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The essential guide to all 59 US national parks

National parks are the "spacious skies" and "mountain majesties" of elementary school choirs. They're living postcards from adventurers who had the foresight to preserve natural wonders for those who followed. The 59 U.S. parks are stark and arid, elevated and lush, watery and forbidding. They're...

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  • Gamblers banned from Maryland casinos risk arrest as well as money

    Gamblers banned from Maryland casinos risk arrest as well as money

    In the early hours of April 1, a slots player at Hollywood Casino Perryville hit it big — a $1,200 jackpot. But the gambler wasn't handed a stack of cash; rather, he received a citation for criminal trespass. This was no April Fool's joke. The casino summoned Perryville police after a casino supervisor...

  • Maryland wants to know if problem gambling increased amid casino growth

    Maryland wants to know if problem gambling increased amid casino growth

    The state wants to know whether the rapid expansion of casinos in the past five years has led to an increase in problem gamblers. With five Maryland casinos and a sixth on the way, state-funded researchers said this week that they are preparing a survey to gauge how many people cannot control their...

  • Maryland Live says MGM hired employees with high-roller lists

    Maryland Live says MGM hired employees with high-roller lists

    Maryland Live casino has accused MGM National Harbor — its soon-to-open rival on the Potomac — of hiring former Maryland Live hosts who allegedly improperly collected and retained names and contact information from their ex-employer's private database of "high rollers." The three hosts "misappropriated...

  • Racing commission approves Rosecroft sale

    Racing commission approves Rosecroft sale

    The Maryland Racing Commission on Tuesday approved the sale of Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George's County to the Stronach Group, which said it hopes to grow its brand and standardbred racing in the state. With the purchase from Penn National Gaming, Stronach will add to a collection of Maryland...

  • Maryland casinos continued revenue roll in June

    Maryland casinos continued revenue roll in June

    Combined revenue at Maryland's five casinos increased year-over-year for the seventh straight month in June, continuing a record roll. Revenues reached $93.3 million, an increase of 2.1 percent over June 2015, according to figures released Wednesday by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency....

  • As MGM National Harbor looms, what impact will it have on Maryland Live casino?

    As MGM National Harbor looms, what impact will it have on Maryland Live casino?

    With the MGM National Harbor Casino slated to be completed in the next few months, there are still looming questions as to whether it will negatively impact Anne Arundel County's own Maryland Live casino. When voters narrowly approved expanding the number of casinos in Maryland from five to six...

  • Maryland casinos are on a record roll

    Maryland casinos are on a record roll

    Atlantic City, rocked by the 2014 closure of four casinos, is teetering on the brink of a financial crisis. Nevada casino revenue has been flat for months. But Maryland's casino market, like a progressive jackpot, just keeps growing. The five casinos combined to generate record revenues for the...

  • Maryland casino revenue tops $100 million for first time in April

    Maryland casino revenue tops $100 million for first time in April

    Soaring monthly revenue at Maryland's casinos topped $100 million for the first time in April, the Lottery and Gaming Control Agency said Thursday. The five casinos combined to reach $103.8 million, surpassing the previous monthly record of $98.9 million set in July 2015. It was the fifth straight...

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  • Mountain getaways: Summer is the perfect time to head for the hills

    Mountain getaways: Summer is the perfect time to head for the hills

    Who says fighting hours of traffic simply to score a blanket-size space on a jam-packed beach is a required rite of summertime? This year, why not skip the scorching sand, crowded restaurants and boardwalk kitsch? Instead, chill out in the mountains, where you'll find spectacular scenery, fresh...

  • Ocean City Inlet to be dredged beginning this weekend

    Ocean City Inlet to be dredged beginning this weekend

    The 150-foot Dreddge Currituck is scheduled to arrive Friday in Ocean City to begin dredging the channel through the inlet this weekend, the Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday. The Currituck, an Army Corps hobber dredge based in Wilmington, N.C., is designed to work in shallow-draft ocean bar...

  • Weekend adventure: A visitors' guide to Sykesville and its small-town charms

    Weekend adventure: A visitors' guide to Sykesville and its small-town charms

    Maryland, a melting pot of the Mid-Atlantic, has many unique small towns to visit. There are the beach spots with coastal charm, the historic cities with Colonial vibes and places edging on the country that share a likeness with the deeper South. But this year, none of them are as cool as Sykesville....

  • Best places to travel in July

    Best places to travel in July

    In Chicago, things are starting to get a little toasty and pretty crowded. If you're looking to escape, there are a few locations that would be good to check out. Here is a list of the best places to visit in July, according to Travel + Leisure.

  • National Parks properties in Maryland

    National Parks properties in Maryland

    The National Park Service is celebrating 100 years. Here's a glimpse at some of the properties the service manages in Maryland. For a comprehensive list of parks, visit findyourpark.com.

  • The 'Game of Thrones' travel guide

    The 'Game of Thrones' travel guide

    Set in a world of epic landscapes and noble castles, cable hit "Game of Thrones" needed talented production designers to bring George R.R. Martin's vision to life. While many of "GOT's" recurring sets (like the Iron Throne) are filmed at Paint Hall studios in Belfast, Ireland, the show shoots largely...

  • A Myrtle Beach vacation is bound to surprise you

    A Myrtle Beach vacation is bound to surprise you

    Nancy Helms probably owns a better camera with a bigger lens than yours. When she's not home in Midlothian, Va., near Richmond, she's probably here, in Huntington Beach State Park, aiming her Canon at something. "Have you found the painted buntings?" she asked. RELATED: TRENDING LIFE & STYLE NEWS...

  • America's best vacations for sports fans

    America's best vacations for sports fans

    Getting tickets to see the big game can cost some big money. Another way to sport your team and fulfill your need for sports would be taking a trip. These locations are the perfect places for any sports fan, according to Travel + Leisure. From halls of fame to hometowns of sports lengends, you...

  • The floating piers of northern Italy

    The floating piers of northern Italy

  • Air Force Thunderbirds return to the skies in OC this weekend

    Air Force Thunderbirds return to the skies in OC this weekend

    The Air Force's famous Thunderbirds will streak across Ocean City's skies this weekend, marking their return to air shows after a crash in Colorado two weeks ago. The Thunderbirds — a precision aerobatic team of red, white and blue fighter jets — are the headliners of the two-day OC Air Show, now...

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