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A giant ark is just the start

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. - Ken Ham built an ark, a Noah-sized ark, in the verdant, landlocked hills of the American heartland.  At the sight of the wooden vessel, tourists - decidedly more than two-by-two, a caravan of buses surrounding the site - gasp in wonder. Christian school students storm the ramps, many completing science quizzes based on anti-evolutionary teachings.   The founder of...
June shines with family fun around the state

June shines with family fun around the state

School is out and June’s long sunshine-filled days pave the perfect path for a summertime road trip. From Georgetown’s free Friday night concerts and Luling’s Watermelon Thump to rodeos and folk festivals, this month’s forecast promises plenty of sun and fun in the Lone Star State. Below are a dozen of the top Texas festivals and events slated for June. Kerrville May 25-June...
Bikes and wine make a fine blend in Burgundy

Bikes and wine make a fine blend in Burgundy

Biking and wine tasting may not seem like natural partners. But if you enjoy both, mixing the two can be a highlight of your next French journey. One of the best places to swirl, sip and cycle is Burgundy, which is famous for peaceful lanes that lace together cute towns and venerable vineyards. Start in Beaune, Burgundy’s thriving and popular wine capital, which lies about 200 miles southeast...
Washington man writes books about motorcycle trips to Chile

Washington man writes books about motorcycle trips to Chile

TACOMA, Wash. — He rode the Pan American Highway before it was paved. He spent three days in a Peruvian jail. His motorcycle broke down in Mexico. Canned sardines were a regular meal. Keith Thye of Ruston loved the adventure so much, he decided to recreate it 50 years later. In 1963, Keith Thye dropped out of classes at the University of Oregon and rode his motorcycle from Portland to Chile...
7 hacks to get free flights and avoid Spirit Airlines fees

7 hacks to get free flights and avoid Spirit Airlines fees

It’s no secret you can save money flying Spirit Airlines, which was recently in a dispute with pilots that disrupted travel of tens of thousands of customers. Nightmare scenes earlier this month over canceled flights at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport aside, the carrier appeals to travelers on a tight budget by offering some of the lowest fares in the industry.  One-way...
Drink up, business travelers. The minibar is on the way out.

Drink up, business travelers. The minibar is on the way out.

Do you think of hotel rooms as having spacious, old-school desks, the kind that invite long hours of working? And bureaus with a half-dozen drawers? Minibars, too? Well, perhaps you haven’t stayed at a hotel lately.  Ben Schlappig, a 26-year-old travel blogger and consultant, has spent more nights in hotels than many people will in a lifetime. So he knows firsthand about the changing design...

You're on plane. A situation is brewing. You have a camera. Do you press record?

Chicago aviation police drag a bloodied man down the aisle of a United plane. A mother clutching her baby weeps after a scuffle with an American Airlines flight attendant. A Transportation Safety Administration officer prods a teenage boy during a security patdown at Dallas/Fort Worth. Fists fly at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood after Spirit cancels dozens of flights.  Since the start of the year...

Talk travel: To check or not to check luggage

The Washington Post's travel writers and editors recently discussed travel stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts:  Q: I'm flying for a short solo trip to Paris, and I'm suddenly panicking about every little thing. The latest: whether or not to check my luggage. I'm taking a carry-on size suitcase and a purse big enough to double as a tote. Amazingly, my airline doesn't...
Inside Passage kayaker relays tales of adventure and facing fear

Inside Passage kayaker relays tales of adventure and facing fear

TACOMA, Wash. — Whales got so close she could smell their breath. Bears occupied so many beaches it sometimes moved her to tears.  For 66 days in 2010, Oso resident Susan Marie Conrad paddled 1,148 miles from Anacortes to Juneau, Alaska, in a kayak named Chamellia. Along the way she reveled in the natural beauty, relished the solitude and conquered her fear.   She opens her 2016...
Technology elevates new theme park experiences in Orlando

Technology elevates new theme park experiences in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — For more than a moment, you feel the way "Avatar" hero Jake Sully felt plunging down the side of a floating mountain and coming just close enough to a giant wave to feel the mist on your face — all while on the back of a flying banshee that then swoons and soars high above the land of Pandora.  Flight of Passage, the new signature ride of Disney World's...
From Dubrovnik to London, European hotels with water views

From Dubrovnik to London, European hotels with water views

Whether they sit beside city-splitting rivers, Alpine lakes or seas, waterfront hotels connect guests to nature, through merely a glance out the window. The following new and renovated European hotels and resorts enjoy the reflected light of their littoral locales.  DUBROVNIK, CROATIA   Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik   The 1913 landmark Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik has long been celebrated...
Albuquerque boasts plenty of sass and style

Albuquerque boasts plenty of sass and style

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — One of my fondest travel memories was of a trip I took with my grandparents on historic Route 66 from their home in Texas to California. One of our stops was Albuquerque, where my grandfather suggested dinner at La Placita Dining Rooms and Cantina in Old Town. We had a lengthy wait for a table, so we occupied the time at the bar listening to the strolling guitar player strum...

