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Recession kills Chapel Hill Museum, threatens others

Recession kills Chapel Hill Museum, threatens others Jul 13th, 2010 at 3:00PM: The municipal museum in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is the latest victim of the recession. It closed its doors on Sunday after 14 years in operation. The town council had only earmarked $20,000 for the museum in the 2011 budget, far short of the $49,000 it needed to stay open. The Chapel Hill Museum explored the history and culture of this prosperous university town with displays on early...

Preferred Hotels Makes Your Golf Addiction Social

Preferred Hotels Makes Your Golf Addiction Social Jun 4th, 2010 at 4:30PM: Do you prefer to improve your golf game? Yeah, anyone who swings a club is always desperate to do it better. So, if your handicap is your swing but you still have a jones for all things golf, check out the new Preferred Golf website from Preferred Hotels Group. It includes a social media platform and interactive capabilities you can use to get real-time golfing news, share tips and travails and...

America's Top 10 Beaches: Coopers Beach in Southampton, NY takes the top spot in 2010

America's Top 10 Beaches: Coopers Beach in Southampton, NY takes the top spot in 2010 May 28th, 2010 at 11:00AM: Coopers Beach, Southampton's stretch of white sand on New York's Long Island, has been named 2010's best beach in the America by Dr. Stephen Leatherman. "New York has world-class beaches, but I don't think a lot of people in the United States know about them," said Stephen Leatherman, director of Florida International University's Laboratory for Coastal Research. Leatherman cited the fine...

Five essential Memorial Day destinations

Five essential Memorial Day destinations May 26th, 2010 at 5:30PM: Memorial Day marks the cultural beginning of summer, the start of the warm months. The picnics and the parties and the celebration of the impending summer have sort of become the point of Memorial Day for many, a kind of superimposition of recreation over the intention of the holiday. We love beer and hot dogs as much as the next guy, but for those interested in the history and meaning (or, in...

35 fantastic U.S. beaches for Summer

35 fantastic U.S. beaches for Summer May 4th, 2010 at 3:00PM: Summer is fast approaching. Where are you going to spend your vacation? How about visiting one of our country's many fantastic beach locations? Bring your lover or family, a bathing suit, sun lotion, a blanket and a picnic basket, and you are all set for a romantic get-away or a relaxing family get-together on one of these magnificent sandy stretches. Wondering if we picked one of your...

18 more great spots for hikers

18 more great spots for hikers Apr 30th, 2010 at 2:00PM: Most hikers agree: the best way to really learn about a place is to experience it by walking or climbing. It inspired us here at Gadling to take a look in February at the world's best hikes. There were so many great spots, in fact, we decided to follow it up today with 18 more. This collection of treasured, world-class hikes offers a variety of unforgettable experiences, and promises...

Six great North Carolina sights

Six great North Carolina sights Apr 19th, 2010 at 3:00PM: North Carolina has long harbored a startling wealth of attractions the "natives" have quietly keep to themselves. But no longer. From the undiscovered locales of Carolina's magnificent coast to the lesser-known spots further inland, it's time to share these venues with the rest of the world. Come along as we investigate some of North Carolina's most picturesque and unique attractions. The...

Travel trends: 2010 to be the best year ever for America's parks? [update]

Travel trends: 2010 to be the best year ever for America's parks? [update] Mar 30th, 2010 at 10:30AM: More than 285.6 million people visited America's national parks in 2009, making it the fifth busiest year in the 94-year history of the national park system. About 10 million fewer people visited the parks in 2008. The all-time visitation record was in 1987 with 287.2 million visitors. Weak Economy Was Good for Park Visitors During a phone interview with David Barna, the chief of public...

Top ten U.S. spots for photography

Top ten U.S. spots for photography Mar 23rd, 2010 at 4:00PM: As full-time traveling photographers, my husband and I have traveled all over the U.S. in search of the most beautiful cities and sites to photograph. From the vast open desert to towering urban skylines and raging river canyons, we've compiled the top 10 best places to visit for photographers. You'll find a few well-known favorites along with some unique photography hot spots where you'll...

Share postcards from YOUR hometown - International travel tip

Share postcards from YOUR hometown - International travel tip Mar 17th, 2010 at 4:44PM: Whenever I travel overseas, I always pack a stack of postcards from North Carolina and my hometown, Asheville, located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. The postcards show beautiful scenery, and they pinpoint a location some non-Americans might be unfamiliar with. By sharing my postcards, anyone can start a generic conversation (e.g., "This is where I live...") and go from there. ...

