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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...

Inside These Walls: The Omni Bedford Springs Resort

May 11th, 2010 at 5:00PM: How much do you really know about the hotel you're sleeping in? I'm excited to bring you this new column, Inside These Walls, which will introduce you to the unknown facts and hidden secrets held in many of the world's most popular hotels. Each week, I'll bring you insights from a new hotel I've visited including tales from historians, owners and employees, who all somehow have a link to the...

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...

Top U.S. ports of entry in 2009

Top U.S. ports of entry in 2009 Mar 28th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Travel to the United States was off 5 percent last year, but this didn't change how people enter the country. The top 15 ports of entry owned 85 percent of all overseas visits, gaining a full percentage point from 2008. New York JFK, Miami and Los Angeles took the first three positions and took 39 percent of the total, also picking up a full percentage point of "arrival share" relative to 2008....

The 25 greatest cities in the world for drinking wine

The 25 greatest cities in the world for drinking wine Mar 3rd, 2010 at 2:31PM: Dreaming of sipping wine in a little Parisian cafe? Or picturing yourself in trendy Napa Valley, sampling new vintages straight from the barrel? While these well-known areas indeed spring to mind when thinking about the world's finest vintages, you may be surprised to know that excellent wine is being made and enjoyed just about everywhere. As a wine judge and hobby winemaker, my favorite wine...

Seven new hotels around the world from Fairmont in 2010

Seven new hotels around the world from Fairmont in 2010 Jan 28th, 2010 at 1:00PM: This year promises to be exciting for fans of the Fairmont. New properties are set to open in London, China and many other cities, each with a distinct style. There's no question that the Fairmont has the art and science of hospitality mastered, so these new properties are going to be exciting to watch. 1. The Savoy With a design nodding toward Edwardian and Art Deco, the hotel reopens after a...

New York, Miami and Los Angeles most popular ports of entry

New York, Miami and Los Angeles most popular ports of entry Jan 16th, 2010 at 8:00AM: As usual, 15 ports of entry were responsible for 84 percent of overseas entries to the United States last October. This is an increase of two percentage points from October 2008, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The top three ports were New York JFK, Miami and Los Angeles, together accounting for 39 percent of all arrivals from overseas. These three ports gained one...

First snow: Eight winter activities for budget friendly fun

First snow: Eight winter activities for budget friendly fun Dec 10th, 2009 at 9:30AM: With the first snow comes thoughts of winter's smorgasbord of budget friendly travel options. Fall festivals and foliage tours are long gone. What was missed has been moved to next year's got to go agenda. The first snow is a reminder that winter, like other seasons, has a timetable that waits for no one. To make the most of winter, create a checklist of what you'd like to do. Plan for those...

How did international visitors enter the U.S. this year?

How did international visitors enter the U.S. this year? Nov 21st, 2009 at 9:00AM: If you visited the United States from overseas, you probably hit the ground in one of 15 ports of entry. These top first stops accounted for 84 percent of all entries from overseas in the first eight months of 2009-- up almost 2 percentage points from the same period in 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Traffic through the major ports is becoming slightly more concentrated. This...

Ground-level intelligence on the top restaurants in the country

Ground-level intelligence on the top restaurants in the country Oct 19th, 2009 at 3:00PM: Everybody loves to publish lists, but few have so much data as OpenTable upon which to draw. So, when that site puts out a list of top spots, it's definitely worth a look. The latest, "Fit for Foodies," is the result of 3 million restaurant reviews, which ultimately led to 50 restaurants that are definitely worth your time. Upon quick inspection, I haven't been to any of them (which probably makes...

Illinois man works 50 jobs in 50 states

Illinois man works 50 jobs in 50 states Oct 13th, 2009 at 12:00PM: Looking to spice up your work routine? Want to travel the country but don't have the cash to go without a job for an extended period of time? Take a page from Daniel Seddiqui's playbook. Quit your job and contract yourself out to 50 different employers in 50 states over the course of 50 weeks. You'll get variety, the chance to travel for a year, and a somewhat steady income. It's genius. ...