Green means go: How to plan an eco-vacation from start to finish

If you travel, you will leave a charcoal smudge in your wake. You can't help it. Planes spew carbon emissions, hotels guzzle gallons of water to launder sheets and towels, and thirsty travelers chug-a-lug plastic bottles of water. But don't let the guilt dampen your vacation. Eco-friendly travel practices can lift the remorse and lighten the blemish on Mother Earth.  Green travel is not a passing...
Expiring law could leave Route 66 towns without key funding

Expiring law could leave Route 66 towns without key funding

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Route 66, the historic American roadway that linked Chicago to the West Coast, soon may be dropped from a National Park Service preservation program, which would end years of efforts aimed at reviving old tourist spots in struggling towns.  A federal law authorizing the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is set to expire in two years, and some lawmakers are...
Why Mexico City is a world-class destination – and you should go

Why Mexico City is a world-class destination – and you should go

Inside the magical courtyard garden of famed artist Frida Kahlo, the striking cobalt blue walls are rimmed with green and red accents around windows and doorways. Long, pointed leaves of potted plants and towering trees breathe life and green into the space. Indigenous statues dot the grounds; they were hand-picked by Kahlo and her husband, muralist Diego Rivera, and provide a glimpse into their artistic...
There's more than just Pandora on Disney's plate this summer

There's more than just Pandora on Disney's plate this summer

Pandora is Disney’s big draw this summer, but there are a lot of footnotes beyond giant blue people happening around Walt Disney World worth checking out if you’re heading the Mouse’s way.  First up is the new nighttime fireworks show at Magic Kingdom, “Happily Ever After,” which debuted May 12 and replaced “Wishes” after a 13-year run. The new show is...
A stroll through Savannah

A stroll through Savannah

Savannah is about strolling. Meander down brick sidewalks and admire the magnolias and azaleas, the moss-draped oaks, the 19th century homes, the elegant churches of every denomination, the 22 lushly landscaped squares that interrupt its streets in a carefully plotted design. Don’t walk too fast. You might miss the cast-iron fish-shaped downspouts on the side of the Planters Inn on Reynolds...

20 brilliant ways to save on summer travel

If you’re planning to head out on a summer vacation this year, you’re not alone. A 2017 AARP travel survey revealed that 99 percent of boomers intend to take at least one trip this year. And AAA said that more than a third of all Americans will embark on a family vacation in the next 12 months.  Although a week at the beach might sound like the ideal way to spend your summer vacation...
A botanist in Swedish Lapland

A botanist in Swedish Lapland

The plan was to retrace part of a journey that Carl Linnaeus made in 1732 when he was 25, from Uppsala, just north of Stockholm, to the northernmost region of Sweden, known as Swedish Lapland. Linnaeus kept a detailed journal of his travels, often called his “Lapland Journal,” with maps of the mountains, rivers and lakes, drawings and his squiggly handwriting.  I came to Swedish Lapland...

With eco-travel's increasing popularity, green claims merit skepticism

Green may not be the most fashionable color this spring, considering the recent policy shift in Washington on climate change. But it's still the "in" thing for many travelers.  A survey by the Singapore-based online travel agency Agoda.com found that 58 percent of hotel guests preferred staying at an environmentally friendly property. Nearly 40 percent said they're willing to spend...
In Copenhagen, new Nordic meets traditional Italian

In Copenhagen, new Nordic meets traditional Italian

The trendsetting modern style of Scandinavian cooking known as New Nordic has guided the Danish capital’s emergence as one of the world’s great food cities. The manifesto for this cooking was signed by 12 of the region’s most influential chefs in 2004. Among other things, it affirmed the importance of traditional Nordic recipes and cooking techniques, seasonal local foods and sustainable...
Slipping into an ‘Ocean State’ of mind in southern Rhode Island

