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MapQuest Unveils 10 Top Destinations of 2013

MapQuest Unveils 10 Top Destinations of 2013 Dec 23rd, 2013 at 10:29AM: Alamy Las Vegas, Nashville and Orlando were the top three searched for cities on MapQuest in 2013. The results are a compilation of destinations searched for on both MapQuest's website and its recently updated-and critically acclaimed-iPhone and Android apps. [Full disclosure: AOL owns both MapQuest and Gadling.] Texas was the only state with two cities in MapQuest's top 10 list: Houston...

Haunted Hotels Are In Full Swing

Oct 25th, 2013 at 2:15PM: If luxury horror is your thing, look no further than haunted hotels this Halloween. As rounded up in a spread on USA Today, several hotels across the country are incorporating their own tales from the crypt into their businesses this time of year. A couple examples of haunted hotels participating in the spooky season: The Biltmore Coral Gables in Miami has been everything over the years...

Slow-Thinking Drivers To Get More Time With Longer Yellow Lights

Slow-Thinking Drivers To Get More Time With Longer Yellow Lights Oct 4th, 2013 at 12:00PM: A careful driver approaches an intersection and the green light turns yellow. Red is next. What does the driver do? Hit the brakes, or floor it and hope for the best? It's a split-second call. Soon, Florida drivers will have more time to make that decision as the sunshine state lengthens the time before yellow turns red. Research indicates that we make up our minds in about a second and that...

Guide to a Perfect Everglades Weekend Escape

Guide to a Perfect Everglades Weekend Escape Sep 20th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Crow 911, Flickr One of the great dualities of Florida is the presence of spectacular natural places and wildlife within easy striking distance of the most people-packed urban areas. And Everglades National Park - covering more than 1.5 million acres in South Florida - is as off-the-charts-wild as U.S. parks get. While the most remote areas of the park are largely inaccessible, there are plenty of...

South Florida Tries A New Way To Stop Speeding Drivers: Magic

South Florida Tries A New Way To Stop Speeding Drivers: Magic Sep 13th, 2013 at 4:30PM: Getty Images South Florida transportation officials want drivers to slow down, but rather than relying on radar guns or speed traps, they're trying a new trick: an optical illusion. The Sun Sentinel reports that the state has painted the road with hash-marks (think football field yard lines) that get closer and closer together. This creates the illusion that a driver is going faster, and will...

How Long Does It Take To Paddleboard From Cuba To Florida?

Aug 8th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Ben Friberg is a 35 year old musician from Chattanooga, Tennessee who recently became the first person to paddleboard from Cuba to Florida. According to a Reuters interview, Friberg's almost entirely stand-up feat last week was an endeavor to "promote peace and understanding between Cuba and the United States and to promote a healthy lifestyle." The journey between Cuba and Key West, Florida...

Bottle With Travel-Loving Tennessee Man's Ashes Bobbing Along Florida Keys

Bottle With Travel-Loving Tennessee Man's Ashes Bobbing Along Florida Keys Jul 29th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Courtesy of 13WMAZ.com We all have our own ideas of what happens after we die. For the late Gordon Scott Smith of Tennessee, his goal was to ensure that his lifelong love of travel carried on into the afterlife. Or, you know, at least ensured his cremated remains saw some scenic places. Scott's widow, Beverly Smith, carried out her husband of 27 years wishes by putting his ashes, two dollars, and...

Stevie Wonder's Florida Boycott Gaining Momentum

Jul 23rd, 2013 at 11:33AM: Kanye West, Madonna and Usher are among those reportedly following Stevie Wonder's lead in boycotting Florida in protest of the state's "Stand Your Ground" law. The Huffington Post is following the story....

See Live Rocket Blast This Summer, Before Anti-Gravity Takes Over

See Live Rocket Blast This Summer, Before Anti-Gravity Takes Over Jul 13th, 2013 at 2:30PM: Visitors to Florida's Kennedy Space Center have been lining up to see Space Shuttle Atlantis in a new $200 million exhibit that opened in June. But while traveling over 26 million miles, Atlantis' glory days are over and the circa-1976 space ship will never fly again. Still, live launch viewing opportunities are available and this summer is host to one of the most exciting. On Friday, July 19,...

Underwater Concert A Summertime Favorite

Underwater Concert A Summertime Favorite Jul 11th, 2013 at 5:00PM: This time of year, festivals and events scattered around the United States are often the highlight of summer, drawing visitors from near and far. As part of a road trip, a weekend outing or just a break from summer monotony, outdoor summer concerts take advantage of the nice weather, bringing our favorite artists or bands to enjoy. Those sincere in their desire to escape the heat go to Big Pine...

