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Jets zip through narrow Star Wars Canyon, drawing visitors

Sat., April 15, 2017, midnight

In this Feb. 27, 2017, photo, an F/A-18F Super Hornet from China Lake VX-9 Vampire squadron flies through the nicknamed Star Wars Canyon in Death Valley National Park, Calif. Military jets roaring over national parks have long drawn complaints from hikers and campers. But in California's Death Valley, the low-flying combat aircraft skillfully zipping between the craggy landscape has become a popular attraction in the 3.3 million acre park in the Mojave Desert, 260 miles east of Los Angeles. (Ben Margot / AP)
The unusually close-up view of military planes zooming through the craggy gorge at Death Valley National Park has become so popular the National Park Service is considering making it an attraction, with informational signs about the training that dates back to World War II.

Overlooked by guidebooks, Slovakia is a worthy European destination without the crowds

Sat., April 1, 2017, 6 a.m.

Spis Castle, a vast, 13th-century structure near Levoca, Slovakia, that is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the largest in Central Europe. (THE WASHINGTON POST / Erica Rosenberg/For the Washington Post)
I always search for the road less touristed. Yet it was not without trepidation that I drove with my spouse across the Hungarian plain from Budapest into Kosice, Slovakia’s second-largest city. As the industrial outskirts gave way to a skyline dominated by Communist-era block apartment buildings, I grew convinced that I had made a terrible vacation choice.

African-American museum crowds are expected to get even bigger

Sat., March 25, 2017, midnight

The National Museum of African American History and Culture during its six-month anniversary. (Bill O'Leary / Bill O'Leary/Washington Post)
Interest in the long-awaited museum shows no sign of decline. In its first six months, the $540 million, 400,000-square-foot structure on Washington, D.C.’s Mall has welcomed 1,211,563 visitors, placing it among the four most-popular Smithsonian museums. Attendance is well short of pre-opening predictions of 3 million to 3.5 million visitors a year, but the peak seasons of spring break and summer are still ahead.

Get soaked in Montana

UPDATED: Tue., March 14, 2017, 12:38 p.m.

Overnight accommodations include the choice of staying in the historic 1890 lodge, cabins and the newer two story buildings. Set in Paradise Valley just north of Yellowstone National Park this is ideal first night before driving into Yellowstone. (Mike Brodwater)
Hot springs in the Northwest seem to be like some people. They can be primitive and rough around the edges or smooth, sophisticated and elegant. But unlike people you may have met, you probably haven’t experienced a hot spring that you didn’t like.

Get some northern exposure in Roslyn and Cle Elum

Sun., March 5, 2017, midnight

The vinyl records are a bit warped, but fans of 1990s hit “Northern Exposure” can still check out the radio station at the Northwestern Improvement Co. building in the heart of Roslyn. (Adriana Janovich / The Spokesman-Review)
Nestled into the foothills of the Cascade Range, Roslyn – and its next-door neighbor Cle Elum – offers a picturesque backdrop for stretching your legs and grabbing a bite to eat on the way to or from Seattle – or, better yet, for a weekend getaway.

Get up close to elk and bighorns at winter feeding site in Yakima County

Sun., Feb. 26, 2017, midnight

Colton Porter, 7, watches the herd eat last month at the Oak Creek Wildlife Area. (Photos by Evan Bush/Seattle Times)
NACHES, Yakima County – The bighorn sheep know when it’s lunch time. Would you expect any less from a creature with a four-part stomach? Once distant specks against the snow, the California bighorn filed down the hillside at about 10:30 a.m. on a recent Saturday morning, marching in such an orderly row that any elementary-school teacher would have been proud.

DC-based for decades, Apollo 11 capsule to go on road trip

Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 11:21 a.m.

In this photo taken Feb. 17, 2017, the Apollo 11 capsule sits in the restoration hanger at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., ahead of a planned four-city tour. The airplane at left is the only aircraft in the Smithsonian’s collection that was stationed at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, the day the naval base at the harbor was attacked by Japan. (Jessica Gresko / AP)
The capsule, named “Columbia,” went on a tour of U.S. capitals following its historic role in the mission to the moon. But since then it has made its home at the Smithsonian in Washington. On Wednesday, officials announced a four-city road tour ahead of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing in 2019. The capsule will visit museums in Houston, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Seattle as part of a new exhibit:

Spring break ideas: from beaches to Europe to new museums

Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, midnight

In this March 27, 2016, file photo, a visitor take pictures of cherry blossom trees in full bloom on the tidal basin in Washington, D.C. (Jose Luis Magana / Associated Press)
Spring break is right around the corner. For some travelers, that means seeking out beaches and sunshine. Others may be tempted by Europe, which has become more affordable for Americans, or by spring skiing.

Geneva: Looking for rainbows in the capitol of peace

Sat., Feb. 4, 2017, 10 a.m.

Geneva’s Bains des Paquis is a popular spot for everything from swimming to saunas to eating fondue. (Geneva Tourism / TNS)
This city’s Jet d’eau, a fountain in the middle of its namesake lake, is as much a symbol of Geneva as Big Ben is of London, the Eiffel Tower is of Paris and the Colosseum is of Rome.

Following the Frommers: Famous guidebook has been leading travelers for 60 years

Sat., Jan. 14, 2017, 10 a.m.

Arthur Former, 87, right, poses with his daughter, Pauline, in New York. (Peter Morgan / AP)
This year the legendary travel guidebook writer Arthur Frommer celebrates 60 years since the publication of his 1957 book, “Europe on $5 a Day.” Frommer began writing about travel while serving in the U.S. Army in Europe in the 1950s. When his book of travel advice for American soldiers sold out, he launched what became one of the travel industry’s best-known brands.

Secrets of a Big Apple Greeter: Tips for first-timers in NYC

Sat., Dec. 17, 2016, 10 a.m.

This Sept. 15, 2016,  photo shows the Staten Island Ferry approaching lower Manhattan in New York. Riding the Staten Island Ferry is one of New York City’s greatest free attractions, with wonderful views of Lower Manhattan and New York Harbor. (Mark Lennihan / AP)
As a native New Yorker, a licensed city tour guide and a volunteer Big Apple Greeter, I’ve answered lots of questions from tourists over the years. Among them: “Is it safe to drink the water?” (Yes.) “What does ‘curb your dog’ mean?” (Dogs should not use sidewalks as a bathroom.) And my favorite: “Where are all the supermodels?” (I don’t know.)

6 ways to score deals and discounts on ski trips this winter

Sat., Dec. 3, 2016, 5 a.m.

A young snowboarder takes the first run of the season on top of the mountain on Nov. 23, opening day at Loon Mountain ski resort  in Lincoln, N.H. (Jim Cole / Associated Press)
Want to bust your winter vacation budget? Buy a one-day lift ticket at a ski resort on a holiday weekend. Don’t get fleeced wearing your fleece. Here are six ways to score deals and discounts on ski trips this winter.

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