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St. Louis Zoo To Open Animal-Themed Hotel

St. Louis Zoo To Open Animal-Themed Hotel Oct 8th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Flickr, Jorge Rodrigo Gonzalez The St. Louis Zoo has some major expansion plans in store for the next several decades, including an open savannah, a gondola crossing the park, a formal restaurant and a boutique hotel. The Missouri zoo will be making big changes to their existing park and developing a new site, bringing the total campus to over 100 acres, and creating new animal habitats and...

Whoops: Glitch in Apple Maps Keeps Telling Drivers to Cross an Airport Runway

Whoops: Glitch in Apple Maps Keeps Telling Drivers to Cross an Airport Runway Sep 26th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Bill Abbott, Flickr Since the advent of GPS and the access to it on our smartphones, many of us have completely given up on doing any navigating ourselves. We set our destination, we press "route" and we sit back and do whatever the nice voice tells us to do. No matter where it takes us. But a recent glitch in Apple maps might have you rethinking that kind of behavior. Fairbanks International...

A Bear Walks Into a Bar in Juneau, Politely Leaves When Asked

A Bear Walks Into a Bar in Juneau, Politely Leaves When Asked Sep 26th, 2013 at 11:15AM: AER Wilmington DE, Flickr You have to be pretty rowdy and intoxicated to be asked to leave a bar. Or you just have to be a bear. In Juneau, Alaska on Monday night a black bear walked into the downtown Alaskan Hotel & Bar. The bartender's response? Ask it to leave of course. RELATED: Pig in Australia Steals 18 Beers from Campers, Gets Drunk, Fights Cow The hotel's bartender Ariel...

PuppyCam Returns To Denali National Park

PuppyCam Returns To Denali National Park Jun 22nd, 2013 at 8:00AM: National Park Service One of the annual rites of spring in Denali National Park is the welcoming of a new litter of sled dog pups to the official kennels there. This is soon followed by the launch of the park's PuppyCam, which not only provides a daily dose of cute, but also allows us to watch the new pups as they begin to grow. This year's litter consists of three puppies born to a 6-year-old...

Four Down Two Across: Coming Home From Alaska

Four Down Two Across: Coming Home From Alaska Jun 13th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Stephen Greenwood, AOL Back home safe and sound in New York, where the sun rises and sets at "normal" times! On my last night in Alaska, someone asked me what my favorite part of the trip had been. I thought hard ... and couldn't point out one day or thing above the rest. Robert had the same reaction. The whole trip was a blast – one of our best road trips ever. Perhaps what we liked...

Video: 100 Years Of Climbing Mt. McKinley

Video: 100 Years Of Climbing Mt. McKinley Jun 12th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Project Gutenberg Standing 20,320 feet in height, Mt. McKinley is the tallest mountain in North America and one of the most challenging climbs in the entire world. While it doesn't rival the big Himalayan peaks in terms of altitude, it more than makes up for it with a number of technical climbing challenges and notoriously fickle weather that can even be bad during the peak climbing season of May...

Four Down Two Across: Fairbanks And Ping-Pong Shenanigans

Jun 11th, 2013 at 4:00PM: The thing about Fairbanks at this time of year is that the sun sets for only a couple hours a day. Even after setting, the sun is just below the horizon, so it's not really dark out. I feel like I have jet lag, even though I'm completely adjusted to Alaska time and am sleeping fine. Robert and I started the day at the Mr. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge at the edge of Denali National Park....

Four Down Two Across: Eagle River, Wasilla And Mt. McKinley

Jun 10th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Sunday is the 160th day of the year, and my 160th consecutive day playing table tennis -- on my quest to play table tennis every day in 2013. As I mentioned yesterday, Robert and I stayed overnight in Eagle River, at the home of Boyd and Shirley Bennett, who could not have been more hospitable hosts. Also, they happen to have a professional-quality table tennis facility above their garage....

Four Down Two Across: Homer, Alaska

Jun 9th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Saturday morning, at the Ocean Shores motel in Homer, I was sitting at the desk peering out the big window at the water. I saw splashing in the distance. I asked Robert, "Is that a whale?" Indeed it was. In fact, it was one of four whales, swimming up the sound, their backs visible in the water. Over the next hour or so we saw probably 20 whales altogether. A beautiful start for the day. ...

Four Down Two Across: The Sterling Highway Out Of Anchorage

Jun 8th, 2013 at 3:00PM: The weather here in Alaska has been gorgeous -- sunny and warm. Friday's high was around 70. Robert and I were told this isn't normal, especially the clear skies. We started the morning in Anchorage, where I taped my weekly NPR puzzle at KSKA, for airing nationally on Sunday. It involved a game of Categories based on the name HOMER, the town where we were headed. The player did pretty well,...

