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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 8:12 p.m.
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 …

Road Trip! Destination: Gettysburg area

By Kellie B. Gormly
There is a lot more to Gettysburg and Adams County than the Civil War battlefield for which the region is famous. Civil War and 19th-century …

Road Trip! Destination: Frank Lloyd Wright designs in Buffalo

By Bob Karlovits
Buffalo seems to be built of the Wright stuff. Spread throughout the city are a collection of homes and buildings — some that were only …

Road Trip! Destination: Outdoor adventures in New York City

By Alice T. Carter
Travelers most often think of New York City as a destination for indoor activities — theater, museums, shopping and dining. After an unusually tough and …

Road Trip! Destination: Bellefonte, Centre County

By Rachel Weaver
Two-and-a-half hours east of Pittsburgh sits a charming town known as Central Pennsylvania’s Victorian Secret. Bellefonte features historic homes, quaint bed-and-breakfasts, specialty shops and an …

Remembering Hemingway: 5 places where he lived, drank, wrote

By The Associated Press
Ernest Hemingway lived, drank, fished and wrote in many locales around the country and the world. One of his most celebrated haunts is Key West, Fla., where the late writer’s birthday is marked each July with a Hemingway look-alike contest …

How to pick up a language before a trip abroad

By Chicago Tribune
Need to learn a foreign language in a week? In a month? In a year? The experts in language acquisition recommend different methods for learning language depending on how much time is at your disposal — but one thing is …