Slipping into an ‘Ocean State’ of mind in southern Rhode Island

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — I tasted the ocean in the air as I sat on the outdoor deck at Matunuck Oyster Bar, the ebbing tide draining a few feet from our table into the Great Salt Pond and from there to the sea. Littlenecks were ordered. A cold beer had just arrived. I sipped, and it occurred to me that maybe I shouldn’t write this story. Why share the lovely little secret that is the rest...
A guide to Paris for repeat visitors

A guide to Paris for repeat visitors

“Where are the fan dancers?” I wondered aloud as I descended into a cave-like nightclub-cum-cabaret on the Left Bank. My friends and I sat down across from one another at a long table that spanned the rock-walled room. It was after midnight, and save for one other tipsy group, we had the place to ourselves. At the far end of the room, beyond an archway, was a small stage at table height...
A Greensboro hotel makes climate-conscious travelers swoon

A Greensboro hotel makes climate-conscious travelers swoon

In one sense, the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina, shouts its environmental bona fides from the rooftop.  One of the first sights that greet guests as they turn in to an otherwise nondescript office park off Green Valley Road are the 100 solar panels perched atop the handsome hotel, which from afar looks like an old textile warehouse lovingly brought back to life.   Visitors...
Weekend escape to Rockport

Weekend escape to Rockport

Some spots in Texas were made for taking it slow. They aren’t glitzy or glamorous or jam-packed with famous attractions or rowdy crowds. But unless that’s the type of vacation you’re after, it’s worth pressing life’s pause button to relax and unwind in Rockport. This once-sleepy fishing village has been a longtime favorite among Texans looking for a laid-back Gulf Coast...
Cool cruises around Iceland

Cool cruises around Iceland

A summer cruise around Iceland is an ideal way to appreciate the country’s landscape, which includes geysers, waterfalls and glaciers. Diane Eide, an Iceland specialist at Travel Experts, said such a trip was “a convenient way to see much of the country because driving from place to place takes a lot of time.” An Iceland cruise is also relatively affordable, with good values to be...

Tourists return to Tunisia, but slowly

Simon Marsov, a 25-year-old management consultant from Moscow, flew to the resort town of Sousse, Tunisia, on the Mediterranean last summer because he wanted to experience a foreign place on the cheap.  Lalioui Faouzi, a 26-year-old dentist from Algiers, said he made the 11-hour drive in late summer to Hammamet, another resort on Tunisia’s east coast, because the hotels were cheaper than...
Can this contraption really help you sleep on a plane?

Can this contraption really help you sleep on a plane?

Ephi Zlotnitsky landed in Washington as a 22-year-old immigrant from Israel on a July Saturday in 1989.  The next day, the former Israel paratrooper, who barely spoke English, walked into a local kosher deli and got a job. As he recalls it: "The owner said, 'I don't have a job for you.' I said, 'I'm not leaving.' He asked me, what can I do?"   "Whatever you want,"...

Save $1,000 on a Cuba cruise and other travel deals

This week's best travel bargains around the globe.  Land   Book a vacation at one of four Four Seasons Tropical Resorts and receive a free future stay. With the Book Once, Stay Twice deal, make a reservation at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla, Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, Four Seasons Resort Nevis or Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita in Mexico by...

How to earn travel rewards without a credit card

Credit card averse? You’re not alone. According to a recent study from Bankrate, 35 percent of adults ages 30 and over don’t have a credit card.  The bad news is, not having a travel credit card does make it more difficult to earn travel rewards — that is, unless you travel often enough to rack up loyalty points by the thousands.   While having a travel credit card...
'Migrant Mother' photographer's images of oppressed resonate

'Migrant Mother' photographer's images of oppressed resonate

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Dorothea Lange was driving by a pea pickers' camp on the California coast when she stumbled across a weary mother and her many children huddled in a lean-to.  It was 1936, during the throes of the Great Depression, and Lange took out her camera.   The image she titled "Migrant Mother" became the late photographer's most famous work, capturing the...

