Southwest Life

Big birthday for Big Easy: New Orleans marks tricentennial

The Big Easy is celebrating a big birthday this year: 300 years since New Orleans was founded. The celebration began New Year’s Eve with a massive fireworks show over the Mississippi River....

DATE: Feb. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Vintage Vegas neon signs shine for first time in years

LAS VEGAS – As Frank Sinatra asks Lady Luck to stick around, the neon red lights of one of Las Vegas’ most famous towering signs appear to dance under the night sky, revealing a beating heart and...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Romantic getaway tips from the world’s longest honeymooners

NEW YORK – When you hear about honeymoons or romantic getaways for Valentine’s Day or other occasions, so often the trip involves expensive hotels in upscale destinations. But Mike and Anne Howard...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Robot makes coffee at new cafe in Japan’s capital

TOKYO – Japan has a new cafe where customers can enjoy coffee brewed and served by a robot barista. The robot named Sawyer debuted this week at Henna Cafe in Tokyo’s downtown business and shopping...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

United joins Delta in tightening rules for comfort animals

DALLAS – United Airlines wants to see more paperwork before passengers fly with emotional-support animals – and don’t even try to bring a peacock on board. The airline announced that it will...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Lake Placid hosting monthlong Olympic celebration

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – With the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics at hand, Lake Placid is rolling out the welcome mat for travelers who won’t make that trip but might want to celebrate in a village that...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Airbnb reduces housing availability, drives up rents

ALBANY, N.Y. – A report from critics of Airbnb says the vacation rental website is driving up home rental prices and reducing housing availability in New York City. The analysis published this week...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

How to maximize your return on airline miles

Not long ago, I booked a trip from Miami to Auckland, New Zealand, for less than $38 using airline miles. This isn’t my first great airline miles find. Last year, I booked a ticket from Bangkok to...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Even in winter, Denver Botanic Gardens offers lessons in beauty, science, art

DENVER – Snow mounded over and around the remains of 2017’s garden bounty, and koi floated nearly motionless beneath thin sheets of ice in a pond, seeming to seek the few rays of sun that...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Rising Utah liquor sales fueled by more non-Mormons, tourism

SALT LAKE CITY – In Mormon dominated Utah where alcohol is frowned upon, liquor sales keep climbing each year. State residents bought nearly $428 million in alcohol last year to set another record,...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Experts warn of risk of sinkhole in popular New Mexico area

Experts are painting a dire picture about the impending collapse of a giant cavern under a highway interchange that serves as a gateway to two national parks and the heart of New Mexico’s oil and...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Serbia museum benefits from renewed interest in Nikola Tesla

BELGRADE, Serbia – Along dimmed corridors in an elegant villa in central Belgrade, visitors are treated to a flashy presentation of Nikola Tesla’s technology – as well as a huge array of the...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel