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Grand Canyon Celebrates 6 Million Visitors—Then Takes It Back

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/06/2017, 4:00 AM

Back in December, officials at the Grand Canyon in Arizona honored a family of four from Las Vegas as the national park's record-breaking 6 millionth guests of the year.  How can four people be one number? They can't. The park relies on traffic counters, permits, concessions records, and other figures to calculate visitor numbers. But since those who do the calculating determined that the ...

Parts of California's Highway 1 Remain Closed Following Landslides

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/05/2017, 4:00 AM

Significant portions of California's Highway 1 between Monterey and San Simeon—a stretch that recently made our list of the country's most scenic drives for the way it showcases Big Sur's rugged coastal beauty—remain closed following landslides brought on by late-winter rains.  State transportation officials don't expect the full route to be reopened for another four to six weeks.  Clo...

Qatar Airways Loaning Out Laptops for Free in Business Class

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/04/2017, 4:00 AM

The Trump administration won't let airline passengers carry their own laptops onto flights from Qatar to the United States, so Qatar Airways has begun loaning out free laptops to every passenger in business class on those flights. Qatar is one of eight Middle Eastern and North African countries subject to the ban, which the Department of Homeland Security began enforcing on March 25, vague...

Bob Dylan Archive Opens in Tulsa, Oklahoma

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/03/2017, 4:00 AM

Fans of music legend and Nobel laureate Bob Dylan will soon have another pilgrimage site to visit, alongside Hibbing, Minnesota, where he grew up; New York City's Greenwich Village, where his career began; and Mobile, where he repeatedly got stuck with the Memphis blues. The newest stop is Tulsa, Oklahoma, where a big chunk of Dylan's 6,000-piece archive has been made available for scholar...

Delta Air Lines Most Likely to Pay Volunteers on Oversold Flights

By Jessica Monsell

Posted on 03/30/2017, 6:15 PM

For many airline passengers, an oversold flight creates anxiety over the potential for delays, a hectic boarding process, or even—worst-case scenario—getting bumped to a later departure time.   But where some see uncertainty, others see opportunity. Passengers with flexible schedules who are willing to give up their seats for later flights are sometimes offered hundreds of dollars in v...

How to Find a Seder if You're Traveling During Passover

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/30/2017, 4:00 AM

The Jewish holiday of Passover starts at sundown on April 10 and continues for eight days. If you happen to be traveling during that time, you should be able to find a Seder near you, thanks to Chabad-Lubavitch, a Jewish organization renowned for its outreach efforts. Chabad is hosting hundreds of Seders on the first two nights of the holiday at locations around the world, including spring...

Foreign Students Are Now Among the Groups Reducing Plans to Visit the U.S. in Reaction to Trump's Hostility

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/30/2017, 12:00 AM

Because of Pres. Trump's policies, are foreign students becoming wary of U.S. universities? Arthur Frommer considers how that could damage the travel industry and the U.S. economy overall....

Royal Caribbean Launches Tour-Booking Site for Cruisers and Landlubbers Alike

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/29/2017, 4:00 AM

Cruise companies have been organizing shore excursions for decades in scores of locations across the globe. Now one of those lines is offering tours and activities to everybody—not just cruise passengers. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has launched GoBe, an online service selling thousands of travel experiences in nearly 900 cities across nearly 100 countries.  You can book a whale-watch...

Interest in Travel to U.S. Down Overall—but Up in Asia

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/28/2017, 4:00 AM

The overall number of international travelers planning to visit the United States has declined slightly over the past year as a result of the political climate, according to an analysis conducted by Brand USA, a public-private organization created by Congress to promote U.S. tourism. Twenty-seven percent of travelers were planning a U.S. trip in March 2016, the group says. That number is a...

Airline Rules on Checked Bags and Wheelchairs Delayed

By Jessica Monsell

Posted on 03/24/2017, 4:30 PM

If you've ever been separated from your checked luggage—or worse, your checked wheelchair—you might wish the government would do something about the problem. Last year, the government did, finalizing a new rule that would shed some light on how well airlines handle checked bags and wheelchairs. And this year, the Department of Transportation, at the request of the major U.S. airlines, undi...

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