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Welcome to the online home of travel columnist Donald D. Groff, who has dispensed advice  and stories since 1988 in such publications as the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Newark Star-Ledger, The Kansas City Star, Newsday, Salon, Condé Nast Traveler, Consumer Reports Travel Letter, The Boston Globe, and Endless Vacation magazine.




Travel help without the hype
/ This week's columns

Philadelphia's Please Touch Museum reopens to the public Oct. 18 in its new home, Memorial Hall in Fairmount park. www.pleasetouchmuseum.org

 Geogroffica urges anyone who's ever going to visit the Flight 93 Memorial in western Pennsylvania to go now, while the humble but heartfelt original is in place.

Travel Q&A: Why cruising will never replace planes, trains and automobiles on the N.Y.-Fla. route. Ask a travel question.  

10 for the Road: Festivals, Oct. 25-26/Nov. 1-2: Northampton Film Fest in Mass.  Civil War show in Gettysburg  Punkin' Chunkin' in Delaware Toy Soldiers in Hackensack, N.J. New York City Marathon.

  
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Guidebooks roll off the presses every day -- too many titles to keep up with them all. Check out new ones that have caught our eye in the Bookshelf. 

Festivals with flair
Terror Behind the Walls
Oct. 15-Nov. 2, Philadelphia 

Halloween at Eastern State Prison 

What islands and foreign cities can you reach by nonstop flights from PHL? More than you think.

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