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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.

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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

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 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 week 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 week 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 People wait in line to check into the Bellagio in Las Vegas this month. This year, hotels will take in a record $2.25 billion in revenue from fees and surcharges, 6 percent more than in 2013 and nearly double that of a decade ago, according to a new study. Nearly half of the increase can be attributed to new surcharges and hotels increasing the amounts of existing fees.

Just like the airlines, hotels get fee-happy

The headache for many travelers is a quickly growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use.

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 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.

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 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.

3 weeks 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.

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 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks ago


Pittsburgh man on kayak trip to Gulf Coast

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

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 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.

1 month ago


Paper maps have kept their usefulness, fans say

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

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month ago


If you go to Put-in-Bay, Ohio

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

1 month ago


If you go ... Tekeris in Serbia

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

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 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.

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 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.

1 month ago


If you go: West Virginia Mountain Rail Adventure

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

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

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 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.

1 month ago


Travel Q&A: Romantic getaway ideas for the mid-Atlantic

These are questions from readers that were answered by travel experts at the Washington Post.

1 month ago


 The Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park, looking downstream from the Puebloan granaries adjacent to Nankoweap Canyon (mile 53). The rim of the Redwall canyon is 3200 feet above the river.

Rafting the river of time: Riding the Colorado

Riding the rapids down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon offers days of thrills and chills.

1 month ago


 Frank Futral, right, curator of the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, speaks with visitors about early American-style furniture at the Eleanor Roosevelt's Stone Cottage at the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site in Hyde Park, N.Y.

Eleanor Roosevelt's story lives on in Hyde Park

I knew Eleanor Roosevelt had a busy life. I thought that was all I needed to know.

1 month ago


 Cover of Food Traveler magazine.

Guide helps tourists eat up Appalachia

Several Pittsburgh businesses are part of “Bon Appetit Appalachia.”

1 month ago


 National flag with the Osborne bull outside Plaza De Toros in Madrid.

Mad about Madrid: A 24-hour guide to Spain's capital in a land of fiestas and siestas

Madrid offers old Castilian architecture and traditions with a modern twist, enjoyed best with a side of paella and a pitcher of sangria.

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 The Verdon River has cut a gorge more than a half-mile deep through limestone cliffs and is considered one of the most spectacular gorges in Europe.

Verdon Gorge, France's Grand Canyon, offers a spectacular hike

The Gorges du Verdon, near Provence, has outdoor challenges for all experience levels.

1 month ago


Travel Notes: Southwest’s on-time performance nose-dives

On-time performance of Southwest Airlines, the nation’s largest domestic carrier has deteriorated over the past year,

1 month 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.

2 months ago


 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.

2 months 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

2 months 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.

2 months 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, moleskine.com.

Streamlining your suitcase: Tips for overcoming packing and travel pitfalls

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

2 months 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.

2 months 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

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 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.

2 months 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.

2 months ago


If you go ... Lake of the Ozarks

Information: Lake of the Ozarks: wwwFunLake.com.

2 months 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 months ago


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