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This 2013 photo provided by Alison King shows a commemorative plaque on buildings at the Petrified Forest National Park visitors compound, an example of modern architecture with their flat roofs, low silhouettes and large windows that open up to the vast expanse of rainbow-colored desert. Spanning dozens of acres, the structures provided everything the park staff and visitors would need: a gas station, restaurant, community building, maintenance shop, housing, even a two-room elementary school. The National Park Service entrusted the design to prominent architects Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander ahead of the agency’s 50th birthday, and it’s the only project of theirs still standing within the Park Service.(AP Photo/Alison King)

The Petrified Forest complex was on track to be demolished in 1993, but lack of funding derailed that plan and it was declared safe in 2004, said park Superintendent Brad Traver.

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“They’re producing a product that people do really like but aren’t willing to pay enough for,” says Seth Kaplan, managing partner of industry newsletter Airline Weekly.

This Oct. 3, 2014 photo shows server Amanda Jackson, background, waitingon customers at the counter in the original cafe section of Cattleman's restaurant in Oklahoma City. The restaurant, which first opened in 1910 as the Cattlemen’s Cafe, is known for quality beef. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

As a New Yorker on a road trip through Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri, I was told by any number of locals that I had to eat at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in Oklahoma City.

In this Sept. 10, 2014 photo, participants enter a cabin simulator during a British Airways flight safety course at the airline's Cranebank training facility, near Heathrow airport in London. The half-day safety course, now open to frequent fliers willing to pay $265, encourages passengers to be aware of their surroundings and familiarize themselves with what happens in an emergency. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

“In this day and age, everybody is so comfortable with flying, they get on planes and don’t consider safety,” says Andy Clubb, a safety instructor at British Airways’ flight training center.

Cycling France’s Loire Valley

In this June 21, 2014 photo, cyclists bike along the Loire River near Blois, France. There are hundreds of miles of bike trails through the chateaux towns of the Loire Valley. (AP Photo/Karen Schwartz)

We’d been trying to cycle the 17 miles (27 kilometers) from Chenonceaux to Chaumont, but kept getting lost. We even asked directions from a passing motorist who was certain she knew which way the bike route went, then sent us to the wrong town.

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