One Day Not Enough To Celebrate Independence Day? Take A Week

One Day Not Enough To Celebrate Independence Day? Take A Week Jun 18th, 2013 at 4:00PM: tsuacctnt/Flickr Coming up in less than a month, America celebrates its Independence Day as fireworks light up the sky at events around the country. This year, the Fourth of July falls on a Thursday. That might mean an extra day off work for some, returning on Friday to end the week. Others might be in for an extra long, four-day weekend with plenty of time for travel. Regardless of how your...

Summer Travel Bargains, Available Now During Brief Buying 'Sweet Spot'

Summer Travel Bargains, Available Now During Brief Buying 'Sweet Spot' May 21st, 2013 at 3:00PM: Moyan_Brenn/ Flickr Summer travel season is right around the corner but exciting travel opportunities are often limited by price. There are plenty of places to go, but they are often priced out of reach. Still, with some research and timing, summer travel bargains are out there right now. Why? Sellers of travel want occupancy and booking levels to be at a certain target number right about now. If...

Recovery Vacations A Hit With Soldiers Returning From War

Recovery Vacations A Hit With Soldiers Returning From War May 15th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Troop Rewards provides recovery vacations to returning U.S. soldiers and their families who served overseas. To do that, Troop Rewards relies on hotels and private vacation property owners to donate unused inventory, sort of like a hotel might release a number of rooms to Priceline for bidding. This year, Florida's Sandpearl resort is teaming up with Troop Rewards to provide recovery vacations...

Memorial Day Travel Events Bring Discounts

Memorial Day Travel Events Bring Discounts May 9th, 2013 at 3:00PM: As Memorial Day approaches, travelers are taking advantage of some special offers and events exclusive to the three-day weekend that officially begins on Friday, May 24. Discounts, special offers and events this year are available at a number of locations around the United States as America remembers the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Additionally, those...

Impact Of Sequester Cuts On Travel: Festivals Not So Festive

Impact Of Sequester Cuts On Travel: Festivals Not So Festive Apr 10th, 2013 at 5:30PM: Recent sequester cuts have had a big impact on travel in a number of ways. Cutbacks have resulted in everything from grounding the Navy's Blue Angels at dozens of air shows around the country to turning Houston's George Bush Intercontinental into a third world-like airport. Cuts to the budgets of national parks have popular attractions opening on a delayed schedule, closing visitor centers and...

Red Algae Bloom Kills Manatees, Sickens Tourists

Red Algae Bloom Kills Manatees, Sickens Tourists Apr 10th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Something is blooming off the west coast of Florida this spring, but it isn't pretty: a tide of toxic red algae is killing manatees and making tourists sick. Manatees, or sea cows, are already a dying breed. But the large concentration of aquatic microorganisms has killed 241 of Florida's roughly 5,000 manatees, a toll that the state Fish and Wildlife Research Institute says is certain to...

Space Shuttle Home Nears Completion In Florida

Space Shuttle Home Nears Completion In Florida Apr 4th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Space Shuttle Atlantis has a new home in Florida that is nearing completion. As the latest Space Coast attraction, the new $100-million home of the historic spacecraft will launch June 29 at Kennedy Space Center. Far more than a place to store the used orbiter, the new facility will offer visitors unprecedented access to what was once highly classified hardware, uniquely displayed. This...

Galley Gossip: The Worst, Funniest And Most Common Bad Passengers I've Encountered

Galley Gossip: The Worst, Funniest And Most Common Bad Passengers I've Encountered Mar 27th, 2013 at 10:00AM: From time to time I get asked questions about bad passengers. I thought I'd share a few of them here. What's the worst passenger behavior you've witnessed? I've caught passengers taking other people's luggage out of the bin to make room for their own bags. I'm not joking. They'll pull out a bag, drop it on the floor and walk away leaving it in the middle of the aisle for the passengers...

The Kimchi-ite: 10 More Differences Between South Korea And The Rest Of The World

The Kimchi-ite: 10 More Differences Between South Korea And The Rest Of The World Mar 22nd, 2013 at 3:00PM: In the U.S., there is the art of tipping. In Finland, there is no such thing as college tuition; it's almost completely subsidized by tax Euros. And in Ethiopia, food is eaten only with the bare right hand. Given South Korea's unique history and culture within Asia, there is no shortage of comparisons that can be made between it and the rest of the world. Even though I already reported on "10...

Epic Spring Break Adventures Of Past Generations

Epic Spring Break Adventures Of Past Generations Mar 18th, 2013 at 5:00PM: The history of spring break goes back to 1936 when a swim coach from New York brought some of his swim team down to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to practice at a warm pool during the winter. That proved such a good idea that the coach brought the whole team the following year. Seizing an opportunity in a post-depression economy, Fort Lauderdale quickly grew to be the original "spring break"...

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