Chris Day churns up dust on the Denali Highway of Alaska. Eight friends decided to take an 865-mile ride around the state.

Moose, McKinley and motorcycles: Taking the scenic route through Alaska

Our quest was emblazoned on the T-shirts we were given before we left for Alaska: “8 men, 4 highways, 5 days, 865 miles.” On motorcycles.

6 days ago

Found in Translation: New tools and products changing the language-instruction market

A number of new, creative  tools are aiming to help you rattle off phrases such “table for two” in an unfamiliar language in no time.

6 days ago

 Ze Mean Bean Cafe offers an ingenious pierogi happy hour; Baltimore’s Little Poland has gotten smaller over the years but it’s still there if you look for it.

Baltimore boasts a small but hearty Polish heritage

BALTIMORE -- The pierogi at Sophia’s Place sure are yummy. As good as my mother ever made. And the golabki? Mmm-mm

6 days ago

 Passengers wait in line to go through security at an airport. The so-called Sept. 11 security fee that was intended to fund the Transportation Security Administration is about to increase, but airline officials say the fee hike is another way the government is tapping an already highly taxed industry.

Travel Notes: Federal security fee hike to increase overall air fares

The so-called Sept. 11 security fee that was intended to fund the Transportation Security Administration is about to increase.

6 days ago

 The very same hot spring that Thomas Jefferson soaked in is now part of the Spa Garden complex at the Omni Homestead Resort.  Guests continue to "take the waters."

One-tank Destination: Home to The Homestead

The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va., established in 1766, has refreshed guests since before the Revolutionary War.

6 days ago

 Navigate the city, sketch local architecture and record restaurant recommendations in Moleskine's City Notebooks. Available for select cities, the all-in-one travel journal, guide and reference book makes you the author of your travels. $17.95,

Streamlining your suitcase: Tips for overcoming packing and travel pitfalls

Proper planning and creative thinking are the key to packing, experts say.

1 week ago

 Lear (Colm Feore) carries the body of Cordelia (Sara Farb) at the climax of "King Lear" at the Stratford Festival.

At Stratford: 'Lear,' Gershwin and Coward

Those three are just a taste of this year’s 12-play festival.

1 week ago

If you go ... Lake of the Ozarks

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1 week ago

 Steve and Susan Pollack renew their vows on their 41st wedding anniversary in Bridal Cave, Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.

Deeply in love in the Missouri Bridal Cave

Couples take wedding vows to another level in Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.

1 week ago

 The neighborhood of Pilsen in Chicago.

In Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood, the face is changing

Pilsen, which has for years welcomed Mexican residents, is experiencing the effects of gentrification.

1 week ago

 The never-melting North Pole pole at Visitors to North Pole: Home of Santa's Workshop.

Ho, Ho, Ho: Santa is always home at North Pole, Colo.

Santa Claus is always in residence at Colorado’s North Pole: Home of Santa’s Workshop, a children’s amusement park at the base of Pike’s

1 week ago

 Elliott Mower of Point Breeze holds the door at Kelly O's Diner in the Strip District as the Flavor of Pittsburgh Food Tour participants arrive on June 27, 2014.

'The Flavor of Pittsburgh' food tour launches

Starting Friday, a new tour eats its way from Market Square to the Strip and back.

2 weeks ago

The 'share' economy here to stay

An emerging system portends sweeping change in our lives, from riding taxis 
to renting rooms and still more.

2 weeks ago

 The city's rising reputation as a travel destination puts everyone from PNC Park vendors and tour guides to cab drivers, like Earl Farrell, on center stage

Meet Pittsburgh's ambassadors who help visitors navigate the city

Find out who these so-called ambassadors are, the ones selling our city and presenting the information that shape the views of visitors.

2 weeks ago

Travel notes / Renovated Grand Central Terminal entrance dedicated

The entrance to the Grand Central Terminal is now named for the woman who worked to save the facility -- Jackie Kennedy.

2 weeks ago

 Local guide Haydn Thomas, of Pittsburgh Haunted Tours, shares a ghost story with guests on a recent tour. Here, he stands in Mellon Square Park and tells them about the history of the Penn Hotel.

Ghostly tales scare up a lively city tour

Being a successful guide for Haunted Pittsburgh takes more than an eerie voice, ominous grin and black attire.

2 weeks ago

 Tom Labanc, a tour guide with Pittsburgh Brew Tours, talks with Chris Walker of Bethel Park during a stop at the East End Brewing Company in Homewood.

