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Las Pozas a surreal art garden amid Mexican jungle

XILITLA, Mexico — At the end of a long, dirt road in Mexico’s northeast jungle, two spiral staircases appear, leading nowhere amid an ornate concrete …Read More

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Diagon Alley to open at Universal Orlando; requires additional ticket

The new Harry Potter area opening at Universal Orlando Resort this summer, called Diagon Alley, will offer fans a new thrill ride themed on Gringotts bank from the Harry Potter book series, along with more than a half-dozen eateries and shops selling souvenirs like wands. …

Ancient sites beckon travelers to Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan — If you are keen on getting your Middle Eastern fix of ancient sites, sun, mint tea, and falafel, the Arab Spring may have challenged your travel plans. Although tourists have stayed largely safe in the Arab world in the past several years, …

Vegas ‘Jubilee’ to close for makeover

LAS VEGAS — “Jubilee!,” the campy Las Vegas show with elaborate sequined costumes, chorus boys and, of course, showgirls, will close on Jan. 30 for a complete makeover. The show at Bally’s Las Vegas hotel-casino is expected to reopen with a more contemporary feel in …

In search of Sicily’s best ice cream

SYRACUSE, Sicily — Sicilians pride themselves on their contribution to the world of ice cream. History may not credit them definitively with the invention of the frozen treat, but it turns out that nature allowed them to have ice long before electricity made its way …

Korean restaurant spicing up Memphis food scene

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — This Mississippi River city is proud of its barbecue, its fried chicken, its soul food. But the food scene here is often stereotyped because of it. Those foods are what tourists typically obsess over, standing in line at Central BBQ for smoky …

These books can guide your 2014 travels

NEW YORK — Whether you’re planning a trip in the new year and need some practical advice, or you’d like to give a coffee-table book filled with inspirational photos to someone on your Christmas list, there’s a travel-themed book for you. Here are a few …

5 free things to do in Aspen

DENVER — A trip to Aspen during peak ski season is going to set you back some cash. But even those who can afford the posh Colorado mountain town will enjoy checking out what’s free, from high-altitude adventures to creature comforts. ASPEN ART MUSEUM The …

Kayaking through canyon near Las Vegas not a mirage

BOULDER CITY, Nev. — It’s easy to trade the wild ways of Las Vegas for the wilds of the nearby Colorado River: All it takes is a call to a boating outfitter and a federally-approved form of ID. That’s because the overnight float trips in …

‘Absinthe’ shocks and awes in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Don’t let the unassuming white circuslike tent fool you. For inside the enclosure, ensconced Strip-side at Caesars Palace since 2011, resides the world of “Absinthe,” the totally off-the-wall, sexy, funny, unabashedly raunchy and absolutely adults-only cabaret/circus sideshow/variety production that will either entertain …

Savannah and Charleston still offer plenty of southern comfort

In “Gone With the Wind,” Scarlett O’Hara, comparing Savannah and Charleston to the much younger city of Atlanta, called the older locales “aged grandmothers fanning themselves placidly in the sun.” Today the two waterfront cities are among the South’s most popular tourist destinations.

Kyoto offers plenty for family vacations

KYOTO, Japan — Rocks to the left of us, rocks to the right. With the Hozu River rushing in between, our oarsman swung the boat hard, threading the boulders as water splashed overboard — and on to my 10-year-old daughter’s lap. You never know how …