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Hamad International Airport (Photo courtesy Qatar Airways)

New Qatar airport is travelers’ Mideast gateway

Hamad International Airport is a vital piece of Qatar’s National Vision 2030, a roadmap for a national transition from reliance on petrochemical revenues to a diverse, knowledge-based economy.

Mt. Zion, Jerusalem, site of the Last Supper and David's Tomb. Photo by Curtis Ellis

Let your travel senses go Gaga in Israel

Blessed with unsurpassed physical beauty, diverse geography, history, culture, cuisine and warm friendly people, Israel stands alone as a destination.

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY OCT 26 AND THEREAFTER - In this photo taken on Aug. 27, 2014,  Bryan George is surrounded by grapes in his vineyard in Spencer, W.Va. (AP Photo/Charleston Gazette, Kenny Kemp)

Wine trails forming in West Virginia

- Associated Press

It can be pretty challenging to get a room full of adults of all ages and from all walks of life to agree on much of anything. But getting them to agree enthusiastically is the stuff of which dreams are fulfilled.

A visit with endangered silverback mountain gorillas at Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Photo by Adrienne Jordan

Gorilla tracking in Rwanda is a life changer

Many people think of mountain gorillas as being untouchable or something that should provoke a fight or flight response if encountered in the wild. They are anything but.

This Oct. 22, 2014 photo shows a mummy at the Walters Museum of Art in Baltimore. The museum collection was amassed by a father and son, and is known for its antiquities among other things. The mummy was determined to contain the body of a 60-year-old woman and is referred to as Mery _ pronounced Mary. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

5 free things to do and see in Baltimore

- Associated Press

Baltimore on a budget? Easy as Edgar Allan Poe. His gravesite is one of a number of memorable places that can be visited around this historic city without spending a dime. Here are some details on paying your respects to the famed poet who penned “The Raven,” along with some other fun things to do - including not one but two major museums that offer free admission.

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This photo taken Jan. 2014, shows turkeys roosting in a tree at Great Basin National Park's Lehman Caves visitor center at dusk.  It was the birds' regular roosting spot for much of the winter, which made for quite a mess on the grass and sidewalks surrounding the tree. Wild turkeys are not native to the Snake Mountains of Great Basin National Park or anywhere else in Nevada. The birds now flourishing in the park are the descendants or lucky survivors of about 100 turkeys released in eastern White Pine County by state wildlife officials in January 2004. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Stephanie Mietz)

Nevada's highest mountain? Not Wheeler after all

- Associated Press

If beauty played a role deciding Nevada's highest point, Wheeler Peak, crown jewel of Great Basin National Park at the eastern edge of the state, would be the winner hands down.

Canada restricts visas amid Ebola scare

- Associated Press

Canada has joined Australia in suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep the deadly disease away.

Painted faces at parks need painstaking removal

- Associated Press

A series of graffiti-like paintings on rocks in national parks across the West set off a furor on social media this month, angering people who say they desecrated some of the nation's most famously picturesque landscapes. They've also created a headache for park managers who have the delicate task of cleaning up the sites without causing further damage.

Virgin Galactic's allure: space and celebrities

- Associated Press

The explosion of a Virgin Galactic rocket ship during a test flight over California has almost certainly dashed founder Richard Branson's goal of starting passenger flights next spring. Information about Virgin Galactic, its backers, and its goals:

This image from video by KABC TV Los Angeles shows wreckage of what is believed to be SpaceShipTwo in Southern California's Mojave Desert on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded after taking off on a test flight, a witness said Friday. (AP Photo/KABC TV)

Space tourism rocket crash stirs mixed emotions

- Associated Press

The explosion of Virgin Galactic's passenger rocket ship is stirring up mixed emotions as scientists and others involved in the space industry wait for more details on what happened over the Mojave Desert on Friday.

Haiti hopes to woo back tourists with resorts

- Associated Press

Off this sleepy southern Haitian village, fishermen in weathered wooden boats slowly move across azure waters. Miles of picture-perfect sandy beaches slope gently, fringed by grasses and framed by mountains.

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, left, and State of Utah Lt. Governor Spencer Cox turn on the "Lighting Ceremony" celebrating the solar array project of panels built on top of the parking cover outside of the Utah Olympic Oval with creates enough power to take over 500 homes off the power grid Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Kearns.  (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Tom Smart, Deseret News)

Salt Lake City optimistic about future Olympic bid

- Associated Press

Salt Lake City officials don't know exactly when they will get to bid for another Winter Olympics, but the host city of the 2002 games wants the world to know it is ready and willing whenever given a chance.

A bunch of Halloween pumpkins sits in front of the entrance to Discovery Park of America on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 in Union City, Tenn. The museum, which opened last November in rural West Tennessee, has attracted more than 270,000 visitors in its first year. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz).

Rural Tennessee museum a success in first year

- Associated Press

When Discovery Park of America opened on a cornfield in rural Tennessee, its founders expected the museum described as a "mini-Smithsonian" to draw about 150,000 visitors in its first year.

This Sept. 23, 2014 photo shows wildflowers and grasses dancing in the breeze at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Strong City, Kan, one of just a few places in the country where you can still see the vanishing landscape of tallgrass prairie. Tallgrass prairie once covered 140 million acres of North America, including much of the Midwest. But only 4 percent of that ecosystem remains, wiped out by 150 years of human settlement, cattle-grazing and farming. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

Kansas prairie park preserves vanishing tallgrass

- Associated Press

Stand here in a field of tall, windblown grass and wildflowers, and twirl around like a child. It's like being inside a prairie snow globe: You're surrounded by a sea of green, brown and yellow grass, with a blue-sky dome above.

A visitor read about cosmetic magnate Helena Rubinstein during a press preview of the exhibition "Helena Rubinstein: Beauty is Power," Tuesday Oct. 28, 2014 at the Jewish Museum in New York.  Also known as Madame, Rubinstein, who died in 1965,  collected African, Oceanic and Latin American art along with commissioned paintings of herself and drawings by Picasso. The exhibition opens Oct. 31 and runs through March 22 next year.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Museum tells Helena Rubinstein's story in art

- Associated Press

Judgmental, autocratic and wholly self-made after fleeing pre-war Poland and the prospect of arranged marriage as a teen, Helena Rubinstein built a cosmetics empire on the notion that beauty is power.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin walks past a historical map of Poland as he tours the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews during the opening of the core exhibition, in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

Museum of Jewish history opens in Poland

- Associated Press

The presidents of Poland and Israel on Tuesday joined Holocaust survivors for the formal opening of a multimedia museum that tells the 1,000-year history of Jewish life in Poland.

A Union re-enactor carrying a flag yells as he charges at retreating Confederates during the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek event in Middletown, Va. Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. The re-enactment is held on the same field as the battle on Oct. 19, 1864. (AP Photo, The Winchester Star, Jeff Taylor)

TLC for Gettysburg and Virginia: four Civil War battlefields get $2.2 million for their upkeep

- The Washington Times

A quartet of significant Civil War battlefields are getting some protective help - $2.2 million worth, and none of that coming from tax payer funds. National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis has announced the new grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to help preserve land at Gettysburg Battlefield in Pennsylvania, and the Manassas, North Anna, and Rappahannock Station battlefields in Virginia.

This Oct. 23, 2014 photo shows, decorations at the entrance of the John Dory Oyster Bar in New York.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Go For the Food: Make an odyssey of 1 meal, 1 chef

- Associated Press

So you've landed in a foodie destination, a happening city brimming with top tier restaurants and chefs sporting scary-good culinary cred. You want to make the most of your time.