Belgian police officers patrol the Grand Place in downtown Brussels on Monday. The Belgian capital Brussels has entered its third day of lockdown, with schools and underground transport shut and more than 1,000 security personnel deployed across the country.

State Department issues travel warning in wake of attacks

A travel alert, which is to be in effect until Feb. 24, said information suggests militants continue to plan attacks in multiple regions.

4 days ago

 Detail of "Claude Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil," 1873, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

'Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse' is a rejuvenating escape

A new exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art is a visual feast of works by artists familiar and new.

6 days ago

 After flooding the cranberry bog with water, workers at Pine Barrens Native Fruits in Browns Mills, N.J., wade through the thigh-high water and round up the fruit with large wooden brooms. Once the bobbing berries are gathered, they're transferred via a pump into trucks.

Stunning, reliable cranberries are steeped in Thanksgiving's heritage

The ruby red berries, which have long been part of America’s food scene, bring color and flavor to the holiday table.

6 days ago

 British actor and director Kenneth Branagh stars in "The Painkiller," part of the Post-Gazette Critic's Choice theater tour in London.

Kenneth Branagh headlines 2016 PG London Theater Trip

The 2016 Post-Gazette Critic's Choice theater tour heads to London March 6-13, when the daffodils and magnolias will be in bloom.

6 days ago

 For the Nov. 5 inaugural flight of Allegiant Air from Pittsburgh to Sanford an Allegiant cookie was given to passengers to celebrate.

Travel cheap and fast to Florida

On Allegiant, you’ll be nailed with lots of extra charges, but the Pittsburgh-to-Sanford flight is still cheap and convenient.

1 week ago

 Snow tubing is a popular evening activity at Wisp Resort.

What's new at Pittsburgh-area ski resorts this season

Pittsburgh’s regional ski resorts make many tweaks for the 2015-16 season to keep guests coming back.

2 weeks ago

 A skier slides to a snowy stop at Hidden Valley.

A roundup of ski and snowboard resorts in the Pittsburgh area for the 2015-16 season

Most Pittsburgh and regional resorts raise lift ticket, rental and lesson prices by as much as $5 for the 2015-16 snowsports season.

2 weeks ago

 The old double chairlift at Laurel Mountain Ski Area will be replaced with a four passenger (quad) chairlift.

Restoration of Laurel Mountain advancing

Work begins on the Pennsylvania-owned Laurel Mountain Ski Area to prepare it for opening in fall 2016.

2 weeks ago

SeaWorld to phase out killer whale show in San Diego

Tourist park will still have orcas, but in a more natural setting with a “conservation message inspiring people to act.”

2 weeks ago

 Children play in the snow field at 2014's Glendale Glitters. Rob Owen/Post-Gazette

Out-of-town holiday fun both frosty and tacky

A snow field in the Arizona desert, ice slides and a Dickens Christmas in Tennessee and Tacky Lights Tours in Richmond, Va., woo travelers.

2 weeks ago

Travel notes: E-cigarettes are banned from checked bags

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently issued a final rule that prohibits any battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices.

2 weeks ago

Travel Q&A: Tour Los Angeles on a layover

Questions are also answered about gathering spots for large families and secluded beaches in Florida.

2 weeks ago

 Michael Symon’s Lolita in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood.

Rival revival: Cleveland's dining scene is worth the trip

Cleveland has become an interesting place to dine and drink, thanks to the jump start provided by chef Michael Symon.

3 weeks ago

Flying soon? Keep alert for changes — or cancellations

Stay on top of flight itinerary changes, which can happen frequently, especially if itineraries are booked far in advance.

3 weeks ago

 Bus tours of wineries, grape stomping demonstrations, wine and food seminars and champagne breakfasts are among the attractions of Lake Erie wine country.

Travel notes: Erie Wine Country, airline bag fees

Harvest time returns to Lake Erie Wine Country.

3 weeks ago

 A porter sets the table in a dining car on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad.

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad explores history of region

The railroad operates with a half-dozen engines and equipment consisting of restored coaches, club cars, dining cars and cabooses.

1 month ago

How ecotourists may be making things worse for wildlife

The people who spend millions of dollars on ecotourism might be making the critters they’re trying to preserve more vulnerable to predators.

1 month ago

Travel notes: Lyft and Uber gain among business travelers

More business travelers are switching to ride sharing, study shows.

1 month ago

 The exterior of the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville, W.Va., now a haunted attraction and tourist site.

West Virginia prison is a lock on spooky Halloween offerings

The West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville offers tours for visitors to explore its historic and haunted sides.

1 month ago

 At the foot of Simcoe Street, named for Toronto's founder, a fanciful wave deck marks the intersection of Lake Ontario and downtown.

Trendy Toronto: City embracing its waterways in style similar to Pittsburgh

Canada’s biggest city is celebrating the overhaul of its waterfront.

1 month ago

 Porter Airlines sent this image out on Twitter with the message: "We're bridging the gap between #Toronto and #Pittsburgh with service to the city of bridges!"

Flying Pittsburgh to Toronto on Porter Airlines? Here's what to expect

Nothing beats the price and convenience of flying by Porter Airlines from Pittsburgh to Toronto — at least for now.

1 month ago

Travel notes: Airfares follow drop in fuel costs

Carriers are finally passing on some of the savings from dramatically lower fuel prices toward fare reduction.

1 month ago

 Everyone should visit Niagara Falls at least once, and it's one of the stops on Haimark Travel's Great Lakes cruise.

Scheduling misadventure can't mar Lake Erie cruise

Cruising America’s inland seas, with some of Canada’s best spots thrown in.

