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Travel: Quirky Discovery Park of America offers something for everyone

UNION CITY, Tenn. — For travelers who aren’t expecting it, a first look at the Discovery Center can be a bit disconcerting.The massive, 100,000-square-foot museum brings to mind a giant sea monster surfacing among the cornfields of northwestern Tennessee, except it’s filled with fascinating exhibits instead of unfortunate mariners. And the center is just one piece of the 50-acre Discovery... 

Ticket to Write: Traveling with Siri leads to unlikely destinations

First, let me say that I do not actually believe that Siri has ever tried to kill me.I know that my digital iPhone assistant is not sentient and has no feelings for me at all — which may or may not be worse than murderous hatred. The precarious situations in which she occasionally embroils me are never really life-threatening.Be that as it may, Siri, at times, leaves something to be desired as... 

Travel: Wine amid the corn

NAPOLEON, Ohio — Autumn is a glorious time for wine lovers, especially those who like to travel and taste.The weather is crisp, the year’s harvest is over, the grapes are happily fermenting, and the vintage from a year ago is waiting at delightful vineyards and tasting rooms around wine country.Ohio’s newest wine trail is no exception.A recent three-day excursion along the V.I.N.O.... 
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Ticket to Write: New books highlight sudsier side of Ohio

Small wineries continue to proliferate across this great, thirsty country of ours.These are boom times, too, for people who prefer sudsier fare. Two books recently published by presses at Ohio universities (where they know a little something about beer) detail some of the delights of the craft-brewing scene in the Buckeye State.Rick Armon has just released “50 Must-Try Craft Beers of Ohio,”... 

Travel: Sitka offers visitors views of Alaska’s Indian, Russian histories

SITKA, Alaska — This pretty little town, looking out over the wide Pacific from its toehold on Baranof Island, is a very American place, with all the requisite pickup trucks, strip shopping centers and ramshackle cabins near pricey vacation homes.But something else is at work, too: Echoes of other traditions that make Sitka a unique stew pot of history and cultures.Sitka was the capital of Russia’s... 

Ticket to Write: Ferry ride through Alaska’s Marine Highway fascinates

Getting around southeastern Alaska requires wings or a boat.South of Haines, nearly every town — including Sitka, Ketchikan and the capital city of Juneau — is inaccessible by car. The only highway is the Marine Highway, the name given to the ferry routes along and between the islands of Alaska’s Inside Passage.When I visited southeastern Alaska this summer, I knew I wanted to experience... 

Travel: Paducah, Kentucky, a river town with rich past

PADUCAH, Kentucky — Founded near the confluence of the Tennessee and Ohio rivers, this western Kentucky town has always looked to the rivers for commerce, transportation and culture.Paducah has been a destination for travelers in these parts since before the town’s founding in 1827 by William Clark. Clark, along with Meriwether Lewis and their Corps of Discovery, were floating down the... 

Ticket to Write: Illinois’ Metropolis all about Superman

The city Superman calls home seems smaller in person. There aren’t even any tall buildings to leap in a single bound.Metropolis, at least the one in Illinois, could pass for any small Midwestern burg — well, besides the giant, colorful statue of the Man of Steel outside the Massac County Courthouse.Metropolis has embraced its legacy as the adopted home of Kal-El, the last son of Krypton.... 

Travel: Dr. Seuss museum will delight adults, kids alike

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how.The Cat in the Hat knew how. So do the folks at the newly opened Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield, the hometown of Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss.The museum is the newest addition to the Springfield Museum Center, a complex of five museums in the heart of the western Massachusetts city. In addition to the... 

Ticket to Write: Gun-making history shown at old armory in Springfield

Springfield, Massachusetts, native Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, produced cartoons for the U.S. military during World War II.The city had a much more direct effect on the war effort as the home of the Springfield Armory.The armory once inspired a poetry far different from that of Dr. Seuss:This is the Arsenal.From floor to ceiling, like a huge organ, rise the burnished arms;But from their silent pipes... 
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