the Park With George,” directed by CMU grad Matthew Gardiner, the theater’s associate artistic director.

A Signature 'Sunday' worth a trip to Arlington, Va.

The Village at Shirlington has experienced a renaissance since the mid-2000s, including the award-winning Signature Theatre.

2 months ago


 A coastal brown bear catches a sockeye salmon in shallow water next to Brooks Falls in the Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska in July.

Watch 'bear jams' in Katmai National Park

Having an very close view of bears pursuing salmon is among the wonders of a trip to Katmai National Park in Alaska.

2 months ago


 In June, volunteers from New England Regional Council of Carpenters erected scaffolding, launching the first phase of the restoration that will include cleaning, re-pointing and repainting of the exterior of the historic 1801 New London Ledge Lighthouse lighthouse.

Connecticut shines brightly with lighthouses

Connecticut’s lighthouses range from the classic white octagon towers to New London Ledge Lighthouse, a three-story red brick building.

2 months ago


If you go: Ricketts Glen State Park

Ricketts Glen State Park is in Benton, Columbia County, in the northeastern part of Pennsylvania, about a four-hour drive from Pittsburgh.

2 months ago


 Colonel Ricketts Hard Cider is aged for up to a year in 55-gallon Jack Daniel's barrels.

The pressing business of hard cider

A cidery in Benton makes an “old” drink seem new again

2 months ago


 The Devil's Golf Course on the Nevada-California border.

Vacation in rural Nevada hits the jackpot

There are far more historical and natural treasures in rural Nevada than visitors will find among the glitz and glamour of Vegas.

2 months ago


 The 10-year-old statue of James Joyce with its shiny left shoulder on the Grand Canal in Trieste.

A portrait of James Joyce in Trieste

Trieste is a lively Italian seaport city where James Joyce spent his formative years in the early 20th century.

2 months ago


 A red hind swims off the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii.

Dive boat vacation in Hawaii unveils wonders of the sea

A week aboard a dive boat is not for everyone, but it’s the best way to see the ocean around the Big Island of Hawaii.

2 months ago


 The Mantis at Cedar Point.

Travel Notes: Cedar Point to close The Mantis

Ohio’s Cedar Point to say goodbye to its once ground-breaking stand-up roller coaster ride.

2 months ago


 Deep-fried pickles are a classic eat at the Minnesota State Fair.

The huge Minnesota State Fair is big on decadent food creations

Deep-fried and on a stick at the Minnesota State Fair are the popular offerings that draw nearly 2 million visitors a year.

2 months ago


 Tour guide John Funcheon inside one of Cincinnati's beer tunnels.

Cincinnati taps into its brewing heritage

This Ohio city’s Over-the-Rhine district is being revived as a beer haven.

2 months ago


 Riders enjoy the views of downtown Portland, Ore., across the Willamette River as they cruise the Eastbank Esplanade during a tour with the Cycle Portland bike tour company.

Gear up for a bike tour in Portland, Ore.

Cycle Portland Bike Tours’ basic ride-around starts downtown about a mile from the city’s core.

2 months ago


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