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 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.

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 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.

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 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.”

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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

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

2 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks ago


Bag checkers were bonus to travelers

Whatever happened to those folks who checked bag tags?

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View fliers' inappropriate behavior online

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

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 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.

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 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month ago


Design talks on tap at Winterthur

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

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

1 month 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.

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 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

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month ago


 St. Tropez's iconic clock tower and port as seen from the Citadel.

A stay in St. Tropez

St. Tropez is more than a jet-set destination on the French Riviera. It’s a sensory experience that takes much than a day to appreciate.

1 month ago


 Thousands of movie fans are expected to participate in the 20th anniversary celebration of the filming of "The Shawshank Redemption" at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, this week.

Former prison in Ohio draws captive audience, thanks to 'Shawshank Redemption'

The enduring film, released 20 years ago, was shot in the majestic former prison in Mansfield, and is helping to spark restoration efforts

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 Steve Kass of Carol Steam, Ill., and his children Madeline, sitting, and Kyle lounge at their campsite at Floyd Bennett Field, a campground in south Brooklyn, N.Y.

Go camping in Brooklyn at former airport

Yes, you really can go camping in Brooklyn, New York, at Floyd Bennett Field, a former airport.

1 month ago


 Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins star in the movie "The Shawshank Redemption."

How 'The Shawshank Redemption' transformed from dud to fan fave

First, it was discovered on home video. Then Ted Turner’s TNT network and others picked up “Shawshank” and ran with it like a football.

1 month ago


 Guests on the Carnival Imagination pose in the pool.

Cruise lines catering to younger crowds

Millennials love to travel, and cruise lines are working to appeal to them.

1 month ago


Pittsburgh man on kayak trip to Gulf Coast

Mark Oddo of East Liberty is kayaking down the rivers to Mobile, Ala.

2 months ago


 Put-in-Bay Winery is located in a Victorian house on the Doller Estate. It opened in 2009 and has a view of the harbor.

Put-in-Bay is Ohio's party island

Put-in-Bay is billed as family friendly, but I’d steer clear of bringing kids on the weekends.

2 months ago


Paper maps have kept their usefulness, fans say

In a GPS world, maps still have a place, experts say.

2 months ago


Travel Notes: Air passengers may pay eight times as much as seatmates, study shows

Study confirms airlines can charge some passengers twice as much as others; TSA PreCheck lines popular.

2 months ago


 The author's husband, Slobodan Mitric, with a statue of one of Serbia's most famous generals at the 1914 Battle of Cer in Serbia.

Serbian mountain sacred site of first Allies World War I victory

The site of the Cer battle of World War I is sacred ground in Serbia, but it is little known and rarely visited by foreigners.

2 months ago


If you go to Put-in-Bay, Ohio

Put-in-Bay is a 195-mile drive from Pittsburgh.

2 months ago


If you go ... Tekeris in Serbia

All major airlines fly from major U.S. cities to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia.

2 months ago


 Mountain Explorer train in Elkins, W. Va.

One tank destination: Trains trips take you into the heart of West Virginia

West Virginia Mountain Rail Adventures offers scenic, unique and tasty train rides from Elkins and Durbin.

2 months ago


 The Warfield House in Elkins, W. Va.

Atop a mountain, a quaint B&B

The Warfield House Bed and Breakfast is a perfect choice for a stay in Elkins, West Virginia.

2 months ago


If you go: West Virginia Mountain Rail Adventure

What you need to know if you’re on board West Virginia Mountain Rail Adventures.

2 months ago


 Maria Agresta (Amelia), Zeljko Lucic (Simon Boccanegra) in "Simon Boccanegra" at the Semperoper in Dresden, Germany.

In Northern Europe, classical music abounds

Copenhagen, Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig and Hamburg offer rich classical music scenes.

2 months ago


Get rid of the TSA? The agency’s chief says not so fast

TSA Administrator John Pistole has heard all the criticism of his agency, which screens more than 630 million fliers a year.

2 months ago


 Gary Cochran and Charlotte Heath moved form Monongahela to the shore town of Onancock, Va.,for its tranquil waterfront setting and stayed for the budding opportunities. They opened the dining half of the Charlotte Hotel and Restaurant before receiving hotel guests.

Virginia hotel owned by former Monongahela natives

Inspiration lurks in the hallways of the Charlotte Hotel and Restaurant, ready to throw good vibrations at any passer-by.

2 months ago


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