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Friday, July 22
Lost in Louisiana
A haunting region of lakes, grand plantation houses and secretive communities... Telegraph (London)

The five best small towns in America
The assignment: Start in New York City and wind up in Los Angeles, exploring the best of small-town America along the way...USA Today

36 Hours in Aspen, Colo.
Summer in Aspen brings fields of wildflowers framed by snow-capped peaks, a festival-rich arts scene, and myriad opportunities to hike, bike and mingle with the glitterati... New York Times

Tours and Activities
Honeymoons for in the Age of Same-Sex Marriage
Maybe you've heard. New York recently became the largest state to legalize same-sex marriage... Travelhoppers

10 great places for city cycling
Expensive gas isn't the only reason to switch from four wheels to two... USA Today

Hawaii museum to open Amelia Earhart photo show
Amelia Earhart, the wispy aviation pioneer who disappeared more than 70 years ago while attempting to fly around the world, would have turned 114 on Sunday... LA Times

The road less traveled to Machu Picchu
The 'back-door' Salkantay Route is strenuous but scenic, with welcoming, plush eco-lodges at the end of each day's trek. And around the final bend: the hauntingly beautiful Inca ruins... LA Times

8 Great Rock-and-Roll Theme Cruises
Former hair-band front man and reality TV star Bret "Poison" Michaels' cruise may have been canceled earlier this week, but there's no need to fret...

Antarctica cruising continues to decline
Cruise tourism to Antarctica fell 11.5% during the 2010-11 season to 32,438 passengers, continuing a decline that began after the record-setting 2007-08 season... USA Today

FAA shutdown would cost govt $200 million a week
Portions of the Federal Aviation Administration will shut down at midnight - putting nearly 4,000 people temporarily out of work and allowing airline passengers to buy tickets without taxes ... Yahoo Travel News

Airlines attempting to raise US fares again
Several leading airlines have raised U.S. fares up to $20 per round trip, trying again just days after a smaller hike fell apart...

Napolitano: Aviation most targeted vulnerability
The official in charge of U.S. domestic security preparedness said Thursday that terrorists continue to target aviation more than any other potential U.S. vulnerability...

Outrageous hotel perks for pets
Bathrobes, massages and treadmills are becoming practically de rigueur at five-star hotels...

Five lavish hotels in Venice
Venice is romantic and unforgettable on any budget, but it can be dazzling if you are willing to splurge. Here are five stunning hotel choices... CNN

Hotel chain to court female execs in India
As the USA's biggest hotel chains such as Marriott, Starwood and Carlson scramble to open hotels in India, a little-known hotel chain is planning a major expansion by catering to solo female travelers... USA Today

Marie Osmond marches in 'protest' of resort fees
Add Marie Osmond and Las Vegas showgirls to the list of people who can't stand resort fees... USA Today

Other and Odd
Yosemite deaths a reminder of rivers' risks
The deaths of three young tourists who were swept over a 317-foot waterfall this week in Yosemite National Park serve as a reminder of the deadly and alluring beauty of the raging rivers and streams across the West...

Study highlights best, worst cities for tourist taxes
A list of the top five 2011 U.S. cities with the lowest and highest tourism taxes is out, showing cost differences in as much as 56% on average... CNN

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