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Backroads adding Portugal bike tour in 2017

Feb 26, 2017
Backroads, a leading active travel company, is now offering a new signature Bike Trip in Portugal, one of Europe’s top destinations.

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Baseball teaches an important American history lesson in Kansas City


Major League Baseball Play Ball Initiative
They were among the best baseball players in the United States, traveling cross-country to play the game they loved before cheering fans. But they were often forced to sleep on their bus and eat peanut butter crackers. more
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Kids (and grownups) learning something about the world aboard a cruise ship


Stargazing at Sea on the Diamond Princess
Listen up parents and grandparents. If you think great sites are the reason you are treating your children and grandchildren to a cruise, think again. A lot of what they learn about the world takes place right on board in the kids’ and teen clubs, especially when they are meeting so many youngsters from different cultures and countries. more
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Ireland’s Ashford Castle: very popular with American families


Ashford Castle in Western Ireland
Ashford Castle, in western Ireland on 350 acres along the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong, is famous for its fishing and falconry but if you're a boy just staying in a bona-fide castle is the real attraction. more
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Taking the kids to a Colorado resort that’s no longer hard to reach


Sun cresting on a mountain peak at Telluride CO
Tiny Telluride is a popular place. Nestled in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, the mountain range has the highest concentration of 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks in North America more
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It’s October: time to celebrate Halloween everywhere all month


Halloween in Colonial Williamsburg
No, I’m not a little early, though Halloween is nearly a month away. That’s because everyone from hotels to theme park to attractions to campgrounds to museums now have special Halloween doings that typically go on all month long. more
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Taking a local tour of Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market


Elizabeth McClure with samples of Beechers mac and cheese
We’ve signed on for Seattle’s only chef-led tour of the market with Elizabeth McClure’ new company Eat Seattle Tours. She also does cooking classes in the Market’s Atrium Kitchen, shopping with the students first for ingredients . more
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Hotels restaurants increasingly focusing on local food and healthy choices


Eggs in hell at Sazerac
It is Friday night in Seattle. But what’s interesting is the Sazerac with its distinctive chandeliers and hip-but-casual vibe and food best described as modern South meets Northwest is in Kimpton’s Monaco Hotel. more
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Innovation on display at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry


Bill Boeing's first mail plane at Seattle MOHAI
Seattle has always been a center of innovation and it's on display at the Bezos Center of Innovation at the Museum of History and Industry. Did you know the Native Americans and traders invented a whole new language? more
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Get away from electronics to a fall festival or pumpkin patch


Corn maze at Richardson Adventure Farm near Chicago
Take advantage of the glorious fall weather wherever you live to get them away from electronics — you too — for a day or a weekend and head to a fall festival, an apple orchard or a pumpkin patch. more
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A haunting visit to an elementary school in Hiroshima


The first day of school ends at Honkawa Elementary School in Hiroshima
I’ve got chills as Amber Whaley, 12, and her friend Miko Uno, 11, lead us into their elementary school’s basement. This was all that was all that remained of the Honkawa Elementary School when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima 70 years ago this past August 6. more
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