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Spike in Price of Lifetime National Parks Pass for Seniors

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/12/2017, 4:00 AM

The price of a lifetime national parks pass for U.S. seniors is about to go way up. Since 1994, Americans aged 62 or older have been able to purchase access for just $10 to more than 2,000 sites managed by the National Park Service—a pass that remains valid for the rest of the purchaser's life. But on August 28, the fee is jumping to $80.  Even with the steep increase, which was ap...

World's Biggest Indoor Ski Resort Opens in China

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/11/2017, 4:00 AM

A city in China has a new must-visit spot for those who love skiing but could do without the fresh air and mountain scenery. The Harbin Wanda Indoor Ski and Winter Sports Resort is being billed as the largest facility of its kind, extending across more than 860,000 square feet and six ski runs—all of them inside. There are slopes for winter athletes of all abilities, including beginners, a...

Do Travelers Lose Something by Using Airbnb's Premium Services?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/11/2017, 2:15 AM

Airbnb wants to snag business travelers with listings that have the latest in luxury fittings and are regularly inspected. Why I (might) object...

Mexican Mansion of Drug Kingpin Pablo Escobar Turned Into Luxury Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/10/2017, 4:00 AM

A mansion that once belonged to '80s drug kingpin Pablo Escobar has been turned into a luxury hotel in Tulum, Mexico.  After sitting vacant for the last 14 years, the 35-room property has been renovated and transformed into the Casa Malca, an elegant inn set next to a beach on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. The place is filled with contemporary art from the collection of its new owner, Lio La...

Scaffolding to Cover Taj Mahal During Yearlong Restoration

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/06/2017, 4:00 AM

The Taj Mahal in India is undergoing a large-scale restoration that officials say will ultimately leave the marble beauty a brighter shade of white. In the meantime, however, the main dome and central structure of the building will be covered by scaffolding, as workers apply a mud-pack treatment designed to clean the surface, which has yellowed over time.  The project is expected to be...

Beer Prices Going up at Munich's Oktoberfest

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/05/2017, 4:00 AM

The price for a stein of beer is going up at Munich's Oktoberfest this year. Scheduled for September 16 through October 3, the Bavarian festival famous for brews, sausages, lederhosen, and oompah bands will be charging €10.95 (US$12.44) for each liter of the beer made especially for the event.  That's €0.25 more than the cost in 2016 and a whopping €4.65 more than a single stein was go...

Legal Marijuana Has Come to Las Vegas

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/03/2017, 12:00 AM

Pot has joined Sin City's list of legal vices. What do you need to know before you toke?...

Trump Robot Will Speak at Hall of Presidents, Says Disney

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/30/2017, 4:00 AM

Disney has refuted the notion that the Hall of Presidents attraction at Walt Disney World in Orlando will take a different approach to incorporating the current occupant of the Oval Office.   In two stories published in May and June, Vice Media's Motherboard reported that in order to avoid giving an animatronic Trump speaking lines in the attraction, Disney would likely revert to the pre-1...

New Island on North Carolina Coast

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/29/2017, 4:00 AM

A new island has appeared off the coast of North Carolina—just in time for summer. Formed by powerful currents and storms over the past several months, the massive sandbar has emerged from the Atlantic Ocean near Cape Point on the state's Hatteras Island. (Photo: Instagram / @abcnews)  This newest addition to the Outer Banks has been dubbed Shelly Island—which is appropriate s...

Vegas Taco Bell Now Offering Wedding Ceremonies

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/28/2017, 4:00 AM

Here's a destination wedding idea for couples who think outside the box—or outside the bun, as the case may be.  Starting on August 7, you can get married at a Taco Bell on the Las Vegas Strip. All you and your betrothed have to do is walk up to the counter at the Taco Bell Cantina at 3717 Las Vegas Blvd. S., and order a $600 wedding package that includes the ceremony, champagne flutes...

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