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Road Trip! Destination: Block Island, R.I.

By Rachel Weaver
Pittsburghers looking to enjoy the last bit of warm weather on an island with plenty of beach activities in a relaxed small town have an …

Tourism contest lets Pittsburghers ‘Steel Away’ to Bahamas

By Tribune-Review
The Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board will award a grand-prize luxury vacation package for two in the “Steel Away to Grand Bahama, Bahamas,” contest. It is the Bahamas’ part of an international, cross-promotional partnership with VisitPittsburgh, the Greater Pittsburgh Convention …

Road Trip! Destination: Adirondack Mountains

By Bob Karlovits
Water from the Adirondack Coast seems to run uphill in New York State. Lake Champlain creates an aquatic centerpiece for the upper end of eastern …

Plenty of light! Feds are selling off lighthouses

By The Associated Press
Lighthouses for sale! Actually, lots of lighthouses for free. Technological advances and a desire to purge unneeded properties have paved the way for the federal government to get rid of more than 100 lighthouses over the past 14 years, and …

How to take better selfies

By The Washington Post
A selfie doesn’t always have to be about you; let the destination have some me-time, too. David Wells, an International Center of Photography faculty member who leads photography workshops, offers tips on elevating the selfie to a higher form of …

Road Trip! Destination: Atlantic City

By Alice T. Carter
According to the Atlantic City Visitors & Convention Bureau website, 26.7 million people visited there in 2013. It’s a sure bet most of them didn’t …

Visiting 9/11 sites: Memorial, museum, tours

By The Associated Press
Out-of-towners and locals alike have shown enormous interest in sites connected  to the Sept. 11 attacks.  More than 700,000 people from all 50 states and …

How to stretch travel dollars

By The Dallas Morning News
Make your travel dollars count. Here are strategies for finding good getaway values: Free in D.C. Where else can you view world-class art and learn about world history, politics, space and anthropology — all for free? Add a no-cost, yet …

Road Trip! Destination: ‘Shawshank Redemption’ 20th anniversary, Mansfield, Ohio

By Michael Machosky
If you’ve turned on a television sometime in the past 20 years, you’ve probably seen at least part of “The Shawshank Redemption.” It wasn’t a …

Visit Pittsburgh continues to draw groups to town

By Alice T. Carter
If the region experiences a shortage of welcome mats next year, you can thank Visit Pittsburgh. Jason Fulvi, executive vice president of Visit Pittsburgh, the official tourism promotion agency for Allegheny County, expects 2015 will be one of the region’s …

Frequent fliers enjoy the disconnect

By Rex Rutkoski
University of Pittsburgh professor Bopaya Bidanda’s expertise is in industrial engineering. Given that he has logged an average of 110,000 air miles each year for …

Don’t get weighed down by luggage shopping worries

By Chicago Tribune
Luggage is an essential part of any trip, whether by plane, train or automobile, and the right bag can make the journey easier, while the wrong bag can make it hellish. There’s no one right bag for everyone, says Jeff …

Road Trip! Destination: Coal Heritage Trail, W.Va.

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Journeying through the coal fields of southern West Virginia, visitors pass through deep valleys, follow rushing streams and rivers and find themselves surrounded by breathtaking …

Same-day apps cater to last-minute travelers

By Reuters
Procrastinating travelers who find it difficult to plan trips in advance could find some spontaneity and even bargains with last-minute travel apps to book flights and hotel rooms. Whether it’s finding a flight or a same-day hotel room, apps are …

New nonstop air service from Pittsburgh to Bahamas coming soon

By Rachel Weaver
As Pittsburgh summer winds to an end, locals might be seeking some ways to chase the sun. A nonstop flight to Grand Bahama island might …

VisitPittsburgh launches ad campaign, contest to keep guests coming

By Bob Karlovits
Accolades for Pittsburgh continue to resound, but numbers tell the story better. Pennsylvania first lady Susan Corbett seemed to recognize that truth Aug. 12 at …

Road Trip! Destination: Lighthouses, Wisconsin

By Rex Rutkoski
The “sheer romance of the sea” (in this case, Lake Michigan) might be at the heart of the fascination people have with lighthouses, Jon Jarosh …

Road Trip! Destination: Maryland ice cream country

By Mark Kanny
Food can’t get any fresher than from the farm. That’s the allure of Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail — eight dairies that make a variety …

How to pick the right group tour for you

By The Associated Press
Group tours sound easy: Choose a destination, and the tour company plans your trip, delivering you to hotels, restaurants and attractions. You don’t have to Google or organize a thing. But how do you find the right tour to begin …

Road Trip! Destination: Milford, Pike County

By Kate Benz
Modeled after the streets of Philadelphia, Milford was one of the first “planned” communities. It was laid out after the Revolutionary War by riding Circuit …