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Know an aviation enthusiast? Here's a holiday shopping guide for 'avgeeks'

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AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideIf there's an aviation enthusiast on your holiday shopping list, you may not realize how many unique gift options there are. From vintage timetables to parts of actual planes, the possibilities for your favorite "avgeek" is long. We've narrowed the list to a few options, but remember that the shipping window is quickly… Read More

Detroit's new Shinola Hotel now open for reservations

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AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideRooms accentuate the vintage architecture, such as these arched windows.(Photo: Nicole Franzen)Travelers heading to Detroit can now reserve rooms for luxury watchmaker Shinola’s new hotel.Reservations are officially open for stays starting Jan. 2 with rates starting at $195.Shinola partnered with real estate firm Bedrock to develop the 129-guestroom hotel.     The property… Read More

Disney World 2019 preview: Star Wars and much more

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AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideMillennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will turn the controls of the legendary starship over to visitors.(Photo: Disney/Lucasfilm)The biggest news at Disney World for 2019 – really, the biggest theme park news in years – will be the debut of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. But wigged-out Obi-Wannabes will need to heed Yoda’s advice: Patience… Read More

Las Vegas: Cosmopolitan hotel to drop parking fees. Will others follow?

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AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideThe Cosmopolitan Las Vegas will offer free parking to hotel guests beginning next year.(Photo: Alexandra Leach)The Cosmopolitan, a chic high-rise hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, is eliminating parking fees for hotel guests.The new policy, which begins Jan. 1, follows a similar move in July by Wynn and Encore resorts.The hotels… Read More

Make merry at these holiday-themed pop-up bars and restaurants

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AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideOther decor elements at the PHD Terrace include an ascending series of tiered winter floral installations.(Photo: Keri Tan Photography)The holiday season is always a festive time.But many hotels, restaurants and other venues around the country are trying to make it even more so by creating temporary experiences called pop-ups. From specialty… Read More

10 great independent toy stores where the magic lives on

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Larry Bleiberg, Special to USA TODAY Published 7:54 a.m. ET Dec. 14, 2018 AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideToys show their arty side at Rotofugi, a Chicago shop specializing in stylish playthings and pop-culture collectibles.(Photo: Rotofugi.com)Though it’s easier than ever to point and click your way through a holiday shopping list, it hardly matches the adventure… Read More

Barf bag included: Disgusting Food Museum lives up to its name

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CLOSE Perfect for the adventurous foodie, the museum exhibits 80-plus real foods that some cultures would find repulsive, but others eat daily. USA TODAYSam West, curator of the Disgusting Food Museum, takes a whiff of durian, the "king of fruits"(Photo: Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY)LOS ANGELES -- Come hungry. Leave grossed out.That's the basic formula behind… Read More