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Dream homes: Five tempting homes for sale in Lake Tahoe

  This Zephyr Cove home in Lake Tahoe, Nev., has sprawling, lawns, and other water features.(Photo: ENGEL & VÖLKERS) Lake Tahoe is one of the most expensive and complicated destinations for real estate purchases. It spans two states—California and Nevada—and has about 70 miles of shoreline. The lake itself is about 22 miles long and […]

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Photo tour: Inside Carnival Cruise Line’s new Carnival Horizon

  The brand-new Carnival Horizon made its debut in the Mediterranean before sailing for its new homeports in New York and Miami.(Photo: Carnival Cruise Line) Thinking about a sailing with Carnival Cruise Line? Our latest Cruise Ship Tour, in the carousel above, offers a deck-by-deck look at the line’s newest vessel, the 3,954-passenger Carnival Horizon. Miami-based […]

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50 states: 50 beers for travelers

  Ohio’s Jackie O’s Brewery has its own farm and uses local ingredients like wildflower honey and spruce tips. Visit the taproom (open daily), brewpub (Tuesday-Thursday) or Public House (open daily) in Athens.(Photo: Wendy Pramik, for USA TODAY) In honor of National Beer Day on April 7, we tracked (chugged?) down the perfect beer for […]

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First look: Inside Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, world’s largest cruise ship

  At 228,081 gross register tons, Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas is the largest cruise ship ever built.(Photo: Royal Caribbean International) ST. NAZAIRE, France — Eager for a look inside the largest cruise ship ever built? USA TODAY this week is getting early access to Royal Caribbean’s much-awaited, 228,081-ton Symphony of the Seas in […]

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Hull art gone wild: The crazy things cruise lines are painting on ships

  German line Aida Cruises has made giant colorful lips a signature of its hull art design.(Photo: Aida Cruises) Remember when nearly every cruise ship hull was painted a crisp white or navy blue? Things sure have changed. In recent years, a growing number of cruise lines have begun adding “hull art” to their vessels […]