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

Agent? Adviser? In travel, terms are changing

Finding the right travel agent used to be easy. The top agents had a defined set of skills and certifications, and they belonged to the same trade groups. So for someone like Kathleen Corcos, who...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

New fresco with gladiators discovered in Pompeii

ROME – Archaeologists excavating what may have been an ancient Roman drinking den in the ruined city of Pompeii said Friday they have unearthed a well-preserved wall painting of gladiators in...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Conservationists seek protection of California Joshua trees

LOS ANGELES – The western Joshua tree needs protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, the Center for Biological...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

California to ban smoking on state parks, beaches

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California will ban smoking on state parks and beaches starting next year under legislation signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The law also bans disposing cigar and cigarette waste...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Kentucky’s underground rock star: Mammoth Cave National Park

Weeks before I actually headed to Mammoth Cave National Park for a weekend trip, and a day after I’d booked several guided cave tours, I encircled my chest with a tape measure. I was relieved to...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Here’s what can get you banned by airlines, hotels and rental car companies

Don’t hit a flight attendant. Don’t trash your hotel room. And whatever you do, don’t leave a loaded gun in your rental car. All of the above can land you on the travel industry’s mysterious...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

California bans hotels from using tiny plastic bottles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Hotels in the nation’s most populous state will have to stop giving guests small plastic shampoo bottles under a new law set to take effect starting in 2023. Gov. Gavin Newsom...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

New York library exhibit to pay tribute to J.D. Salinger

NEW YORK – An upcoming exhibit at the New York Public Library will offer a look into the very private life of J.D. Salinger. From Oct. 18 to Jan. 20, 2020, the library will show materials ranging...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Exercise guru Taryn Toomey explains her ‘wacky’ in-flight routine

Taryn Toomey is the founder of Class, a workout program that combines various techniques (yoga, high-intensity interval training, cardio) with cathartic mantras and encouragement to discharge toxic...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

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