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Feel the pull of the prairie on an American safari in Montana

Bison run faster than humans, I thought on my morning jog, as I panted down the slope. They weigh more too — around 1,400 pounds. One of those beasts could crush me flat and not even notice. I ran a little distance before looking back at the low ridge, where 50 or 60 bison posed like breathing statues, the morning sun lighting up the smoky exhale of their nostrils. The massive animals showed...

Illegal private lodging facilities plunge in Japan after enactment of law

TOKYO - Illegal private lodging facilities have decreased while the price of legal rentals has risen due to the scarcity of available rooms after the Private Lodging Business Law came into force on June 15.  The law establishes rules for offering private lodgings - also known as "minpaku" in Japanese - in which visitors pay to stay in private homes, requiring minpaku operators to register...
At Cozumel, you’ll feel like you have the beach all to yourself

At Cozumel, you’ll feel like you have the beach all to yourself

COZUMEL, Mexico — This lovely, laid-back island off the coast of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, which provides the easygoing yin to those cities’ pulsating yang, holds a special place among my travels. My first visit here came for the express purpose of getting certified as a scuba diver. After an entire week of exploring nothing more exciting than the bottom of the YMCA pool in New Orleans...

In Southwest Colombia, treasures are forbidden no more

The morning my guide, Juliana Chávez, met me in Popayán, at the southern point of Colombia’s verdant Valle de Cauca, she warned me that the drive ahead of us that day would be rough and long. Our destination was San Agustín, home to some of South America’s most compelling archaeological finds that during the more than five decades of war here had been difficult if...
Getting the royal treatment at Los Cabos spa resort

Getting the royal treatment at Los Cabos spa resort

With what limited time we have for vacationing, when we run off, we want our romantic voyages to exceed our wildest imaginations. We want the best of the best, with everything as soothing and simple as can be. Le Blanc Spa Resort, Los Cabos, Mexico, has already been awarded the AAA 5-star status. That’s the pinnacle of luxury destinations, with many strict requirements to qualify for your best...

NAACP lifts travel warning against American Airlines

The NAACP on Tuesday lifted its nine-month travel advisory against American Airlines, after determining that the company has made "substantial" progress in addressing concerns of mistreatment of black passengers.  Since the civil rights organization issued its warning to African-Americans last October after receiving complaints of discrimination, American Airlines has begun implementing...

Where to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in Chicago's West Loop

Just on the other side of the river from downtown Chicago is West Loop, which was and remains an active industrial district. The city wears its blue collar proudly, and it was in this neighborhood that organized labor staged a rally in 1886 advocating for the eight-hour work day, an event that devolved into a deadly riot. In recent years, the area has transformed to also house some of the country's...

Pretzels to replace peanuts on Southwest flights

On Southwest, you no longer can fly for peanuts. But you can for pretzels. On Aug. 1, the low-cost carrier will cut the popular snack food from all flights, in deference to its passengers with peanut allergies.  "Peanuts forever will be part of Southwest's history and DNA," the carrier said in a statement. "However, to ensure the best onboard experience for everyone, especially...

An appealing newcomer joins the Joe Beef empire

One can become fast friends with a stranger. The same can happen with a new restaurant. Mon Lapin, which opened in March, immediately puts one at ease, like slipping into a long-shared history. This magic is thanks to the particularly Québécois qualities of generous hospitality and a spirit of pleasure that David McMillan, Frédéric Morin and Allison Cunningham have cultivated...

A second life for a Saratoga Springs showpiece

365 Broadway; www.theadelphihotel.com   Rooms recently started at $384 a night. Prices spike during thoroughbred racing season in the second half of the summer, as they do all over town.  The $28 million makeover of the showpiece hotel downtown, the Adelphi, took five years and was a source of much curiosity in the celebrated spa and gambling refuge. The Victorian-era hotel had been...

A wild look at Indonesia, a lauded hotel at a winning price and more

Orangutans and Komodo dragons are among the stars of a 14-day/13-night women-only tour called Untamed Indonesia. Wild Women Expeditions is offering the expedition in April, May, June, October and November of 2019, with some dates already sold out. The trip begins in the Indonesian part of Borneo, home to one of the world’s oldest rainforests. There, guests have the opportunity to experience...