The 24 greatest cities in the world for drinking beer

The 24 greatest cities in the world for drinking beer Feb 26th, 2010 at 4:20PM: Deciding on a top ten list of anything is usually pretty difficult. Unless you're talking about, say, the top ten numbers one through ten... narrowing down and choosing only ten of whatever often takes a great deal of effort. When it comes to the world of beer, with the vast array of choices out there, things become extremely problematic. Luckily, choosing ten of the best cities in which to...

The world's best hikes

The world's best hikes Feb 17th, 2010 at 10:31AM: With so much challenging terrain, magnificent vistas, and unique cultural opportunities on the planet, shining a spotlight on the world's best hikes is a difficult task. After all, there are various styles of hiking fitting different skill levels: some people enjoy long treks, while others like to get in and out in a single day. Some folks enjoy challenging, technical climbs, while others simply...

Winter travel time: East Coast gets buried, disrupts travel

Dec 20th, 2009 at 8:00AM: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy A monstrous storm ran up the East Coast yesterday, burying parts of the country in more than a foot of snow and making life a living hell for road-trippers and airline passengers. As of last night, five deaths were reportedly caused by the storm. Fourteen inches fell on Reagan National Airport, setting a single-day...

Stop the plane! Coyote crossing

Stop the plane! Coyote crossing Nov 27th, 2009 at 4:30PM: Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina is having an unusual problem which is increasing in frequency: Coyotes, one of our Top Ten Most Badass Animals Native to the USA, won't stay out of the runways. You'd think the noise, the frequent airplanes zooming by, and the lack of much flora or fauna in the area would deter them, but no. "The critters can wreak havoc, causing delays in...

Gun-toting pilot gets gig back

Gun-toting pilot gets gig back Oct 10th, 2009 at 12:00PM: A gun was fired in the cockpit and so was the pilot. In March 2008, on a flight from Denver to Charlotte, US Airways pilot Jim Langenhahn's gun discharged, an action taken by his employer shortly after. Now that his 18-month disciplinary suspension is over, he's back in training and getting ready to take to the friendly skies. The Associated Press didn't mention whether the current program...

Naked guy forces Albuquerque landing

Naked guy forces Albuquerque landing Jul 2nd, 2009 at 12:00PM: Keith Wright, a New Yorker (damn!) felt restricted by more than just cramped airline seating today. On a flight from Charlotte to Los Angeles, he ditched his clothing and did not respond (vocally, at least) to flight attendant requests to put them back on. The mile-high nudist also wouldn't accept the cover of a blanket. As a result of Wright's defiance, the US Airways flight was diverted to...

March "lion" slams east coast

March Mar 2nd, 2009 at 5:30PM: From New Hampshire to the Carolinas, March came in, as the saying goes, like a lion. Snow, sleet and wind gusts reaching 30 mph have lead to for motor vehicle deaths, school closings and chaos at airports. More than 900 flights have been canceled at New York area airports (JFK, Newark and LaGuardia). Hundreds more at Logan International Airport in Boston never left the ground, where the airport...

Booger Mountain and Booger Hollow: What's with the boogers?

Booger Mountain and Booger Hollow: What's with the boogers? Jan 24th, 2009 at 12:00PM: While looking for funny names of towns, I came across Booger Mountain and Booger Hollow. Intrigued I dug further to find out where these names came from and more about these places in the United States. Booger Mountain is a place in North Carolina known for its Christmas trees. As a marketing campaign, the area uses the motto, "Always Pick a Booger." Don Burleson, who pens the blog, "Don...

Civil War driving tour in North Carolina: A trip on the Blue-Gray Scenic Byway

Civil War driving tour in North Carolina: A trip on the Blue-Gray Scenic Byway Nov 30th, 2008 at 11:30AM: A month ago, I wrote about a Civil War driving tour in Tennessee. Here's another one I found out about in an engaging article by Jodi Helmer in the November/December issue of AAA's Home and Away magazine. Helmer followed North Carolina's Blue-Gray Scenic Byway on a quest to find historic sites connected to the Civil War. The journey was a hunt and ask venture that wound through small towns and...

Photo of the Day (10-15-08)

Photo of the Day (10-15-08) Oct 15th, 2008 at 3:00PM: There's a novel by American author James Still titled River of Earth. This photo by miggiddymatt reminds me of Still's writing. Still, who died a few years ago when he was well into his 90s, was an adventurer and traveler who settled in the mountains near Hindman, Kentucky, a tiny town in the southeastern part of the state. He wrote about the Appalachians with an ear that perfectly captured...

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