Spring break ideas

FILE - This November 2012, file photo, shows the view of the bay off Isla Mujeres from the quiet easternmost section of popular North Beach, the perfect spot to lounge lazily while sipping from an ice cold beer or refreshing pina colada. Isla Mujeres, or Island of Women, is a tiny 5-mile-long, half-mile wide island just a half-hour's ferry ride across from Cancun, with far fewer visitors and a much calmer, romantic atmosphere. (AP Photo/Amanda Lee Myers, File)

YORK (AP) — Spring break is right around the corner. For some travelers, that means seeking out beaches and sunshine. Others may be tempted by Europe, which has become more affordable for Americans, or by spring skiing.

Ice climbing; adrenaline rush and puzzle-solving

In this Sunday, Feb. 6, 2017 photo, Chuck Monjak, of Dedham, Mass., climbs "Chia," an ice formation on Frankenstein Cliff in Hart's Location, N.H. "It's definitely terrifying on some level. I think that's why a lot of us do it because of the adrenaline rush, like riding a motorcycle around with a track at 100 miles an hour or jumping out of an airplane or all the other "extreme' things people do," Monjak said. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

HART’S LOCATION, N.H. (AP) — Chuck Monjak was partway up his first-ever attempt at a nearly vertical ice formation when he found himself in a terrifying predicament. With his weight supported only by the tips of his crampons, he had to figure out how to get around a bulging column of ice.

Denver’s Harlem of the West legacy endures

In this Sept. 17, 2016 photo, a monument to the now closed jazz club at the Rossonian Hotel informs visitors of the once celebrated spot in Denver's Five Points neighborhood that played host to Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong in Denver, Colo. The neighborhood is where Count Basie and Miles Davis also performed and novelist Jack Kerouac wrote part of "On The Road." The historic black neighborhood is facing gentrification with new breweries and coffee shops near buildings that once housed jazz clubs and consequential black-owned businesses. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

DENVER (AP) — The neighborhood was once called “The Harlem of the West.” It’s a place where Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis performed to packed rooms not far from the snowcapped Rocky Mountains. For years, the area served as a haven for black residents who couldn’t find housing elsewhere in the American West.

Spring break trip: A road trip in southeast Mexico

In this December 2016 photo, pink flamingos are seen in the waters of the Celestun biosphere park near Yucatan, where small boats can take tourists to about a hundred yards away from the colorful birds. A road trip through southeast Mexico, from Cancun through Campeche to Yucatan, offers a fun and sunny itinerary that includes beaches, Mayan sites and regional food specialties. (AP Photo/Amir Bibawy)

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — The police didn’t ask for bribes. The roads were safe and fast. The food was particular, yet delicious.

$250M, LA mega-mansion is priciest listing in US

This Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, photo shows the indoor and outdoor dining areas at a $250 million mansion in the Bel-Air area of Los Angeles. The mansion, the most expensive home listed in the U.S., includes 12 bedroom suites, 21 bathrooms, five bars, three gourmet kitchens, a spa and an 85-foot infinity swimming pool with stunning views of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the exclusive Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles sits a new monument to opulence, a $250 million mega-mansion that’s now the most expensive home listed in the United States.


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