What the DJ Kaskade can’t travel without

Ryan Raddon, the Grammy-nominated dance music DJ better known as Kaskade, spends at least two-thirds of every year on the road, playing to tens of thousands of people at gigs and festivals around the world. And he does it all with just a carry-on. He recently collaborated with Incase to design a line of travel bags and accessories, but nothing so big it has to be checked.  “I’ve done...
All artsy things going on in DC for the JFK centennial celebration

All artsy things going on in DC for the JFK centennial celebration

WASHINGTON - John F. Kennedy's appreciation for the arts led him to invite Robert Frost to read a poem at his 1961 inauguration, and his namesake performing arts complex is leading the way in celebrating his 100th birthday. Museums across the city are also getting into the spirit, pulling out photos and portraits that show Kennedy and his family before the mystique of Camelot settled into the White...
Thailand's chunky monkey on diet after gorging on tourists’ junk food

Thailand's chunky monkey on diet after gorging on tourists’ junk food

BANGKOK (AP) — A morbidly obese wild monkey who gorged himself on junk food and soda left behind by tourists has been rescued and placed on a strict diet of lean protein, fruits and vegetables.  Wildlife officials caught the chunky monkey — nicknamed "Uncle Fat" by locals — after photos of the animal started circulating on social media last month.   Wild...
Sharkwatching: With more sharks and better tech, it’s the latest craze

Sharkwatching: With more sharks and better tech, it’s the latest craze

Mark Girardeau hovered his drone above the water in Dana Point, Calif., looking for movement.  Then he saw it: A dark figure darting swiftly; a fin piercing the ocean’s surface.   “I got one,” he shouted out as he zoomed in on the great white, swimming just yards from shore. On the sand, other lookie-loos clutched cell phones, trying to capture images of the sharks...
How to stay in shape when you’re traveling

How to stay in shape when you’re traveling

Whether you’re on the road for work or vacationing with friends and family, keeping up with fitness goals can prove rather difficult when you’re traveling. But that doesn’t mean you should let all your hard work go to waste just because you are on the go. To help you maintain your fitness regimen while entertaining a busy schedule and living out of a hotel room, we asked Edwin Santiago...
JFK's DC: A guide to the haunts and hangouts

JFK's DC: A guide to the haunts and hangouts

WASHINGTON - John Fitzgerald Kennedy's 100th birthday is May 29. It's hard to think of the 35th president - the youngest ever elected to the office and 46 years old when he was assassinated - anywhere near that age. Kennedy was president for just 1,036 days, but in a 2013 Gallup poll, 50 years after his death, 74 percent of Americans ranked his presidency as "outstanding" or "above...
Travel Tips: luxury trips for less in Spain and Portugal

Travel Tips: luxury trips for less in Spain and Portugal

An upscale vacation to either Spain or Portugal is possible even if you don’t have a big budget to spare, said Virginia Irurita, founder of Made for Spain and Portugal, a company in Madrid selling trips to the two countries. “The cost of living in both Spain and Portugal is lower compared with other popular European destinations, so your money goes that much further,” she said. ...
In Bloomsbury country

In Bloomsbury country

In the early decades of the 20th century, Virginia Woolf and her friends, the artists, intellectuals and writers known as the Bloomsbury Group, left London and went — to work, to spend summers, to wait out the German bombing raids and to conduct their tangled romances — into the bucolic countryside of Sussex and Kent, now two hours by car southeast of the city. Quite a few of these brilliant...
Business, leisure travelers ponder flying without laptops

Business, leisure travelers ponder flying without laptops

NEW YORK (AP) — International air travelers might soon rediscover magazines, paperbacks and playing cards.  Airline passengers have become hooked on their laptops and tablets to get work done or just kill time during long flights. But U.S. aviation-security officials appear determined to ban large electronic devices in the cabin of flights from Europe.   Business travelers are...
Airstream’s Basecamp offers mystique in a smaller package

Airstream’s Basecamp offers mystique in a smaller package

The object of my desire was silver and riveted. A decade ago, Airstream introduced a small, utilitarian trailer called the Basecamp. The beautiful, streamlined pod turned heads on the highway. Inside, it had no bathroom but the easy-to-clean, minimalist interior was perfect for muddy and sandy gear. The recession-era trailer was in production all of two years. The company built a couple hundred units...
An unlikely partnership in Lake Charles

An unlikely partnership in Lake Charles

L’Auberge set the bar high when it opened here in 2005 as the area’s first luxury casino resort, complete with golf and a big pool complex. When the Golden Nugget plopped down just 1,000 feet away in 2014 with similar amenities, L’Auberge could have given it the cold shoulder and tried to pry guests’ eyes from the new tower, but … that wouldn’t have worked, anyway...
On the Mighty 5 Tour, see Utah’s geologic freak show in luxury

