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New York to Sydney: The world’s first 20-hour flight

I’ve just endured the world’s newest longest flight – the 10,100-mile, nonstop, ultra-marathon from New York to Sydney. It took about 19½ hours and was almost as demanding as that sounds. The...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Australia’s iconic rock Uluru scaled by final climbers

ULURU, Australia – Nature seemed to be siding with indigenous Australians’ demand for Uluru to be respected as a sacred site on Friday when high winds threatened to prematurely end the...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

U.S. travel industry to Chinese tourists: What trade war?

WASHINGTON – Washington, D.C., has dangled hotel discounts tied to the Chinese Lunar New Year. Arizona has promoted its outdoor attractions to draw visitors during another popular Chinese holiday....

DATE: Oct. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Woman found in wilderness after spelling S-O-S with rocks

LOS ANGELES – A woman who vanished on a visit to Sequoia National Park in California was spotted by a low-flying aircraft rescue crew after she spelled S-O-S with rocks in a forest clearing,...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Lawsuit: Southwest pilots streamed video from bathroom cam

PHOENIX – A lawsuit filed against Southwest Airlines by a flight attendant alleges pilots on a 2017 flight had an iPad streaming video from a hidden camera in a bathroom in one of the airline’s...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Roadside Bigfoot: This Georgia museum is devoted to legendary beast

CHERRY LOG, Ga. – Along a bustling four-lane highway that winds through the north Georgia mountains, an unassuming wooden structure breaks the monotony of churches, billboards and stores selling...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Eyes in the sky: NYC outdoor viewing deck is 100 stories high

NEW YORK – Thrill-seeking visitors at New York’s Hudson Yards will be able to catch expansive views from a 100-story-high outdoor observation deck early next year. Hudson Yards Experiences...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Central Park to get first statue honoring women

NEW YORK – Central Park has 23 statues of men who left their mark in history but not a single one honoring the accomplishments of a woman. That will change after a city commission voted Monday to...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Qantas completes longest non-stop New York-Sydney flight

SYDNEY – Australia’s Qantas on Sunday completed the first non-stop commercial flight from New York to Sydney, which was used to run a series of tests to assess the effects of ultra long-haul...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Weather Service winter forecast: A bit warmer, but chaotic

WASHINGTON – Expect big swings in weather this winter, government forecasters say. The National Weather Service says the large global forces that help drive broad patterns of winter weather are...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Empire State Building shows off new $165 million observatory

NEW YORK – The observatory atop the Empire State Building has a dizzying new look with floor-to-ceiling, 360-degree windows 102 floors above New York City. The remodeled observatory opened to the...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

California to build largest wildlife crossing in world

LOS ANGELES – Like many urban singles, the mountain lion P-22 lives a solitary life in a too-small habitat. And he has a hard time finding a mate in the big city. Famous for traveling across two...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

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