The Taj Mahal built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to memorialize his third wife, who died in childbirth. It was their 14th child.

India's ancient and modern coexist in a dizzying parade of humanity

An awesome land of extremes, contrasts and contradictions awaits visitors to India, a country of 1 billion people.

5 days ago

Travel notes: Fees could increase for baggage, upgrades

Airlines may start charging more for baggage checks or seat upgrades during peak demand periods.

5 days ago

If you go ... India

There are direct flights on Air India from New York’s JFK International Airport to New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.

5 days ago

 Battleship Rock near Jemez Springs, N.M.

New Mexico's Jemez Mountains have a multitude of scenic wonders

Hike and soak in a natural hot spring in New Mexico’s funky Jemez area.

5 days ago

 Southwest Airlines ramp supervisor Steve Belch, left, confers with ground crewman Dillard Blue after a mechanical glitch developed on the early morning originator flight waiting for departure from the gate behind them, at Love Field in Dallas. Throughout the airline industry, the first flight of the day sets the tone for keeping the system's flights running on-time.

Passengers and airlines can't afford late first flight

For years, Southwest Airlines was the most punctual, so its tumble toward the bottom of rankings for on-time arrivals was stunning.

5 days ago

 The view from a hiking trail overlooking Vals, Switzerland.

European road trip serves up idyllic sights and savory slices of cake

A road trip through Europe allows stops at beautiful places on a whim — including stops for the best cake you’ll ever have.

1 week ago

How to get best deal on a hotel stay

Never overpay for a hotel room again if you follow a few tips to help help navigate the growing number of online booking sites.

1 week ago

Some upscale hotels serving high-end wines

High-end wines now available by the glass at some upscale hotels.

2 weeks ago

Travel notes: Steak knives cause stir at airports

A restaurant was handing out serrated steel knives to passengers who had already passed screening checkpoints before boarding a plane.

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Travel Notes: United and Orbitz sue to halt 'hidden city' booking

Plus: economy seats that convert to comfy business-class suite.

2 weeks ago

 Picasso. Study for weeping head.

Dali museum welcomes Picasso

Picasso exhibit at Dali's place in St. Petersburg, Fla. is a must-see.

2 weeks ago

 More than 2,000 visitors a day took the free Sriracha sauce-making tour during fall "grinding season" at Huy Fong Foods in Irwindale, Calif. They could pose with a cardboard cutout of CEO David Tran.

Touring the plant where condiment sensation Sriracha is made

Been hitting the sauce? If so, behold the Sriracha tour in Irwindale, California.

2 weeks ago

 Members of the US Navy SEALs showcase the ATV's used by SEAL Teams Each year around Veterans Day, the Museum hosts an annual "Muster", which includes a demonstration by the US Navy SEALs.

Navy SEAL museum shows what life is like in the special forces unit

Dive into Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Fla.

2 weeks ago

 Map check at the top of Alpine Springs lift at Snowmass Resort in Colorado.

Four Colorado resorts let kids ski free

Free skiing for kids keeps families on their toes.

2 weeks ago

 A popular rest stop, the Area 51 Alien Center in Amargosa Valley off Highway 95, features a restaurant, a mini mart, picnic areas and a brothel -- all with an alien theme.

Area 51 Alien Travel Center in Nevada includes a 'themed' cathouse from outer pace

In Nevada, there are close encounters of another kind.

3 weeks ago

Travel Notes: Airlines benefit most when fuel costs dip

Plus: American Airlines drops idea of adding more seats to medium-size regional jets; TSA screeners get better results with questions

3 weeks ago

Emergency medical evacuation coverage can protect your financial future

Emergency medical evacuation coverage can protect your financial future.

3 weeks ago

 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.

1 month 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

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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 month 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 month ago

Airline considers 'Economy Minus' seating

Would you book a smaller seat to save money?

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.”

1 month ago

Balloons over Berlin mark wall’s fall

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

1 month 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.

1 month ago

Eleven tips to make holiday travel easier

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

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.”

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months ago

Bag checkers were bonus to travelers

Whatever happened to those folks who checked bag tags?

2 months ago

View fliers' inappropriate behavior online

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

2 months 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.

2 months 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



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