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Why Do Bees Swarm Airports?

Jul 25th, 2013 at 2:30PM: A swarm of bees kept US Airways Flight 2690 grounded at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport yesterday afternoon for over two hours. The plane, which was heading to Indianapolis, was unable to take off when the swarm surrounded the nose of the plane. Since some people on board were allergic to bees, the passengers were kept on the plane to avoid contact with the insects. A beekeeper was...

Exploring Downtown Asheville, North Carolina

Exploring Downtown Asheville, North Carolina Oct 26th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Asheville, North Carolina, is a town of many titles. Self Magazine considers it the Happiest City for Women, while to Rolling Stone, it's America's New Freak Capitol. Outside Magazine calls it one of America's Best Outside Towns, while AmericanStyle names it among the country's Top Arts Destinations. Indeed, Asheville offers a little something for everyone. Many visitors are drawn by the...

Outdoor Adaptive Sports Programs: Where To Find The Nation's Best

Outdoor Adaptive Sports Programs: Where To Find The Nation's Best Oct 25th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Like most of us, I didn't fully realize the extent of the daily hassles and challenges faced by those who use a wheelchair, prosthetic, or other mobility aid until it became somewhat personal. I'm fortunate to have two people in my life who've been an enormous source of both education and inspiration, and I'm writing this piece because of them. A little bit of background is in order: When I...

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...

North Carolina readies for 'Hunger Games' opening

North Carolina readies for 'Hunger Games' opening Mar 17th, 2012 at 5:00PM: Anticipation for the movie version of "The Hunger Games," which will be released next week, has been building for more than a year - and no more so than in North Carolina, where most of the film was shot. At the North Carolina Governor's Conference on Tourism this week, Governor Bev Perdue cheered the first movie of the dystopian saga, which stars Jennifer Lawrence as the rebellious Katniss...

Eco-tourism gets edible with the Ritz Carlton, Charlotte's, giant green gingerbread house

Eco-tourism gets edible with the Ritz Carlton, Charlotte's, giant green gingerbread house Dec 4th, 2011 at 9:00AM: The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, in North Carolina, is taking their eco-friendly hospitality to a whole new level. From Thanksgiving Day through December 28, 2011, the hotel will showcase a life-sized "edible eco-manor", designed by architects and made by pastry chefs using all-natural and organic ingredients. The structure will be 12 feet high by 14 feet wide by 10 feet deep and will also feature LED...

10 days, 10 states: Drum circles and Hogzilla in North Carolina's "cess pool of sin"

10 days, 10 states: Drum circles and Hogzilla in North Carolina's Nov 28th, 2011 at 10:00AM: "A cess pool of sin" -North Carolina State Senator James Forrester, in reference to the city of Asheville- On a cold autumn evening in downtown Asheville's Pritchard Park, I find myself in the company of an inebriated man doing his best to imitate a silverback mountain gorilla. With his arms hovering just above ankle level, the bearded, shirtless gentleman plows his way through the forest...

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,...

Gawker's Worst 50 States

Gawker's Worst 50 States Aug 25th, 2011 at 11:30AM: I've been following Gawker's newest series, The Worst 50 States. I've been enjoying following this series. In an effort to pin down not only the best states in the US of A, but, more importantly, the worst states, Gawker compiled a Gawker-invented rating system in order to rank our fair fifty. Granted, this rating system consists solely of the viewpoints of those on staff for Gawker, so the...

Staying with Friends: On the Porch in Raleigh, North Carolina

Staying with Friends: On the Porch in Raleigh, North Carolina Jul 14th, 2011 at 8:30AM: One thing you won't find in New York City, at least at my apartment, is a screened-in porch. But in the summer in the south, the porch is the living room, kitchen, dining room and bar, a focal point of a home to rival the greatest of fireplaces. I know because I had the pleasure of enjoying a porch for a couple of days recently in Raleigh, North Carolina....

Blackbeard's pirate ship gives up its anchor

Blackbeard's pirate ship gives up its anchor May 28th, 2011 at 12:00PM: A pirate ship owned by the notorious Blackbeard is being investigated by archaeologists, who have just retrieved one of its anchors. The Queen Anne's Revenge, was grounded in 1718 while trying to enter Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina. Blackbeard had just come from blockading Charleston until he received a ransom. Currently the wreck lies in only 20 feet of water, as easily accessible to...

