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These swimmers will try to set a record in North America, naturally

Care to go bare? Then leave the swimsuit at home and join the thousands of people who’ll be attempting to set a skinny-dipping record.

More than 60 nudist resorts across the U.S. and Canada, including five in Southern California, will be participating in the July 11 World Record Skinny-Dip Across North America.

The nudist clubs’ pools will be packed at noon Pacific Time as designated record keepers...

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You could be attending Sturgis' motorcycle rally with 999,999 of your closest friends

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. This summer’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally could attract as many as a million people to the tiny South Dakota town for the 75th anniversary of the rally.

The town of less than 7,000 typically draws 400,000 visitors for the rally.  But after the 2014 gathering, the Rapid City Journal suggested that the milestone might make attendance spike.

 If 853,000 or more...

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Gear: Your little superhero can have a super backpack for traveling

Why should your little traveler wear a backpack designed for mere mortals when he or she can don one that reveals the superhero within?

When you unzip the hidden pocket at the top of the spongy nylon pack of the SuperME Cape Backpack, out flows an attached big, bright satiny cape.

Another pocket holds a matching mask. Among about 10 color schemes and themes are a black, gray and yellow Ninja Graffiti...

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Deal: Heat and dust add up to savings at Arizona's Boulders resort

If you can put up with the heat (highs this week are expected to range from 100 to 107) and navigate around some major renovations, the Boulders Resort & Spa in Carefree, Ariz., has a summer package that gives you a chance to relax and save at the same time.

The deal: The Truly Boulders Deal  puts all 422 rooms on sale. For example, a two-bedroom villa begins at $389 a night. During the winter and...

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Build a Batmobile or chat with 'Friends' on Warner Bros.' expanded backlot tour

Hollywood has long been a big draw for tourists visiting Southern California.

Now Warner Bros. is hoping to capitalize on that interest by giving travelers to Los Angeles a deeper look into the movie-making process.

Spurred by the success of its behind-the-scenes Harry Potter studio tour outside London, Warner Bros. is planning a major expansion of its backlot tour in Burbank.

The newly named Warner...

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New Viking Ocean Cruises line adds four more itineraries

Viking Ocean Cruises has been so popular in its inaugural year of sailing that it has added four new itineraries for its recently christened Viking Star and sister ships Viking Sea (debuting in April 2016) and Viking Sky (debuting in March 2017).

If the name Viking rings a bell, it is because Viking River Cruises, founded in 1997, is one of the giants of river cruising.

Viking Ocean will add the the...

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