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Sorry Indianapolis, You're No Longer the Sole Location Offering TSA PreCheck Enrollment Background Checks

Sorry Indianapolis, You're No Longer the Sole Location Offering TSA PreCheck Enrollment Background Checks Dec 16th, 2013 at 3:07PM: Getty Two weeks ago, the Transportation Security Administration announced that it would began allowing travelers to apply for its PreCheck program, "an expedited screening process" through airport security. Curiously though, the only airport in the country where travelers could complete the program's required background interview was Indianapolis International Airport. That changed today...

Photo Of The Day: Skyline Drive

Photo Of The Day: Skyline Drive Oct 15th, 2013 at 6:00PM: David Fulmer, Flickr Though some national parks are re-opening thanks to state funding, Virginia's Shenandoah National Park remains closed. So, although you can't take a cruise on Skyline Drive in real life (at the moment), enjoy this shot of how the road presumably looks right now. We'd love to feature your photos and videos on Gadling, so please add them to our Flickr Pool (with Creative...

Historian Says Best Way To Save Manassas Battlefield Is To Expand Highway Through It

Historian Says Best Way To Save Manassas Battlefield Is To Expand Highway Through It Oct 2nd, 2013 at 12:30PM: Wikimedia Commons Manassas Battlefield Park has been struggling with traffic for a long time. The site of the First and Second Battles of Manassas, also known as the battles of Bull Run, it's rich in Civil War history. The main reason two battles were fought there was that the Warrenton Turnpike, the main road from Virginia to Washington D.C., cut right through it. That turnpike is now Lee...

Photo Of The Day: Peanut Field

Photo Of The Day: Peanut Field Sep 6th, 2013 at 6:00PM: taberandrew, Flickr As the week wraps up, so does summer. The weather is starting, slowly, to turn -- crisp air and falling leaves will soon be the theme of the great outdoors. So, with the sun setting on the week, the season and (in the photo) Peanut Field, what's in store for your Friday evening? We'd love to feature your photos and videos on Gadling, so please add them to our Flickr Pool...

Photo of the Day: A Weekend at Virginia International Raceway

Photo of the Day: A Weekend at Virginia International Raceway Jul 22nd, 2013 at 6:00PM: @GadlingTravel, Instagram I've been "into cars" since I was a little kid -- and recognized my motorsports passion during my time in college. It's led to a weekend hobby of driving the pace car for the local region of the National Auto Sports Association and participating in driving schools to eventually go racing. This weekend, I was at Virginia International Raceway to do just that -- and earned...

I Lost My Airbnb Virginity In Charlottesville, Virginia (And Paid Just $49 For The Privilege)

I Lost My Airbnb Virginity In Charlottesville, Virginia (And Paid Just $49 For The Privilege) Jun 13th, 2013 at 10:00AM: What kind of accommodation do you expect for $49 a night? Are you visualizing a place with 800-thread-count sheets, a memory foam mattress and free Perrier and gourmet coffee? Or for $49 bucks, would you expect a place where they rent by the hour, where you might be mingling with junkies and prostitutes and want to wear latex gloves before you touch anything? If you're a skeptic like me, you...

Preservation Group Wants To Save Civil War Battlefield

Preservation Group Wants To Save Civil War Battlefield May 19th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Wikimedia Commons "Cavalry Charge Near Brandy Station, Virginia," a drawing by Edwin Forbes, 1864 A preservation group is trying to protect the site of the largest cavalry battle in North America. The Civil War Trust has announced it has nearly reached its $3.6 million goal to preserve 56 acres of the site of the Battle of Brandy Station. The plot includes Fleetwood Hill, which was the center...

Space Travel Takes Giant Branson-Fueled Leap

Space Travel Takes Giant Branson-Fueled Leap Apr 30th, 2013 at 1:30PM: Taking another step toward space travel for all, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo lit its engine Monday, breaking the sound barrier high above California's Mojave Air and Space port with billionaire Richard Branson on hand for the event. "Today was the most significant day in the program," Branson told NBC News. "I think that for those people who have been good enough to stick with us for the...

12 Offbeat Travel Ideas For 2013

12 Offbeat Travel Ideas For 2013 Jan 2nd, 2013 at 12:00PM: My annual New Year's Eve tradition is to reflect on all the places I visited during the year and plot out where I want to go in the New Year. 2012 was a banner travel year for my family because we put all of our things in storage for five months and traveled extensively in Europe and North America. We gorged ourselves on donuts and thought we got scammed in Western New York's Amish Country,...

The Music Of Virginia's Crooked Road

The Music Of Virginia's Crooked Road Nov 6th, 2012 at 11:00AM: It's Thursday night in Fries, a lonely little, old mill town in Southwest Virginia with a population of 484 souls. I'm with my wife and two boys at the old Fries (pronounced FREEZE) Theater listening to a jam session with a room half full of senior citizens. Admission is free, donations are accepted and hot dogs go for a buck and a quarter at a makeshift concession stand in the corner of the room....

