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Thursday, April 17, 2008
Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede
THE VERDICT
Back in September, we asked for your feedback about bona fide, no-holds-barred tourist traps that you loved anyway. Here are your top picks, along with a slide show. read more
This Just In
FROM OUR BLOG: THIS JUST IN
The Italian airline Alitalia is in trouble. Dozens of articles in the foreign press over several months tell the same story: The chances are very high that Italy's largest airline will be forced to stop flying between now and July. Here's our two cents: Do not book future tickets on Alitalia! But, if you've already booked your ticket, here's what you can do—and the backstory on Alitalia's troubles. read post
San Antonio's River Walk
GIRLFRIEND GETAWAYS
When you really need a long weekend away, you don't want to waste a lot of time getting there. You're in luck, because we've pinpointed an easy escape for you and your girlfriends in your state—and the other 49. read more
Magnolia gardens
THE REAL DEALS
These girlfriend getaway packages—available over Mother's Day (May 11) weekend—include spa retreats in Charleston and Scottsdale, a lavish brunch in New Orleans, and a tour and picnic in Colorado's Mesa Verde National Park, from $179. why they're a deal
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
Slide Show: It's So Worth It Forget all the recent gloomy travel news—these 15 inspiring photos will get you dreaming and planning that next trip…. Sailing (and Surviving) the English Channel Terry Darlington's offbeat memoir, Narrow Dog to Carcassonne, recounts how he and his wife, Monica, made the journey in a tiny canal boat with their whippet, Jim…. Should You Pay More to Fly? (59 Comments) Share your opinion on whether it's time for travelers to pay higher fares so that airlines can invest in their fleets and improve quality of service.
Blue Lagoon, Reykjavík, Iceland
THE REAL DEALS
Airfare, five nights' accommodations, and a whirlwind tour that begins and ends in hip Reykjavík, with stops at breathtaking attractions like Skaftafell National Park, the icebergs of Jökulsárlón and scenic volcanic valleys, from $1,859. why it's a deal
Quito, Ecuador An early-bird discount for airfare and a weeklong tour of this ethnically diverse, beautiful country—complete with tours of the capital city, Quito; the Amazon; the markets of Otavalo; the hot springs at Baños; and Rio Verde falls, from $1,199. why it's a deal
A roof detail
THE BT UPGRADE
Honeymooners from Nevada get an inside look at Antoni Gaudí's Casa Batlló in Barcelona. read more

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