Historic hideaways: Five hotels with guided tours that bring the past to life

For many travelers, guided tours are the highlight of trips to iconic properties.

In Chicago, grand art museums big and small

In the Loop, the Art Institute and the Cultural Center offer different experiences.

In Chicago, grand art museums big and small

In the Loop, the Art Institute and the Cultural Center offer different experiences.

Airlines make you say you’re male or female. Coming soon: A nonbinary gender option

When people purchase plane tickets, they have to select a "gender" option: male or female. But those two categories don’t cover everyone, so some major airlines are planning to offer more choices.

Airlines make you say you’re male or female. Coming soon: A nonbinary gender option

When people purchase plane tickets, they have to select a "gender" option: male or female. But those two categories don’t cover everyone, so some major airlines are planning to offer more choices.

It takes time and planning to tame spring break

"Don’t wait until the last minute," advises the manager of a travel advice site. "Spring break season is one of the busiest travel times of the year."

It takes time and planning to tame spring break

"Don’t wait until the last minute," advises the manager of a travel advice site. "Spring break season is one of the busiest travel times of the year."
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In Kathmandu, Nepal, dumplings are everywhere — and I learned how to make my own

During a week in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, I ate momos like a local, causing platefuls of the popular snack food to vanish with the wave of a fork — not that I would ever use a utensil. According to proper momo etiquette, you must dig right in with your hands.

A one-room cottage (with pool just steps away) near Miami is Florida’s most popular Airbnb

The house is in Biscayne Park, a small triangle-shaped residential neighborhood just north of Miami Shores known for its 1930s log cabin and "Don’t even think about speeding!" signs. Mostly one-story houses sit on green lawns; small boulevards divide the narrow, shady streets.

How long is the airport security wait? A test of the apps that tell us the time.

Several companies and one federal agency have introduced apps that provide travelers with average security line wait times. The numbers are crowdsourced by other passengers or are based on historical data — or are a mix of both.

In the Salt Lake tabernacle Brigham Young built, 360 voices blend with frontier history

The singers are now known as the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square since Oct. 5, when leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints changed the name from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Field-Tested Travel Tips: Some over-crowded spots to avoid, and where to go instead

Every year, major lists come out from various publications telling travelers where they should visit. Then these places get inundated with tourists, taking away the atmosphere that made them popular in the first place.

National Zoo, Smithsonian museums reopen after shutdown

"Welcome everyone, we're open. Come in from the cold," said the exuberant director of the National Portrait Gallery. "We missed you guys."

Travelers bound for Britain face new Brexit uncertainty

There is no change in travel relations between the United States and Britain, but knowing about Brexit's key issues is not a bad idea.

In the Azores, beautiful music along with beautiful landscapes

In one tavern, waiters and bartenders make sure that everybody is well served when they shut the front door and play guitar-accompanied, soul-baring songs that don’t require you to know Portuguese.

In Mexico City, crowds at Frida’s house, and make sure to stop by Trotsky’s

For many travelers, nothing will keep them away from La Casa Azul (the Blue House), the home shared by artists Frida Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera.

Travel gear: My audio pet animal-shaped wireless bluetooth mini speaker

Portable animal-shaped electronics are all the rage among kids — and kids at heart.

Travel Gear: My Audio Pet Animal-Shaped Wireless Bluetooth Mini Speaker

Portable animal-shaped electronics are all the rage among kids — and kids at heart.

A little bit of France, only 16 miles from Canada

The eight small islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, the last remnant of France's once-vast colonial empire in North America, are just off the coast of Newfoundland.

Some things to consider about alcohol on planes

Alcohol has fueled some horrible in-flight incidents in recent years, including sexual assaults, bloody brawls, and mere loud confrontations. This past summer, Irish discount airline Ryanair publicly called for restrictions on alcohol sales at airports, including a before 10 a.m.

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