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This undated image provided by the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau shows fall color along the Blue Ridge Parkway not far from Asheville, N.C., in an area called Graveyard Fields. Asheville offers an interesting mix of urban attractions including restaurants, the River Arts District and historic sites,  but its location also offers easy access to the great outdoors. ( Convention & Visitors Bureau via AP)

New meets old in NC: Asheville from the Biltmore to the honey bar

- Associated Press

Asheville, North Carolina, is an old soul of a city renewed by a hipster vibe. Attractions range from new beer breweries and a honey bar to the 120-year-old Biltmore mansion. You can see artists at work in the River Arts District, then go for a hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains. And while there’s plenty to do year-round, fall is particularly lovely. Foliage usually peaks mid- to late October, but depending on weather, color at lower elevations can last into November.

This July 7, 2015 photo shows signage outside the Carnival Cruise Lines offices, in Miami. Carnival, the world's largest cruise provider, and the U.S. Justice Department on Thursday, July 23, 2015 announced a settlement regarding accessibility access for people with disabilities on 62 ships in the Carnival, Holland America and Princess Cruises brands. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Carnival announces Miami-to-Cuba cruise ports

Associated Press

Carnival’s proposed cruises to Cuba will include two colonial cities outside Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, in addition to the Cuban capital, the cruise company said Wednesday.

In this Sept. 21, 2015, photo, Laura Eisner, owner of The Book Case in Albuquerque, N.M., thumbs through Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "Love in the Time of Cholera." Route 66 is home to a number of bookstores, often attracting regulars from around the corner and visitors from around the world. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

Get your kicks - and books - on historic Route 66

- Associated Press

Travelers along historic Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles have no problem finding their fix of fake American Indian jewelry and vintage Elvis posters. But along this path motorists also will discover something once declared dead: the used bookstore.

Burr Morse, proprietor of Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks, moves mums at his business Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 in Montpelier, Vt. One of the hottest early Septembers on record is delaying the arrival of red, orange and yellow foliage that draws visitors to northern New England each fall. About 300 tour buses usually stop at Morse's during foliage season. Morse said the trees are beginning to "blush, like an embarrassed schoolboy," and he expects the colors to be brilliant within the next week or two. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

Warm September delays New England’s fall foliage colors

- Associated Press

One of the hottest early Septembers on record is slowing the seasonal cycle when leaves turn from green to breathtaking reds, oranges and yellows, and draw visitors in droves to northern New England.

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Artist to write play inspired by Beatrice's historic events

- Associated Press

The current artist-in-residence at the Homestead National Monument of America is including bits of Beatrice history in a play for potential national use called "The Awakening Land: Stories of National Expansion and the Homestead Movement."

Northwest Connecticut struggles to gain broadband access

- Associated Press

Connecticut's Litchfield hills, which boast premier antique shops, vineyards and 18th century inns, also feature cellphone dead zones and super-slow Internet service that infuriate residents and frustrate businesses.

In this photo taken Aug. 28, 2015, Bethany Hughes shows six tattooed footprints on her foot that represent countries she has lived in. Growing up with missionary parents has fostered a wandering spirit in Hughes, who plans to spend five years in an attempt to become the first woman to trek from the southern tip of South America to the northern tip of Alaska all by non-motorized means. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Walking the Americas: Woman preps for 5-year trek

- Associated Press

The night before Bethany Hughes started on the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,650-mile hike from Mexico to Canada, she was so wired that she kept rifling through her bags.

In fighting Islamic State, man finds his cause

- Associated Press

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