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Wednesday, August 25
Mariehamn, Finland: My Kind of Town
The author Jeremy Duns returns to picturesque Mariehamn in Finland to escape the stresses of city life... Telegraph (London)

How to enjoy London -- and save money
Rick Steves gives advice on sightseeing in London and saving money... Seattle Times

North Little Rock Finds its Cool
Once called Dogtown, this neighborhood is now home to an arts district... New York Times

Birding Along the Cloud Forests
South America’s Urubamba River valley and the surrounding region are as spectacular for birding as they are underrated... New York Times

Tours and Activities
Best Top Chef Restaurants
Can’t get enough of Top Chef? You’re in luck. Here are the top U.S. restaurants helmed by the show’s alums... Travel and Leisure

Tourists seek out Mexico's darker side
Travelers sign up for a mock border crossing or tour of a dangerous slum...

The Coolest Small Towns In America
Ten hometown escapes that somehow pack in more personality than cities triple their size. How? It all comes down to the people... Budget Travel Online

Newseum in DC retells Katrina story 5 years later
The Newseum on Friday will open a special, one-year exhibit, "Covering Katrina," that explores and explains how journalists reported on the disaster and its aftermath... Yahoo Travel News

Exhibit brings Hendrix, Handel together in London
George Frideric Handel and Jimi Hendrix shared an address, living 200 years apart in adjoining 18th-century London houses. A new exhibition about Hendrix's London years brings these two unlikely neighbors together... USA Today

Add Carnival to the list of cruise lines with pubs on ships
Industry giant Carnival is following in the footsteps of such rivals as Norwegian Cruise Line and Cunard in adding a pub to one of its vessels... USA Today

Royal Caribbean ship to have Romero Britto art store
The 5,400-passenger Allure of the Seas, debuting in December, will feature works by the Miami-area artist... USA Today

Venice Beach at sea? Carnival plans for first outdoor weightlifting on a ship
It's come to this at Carnival Cruise Lines: Muscle men pumping iron on the top decks of vessels... USA Today

Over half of fliers would limit where kids can sit on planes
Most consumers would like a families-only section on flights, according to a poll released Tuesday by a travel website... USA Today

The Big Six: Italian island retreats
From the epitome of breezy, sophisticated seaside chic to a hotel that has welcomed the likes of Ernest Hemingway and the Queen... The Independent

Other and Odd
Can This Beach Be Saved?
When the Gulf oil spill came ashore, it jeopardized not only a whole economy but a national treasure. Bob Payne returns to the beaches of his youth to report on the disaster from the front line...Conde Nast Traveler

Growth threatens Berlin's freewheeling spirit
German capital is now third most popular city in Europe...

Advice on Using Credit Cards While Traveling Abroad
Credit cards, particularly magnetic striped American-issued ones, aren’t as widely accepted abroad as ad campaigns suggest... New York Times

Grand Canyon's future at 'grave risk,' report says
In an 80-page "State of the Parks" report, the National Parks Conservation Association analyzed the most serious threats to the Grand Canyon... USA Today

365 Guide Tip for the Day

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