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Bid for a Piece of Hotel History in the Waldorf Astoria Auction

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/19/2020, 10:00 PM

Midtown Manhattan's famed Waldorf Astoria New York (301 Park Ave.) closed for renovations in 2017. When the 47-floor building's hotel rooms and residences finally reopen in 2022, they'll be filled with mostly new furnishings and decor. Of course, space will be made in the new design for some holdover memorabilia from the Waldorf Astoria's nearly nine-decade run as a luxury lodging for presid...

Take a Cinematic Driving Tour Through the Hometown of the “Halloween” Creator

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/15/2020, 10:00 PM

We'll say this for Michael Myers, the embodiment of pure evil in the Halloween movies: At least he wears a mask when he's within 6 feet of people. His bare-faced victims, on the other hand, spray germs everywhere with all that screaming.  Fortunately for road trippers who take the self-guided driving tour of Halloween creator John Carpenter's hometown, the personal travel bubble of a car help...

The World’s Longest Suspension Bridge Has a See-Through Walkway

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/14/2020, 11:00 PM

The world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge will soon be getting visitors' spines tingling, hearts pounding, and regrets overflowing above a gorge in Portugal. Held up by steel cables between two enormous V-shaped towers, the dangling walkway stretches 516 meters (1,693 ft.) at a height of 175 meters (574 ft.) above the Paiva River.  Did we mention that those who cross the bridge walk o...

U.S. Army Museum Finally Has an Opening Date—Take a Preview Video Tour

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/13/2020, 10:00 PM

The opening of the newly constructed National Museum of the United States Army was originally scheduled for summer 2020. The coronavirus pandemic put a delay in those plans, but now there's a definite opening date and it couldn't be more appropriate: Veterans Day, November 11. A joint effort by the U.S. Army and the nonprofit Army Historical Foundation, the glass-and-steel facility is in a publ...

Tourist Returns "Cursed" Artifacts She Stole from Pompeii

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/13/2020, 10:00 AM

The Brady Bunch tried to warn you.  As the wholesome blended family learned in the sitcom's Hawaii episodes, you can't just grab any ancient artifact you find on vacation. The thing could be cursed, and before you know it, your brother will wipe out while surfing, your maid will throw her back out during a hula lesson, and Vincent Price will hold you hostage in a cave.  Nevertheless, tourist...

WATCH: Cruise Ship Captain Kate McCue Schools a Rude Commenter

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/09/2020, 10:00 PM

Captain Kate McCue of Celebrity Cruises was already worthy of admiration—in 2015, she became the first American woman ever to captain a mega-ship.  As if that wasn't impressive enough, McCue has now proven herself to be a grammar hero as well.  Earlier this week, the current commanding officer of the Celebrity Edge posted a TikTok video in response to a rude online commenter who asked, "How ...

Amazing New Observatory Floats Two Miles Up in the Italian Alps

By Zac Thompson

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

Here's a strong candidate for any traveler's post-pandemic wish list.  The brand-new, glass-and-steel Ötzi Peak 3251m observation deck overlooks the Italian Alps at an altitude of nearly 11,000 feet—or, as you might have guessed from the name, 3,251 meters—above sea level. That's a little more than two miles. (noa* network of architecture / photo by Alex Filz) The observatory sits under ...

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...

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