SUNDAY, SEPT. 25, 2016

The African-American museum, recognizable by its unique design, has eight public floors, four of which are underground. (Jahi Chikwendiu / Jahi Chikwendiu The Washington Post)

An array of African-American artifacts awaits on the National Mall

Visitors to the museum, which opened Saturday, will be able to explore eight public floors – four of which are underground – and see more than 3,000 items of historical interest. They are just a sliver of the nearly 40,000 items in the museum’s growing collection. They tell the story of African-Americans, from the trans-Atlantic slave trade that began in the 15th century, through the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s, right up to today.

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Grasmere is one of the lakes in the English Lake District lauded in verse by the Romantic Poets. (VisitBritain photos)

Follow Beatrix Potter through Britain’s Lake District

When I was a little girl, my grandparents gifted me with a beautiful set of Beatrix Potter books for Christmas one year. I could barely wait for everyone to finish unwrapping presents so that I could sneak off to my room with my treasure. The first Potter story I read on that long ago Christmas Day was “The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher,” about a determined frog whose fishing trip turned out to be not quite what he expected. Now, all these years later, here I was wandering through the rooms of Hill Top House, Beatrix Potter’s 17th century farmhouse in the English Lake District. The tiny cottage is decorated much as it was when Potter used it as a sanctuary for writing and illustrating (she actually lived in another, larger house across the road).

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SATURDAY, AUG. 27, 2016

SATURDAY, AUG. 20, 2016

Above: Adam Auxier of Minneapolis washes one of the three vintage train cars being used by the Millennial Trains Project at Union Station in Kansas City, Mo. One of the three vintage train cars is a Pullman car. The train is headed to Albuquerque next before finishing is trip to Los Angeles. (Christopher Smith / TNS)

Millennials learn about nation, themselves on cross-country trip

Tapping into a yearning among young people for better ways of learning and communicating, a former financial analyst left his Wall Street job to start the Millennial Trains Project. Now in its fourth year, the nonprofit puts dozens of young people from around the United States and the world onto vintage train cars to explore the country and talk to one another about what they’ve seen.

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SATURDAY, AUG. 13, 2016

Fishermen at sunset on Rainy Lake. (Leila Navidi/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS) (Leila Navidi / TNS)

Voyageurs National Park is iconic, rugged, marvelous Minnesota

We were motoring into Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park, exploring just a speck of its 134,000 acres of woodlands, 84,000 acres of water, 500 islands and 655 miles of wild shoreline. That protected expanse, much of it hugging the Canadian border, includes four major lakes – Kabetogama, Namakan, Sand Point and Rainy, the farthest north and largest.

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SATURDAY, AUG. 6, 2016


Family travel five: If you really want to plan that family reunion, try these spots

Avalon Waterways, Budapest, Hungary: Satisfy your cultural curiosity while experiencing Avalon’s newly introduced Active Discovery itineraries. Cruise the Danube together and choose from activities that include canoeing the river, biking, exploring an ice cave, meeting with monks at the monastery and learning how to milk a cow and mow grass with a scythe. You’ll engage with locals, play golf or view the winding waterway after a guided hike to a hilltop. It will be an action-packed family gathering aboard a Suite Ship. And you’ll only have to unpack once. Snow Mountain Ranch, Granby, Colo.: “Bull’s-eye!” It started on the archery range. Then she tackled the climbing wall, hiked amid wildflowers, paddled the canoe and careened across the zip line. Grandma’s amazing! At this high-octane YMCA camp, family members of all ages can strut their stuff and then share stories around the campfire come nightfall. Sleep in the new yurt village where six family members can snooze inside a round platform tent on a queen bed plus two bunks. Cabins, lodge rooms and campsites are also available.

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Take a three-hour kayak tour in the stunning fjord in Flam. (Tribune News Service photos)

Norway in a nutshell, from fjords to mountaintops

A recorded voice instructed me (in several languages, including Norwegian, Japanese and Italian) to get off the train and admire the massive waterfall, Kjosfossen, to my left. The roaring cascade was so large and close that the spray gave all of us a slight soak. Despite the powerful waterworks display in front of me, I was distracted by something else. Haunting music wafted from the mountainside. Suddenly, I saw her – some kind of bohemian witchy woman, swaying to the music, disappearing and reappearing in the mist.

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In this June 30, 2016 photo, detail from an 18th century quilt is displayed in the exhibit “American Made: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum” at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. Exhibit organizers say that, at the time the quilt was made, women held few rights and that the inclusion of her name in bold lettering was a “declaration.” The exhibit of material from everyday Americans is on display through mid-September. (AP Photo/Kelly P. Kissel) ORG XMIT: NYLS228 (Kelly P. Kissel / AP)

American folk art show opens at Crystal Bridges Museum

Since its debut five years ago, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has showcased works by well-known American artists like Georgia O’Keeffe and Andy Warhol. Now the Arkansas museum founded by a Wal-Mart heiress is turning its attention to ordinary objects made by unsung craftsmen, quilters and painters. The new show, “American Made: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum,” features a collection that includes weathervanes, shop signs and spinning toys called whirligigs. The show opened during the Independence Day weekend and remains on view through Sept. 19.

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A traveler looks at an information board as officials, far right, stand guard at Newark Liberty International Airport, Wednesday, June 29, 2016, in Newark, N.J. Following the Istanbul terrorist attack on Tuesday, travel experts say still take that vacation but always be valiant about surroundings. A few key tricks can help to make the trip safer. (Julio Cortez / Associated Press)

Tips for staying safe while traveling overseas this summer

Travel experts advise vacationers not to lose sleep over the highly-publicized tragedies and to look at the larger, statistical picture. Be more concerned, they say, with more-common vacation hazards, like failing to put on an extra coat of sunscreen to avoid skin cancer.

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Many Glacier Boat: The cruise boat Chief Two Guns on Swift Current Lake in the Many Glacier area is dwarfed by the dramatic mountain setting. (SR)

Cruising Glacier’s lakes

It’s the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The Northwest is privileged to have several parks within a day’s drive. It’s time to visit one – maybe Glacier National Park. Although Glacier National Park is known for its many ...

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