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New Analysis Shows Most Popular Cocktails in All 50 U.S. States (and Across the World)

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/05/2021, 8:00 AM

Americans drank a lot at the height of the pandemic. That's no secret. But what kinds of drinks shifted dramatically, with hard liquor sales growing far more than beer or wine sales, according to a recent Bloomberg examination of the Commerce Department's monthly spending data. Now a new analysis indicates which cocktails all that hooch was made into, state by state. A clothing manufactur...

The Prices for Disney's New Star Wars Hotel Are Out of This World

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/04/2021, 6:00 PM

Disney’s groundbreaking Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel sounds like the coolest idea in hotels since pillows. Starting next spring, the new luxury hotel, which was recently constructed behind Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park in Florida, will invite guests to role-play as if they’re passengers on the deep space version of a luxury cruise ship called the Halcyon. For more than two y...

Hikers Can Now Explore California’s Epic, Unfinished Bay Area Ridge Trail

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/04/2021, 5:00 PM

If all goes as planned, California's ambitious Bay Area Ridge Trail will some day give hikers, bicyclists, and horseback riders an unbroken, 550-mile multiuse path along the hills and ridges encircling San Francisco Bay.  When it is finished, backers say, the route, which has been in the works since the late 1980s, will lend itself to epic, multiday through-hikes encompassing San Francisco's Go...

34 Natural and Cultural Wonders Added to UNESCO World Heritage List

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/30/2021, 6:00 PM

Europe's historic spa towns, a railway that crosses two Iranian mountain ranges, a prehistoric Peruvian calendar, an Indian temple, a French lighthouse, and a collection of Arabian rock art are among the 34 cultural and natural wonders that have just been named World Heritage Sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, aka UNESCO, aka Keepers of the Globe's Bucke...

Miss Mrs. Maisel? Tour the Show’s NYC Locations in a Vintage Studebaker

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/28/2021, 7:00 PM

The Covid-19 pandemic delayed season 4 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, but the hit Amazon Prime series is definitely returning. Star Rachel Brosnahan announced on Instagram earlier this month that shooting on the latest season has finished, which means that, for the time being, there won't be any more excited social media posts from fans sharing snaps of Brosnahan and company filming scenes in Ne...

Delta Air Lines Battles Call Wait Times by Easing Basic Economy Rules

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/28/2021, 11:00 AM

If you've had to call an airline's customer service number in 2021, then you already know: Wait times are extreme. In fact, you might still be on hold right now. For a lot of messy reasons, the major carriers simply can't handle the calls they're getting. But in a letter to frequent flyers this week, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian told customers that his company is doing something about the ...

Enchanted Trail Attraction Takes Would-Be Wizards Into Harry Potter’s Forbidden Forest

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/27/2021, 6:00 PM

Harry Potter fans will soon get the chance to take a magical stroll through the Forbidden Forest, the wooded habitat for Hippogriffs, centaurs, unicorns, Nifflers, and other creatures in the Wizarding World.  The one-of-a-kind Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience will begin welcoming Muggles in October to a leafy area on the grounds of the Arley Hall & Gardens estate in England's Che...

Berlin’s Huge New Cultural Museum Finally Opens After Years of Controversy and Delay

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/22/2021, 5:00 PM

Berlin's Humboldt Forum, a massive museum complex located along the Spree river in the city's center, finally opened to the public this week.  Construction delays and the Covid-19 pandemic pushed back the planned debut of the ambitious, controversial, and expensive cultural center by about two years. The final price tag topped €680 million (more than US $800 million). Standing on a site prev...

Can Seattle Eliminate TSA Lines with New Virtual Queues?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/21/2021, 3:00 PM

Finally—a good idea at our airports. Quietly this summer, Seattle's primary passenger airport began testing ways to alleviate in-person lines at security checkpoints. The method: inviting departing passengers to sign up for appointment times for screening that allow them to avoid standing in crowded switchback queues. The airport, nicknamed SEA after its three-letter code, is trialing two sy...

Vacation Sex Survey: Americans on the Mile High Club, One-Night Stands, and More

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/20/2021, 7:00 PM

According to a newly released survey on the sex habits of vacationing Americans, almost a quarter of U.S. adults say they've gotten busy aboard some form of public transportation, be it an airplane, a train, a bus, an Uber, or the Staten Island Ferry (shudder). That's probably the most eyebrow-raising statistic in the 2021 Sex Travel Survey, a nationwide poll conducted on behalf of The Vacation...

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