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Ancient Native American Mound To Be Destroyed To Build Sam's Club

Ancient Native American Mound To Be Destroyed To Build Sam's Club Jul 8th, 2013 at 2:30PM: Wikimedia Commons It's been a tough year for ancient monuments, what with subway workers in China accidentally demolishing 3000-year-old tombs, a limestone quarry destroying part of the Nazca Lines, and pyramids in Peru and Belize being bulldozed by "developers." Now Alabama is getting in on the game. The city of Oxford, Alabama, has approved the destruction of a mound of stones and the hill on...

US National Trail System Expands By 650 Miles

US National Trail System Expands By 650 Miles Jun 5th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Paulbalegend via Wikimedia Last week – just in time for National Trails Day – newly appointed U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the designation of 28 new National Recreation Trails located in 18 states across the country. These new additions offer a wide variety of experiences for outdoor enthusiasts while adding an additional 650 miles to the existing U.S. National...

Stricken Cruise Ship Passengers Make Most Of Bad Situation

Stricken Cruise Ship Passengers Make Most Of Bad Situation Feb 13th, 2013 at 1:30PM: Life on board stricken cruise ship Carnival Triumph is far from the travel brochure promise of sandy beaches and warm Caribbean nights. As the ship is being towed to shore after an engine room fire knocked out the ship's propulsion, passengers have had quite a different experience than what they bargained for. Still, experienced travelers know that not everything goes as planned and making the...

Happy 100th: 15 Places To Celebrate Centennials In 2013

Happy 100th: 15 Places To Celebrate Centennials In 2013 Jan 18th, 2013 at 2:00PM: A new year isn't just the time to look ahead, it's also the time to look back and commemorate. 2013 marks plenty of centennials, from the birth of civil rights activists to metro lines. Here is your chance to not only explore new destinations, but also learn a little bit about the past with a list of places that all have something worth celebrating this year. If you're looking to help...

The Southern Road: 6 Tips For A Car Plant Tour

The Southern Road: 6 Tips For A Car Plant Tour Sep 10th, 2012 at 1:00PM: I just love visiting factories. After finishing my Southern Road trip, I've now been to 99. I went on my first plant tour when I was 8 years old, and my family went to visit Ford's Rouge plant in Dearborn, Michigan. Like me, you can visit many of the car plants that have been built in the South over the past 20 years. (See here for a list – and companies are adding tours all the time.)...

The Southern Road: The Next Bend In The Road

The Southern Road: The Next Bend In The Road Sep 10th, 2012 at 10:00AM: In Alabama, they say that Huntsville has the intellect; Birmingham has the money; Montgomery has the power; and Mobile has the bay. Soon enough, Mobile also will have airplanes, which will be built at a factory that Airbus plans to open in 2016. And from there, the same folks that brought you the southern auto industry hope they can develop a southern aviation corridor. And while it's still...

The Southern Road: The Perks Of Gas Station Food

The Southern Road: The Perks Of Gas Station Food Sep 7th, 2012 at 3:00PM: The South has its highways, but in order to get to some places, you have to take four-lane or two-lane roads. That's where you'll find gas stations. And in many gas stations, you'll find food. Up north, hardly anybody I know eats food from a gas station, unless they're starving and it has a Subway attached. Down south, gas station food is its own form of cuisine. If you're fortunate, you can...

The Southern Road: Under The Factory Roof

The Southern Road: Under The Factory Roof Sep 7th, 2012 at 9:30AM: I can't stop thinking about Corey Burkett. And Tonya Williams. And the Burton family. These folks - and thousands more - are southerners who have joined automobile companies to plot new careers and, hopefully, achieve some of their personal and financial goals. And the jobs along the Southern Road aren't just going to people who were born in the South. During my trip, I met people with...

The Southern Road: History And The Future Collide

The Southern Road: History And The Future Collide Sep 6th, 2012 at 10:00AM: If you mention Montgomery, Alabama, to anyone outside the South, you'll probably get a response that includes Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King. People know Chattanooga, Tennessee, best for the Glenn Miller song about a choo-choo, and others because they are Civil War buffs. These two Southern cities, rich in history, now have something crucial in common: they've become car towns. Along...

The Southern Road: Visiting The Luxury South

The Southern Road: Visiting The Luxury South Sep 5th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Chris Hastings has beaten Bobby Flay on Iron Chef. This year, he won a James Beard Award. On any weeknight, his restaurant is packed with diners who look over the shoulders of his kitchen crew as they cook right in front of their eyes. But Hastings isn't cooking in Manhattan or Chicago or San Francisco. He owns Hot and Hot Fish Club, in Birmingham, Alabama, and he's in the forefront of a legion...

