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Suite Spot: Edgewood Tahoe

After nearly 50 years as a championship golf course and dining destination, Edgewood Tahoe in Stateline, Nev., has a new calling card: South Lake Tahoe’s most sumptuous resort. The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe debuted in June, after a $100 million investment that included major restoration efforts for the area’s sensitive ecosystem. Show More Summary

Ice rinks where skating doesn’t require winter weather

The holiday ice rinks in Union Square and Embarcadero Center are a sign of the season, typically without freezing weather, in San Francisco. But the city by the bay isn’t the only burg to surprise visitors with temporary rinks. HereShow More Summary

Suite Spot: Imperial Hotel, Tokyo

If metamorphosis were an Olympic sport, Tokyo’s Imperial Hotel might be a two-time gold medalist. Frank Lloyd Wright won acclaim across Japan for his bold design of the hotel’s 1923 incarnation, which not only replaced the original 1890 structure but also survived the Great Kanto Earthquake on opening day. Show More Summary

Travel Troubleshooter: Can expired tickets be unexpired?

Q: My husband and I paid $3,000 for round-trip tickets on United Airlines last year for a flight from Washington to Zurich. We also took out a travel insurance policy. Because of a post-surgical medical issue, my husband could not travel. Show More Summary

Celebrate Wright’s 150th with his architecture in Japan

An avid collector and dealer in Japanese ukiyo-e prints, architect Frank Lloyd Wright also practiced his own art in Japan, winning acclaim and disciples with the debut of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo in 1923. Although the hotel was rebuilt...Show More Summary

Rick Steves: Romantic Sorrento and the Isle of Capri

Serene Sorrento, wedged on a ledge under the mountains and over the sea, is a great springboard for sightseeing along Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Just an hour south of wild and crazy Naples, calm and genteel Sorrento makes an ideal home base for day-tripping around the region (Pompeii, Positano and Capri are well within reach). Show More Summary

Travel Troubleshooter: Navigating complex EU airline rule

Q: Our recent Aer Lingus flight from Orlando to Dublin, Ireland, was canceled five hours before departure for no concrete reason. My husband and I are wondering if we have a claim under EU Regulation 261/2004. Aer Lingus says we do not because of “local laws,” and refunded $142 for our hotel room. Show More Summary

Travel Troubleshooter: Canceled flight delays vacation

Q: My family and I booked tickets with Norwegian Air Shuttle to fly to Rome via Oslo for our summer vacation. On the day of our outbound flight, Norwegian texted us that the flight was canceled, but offered no assistance to re-book in a timely fashion and no apology. Show More Summary

Essentials: Sound advice on noise-canceling earbuds

There are few better innovations in travel than noise-canceling headphones, but most of them are so bulky and unwieldy that you practically need another suitcase to tote them around. Fortunately, the technology is getting better and smaller, allowing nearly all of the same benefits but in compact earbuds that take up less room than a deck of cards. Show More Summary

Suite Spot: Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa

Amid terrible destruction in the Caribbean and the Gulf Coast wrought by this year’s barrage of hurricanes are stories of creation, too. In Jamaica, an island that has been relatively unaffected, the Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa officially opened its doors Sept. Show More Summary

Sound advice on noise-canceling earbuds for travel

There are few better innovations in travel than noise-canceling headphones, but most of them are so bulky and unwieldy that you practically need another suitcase to tote them around. Fortunately, the technology is getting better and smaller, allowing nearly all of the same benefits but in compact earbuds that take up less room than a deck of cards. Show More Summary

Rick Steves: Romania’s countryside a haven of traditions

Romania is full of surprises and wonderful people. And as you leave the capital of Bucharest, it gets even better. In the Romanian countryside, the nation’s unique history and traditional culture live on — vividly. A hard-fought past is evident in the fortress-like churches scattered through the central region of Transylvania. Show More Summary

Rick Steves: Tips for topping the Eiffel Tower

Going up the Eiffel Tower is one of the great travel thrills in Europe. Sure, it’s crowded and expensive, and other spots in Paris offer (arguably) better views. But once you make the eye-popping ascent — and ear-popping descent — you’ll...Show More Summary

Travel Troubleshooter: Airline gets on board with refunding erroneous fee

Q: I recently flew from Tucson to Philadelphia on American Airlines. When I booked the trip, I inadvertently paid $56 for priority boarding instead of two checked bags. When I got to the airport, a check-in person told me that I should contact the company and it would refund the $56. Show More Summary

One Day, One Place: Anchorage

Smack between a salmon-filled inlet and snowy mountain peaks, Anchorage is at the very edge of Alaska’s vast wilderness. Everywhere you turn, you’re reminded of it — when eating fresh seafood at local restaurants, wandering through a...Show More Summary

Suite Spot: The Orient Jerusalem

In what may sound like a scenario from a Dan Brown novel, the German Templar Society built housing and a school for its community in western Jerusalem in the late 19th century. This summer, after years of restoration, two of its buildings...Show More Summary

Travel Troubleshooter: Cheaper option ends up costing flier

Q: I recently was scheduled to fly from Toronto to Washington, D.C., on Porter Airlines. The flight had been canceled when I arrived at the airport. Porter proposed rescheduling me on a flight two days later. A representative said the...Show More Summary

Rick Steves: Thoughtful travel to find Europe’s ‘back doors’

A fundamental part of enjoying travel in Europe is finding places that I call “back doors.” When I first started traveling, back doors to me were Europe’s undiscovered corners and untrampled towns that had, for various reasons, missed...Show More Summary

Travel Troubleshooter: Insurer says yes — then no

Q: I recently flew to New Zealand and back. I purchased a travel-insurance policy through AXA Assistance USA. On my return flight from Christchurch, New Zealand, to San Diego via Auckland and Los Angeles, the Jetstar Airways flight took off more than an hour late because of operational problems. Show More Summary

Rick Steves: The inside line on skipping past the lines

Westminster Abbey, the Eiffel Tower, the Sistine Chapel — these are the reasons you came to Europe. They’re also the reason millions of other tourists are here as well. Nothing kills a sightseeing buzz like waiting in line for hours to get into a popular sight or being crammed into a room, squinting up at Michelangelo’s masterpiece. Show More Summary

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