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American Writers Museum Opening Soon in Chicago

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/11/2017, 12:00 AM

The first museum celebrating the collective achievements of the country's wordsmiths opens next week in Chicago. The privately funded American Writers Museum—which is located on the second floor of a building along the city's busy North Michigan Avenue—has a "populist, D.I.Y. spirit," according to the New York Times's preview of the facility. Instead of stuffy libraries full of yellowing lett...

A New Texas Law Will Turn Traffic Stops Into Interrogations of Drivers' Immigration Status

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/10/2017, 8:00 PM

A Texas law requires state troopers to investigate the immigration status of drivers during routine traffic stops. The ACLU has issued a Texas travel alert in response....

The Discovery of an Octopus in a Miami Beach Car Park Poses a Threat to the City's Tourism

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/10/2017, 8:00 PM

Sea levels are rising in Miami Beach—and that could permanently change life and tourism there....

Incredibly Steep Aerial Tram Soon to Open in Norway

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/10/2017, 12:00 AM

What's being billed as the world's steepest aerial tram is set to open in Norway later this month. Dubbed the Loen Skylift after the village where it originates, the cable car climbs 3,300 feet up Mount Hoven in only about five minutes. Along the way, passengers get a spectacular view of the Nordfjord region's peaks and waterways. (Photo by Bard Basberg) Before heading back down the m...

False Alarm: EU Drops Threat to Require Visa of Americans

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/08/2017, 1:15 PM

Europe is backing down. The European Commission has decided not to require Americans to obtain visas to travel to Europe—for now. The proposal to force Americans to secure paperwork for their visits has been kicking around the EU bureaucracy since late winter, a non-binding resolution was aired in the EU Parliament, but it failed to clear all the hurdles. Proponents of the visa were miffed ...

American Airlines Reducing Legroom in Economy Class

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/05/2017, 12:00 AM

American Airlines is taking away some more legroom in the economy cabin. The carrier's new Boeing 737 Max jets, which are set to begin arriving later this year, will have a "seat pitch"—the space between the same spot on two seats—of 30 inches instead of the current 31 in most rows. Unlucky passengers seated in the last two rows on the aircraft and another closer to the front will have to de...

U.S. Government Issues Travel Alert for Europe in Wake of Terror Attacks

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/04/2017, 12:00 AM

The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert for Europe, following recent terror attacks in France, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Russia. The alert, which went into effect May 1 and expires September 1, warns U.S. citizens that "extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities as viable targets." A Stat...

The New Book "Backpacking 101" Is An Excellent Tool For Novice Wilderness Explorers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/03/2017, 8:00 PM

It explains what you need to know before you strap on a pack and hit the trails....

First Cruise Ship Crosses New Panama Canal Locks

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/03/2017, 12:00 AM

A new, wider set of locks is open for business at the Panama Canal, and over the weekend the first cruise ship passed through them. Disney Cruise Line's 2,713-passenger Wonder vessel did the honors, crossing the new locks during a 14-night voyage from Port Canaveral, Florida, to San Diego. Here's what the big moment looked like: The more than $5 billion Panama Canal expansion project w...

Non-New Yorkers Could Soon Have to Pay to Visit the Met

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/02/2017, 12:00 AM

Admission at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art has been free since it was established in 1870—though a "suggested" entrance fee has been, well, suggested since the early 1970s (the current recommendation is $25 for adults). Soon, however, an entrance fee could become mandatory for a large chunk of the museum's visitors: those who aren't residents of New York City. For about a year,...

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