Four Down Two Across: The Alaska Table Tennis Club And Mendenhall Glacier

Jun 7th, 2013 at 2:00PM: It's almost midnight in Anchorage as I write this, and the sun is just setting. Dawn is only a few hours away. The sheer length of a June day here takes some getting used to. Robert and I started the day with a 9 a.m. meet-and-greet at KTOO, the public radio station in Juneau. About 60-70 listeners showed up. The station manager interviewed me on a small stage, and I ended by presenting...

Tourist Killed In Flightseeing Accident In Alaska

Tourist Killed In Flightseeing Accident In Alaska Jun 6th, 2013 at 3:00PM: CambridgeBayWeather, Wikimedia Commons One tourist is dead and two others seriously injured after a plane operated by flightseeing company Pacific Wings crashed into a mountain lake in southeast Alaska on Tuesday, USA Today reports. According to the news outlet, six cruisers visiting Alaska on Lindblad Expeditions' National Geographic Sea Bird were off on a shore excursion when the tiny,...

Video Of The Day: Modern Day 'The Motorcycle Diaries'

May 13th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Before beginning his doctorate in biomedical sciences, "Alex the Adventure Biker" took a break to realize his lifelong dream: to ride a motorcycle through the Americas. Over the course of nearly a year and a half, he rode his bike through 22 countries as he made his way from El Paso, Texas, to Argentina and then back up through Brazil and all the way to Alaska - a journey of more than 82,000...

Nat Geo Television Stars Offer Alaska Travel Tips

Nat Geo Television Stars Offer Alaska Travel Tips May 12th, 2013 at 8:00AM: There is no question that Alaska is one of the top adventure travel destinations in North America, if not the entire world. The brief Alaskan summer brings incredible opportunities for climbing, backpacking, camping and fishing, giving visitors a chance to explore everything the state has to offer in relatively warm conditions. During the winter, Alaska becomes the ultimate outdoor playground for...

Alaska Volcano Erupts, Air Travel Disruption Possible

Alaska Volcano Erupts, Air Travel Disruption Possible May 6th, 2013 at 4:00PM: It's been nearly two years since scientists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) warned that Alaska's Cleveland volcano could erupt at any time, issuing a code yellow eruption advisory. Saturday, those scientists were proven more than right. "We haven't seen a phase like this where we've had multiple explosions," Rick Wessels, a geophysicist at the US Geological Survey's Alaska Volcano...

Northern Lights Best Viewed At Sea, On A Yacht, French Style

Northern Lights Best Viewed At Sea, On A Yacht, French Style May 4th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Considering a trip to see the Northern Lights? This year may very well be the best time to go. 2013 is the height of the 11-year solar cycle. September and October offer peak activity. They can be seen in Alaska, Norway, Finland and Canada on a clear night. Better yet, try viewing on a ship at sea. Common tips for viewing the Northern Lights say to go North, inside the Arctic circle, bring...

Budget Travel Strategy: Smart Travel Uses For Your Tax Refund

Budget Travel Strategy: Smart Travel Uses For Your Tax Refund Mar 25th, 2013 at 5:00PM: If a tax refund is headed your way, common recommendations include paying off debt; making a major purchase and paying cash, rather than putting it on a credit card and other assorted common sense moves. Travelers can benefit too by using some of the same thinking about what we spend on airline tickets, cruise fare, gear and more. "Set aside some money for vacation rather than using your...

2013 Iditarod Winner Is Oldest Ever

2013 Iditarod Winner Is Oldest Ever Mar 15th, 2013 at 8:00AM: By claiming victory in the 2013 Iditarod earlier this week, 53-year-old musher Mitch Seavey managed to cement his place in the annals of Alaskan lore. Not only did he secure the second Iditarod win of his 20-year career, he also became the oldest person to win the event in its 41-year history. This is in sharp contrast to last year's race in which Mitch's son Dallas became the youngest Iditarod...

New Aviation Technology Brings Safer Travel Today, Looks To Future

New Aviation Technology Brings Safer Travel Today, Looks To Future Mar 13th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Commercial aviation technology has come a long way since its first flight in 1914, a 23-minute flight between St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida. Along the way, a great amount of the technology in today's aircraft, enabling travelers to fly around the world, was developed right here in the United States. That tradition continues with some recent advances, in use right now or on their way, that...

The 2013 Iditarod Sled Dog Race Gets Underway Today!

The 2013 Iditarod Sled Dog Race Gets Underway Today! Mar 2nd, 2013 at 8:00AM: The 2013 Iditarod sled dog race gets underway today in Anchorage, Alaska, where some of the best mushers in the world have gathered to take part in the 1000-mile journey that culminates in Nome. This morning, 66 mushers will set out from the starting line in front of a throng of cheering fans as part of the ceremonial start. The race will officially get underway tomorrow when the teams will...

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