Snails adorn steak and eggs as the ingredient of the summer

Competition for the 2018 song of the summer is tight. For some, it's "One Kiss" by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa; for others it's Cardi B's "I Like It."  Picking the ingredient of the summer is much easier, if surprising. It's not a veggie or a grain or a superfood fruit. It's escargot.   Hot snails are not what most people would automatically think of in hot, sunny...

United Airlines joins other carriers in peddling credit cards to passengers

If you hate unsolicited sales pitches, your next flight on United Airlines might be a bit irksome.  The Chicago-based airline is requiring its flight attendants beginning Sept. 1 to pitch passengers on every domestic and international flight to sign up for a co-branded credit card to boost revenue.   In the past, flight attendants had the option of pitching the credit cards and were...

It's not your imagination: airline restrooms are getting smaller

If the restroom on your next flight seems a bit snug, don't assume you've picked up a few pounds. U.S. airlines increasingly are putting smaller lavatories on their planes -- and the economics of the decision means they're probably here to stay.  As labor costs rise and fuel prices surge, airlines are taking advantage of robust travel demand to squeeze as many passengers as possible into planes...

For people with diabetes, air travel can present a host of challenges

Before she boarded her flight from Santiago, Chile, to Buenos Aires, Argentina, the unthinkable happened to Barbara Rowan: a security screener tried to confiscate her needles.  Rowan, who is a diabetic, needs to carry hypodermic needles with her for medical reasons. So she struck a deal with the Chilean airport officials: The chief purser would hold the packaged needles until the plane landed...

'Transformative travel' is the industry's latest twist on making vacations more meaningful

As the senior director of strategy and impact for the Adventure Travel Trade Association, Christina Beckmann was well aware of the growing demand for ever-deeper travel experiences - what some in the industry call transformational or transformative travel.  After all, she had experienced it herself - not once, but twice.   "I had my first transformation on the Colorado River in...

On a Colombian savanna, hawks, caimans and so many stars

The pond-side trees appeared to be turning red as flocks of scarlet ibises flew in to roost, brilliant from their bills to their toes. They dueled with egrets over the best perches, squawking raucously. A squadron of chubby capybaras — the world’s largest rodents — idled in the muddy shallows before suddenly charging off, churning the water, lunging and splashing. As darkness fell...

The Shake Shack founder on memorable meals and vacations

NEW YORK — Danny Meyer, the restaurateur and chief executive of the Union Square Hospitality Group, is known for creating Shake Shack in 2004. This summer, he opened three restaurants in the city, including Tacocina, a taco stand in Domino Park in Brooklyn.  “For Tacocina, we wanted a simple menu, with basically tacos and drinks,” Meyer said. “The tortillas are made from...

'What a crazy country': Trump makes being a DC tour guide a tough gig

WASHINGTON - It started, as it often does, when the D.C. NationTours bus passed the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House. A many-accented murmur of curiosity was followed by a shouted question from a Peruvian visitor in the back.  "What do local people really think of him?"   "What do local people think of President Trump?" veteran...

2018’s 11 most budget-friendly beach destinations in the US

Now that summer is in full swing, soaring temps have us craving a refreshing beach with cooling breezes to beat the heat. Unfortunately, with so many Americans thinking the same thing, finding an affordable beach getaway can be difficult. So, we did a ton of research to create this list of the 11 most budget-friendly beach destinations in the U.S. Staying stateside saves you money on travel, and these...

Travel goods for today: Pack these hot picks to the beach

Ah. Sunscreen-scented days and nights spent cuddling over a good book, a soundtrack of ocean waves and kids’ laughter playing in the background. Nothing beats a summer road trip to the beach — a much-anticipated outing for so many families that can only be enhanced by tossing a few choice travel goods into the back of the car.  Stake your claim to a stretch of sand with the BeachBUB...

Cave-diving experts feel the ripples of the Thailand rescue - a rise in demand

Summer is usually the slow season for scuba diving at Bonne Terre Mine in Missouri, about an hour south of St. Louis. But not this year. Not since 12 young soccer players and their coach were rescued from a flooded cave in Mae Sai, Thailand, captivating the world and thrusting diving into the spotlight.  "My gosh our phone's been blowing up, it's been great," said Douglas Goergens,...

