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Explore Arkansas

2013 Explore Arkansas

Explore Arkansas' past, beautiful beaches, festivals across the state and much more.

Photo by Rick Steves’ Europe/DOMINIC ARIZONA BONUCCELLI

Teenagers can appreciate Europe’s finer things, such as afternoon tea at London’s Mayfair Hotel.

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Low-rise paradise

With blue water, whale sharks, sand and sun, Mexico’s tiny Isla Holbox is a relaxing getaway from heavily developed tourist hot spots

Several weeks before I found myself uncomfortably close to the world's largest shark, I told a few folks I would be going to Holbox.

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Give teens freedom, choices when traveling

Imagine being a teenager forced to spend your summer vacation with robo-tourist Rick Steves (aka "Dad"). My kids, Jackie and Andy, now in their 20s, did that a while ago. I had to think hard about what would make our trip to England educational and fun for travel partners who dubbed the Beatles tour in Liverpool the "most boring" one on our itinerary. Turns out most teens couldn't care less about where Paul McCartney went to grade school. But they were more enthusiastic about the "Bizarre Bath" walking tour in the English spa town of Bath, which provided two hours of jokes and not a bit of history.

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Mansion a window to history

Calling it a reflection of the “larger American experience,” a home that has been witness to slavery, the Civil War and the civil rights era has been opened to the public in Tallahassee.

Smoky in name only

Last year’s wildfire behind it, Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains National Park is back in business

It's a spectacular drive northward along U.S. 441 from the small town of Cherokee on the North Carolina side of Smoky Mountains National Park to Gatlinburg on the Tennessee side. In the lower elevations, the spring wildflowers of mid-March -- mostly trillium -- pop from the ground, offering bits of color that soon disappear the higher we climb toward 5,046-foot Newfound Gap at the center of the park. At the highest elevations, patches of snow and ice among the fir and spruce trees prove that winter still hangs on.

Mummy mysteries unraveled

NEW YORK -- Mummy No. 30007, currently residing at the American Museum of Natural History, is a showstopper.

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Easter in Greece full of family, worship, feasts

A few years ago in Greece, I noticed flags flying at half-staff, and wondered who had died. Then I remembered it was Good Friday -- marking the day of Jesus' crucifixion.

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Sunrise service, exploration, fun fill weekend at Petit Jean

PETIT JEAN STATE PARK -- Petit Jean's fictive grave site is normally deserted at sunrise. But the overlook above her mountainside tomb will be populated at 6:35 a.m. Sunday as dawn arrives.