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Exploring the Joys of Paris

Barbara Noe Kennedy

The Eiffel Tower made its debut at the 1889 World's Fair, demonstrating France's industrial prowess. Destined to be torn down after 20 years, the radio tower at its top made it too useful to be destroyed. The tower's designer, Gustave Eiffel, also built the framework for the Statue of Liberty, among other engineering marvels.Climb to the tower's second floor—674 steps! From there you're obliged to take the elevator to the top.

A Visit to Rapid City, South Dakota

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One of the most attractive aspects of Rapid City is that it’s centrally located near some of the country’s national treasures. Just 12 minutes away, you can visit the Black Hills National Forest and explore canyons, grasslands, streams and deep blue lakes. Or take a quick 30-minute drive and take in the astonishing beauty of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. There’s no end to the educational and inspiring places you can visit in this area.

Are Airlines or Hotels Greenwashing?

Christopher Elliott

Airlines that offer transparent carbon offset programs are making a legitimate effort to be sustainable. It’s also a positive sign when airlines are experimenting with sustainable fuels. Don’t trust the stickers on the door that say the hotel or tour operator is environmentally certified. “Look at their corporate disclosure documents on their websites,” says Nneoma Njoku, general manager of Labrador U.S., a global corporate disclosure communications firm.

The Natural Beauty of Tuolumne County

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There are plenty of activities just for adults in Gold Country. Hurst Ranch offers a unique wine tasting experience in the railroad station featured in the film Unforgiven. You can stop and take a drink at The Iron Door Saloon, California’s oldest continuously operating saloon. If you want to mix your alcohol with nature, visit Indigeny Reserve and taste local cider and spirits at its 160-acre nature retreat with hiking trails, picnic areas and park-like settings.

Travel Books to Inspire Your Next Adventure

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As the weather heats up — and fear of pandemic travel continues to fade — adventure seekers, families and travel enthusiasts alike are trading in their winter jackets for hiking boots and bathing suits and getting ready to get back outdoors. According to Penn State's Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management, almost half of adults in the U.S. now participate in outdoor recreation at least once a month; that’s up from 20% pre-pandemic.

Hotels Are Getting Creative to Lure Summer Guests

Christopher Elliott

The Lafayette, which is in the middle of a top-to-bottom renovation, is restoring the bar just in time for the release of a “Top Gun” sequel in May. Hissin says the timing is right to bring ’80s-loving tourists back to the Lafayette. He’s not the only hotel general manager wondering how to get travelers back. “Hotels are getting creative,” says Jennifer Dohm, a spokesperson for Hotels.com. As resorts look to the summer travel season, they are adding new room experiences, introducing promotional rates and waiving fees.

Enjoying ‘Slow Travel’ in Wyoming

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Known as Cody Yellowstone, Park County is a land of sparse human population — only four residents for every square mile — but wildlife like bison, elk, wolves, bears and raptors abounds. A chance to see the region’s free-roaming wildlife is just one of the many reasons millions of people travel to the region every year. They also come to see the park’s famous geothermal features and historic structures

Top Trends to Watch This Travel Season

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When it comes to air travel, hotel stays and car rentals, Americans are prioritizing warm, tropical and entertainment-focused destinations, such as Hawaii, Las Vegas, Mexico and Orlando. Florida, in particular, is a traveler favorite right now. The Sunshine State dominates the top-10 destinations across all three categories with at least four cities on each list.

Moving Forward: The Future of Travel in 2021 and Beyond

Jessica Larson

Even though it comes with its own constraints and challenges, road trips and short flights within the U.S. are how many people will ease into traveling again. The emphasis for airlines and accommodation providers will be on cleanliness and social distancing. In many cases, these enhanced health and safety measures will stick around as a way to prevent future outbreaks and bolster consumer confidence.

Discovering the Rich African-American History of Virginia Beach

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Established in 1791, the Nimmo United Methodist Church building included a slave balcony that still exists today. By 1829, a small group of white members and people of color formed a separate congregation together. A parcel of land across the road from Nimmo was acquired by the new congregation’s trustees and a church was built there, later known as Olive Branch Methodist Church. The group reunited with Nimmo in 1894.

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