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Airline trade group predicts Christmas travel will rise 3%

Airlines are looking forward to another big Christmas and New Year’s season, with 3% more people flying in the U.S. than during last year’s holiday stretch.


Abandon big city, fall in love, repeat: Live out your Hallmark movie fantasies in these five festive towns

The Hallmark Channel is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Countdown to Christmas, a tradition that, this year, started 60 days before the actual holiday with the release of 40 …


Moroccan memories: Travels through the North African country yield much more than desert sands

True, Morocco is largely a desert country. But during our two-and-a- half-week visit in early October, as we traveled through most of the North African country’s 1,200-mile length, we discovered …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 24, 2019

Some beat the Thanksgiving travel rush ahead of ‘very windy’ Wednesday, heavy late-week traffic

Some motorists who stopped by the Post Falls rest stop Sunday on Interstate 90 were on their way to holiday gatherings. Others looked forward to spending time with their family …


Dutch treat: Exploring the museums, canals, history and cuisine in Amsterdam

A few boys had abandoned their bikes in a small grove of trees in one corner of the grassy


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 17, 2019

DNA tourism: Tracing ancestry on a wild trip in Sweden leads to rewards – and a dapper souvenir

Smoke billowed out of a hole at the center of a grass-covered tepee as I passed plates of cured moose sausage, flat bread, cheese and cloudberry jam to the seven …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 11, 2019

Boeing details steps needed to get grounded Max jet flying

Boeing hopes to resume deliveries of its 737 Max jet to airlines in December and win regulatory approval to restart commercial service with the plane in January.



Much more than tropical paradise: New travel guide will ‘decolonize’ the way you look at Hawaii

Few tourists are aware of the history and cultural turmoil Hawaii has undergone over the centuries to become what it is today – a rich and complicated multicultural society contending …



What is it about Whatcom County cannabis?

What King County leads the state in gross sales, Whatcom County has the most retailers and producers per capita in Washington.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 19, 2019

Roadside Bigfoot: Georgia museum devoted to legendary beast

In the picturesque mountains of north Georgia, an unassuming roadside building is now ground zero in the search for Bigfoot


For fans, Harry Potter charms on two continents

My 10-year-old daughter, Chloe, squared her feet, raised her arm toward the dark, diamond-paned windows and waved her wand in a triangle pattern as she shouted an incantation into the …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019

Website ranks Schweitzer Mountain Resort third among nation’s ski resorts for affordability

HomeToGo factored in the cost of equipment rental, price of a one-day lift ticket, lunch and overnight accommodations at each resort for the 2019-2020 ski season.


Why fall is the best time of year to travel to Europe

Fall is a season for rejoicing, because while the weather cools off in the Northern Hemisphere and birds begin their long slog south, travel to Europe is at its best. …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019

American pushes back expected return of its 737 Max 8 planes

American Airlines now doesn’t expect to fly the Boeing 737 Max 8 until January, and says the grounding of the planes cut third-quarter pretax income by $140 million.


Kentucky’s underground rock star: Mammoth Cave National Park

Weeks before I headed to Mammoth Cave National Park for a weekend trip, and a day after I’d booked several guided cave tours, I encircled my chest with a tape …


At the Large Hadron Collider, a peek at the future of science

“Don’t lose sight of me.” Physicist Abhigyan Dasgupta – “Riju” to his family and friends – looks over his shoulder to caution our 12-member group as we prepare to descend …


Captive beauty: Florida island formed by hurricane remains aware of vulnerability to ocean

Our Thursday started with a car, then a plane, then a couple moving sidewalks during a layover, and then another plane. That got us to Fort Myers, Florida, two months …


Wide-eyed in Zambia: Africa’s last great place

I’d forgotten how it feels on your first day in the bush. Exhilarated and wide-eyed. Over the moon. And then, sobering up, eager but cautious. A safari lodge is a …


British Airways grounds nearly all flights as pilots strike

British Airways has canceled almost all its flights for 48 hours, affecting as many as 195,000 travelers, due to a strike by pilots over pay.


So much to see, so much to do aboard Canada’s Via Rail

It was a bucket list trip, but not in the way you might think. The Via Rail train journey across Canada was not about my do-before-dying list, but about the …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019

Prince Harry announces massive travel sustainability project

The Duke of Sussex picked Amsterdam, a city hit hard by over-tourism, to announce Travalyst at a news conference Tuesday with his partners, Booking.com; TripAdvisor; Visa; China’s largest travel company, …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 1, 2019

Dream on in Las Vegas: Aerosmith and ‘Celestia’ are new, ‘Le Reve’ reimagined

As soon as Labor Day passes, September and November are great months for a Las Vegas visit. The summer crowds thin out, the Mojave heat starts to break, and good …


24 hours in Boise: Basque food, beer and a trip to prison

Boise, just an hour flight away from Spokane via Alaska Airlines, is quite possibly the best place in America to enjoy Basque food and culture. It’s also a great place …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019

Hong Kong airport protest shutdown tarnishes business image

Hong Kong authorities scrapped all flights after the airport was swamped by pro-democracy protesters, in a fresh escalation that risks tarnishing the city’s business-friendly image.


In the neighborhood: Eclectic and walkable Highland Park is a fun place to explore while in L.A.

Just a few miles from downtown, historic Highland Park is becoming one of the hippest – and most walkable – sections of L.A. It’s lined with trees, taquerias, vintage shops, …


Airlines can’t bar pit bulls or other breeds from cabins, feds say

A month after a flight attendant was bitten by an emotional support animal, the U.S. Department of Transportation told the airline industry Thursday that carriers can’t bar certain dog breeds …


Front & Center: Methow Valley rental-booking service finds room to grow

WINTHROP, Wash. – Part of the fun of running a nightly-rental booking service is conjuring memorable monikers for vacation cottages. “A good name is worth a lot,” according to Kyrie …


Upscale hotels elevate the guest experience

Gone are the days when it was enough for a hotel to have rain shower heads and high thread-count sheets. In a world where there are more hotels to choose …