Delta airlines puts elderly woman on wrong flight due to boarding pass mix-up

Delta airlines puts elderly woman on wrong flight due to boarding pass mix-up Feb 23rd, 2011 at 1:00PM: In a Top 10 of phone calls you probably don't want to receive from an airport official: "Your grandmother was found in baggage claim." Eighty-year-old Nefissa Yesuf's Sunday Atlanta to Dulles flight didn't go quite as planned. CNN reports that airline and airport staff failed to notice that a Delta employee had allegedly given her someone else's boarding pass by mistake. Yesuf, who is from...

NHL All-Star Game travel advice: what to do in Raleigh, NC

NHL All-Star Game travel advice: what to do in Raleigh, NC Jan 26th, 2011 at 12:00PM: It's shaping up to be a busy, busy weekend for sports. The NFL's Pro Bowl is set to take place Sunday night, and a few hours prior, the NHL's All-Star Game will kick off in North Carolina's capital city. This weekend will be the first that Raleigh has hosted the All-Star Game, with the Carolina Hurricanes being the host team and their RBC Center being the host facility. Those living here (like...

Gadling's 2011 New Year's travel resolutions

Gadling's 2011 New Year's travel resolutions Dec 29th, 2010 at 10:30AM: It's that time of year again. A time when we all make certain promises to ourselves, in an attempt to make our lives more organized, our bodies stronger or leaner. We vow to spend more time with loved ones, give back to others, or ditch that cubicle job. And some of us...well, we just want to keep on traveling, any way we can manage to finagle it. In the spirit of New Year's, I asked my fellow...

Airlines, airports and passengers: nothing but gains this year [INFOGRAPHICS]

Airlines, airports and passengers: nothing but gains this year [INFOGRAPHICS] Dec 10th, 2010 at 12:00PM: There are a whole lot more of us flying this year: 4.3 percent more, to be exact. That's the increase in domestic air traffic from September 2009 to September 2010, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Transportation. In that month, U.S. airlines had 57.3 million passengers, leading to the largest year-over-year gain since September 2007. Meanwhile, international passenger...

Getting drunk: Twenty cities that don't know how to handle their liquor

Getting drunk: Twenty cities that don't know how to handle their liquor Oct 8th, 2010 at 9:00AM: California loves to get wasted! San Diego and San Jose are the top two cities that drink stupidly, according to a survey by Insurance.com. They lead the country in alcohol-related driving violations, a dubious distinction to say the least. So, if you step into the crosswalk in these two spots, take an extra second to look both ways. The reasons for hitting this list vary and include proximity...

Campout! Carolina take place Oct. 8-9

Campout! Carolina take place Oct. 8-9 Oct 2nd, 2010 at 8:00AM: The 4th annual Campout! Carolina is schedule to take place next weekend, October 8 and 9, throughout North Carolina, as thousands of outdoors enthusiasts head to a variety of campsites to enjoy the fall season. The event is organized each year to encourage the state's residents, and visitors alike, to enjoy North Carolina's environmental attractions by pitching a tent and turning off all the...

Suit up: The best whitewater rafting in the U.S.

Suit up: The best whitewater rafting in the U.S. Sep 26th, 2010 at 1:00PM: When it comes to whitewater, bigger is not always better. In fact, some of the best whitewater paddling experiences can be had on rivers that barely break the Class III rating. Those who love to run these rivers know the importance of the rush, but also appreciate the scenery, local culture, and accessibility of a river. Here are some of the best US whitewater destinations based on the overall...

Fall escapes to the North Carolina Mountains

Fall escapes to the North Carolina Mountains Sep 25th, 2010 at 11:00AM: Fall is almost here and with it come crisp, blue skies and leaves of yellow and red. Enjoy the season with a quick, inexpensive getaway to the North Carolina mountains. The hard part is deciding which getaway to choose. Kings Mountain State Park: If you like the great outdoors, camping at Kings Mountain State Park is a low-cost option. Whether you have an RV or prefer to pitch a tent on one of...

Top five cities for travel spending ... and the bottom of the barrel, too

Top five cities for travel spending ... and the bottom of the barrel, too Jul 25th, 2010 at 12:00PM: Hey, Arlington, Virginia residents, why are you spending so much on travel? Do you really want to get out that badly? According to a report by Bundle.com, the folks who live in Arlington spent twice the national average on travel last year: a whopping $3,534 per household. Nationwide, the norm came in at $1,571 for 2009. Meanwhile, Detroit residents spent a meager $1,158 per household on travel...

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