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5 surprising forms of tourism that are actually becoming popular

It seems business or pleasure are the only options travelers are given when defining the reasoning behind their trips, but motivations for travel aren't always so crystal clear. In fact, more and more travelers are going on pilgrimages to very specific destinations for reasons that don't fall anywhere near the classic brackets of leisure or work-related. Here are five of the most fascinating underground forms of tourism out there.

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History lessons at the Hanford Site

On our last family road trip to the Pacific Northwest, my wife and I drove a big loop with our daughter, then 6. We hit Seattle and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. On the way south toward Portland, we stopped at Walla Walla in southeastern Washington. Nice people, pleasant wineries.

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One park, three sites

Besides the Hanford Site, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (www.nps.gov/mapr) includes two locations that are owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Miami Beach � America's sexiest metropolis

This just may be America's sexiest city - a symphony of sand, surf and sherbet-colored sunrises set to a sassy salsa beat. It is palm trees and pulsating nightlife; torpid days and tropical nights; shimmering pools and shimmying revelers.

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Nuclear weapons timeline

"Nuclear weapon" is a broad term for any weapon involving a reaction among atomic nuclei. An atomic bomb is one kind of nuclear bomb; a hydrogen (or thermonuclear) bomb is another kind that's more powerful.

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No small mission at the Manhattan Project National Historical Park

On a spring morning in high, dry southern Washington, a bright yellow bus rumbled to a stop in a lot at the Hanford Site near the Columbia River. The fourth-graders of Orchard Elementary School in nearby Richland, Wash., were about to see one of this nation's newest historical parks, surrounded by a valley filled with sagebrush, eagles and elk.

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Travel dilemmas: Driving in Mexico

Question: We will be going to Loreto, Mexico, and may want to rent a car for a few days. I have been reading about insurance and about being billed for damage that was already done to the car. I've read about being pulled over and not having the proper papers, etc. Can you offer a list of what to get or decline or any other advice?

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