On the Mighty 5 Tour, see Utah’s geologic freak show in luxury

I feel like I’m wandering the set of the original “Star Trek” series. Any moment now, a snaggle-toothed alien could appear from behind a giant, mushroom-shaped rock formation. Heck, a spaceship could land behind one of those bacon-striped canyon walls and it wouldn’t surprise me. I call Utah the geologic freak show of North America. It percolates with weird landscapes, and...
Tips for traveling to Europe with teens

Tips for traveling to Europe with teens

My children are young adults now. But after taking them to Europe every year for their first 20 years, it’s fun to think back about our European trips during different stages of their childhood. Of course, each stage brought its challenges — and its own rewards. With each passing year their range of interests expanded, widening the options for activities we’d all enjoy (and opening...
A new concert hall in Hamburg transforms the city

A new concert hall in Hamburg transforms the city

The Elbphilharmonie, a concert hall in Hamburg encased in glass and set upon a giant brick warehouse, is surrounded on three sides by the waters of the city's bustling harbor. Designed by the Swiss architecture firm Herzog and de Meuron, the building cost about $850 million, took more than a decade to design and build, and was for a long time cited as a joke - a dark joke - among Germans who fretted...
Top 8 Silicon Valley geek hot spots you must see

Top 8 Silicon Valley geek hot spots you must see

Once upon a time, math geeks and computer nerds were considered totally uncool, what with their slide rules, pocket protectors and astonishing ability to get bonked in the nose with a fly ball to right field. Then time passed. A lot of stuff happened. Now those guys pretty much rule the world. Their kingdom is Silicon Valley, the coin of the realm is the latest app and the number of Teslas per block...
Memorial Day 2017: Travelers will hit highest level since 2005

Memorial Day 2017: Travelers will hit highest level since 2005

If you plan to travel Memorial Day weekend, expect a lot of company. A whole lot. AAA said more than 39.3 million people are planning a holiday trip at least 50 miles from home - the most since 2005 and a 2.7 percent increase over last year. Of those, travelers, 34.6 million - or 88.1 percent - will drive to their destination. “We think it’s because of the increase in wages,” said...

More air travelers are expected to fly this summer despite airline incidents

A record 234.1 million passengers are expected to fly on U.S.-based carriers this summer, apparently not dissuaded by a series of customer-relations blowups in recent weeks.  Airlines for America, which represents the airline industry, attributes the projected 4 percent increase in summer travel to improving economic conditions, higher household net worth and lower airfares.   To accommodate...
Class of 2018: The New and Redesigned Cars, Trucks and SUVs

Class of 2018: The New and Redesigned Cars, Trucks and SUVs

As the auto industry rolls into the 2017 model year, spy photos and manufacturer's teaser images are beginning to appear on the new vehicles we’ll see for 2018. If your new-car buying timeline extends into next year, you may be interested in seeing what's in the pipeline. You might find something worth waiting for, or you may decide to seal the deal on a current-generation model. There&rsquo...
Wellness springs eternal in Calistoga, Calif.

Wellness springs eternal in Calistoga, Calif.

Old Faithful Geyser was showing off: spewing his endless stream of hot mineral water high into the blue sky. He is definitely the oldest “character” I met on a recent trip to Calistoga, Calif.: about several million years old, if you go way back to his humble geothermal beginnings deep underground. In the late 19th century he was released from his primordial prison and has reigned intermittently...

Disembark like a pro at the world's busiest cruise port

The busted bottles of Bailey's Irish Cream left a puddle on the floor and a sweet smell lingering in the humid morning air. They were a tell-tale sign as we left our cruise ship that morning and slipped out of the port terminal in Miami.  Somebody's vacation did not end on a high note.   The last thing you want to do is ruin a great cruise with a frustrating and stressful morning disembarking...
Five high-profile hotels for spring, from Havana to Stockholm

Five high-profile hotels for spring, from Havana to Stockholm

Which spring hotel openings are worthy of global acclaim? According to Ignacio Maza, the executive vice president of Signature Travel Network, a group of travel agents and hotels, this spring is especially significant when it comes to new accommodations because several highly anticipated hotels are making their debuts. Some, such as the Hotel Eden in Rome and the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana...

Talk travel: Try your luck at upgrade roulette

The Washington Post's travel writers and editors recently discussed travel stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts:  Q: I was looking at booking a last minute flight and noticed that the only available seats were in one of those "extra/plus" main cabin sections. If I buy the ticket and don't select a seat, will I have to pay an additional fee to sit in the seat? ...
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