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Dark tourism, explained: Why visitors flock to sites of tragedy

Every year, millions of tourists around the world venture to some of the unhappiest places on Earth: sites of atrocities, accidents, natural disasters or infamous death. From Auschwitz to...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Carcass of giant blue whale brought to surface for study

PORTLAND, Ore. – The carcass of a giant blue whale that has been submerged off the Oregon coast for more than three years was hauled to the surface so it can be reassembled, studied and put on...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Warm ocean water delays sea ice for Alaska towns, wildlife

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The U.S. research vessel Sikuliaq can break through ice as thick as 2.5 feet. In the Chukchi Sea northwest of Alaska this month, which should be brimming with floes, its limits...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Native Americans honor 50th anniversary of Alcatraz takeover

SAN FRANCISCO – For Eloy Martinez, returning to Alcatraz Island meant a joyous reunion with people he hadn’t seen in decades. It also brought a renewed sense of hope and pride. Martinez was among...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

3rd record tide enters Venice as Italy hit with snow, rain

VENICE, Italy – Venice was hit Sunday by a record third exceptional tide in the same week while other parts of Italy struggled with a series of weather woes, from rain-swollen rivers to high winds...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

China aims to build its own Yellowstone on Tibetan plateau

XINING, China – There’s a building boom on the Tibetan plateau, one of the world’s last remote places. Mountains long crowned by garlands of fluttering prayer flags are newly topped with sprawling...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Escape tunnel: Secret passageway under Berlin Wall opens to public

BERLIN – An escape tunnel underneath the Berlin Wall opened to the public this month for the first time amid celebrations of the 30-year anniversary of the opening of communist East Germany’s...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Venice ‘on its knees’ after second-worst flood ever recorded

VENICE, Italy – The worst flooding in Venice in more than 50 years prompted calls Wednesday to better protect the historic city from rising sea levels as officials calculated hundreds of millions...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

How to score unbelievably cheap flights with mistake airline fares

Maybe this has happened to you. You’re casually scrolling through social media when you spot a friend crowing that she’s headed to Japan next month because she just scored a flight for $247 round...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Mystery trips: Travel companies offer journeys into the unknown

CHARLESTON, W.Va. When Dena Espenscheid answered an advertisement on social media offering a weekend vacation to an unknown destination, her sister warned her she was going to get kidnapped. As it...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Airbnb agrees to provide host records to Hawaii

HONOLULU – Airbnb Inc. has agreed to provide Hawaii with records of many of its island hosts as the state tries to track down vacation rental operators who haven’t been paying their taxes. Airbnb...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

New York to Sydney: The world’s first 20-hour flight

I’ve just endured the world’s newest longest flight – the 10,100-mile, nonstop, ultra-marathon from New York to Sydney. It took about 19½ hours and was almost as demanding as that sounds. The...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

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