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A direct line to the past: The vintage streetcars of San Francisco

When Rick Laubscher was 6 years old, he rode a streetcar to the circus. The San Francisco native is pretty sure he saw the lions and tigers and all that comes with it, but he wasn’t left with much...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

El Chapo trial becomes New York’s latest tourist attraction

NEW YORK – There was a time, after a spectacular prison escape, when Joaquin Guzman was the most wanted man in the world. The thrill of being able to see the man known as El Chapo up close – and...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Customs officers search more travelers’ devices

NEW YORK – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are searching the electronic devices of travelers more often and did not always follow proper protocol, a new watchdog report has found. The...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

In the Bahamas, Cat Island offers spectacular diving and solitude for miles

Sometimes, a shift in perspective makes all the difference. I am 100 feet deep in a Bahamian sea, finning along a reef wall that plunges like a waterfall of color into the blue depths below....

DATE: Dec. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

In a plot twist, Spirit tops U.S. airlines in on-time arrivals

DALLAS – Spirit Airlines tops the latest ratings for on-time flights, a big turnaround for a discount carrier that consistently ranked as the tardiest airline in America three years ago. Spirit...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Historic 1920s Delta Queen riverboat can cruise again

ST. LOUIS – After a decade in dock, the historic 1920s-era Delta Queen riverboat will cruise again. President Donald Trump signed legislation on Tuesday authorizing the 285-foot-long...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Sierra snowpack well above average after California storms

SAN FRANCISCO – Back-to-back California storms blanket the Sierra Nevada in snow, more than twice the snowpack level compared to this time last year, with winter still nearly two weeks away. At the...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Rising seas threaten historic lighthouses

MAURICE RIVER TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Rising seas and erosion are threatening lighthouses around the U.S. and the world. Volunteers and cash-strapped governments are doing what they can, but the level of...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Explore a world of fun at international embassies on U.S. soil

There are close to 200 embassies and diplomatic missions in the District of Columbia, though most Washingtonians don’t think about them unless they’re driving down Embassy Row or trying to park...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Border town invaded by Pancho Villa rejecting talk of troops

COLUMBUS, N.M. – A small New Mexico border town once attacked by Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa is rejecting talk of a wall and troops while embracing its legacy to draw tourists. U.S. Defense...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Restored Redstone Castle opens as boutique hotel

REDSTONE (AP) – Walking through the large entry door into the Redstone Castle along the banks of the Crystal River south of Carbondale is like passing through a portal into a bygone age. The...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

FBI re-creates decoy heads Alcatraz inmates used in escape

SAN FRANCISCO – Half a century after a notorious prison escape from Alcatraz Island, the FBI has created replicas of decoy heads that inmates used to distract guards from a plan that still...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

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