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To bring back visitors, museums are having to draw on their own creativity

We're standing in front of the painting "Black Cross, New Mexico" by Georgia O'Keeffe at the Art Institute of Chicago when our animated tour guide, Jessamyn Fitzpatrick, asks what O'Keeffe is known for. One woman in our group of eight says flowers. Another pipes up with the female anatomy. Fitzpatrick...

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  • Formula changes mean more casino money to city even as Horseshoe revenue declines

    Formula changes mean more casino money to city even as Horseshoe revenue declines

    While Horseshoe Casino Baltimore has seen revenue fall since the December 2016 opening of MGM National Harbor in Prince George’s County, the City of Baltimore — which receives a percentage of Horseshoe’s proceeds — is actually receiving more money than before from the casino. That’s because regulators...

  • Live Casino & Hotel to open large outdoor smoking patio

    Live Casino & Hotel to open large outdoor smoking patio

    Live Casino & Hotel is constructing a large smoking patio that it says will distinguish it from its rivals by offering table games, slot machines and a bar, all in an outdoor space. Smoking is barred inside Maryland’s six casinos. But the patio, called “Orchid,” will be open on one side, enabling...

  • Maryland casinos generated $127.8 million in January

    Maryland casinos generated $127.8 million in January

    Revenue at the state’s six casinos inched up to $127.8 million in January, Maryland Lottery and Gaming said Monday. That’s up 1.2 percent from the $126.2 million generated in January 2017. January was the first full month when all six of the state’s casinos could be compared on a year-over-year...

  • MGM National Harbor leads state casinos in revenue; Ocean Downs prepares for table games

    MGM National Harbor leads state casinos in revenue; Ocean Downs prepares for table games

    MGM National Harbor topped $50 million in monthly revenue for the seventh time in November and three Maryland casinos reported revenue increases — including Ocean Downs, which is undergoing an expansion and wants to add table gaming. Overall, the six casinos generated $130.5 million — an increase...

  • MGM National Harbor tops state casinos again as Horseshoe revenue declines

    MGM National Harbor tops state casinos again as Horseshoe revenue declines

    Approaching its first anniversary, MGM National Harbor generated more than $50 million in revenue in October, while revenue at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore dipped again from a year earlier. Topping $50 million in monthly revenue for the sixth time since opening last December, MGM National Harbor’s...

  • Horseshoe Casino labor contract take effect this month

    Horseshoe Casino labor contract take effect this month

    A group of five unions successfully unionized about 1,000 workers at the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, negotiating a contract that took effect this month. Leaders of Unite Here Local 7 said they plan to unveil details Thursday of the first union contract ratified at Horseshoe. The union local, which...

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  • The most scenic spot in every state

    The most scenic spot in every state

    One of the best parts of traveling is appreciating the beauty of your destination, and in America, there's no shortage of stunning vistas, beautiful trails, and pretty towns in every state. While we may not have centuries worth of iconic landmarks like Europe does, our nation is known for its outstanding...

  • If the Boston Marathon is too easy, try these crazy runs

    If the Boston Marathon is too easy, try these crazy runs

    For runners, one of the most storied-and feared-stretches is Heartbreak Hill, 20 miles into the Boston Marathon. The 90-foot elevation gain over one-third of a mile would be a painful climb in any marathon, but here it's compounded because it occurs at the distance where many runners hit the proverbial...

  • Hotel or commune? New wave of lodging is aimed at digital nomads who want more than Wi-Fi connection

    Hotel or commune? New wave of lodging is aimed at digital nomads who want more than Wi-Fi connection

    Eyes closed, poised in a lotus position, I mentally slip away from our morning mindfulness instruction to meditate on the joy that we might offer the world today. I also wonder: What do I think of this place we’re staying — a place my wife likes to call “the commune?” Others call it Roam Miami,...

  • Chill out or be chilled in St. Augustine after dark

    Chill out or be chilled in St. Augustine after dark

    Hair standing up on the back of the neck? Check. Chill running down spine? Check. No one standing behind you? Double check. St. Augustine visitors traditionally pack the pedestrian-friendly streets of downtown during the day, soaking up historic landmarks amid art galleries, restaurants and shops...

  • Away from the theme parks, Orlando area offers dining thrills

    Away from the theme parks, Orlando area offers dining thrills

    Local food blogger Ricky Ly is guiding me through the iFresh supermarket, an Asian store in the Mills 50 district of the city. Taiwanese pastries are among the specialties, he explains, gesturing to a 20-foot-long display case filled with everything from mango cream cheese buns to pineapple buns...

  • Washington, D.C., cherry blossoms have reached peak bloom

    Washington, D.C., cherry blossoms have reached peak bloom

    If you want to see the famous cherry blossoms of Washington this year, now is the time, according to the National Park Service. The blossoms reached peak bloom on Thursday, the agency said on its “Bloom Watch” site. The peak bloom date is when 70 percent of the blossoms are open. The best time...

  • A new model for travel? Pay a local $25 a day to plan a trip

    A new model for travel? Pay a local $25 a day to plan a trip

    Is a company called ViaHero creating a new model for travel? For a flat fee of $25 a day, travelers can use a service called ViaHero to hire locals on the ground to plan out their trips, arranging everything from lodging and airport pickup to sightseeing and dining. The service combines authentic...

  • TSA scanners can confuse food, explosives; some travelers forced to remove munchies from carry-ons

    TSA scanners can confuse food, explosives; some travelers forced to remove munchies from carry-ons

    You've taken off your shoes and removed your laptop from your carry-on bag to go through airport security screening. You candy bar may be next. Although it's OK to board an airplane with food, some Transportation Security Administration agents have been asking travelers to remove their food from...

  • Myrtle Beach works to become an autism-friendly destination

    Myrtle Beach works to become an autism-friendly destination

    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has a busy boardwalk and all kinds of attractions, from mini-golf courses and water parks to a zip line and a Ferris wheel. So it might not be an obvious destination for families with kids on the autism spectrum who may be easily overwhelmed by noise and commotion....

  • A klutz's guide to a weekend at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

    A klutz's guide to a weekend at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

    The last time I visited the Grand Canyon, I was a teenager … eons ago. But hey, compared with the national park’s age — 2 billion years or so — I’m a youngster. Last spring, my husband and I arrived at the South Rim and immediately took a hike on the steep Bright Angel Trail. Plot twist: I twisted...

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  • Step up, America: 5 ways public transportation is crucial to our small towns

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. If you’ve ever had to scramble to get to work because your car isn’t running — or you've been unable to drive due to an injury — you understand some of the challenges of the vast number of Americans who rely on public transportation in small...

  • Consider a new way to see the world: The benefits of group travel

    Consider a new way to see the world: The benefits of group travel

    Many people long to see another part of the world but are reluctant to travel on their own or take on the stress of planning a vacation. Researching destinations, transportation, accommodations and activities can be a lot of work. Expedia research has shown that leisure travelers visit an average...

  • In your face: Top 10 cities with beard bragging rights

    In your face: Top 10 cities with beard bragging rights

    Each year, men’s grooming leader Wahl pinpoints cities from across the country most likely to embrace their bearded brethren. So where are these havens for the hairy? Check out this year’s Top 10 Most Facial Hair Friendly Cities in America. 1. Philadelphia First, Philadelphia took home the Vince...

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