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Wildfires, smoke snuff out outdoor adventures across the nation

LOS ANGELES – Andy Farquhar’s plans for an outdoor adventure have gone up in smoke twice this summer. The retired attorney and teacher from the Philadelphia area had planned to hike with a ...

How Sept. 11 changed air travel: More security, less privacy

DALLAS – Ask anyone old enough to remember travel before Sept. 11, 2001, and you’re likely to get a gauzy recollection of what flying was like. There was security screening, but it wasn’t a...

5 ways to prepare and pack for COVID-era travel

A lot has changed in the travel world since the pre-pandemic days of 2019. Should you bring your vaccine card? Do you need additional travel insurance? Here are some key travel planning and ...

TSA extends into January mask rule for airline passengers

Federal officials are extending into January a requirement that people on airline flights and public transportation wear face masks, a rule intended to limit the spread of COVID-19. The Tran...

Pandemic travel bans divide loved ones across borders

NEW YORK – Quintin Sweat and Renée Harrison live only 15 minutes apart by car, with the U.S.-Canada border between them. But the couple, who got engaged in 2019, has only been able to be to...

Air travel hits another pandemic high, flight delays grow

DALLAS – Air travel in the U.S. is hitting new pandemic-era highs, and airlines are scrambling to keep up with the summer-vacation crowds. Despite rising numbers of coronavirus infections fu...

U.S. airlines say COVID-19 variants aren’t hurting bookings

Rising concern about the fast-spreading delta variant of COVID-19 is creating turbulence for the stocks of big travel companies, but airline executives say they don’t see any slowdown in tic...

Going abroad? U.S. government says passport waits top 3 months

WASHINGTON – Americans hoping to travel abroad this summer may have to delay their plans if they need new or renewed passports. The State Department said Wednesday that the wait for a passp...

Do I need to take precautions at hotels if I’m vaccinated?

Do I need to take precautions at hotels if I’m vaccinated? Most people won’t need to, but it depends on your situation. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the risk of ...

Florida beach town writes Amazon TV series to lure tourists

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Remember that longing you felt after an episode of “Sex and the City” to shop at the characters’ favorite New York haunts and drink cosmopolitans at the same bars? Or...

Reimagined Harry Truman presidential library set to reopen

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – After nearly two years of renovations complicated by COVID-19 restrictions, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum is ready to welcome visitors back with an ...

Bourbon tourism shaking off pandemic slump in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With tourists flocking to distilleries, concerns about a pandemic hangover for Kentucky’s world-famous bourbon industry are quickly evaporating. A $19 million tourist cente...
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