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Here are some of the more interesting deals, websites and other travel tidbits that have come across our desk recently:

Holland America Line has a 14-day South America Passage cruise departing Nov. 24 from Valparaiso, Chile, priced as low as $1,399 per person double occupancy. With Buenos Aires, Argentina, the final destination, cruise highlights include the Chilean Fjords, the Strait of Magellan, Cape Horn and the Falkland Islands. 877-724-5425,

The Grand Canyon Field Institute and Grand Canyon National Park Lodges are offering two-day Learning & Lodging packages that include two days of guided exploration in the park, two nights' lodging and most meals. Pricing starts at $390 per person plus taxes. 866-471-4435,

Maine Huts & Trails offers lodging in four backcountry "boutique hostels" in western Maine aimed at hikers, mountain bikers and paddlers. 207-265-2400,

Beginning Dec. 20, United Airlines will offer a weekly nonstop flight from Chicago to Belize. The outbound flight will leave O'Hare at 8:15 a.m. Saturday and arrive in Belize City at 12:30 p.m. The return flight will depart at 1:25 p.m. Saturday and arrive in Chicago at 5:35 p.m. Book at

South Dakota is celebrating its 125th anniversary of statehood this year, and lots of special events are planned, including a wagon train that will travel from Yankton to Pierre Sept. 3-20.

The Artist Ride Photo Shoot will be Sept. 19-21 at Old Falls Village in Menomonee Falls, Wis. Models will be dressed in period costumes to be photographed by photographers or artists who plan to reproduce the scene later. Cost is $35 plus $5 per model. 262-255-6923,

Though tulips typically bloom only in the spring, at Tulip Island in Amsterdam's Vondelpark you can pick a bouquet of the colorful flowers throughout the summer. Tickets are about $10.

Through Oct. 1, quilt-inspired gardens of blooming flowers decorate the Heritage Trail in northern Indiana.

Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Mich., offers daily kayaking outings on the Boyne River. Trips are 2 to 21/2 hours and cost $40 for a single kayak or $75 for a tandem. 800-462-6963,

Bicyclists can ride a 6.8-mile section of the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail through Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio and then take the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway back to their starting point.

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