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See New England’s Fall Foliage By Boat

Travel / Around the World /

If you’re hankering for a doable get away during this humdrum before the year end holidays, think about seeking out and seeing the glories of Fall foliage. And, for the best Fall foliage, think about New England.

Mother Nature‘s annual change of palette takes place in wilderness areas around the world, but few ...Read more

Downgraded on American Airlines, but no refund

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I had round-trip tickets to fly from Cleveland to Bangor, Maine, via Philadelphia on American Airlines recently. Three of the four flights were in first class. I paid a total of $957.

American made unrequested changes to my flights several times, resulting in a downgrade to economy class for all but one leg. There was no offer of a refund ...Read more

Taking the Kids: The future of kids' clubs

Travel / Taking The Kids /

The Driscolls' vacation every year with extended family at a family-centric resort or on a cruise line known for morning-till-night supervised kids' activities. But the five kids -- all eight and under -- rarely take part in organized kids' programs.

"The cousins entertain each other," said Anna Driscoll, playing in a resort pool with the ...Read more

December Cruising: Fun, Cheap and Accessible

Travel / Around the World /

If you’ve been saving up to go on your dream cruise, this December is a great time to
sail away. Fact is, there are some incredible cruise deals to be had, so if you’ve got
the money, get up and go--even if you’d originally planned to wait until after the holidays. Cruising is tremendously relaxing and ...Read more

Confessions of a Monoglot

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

While it's nothing to brag about, I am a miserable linguist. I got into the University of Washington, which required two years of a foreign language, thanks to an intensive summer French class at a local community college.

It was probably the worst month of my life. The eight ways the French pronounce "uh" pretty much broke my spirit. But I ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Sterling K. Brown

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Though Sterling K. Brown has been acting for 15 years, he earned "overnight sensation" status with his Emmy-winning performance as Chris Darden in the FX miniseries, "The People v. O.J. Simpson." He returns to television in the new NBC series "This Is Us," which premieres on Sept. 20. The actor also will appear in the films "...Read more

Help! CheapOair misspelled the name on my airline ticket

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I recently booked a flight from Frankfurt to Orlando, Florida, using CheapOair. I spoke with a representative at an Indian call center, who helped me make the reservation.

The booking number was issued under the name of Jutta Monica Baumgaster. The correct spelling should have been "Jutta Monica Baumgarten." Ongoing email and telephone ...Read more

When skiing is sheer bliss

Travel / Travel News /

BASALT, Colo. -- Winter was still in charge when we spotted them, raggedy brown patches staining the snow at Snowmass Ski Resort, in central Colorado's Pritkin County. In any other year we might have been greeted by mounds of powder on the Cirque, with a generous swath under Sheer Bliss, our favorite chairlift. The basics, indeed, for a last-of-...Read more

Taking the Kids: 10 fall festivals for families

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Who gets the prize? Who can pick the most apples or find the biggest pumpkin?

There are literally hundreds of Octoberfests around the country this fall -- some kid-friendly -- but there are also plenty of apple, pumpkin and harvest festivals from which to choose. You can stomp on grapes in Sonoma County, California, trail the sheep in Idaho or ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With J.T. Snow

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

When former San Francisco Giant J.T. Snow retired from baseball, he knew what he wanted to do in the next phase of his life. The six-time Golden Glove recipient and his sister, Stephanie Snow Gebel, started the Jack and J.T. Snow Scientific Research Foundation, which supports diabetes research. (Former...Read more

First trip to Europe? What to expect

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

If you're planning your first trip to Europe, congratulations! Learning about the world through travel is the best thing that ever happened to me.

Things are different in Europe -- that's why you go. But every first-timer has concerns about getting along in an unfamiliar place. Travelers are worried or curious about everything from bed sizes ...Read more

Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Frances England

Travel / Celebrity Travel /

Traveling the world is an incredible experience, but San Francisco-based musician Frances England says that there's also adventure to be found in your own backyard. On her latest CD "Explorer of the World," the songwriter features songs that include snippets of sounds she recorded when she took walks around her local neighborhoods. To read more ...Read more

Around the World: Enjoy Oktoberfest!

Travel / Around the World /

If you pass by your local Hofbrauhaus and hear boisterous celebratory sounds echoing from within, you’re more than likely brushing up against Oktoberfest, the annual fall revelry for those who love great beer and food and camaraderie.

Oktoberfest is a popular tradition that originated in Germany--or, to be more ...Read more

Pearl Harbor attack's 75th anniversary is less memory, more memorial

Travel / Travel News /

Most people alive today recall the dreadful day of Sept. 11, 2001, when the twin towers fell in New York.

Far fewer of us can personally remember Dec. 7, 1941, when Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was attacked by the Japanese, killing 2,043 Americans and pulling the U.S. into World War II.

The 75th anniversary of that event is this year. While more ...Read more

My seat upgrade disappeared, but Lufthansa kept my money

Travel / Christopher Elliott /

Q: I need your help with a Lufthansa seat upgrade that wasn't delivered as promised. I planned to fly from San Francisco to Bangalore, India, via Frankfurt on United Airlines and Lufthansa. I paid $275 on the Lufthansa website for an upgrade to premium economy on my flight from Frankfurt to Bangalore, but could not upgrade because it was a ...Read more

Great Western drives

Travel / Travel News /

In national parks throughout the West, rangers and traffic engineers work long hours to nudge travelers out of their cars and onto trails -- or at least onto shuttle buses and other less polluting alternatives. But the dramatic roads that the National Park Service carved out in the early 20th century aren't going away.

Here are eight of the ...Read more

When leaves change

Travel / Travel News /

The best time to visit is usually mid-October for fall color, but it depends on the weather and your altitude. (Leaves change earlier at higher elevations.).

NPS spokeswoman Leesa Sutton Brandon in Asheville, N.C., said much of August was hot and dry -- conditions that, if they persist, could dull fall colors. But she also said the parkway's ...Read more

America's favorite country road, the Blue Ridge Parkway

Travel / Travel News /

BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY -- Here's how not to start a road trip.

First, at the Alamo rental car counter at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport just over the line from Washington, D.C., discover that your driver's license is missing. Search and swear for two hours. Then find it in your left shoe.

Second, when the Holiday Inn clerk asks what ...Read more

Taking the Kids: The pluses of using a travel agent

Travel / Taking The Kids /

Connections are everything, especially when you are traveling.

That's whether you want to meet locals, get a better room at your hotel, a deal on your cruise or when you're dealing with canceled flights and pre-paid hotels.

"You can't VIP yourself," jokes Jack Ezon, president of NYC's Ovation Travel, one of the city's largest. But it sure is ...Read more

Salty and modern Portsmouth

Travel / Rick Steves' Europe /

Portsmouth is the famed home of Britain's Royal Navy. But as Britain's military shrinks, the port is pumping up its tourism. Many travelers pass through this major port on England's south coast, busy with ferries heading for France's Brittany. And there are plenty of excuses to stop here. The city has amazing maritime history on display, and ...Read more