Travel

Weird museums: Travel off the beaten path

Written by DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP,
Associated Press writer
Saturday, 27 December 2014 10:17

Travelers looking for something beyond top attractions like the Space Needle in Seattle might consider adding a weird museum or two to their itineraries.

Here are some suggestions from among dozens of unusual museums across the nation, from a funeral museum to an attraction devoted to wet wipes, of all things. They’re all worth a stop, but probably shouldn’t be your only reason for buying a plane ticket.

The Roosevelt trail, from Maine to North Dakota

Written by BETH J. HARPAZ,
AP Travel Editor
Friday, 03 October 2014 10:20

Ken Burns’ documentary about the Roosevelts — presidents Theodore and Franklin, and Franklin’s wife Eleanor — stired interest in some of the places connected to them.

Here’s a look at some major Roosevelt sites, including birthplaces, family homes, vacation retreats and national parks and monuments from Maine to North Dakota.

Dawson City, Gold Rush Central

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:11

Downtown Dawson City. — PHOTO: WikiCommons

A valley cut by a river creates a large V between mountain ranges; one cut by a glacier is more U-shaped — and much wider.

Legal marijuana in Washington state: How it works

Written by GENE JOHNSON,
AP writer
Friday, 11 July 2014 22:22

Washington state’s first recreational marijuana stores began opening for business earlier this week, more than a year and a half after voters decided to legalize, tax and regulate pot. Some questions and answers about the industry:

WHEN AND WHERE CAN I BUY WEED IN WASHINGTON?

Go For the Food: Coney Island hot dogs in Detroit

Written by BETH J. HARPAZ for The AP Wednesday, 24 December 2014 01:30

To New Yorkers like me, going to Coney means hopping on a Coney Island-bound subway train to an amusement park at the beach. But on a trip to Detroit, I learned that “coney” means something entirely different.

In Michigan and a few other places, coney is a generic term for hot dogs topped with onions, mustard and chili.

Pizza tours offer a slice of culture in Milwaukee, Chicago, Boston, NYC

Written by CARYN ROUSSEAU,
AP writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 11:36

In a city famous for its deep-dish pizza tourists wouldn’t know that the locals more often eat a thinner-crust, tavern-style pie topped with homemade Italian sausage and cut into squares, not slices — unless they went on a pizza tour.

Chicago is one of a handful of cities across the country, like Milwaukee, Boston and New York, with companies that offer tours of the local pizza scene.

Vancouver’s foodie scene flourishes

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:20

The Vancouver skyline. — PHOTO: Duncan Rawlinson - Flickr

Vancouver, B.C., is Canada’s westernmost major metro area and one of the nation’s most popular foodie destinations. Vancouver restaurants combine the best culinary influences the province has to offer, including ethnic diversity, creative innovation and a commitment to environmental sustainability. The dining scene is defined but not constrained by tradition and West Coast style.

Led by gay mayor, Atlantic City courts gay tourists

Written by The AP Friday, 20 June 2014 04:50

Atlantic City is planning a series of events to attract gay tourists, who are becoming an increasingly important part of the resort's growth strategy.

Mayor Don Guardian and tourism officials said this week the goal is to reinvigorate a once-thriving gay community in Atlantic City.

Disney World plans Frozen attraction at Epcot

Written by The AP Wednesday, 08 October 2014 06:57

Walt Disney World is planning a new attraction inspired by the ever-popular “Frozen” movie.

The “Frozen” attraction will go up at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot at the theme park near Orlando, Florida.

Following the Klondike Gold Rush Trail

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:29

Disembarking from our Holland America cruise ship in Skagway, Alaska, we didn’t realize that our upcoming detour through the Yukon Territory would follow the trail of the most important U.S. event to occur on Canadian soil since the War of 1812.

Neither did we realize that the stunning scenery and wildlife were just a preview to the natural wonders ahead in Denali National Park.

Go For the Food: Dim sum in the Land of Barbecue

Written by MARIA SUDEKUM,
AP writer
Thursday, 17 July 2014 06:44

Yes, even in the Land of Barbecue, there are other artery-challenging options beyond the slab.

The weekend crowds at Bo Lings Chinese restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri, have long suggested that plenty of people in this barbecue fumes-driven metro often prefer their pork steamed amid shrimp in a dumpling, diced in rice noodles or laced with barbecue sauce and stuffed into a fluffy, white steamed bun.

Dr. Beach: Duke Kahanamoku in Waikiki tops 2014 beach ranking

Written by The AP Monday, 26 May 2014 10:31

A tourist-friendly beach named for a Hawaii surfing legend has been dubbed the best public beach in the United States in this year’s Dr. Beach ranking.

Duke Kahanamoku Beach, a well-groomed crescent of blond sand and palm trees near the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, beat out more than 600 other beaches for the distinction.