Travel in the southern United States for free with Megabus

Travel in the southern United States for free with Megabus Oct 25th, 2011 at 3:00PM: Who doesn't love free travel? With a new hub in Atlanta, Georgia, Megabus is giving away 10,000 free seats to travelers using their new routes during trips taking place November 16 to December 16, 2011. The eleven cities included in the new route leaving from Atlanta include: Birmingham, Alabama Mobile, Alabama Montgomery, Alabama Charlotte, North Carolina Chattanooga,...

Alabama celebrates its haunted past with an entire month of events

Alabama celebrates its haunted past with an entire month of events Oct 11th, 2011 at 2:30PM: Throughout October, the state of Alabama in the United States will celebrate its haunted past with a variety of events, including ghost walks, story-telling festivals, and a moonlit tour of Old Cahawba, a historic ghost town. Here are some of the scheduled events: 7th Annual "Historic Haunts Walk" Athens, Alabama (Oct 4, 12, 14, 19) This spooky walk will begin at the Houston Library and...

Searching for an Airboat Captain, Finding Adventure

Searching for an Airboat Captain, Finding Adventure Aug 5th, 2011 at 1:00PM: Captain Geoff gives airboat tours of Mobile Bay, leaving from the Original Oyster House on the causeway that goes east out of town, past the retired USS Alabama. On the tours, airboaters often see alligators, birds, leaping fish and the natural beauty of the marshy flats. That is, if you can track down the mysterious captain....

VIDEO: 50 state stereotypes in 2 minutes

May 30th, 2011 at 2:00PM: Enjoy poking fun at other American states? You might enjoy this video posted by our friends at Huffington Post Comedy covering all 50 state stereotypes in 2 minutes and change. From Alabama " Our state bird is the NASCAR" to Wyoming " We don't have any gay cowboys, alright? Okay, maybe a few gay cowboys...", no state is left unparodied (read the video transcript here). Lest you think video...

Toomer's Corner trees poisoned at Auburn University

Toomer's Corner trees poisoned at Auburn University Feb 17th, 2011 at 1:00PM: As far as college rivalries go, Auburn versus Alabama is as intense as they come. Duking it out on the football field, basketball court or in the natatorium is certainly appropriate. Furthermore, good old fashioned pranks are part of the college experience. However, poisoning 130-year-old trees is no laughing matter. That's exactly what happened at Toomer's Corner on the Auburn University campus....

Caught on tape: Basketball shot made from a theme park ride

Caught on tape: Basketball shot made from a theme park ride Aug 17th, 2010 at 6:30PM: Do you remember those Hampton Inn Hilton Honors Points commercials from a couple of years back with the amazing basketball shots? Teen boys banked shots off roofs and stairways or used a tennis racket to shoot them into the goal. The ads were all followed by the tagline "Want an easier way to score points?" It turns out those were real teens, shooting real videos at their homes in Alabama, and...

Toyota's Farm to Table Tour takes sustainable eating on the road

Toyota's Farm to Table Tour takes sustainable eating on the road Jul 20th, 2010 at 2:30PM: I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "Yeah, right. Toyota just needs damage control. As if feel-good, treehugging road trips make up for all those recalls." But before you judge, let us separate the issue from the mission. This is Toyota's second annual Farm to Table Tour, in which 11 farmers markets nationwide participate with the automotive giant to visit "farmers markets across the...

Alabama Adventure theme park offers Father's Day deal: $50 per carload

Alabama Adventure theme park offers Father's Day deal: $50 per carload Jun 13th, 2010 at 10:00AM: It's one week until Father's Day. Have you made plans with your dad? The folks at Alabama Adventure near Birmingham suggest a day at the theme park. After all, what says, "I love you, Dad" more than screaming in his ear during a ride on the Rampage wooden roller coaster or digging your fingernails in his arm while being catapulted 185 feet in the air on the Space Shot? Next Sunday, June 20,...

Gulf Coast Oil Spill Watch: June 10th

Gulf Coast Oil Spill Watch: June 10th Jun 10th, 2010 at 11:30AM: It's Day 52 of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Here's a look at the latest news about how the spill is affecting travelers: Tar balls have arrived on the beaches in Perdido Key, Florida. The Pensacola News-Journal reports that a mile-long stretch of the beach was covered with greasy clumps about the size of peas. Want to help? Alabama's governor tells WAFF TV that it's as simple as...

Photo of the Day (5.25.10)

Photo of the Day (5.25.10) May 25th, 2010 at 7:00PM: Today's Photo of the Day comes out of Jasper, Alabama from Flickr user bamassippi. Taken under the stadium lights of a High School football field, I feel that this photo captures a quintessential American summer evening - and with Memorial Day right around the corner, there will hopefully be many of these summer sunsets up ahead. Jasper is part of Walker County, which once ranked among the...

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