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Escapes that take your breath away: Indulge with your sweetheart in a Valentine’s vacation

When it comes to sharing Valentine’s Day with your one true love, don’t think diamonds and hearts and fancy gourmet restaurants. Instead, think getaway, as in it’s the one time of the year to get away from it all and indulge (read: splurge) in one or two or all of the world’s most luxurious hotels. Instead of a dozen roses, here are a dozen romantic escapes scattered from one corner of the ...

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You should be planning your summer road trip now

In January’s cold, dark days, a summer road trip might be the farthest thing from your mind. Without the need to book a flight or coordinate other transportation, it’s easy to rely on spontaneity for a last-minute escape once the weather warms up. The beauty of a road trip is its structured freedom: you can do anything you want, just as long as you are willing and able to drive.
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Southern explorations: Antarctic cruise offers vistas, wildlife, education and friendships

The humpback whale gently surfaced a mere 30 feet in front of our Zodiac gently rocking the boat and a nearby bergy bit of ice. It was the perfect end to an 18-day exploration cruise through the rugged fjords, mountains and ice of Chilean Patagonia and the Antarctic Peninsula. It was my retirement present to myself and fulfilled my bucket list of reaching all seven continents.
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6 days national parks are free to visit in 2024

To help with your 2024 travel planning, the National Park Service has announced its annual list of free entrance days. The six days are split between seasons and offered as a way of giving Americans cost-friendly vacation options. Normally, entering one the 63 national parks in the U.S. costs between $10 to $35.
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For the benefit of the KGB, speak clearly into your bread plate: Estonian spy museum a Cold War relic

The sign on the museum door says in Estonian, “There is nothing here,” a contemporary joke about a meandering set of rooms atop what had once been the country’s most modern hotel. These were offices of the KGB, the “Committee for State Security”: the Soviet agency that spied on foreigners and Soviet citizens with equal suspicion, distrust and disdain. The rooms are now a museum in the Viru Hotel, which still operates in the center of Tallinn, the nation’s charming and historic capital. 
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All the trimmings, none of the work: Thanksgiving in a hotel

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and while many Americans will be staying at home or with family and friends, others will be checking into hotels where guests can participate in turkey trots and try Thanksgiving-themed spa treatments – all while letting someone else worry about cooking.
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Southern California beyond the freeway

Perhaps nothing defines Los Angeles like the freeways: ribbons of asphalt and steel (and traffic jams) tying coast, valley and mountains together in a multilane, limited-access web. These roadways were considered so essential that planners nearly jammed one right through the center of swanky Beverly Hills.
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10 reasons to hit the road along Oregon’s North Coast

The 75-mile stretch along Oregon’s Highway 101 from Astoria to Tillamook offers a day trip full of surprises. Also known as the Oregon Coast Highway, this route can be accessed a couple of hours from Portland and includes traversing the Northern Oregon Coast Range.
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In northern France, riding the rails into the past

On the tracks of a railway depot in northern France, a steam locomotive puffs out smoke as if it just took a drag. An engineer and two apprentices stand inside its teal-colored cab wearing dark clothing and gloves. It’s hard to make out their faces under the glare of the midmorning sun. They’ve been warming up the engine for three hours and are ready to roll out.
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The Duttons are fake, but the ‘Yellowstone’ tourism boom is very real

BOZEMAN, Mont. – The Taylor Fork Creek, a tributary of Montana’s famed Gallatin River south of Bozeman, rushes downstream from the steeply slanted high peaks of the Taylor Peaks to the west, wending through a high mountain and wildflower-studded meadow as the horse corrals for the Nine Quarter Circle Ranch come into view. At 7,000 feet of elevation, the view is breathtaking.
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Where the crowds are gulls and crabs

Had I stepped into a scene from “Planet of the Gulls?” The sky resonated with the sound of flapping wings, and groups of the birds shrieked and stalked among the shrubs on a rocky beach at Block Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island.