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...

34 Natural and Cultural Wonders Added to UNESCO World Heritage List

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/30/2021, 2:00 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 Bucket...

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

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/28/2021, 3:00 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 New Y...

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

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/28/2021, 7:00 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 probl...

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

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/27/2021, 2:00 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 Cheshi...

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

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/22/2021, 1:00 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 previousl...

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