Cargo Harrison went on a 14,000-mile hike to figure out what to do with his life

In May 2015, Holly Harrison - known as "Cargo" to most of his buddies - was hiking along the Appalachian Trail and taking stock of his situation. "You know, trying to figure out what I was going to do with the rest of my life," he said.  He was 55 years old at the time and had always dreamed big. He wanted to do something no one before had ever done, maybe something no one...

Talk Travel: A solo traveler to Paris looks for a plus one

The Washington Post's Travel section writers and editors recently discussed stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts:  Q: I'm planning on a solo trip to Paris to celebrate a milestone birthday. It'll be in the first few months of 2019, and probably seven to 10 days long. Any thoughts on where else I should visit while in Paris? Nothing is booked yet, but I'm anticipating...

Your trip, starring Greece

Movies set in beautiful destinations often inspire viewers to travel. And “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” set in a fictional Greek isle, will most likely do the same.  Lila Fox, a Greece specialist with the travel company SmartFlyer, said she has had a growing number of inquiries for trips to the Greek islands. (Spoiler alert: The movie was actually filmed on the Croatian island of...

San Antonio’s summer homage to Spain

San Antonio is famous for its Mexican heritage including its Tex-Mex cuisine and the 1836 Battle of the Alamo.  But the city’s connection to Spain does not get the same recognition even though this metropolis of about 1.5 million residents, one of Texas’ oldest cities, was founded by Spaniards in 1718 on the banks of the San Antonio River. In fact, Texas was part of Spain from 1690...

Keep Oslo weird

Against the bright sky of an Oslo, Norway, summer evening, three bodies twirled and popped in unison beneath towering Roman columns. Another passer-by, likely drunk, motioned that I should approach very quietly, very carefully. “They are a big, big dance group,” he whispered. “They were on American TV. They are my heroes!”  Did he know the name of their crew? He did not...

Where to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Petersburg long ago shed its stereotype as an oversize retirement community, and now as you traverse the city from Tampa Bay to the Gulf of Mexico, you'll find among the eclectic shops plenty of craft breweries, artist enclaves and bars and restaurants spilling out onto the sidewalks. Show up on a Saturday between October and May and you'll find one of the state's most vibrant farmers markets...

No passes needed for African-American museum on weekdays in September

WASHINGTON - The National Museum of African American History and Culture will not require visitors to have passes to enter on weekdays in September.  The relaxation of crowd-control measures comes two years after the Smithsonian museum opened on Sept. 24, 2016. Weekend visitors will still need to have the free, timed passes, officials said.   The museum has welcomed more than 3.5 million...

Travel deals: Airfare sale to the West Coast and reduced rates at the Homestead

This week's best travel bargains around the globe.  - At the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia, save more the longer you stay. With the Summer Stay & Save deal, receive 10 percent off one-night stays, 15 percent off two nights and 20 percent off three nights or more. Rates in early August start at $212 per night for a three-night stay, down from $265. With taxes, the total amount...

An unwanted snack break at the airport

When I was standing in the security line recently at Newark Liberty International Airport en route to Paris, I heard two Transportation Security Administration officers ask passengers to remove any food from their carry-ons and place it in a bin. “It’s a new policy,” one officer said. “Anything edible must now be screened separately.”  Rifling through my two carry-ons...

Travel Tips: Saving money while booking rooms

Why did you end up paying $100 more per night for that hotel stay than your friend, who was a guest at the same property just a few days earlier? It is not uncommon, according to Mike Heflin, the senior vice president of the hotels division at Travel Leaders Group, a network of 50,000 travel agents.  “Hotel prices and the perks you get can vary wildly depending on how you book,” he...

Family travel five: Pursue a passion or explore a new hobby

Family vacations provide time to pursue a passion or explore a new hobby. Here are five ideas to consider:  Head to the high country where downhill, cross country and road biking are part of the local picture. In Snowmass, access more than 80 miles and more than 4400 vertical feet of well-maintained road and dirt trails. With rentals and bike services available, families can take part in bike...

