With Covid Still Uncontained, U.S. Extends Airline Mask Mandate

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/18/2021, 2:00 PM

The United States' Transportation Security Administration has decided to extend its mask requirement for all passengers on airplanes, trains, buses, subways, ferries, and within airports.The federal mandate was previously set to expire on Sept. 13, but now, it will expire on January 18, 2022, unless it is extended again.Travelers younger than 2 years old remain exempt from the mask requirement, as ...

New Orleans to Require Proof of Vaccination for Restaurants, Casinos, More

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/16/2021, 8:00 AM

With infections surging and Louisiana vaccination rates lagging, the mayor of New Orleans decided to move quickly to shore up public health protections, announcing on Friday that all restaurants, bars, casinos, and other indoor spaces would require proof of vaccine. Proof of a negative Covid-19 test that has been taken within the past 72 hours will also allow entry. Patrons will still be permitted ...

New Zealand Finally Has a Plan to Reopen Borders to International Travelers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/12/2021, 1:00 PM

While the rest of the world grapples with yet another coronavirus wave, this time brought on by the highly contagious Delta variant, life has pretty much returned to normal in New Zealand. Out of a population of 5 million, only 26 people in the South Pacific nation have died from Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to the Associated Press. One reason for the country's success aga...

Hawaii Isn't Messing Around: Two Tourists Arrested for Forging Vaccination Cards

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/12/2021, 1:00 PM

Hawaii, which saw a 168% rise in Covid-19 cases between July 26 and August 8, is cracking down before the islands' medical system becomes overwhelmed. In a social media post on Wednesday, Hawaii Gov. David Ige announced that two visitors from the U.S. mainland were arrested by state authorities for allegedly trying to pass off fake proof of vaccination. Police "made the arrests following up on a ...

Stay in the Home of Maker’s Mark Whiskey on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/12/2021, 5:00 AM

The Samuels family of Nelson County, Kentucky, traces its whiskey-making lineage back eight generations to an ancestral distiller who supplied liquid courage to the troops in George Washington's Continental Army. You're probably familiar with one of the family's more recent achievements, Maker's Mark bourbon, introduced by Bill Samuels in the 1950s. Now his grandson Rob, who is in charge of the ...

This New Expedition Cruise Explores the Islands of Lesser-Touristed West Africa

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/11/2021, 10:00 AM

Hurtigruten, the long-running ship operator that cut its teeth on coastal Norwegian service before fanning out to expedition cruising worldwide, has just announced an upcoming cruise itinerary that's so unusual it's worth a quick spotlight. How many cruise vacations have you ever heard about that go to the west coast of Africa? For five departures starting in November 2022—obviously, we haven't ...

The Sightseeing Train to the Spectacular Summit of Pikes Peak Is Back on Track

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/06/2021, 2:00 PM

After a nearly four-year-long closure for renovations, the historic sightseeing railway that climbs Pikes Peak in Colorado is once again taking tourists to the same view that inspired "America the Beautiful." The Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway resumed welcoming passengers earlier this summer at a new depot in Manitou Springs just west of Colorado Springs. Finished in 1891 and owned...

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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/05/2021, 4:00 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 manufacturer call...

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

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/04/2021, 2:00 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 years,...

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

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/04/2021, 1:00 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 Golde...

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