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Iconic Airports: Where Are They Now?

Iconic Airports: Where Are They Now? Oct 14th, 2013 at 3:30PM: Original LAX plan, courtesy LA World Airports Flight Path Learning Center Yesterday, I went out to JFK Airport with no flight to catch and no visitors to greet. It was the annual Open House New York event, where private buildings and homes all over the city open to the public for a few hours, and it was a last chance to see the iconic TWA Flight Center before it is turned into a hotel. (You can...

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...

Where Will You Go For Free Museum Day?

Where Will You Go For Free Museum Day? Sep 24th, 2013 at 1:30PM: Flickr, Kim Smith Whether you are traveling in the U.S. or having a staycation this Saturday, be sure to include some culture. September 28 is Museum Day Live! (aka Free Museum Day), when museums all over the country open their doors without charging admission. The annual event is inspired by the Smithsonian museums, which offer free admission every day. You'll have to register and download...

5 U.S. Beaches You Can Get to Without a Car

5 U.S. Beaches You Can Get to Without a Car Aug 15th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Flickr, Tom Gill Summer may be winding down, but there are still a few weekends left to spend at the beach. Rather than sit in traffic or rent an expensive car, you can ride public transportation to many beaches in the U.S. Seasonal routes are especially likely to be popular, so go early and pack light. Boston - CapeFLYER train to Cape Cod Reintroduced this summer, the CapeFLYER train goes...

Baby On Board: Babies Born In Train Stations

Baby On Board: Babies Born In Train Stations Aug 8th, 2013 at 1:35PM: MTA Police Department Last week, the hashtag #MetroBaby was trending after a Washington, D.C. woman gave birth to a baby boy on a Metro platform. Despite many humorous suggestions for the baby's name (my favorites: Stan Clear and Doris Closing), Amir Mason was born a few weeks early and delivered safely. Yesterday, New York got its own Metro Baby when police helped deliver a baby boy in Penn...

D.C. Metro Staff And Passengers Assist Birth Of 'Metrobaby'

D.C. Metro Staff And Passengers Assist Birth Of 'Metrobaby' Aug 2nd, 2013 at 11:30AM: Joshua Sherurcij D.C. Metro staff and passengers had to come to the rescue when a woman started giving birth in L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station yesterday, the Washington Post reports. Shavonnte Taylor, 23, was on her way to an appointment with her obstetrician when she started having contractions two weeks before her baby was due. She tried to continue her journey but the baby had different ideas....

What's An Appropriate Penalty For Defacing The Lincoln Memorial?

What's An Appropriate Penalty For Defacing The Lincoln Memorial? Jul 26th, 2013 at 3:09PM: The Lincoln Memorial was closed early Friday morning after police discovered that someone had splashed green paint on the iconic 19-foot tall statue shortly before 1:30 a.m. A National Park Service spokesperson said that there appeared to be no permanent damage to the statue. The memorial's portico reopened this afternoon after the cleanup was complete. Honest Abe is a beloved national...

Photo Of The Day: The Cherry Blossoms Are Here

Photo Of The Day: The Cherry Blossoms Are Here Apr 16th, 2013 at 6:30PM: Each spring, Washington, D.C., transforms from a city of grey to a city of pink during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, an annual springtime celebration of the capital's most famous flower. This year's "Peak Bloom Date" fell on April 9; today's Photo of the Day, from Flickr user Christopher Skillman, was taken a day later....

The Perfect DC Museum Cafe: Mitsitam

The Perfect DC Museum Cafe: Mitsitam Mar 19th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Somewhere between pointing at planes at the Air & Space Museum and browsing the day's headlines at the Newseum, my baby fell asleep. We had a small window of time to eat and maybe even have an adult conversation, and a McDonald's inside a food court didn't seem appealing. There are a lot of great Washington, D.C., museums that are free and world-class, but not many great food spots amidst the...

Cyrus Cylinder, 'The First Bill Of Rights,' Tours US

Cyrus Cylinder, 'The First Bill Of Rights,' Tours US Mar 12th, 2013 at 1:00PM: The famous Cyrus Cylinder, a baked clay tablet from the 6th century B.C. that's often called the "first bill of rights," has made its U.S. debut at the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. The Cyrus Cylinder was deposited in the foundations of a building in Babylon during the reign of the Persian king Cyrus the Great. It commemorates his conquest of Babylon and...

Hotel News We Noted: March 8, 2013

Hotel News We Noted: March 8, 2013 Mar 8th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Welcome to this week's edition of "Hotel News We Noted," where we round up the week's best, most interesting and just downright odd news of note in the hospitality world. Have a tip? Send us a note or leave a comment below. The hotel world has been buzzing this winter with new and planned openings, extreme amenities and packages galore. Here's our take on what you need to know this week: ...