Colorado’s Sandstone Ranch a ‘crown jewel’ waiting to be explored

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Cheryl Mathews has overseen the acquisition and development of some of the best places for outdoor recreation this overlooked side of Colorado’s Front Range, having been making decisions for Douglas County’s Open Space and Natural Resources program since its inception.  She loves Spruce Mountain Open Space for how she can take her horse from her home...
No passes needed for African-American museum on weekdays in September

No passes needed for African-American museum on weekdays in September

WASHINGTON - The National Museum of African American History and Culture will not require visitors to have passes to enter on weekdays in September.  » RELATED: Oprah Winfrey exhibit at National African American Museum DC The relaxation of crowd-control measures comes two years after the Smithsonian museum opened on Sept. 24, 2016. Weekend visitors will still need to have the free...

10 great last-minute summer getaways you can book in July

There is no need to shelve that summer vacation you wanted to take but never got around to planning: The last two weeks of August may be the most popular time to get away for the season, but there are still plenty of options available for travelers who are game for a last-minute escape.  Jack Ezon, the president of travel company Ovation Vacations, said that July is actually an opportune time...
In these parts of France, the Great War will never be forgotten

In these parts of France, the Great War will never be forgotten

The last time I saw the Picardie region of France was in 1978. I was visiting an old family friend, who suggested we take a road trip to see the chateaux and cathedrals that dot the landscape there and nearby in Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine, all of which are an easy drive from Paris. Off we went in her Peugeot 504 and at some point I became lost (this was in the days before GPS obviously) and decided...
Coachella’s siren song attracts chic new resort

Coachella’s siren song attracts chic new resort

Every year, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and its sister country music event bring hundreds of thousands of revelers to the desert, far from the trendy restaurants, hotels and other attractions in a resurgent Palm Springs, Calif. Now, a developer group with a celebrity pedigree is building a sprawling 35-acre resort featuring a hip hotel that will not only cater to the hugely popular...
Scaling the Swiss Alps on trains and trams, and more

Scaling the Swiss Alps on trains and trams, and more

The Swiss Alps are one of Mother Nature’s most impressive shows, even viewed from afar. Getting in among these craggy peaks — some of which soar more than 13,000 feet into the sky — is even more special. Alpenwild offers a 10-day/nine-night tour that scales those peaks compliments of Switzerland’s amazing network of trains, trams, and funiculars. Among the classic lines ridden...

An enduring Paris hotel in a new light

Is it Parisians who are most looking forward to the reopening of the more than century-old Hotel Lutetia, on the Left Bank? Or is it the property’s loyal overnight guests?  It is hard to know for sure.   “The Lutetia — it isn’t like other luxury hotels in Paris that locals don’t go to unless they have to,” said Apollonia Poilâne, the head baker...

On an Icelandic road trip, mossy moonscapes and more

Jada Yuan: Going to Iceland for the first time, I had some idea of what to expect: tiny horses, stunning waterfalls, Jon Snow and the Wildlings. Nothing I imagined, though, could come close to the experience of being there in person. Just driving from the airport felt like landing on an alternate moon covered in moss and fog.  What made this leg of the 52 Places trip most exciting, besides being...

Three-and-a-half centuries of mythos surrounds Salem's House of the Seven Gables

"A nice mix of fiction and nonfiction." That's how Bill Sjostedt of Mamaroneck, New York, described the House of the Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts, after finishing his tour.  "It's been a part of the folklore of our country."   And that needs to be kept in mind when visiting this house made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1851 novel of the same name: The house...

Are cruises cool? No. That’s what makes them so great.

It’s the final day of this seven-night cruise, and I am sitting in my moderately messy balcony stateroom aboard the Celebrity Summit finishing the last bites of a room service cheeseburger, bags as yet unpacked for tomorrow morning’s disembarkation, the vast undulating North Atlantic just over my starboard shoulder.  I am trying to summon up my arguments in support of the mass-market...

