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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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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.

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.

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.

In this photo taken Tuesday, May 27, 2014, passengers check in at the American Airlines counter at Miami International Airport in Miami. American Airlines reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

American, US Airways merging mile programs in '15

- Associated Press

American Airlines and US Airways will combine their frequent flier programs early next year and, for now, still base free flights on how many miles customers fly.

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.

In this Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 photo, a visitor walks through a gallery depicting a street scene typical of those found between 1919 and 1939 at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland. The museum, which unveils its core exhibition to the public Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, narrates 1,000 years of Jewish life in Poland. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Museum unveils rich story of Jewish life in Poland

- Associated Press

In the two millennia between ancient Israel and its modern rebirth, Jews never enjoyed as much political autonomy as they did in Poland, a land that centuries later would become intrinsically linked to the Holocaust.

This Oct. 23, 2014 photo shows the Clara Barton House in Glen Echo, Md., where the American Red Cross founder lived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The 34-room building also housed supplies, staff and offices for the Red Cross. The building is a National Park site and will close indefinitely in early January to repair water damage. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

Clara Barton home to close for renovations in 2015

- Associated Press

Last chance to learn about the Angel of the Battlefield, Clara Barton, before the house where she lived and ran the American Red Cross closes indefinitely for renovations.

Algae at Buckeye Lake could threaten tourism

Associated Press

Those who depend on tourism at a central Ohio lake popular with boaters and fishermen are concerned about the higher levels of toxic blue-green algae this year.

Big murals bring tourists to small Wisconsin towns

- Associated Press

Music from the punk-influenced Nightmare Boys, country legend Johnny Cash and hip-hop turntable specialists the Beat Junkies echoed from a boombox and filled the air of the empty lot on the south side of Resch Lanes.

This March 12, 2009 photo shows bars along Main Street in Deadwood, S.D. A bill in the South Dakota Legislature allowing Deadwood hotel bars to serve liquor 24 hours a day is drawing the ire of saloon owners who say the measure hurts them and discourages investment in the western gambling town's downtown. (AP Photo/Rapid City Journal, Ryan Soderlin)

Deadwood paranormal tours shines light on spirits

- Associated Press

For those who have attempted to communicate with those who have crossed over and failed, there may actually be light at the end of the tunnel, or, in this case, W.E. Adams' bedroom.

ADVANCE FOR MONDAY OCT. 27 - In this Oct. 14, 2014 photo, Jacob Watson, Cole Compton, Rachel Watson and Kyndall Compton walk in the Active Pool of the gardens in Fort Worth, Texas. The Fort Worth Water Gardens, a four-and-half-acre water park in downtown Fort Worth, is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary, dedicated on Oct. 19, 1974, a gift to the city of Fort Worth from the Amon Carter Foundation. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Paul Moseley)  MAGS OUT; (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST); INTERNET OUT

Fort Worth Water Gardens marked by beauty, tragedy

- Associated Press

In the hidden corners of the Fort Worth Water Gardens, there is still an opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of downtown. On a weekday stroll through the 4½-acre park, people can be seen reading books, checking their phones or simply staring into the cascading water.