Weekend drive: A trip on the Reading and Northern

Oct 4th, 2009 at 5:00PM: These are the weekends of fall foliage train trips. Several states have them, and some more than one option. This Penn Rail video is a journey of the Reading and Northern. The sounds, sites and excitement of train travel are captured perfectly. Along with showing up close footage of the train, even from the perspective of the track, the video highlights the towns through which the train passes....

Famous Pittsburgh Morse code landmark actually spells Pitetsbkrrh

Jul 13th, 2009 at 5:30PM: Since March 1929, the 33 story Grant building in downtown Pittsburgh has been home to a huge flashing beacon, using Morse code to spell the word "Pittsburgh". The beacon was installed so aviators could avoid the 500 foot structure, even though commercial air travel was not well established upon completion of the tower. When Tom Stepleton was waiting for the local Fourth of July fireworks show to...

Sinkhole travel: The Dead Sea isn't the only place to see where the earth has caved in

Sinkhole travel: The Dead Sea isn't the only place to see where the earth has caved in Jun 25th, 2009 at 12:30PM: The story about Eli Raz who fell into a sinkhole at the Dead Sea and wasn't found for 14 hours--alive, thank goodness, about environmental changes and the traveler's experience. In the case of Raz, the message is look, but be alert for heaven's sake when out in the natural world. The Dead Sea, at the lowest point on earth, has 3,000 sinkholes along the coast and more coming. Raz is on a mission to...

Airline employee helps roommate get on plane strapped

Airline employee helps roommate get on plane strapped Jun 5th, 2009 at 3:00PM: A US Airways employee had the brilliant idea of helping his roommate bring a concealed semiautomatic handgun onto a plane yesterday. On the bright side, this would have meant one less gun on the streets of Philly. Now, both have been charged by the FBI. Roshid Milledge, a customer service agent, switched bags with passenger Damien Young at the gate, so Young could bring his unloaded weapon on...

Pennsylvania coronates May 14 as Shoofly Pie Day

Pennsylvania coronates May 14 as Shoofly Pie Day May 14th, 2009 at 9:00AM: We were expecting an envelope full of pamphlets and brochures when the Pennsylvania Tourism office asked for our address last week, so imagine our surprise when a FedEx Medium box showed up at our offices last night. Opening the package, we found another package and the following edict: WHEREAS, Shoofly Pie, the iconic sweet treat sold at roadside stands and farmer's markets throughout the...

$50bn needed to keep train system from going off the rails

$50bn needed to keep train system from going off the rails May 1st, 2009 at 4:00PM: The Federal Transportation Administration believes that $50 billion is needed to repair major metropolitan train systems ... and another $5.9 billion a year to maintain them. Railways that need the money, it continues, are in Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. Together, they carry more than 80 percent of the train passengers in the country...

Three important American artists and their museums

Three important American artists and their museums Apr 30th, 2009 at 9:30AM: Tom's post about the exhibit in Paris of Andy Warhol's work reminded me of the wonderful Warhol experience I had this past fall at the Wexner Center and my interest in going to the Warhol Museum on Pittsburgh. Museums dedicated primarily to the work of one artist is a way to really see what made a particular artist tick and why his or her work is important to the art scene and culture. If you...

Cincinnati crime-fighter becomes local attraction

Apr 30th, 2009 at 9:00AM: Watch the streets of Cincinnati carefully: you may see a man clad in a mask and cape scouring the city in search of evil deeds and damsels in distress. Shadowhare, who (obviously) prefers to conceal his true identity has volunteered his services to the city's citizens and civil servants ... free of charge. This is bigger than voting and jury duty combined. This superhero is 21 years old...

Chattanooga, Portsmouth among top art destinations in the U.S.

Chattanooga, Portsmouth among top art destinations in the U.S. Apr 18th, 2009 at 3:00PM: Who thought that Tennessee and New Hampshire would be some of the top towns in the country for art lovers. AmericanStyle magazine just issued the results of its twelfth annual arts destinations poll. Some spots are predictable. Others, like Chattanooga, will just blow your mind. This is the first year Chattanooga made the list, shooting all the way up to second in the mid-sized city category. If...

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