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48 hours in Winter Park, Florida

Back in 1881, wealthy Northerners decided to buy some lakefront land here and change the area's name from Osceola - after the chief of the state's Seminole Indians - to Winter Park to make the area more appealing to vacationers. Little would they know that a century later nearby Orlando would grab the attention of most of those vacationers as the theme-park capital of the world.

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Downtown Salt Lake City is a place to play after hitting the slopes

Downtown Salt Lake City is livelier than it used to be. City Creek Center, a 23-acre mall-and-housing redevelopment project (retractable roof, trout pond, completed in 2013) is a big part of that, as is the Greenbike sharing program, also begun in 2013. A loosening of liquor laws hasn't hurt, either. As I found on a three-night visit in November with my wife and daughter, there are at least seven craft breweries downtown. Granted, this might not be enough to deter you from that snowboarding/skiing vacation up the hill in Park City. But after the slopes, you could allow yourself a downtown overnight and a few hours of playtime - and you might be pleasantly surprised. The tab: $417 (excluding taxes and fees) for three nights at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center; $61 for light dinners at Squatters Pub; $9.95 per adult for admission to the Leonardo museum. Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles International Airport about $188, including taxes and fees.

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New Zealand's Hawke's Bay is prime dining, drinking destination

When you walk down the street in the center of Napier, a coastal town in New Zealand's Hawke's Bay, a wine-producing region, you nearly expect to spot Greta Garbo, in full flapper regalia, crossing the street. The town, a perfectly preserved Art Deco masterpiece, would make a fine set for one of her films.

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Theme parks hire more security in new era

Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando are hiring additional security employees as theme parks enter what experts say is a new era of stepped-up efforts to shield visitors from possible terrorism and mass shootings.

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Western Nebraska is a land full of surprises

The buffalo isn't happy. She is eyeing me warily from perhaps a dozen feet away, with only a rickety wooden and wire fence separating the two of us. She's shaggy but gorgeous, this iconic symbol of the Great Plains, and as I raise my camera to snap a photo, her eyes lock with mine. Suddenly miffed by my intrusion, or maybe my red sweater, she takes a couple of steps backward, snorts mightily, and then charges full speed ahead, with only the fence stopping her from chasing me down.

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Myrtle Beach helicopter tour

Join GoToMyrtleBeach.com as the staff takes a helicopter tour of downtown Myrtle Beach, SC. Fly over the Springmaid Pier, see Family Kingdom from the air. The tour is out of the south end of the Strand from Myrtle Beach International Airport.

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Myrtle Beach Thrill Rides, featuring the Slingshot

GoToMyrtleBeach.com takes you on a point-of-view tour of Myrtle Beach Thrill Rides in downtown Myrtle Beach. Just across Ocean Boulevard from the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, the attraction features some of the best rides for adrenalin junkies along the Grand Strand.

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Myrtle Beach SkyWheel

GoToMyrtleBeach.com reporter Josh Bell takes you on a tour of one of Myrtle Beach's most known landmarks, the Myrtle Beach Skywheel. The Boardwalk attraction is open 365 days a year, weather permitting.

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Spring Break in the Myrtle Beach SC area

GoToMyrtleBeach.com looks at some of the best places to party during Spring Break 2016 in Myrtle Beach and surrounding communities. Whether you're in North Myrtle Beach, downtown near the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk or farther south, we've got you covered.

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Southern charm on the sound

At over 300 years old and still one of the prettiest towns in America, Edenton, N.C., may well have invented southern charm. The views across Edenton Bay and the Albemarle Sound, tree-lined streets, lovely waterfront parks and the many fine examples of Jacobean, Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival, and Victorian homes define southern elegance. It’s a town that drifts through time with grace.