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Now grown up and flush with cash, nerds travel at warp speed through the tourism universe

A love for science fiction and fantasy is so mainstream that Comic Con conventions attract tens of thousands of enthusiasts, movies based on comics gross more than a billion dollars in a weekend, and a “Star Trek” cruise that sails next March was sold out a year in advance.

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N.H.’s tallest waterfall? Depends on when you ask

The fleeting nature of Dryad Falls leaves a narrow window for admiring the huge cascade at its most powerful. Springtime, also known as “mud season,” is your best bet.

A snowy owl in flight at Sachuset Point National Wildlife Refuge in Middletown, R.I. The owl arrived in January and departed in April for a colder clime. More than 200 species of birds seasonally visit the 242-acre refuge with its 40 acres of salt marsh.

In R.I., refuge for birds and the people who watch them

The 242-acre refuge, open sunrise to sunset, is a magnet for bird enthusiasts, since more than 200 bird species visit the refuge seasonally.

A four-hour trip on Maverick Helicopters offers stunning views of the Grand Canyon and the lights on the Las Vegas Strip — especially at sunset.

Grand Canyon: Choose your own adventure

The Grand Canyon is a must-do — but how to do it is completely up to you.

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Is your laptop really more valuable than a life?

People retrieving their baggage during an emergency is a serious problem with fatal consequences. It’s time for a solution.

You can find larger cruise ships but you wonÕt find a cruise line more popular than Viking (the Viking Sea, shown at right.) In just a couple of years, theyÕve won a slew of awards in the small ocean cruising category. (Diane Bair) 10cruisehaters

These cruises may turn haters into lovers

Here’s a look at two cruises — one oceangoing, the other a river ship — that totally nail the basics.

Joy Lim Nakrin (pictured in Cambodia) has been to five continents.

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The VIP Lounge with TV anchor Joy Lim Nakrin

We caught up with Nakrin, who lives in a Boston suburb, to talk about all things travel.

Alan Fausel is executive director of the American Kennel Club’s new Museum of the Dog.

Pet project: A look inside the new Museum of the Dog in Manhattan

After more than 30 years in a bucolic location on the outskirts of St. Louis, the American Kennel Club museum has moved back to the heart of New York City, where it first opened in 1982.

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The SlotZilla Zipline at Fremont Street Experience allows visitors to fly like Superman high over downtown Las Vegas.

Las Vegas: A kids paradise

Yes, it still has the casinos, the clubs, and the adult scenes that make it a draw for the 21-and-older crowd. But it’s also a fantastic kids destination. Here’s why.

Rhode Island via the Wayback Machine

A casual day trip touring our smallest state can feel like an uncanny joyride in the Wayback Machine — fueled by coffee milk, Del’s frozen lemonade, and A&W root beer, of course.

A coveted glass orb made by Eben Horton.

The treasures of Block Island

There is something very special, and different, about this pork chop-shaped island set 12 miles off the coast of Rhode Island.

Ocean House reopened in 2010 after the original, built in 1868, was razed in the early 2000s.

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The hands of time are almost still in Watch Hill

The moneyed village in the southwestern-most corner of the Ocean State has proudly clung to its gentle pace for more than a century.

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The VIP Lounge with ballerina Viktorina Kapitonova

This is Kapitonova’s first season with the Boston Ballet, where she is one of several ballerinas playing the lead role in the ballet’s production of “Cinderella” at the Boston Opera House through June 10.

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Banned by Airbnb — but why?

Anthony Klockenbrink was banned by Airbnb, but the company wouldn’t tell him why or how to get his account back.

Frida Kahlo’s wheelchair faces her easel in the Casa Azul painting studio.

Considering Frida Kahlo in her element at Casa Azul

The MFA exhibit “Frida Kahlo and Arte Popular” reveals her roots in Mexican folk art, but Casa Azul reveals the woman herself in the process of becoming a pop culture icon.

A day at the museum never tasted so good

At Chocolate Nation, a new museum in Antwerp, Belgium, dispensers filled with candy await visitors. And it only gets better.

Martha’s Vineyard Museum gets new permanent home

The expansive new property includes 14 exhibition areas, a classroom, program room, research library, gift shop, and small cafe.

Sunset from the backyard of the Wauwinet

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From fussy to fabulous, a 144-year-old Nantucket hotel gets with the times

After a multimillion dollar makeover, the Wauwinet hotel is now a chic escape.

The Hall of Champions in the Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History at the USGA Museum.

It’s worth a drive to hit the USGA Museum

To wander through the museum is to journey through American golf (and history) from the USGA’s founding in 1894 to the present day. Established in 1936, two years before baseball’s shrine in Cooperstown, the USGA museum was the first in the country dedicated solely to sports.

for 2newonMV -- Featherstone Center for the Arts exterior: Add an art class to your Vineyard holiday at the expanded Featherstone Center for the Arts.( Credit: Featherstone Center for the Arts )

What’s new on Martha’s Vineyard? Plenty.

In the last year or two, some Vineyard mainstays have moved or improved, while new places are cropping up and keeping things fresh. Here’s a look at some potential new must-sees.

The new CIVANA resort in Arizona.

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CIVANA, a wellness retreat for the masses

CIVANA is a resort focused on health and well-being with an unpretentious, approachable vibe and affordable price tag.

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She didn’t smoke in the hotel, so what’s with the $250 cleaning fee?

A Country Inn & Suites charged Rachel Simmons a $250 cleaning fee for smoking in her room. But she says she didn’t light up. Does she still have to pay?

