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Travel: Las Vegas drawing NHL fans with first-year Golden Knights

LAS VEGAS — Building an ice rink in the desert seems a mite outlandish.But this is Vegas, baby, where the outlandish can lurk around every corner.So why not add NHL hockey to Sin City’s glitzy shows, clubs, gambling, world-class hotels and restaurants, and “what happens here stays here” attitude?The decision seems to be working: In their inaugural season, the Vegas Golden Knights... 

Ticket to Write: Dancer made old Nevada opera house mesmerizing

A hundred miles of lonely desert lies between the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas and the Amargosa Opera House.It seems like more.I don’t believe in ghosts, and as far as I know, the opera house and attached Amargosa Hotel don’t purport to be haunted. But there’s definitely an otherworldly, mesmerizing feeling connected to the eerily quiet, windswept crossroads called Death Valley... 

Travel: Death Valley’s harsh environment home to beauty, wonder

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, California — When naming this seemingly godforsaken patch of earth, the 19th-century miners who first passed through — or perished — weren’t thinking of future tourism possibilities.But today’s travelers should take heart. Death Valley is not as bleak and hopeless as its name would imply, as is well known by the Timbisha Shoshone people, who... 

Ticket to Write: Mojave Desert oasis teems with wildlife worth seeing

A traveler who has spent several days in Death Valley might be startled by the sweet and unexpected sound of running water.Devils Hole, a tiny outpost of Death Valley National Park, is separated from the rest of the park by the California-Nevada line and 25 miles of lonely, wind-whipped desert. There, in an isolated, water-filled cavern, the entire population of a tiny species of pupfish lives on a... 

Travel: These destinations aren’t ‘hot,’ but they’re ‘cool’

This chilly season is also traditionally time for “What’s hot?” lists for the new year: “Hot” people, “hot” events — and, in the world of travel, “hot” places to visit.But wait just a minute. Not everyone is interested in visiting the latest trendy and crowded vacation spot. Some travelers, this one included, sometimes prefer to explore the... 

Ticket to Write: Garfield site recognized for his work to end slavery

Despite seeming claims to the contrary, not every Ohio house built before the Civil War was a stop on the Underground Railroad.Those shelters were actually very few and far between.The National Park Service has tried to sort out historical fact from myth with its National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom designations. The program also helps coordinate preservation and educational efforts between... 

Travel: Sandusky gearing up to celebrate 200th year

Yes, the weather is turning a mite chilly. That means it’s the perfect time to start planning a Lake Erie getaway for next summer.One of my favorite lakefront cities, Sandusky, Ohio, has a big season planned. Next year marks the 200th anniversary of the city’s founding in 1818.Two centuries is quite a lengthy history for an Ohio city. But the very first European settlement in the future... 

Travel: A guide to unique attractions in every U.S. state — Part 2: Montana through Wyoming

As a travel writer, I’ve had the rare privilege of visiting all 50 states in this amazing country of ours.Though I won’t pick favorites (in most cases), I will suggest a nifty site I’ve visited in each.Last week’s installment of Alabama through Missouri is attached to this article. This week, part two of the list: Montana through Wyoming.• Here’s a secret: The glaciers... 

Travel: Blast off in Huntsville, land in a funky St. Louis museum — Part I of a guide to unique attractions in every U.S. state

As a travel writer, I’ve had the rare privilege of visiting all 50 states in this amazing (and I mean that in a good way) country of ours.Though I won’t pick favorites, in this edition and next, I will offer suggestions for an interesting, unusual or just plain fun destination I’ve enjoyed in each state. This week, Alabama through Missouri!— The U.S. Space and Rocket Center... 

Ticket to Write: Writer’s 88-county journey ends fittingly: At trippy brewery

Sure, any longtime American travel writer might eventually hit all 50 states.But how many have seen all 88 Ohio counties?Well, at least this one.I finally hit the big 88 during a trip to northwest Ohio this fall, with a drive into Williams County and the town of Bryan.The historic 1890 Williams County Courthouse is a curvaceous but muscular combination of French Baroque and Richardson Revival architecture,... 
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