Hotel News We Noted: February 22, 2013

Hotel News We Noted: February 22, 2013 Feb 22nd, 2013 at 4:00PM: Welcome to this week's edition of "Hotel News We Noted," where we round up the week's best, most interesting and just downright odd news of note in the hospitality world. Have a tip? Send us a note or leave a comment below. The hotel world has been buzzing this winter with new and planned openings, extreme amenities and packages galore. Here's our take on what you need to know this week: ...

Discover Scandinavia In Washington DC: Nordic Cool 2013

Discover Scandinavia In Washington DC: Nordic Cool 2013 Feb 20th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Aurora Borealis, new Nordic cuisine, ice hotels, hot springs, fjords, moose, meatballs and music? Scandinavia is at the top of the list for a lot of travelers these days. But if you can't book a ticket to the northern countries this year, Washington, D.C., might be your next best bet. The city is the host of Nordic Cool 2013, a month-long international festival celebrating the culture of...

Cochon 555 Pork Competition Turns Five, Kicks Off February 17 In Atlanta

Cochon 555 Pork Competition Turns Five, Kicks Off February 17 In Atlanta Feb 8th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Much ado about pork products is made on Gadling, with good reason. Even if you're sick to death of pork-centric eateries, and lardo this and sausage that, it's hard to deny the allure of the other white meat (I can't tell you how many vegetarians and vegans I know who still have a jones for bacon). For those of you wanting to attend the ultimate porkapalooza, get your tickets for Cochon 555, a...

Budget Guide 2013: Washington, DC

Budget Guide 2013: Washington, DC Feb 2nd, 2013 at 10:00AM: All eyes have been on Washington, D.C., over the past year, and it's not just because the historic city happens to be our nation's capital. From the 57th presidential inauguration to fiscal cliff drama, much of the media attention has focused on the city's overspending and excess. What most don't see is the vibrant mix of neighborhoods and ever-expanding web of restaurants, hotels and...

The Wandering Writer: A Tour Through Washington, DC's U Street Neighborhood With NPR's Steve Inskeep

The Wandering Writer: A Tour Through Washington, DC's U Street Neighborhood With NPR's Steve Inskeep Jan 30th, 2013 at 10:00AM: "I wanted you to meet me here because when I think about this neighborhood - the story of how it is now – it begins here," Steve Inskeep says. "In 1968, Martin Luther King was assassinated and a lot of cities and neighborhoods burned, including this one. One of my neighbors was around at that time and he told me that the riot began here, that there was an office of the Southern Christian...

Hotel News We Noted: January 18, 2013

Hotel News We Noted: January 18, 2013 Jan 18th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Welcome to this week's edition of "Hotel News We Noted," where we round up the week's best, most interesting and just downright odd news of note in the hospitality world. Have a tip? Send us a note or leave a comment below. Hotels to Spot the Celebs: Washington, DC's Hottest Inaugural Lobbies It's officially here: Washington is celebrating its 57th Presidential Inauguration on Monday,...

Move Over, Starbucks: Marriott Offers Workspace On Demand

Move Over, Starbucks: Marriott Offers Workspace On Demand Jan 12th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Attempting to pierce the burgeoning flexible work and meeting space market, Marriott has launched a new program called Workspace on Demand, currently at more than 30 hotels, primarily in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco but also at select locations in Atlanta, Houston and St. Louis. Here, workers can reserve meeting spaces, lobby seating areas and communal tables to enjoy an afternoon of...

LA Is Still The City Of Dreams

LA Is Still The City Of Dreams Dec 27th, 2012 at 10:00AM: On my first night in L.A., I had pizza with a rock star and an actor. I didn't confirm it, but the guy who handed us our slices probably has a screenplay in the pipeline. Los Angeles is still the city of dreams and dreamers. I'm fascinated by cities people flock to in order to pursue a vocation. Writers love New York. Techies settle in the Silicon Valley. Car people need to be in Detroit. Those...

Roman Coppola And W Hotels Release Four Travel-Inspired Films

Roman Coppola And W Hotels Release Four Travel-Inspired Films Dec 6th, 2012 at 9:00AM: With the help of filmmaker Roman Coppola, son of director Francis Ford Coppola, W Hotels and Intel recently held a travel-inspired screenplay competition. Out of more than 1,000 online entries, four scripts were chosen by Coppola, who then used his production company, The Directors Bureau, to match the winning scripts with emerging directors and actors. The result are the short films...

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