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At Disney parks, a bold shift away from Mickey, Goofy and pals

Walk the floor of the D23 Disney fan expo, which was held this month in Anaheim, and the biggest storyline was clear. Two of the largest exhibits were dedicated to the Disney parks - one a look back at 60 years of Disney history and one a look forward, a preview of the Shanghai Disneyland in development and an "Avatar"-inspired land coming to the Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Fla.

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Railroad buffs still make tracks to Strasburg

Parents instinctively want to re-create their favorite childhood memories for their own children. When we adopted our son, now 5, he arrived with an innate love of trains that reflected and even outpaced my own childhood devotion to all things railroad. It was only a matter of time before we retraced my childhood visits to railroad sites in this Amish county town, with our tow-headed young'un in tow.

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Mystical, melancholy Istanbul

As we land over the Sea of Marmara, a gray drizzle bathes the view of huddled ships waiting their turn to cross the Bosphorus Strait, the turquoise waterway that runs through the city, separating its European and Asian sides.

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Catching 40 winks in a caboose

Lancaster isn't the only place you can sleep in a train car. There's also the Caboose Motel at the Titusville and Oil Creek Railroad in Northwest Pennsylvania, converted Pullman cars in Chattanooga, Tenn., and a clutch of caboose motels in the Pacific Northwest.

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Get away to Los Alamos, in Santa Barbara's wine country

In the heart of Santa Barbara's wine country, the California town of Los Alamos is slow to awaken in the mornings. It's quiet along Bell Street, the main drag lined with vintage storefronts clustered around a flagpole. But at lunchtime, doors swing open, corks pop and local eateries come to life.

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Finding Appalachian culture, fun in Georgia's White County

The sign on the front porch of the Old Sautee Store is clear. "Don't feed the wampus," it reads on the side of a latched box maybe the size of a small pet carrier. Inside is supposed to be a mythical creature called a wampus. Some call it a wampus cat. In any case, it's a big, furry critter, and all I see is its long scraggly tail as I peer into the box.

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St. Barts: Azure water, white sand, a hungry turtle

Waves jostled the high-speed ferry as it bolted from the harbor at Philipsburg, on Saint Martin, aiming with churning indignation for Saint-Barthelemy. On our three or four prior visits (my wife and I debate the number), we had taken the famously entertaining/unnerving 10-minute flight over. Riding in an airplane about the size of a banquet table, you make the landing approach by skimming a few feet over a hilltop traffic circle, then diving down the hillside to an undulating runway. If all goes according to the flight plan, you come to a halt before tipping into St. Jean Bay.

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3 places to stay on the Oregon Coast

To mark the state's 1959 centennial, Oregon issued auto license plates bearing the motto "Pacific Wonderland," and justifiably so. Oregon's 362 miles of oceanfront is a sea-stacked, highway-winding, sailor-challenging, tourist-pleasing coastline to rival any in the world for scenic beauty. Where rocky capes don't jut into pounding surf, monumental golden dunes meet the waves.

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