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Last Updated May 29, 2017 02:56PM

The sand on Siesta Beach on Florida’s Gulf Coast is as fine as powdered sugar, a pure, sparkling white and soft as a kitten’s fur — all because it’s made up of 99 percent pure crushed quartz. For that reason, …

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  • This undated photo provided by Universal Orlando Resort shows a wristband visitors will wear at the new Volcano Bay water park in Orlando, Florida. The wristband, called Tapu Tapu, tells you when it’s your turn to get on a ride so you don’t have to wait on line. It also lets you pay for food so you don’t have to carry a wallet and opens lockers so you don’t have to  carry a key. (Universal via AP) Where’s the line? Theme parks aiming to eliminate them
    Orlando, Fla. • At Universal Orlando Resort’s new Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon ride, waiting in line has been replaced by lounging on c...
    Updated May 23 2017 09:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this Saturday, April 29, 2017 photo, the Na’vi Shaman of Songs celebrates with music in Na’vi River Journey ride at Pandora-World of Avatar land attraction in Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The 12-acre land, inspired by the “Avatar” movie, opens in Florida at the end of May at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. It cost a half-billion dollars. (AP Photo/John Raoux) A look at Disney World’s new Pandora-World of Avatar land
    Lake Buena Vista, Fla. • It’s not a movie set, but visitors to Disney World’s new Pandora-World of Avatar land are in for a cinematic experience. The ...
    Updated May 23 2017 09:03 am   |     |   Share
  • In this Aug. 26, 2016 photo, a truck approaches the Sgt. James P. Hunter Memorial Bridge in Birmingham, Ohio. Hunter, an Army photojournalist was killed in Afghanistan on June 18, 2010. (Jonathan Elderfield via AP) Simple is best and other lessons from a road trip with kids
    Road-trip season is around the corner. Does that fill you with memories of painful car trips stuck between siblings in the backseat? Or do you relish ...
    Updated May 09 2017 09:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Brooke Donald  |  The Associated Press)     This photo taken Jan. 1, 2010 shows Elephant Rock which is one of the unique formations that dot the landscape of Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park. Four places to discover the other wild side of Las Vegas
    Las Vegas • When travelers plan a trip to Las Vegas, most probably think of neon lights, glitzy shows, fancy casinos, world-class restaurants and luxu...
    Updated May 03 2017 01:30 pm   |     |   Share



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  • FILE - In this May 20, 2012, file photo, the new moon crosses in front of the sun creating an annular eclipse over West Mitten, left, and East Mitten buttes in Monument Valley, Ariz. Destinations are hosting festivals, hotels are selling out and travelers are planning trips for the total solar eclipse that will be visible coast to coast on Aug. 21, 2017. A narrow path of the United States 60 to 70 miles wide from Oregon to South Carolina will experience total darkness, also known as totality. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File) Solar eclipse mania spurs festivals, tours, sold-out hotels
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    Updated Apr 17 2017 01:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • This Feb. 17, 2017 photo shows a colorful mural in the Hill District of Pittsburgh honoring playwright August Wilson and his work. The Hill District offers a rich map of places and stories connected to Wilson’s plays, nine of which are set in Pittsburgh. Artist Kyle Holbrook created the mural with children from a local arts program. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz) In Pittsburgh, ‘Fences’ and August Wilson’s Hill District
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    Updated Mar 06 2017 03:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • n this Feb. 18, 2017, photo, Teams compete against each other playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive during the Dreamhack Masters e-sports tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A permanent 15,000 square-foot e-sports facility is scheduled to open in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Appealing to millennials, Las Vegas gets e-sports arena
    Las Vegas • The arena has all the features that a professional sports venue needs: stands, warm-up areas for teams, massive screens for spectators and...
    Updated Mar 02 2017 12:29 pm   |     |   Share