Alaska's Fat Bear Week Crowns Heavyweight Champ

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/08/2020, 11:00 AM

Weighing in at an estimated 1,400 pounds and appropriately sharing an identification number with the original jumbo jet, bear 747 has been declared the winner of Fat Bear Week at Katmai National Park and Preserve in southern Alaska. The annual event, held this year from September 30 through October 6, recognizes achievements in the field of pre-hibernation bulking by the large population of bro...

WATCH: Spectacular Drone Footage of Cruise Ships Being Scrapped in Turkey

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/07/2020, 4:00 PM

Maybe it can be argued that even before 2020, the cruise industry was reaching a saturation point. A long period of explosive growth perhaps forewarned that our cruise ship fleet was due for a correction. But what a reversal. Carnival Corporation, which comprises nine cruising brands, has already decided to dispose of 18 ships—many of them older—representing 12% of its passenger capacity. And t...

After 3,000 Years, Wild Tasmanian Devils Return to Mainland Australia

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/06/2020, 11:00 AM

Tasmanian devils are back in the wild on mainland Australia after an absence of 3,000 years.  A small breeding population of the stocky marsupials has been released in a wildlife sanctuary within Barrington Tops National Park, a woodsy nature preserve north of Sydney. So far, 26 Tasmanian devils have been reintroduced to the region as part of a decade-long effort from nonprofit environmental...

Berlin's Long-Delayed Airport Is Finally About to Open—for Real This Time

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/02/2020, 11:00 AM

Germany may still hold its reputation for punctuality and efficiency, but it's no thanks to Berlin Brandenburg Airport.  That seemingly endless construction project began in 2006, when the German-born Pope Benedict XVI was still running the Catholic Church and Angela Merkel was less than a year into her run as Germany's chancellor. The capital city's new airport was originally scheduled to o...

Teenager Creates Fun New Video Travel Guessing Game

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/01/2020, 2:00 PM

Earlier this week, we introduced you to some of our favorite YouTube channels for wonderfully zen, long-play videos that walk viewers through neighborhoods around the world. Today, we bring you a free travel video site that's even more interactive. Created by teen web developer Paul McBurney Jr., City Guesser screens clips of strolls in world cities, but without identifying them. The object of ...

With Peak Season Over, Yosemite to Remove Reservation Requirement

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/30/2020, 4:00 PM

One of the few delightful byproducts of the novel coronavirus pandemic has been relatively empty national parks. To avoid overcrowding, a few of them implemented advance reservation systems earlier this year.  In a typical summer, Yosemite National Park can be so overstuffed with tourists that it can be difficult to find a parking spot just to look at a distant mountain. In 2019, the park's fac...

The Most Endangered Historic Sites in the United States

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/30/2020, 11:00 AM

The church where Emmett Till's funeral was held, a Depression-era wellness spa, and an earthquake-rattled historic district in Puerto Rico are among the most endangered places of cultural significance in the United States, according to an annual list released by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Each year since 1988, the nonprofit organization raises the alarm for a different set o...

Fat Bear Week: The Election You Don't Have to Dread This Autumn

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/29/2020, 11:00 AM

The NCAA's March Madness college basketball tournament didn't happen this year, and the Summer Olympics have been postponed to 2021. But at least one physical competition will proceed as usual in 2020: Fat Bear Week at Katmai National Park.  In the annual event, now in its sixth year, the Alaska preserve names the season's weight-gain victor among the brown bears that live in the park's Brooks ...

Flyers Pretend to Eat to Avoid Masking Up, So United Changed the Rules

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/28/2020, 12:00 PM

One thing that has been unmasked in recent months is just how sneaky Americans are willing to be to get around the rules for face coverings. The issue came to the fore in July when staffers at Walt Disney World noticed that some visitors were wandering around maskless for hours, carrying an open beverage so they could say they had an excuse for flouting the policy. To stop that behavior, Disney...

A Fall Getaway for Two: Amtrak’s BOGO Sale for the Northeast U.S.

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/25/2020, 6:00 PM

Just in time for leaf-peeping season, Amtrak is making it easier to plan a New England getaway for two with a buy-one-get-one-free sale.  Book a seat on one of the rail carrier's Acela or Northeast Regional trains, which operate between Boston and Virginia, for travel through Saturday, December 12, and you can bring along a companion for free.   Available fares start as low as $30 (for North...

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