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Will Americans Soon Need a Visa for Europe? What We Know So Far

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/08/2019, 12:15 PM

The European Union has considered requiring a visa for tourists from the United States for some time. After all, the U.S. has required special authorization from visitors from European countries (and many other places) since 2010.  Starting on January 1, 2021, Europe is returning the favor.  All U.S. citizens will need an ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) visa to visit...

There's a Second, Smaller Commercial Airport for Seattle Now

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/06/2019, 3:00 PM

As of this week, travelers have a new commercial airport option in the Seattle area.  Located about 25 miles north of the city in the town of Everett, Washington, Paine Field has been around since the Great Depression but has primarily been used, up until now, by Boeing's wide-body assembly plant. In recent years the airport was cleared for commercial flights, and on Monday, March 4, the first s...

'Iron Road' in the Balkans Is Restored to Its Heart-Pounding Glory

By Claybourne Elder

Posted on 03/04/2019, 1:00 PM

Dropping through cliff caves, tip-toeing along hanging bridges, clambering up iron ladders drilled into mountain faces—if any of these sound like part of an ideal adventure to you, then open your guide books to a new page: Kosovo.   The newly opened Via Ferrata Berim has joined the ranks of Europe’s most thrilling climbs. On Europe’s unsung Eastern side (in a territory that's east of Dubrovn...

What? Self-Disinfecting Hotel Rooms Open in an Old Danish Brewery

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/28/2019, 8:00 AM

Part of Copenhagen's iconic Carlsberg brewery, where the Danish pilsner was made from 1847 to 2008, has been transformed into a stylish new hotel. The 155-room Hotel Ottilia, named after the wife of Carlsberg founder Carl Jacobsen, occupies two red brick buildings in the complex, situated near the Copenhagen Zoo, galleries, and trendy Nordic restaurants of the Vesterbro district. The Carlsberg Vi...

Dollywood's New Expansion, Open in May, Is Its Largest Ever

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/25/2019, 7:00 PM

Dolly Parton's Dollywood amusement park—located in the foothills of Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains, where the country icon grew up—is opening its largest expansion ever this spring. The 6-acre, $37-million Wildwood Grove is a new themed land that will have 11 guest experiences, including 6 rides.   Parton worked with the park's creative team to come up with a distinctive quality for the area,...

Meet the USA's Newest National Park

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/22/2019, 3:45 PM

The United States has a new national park. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has been re-designated Indiana Dunes National Park thanks to a provision in the same spending bill that averted another government shutdown on February 15.  The Northwest Indiana site, which has been a federally protected national lakeshore since 1966, stretches for 15 miles along Lake Michigan, encompassing 15,000 acres...

Airline Ticketing Will Include Nonbinary Gender Option

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/19/2019, 3:30 PM

The major U.S. airlines are changing their online ticketing sites so that passengers can identify gender with options other than male and female.  According to the Associated Press, American, Delta, United, Southwest, Alaska, and JetBlue are all working on introducing selections such as "undisclosed," "unspecified," or "Mx.," a non-gendered alternative to Mr. or Ms.  Industry trade group Airlines...

Superbloom! In California, Flowergeddon Approaches

By Claybourne Elder

Posted on 02/14/2019, 5:00 AM

Superbloom may sound like the name of a '90s rock band to you, but in Borrego Springs, California, it means millions of rare wildflowers carpeting thousands of acres of desert. And Superbloom is coming soon. In California's ecosystem, seeds might hide dormant for years until conditions are perfect, and this year, there are signs they have been awakened by recent wildfires and intense rains. Co...

Sazerac Cocktail Museum to Open in New Orleans

By Jay Gentile

Posted on 02/13/2019, 6:00 AM

Anyone who’s been to New Orleans knows that drinking is a big deal in the Big Easy. So it’s perhaps no surprise that the city that claims to have invented the cocktail will soon be home to a new experience dedicated to the official local drink, the Sazerac.   For those who’ve never tasted one, the Sazerac is one of America’s longest-running cocktails: a mix of cognac, bourbon, or rye whiskey...

You Can Go Standup Paddleboarding at San Antonio's River Walk Now

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/12/2019, 9:30 PM

If you feel your city sightseeing hasn't done enough to test your balance and core strength lately, here's a good remedy: a new way to see San Antonio. Local company SUP SATX now offers lessons and tours in standup paddleboarding—which involves standing or kneeling on a surfboard while using an oar to propel yourself forward—along the city's namesake waterway. After a 30-minute lesson, paddl...

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