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 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.

2 days 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,

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 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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

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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.

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 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.

1 week 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 weeks 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.

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 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.

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 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 weeks ago


If you go ... Lake of the Ozarks

Information: Lake of the Ozarks: wwwFunLake.com.

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 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.

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 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.

3 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.

3 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.

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 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

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 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

4 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month ago


 Synchronous fireflies photographed near Tionesta, Forest County, during the first Pennsylvania Firefly Festival in June 2013.

At Firefly Festival near Tionesta, thousands of bugs will be blinking in sync

Hundreds will gather in the Allegheny National Forest near Tionesta next weekend to see synchronous and other fireflies.

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 Bill Bodine with his favorite painting in The Frick's collection, "Sir Joshua Vanneck and family at Roehampton House, Putney, 1752," by British painter Arthur Devis.

Bill Bodine retires from The Frick Pittsburgh after 12 years of effective, gradual change

Welcoming the community into The Frick has been a hallmark of Mr. Bodine’s leadership. "He has made it a beautiful oasis for everyone.”

1 month ago


 Young people make their way through the Neural Climb in the Franklin Institute science museum’s new Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion in Philadelphia.

Franklin Institute's new pavilion opens in Philadelphia

The Karabots Pavilion has been designed to facilitate the Franklin Institute's contact with the outside world.

1 month ago


 Ernest Hemingway's home in Key West Florida, now open to the public for tours.

Hemingway's tropical retreats reflect his adventures

Ernest Hemingway’s island homes in Key West and Havana were only 90 miles apart but wives away.

1 month ago


 Hvar, an island harbor since the 15th century, is one of the Croatian coast’s scenic highlights.

History enhances Croatian coast's beauty

Two decades of peace along the Adriatic coast provide a tranquil destination amid Greek to Renaissance history.

1 month ago


With family, life’s a beach hopping across the Oregon coast.

Travel experts from The Washington Post answer questions by readers on a wide range of vacation issues.

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 On a Honda CRF250L, Mark Buche, followed by Ty van Hooydonk on a Kawasaki KLX250, followed by a Suzuki DR-Z400S piloted by Jun Villegas, ride through Twenty Mule Team Canyon.

Zip off the beaten path on a motorcycle in Death Valley National Park

Much of what’s interesting about Death Valley is difficult to access. The best way to see it is on a dual-sport motorcycle,

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 The 200,000-square-foot Eugene W. Kettering Cold War Gallery at The Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio.

Air Force museum starts with Wright stuff

The National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is a great place to land.

1 month ago


 Hammy prepares for his first test ride in the Solvit HoundAbout II Bicycle Trailer in Washington.

Taking your pet in a bike trailer shouldn’t be a drag

This spring this Washington Post writer tested out a few dog-specific bike trailers for use on trails, boardwalks and pavement.

1 month ago


 The South Bass Light Station overlooks western Lake Erie on South Bass Island. It operated from 1897 to 1962.

Three Ohio lighthouses are open to visitors

Three of 19 lighthouses on Lake Erie in Ohio are open to the public with tours this summer.

1 month ago


 James Rosenquist's “North Dakota Mural” welcomes visitors to a former machine shed that is now the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, N.D. A major pop artist, Mr. Rosenquist is a native of Grand Forks.

Fun in Fargo? You betcha!

Chic design and sophisticated art rejuvenate the frontier spirit of Fargo. N.D.

1 month ago


Travel notes: Hershey's store opens in Vegas

A chocolate lover’s paradise featuring a giant, Hershey bar replica of the Empire State Building is now open on the Las Vegas Strip.

1 month ago


 An animatronic goblin banker in the Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts attraction.

Universal ups the magic with additions to Wizarding World

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter expands to a second Orlando theme park with this month's opening of Diagon Alley at Universal Studios.

1 month ago


Battered by travel club come-ons

Vacation promotion industry’s efforts raised red flags, including the lure of a $1,400 trip and a lifetime of cheap vacations.

1 month ago


 A faux diving board is the centerpiece of the pool area at Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Orlando Resort.

Cabana Bay takes visitors back to 1960s in style

Universal Orlando Resort one-ups Disney with its midcentury-themed Cabana Bay Beach Resort.

1 month ago


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