Southwest Life

Crews with seeds, corals restore broken environment in Puerto Rico

FAJARDO, Puerto Rico – As crews re-string electric lines and clear debris from Hurricane Maria, a small group of Puerto Rican and international conservationists is working on rebuilding natural...

DATE: April 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Wine and waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge

HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) – The Columbia River Gorge is a marvel of nature known for spectacular waterfalls, scenery and hiking. But it’s also famous in the world of wine. The region’s geology has...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Nepal honors 1st conquest of Everest without bottled oxygen

KATHMANDU, Nepal – Nepal’s government on Thursday honored two climbers who were the first to scale Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen 40 years ago. Minister for Tourism Rabindra Adhikari...

DATE: April 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

North Dakota tries to establish Theodore Roosevelt library

BISMARCK, N.D. – When Theodore Roosevelt came to Dakota Territory in 1883 to hunt bison, locals saw him as an Eastern tenderfoot with no clue on handling the hardships of frontier life. He turned...

DATE: April 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Icons of American West on display in new museum – in Florida

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – When you think of Florida, the colored stone walls of the Grand Canyon don’t come to mind. Neither do cowboys, wolves or Native American silver-and-turquoise jewelry. In...

DATE: April 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Former U2 stage to be centerpiece of Utah aquarium expansion

SALT LAKE CITY – It toured the world for two years with rock behemoths U2, towering above the band through 30 countries and before a combined audience of 7.2 million people. But soon, the...

DATE: April 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

A new model for travel? Pay a local $25 a day to plan a trip

Is a company called ViaHero creating a new model for travel? For a flat fee of $25 a day, travelers can use a service called ViaHero to hire locals on the ground to plan out their trips, arranging...

DATE: April 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Kayaking, diving in Micronesia’s turquoise waters

POHNPEI STATE, Micronesia – I’m panicked and soaked as smiling locals fish me out of the bay on the island of Pohnpei in Micronesia. “Trip of a lifetime,” I sarcastically thought as we made our way...

DATE: April 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Trump slump? International arrivals data may be wrong

That “Trump slump” we’ve been hearing about in travel may not be as bad it seems. The U.S. Department of Commerce says government statistics showing a decrease in international arrivals to the...

DATE: April 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Fly now, pay later: Are travel loans a good deal?

Dreaming of a spring getaway with white-sand beaches and a cool drink in your hand? A search for airline tickets can bring your dream down to earth, if the steep fares charged by many airlines...

DATE: April 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Andy Steves: Travel guidebook and tours for a new generation

NEW YORK – Andy Steves grew up traveling with his dad, Rick Steves, the well-known guidebook writer, tour operator and PBS show host. But Andy Steves is now offering his own brand of travel advice...

DATE: April 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Airlines getting better in key areas except delays, report says

U.S. airlines are getting better at many things except getting you to your destination on time. They are losing fewer bags. Complaints are down. And on the anniversary of a man getting dragged off...

DATE: April 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel