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How travelers should use twitter for best results

By The Washington Post
When communicating with an airline via Twitter, you want your tweets to sing — especially if your plans start to crumble and you need assistance. Here are tips for connecting quickly and efficiently. • Follow all the airlines you frequently …

Road Trip! Destination: Winchester, Va.

By Kellie B. Gormly
History buffs who love the Civil War, early America and historic houses will find a feast to enjoy in Winchester, Va., about 188 miles southeast …

How to save money on vacation hotels

By Tribune-Review
Summer vacationers looking for deals on hotel rooms are going to have to search a little harder. The average cost of a room now stands at $110, up 4 percent from last year and 8 percent from two years ago, …

Road Trip! Destination: Cooperstown, N.Y.

By Bob Karlovits
Cooperstown is not the easiest place to get to, but is worth the effort. Nowhere near an interstate highway, a visit to Cooperstown requires winding …

Road Trip! Destination: Red Bank, N.J.

By Kate Benz
Securing its status as one of those cool little towns that you visit and can’t wait to get back to, Red Bank is located in …

‘It’s a Small World’ turns 50 with global sing-along

By The Associated Press
The timeless Disney tune “It’s a Small World” that wafts through our memories from past theme-park vacations turns 50 this year, and on April 10, Disney parks worldwide hosted a global sing-along. At Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, a …

Pop-Up Canada will promote play in the provinces

By Bob Karlovits
Representatives of Ontario will be Downtown next week in an effort to show there is more to the province than water running over a cliff …

Road Trip! Destination: Cherry blossoms in D.C.

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
More than 1.5 million people visit Washington, D.C., each year to admire the blossoming cherry trees and participate in diverse programming that heralds spring in …

Road Trip! Destination: Cincinnati

By Michael Machosky
Cincinnati and Pittsburgh have way too much in common to let petty rivalries and sporting grudges come between us. We look like we were separated …

Repaired Washington Monument to reopen May 12

By Reuters
The Washington Monument, a centerpiece of the U.S. capital skyline, will reopen May 12 after a lengthy closure for earthquake damage, the National Park Service said March 25. The last of the scaffolding that has shrouded the 555-foot-high marble-and-granite structure …

How to find travel supplies at the hardware store

By McClatchy-tribune News Service 9:00 p.m.
Basic hardware stores are a great source for travel supplies. The following hardware items can help you navigate a number of hurdles on your next road trip. Connections: Not only can zip ties hold multiple loose items together, they can …

Tip sheet: How to organize group cooking on vacation

By Tribune-Review
It can be a recipe for disaster: renting a vacation house with friends without talking about meal planning. There are obvious topics, like allergies, budgeting, finicky kids and the division of labor. And then, there are those unappetizing issues, like …

Road Trip! Destination: Indoor water parks

By Kellie B. Gormly
It’s almost spring, but we’re still a few months away from swimming weather — unless you go to an indoor water park, 11 of which …

Doctor says Kilimanjaro trek was an inspirational high

By Rachel Weaver
A UPMC neurosurgeon feels on top of the world after successfully helping a group of amputees climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. Dr. Joseph Maroon, 73, of Sewickley, …

Road Trip! Destination: ‘Downton Abbey’ via Delaware

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
The costumes of “Downton Abbey” have come to life in an exhibit at Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Del. In what has been heralded as a …

Road Trip! Destination: Benjamin Franklin’s Philadelphia

By Alice T. Carter
Everybody knows a little something about Benjamin Franklin: his risky experiments with kites and lightning; his witty maxims about being early to bed and early …

Road Trip! Destination: Cleveland in winter

By Mark Kanny
Perhaps the only way Pittsburgh doesn’t mind being beaten by Cleveland is in annual snowfall. Located on Lake Erie, Cleveland always wins that contest because …

Road Trip! Destination: Reading area

By Bob Karlovits
Reading is in Eastern Pennsylvania, but it carries that directional adjective a bit far. Sitting high atop nearby Mt. Penn is The Pagoda, a seven-story …

Road Trip! Destination: Brookville

By Rachel Weaver
Every winter, a camping area about an hour-and-a-half northeast of Pittsburgh becomes the temporary home to a group of people who aren’t afraid to brave …

Manufacturers focus on comfort, safety for next season on the slopes

By Karen Schwartz
Look for comfort, convenience and customization next fall when shopping for winter ski and snowboard gear. Buyers from around North America spent four days checking out products for the 2014-15 season at the annual SnowSports Industries America trade show in …