Hop to it on microbrew tour

Tour guide 'brews' interest in Pittsburgh‘‍s breweries near and far.

2 weeks ago

 Darryl Cann, a bellman at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh, shows the Post-Gazette his clarinet during a tour of the building.

Bellhop notes William Penn's history and grandeur

Darryl Cann isn’‍t a tour guide, although he often acts like one.

2 weeks ago

 Pittsburgh Yellow Cab driver Earl Ferrel works a day shift driving through Downtown Pittsburgh.

Cabbie gives fares more than a ride

When cab driver Earl Farrell picks up a fare, part of the journey can include a history of the city.

2 weeks ago

 Jamie Blatter,  docent for the Clayton House of the greater Frick Museum, poses in the dining room of the Clayton House.

Frick docent finds her calling showing visitors through history

Jamie Blatter, a former flight attendant turned Realtor, is now at home guiding visitors through Pittsburgh’‍s Clayton.

2 weeks ago

 Rain doesn't detour hot dog vendor David Sakulsky, nicknamed "Chico," during a rain delay of the Pirates game against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park on June 19. Even with the rain, he quickly sold out his last batch of 20 hot dogs.

Hot dog vendor shows a colorful side of PNC Park

PNC Park’‍s popular hot dog vendor delights the Pittsburgh crowds with his dance moves.

2 weeks ago

 Minnesota native Trista Yerks, left, founder of Pittsburgh Running Tours, leads Sarah Doherty, center, of Hampton and Ivy Steinberg of South Side on a running tour past St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland. Trista Yerks started in 2013 as an active way for visitors (and locals) to explore the city at a comfortable jogging pace.

Get a run in and learn Pittsburgh's history

Running tours give residents and tourists alike a different vantage point to see Pittsburgh sights.

2 weeks ago

 Segway In Paradise guide Alan Harper leads a tour along the North Shore.

Ride a Segway for a speedy city tour

Two North Side siblings lead Segway tours along the city‘‍s sidewalks to show people from around the world all their hometown has to offer.

2 weeks ago

 Tour guide Tom Colt collects tickets as passengers board a Just Ducky DUKW amphibious vehicle at Station Square.

Jokes by river and road on Just Ducky Tours

Local tour guide fits the bill as a part-time wise quacker.

2 weeks ago

 Louise Sturgess, director of Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, who gives downtown tours, stands at at One Oxford Plaza and describes buildings on Grant Street while Bert Maguire of Pine Township cranes his neck to check the details.

Foundation leader loves to lead city walking tours

Louise Sturgess' love of Pittsburgh history shines during her walking tours given to the public.

2 weeks ago

 Tour guide Melissa Balkovec tells a Bits & Bites Food Tour the history of Old St. Patrick's Church to lead off her tour Pittsburgh's Strip District.

Take a bite out of the 'Burgh with these tours

Melissa Balkovec of ‘‍Burgh Bits and Bites Tour is an ambassador for Pittsburgh natives and tourists alike.

2 weeks ago

 Craig Davis, CEO of Visit Pittsburgh, poses at the overlook on Grandview Avenue on Mount Washington.

VisitPittsburgh CEO loves his adopted city

The CEO of VisitPittsburgh delights in promoting the city he loves.

2 weeks ago

 A jet makes a final approach at Pittsburgh International Airport while crossing traffic signs over Beer School Road in Moon

U.S. expands airlines' reporting requirements on pet safety

U.S. airline passengers who travel with their pets will be getting access to more information about a carrier's animal-safety record.

3 weeks ago

Testing the waters at Pittsburghers' favorite beaches

Water safety of popular beach vacation destinations is rated in the 2014 annual report from the Natural Resources Defense Council.

3 weeks ago

Travel Notes: Airline travelers hate $200 charges most

Here’s a surprise: Most air travelers wouldn’t mind paying more in fees — if it helped cut lines at airports.

3 weeks ago

 Students in the Offshore Sailing School learn the ropes in the waters off Captiva Island, Fla.

Offshore sailing school seeks to make yachting safe

With more than 130,000 graduates behind it, Offshore Sailing School promotes the green alternative to power boating.

3 weeks ago

 Near Oaxaca on the road to Mexico City.  Mexico.

Oaxaca is a Mesoamerican mecca

Oaxaca offers ancient sites, beautiful crafts and good food.

3 weeks ago


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