Plein air painter David Lussier on Maine’s Monhegan Island. This summer, he and his wife, Pam, will mark their 20th year of leading workshops on the island.

For plein air painters, Monhegan is magical

Many of Monhegan’s early-20th-century artists returned every summer to paint. A few lived there year round. But today, most of the island’s artists come for just a few days of long-anticipated painting within in the island’s magical realm.

Topnotch Resort’s spa offers many options to pamper mom.

Gifts of New England travel for Mother’s Day

Here are four close-to-home getaway gifts your mom will treasure any time of year.

Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. More people are choosing to visit places that are threatened by climate change, such as glaciers, coral reefs, and polar bear habitats.

Especially vulnerable to climate change, tourism struggles to adapt

There’s even a grim new phenomenon called “last-chance tourism” to places where anything from coral reefs to polar bears are disappearing. A search for “places to see before they’re gone” betrays how widespread this idea has gotten.

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After a hard fall in the Rockies, why won’t Trip Mate pay my claim?

Sondra Wolf fractures her patella on a trip to the Canadian Rockies. Although she files a valid travel insurance claim, Trip Mate is stalling on her payment. But why?

ABOVE Beef tartare features a roasted trough of warm, buttery bone marrow serving as the platter for strips of raw tenderloin, lightly drizzled with a parsley aioli, sprinkled with crispy shallots, and served with brioche. 
Below Maine lobster comes with a champagne lobster glace, cauliflower, gnocchi, fennel, and morel mushrooms.

Old and new blend at the White Barn Inn

The beloved and longstanding White Barn Inn Restaurant in Kennebunk, Maine, will celebrate its 46th anniversary this year. And a new executive chef is paying homage to that history while keeping things fresh.

Count on everything from t-shirts to goofy props at the National Comedy CenterÕs gift shop. (Diane Bair) xxcomedy

Ready to LOL? Here’s the scoop

If you’re not up for a major road trip, fly to Buffalo and rent a car for the 90-minute drive to the comedy zone.

Kenneth Mosley in London

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The VIP Lounge with actor Kenneth Mosley

Mosley, one of the leads in “Kinky Boots,” a musical coming to the Emerson Colonial Theatre May 7-12, discusses all things travel.

Those too young to know George Carlin can get acquainted at the National Comedy CenterÑthereÕs an entire exhibit devoted to the ground-breaking comedian. (Diane Bair) xxcomedy

What’s so funny about Jamestown, N.Y.? This.

Got a funny bone? Tickle it at the new National Comedy Center.

You don’t have to wing it. Here’s where to migrate with the spring birds

New England is home to many refuges and parks that welcome spring migratory birds. Here are six to visit.

Visitors enjoy a whiskey tasting at the Hiram Walker distillery.

Savoring the whiskey heritage of Old Walkerville

Bostonian Hiram Walker made his fortune and left his legacy in the Ontario town he built.

Christopher Knight and his wife, Cara, in Ha Long Bay in northern Vietnam.

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The VIP Lounge with Christopher Knight

The “Brady Bunch” costar was set to host Journey Forward’s 11th annual Vegas Casino Night at Kings Dedham April 25. We caught up with him to talk about all things travel.

Outdoor stage at Club Jazz Casino de Montréal.

Before, after, and during: Dining at the Montreal jazz festival

You can’t escape heaping piles of poutine and sticky fried beaver tail pastries dusted with cinnamon sugar. But you don’t have to wander far to eat a civilized sitdown meal.

From top: André Ménard, a cofounder of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, introduces a performer; free outdoor concerts draw the largest audiences at the festival, held in the city’s Quartier des Spectacles.

Montreal jazz festival at 40: A talk with André Ménard

This year marks the 40th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, scheduled for June 27-July 6. It also marks the last year of involvement for André Ménard and Alain Simard, cofounders of what the Guinness Book of World Records calls the “world’s largest jazz festival.”

At Quinta da Pacheca, a stunning rural vineyard in Portugal, guests can sleep in luxury accommodations shaped like wine barrels.

These four wineries are debuting luxury digs

A new crop of wineries has upped the luxury quotient in their on-site vineyard hotels, making it even more desirable to sip and stay.

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Mount Washington Cog Railway, the first mountain-climbing cog railway in the world, turns 150

The iconic and historic railroad will celebrate with a variety of special events and programs.

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A missing leg on Asiana — and a missing refund from Expedia

After Asiana Airlines dropped a leg of Alyssa Jean Esteba’s flight from Toronto to Manila, she went looking for a refund. But Expedia couldn’t find one. Can this advocate help?

At the organ museum, they actually encourage visitors to play the instruments.

Organ museum celebrates legacy of one of Vermont’s most significant products

At the height of their popularity, Estey’s elaborate organs filled churches, middle-class parlors, and silent-movie theaters with lush, complex, and sometimes overwhelming sound.

Moxie Falls, in Moxie Gore Plantation near a whitewater rafting center, The Forks, is the highest waterfall in Maine.

Chasing waterfalls in New England

Here’s where to watch Mother Nature gush about spring.

Traditional dancer kicks off fashion runway show at Abbe Museum Indian Market.

Native American artists return to Bar Harbor, and this year’s market will be even bigger

The Abbe Museum presents its second Indian Market.

The three-story Fullerton Inn has a commanding spot on Main Street in the center of the village.

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The word is out: Tiny Chester is worth a visit

We like this under-the-radar town for its slow pace, step-back-in-time beauty, its cluster of historic homes and buildings; its green space and access to outdoor activities.