The itinerary: Galveston tours and the return of dinosaurs

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Coming home to Galveston

Fans of historical architecture have a reason to head to the Texas coast next month. The Galveston Historic Homes Tour is celebrating its 40th year with two weekends of tours of the island city’s Victorian and Greek Revival style homes. The tours, organized by the Galveston Historical Foundation, will be May 3-11 and will feature 10 homes throughout the island’s historic neighborhoods. Tickets are $20, $25 after May 2, and are available for purchase online at or by calling 409-762-2475. For more information about the homes on the tour, visit

The dinosaurs are

coming back

“Walking With Dinosaurs, the Arena Spectacular” is coming back to the U.S. and Canada — its first visit to North America since its inaugural 2007 tour. The show, based on an award-winning BBC Television series, travels 200 million years, from the Triassic to the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, and features 20 life-size dinosaurs from 10 species, including a mother Tyrannosaurus rex and her baby, both of which will now have feathers, or “dinofuzz.” The new tour kicks off July 9-13 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, then hits the Barclays Center in New York City on July 16-20 and the Prudential Center in New Jersey on July 23-27. Other stops are planned for Los Angeles, Kansas City, Montreal, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Milwaukee.

— The Associated Press

Tour companies offer

D-Day trips

With the 70th anniversary of D-Day approaching, many travel companies are offering tours that include stops connected to the history of the Allied invasion of Normandy, France, during World War II. Among the U.S. Tour Operators Association member companies offering D-Day-themed itineraries are Grand European Travel, Collette, AHI Travel, and VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, which all have trips with prices starting at less than $3,000 a person (excluding airfare). Adventures by Disney prices start under $6,000, while Cox & Kings starts at $8,995 and Abercrombie & Kent’s start at $11,895. Other travel companies offering Normandy tours range from Road Scholar to Classic Journeys; the National WWII Museum in New Orleans is also sponsoring a trip to Normandy this fall.

— The Associated Press

Fun fact

Utah considers linking ski resorts

General managers at seven Utah ski resorts announced recently they are committed to finally building a series of chairlifts that would link their ski areas and give the state a European-style experience. One general manager said he thinks it could take a decade to complete. It would link Alta Ski Area, Brighton Resort, Canyons Resort, Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort, Snowbird Ski Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort. Skiers who buy one pass would have access to 100 lifts, 750 ski runs and more than 18,000 skiable acres. It could become North America’s largest skiing complex — three times the size of Vail, Colo., and twice as big as Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia.

— The Associated Press

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