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34 Natural and Cultural Wonders Added to UNESCO World Heritage List

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/30/2021, 6:00 PM

Europe's historic spa towns, a railway that crosses two Iranian mountain ranges, a prehistoric Peruvian calendar, an Indian temple, a French lighthouse, and a collection of Arabian rock art are among the 34 cultural and natural wonders that have just been named World Heritage Sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, aka UNESCO, aka Keepers of the Globe's Bucke...

9 Ghost Towns to Explore During Road Trips Through the American West

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/29/2021, 6:00 PM

Stop in these abandoned Western U.S. towns for history, intriguing ruins, some spookiness, and a little kitsch.

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Miss Mrs. Maisel? Tour the Show’s NYC Locations in a Vintage Studebaker

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/28/2021, 7:00 PM

The Covid-19 pandemic delayed season 4 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, but the hit Amazon Prime series is definitely returning. Star Rachel Brosnahan announced on Instagram earlier this month that shooting on the latest season has finished, which means that, for the time being, there won't be any more excited social media posts from fans sharing snaps of Brosnahan and company filming scenes in Ne...

Enchanted Trail Attraction Takes Would-Be Wizards Into Harry Potter’s Forbidden Forest

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/27/2021, 6:00 PM

Harry Potter fans will soon get the chance to take a magical stroll through the Forbidden Forest, the wooded habitat for Hippogriffs, centaurs, unicorns, Nifflers, and other creatures in the Wizarding World.  The one-of-a-kind Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience will begin welcoming Muggles in October to a leafy area on the grounds of the Arley Hall & Gardens estate in England's Che...

Wait, a New Ranking Says the Best U.S. Airline Is . . . United?!

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/23/2021, 6:00 PM

Lately, United Airlines has been experiencing something unusual for the Chicago-based company: good publicity. Just this week, United ranked higher than any other U.S. airline on the annual list of the world's top 20 carriers compiled by AirlineRatings.com. Based on an assessment measuring safety, passenger reviews, and tech innovation, Qatar Airways was named the world's best, while last ye...

Berlin’s Huge New Cultural Museum Finally Opens After Years of Controversy and Delay

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/22/2021, 5:00 PM

Berlin's Humboldt Forum, a massive museum complex located along the Spree river in the city's center, finally opened to the public this week.  Construction delays and the Covid-19 pandemic pushed back the planned debut of the ambitious, controversial, and expensive cultural center by about two years. The final price tag topped €680 million (more than US $800 million). Standing on a site prev...

This Low-Cost French Airline’s Flights to Paris from NYC Are Très Cheap

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/21/2021, 7:00 PM

The Paris-based low-cost airline French Bee, which debuted in 2016, has launched its first route to and from the East Coast of the United States—and the fares are incroyable. (Or, to put it in the King's English, tickets are as cheap as chips.) Operating between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) near New York City and Paris Orly Airport (ORY) just south of the French capital, French Be...

Vacation Sex Survey: Americans on the Mile High Club, One-Night Stands, and More

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/20/2021, 7:00 PM

According to a newly released survey on the sex habits of vacationing Americans, almost a quarter of U.S. adults say they've gotten busy aboard some form of public transportation, be it an airplane, a train, a bus, an Uber, or the Staten Island Ferry (shudder). That's probably the most eyebrow-raising statistic in the 2021 Sex Travel Survey, a nationwide poll conducted on behalf of The Vacation...

A Zip Line for Bikes (Yikes) Opens in Hawaii

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/19/2021, 4:00 PM

The United States has its first bike-friendly zip line (boy, bike lanes really are popping up everywhere, huh?). A company called Kauai ATV already operates the Koloa Zipline course on its 22,000-acre property on the south shore of Kauai, the lush Hawaiian island known for its dramatic tropical scenery and abundant opportunities for adventure sports.  Now the Koloa site, which also offers AT...

Stirring Images of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail from Its Official Companion Book

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/17/2021, 9:15 AM

Photos from the official companion book to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail connecting important sites in Black Americans' struggle for fundamental freedoms. 

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