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Disney World's Strict Rules for Wearing Halloween Costumes

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/26/2016, 4:00 AM

Ever wondered why you don't see more adult guests at Disney World in Orlando wearing costumes? Simple. They're not allowed on anybody over 14—except, of course, for the people getting paid to don character getups.    Costumes can be worn by guests 13 and younger, but they're subject to several restrictions, including bans on masks that cover the full face and accessories that could be mist...

Theme Park Geared Toward Adults Planned for Las Vegas

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/26/2016, 4:00 AM

A plan for a theme park geared toward adults was released in Las Vegas last week.  Dubbed Xpark Vegas, the site would include such grownups-only activities as speedboat racing, riding dirt bikes through an obstacle course, bungee jumping, and operating heavy machinery (which reminds us of Dig This!, a fun-with-bulldozers operation that's already in Vegas, and was featured in our recent rou...

Great Wall Repairs Spark Outrage

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/26/2016, 4:00 AM

(Photo: CNN/Twitter) An effort to restore a 700-year-old portion of the Great Wall of China has sparked outrage on social media after photos of the project were posted online. In the country's northeastern Liaoning province, workers have covered the 8-kilometer (5-mile) Xiaohekou stretch of the wall in concrete, replacing crumbling steps and plant overgrowth with a smooth walkway ...

On Saturday: National Public Lands Day and Smithsonian's African American Museum Opening

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/23/2016, 4:00 AM

Tomorrow is the last Saturday of September, which means it's National Public Lands Day in the United States. Admission to all federally controlled parks, forests, and monuments—and at many state parks, too—will be free, allowing you to enjoy the national treasures being held in your name. To show your appreciation, you can volunteer for a variety of service projects being held at sites acr...

On Saturday: National Public Lands Day and Smithsonian's African American Museum Opening

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/23/2016, 4:00 AM

Tomorrow is the last Saturday of September, which means it's National Public Lands Day in the United States. Admission to all federally controlled parks, forests, and monuments—and at many state parks, too—will be free, allowing you to enjoy the national treasures being held in your name. To show your appreciation, you can volunteer for a variety of service projects being held at sites acr...

Tourist in Kenya Killed by Elephant He Was Trying to Photograph

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/23/2016, 4:00 AM

An Italian tourist in the coastal region of Kenya was killed by an elephant this week after the man got too close while trying to take a photograph. The 66-year-old tourist and his wife were having breakfast in their tent at the Swara Camp in Kulalu Ranch when the man spotted the elephant at a watering hole. He went to get a better look and a memorable snapshot, but his proximity provoked ...

The World's Most Visited City

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/23/2016, 4:00 AM

Bangkok is the world's most popular travel destination this year, according to an annual ranking of 132 cities by financial-services company MasterCard. Estimated to receive a grand total of 21.47 million international visitors by the end of 2016, the Thai capital squeezed past London (19.88 million visitors), the second-place holder and last year's winner.   Tourism to Thailand appear...

If You Want to See the Northern Lights, This Is the Winter to Do It

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/22/2016, 4:00 AM

(Photo: FreeImages/Dave Dyet) If seeing the Northern Lights is on your bucket list (and why wouldn't it be?), this winter could be the best chance you'll get until the middle of the 2020s, according to experts.  The best time to see the natural spectacle in any year is from September to March in the Arctic Circle. But how bright the lights are depends on where the sun is in its ap...

Part of Prague's Dancing House Now a Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/22/2016, 4:00 AM

(Photo: Pedro Szekely/Wikimedia Commons) Prague's iconic Dancing House—which features two towers of glass and concrete that appear to be cutting a rug on the banks of the Vltava river—has been off limits for many visitors to the Czech capital because the building has been been used primarily for office space.  But now part of the unique edifice has been turned into a hotel.  A...

Only 12% of Visitors in Colorado Use Marijuana, Says State Tourism Office

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/22/2016, 4:00 AM

As our own Arthur Frommer pointed out recently, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Colorado has increased the number of visits to the state—but not by as much as you might think, according to the Colorado Tourism Office. At a conference this week, state officials announced the results of a survey conducted by a market research company that found just 12% of visitors reported s...

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