1 month ago

Time to lock in holiday airfares

When to book holiday flights for best price and options.

1 month ago

 Visitors, some with audio guide headsets, learn all about Edinburgh Castle in Scotland.

Visit Edinburgh at right time and you're sure to find a festival

This year, for the first time, six of the city’s 12 major festivals were held during the same period in August.

1 month ago

 A statue of emigrants stands outside the new visitors center at Donner Memorial State Park in Truckee, Calif.

New Donner visitors center is a feast for history lovers

Lesson learned at the new California museum that tells the sad story of the Donner party: “Always stay on the trail.”

1 month ago

Travel notes: Hershey in the Dark wants to scare you

Hersheypark will be turned into a scary place Fridays through Sundays beginning next weekend through Nov. 1.

1 month ago

Biking: Man in electric wheelchair spends days at Great Allegheny Passage, Pinkerton Tunnel

Bikers would pass Eric Kunkle in the middle of the trail and offer to help him, but he would constantly refuse.

1 month ago

 Love locks surround the Flame of Liberty monument, located above the tunnel where Princess Diana died in a car accident in 1997. The site became a memorial to her, and a magnet for love locks.

Paris tries to turn tourists away from 'love locks'

One famous bridge, the Pont des Arts, was cleared of 45 tons of padlocks left to show love. Yet locks are now showing up all over Paris.

1 month ago

 The exterior of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City's Meatpacking District.

Stylebook snapshot: New Whitney Museum highlights NYC's trendy Meatpacking District

The neighborhood in lower Manhattan is home to the new Whitney Museum of American Art, designer fashion stores, fine restaurants and more.

1 month ago

 Kate and Nik Stoltzfus, shown in July 2014, are among the hundreds of Pittsburghers who use Airbnb to rent out rooms, apartments or homes. They rent out a mother-in-law apartment in Garfield and screen potential guests carefully.

Many travelers going the Airbnb route

With millions of listings, Airbnb can provide some worthy alternatives to pricey hotels, but like anything, do your homework.

1 month ago

 The Statue of Liberty is a National Park site.

National Parks reaching out to kids, families

As the National Parks system celebrates its centennial in 2016, it’s trying to build a new generation of visitors.

1 month ago

 New York's Hudson River in the fall.

All aboard the leaf-peepers express

Amtrak’s Great Dome Car returns to the Northeast for fall foliage runs.

1 month ago

Travel notes: Got the message? No guns on planes

Dozens of travelers every month are still bringing firearms -- many of them loaded -- on planes 14 years after they were banned.

1 month ago

New chip credit cards may ease travel purchases overseas

Microchips in credit cards -- which have been in use overseas for years -- are designed to prevent hacking of accounts.

1 month ago

 When using Airbnb, read the cancellation policy thoroughly. They vary from host to host.

What you need to know about Airbnb

You can improve your chances of a positive experience with Airbnb by following these precautions.

1 month ago

 This is the lobby of the Hoxton, Shoreditch hotel in London.

London: How to choose perfect lodgings

London is a city with 123,000 rooms to rent, and a wealth of variety.

2 months ago

Travel notes: Faster onboard Wi-Fi may be coming to airlines soon

Gogo to switch to satellite-based system that will speed Wi-Fi up to 70 megabits per second.

2 months ago

 Several people lay out underneath a large statue of Jose Marti in the Plaza de la Revolucion in Havana, Cuba.

Ways to visit Cuba without feeling guilty

Does traveling to this island nation and spending tourist dollars help the Communist-led government?

2 months ago

 Fall in the Shenandoah Valley is full of colors.

Chasing fall’s colors in Virginia’s picturesque Shenandoah Valley

Come October, Shenandoah Valley is a leaf-peepers paradise, with brilliant shades of crimson, yellow and orange.

2 months ago

 Cheese grits are the ultimate comfort food.

Recipe: G is for grits in Shenandoah Valley

If you eat out while vacationing in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, chances are the menu is going to include grits.

2 months ago

 Gingerbread cottages in Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, are among the top attractions on the island. They were built by Methodists who had first a camp, then a small enclave on the island to hold revival meetings. Now they are all privately owned.

Fall is a fine time to visit Cape Cod

Newbies to Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard should visit in September and October to avoid the crowds, learn the area.

2 months ago

What to know about lobster and clam chowder

Lobster rolls are the thing in the Cape and islands but they’re not cheap.

2 months ago

Travel dilemmas: E-cigarette scofflaw leaves airline passenger fuming

Smoking in any form is not allowed on airlines, even if it’s the newest innovation in delivering nicotine.

2 months ago

 Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is expected Tuesday to announce that Blue Origins' New Shepard rockets will launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Jeff Bezos to unveil plans for rocket launches from Cape Canaveral

Launched capsule would be used primarily for space tourism.

2 months ago

Travel notes: Hotels raising rates, adding fees

Lodging resort fees, reservation cancellation fees, Internet fees, business center fees, baggage holding fees -- the list expands.

2 months ago

Renew your passport now to avoid delays

During peak periods it can take up to 10 weeks to get a new passport and demand for these documents is increasing.

2 months ago

 Boothill Graveyard in Tombstone, Ariz., is a carefully re-created model of an 1880s graveyard.

Arizona town lures visitors with its Wild West lore

A cast of wild characters in history and re-enactors continues to entertain visitors to notorious Tombstone.

2 months ago

Travel Q&A: Beware Caribbean honeymoon during hurricane season

Travel questions range from honeymoon locale to airline ticket pricing.

2 months ago

Five ways to avoid those sky-high airfare change fees

These days, few things are as painful to the human pocketbook as a great and sudden change in your airline travel plans.

2 months ago