Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco, CA (Photo: Ghirardelli Square)

There are worse places to be stuck for three days than the Bay Area, and we had no trouble keeping ourselves busy, starting with a visit to Ghirardelli Square for a taste of the chocolate company's World Famous Hot Fudge Sundae....read more»

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When it comes to airplanes, does size matter? Airbus apparently thinks so. The France-based aircraft manufacturer's 239-foot A380, the largest passenger plane in the world, is on display for potential buyers in the U.S....read more»

BedandBreakfast.com has a list of "green" B&Bs around the country. Meanwhile, a luxury hotel in Canada is offering carbon-neutral vacations....read more»

The Napa Valley's wineries, rolling countryside, and gourmet fine dining scene create the ideal recipe for romance. Read SmarterTravel.com's <a href=Napa Valley travel guide to start planning your trip, or visit the <a href="http://www.napavalley.com/lodging/"target="_blank">Napa Valley CVB</a> for a listing of romantic B&Bs, inns, and hotels." />

The author heads south from Oregon, stopping for complimentary tastings of delicious wines at vineyards in Sonoma and Napa....read more»

U.S. passport (Photo: Index Open)

If you've put off getting a passport for an upcoming international trip, this news is for you. Travelers can expect to wait 10 weeks to receive a passport, compared to four to six weeks previously....read more»

The U.S.'s National Trust for Historic Preservation has named its 2007 Dozen Distinctive Destinations. This list is geared towards travelers looking for "unique and lovingly preserved destinations."...read more»

Not far from the clinking slot machines and glitzy casinos of Atlantic City sits a peaceful beast of unusual proportions known as <a href="http://www.lucytheelephant.org/" target="_blank">Lucy, the Margate Elephant</a>. This six-story structure has been wowing visitors with its size for more than 124 years. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976 as the oldest remaining example of "zoomorphic architecture" left in the United States, visitors can take a guided historical tour inside and climb to the <em>howdah</em> on her back for $5. 

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Many of the country's roadside attractions are disappearing due to neglect and disrepair. Hampton Hotels is working to prevent this, but they need your help deciding which landmarks to restore....read more»

Couple relaxing at a ski lodge (Photo: IndexOpen)

Remember when lift tickets weren't so jaw-droppingly expensive? If you long for those days like I do, you might want to check out Liftopia, a website that promises discounted lift tickets online. The site is no time machine, but the ticket prices it offers do seem to be lower than the going rate....read more»

<p>Beer lovers, rejoice: More than 200 brands of beer&mdash;stouts, pale ales, lagers, and more&mdash;are available for quaffing at <a href="http://www.beerfestival.ca/"target="_blank">Toronto's Festival of Beer</a>, Canada's largest beer-tasting event. The 12th annual festival will be held August 10 through 12 at historic Fort York. There's also southern-style barbecue; a grilling tent; and live jazz, blues, country, and R&amp;B music acts. Advance tickets are $21 for Friday or Sunday and $26 for Saturday, or pay $26 for Friday or Sunday and $31 for Saturday at the gate.</p><p>Photo: Index Open</p>

The first time I tasted Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale, I fell in love. I ordered the drink on a whim, but the full body and sweet aftertaste became an obsession....read more»

Air Canada (Photo: Air Canada)

While the concept is intriguing, it appears that you'll likely need to be an extremely frequent business flyer or else have a long distance lover you can't see often enough in order to make these passes pay off....read more»

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