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A Fall Getaway for Two: Amtrak’s BOGO Sale for the Northeast U.S.

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/25/2020, 6:00 PM

Just in time for leaf-peeping season, Amtrak is making it easier to plan a New England getaway for two with a buy-one-get-one-free sale.  Book a seat on one of the rail carrier's Acela or Northeast Regional trains, which operate between Boston and Virginia, for travel through Saturday, December 12, and you can bring along a companion for free.   Available fares start as low as $30 (for North...

Next Exit! America's Most Epic Roadside Attractions

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/25/2020, 5:45 PM

Give your road trip a big dose of weird at these strange, sprawling capitals of kitsch and commerce combining numerous oddities, souvenir stands, food options, and usually a giant dinosaur or two....

Thailand Is Mailing Trash Back to Tourists Who Litter

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/24/2020, 10:00 AM

Government officials in Thailand have had it with people leaving garbage in nature reserves.  In a Facebook post last week, Varawut Silpa-archa, the country's minister of natural resources and the environment, promised to track down those who litter and personally mail them the trash they fail to dispose of. He wasn't kidding.  The minister later posted photos showing a box packed with ga...

You Can Now Stay at "The Conjuring" House—If You Dare

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/23/2020, 11:00 AM

The malevolent spirits in The Conjuring films don't seem especially eager to join the hospitality industry.  Nevertheless, the haunted house that inspired the horror franchise is now accepting overnight guests.  Located in Burrillville, Rhode Island (about 25 miles northwest of Providence), the Farm on Round Top Road, as it's now called, dates back to the 1730s but is primarily known for cre...

Nominate Your Favorite Teacher to Receive a Free Vacation Next Year

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/22/2020, 11:00 AM

If you doubted that teaching was a difficult profession before 2020, spend a few hours supervising a squirmy 8-year-old during our nationwide experiment with virtual learning. That should be more than enough to set you straight. With the pandemic still ongoing and teachers returning to online and IRL classrooms, the job is more trying than ever.  You can say thank you by nominating a teacher...

Rare Pink Dolphins Return to the Waters Around Hong Kong

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/21/2020, 11:00 AM

Style mavens have declared "sorbet pink" one of the fashionable colors for fall 2020.  We're happy to report that the waters around Hong Kong are very much on-trend.  Rare pink dolphins, which also come in white and are otherwise known as Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, are making a comeback in the Pearl River Delta between Hong Kong and Macau. Scientists estimate that the region's dolphi...

The World's Most Scenic Airports: A Ranking to Send Your Wanderlust Soaring

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/18/2020, 11:00 AM

At this point, we'd probably feel awe gazing upon strip malls and empty parking lots as long as we got to see them from an airplane window again. So we might just burst looking at the spectacular surroundings celebrated by U.K.–based jet-chartering platform PrivateFly in its annual ranking of the world's most scenic airports. Based on a pre-pandemic survey of more than 6,000 flyers and aviat...

Got a Great Shot of the Empire State Building? You Could Win This Contest

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/17/2020, 11:00 AM

Post your perfect shot of the Empire State Building on Instagram and you'll gain some likes.  But enter that same pic in the iconic New York City skyscraper's annual photo contest and you could win up to $5,000. Now in its ninth year, the competition gives amateur photographers from across the United States the chance to show off their skills when it comes to capturing images of the most fam...

This Las Vegas Casino Is Going Entirely Smoke-Free

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/16/2020, 11:00 AM

The Las Vegas Strip is getting its first entirely smoke-free casino resort.  MGM Resorts announced this week that the complex housing the Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas hotels will reopen on September 30, following their temporary closure in the spring due to the pandemic.  Among the changes guests can expect: a full ban on smoking.  In a statement, the company cited "recurring guest demand...

Most Ikon Pass Skiers Won't Need Advance Reservations This Winter

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/15/2020, 9:00 AM

Most skiers who buy the Ikon Pass for the 2020–21 season won't need advance reservations to hit the slopes, according to Alterra Mountain Company, which operates the pass.  It's a different story at the nearly three dozen mountains covered by the Epic Pass from Alterra competitor Vail Resorts. Vail announced in late August that in order to control crowds in the era of Covid-19, all visitors wil...

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