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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 the...

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...

The World's Largest Chocolate Fountain Debuts in Switzerland

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/25/2020, 12:00 PM

Who says nothing good has happened in 2020? Ok, that would be us—over and over and over. But now we have an exception: Swiss chocolate manufacturer Lindt & Sprüngli, which has been in business since 1845, just opened the Lindt Home of Chocolate, a lollapalooza of a new museum in Zürich. The candy giant poured some US$108 million into the facility, which took more than three years to crea...

Thailand Is Mailing Trash Back to Tourists Who Litter

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/24/2020, 10:00 AM

Government officials in Thailand have had it with people leaving garbage in nature reserves.  In a Facebook post last week, Varawut Silpa-archa, the country's minister of natural resources and the environment, promised to track down those who litter and personally mail them the trash they fail to dispose of. He wasn't kidding.  The minister later posted photos showing a box packed with ga...

You Can Now Stay at "The Conjuring" House—If You Dare

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/23/2020, 11:00 AM

The malevolent spirits in The Conjuring films don't seem especially eager to join the hospitality industry.  Nevertheless, the haunted house that inspired the horror franchise is now accepting overnight guests.  Located in Burrillville, Rhode Island (about 25 miles northwest of Providence), the Farm on Round Top Road, as it's now called, dates back to the 1730s but is primarily known for cre...

Southwest's Sweet Deal for a Free Companion Ticket Ends Thursday, Sept. 24

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/22/2020, 12:00 PM

This is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it sale. Purchase tickets on Southwest Airlines by the end of the day on Thursday, September 24, for a flight between now and November 15, and you will have the right to bring a companion for free every time you fly between January 6 and February 28, 2021. (Note: the deadline was extended to end of day on Friday, September 25). When the time comes to book your...

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