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Prince's Paisley Park to Become a Museum

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/26/2016, 4:00 AM

Starting today, August 26, at 2pm, you can buy tickets to tour Paisley Park, the estate outside of Minneapolis that once belonged to music legend Prince, who died on April 21.  Guided tours will take you through the Purple One's recording studio, private music club, and concert hall, among other rooms. You'll also get to see some of the artist's unforgettable wardrobe and musical instrumen...

Prince's Paisley Park to Become a Museum

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/26/2016, 4:00 AM

Starting today, August 26, at 2pm, you can buy tickets to tour Paisley Park, the estate outside of Minneapolis that once belonged to music legend Prince, who died on April 21.  Guided tours will take you through the Purple One's recording studio, private music club, and concert hall, among other rooms. You'll also get to see some of the artist's unforgettable wardrobe and musical instrumen...

Myanmar Earthquake Damages Famous Bagan Temples

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/26/2016, 4:00 AM

Bagan Temples following Wednesday's earthquake in Myanmar (photo: baganurbanadventures/Instagram) Wednesday's 6.8-magnitude earthquake in Myanmar killed at least one person and damaged about 60 historic Buddhist temples in the ancient city of Bagan, a major archaeological site and one of the country's top tourist destinations. Built between the 10th and 14th centuries, the pagodas...

Does Southwest's "Bags Fly Free" Policy Cause Delays?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/26/2016, 4:00 AM

Southwest Airlines makes a big deal out of still not charging passengers for checked bags (well, up to two bags, anyway), even as the carrier's major competitors have all instituted fees over the course of the last decade. A recent study published in the journal Management Science, however, found that letting "Bags Fly Free" might be hurting Southwest's on-time performance. Which begs ...

World's Highest and Longest Glass-Bottomed Bridge Opens in China

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/25/2016, 4:00 AM

Zhangjiajie glass bridge in China (photo: skytg24hd/Instagram) Having just recently become the site of a terrifying cliffside glass walkway, China's Zhangjiajie mountains are now also home to the world's highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge. Connecting two mountain cliffs in the central Hunan province, the structure features 99 glass panels stretching across 430 meters (1,400...

Johnny Cash's Tennessee Ranch Made Into Museum

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/25/2016, 4:00 AM

(Photo: Trish Keennan/Flickr) Fans of the Man in Black have another pilgrimage site to add to the itinerary.  There's already the Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville, the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess, Arkansas, Sun Studio in Memphis where Cash got his start (alongside Elvis Presley), and, if you're a real diehard, Folsom Prison in California. Now you can also visit Cash's for...

Happy 100th Birthday, National Parks!

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/25/2016, 4:00 AM

Yellowstone National Park (photo: FreeImages/Erik Marr) On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill creating the National Park Service to protect and maintain sites of natural and historical significance. It was one of the smartest moves we ever made as a country, ensuring the longevity of the places that make America, well, America—from majestic mountain ranges and wid...

Luxury Travel Service Offers Chance to Meet Pope Francis—for $25,000

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/24/2016, 4:00 AM

Pope Francis (photo: Aleteia Image Department/Flickr) There are vacation packages that come with free WiFi and water-park tickets. And then there are apparently vacation packages that include a meet-and-greet with Pope Francis. That's the highlight of a showstopping offering from luxury travel service If Only—part of a trip to Italy that will set you back $25,000 (well, actually, ...

Introducing the Airbnb of Camping

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/24/2016, 4:00 AM

In recent months we've introduced you to companies aiming to be the Airbnb of RVs and the Airbnb of boats. Now we'd like to introduce you to the Airbnb of camping. Photo: Hipcamp/Instagram It's a startup called Hipcamp, which lets you select campsites from among 280,000 options across the country. You can stay in glamorous yurts, on rustic nature preserves and working farms, and e...

TSA, Airports, and Congress Get Security Wait Times Under Control

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/24/2016, 4:00 AM

After a frustrating spring filled with long, slow-moving security lines at airports, Congress, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), airlines, and airports banded together to take action in June—and it looks like it paid off, at least in the short term.  While getting through security regularly took an hour or more in May, the TSA says that by the end of July the average wait t...

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