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Wonder Woman Roller Coaster Coming to Six Flags Fiesta Texas

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/04/2017, 12:00 AM

A new Wonder Woman-themed roller coaster will open next spring at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, the amusement park chain has announced. Dubbed Wonder Woman Golden Lasso after the comic book superheroine turned box office champ, the coaster is expected to offer an exceptionally smooth ride because cars will zip along a single rail instead of two, thus removing the chance of turbulence cau...

New Reservations Website for California State Parks

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/03/2017, 12:00 AM

A new website for making reservations for campsites and activities at California's state parks debuts this week. From now on, you'll need to go to ReserveCalifornia to book tent space in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, a beach cottage at Crystal Cove in Orange County, a tour of Hearst Castle (pictured above) in San Simeon, or facilities at more than 100 additional sites across the state, with aroun...

Nevada Clown Motel for Sale

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/31/2017, 4:00 AM

A leading contender for the title of World's Creepiest Motel has just gone on the market.  The Clown Motel is a 31-room accommodation in tiny Tonopah, Nevada, located about midway between Las Vegas and Reno. As you might have guessed/dreaded from the name, the place is stuffed with an enormous collection of clown paintings, prints, decor, and toys—some of which are suspended over beds. ...

8-Year-Old Becomes Youngest Female to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/31/2017, 12:00 AM

AUGUST 1, 2017 FLORIDA GIRL SETS KILIMANJARO RECORD (Travel + Leisure) An 8-year-old Florida girl has made history as the youngest female ever to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. After a weeklong ascent, Roxy Getter reached the summit of the 19,341-foot Tanzanian peak alongside her 10-year-old brother, Ben, and their parents, Sarah and Bobby. The family trained by trudging up and down stairs at parki...

Mud Festival Planned for New Zealand

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/28/2017, 4:00 AM

The mud in most places isn't worth celebrating. Then again, most places aren't Rotorua, New Zealand, where geothermal activity creates geysers, hot springs, and, yes, mud rich in restorative minerals useful in beauty and wellness treatments.  This December, Rotorua will be celebrating that unique feature of the landscape with the first-ever Mudtopia Festival, a three-day event during w...

Another Big Hotel Chain Makes Cancelling Costly

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/25/2017, 5:15 PM

In June, Marriott changed its rules about cancelling hotel reservations. Before then, customers usually could cancel a room all the way until the day of check-in, sometimes the day before, and suffer no penalty. But as of this summer, the new Marriott deadline is 48 hours in North America and Latin America. If you don't cancel your Marriott room at least two days before check-in, you must pay t...

"Despacito" Could Be Driving More Interest in Puerto Rico—But Not Visits

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/25/2017, 4:00 AM

Chinese officials may want to rethink their recent decision to bar Justin Bieber from performing in their country.  Turns out the pop heartthrob could be good for tourism. Just ask Puerto Rico. A Spanglish remix of the hit "Despacito" featuring Bieber and the song's original recording artists, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, debuted on April 17 and quickly rose to the top of the charts an...

Selfie Sticks Banned in Milan

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/24/2017, 4:00 AM

The selfies you take in Milan this summer will have to be kept at arm's length. You certainly can't extend your reach with a selfie stick. Those devices have been officially banned from the historic Italian city as part of a crackdown on "anti-social behavior." Selfie sticks are definitely cumbersome and obtrusive, especially in spots clogged with tourists, which is why they've previou...

Low-Cost Airlines Crossing the Atlantic Are Now Major Players in Travel

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/24/2017, 12:00 AM

Low-cost airlines offering cheap flights to Europe are still going strong—and giving their bigger competitors a run for your money....

Eight Observations About Travel That May Be of Use for Your Next Vacation

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/21/2017, 12:00 AM

Quick thoughts on Airbnb, Disneyland, airlines, Cuba, Washington's National Museum of African American History and Culture, and other recent travel developments...

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