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Reader recommendation: Stay at beautiful La Casona ranch outside Trinidad, Cuba

La Casona, a beautiful ranch outside the city of Trinidad, is a prime location to spend three or four nights. The rooms are beautiful and the food is excellent; the pool and bar area overlook the valleys and hills of Trinidad. The owners are wonderful, friendly and helpful. Horseback ride or just explore Trinidad and nearby Cienfuegos.

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Photo contest winners capture national parks in the West — with stunning success

If you need any inspiration to visit national parks this summer, take a look at these winning photographs in the 2015 Share the Experience contest sponsored in part by the National Park Foundation. Many feature public lands in the West, making them a close-to-home destination.

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Something else to see in Canada's polar bear country: white whales

Every fall, the Canadian town of Churchill in Manitoba lures people to the shores of Hudson Bay to see hundreds of polar bears waiting for the bay to freeze so they can head out onto the ice to hunt for seals.

But summer is also a good time to visit.

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Fire-knife dancers head to Hawaii for championship juggling

Big wave surfers aren't the only ones who face dangerous competitions on Oahu's North Shore. In mid-May, fire-knife jugglers will gather there to compete in an international contest of skill and artistry.

The World Fireknife Dance Championships draw competitors from the Pacific islands and beyond to the Polynesian Cultural Center on the North Shore.

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California: Yoga, music, outdoor thrills! Wanderlust Festival returns to Squaw Valley this summer

The Wanderlust Festival, which features top-tier yoga classes, speakers and live music, will return to the Squaw Valley ski resort near Lake Tahoe from July 14 to 17.  The gathering also will include outdoor adventure activities such as hikes, kayaking, biking, stand-up paddle boarding, photo treks and outdoor meditation.

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Liberace's over-the-top cars go back on display in Las Vegas

Cars as spangly and over-the-top as their onetime owner, Liberace, are once again on view in Sin City.

For those too young to know the Las Vegas showman, Liberace was a pianist who played for laughs -- and known for his outrageous costumes.

The Hollywood Cars Museum, just across Interstate 15 from the Strip, is the new home to several sparkly vehicles in its newly opened Liberace Garage.

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