Thousands of slaves crossed the Ohio River to Cincinnati, making their way to freedom during the Underground Railroad era.

Midwest Traveler: The best black history museums across the Midwest

Regional sites cover the Underground Railroad, jazz, Motown and more.

Soaking up history in Arkansas' Hot Springs National Park

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The Fordyce Bathhouse was built in 1915 in the Renaissance Revival style, with Spanish and Italian elements. Now home to the national park's visitor c
An hour outside Little Rock, taking the waters in a revitalized nineteenth-century spa town.

Tips for making the most of the Edinburgh International Festival and the larger Fringe that it spawned

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A street entertainer just off the Royal Mile during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Smaller-scale performers will give free street performances to adve
How to bring order to the chaos of the Edinburgh International Festival and its concurrent Fringe.
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Camel caravan in the dunes of the Sahara.

Riding into the sunset, Morocco-style

THE Traveler: Maxine Saul of Lakeville.The scene: Two camels and their passengers, led by a guide, traversed dunes in the Sahara Desert of…
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U.K. and E.U. flags outside Parliament in Westminster, London.

What Brexit means for U.S. travelers

After years of threats and, essentially, attempted divorce proceedings, Britain finally departed the European Union on Jan. 31.How has the shift altered travel to the…
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The lobby of the Hoxton in Paris.

Hotels that let you check in and check out anytime; Legoland to open Lego Movie World

Check out anytime you likeHotel check-in and checkout times usually run like clockwork. But some hotels are embracing more elastic time frames. The Hoxton's Flexy…
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February 20
Chad Turner of Stellar Adventures leads guided ATV tours of the Arizona desert.

Hike it, ride it, kayak it: Three ways to see the Arizona desert

In Scottsdale, Ariz., options for exploring range from the simple to the unexpected.
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February 20
Overwater villas at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Travel Troubleshooter: This 'travel club' has a $1,599 down payment -- and you can't cancel

Q: We visited the Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa recently. It was our second trip and we thought we would be returning year after…
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February 20
Rear Adm. Nancy Knight, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Global Health Protection.

A CDC director on how to stop a disease from crossing borders

The CDC's Nancy Knight works with countries to prevent outbreaks.
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February 20
Peter Braegelmann, left, and Jenny Filzen of New Ulm dressed the part at Bock Fest at August Schell Brewing Company in New Ulm March 1, 2014.

Quick Trips: Owl festival, Bayfield Winterfest, bock festivals

Houston, Minn. Owl admirers can still register for activities offered during the International Festival of Owls on March 6-8 at the Houston High School and…
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February 20
These particular seats do not recline -- and some fliers like it that way.

The completely correct guide to reclining on an airplane

We make the etiquette call on midair scenarios when those precious, controversial inches are at stake.
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A hunt for clues in Hawaii after a tourist couple fall ill with coronavirus

State health officials were working to find anyone who might have had contact with the Japanese couple, who had also visited the island of Maui.
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February 15
Hilo Farmer's Market

Diving into the food scene on the Big Island and Maui

The dining options on the Big Island and Maui are as hot as the beaches.
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February 14
Jack Lemmon, Ann-Margret and Walter Matthau in "Grumpy Old Men"

Quick Trips: Birkebeiner races, Big Turn Music Fest, Grumpy Old Men Festival

cable-hayward, Wis. Skiers from around the world will compete in the 46th annual Slumberland American Birkebeiner on Saturday. The event is the largest cross-country skiing…
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February 13
Author Louisa May Alcott wrote “Little Women” in her bedroom at Orchard House in Concord, Mass. The house is now a museum.

Follow the footsteps of 'Little Women' on a pilgrimage in Massachusetts

Massachusetts pilgrimage leads to the home where Louisa May Alcott wrote the book.
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February 13
PHOTO MOVED IN ADVANCE AND NOT FOR USE - ONLINE OR IN PRINT - BEFORE FEB. 16, 2020. — In an undated photo from Natura Vive, the transparent capsules

Tree houses, igloos and other out-of-this-world spots to lay your head

A new wave of accommodations offer experiences that are endlessly, irresistibly Instagrammable.
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February 13
Southwest coast of England

Kestrel meets kayakers near Penzance, on the Cornwall coast of England

THE Traveler: Mark Ryan of Minneapolis. The scene: A kestrel perched on a rock outcropping overlooking Mount’s Bay, near Penzance, a coastal town…
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February 13
Cropped shot of an unrecognizable man washing his hands in the kitchen sink at home

How to avoid catching a cold — or worse — when traveling

In the season of flu and the novel coronavirus, caution can pay off.
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February 13
The Diamond Princess at Yokohama Port, near Tokyo.

Will the coronavirus sink cruising?

“A large, floating Petri dish:” that’s how a reader referred to cruise ships last week, which was a particularly bad week for cruises. The new…
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February 13
A damaged car sits outside a heavily damaged apartment complex in Rockport, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey struck the area, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017.

Travel Troubleshooter: This rental car damage claim from Enterprise seems sketchy

Q: I recently rented a car from Enterprise. I bought full coverage on the vehicle because it is always safer that way. When I returned…
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February 13
Visitors experience the installation “Duplicity” by Playmodes.

Lights, cameras, interaction: Exploring the Instagrammable Wndr museum in Chicago

Chicago's popular Wndr museum opened as a pop-up and has become a permanent fixture.
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Members of Japan Self Defense Forces walk into the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess in the Yokohama Port Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Yokohama, Ja

As virus cases rise on quarantined cruise ship, passengers are on edge

TOKYO – As the Diamond Princess cruise ship steamed back into port in Yokohama, Japan, Sunday morning after a night of quarantine at sea,…
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February 8
Light from the outside shined on the water in Cenote Hubiku, Yucatan, Mexico. The Cenote Hubiku, a Mayan sacred site, has a maximum depth of 150 feet

6 best off-the-beaten-path spots on the Yucatan Peninsula

Beyond the usual tourist stops, here are some places to relish culture and sun on the southern tip of Mexico.