United States Travel Guide
We cover a lot of smartphone applications that help make life on the road a little easier. And, without question, these products of technology in our pockets allow us to take shortcuts with our trip planning that were not possible in the past, from driving directions and virtual guidebooks to researching hotel prices from a café.
In that sense, the smartphone has eliminated the risk of “getting lost” while traveling, ensuring we always have a safety net at our side. They also double as our cameras, and have eliminated the need for casual travelers to carry two pieces of equipment.
Theme Parks / Amusement Parks / Travel With Children / Legoland / New York State Travel / New York City Travel / → All Tags
File this one under "wait and see," but there’s some evidence that a new theme park could be coming to the greater New York City area. It’s not another Six Flags or even a roller coaster kingdom, but something more interactive and imaginative. That's rightthe Hudson Valley may welcome its very own Legoland.
The plan is to utilize the site of the former Letchworth Village in Thiells within the town of Haverstraw. Recently the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council met to chat about stuff like economic development—ha—and the plans for the theme park received a positive reception.
On the tail of the news from our sis HotelChatter that Hyatt has begun offering Uber's services from within its own app, United announced yesterday that it would also partner with Uber to help its customers get to and from the airport.
Uber's services will soon be embedded in United app's menu or in the "My Reservations" card on a current reservation. Here, still within United's app, information on Uber rides will be displayed, including types of available vehicles, estimated wait times, and prices. Once a customer selects a ride, they will automatically be transferred to the Uber app to complete the transaction. Or, if the person does not have the Uber app, to the Uber website to sign up for an account.
Nantucket Travel / Martha's Vineyard Travel / Summer Travel / Labor Day Travel / Massachusetts Travel / Beach Travel / → All Tags
We hate to alarm you, but the summer is quickly coming to an end. Before you know it, the cooler weather will be trickling in, and those pumpkin-flavored lattes will be hitting the bar at your favorite coffee shop. That’s why it’s time to plan one last quick getaway, and Labor Day Weekend is the time to do it.
We have had awesome times on both Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, so that’s why we’re suggesting you close summer out with a bang and visit both. Sure, it might be a bit to pack in over just a few days, but when there are ferries involved, how can you resist?
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Earlier this summer, we raved about our experience at the Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo, impressed by how it aggregated so many of the world's musical styles in one place. A few weeks later, still inspired, we highlighted the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix for its collection of 15,000 instruments from 200 countries.
In October, these two experiences will clash head on, as the MIM will host its inaugural Global Music Festival here in the States. Set to take place the weekend of October 18th, the festival will include Celtic, