Southwest Life

Planning to visit Pikes Peak? Changes are afoot

One of Colorado’s most-visited destinations is undergoing some big changes. Pikes Peak draws close to 1 million people a year to its summit at just over 14,000 feet. The mountain’s cog railway run...

DATE: May 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Backcountry skiing thrives in New England

BARTLETT, N.H. – Standing at a scenic vista, Tyler Ray looks out at 2,661-foot Bartlett Mountain and envisions a network of ski trials winding through the dense forest below. Ray, who heads the...

DATE: May 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Quakes, lava and gas: Hawaii residents flee volcanic threats

PAHOA, Hawaii – Many rural residents living on an erupting volcano in Hawaii fled the threat of lava that spewed into the air in bursts of fire and pushed up steam from cracks in roadways Friday,...

DATE: May 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Hawaii volcano erupts; county issues evacuation orders

HONOLULU – Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted Thursday, releasing red lava into a residential neighborhood and prompting mandatory evacuation orders for nearby homes. Hawaii County said steam and...

DATE: May 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Hawaii poised to ban sale of some sunscreens that harm coral

HONOLULU – Many sunscreen makers could soon be forced to change their formulas or be banned from selling the lotions in Hawaii. State lawmakers passed a measure this week that would ban the sale of...

DATE: May 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

California sues over plan to scrap car emission standards

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California and 16 other states sued the Trump administration on Tuesday over its plans to scrap standards on vehicle greenhouse gas emissions, which help set gas mileage rules....

DATE: May 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Brazilian surfs record 80-foot wave in Portugal

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – A Brazilian surfer rode a monster wave off Portugal to set a world record. The World Surf League says its judges determined that a wave Rodrigo Koxa surfed at Nazare,...

DATE: April 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

These trips ban cellphones: Could you do it?

Would you take a trip if you couldn’t use your cellphone? A new tour company called Off the Grid is asking travelers to put their cellphones away and not even use them for photos. “When you’re...

DATE: April 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

‘Star Wars’ fans explore Tunisia’s remote, peculiar desert

MATMATA, Tunisia – There’s a reason the original “Star Wars” movie was filmed here in the deserts of southern Tunisia. This stark, remote landscape looks like another planet. One of Tunisia’s vast...

DATE: April 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

New lynching memorial evokes terror of victims

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Visitors to the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice first glimpse them, eerily, in the distance: Brown rectangular slabs, 800 in all, inscribed with the names of more...

DATE: April 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

RFK funeral train photo exhibit: Kennedy’s final journey

SAN FRANCISCO – The assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. 50 years ago this June fractured the nation just two months after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and five years after his...

DATE: April 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Hiking the authentic Great Wall of China, without the crush

Tires crunch the gravel as our driver turns around and makes his way back down the narrow access road, leaving my fiance, his mother and I alone in front of an empty building. The air is cool and...

DATE: April 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel