Southwest Life

Germany turns former coal mines into vast lakeside resorts

GROSSRAESCHEN, Germany – As the sun beats down on a small vineyard by the rippling waters of Grossraeschen Lake, there’s little sign of the vast wound that lies beneath. Meuro, the brown-black mine...

DATE: June 22, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Travel

Dig it: Archaeologists scour Woodstock ’69 concert field

BETHEL, N.Y. – Archaeologists scouring the grassy hillside famously trampled during the 1969 Woodstock music festival carefully sifted through the dirt from a time of peace, love, protest and good...

DATE: June 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Airlines ask U.S. not to put migrant children on flights

DALLAS – American Airlines and United Airlines said Wednesday that they asked the Trump administration not to use their flights to carry migrant children who were separated from their parents by...

DATE: June 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Alexa, send up breakfast: Amazon launches Echo for hotels

NEW YORK – Alexa has a new job: hotel concierge. Amazon has launched a version of Alexa for hotels that lets guests order room service through the voice assistant, ask for more towels or get...

DATE: June 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Wellness travel: It’s more than just staying fit on the road

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – It’s one thing when hotels open fitness centers, but quite another when fitness centers open hotels. Luxe gym Equinox is opening a hotel in New York’s new Hudson Yards...

DATE: June 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

The ancient sport of falconry takes off with tourists around U.S.

WOODSTOCK, Vt. – Falconry is an old tradition in many parts of the world, including the United Kingdom and the Middle East. But now it’s starting to be offered as an activity for tourists at...

DATE: June 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Lake Tahoe clarity sinks to all-time low in 2017

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – Scientists at Lake Tahoe say the clarity of the alpine lake that straddles the California-Nevada line sank to an all-time low last year. Experts say the 9.5-foot decline was...

DATE: June 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Yosemite’s haven for giant sequoias ready for visitors

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. – Yosemite National Park’s largest sequoia grove is ready to open to the public after crews completed a restoration project to protect the nearly 500 ancient trees,...

DATE: June 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

California eyes July for reopening iconic Highway 1 stretch

BIG SUR, Calif. – California transportation officials have targeted July for reopening an iconic stretch of Highway 1 in the scenic Big Sur coastal region that was blocked last year by a massive...

DATE: June 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

‘Miles to go before I sleep’: Robert Frost museum reopens

SHAFTSBURY, Vt. – On a warm June morning in 1922, Robert Frost sat down at his dining room table in southern Vermont and wrote “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” one of his most famous poems....

DATE: June 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

If you get bumped off a flight, make it worthwhile

DALLAS – Allison Preiss became a hero to airline passengers this spring when she scored a $10,000 travel voucher for losing her seat on an oversold flight. Negotiating skill mixed with a bit of...

DATE: June 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Millennials drive a resurgence in the American road trip

Suddenly, old-fashioned road trips are trendy again. Surveys show they’re on the rise. Websites, newspapers, magazines and even books are featuring road trips like they’re the next big thing – even...

DATE: June 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel