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20 single-tank summer road trips from Baltimore

It’s summertime, and you’re ready to play. But vacations involving trains and air travel become pricey, especially for families. We know, you think you’ve been to every destination worth driving. But this year we bypassed the obvious for less trodden locales with different diversions and restful...

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  • MGM National Harbor tops again in state casino revenue

    MGM National Harbor tops again in state casino revenue

    Just five months after it opened, MGM National Harbor emerged for the second straight month in April as Maryland's top revenue-producing casino, according to figures released Friday by the state. MGM, which topped $50 million in monthly revenue for the first time in March, generated $49.9 million...

  • MGM National Harbor back on top as Maryland casinos set another revenue record

    MGM National Harbor back on top as Maryland casinos set another revenue record

    Four-month-old MGM National Harbor reclaimed the state's top revenue-producing spot during a record-breaking March for Maryland's six casinos. MGM, which opened Dec. 8, topped $50 million in monthly revenue for the first time, surpassing Maryland Live, according to figures released Wednesday by...

  • Maryland Live back on top in state casino revenue

    Maryland Live back on top in state casino revenue

    Maryland Live, which lost its position in January as the state's top revenue-producing casino, leapfrogged the 3-month-old MGM National Harbor last month to regain the No. 1 spot. Maryland Live, battling to retain its market share, generated $46.2 million from slot machines and table games in February,...

  • MGM National Harbor becomes state's largest casino

    MGM National Harbor becomes state's largest casino

    The $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor leapfrogged Maryland Live as the state's top revenue-producing casino in January, its first full month of operation. The new Prince George's County casino, which opened in early December, generated $48.8 million from slot machines and table games, making it the...

  • Maryland casinos are pumping out billions for education. So why are there school budget deficits?

    Maryland casinos are pumping out billions for education. So why are there school budget deficits?

    In the seven years since the first of Maryland's six casinos opened, they have pumped $1.7 billion into the state's Education Trust Fund — the financial windfall that advocates for gambling promised would go to the state's public schools. But over that time, casino funds have not gone to bolster...

  • MGM National Harbor bets on A-list music lineup to draw customers

    MGM National Harbor bets on A-list music lineup to draw customers

    Jared and Amy Akman made their first trip to MGM National Harbor in Prince George's County last week for one reason — to see the multiplatinum rock band Kings of Leon kick off its U.S. tour. Sure, the married couple from Lutherville was curious about the new resort's casino, the celebrity chef-driven...

  • Police: Three charged with robbing man they followed home from casino

    Police: Three charged with robbing man they followed home from casino

    Howard County police have charged three people with robbing a Columbia man after they followed him home from Maryland Live Casino Jan. 11. Hayman Rajab Abdulrahman, 23, of Eastern Avenue in Baltimore, Sangar Kamal Majed, 27, of Searles Road in Dundalk, and Khalil Mohammadi, 22, of N. Clinton Street...

  • Baltimore poker professional and other players sue tour

    Baltimore poker professional and other players sue tour

    A Baltimore poker professional has filed suit in Montgomery County, contending that the managers of a poker tour didn't pay him promised prize money for finishing atop a tournament in Aruba last November. Stephen Deutsch and three other players, including one from Montgomery County, say they were...

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  • America's most authentic dive bars

    America's most authentic dive bars

    The dive bar's obituary probably has been written a thousand times, sometimes with an eloquence that would baffle the average coot who shuffles into these black holes, looking for a shot and a beer before the clock strikes noon. And yet, the ratio of dive-bar listicles to dive-bar obits must be...

  • Chefs with Maryland roots cook, live it up in California

    Chefs with Maryland roots cook, live it up in California

    Take a pinch of adventure, add a dash of wanderlust and mix in opportunity. Blend in a passion for deliciousness and what does the recipe yield? For three chefs with Maryland ties, the dish might be called California dreamin'. Two are world-famous: celebrity chefs Duff Goldman and Michael Voltaggio....

  • Historic firehouse to hot hotel: Repurposed buildings revel in their colorful pasts

    Historic firehouse to hot hotel: Repurposed buildings revel in their colorful pasts

    This spring, at Detroit's former Fire Department headquarters, uniformed "first-responders" will be making wake-up calls and delivering room-service breakfasts. The 1929 neoclassical downtown landmark is set to open May 15 as the 100-room boutique Detroit Foundation Hotel. It's part of a trend...

  • Resort island without Uber or Lyft wants to keep it that way

    Resort island without Uber or Lyft wants to keep it that way

    NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. — Twelve miles and a ferry ride from the New England shore, Block Island is one of the last major tourist destinations in the United States without Uber or Lyft — and islanders want it to stay that way. Come summer, the sleepy island welcomes thousands of vacationers, many of...

  • For convenience on the road, Airstream's Basecamp offers mystique in a small package

    For convenience on the road, Airstream's Basecamp offers mystique in a small package

    The object of my desire was silver and riveted. A decade ago, Airstream introduced a small, utilitarian trailer called the Basecamp. The beautiful, streamlined pod turned heads on the highway. Inside, it had no bathroom but the easy-to-clean, minimalist interior was perfect for muddy and sandy...

  • Walt Disney World plans to deploy driverless shuttles at Florida theme parks

    Walt Disney World plans to deploy driverless shuttles at Florida theme parks

    Walt Disney World in Florida appears poised to launch the highest-profile commercial deployment of driverless passenger vehicles to date, testing a fleet of driverless shuttles that could cart passengers through parking lots and around its theme parks. According to sources with direct knowledge...

  • For blues fans, Mississippi Delta has many stories to tell

    For blues fans, Mississippi Delta has many stories to tell

    The Mississippi Delta has no shortage of museums, historic attractions and clubs devoted to the blues. But visitors will find the region has many other stories to tell, from the cotton plantations where African-American families worked and lived in desperate poverty to culinary traditions that...

  • 'I'd rather just chill,' travelers say in survey of vacation habits

    'I'd rather just chill,' travelers say in survey of vacation habits

    Are vacations for kicking back or scrambling to do as much as possible? Here’s what a 17-nation survey has found: 59% of travelers prefer to relax and unwind during vacation. 35% prefer an active vacation where they do and see a lot of things. Brazil, South Korea and Japan were the countries most...

  • Ischia, the setting for 'My Brilliant Friend,' is also a brilliant choice for a respite

    Ischia, the setting for 'My Brilliant Friend,' is also a brilliant choice for a respite

    The 17-square-mile volcanic island of Ischia, a 90-minute ferry ride from Naples on Italy’s west coast, was a different world 60 years ago for Elena, the narrator of Elena Ferrante’s popular four-book series detailing the lifelong friendship of two women. Ischia, known for its thermal spas, beaches...

  • Chihuly glass exhibit blooms in the Bronx

    Chihuly glass exhibit blooms in the Bronx

    Spring flowers aren't the only things beautifying the New York Botanical Garden: The 250-acre landscape is hosting a new exhibit of Dale Chihuly's glass sculptures. "Chihuly" marks the Seattle-based artist's first major garden exhibition in New York in more than a decade. The show debuted in late...

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