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SAN JOSE, Calif. — You don’t have to hit the backcountry — or the smoke-choked Sierra or currently-closed national forests — to get a dose of nature. There are gorgeous parks and public greens tucked among the skyscrapers and asphalt of Bay Area cities, from a rooftop park in San Francisco t…

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — It's never too early to plan a getaway, and now is the time to start thinking about those September and October trips into the mountains for Colorado's aspens that will be changing colors. Read more

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BRUSSELS — The European Union recommended Monday that its 27 nations reinstate restrictions on tourists from the U.S. because of rising coronavirus infections there, but member countries will keep the option of allowing fully vaccinated U.S. travelers in. Read more

Autumn in Wisconsin is a perfect time for a drive to take in the state’s natural beauty: rolling hills, twisting, tree-lined rivers, breathtaking bluffs, tranquil marshes and lakesides, stark splashes of leaf-turning glory, and towering forests of oak, pine and birch. What’s not to love?  Read more

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Florida surrenders to change in grand but uneven bursts. The Cuban revolution and Latin American trade brought waves of Hispanic culture. It was technology — principally in the form of air conditioning — that, in the 1970s, enticed my family and so many others to resettle… Read more

Just 120 miles northwest of Los Angeles, the Santa Ynez Valley is home to quaint wine-tasting rooms, pastoral rolling hills, and charming ranch towns — some seemingly pulled straight from spaghetti western sets. Yet most people driving north from the City of Angels stop 30 miles short of it,… Read more

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Canada lifted its prohibition on Americans crossing the border to shop, vacation or visit on Monday while the United States is maintaining similar restrictions for Canadians, part of a bumpy return to normalcy from COVID-19 travel bans. Read more

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NEW YORK — New York City will soon require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone who wants to dine indoors at a restaurant, see a performance or go to the gym, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday, making it the first big city in the U.S. to impose such restrictions. Read more

I first visited in August 2020, when the city was to have hosted the Democratic National Convention. Streets and shops were largely empty and many venues shuttered due to the pandemic. Merchants seemed thrilled to welcome a visitor (from a safe, masked, hand-sanitized distance) in town while… Read more

DETROIT — We all know Grand Rapids is one of the best beer scenes in America. We also know Detroit's becoming a pretty hopping beer town, with breweries such as Eastern Market Brewing Co. and Motor City Brewing Works opening new locations in the area this year. Read more

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — I’ve probably stopped in Springfield several dozen times on my way to Chicago or destinations to the north. There is a gas station I like there that serves good sandwiches and those yogurt bowls in which you add whatever toppings you like, right along Interstate 55. Read more

ORLANDO, Fla. — Walt Disney World has announced its holiday lineup for 2021. The list includes themed fireworks but not Candlelight Processional, and there’s a new after-hours Christmas offering at Magic Kingdom in lieu of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Read more

With everyone making a beeline for the national parks this summer, we're giving the parks less traveled a moment to shine with the below road trip alternatives. They may not have the same claims to fame as their star power counterparts, but what they lack in the recognition they more than ma… Read more

SAN JOSE, Calif. — From wine and beer to brandy, in-person tasting is back in full force across Napa Valley. On our recent foray to Wine Country, we found three new and unique, stand-out tasting experiences that offer something for everyone, from brandy lovers to donkey devotees and potato c… Read more