Amtrak Launches New Ultralow Fares. Is There a Catch?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/28/2020, 6:00 PM

Amtrak is trying out its own version of a Basic Economy fare. In air travel, that kind of ticket goes for relatively low prices but comes with a number of restrictions. To name a few of the most annoying: You can't pick your seat in advance, you can't cancel or upgrade, and, on some carriers such as United Airlines, you can't stash your carry-on in the overhead compartment. Starting on March...

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Reopens Walk-Through Lava Tube

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/25/2020, 3:00 PM

After nearly two years, one of the most popular attractions at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island has reopened to the public. Nahuku-Thurston Lava Tube, a walk-through cave that was created by molten rock, had been closed since May 2018, when the entire park was shut down following an earthquake and destructive volcanic eruptions. Sections of the park began reopening in Septemb...

In Pompeii, An Ancient Brothel Reopens for Visitors

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/25/2020, 2:00 PM

In the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, three residences that had been closed for years due to safety concerns are once again open to the public. The Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism announced in a statement that the House of Lovers, the House of the Europa Ship, and the House of the Orchard have all been restored as part of the ongoing Great Pompeii Project. Th...

New National Children’s Museum Opens in Washington, D.C.

By Candyce H. Stapen

Posted on 02/24/2020, 10:00 AM

With the debut of Washington, D.C.’s, National Children’s Museum, which opened Monday, the downtown area of America's capital again has a playland just for kids. In a city celebrated for its museums, Washington, D.C.’s youngest visitors have waited years for a facility all their own. The original Capital Children’s Museum near Union Station charmed little ones from 1974 to 2003 after which a t...

Which U.S. Airline Is on Time the Most?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/21/2020, 5:30 PM

Hawaiian Airlines had the best on-time record of any U.S. carrier in 2019, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Of all the flights operated by the Honolulu-based airline last year, 87.7% arrived on schedule. Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines came next in the rankings, with on-time arrival rates of 83.5% and 81.3% respectively. The pokiest planes, ...

The Word Is Out: Language Museum Soon to Open in D.C.

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/17/2020, 11:45 PM

A new museum dedicated to language is scheduled to open in Washington, D.C., on May 31. Housed in the renovated Franklin School building—site of one of the city's first public schools—Planet Word has set a lofty mission to "renew and inspire a love of words, language, and reading as the foundation of a strong modern democracy." As at many museums nowadays, historical and scientific artifacts...

Another European Airline Goes Kaput: Arrivederci, Air Italy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/13/2020, 6:30 PM

Air Italy is shutting down and going into liquidation, the Milan-based carrier announced this week. According to a statement on the airline's website, "all Air Italy flights will be operated by other carriers" up to February 25. All passengers who have booked flights for after that date will receive full refunds. The "other carriers" aren't named, but the statement does say that dates and ti...

Trainers Will Stop Riding Dolphins at SeaWorld

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/11/2020, 2:30 PM

SeaWorld shows featuring trainers riding or standing on dolphins are now a thing of the past. In a letter to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, SeaWorld Entertainment revealed that it's halting such stunts at its parks in Orlando, San Antonio, and San Diego. The letter addresses a shareholder proposal from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which has long decried d...

Trump Suspends Global Entry Enrollment for New York State

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/06/2020, 12:00 AM

As of Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has blocked residents of New York State from enrolling in Global Entry and other programs that allow for expedited border crossings.  The Trump administration claimed its move was made in response to the state's new Green Light Law, which makes it possible for undocumented immigrants living in New York to get driver's licenses.  ...

At Long Last, The One-Seat Amsterdam-to-London Train Trip Is Here

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/04/2020, 12:00 AM

This news may enrich your next European vacation. The Channel Tunnel connected England with Europe 26 years ago, but it took this long to get a high-speed train from central Amsterdam direct to central London. And what timing! England just broke up with Europe this week.   The delay wasn't Brexit-related. There were lots of factors, some about train speeds previously being slowed in the countrys...

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