The week of Thanksgiving is a busy time of the year to travel that's marked by a large number of people traveling to see loved ones. In 2017, AAA projected 50.9 million Americans would journey 50 miles or more from home on Thanksgiving. While many people look forward to seeing their loved on…

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With the holidays just around the corner, businesses in downtown Jefferson are preparing to roll out the Christmas lights and garlands. The city will stage its annual Candlelight Tour of Homes and other seasonal attractions in downtown Jefferson that will spread holiday cheer throughout the …

Travelers are often struck by the unique style of a certain locale, such as the bright colors of Havana or the chic sophistication of Paris. If your family plans to travel soon, you will likely return longing to recreate memories of your time away.

The clear waters of a spring-fed lake. Towering pine trees. History that was created as America labored under the strain of the Great Depression.

Some East Texas phrases are foreign to Sonya Trout, but she clearly understands when people comment that she had to “hit the ground running” when she became special events coordinator for the city of Kilgore in January.

Vacation is a time to kick back and enjoy life away from the stress and routine of home and work. Far too often, people do not take enough time to rest and recharge.

Looking to get away from the daily grind during warm weather? The answer may be to leave your stress on land and take those outdoor plans on the water. Four in five Americans say being around water relaxes them, and 72 percent feel healthier after spending time on the water, according to a D…

The warmer months are full of potential. From hitting the beach to hitting the open road, there are plenty of activities for you to get outdoors and explore the warm weather. To make the most of the sunny days and star-studded nights, you need to be prepared so you have fun, stay safe and ke…

Pittsburg has an award-winning downtown, and there’s talk locally about an improving economy and evidence that the best is yet to come.

My father’s first trip to Europe was not long after being drafted into the Army following his college graduation in 1968. Later he told me that he expected it to look very different than the United States – that the trees, specifically, would look different. Like another world.

U.S. residents logged 1.7 billion trips for leisure purposes in 2016, according to the U.S. Travel Association, and this number will likely grow in 2018. Whether you're traveling for leisure or business, you shouldn't lose sight of nutrition. It's common to think, "Hey, I'm on vacation, so I…

There’s not a more heavenly sight than springtime in Texas when the wildflowers are in bloom. When I was a little girl, my parents would load my brother and me up in the family sedan for a Sunday drive through the countryside to visit the bluebonnets.

You don’t have to look very hard to see this town’s roots. Railroad tracks laid down in the 1870s by the Texas and Pacific Railway Co. run right through downtown, and the pumping unit from the first gusher drilled near town during the 1930s oil boom sits beside the rails, a derrick towering …

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Have you been watching the snow pile up outside? Are the gray, cold days wearing you down and making you count the minutes until blue skies and sunshine are the norm? You're not alone. As much fun as you can have sledding, building snowmen or donning a fashionable scarf, most people at this …

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Those who enjoy sipping from a bottle of red, white or blush wine but find that a trip to the Bordeaux region of France simply isn't in the cards right now needn't give up their desires to visit a winery or vineyard. Wineries and fully functioning vineyards dot the landscape of North America…

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About 75 miles northeast of Longview, Sulphur Springs sits approximately halfway between Dallas and Texarkana on the north side of Interstate 30. The drive to Sulphur Springs is one of the prettiest in East Texas – the terrain is just breathtaking with rolling hills and endless trees, quaint…

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For many people, no holiday season is complete without traveling. While traveling might not be as fun a holiday tradition as decking the halls or exchanging gifts with loved ones, there are ways for travelers to make their Christmastime excursions more enjoyable and affordable.

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My family lived in Louisiana for several years when I was in elementary school. My parents, who are avid travelers, took my brother and me on many a road trip back then – including one to Natchitoches in 1978. Fast forward 39 years…

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Hiking is a great way to enjoy the beauty of nature, but it also has other benefits. The American Hiking Society notes that research has consistently shown that hiking as regular exercise can improve overall health and fitness. It also may lengthen and improve quality of life. Hiking as a fo…

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As we enjoy the last few months of summer, many of us find ourselves realizing we either haven’t taken our summer vacation yet, whether from lack of time or money (or both), or we want one more getaway before the kids go back to school and the fall weather hits.

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To those who feel a vacation isn't complete unless the family pet comes along, you're not alone. The U.S. Travel Association says that 49 percent of Americans feel the pet is just another member of the family and 18 percent of U.S. travelers plan to take their pets along the next time they t…

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Comedian Jim Gaffigan often jokes that camping is a tradition in his wife's family, but he's what people would consider "indoorsy." Gaffigan notes that the idea of burning a couple of vacation days sleeping on the ground outside isnÕt his idea of fun. But the comic may be in the minority.

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Summer is upon us and the one thing at the top of our minds at this time of the year is usually, “What are we going to do for vacation?” Some of us plan ahead months in advance for trips to Europe. Some of us plan ahead for trips a little closer to home. But some of us, like me, don’t really…

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Some of my very favorite childhood memories are set in Athens, where I attended church camp at Disciples Crossing on the eastern edge of town. I remember rumbling through town in our church bus, gazing out the window at the enormous trees and the grand homes on large plots of land.

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My family lived in Shreveport when I was a little girl. I have vivid memories of being dropped off at St. Joseph Catholic School – decked out in my plaid uniform jumper – by my dad, who waved good-bye to me from behind the wheel of his silver Cutlass Supreme with a T-top. I remember the tall…