Here's what you can do for jet lag

Jet lag is a tough problem to get sympathy for. Traveling across multiple time zones is often a cause for jealousy, not compassion. But high-speed plane travel to a location that is out of sync with your body's internal clocks can cause more than just sleepiness. Symptoms of jet lag also include irritability, disorientation, nausea, gastrointestinal distress and trouble concentrating.  And an...
Every Kid in a Park program gives 4th graders  free entry to any U.S. national park

Every Kid in a Park program gives 4th graders free entry to any U.S. national park

Trekking through some of the country’s most beautiful terrain just got cheaper.  Thanks to the Department of the Interior’s Every Kid in a Park program, fourth-grade students can enter any of more than 2,000 of the nation’s national parks and other federally managed lands and waters for free for one year.  Fourth-grade students can sign up for the free pass at ...

Looking for a weekend escape? Here are 5 family-friendly options

Weekend vacations to destinations that American travelers can reach by driving appear to be growing in popularity: In the 2018 Luxe Report from the travel network Virtuoso, 25 percent of the network’s more than 16,000 advisers reported seeing a significant increase in demand for one- to three-day vacations within driving distance from home.  Weekend trips in general are on the uptick, according...
Homegrown and beautiful: Photo show makes a case for Florida native plants

Homegrown and beautiful: Photo show makes a case for Florida native plants

South Florida long has been promoted as a tropical paradise - shaded by swaying palm trees, adorned by exotic flowers and carpeted with thick green grass. Except that left to its own devices, it wouldn’t look that way. It would look a great deal more like the 100 photographs of Florida native plants in Renewal: Going Native at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre in West Palm Beach....

A Black Forest trek to German philosopher Heidegger's writing hut

Stuck behind the wheel of a cramped rental car during a six-hour drive from Paris the previous day, it would take more than the threat of morning showers to keep me from stretching my legs on a Black Forest walking trail. That, after all, was why I was here, in the southwestern corner of Germany: to walk in woods once so dense and dark (before logging) that they were named "black." ...

Into the wild, in droves

As always, I arrived too late. The time to be here, the real sweet spot? I missed it. Try a good half-century ago, I was told by locals, before the place was discovered by the outside world, back when it was still Arches National Monument and not yet a designated park, just a dusty backwater in southeast Utah inhabited by a few old cowboys, desert castaways, Latter-day seekers and a handful of tourists...

Tourists on honeymoon collide while zip-lining, leaving husband dead and wife injured

A newlywed Israeli couple on their honeymoon collided while zip-lining in Honduras, leaving the husband dead and the wife seriously injured, Honduran authorities said.  The wife was zip-lining amid the treetops in Roatan, the largest of Honduras's Bay Islands, when she got stuck shortly before 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Wilmer Guerrero, commander of the Roatan Fire Department, told The Washington Post...
Pixar Pier tells a whole new story

Pixar Pier tells a whole new story

The early days of Disney’s California Adventure theme park next door to Disneyland boasted a number of peculiar design choices: a paparazzi-themed family ride, a coaster alluding to reckless drivers on Mulholland Drive and an extreme sports story line to its rafting ride. Most of the above has been removed or fixed over the park’s 17 years. Additions such as the cartoonish take on Route...
Travel Dilemmas: Don’t pack cannabis

Travel Dilemmas: Don’t pack cannabis

You can’t take it with you. Actually, you can. But it’s not a good idea when you’re traveling, especially for the risk-averse. We speak, of course, of cannabis; its use was approved in California by 57 percent of voters in November 2016. Proposition 64, known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, allows the recreational use of marijuana in the Golden State; medical marijuana had been...

Florida towns’ claims to fame: We’re No. 1

Florida is known for making headlines — alligators end up in swimming pools, iguanas come out of toilets and people are always in the news for outrageous crimes. And with all the funny stories come interesting titles and nicknames for the cities within.  Here are some Florida towns and cities and what they’re famous for.   Apopka: Because of its many nurseries and greenhouses...

What W. Kamau Bell can’t travel without

Comedian and author W. Kamau Bell travels all over the country performing his standup show, “W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour.” He also hosts his own documentary television show, “United Shades of America” on CNN.  Based in Oakland, California, he regularly flies to and from Los Angeles daily, or takes a red-eye to New York, spends the day working in...
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