The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail Officially Opens

The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail Officially Opens Aug 7th, 2012 at 3:30PM: The Star Spangled Banner Historical Trail officially opened last week, marking the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The trail, which was established back in 2008, features 560 miles of land and water routes that trace the major events of the war as it played out across Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Dozens of markers along the trail's length help tell the story of the conflict,...

Grandma Moses' Early Home Among Buildings Added To Virginia Landmarks Register

Grandma Moses' Early Home Among Buildings Added To Virginia Landmarks Register Jul 10th, 2012 at 3:00PM: The Virginia Landmarks Register has just added 17 properties to its list of important sites. One of them is a home lived in by Grandma Moses and her family before she became famous as a folk artist. The c. 1850 brick farmhouse in Mount Airy in the Shenandoah Valley was home to the painter in 1901 and 1902. While her stay was brief, it is the best preserved of any of the homes she lived in in...

Civil War Ballooning Revived This Memorial Day Weekend

Civil War Ballooning Revived This Memorial Day Weekend May 25th, 2012 at 2:30PM: During the Civil War, the clashing armies used many new technologies to try to gain an advantage. One military innovation was the balloon. Although the first balloon ascent had taken place in France in 1783 and the French army had already used them in battle as early as 1794, military aviation was still in its infancy and the United States and Confederacy became the second and third countries...

Iconic Road Trips: Blue Ridge Parkway Paradise

Iconic Road Trips: Blue Ridge Parkway Paradise May 23rd, 2012 at 2:00PM: The Blue Ridge Parkway is famous for a reason. It's a 469-mile stretch along the Blue Ridge, which is a mountain chain within the Appalachian Mountains. The mountains out west might be more grandeur, but I grew up in the Appalachians, so this drive has a special place in my heart. Contrast to the jagged, towering, snow-capped mountains you'll see in the western parts of the U.S., the Blue...

Slave Quarters Discovered at Monticello

Slave Quarters Discovered at Monticello Apr 29th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Archaeologists digging at Thomas Jefferson's home at Monticello, Virginia, have discovered slave quarters used at the time he was living there. The remains were found at Tufton, one of Jefferson's farms a mile from the actual house. Jefferson owned several farms around Monticello that were worked by his many slaves. The artifacts dating to Jefferson's time include everyday items such as a...

New Civil War museum at Appomattox features General Lee's sword and uniform

New Civil War museum at Appomattox features General Lee's sword and uniform Mar 26th, 2012 at 10:00AM: As we reported a year ago, a new Civil War museum has been under construction at Appomattox, Virginia. It is a branch of Richmond's Museum of the Confederacy and will commemorate the surrender of General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and the aftermath of the Civil War. Now the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox is almost complete and will open March 31. Among the displays are...

Lomography launches travel photography competition

Lomography launches travel photography competition Feb 26th, 2012 at 5:00PM: Lomography has teamed up with Virginia is for Lovers for a new photo competition that will award the most talented camera-toting travelers the chance to win limited edition cameras and vacations in Virginia. Called "Love Unexpected," the year-long competition marks the first time Lomography has partnered with a tourism office for a special promotion. The competition combines the analog...

Live like the 1% in Virginia's Hunt Country, where the dogs and horses have nicer sweaters than you do

Live like the 1% in Virginia's Hunt Country, where the dogs and horses have nicer sweaters than you do Feb 16th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Two women emerge from the backseat of a Range Rover in full length mink coats. They stroll past a sign on a boutique window advertising pure bred Appalachian Great Pyrnees "rescue dogs." Up on Washington Street, shoppers consider $45 t-shirts, $132 cashmere sweaters, and $238 dresses, all in toddler sizing, at the Magic Wardrobe, a children's clothing boutique. Just outside of town, men play polo...

Jeffersonian dorm rooms in Charlottesville

Jeffersonian dorm rooms in Charlottesville Feb 7th, 2012 at 10:00AM: What's the hardest part about living in a dorm room designed by one America's founding fathers in the early part of the 19th century? Braving the elements when nature calls in the middle of the night. "But guys have it easier," says Anne Allen, a fourth year student at the University of Virginia (UVA), who lives on The Lawn in Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village at the University of Virginia,...

Richmond: America's most underrated city?

Richmond: America's most underrated city? Jan 24th, 2012 at 10:00AM: As the former capitol of the Confederacy, Richmond has long been one of the premier destinations in the country for Civil War geeks. But as I discovered on two recent visits, it's also a young, vibrant city with architecture treasures, stunning parks, walkable neighborhoods, great food and perhaps the most elegant vintage cinema in the country. For Yanks looking for a quick taste of old Dixie,...

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