Pop summer: coasters, pop culture rides and Orlando Eye

Written by TAMARA LUSH,
Associated Press writer
Friday, 22 May 2015 10:48

A dark, submarine-inspired thrill ride in California and swank new offerings at Downtown Disney all top the summer’s must-do list for theme park and amusement fans.

For those who want even more extreme summer adventures, a hybrid wood-steel coaster in Massachusetts and a spinning wing coaster based on Batman in Texas are also new for 2015.

Super Bowl jet-setters get top-flight treatment

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 28 January 2015 10:23

For some travelers visiting Arizona for the Super Bowl, the trip may be just as memorable as the game.

Hundreds of luxury jets will arrive at the eight airports around metropolitan Phoenix by kickoff on Feb. 1, adding to the thousands of flights expected over the weekend. The Federal Aviation Administration and area airports have been planning for the influx for the past year.

Go For the Food: Coney Island hot dogs in Detroit

Written by BETH J. HARPAZ for The AP Wednesday, 24 December 2014 01:30

To New Yorkers like me, going to Coney means hopping on a Coney Island-bound subway train to an amusement park at the beach. But on a trip to Detroit, I learned that “coney” means something entirely different.

In Michigan and a few other places, coney is a generic term for hot dogs topped with onions, mustard and chili.

Pizza tours offer a slice of culture in Milwaukee, Chicago, Boston, NYC

AP writer
Thursday, 18 September 2014 11:36

In a city famous for its deep-dish pizza tourists wouldn’t know that the locals more often eat a thinner-crust, tavern-style pie topped with homemade Italian sausage and cut into squares, not slices — unless they went on a pizza tour.

Chicago is one of a handful of cities across the country, like Milwaukee, Boston and New York, with companies that offer tours of the local pizza scene.

New, now, hot in travel: Coloring books with a sense of place

Written by lisa neff Friday, 15 May 2015 06:15

COLORING BOOKS WITH A SENSE OF PLACE: Coloring books for grown-ups are all the rage as a way to reduce stress and rediscover the simple joy of carefully filling in the spaces between the lines. 

Now Little, Brown and Co. is launching a new series of coloring books with a sense of place. "Splendid Cities'' and "Secret Paris'' will be published June 9, with "Secret Tokyo'' and "Secret New York'' coming out in October. Each book is 96 pages and costs $16. 

Tamiami Trail changed the course of Florida history

The Tampa Tribune
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 14:44

A century ago, Florida was a different place.

Mosquitoes and alligators ruled. Air conditioning was science fiction. Cars were scarce, and paved roads were the perks of city living.

Disney World plans Frozen attraction at Epcot

Written by The AP Wednesday, 08 October 2014 06:57

Walt Disney World is planning a new attraction inspired by the ever-popular “Frozen” movie.

The “Frozen” attraction will go up at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot at the theme park near Orlando, Florida.

Following the Klondike Gold Rush Trail

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:29

Disembarking from our Holland America cruise ship in Skagway, Alaska, we didn’t realize that our upcoming detour through the Yukon Territory would follow the trail of the most important U.S. event to occur on Canadian soil since the War of 1812.

Neither did we realize that the stunning scenery and wildlife were just a preview to the natural wonders ahead in Denali National Park.

Bewitched by the Big Easy: Tennessee Williams and New Orleans

Written by Anne Siegel,
Contributing writer
Friday, 24 April 2015 00:00

To walk around the French Quarter today, it is impossible to believe that New York literary types once sniffed that New Orleans was a “cultural swamp.”

Weird museums: Travel off the beaten path

Associated Press writer
Saturday, 27 December 2014 10:17

Travelers looking for something beyond top attractions like the Space Needle in Seattle might consider adding a weird museum or two to their itineraries.

Here are some suggestions from among dozens of unusual museums across the nation, from a funeral museum to an attraction devoted to wet wipes, of all things. They’re all worth a stop, but probably shouldn’t be your only reason for buying a plane ticket.

The Roosevelt trail, from Maine to North Dakota

Written by BETH J. HARPAZ,
AP Travel Editor
Friday, 03 October 2014 10:20

Ken Burns’ documentary about the Roosevelts — presidents Theodore and Franklin, and Franklin’s wife Eleanor — stired interest in some of the places connected to them.

Here’s a look at some major Roosevelt sites, including birthplaces, family homes, vacation retreats and national parks and monuments from Maine to North Dakota.

Dawson City, Gold Rush Central

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:11

Downtown Dawson City. — PHOTO: WikiCommons

A valley cut by a river creates a large V between mountain ranges; one cut by a glacier is more U-shaped — and much wider.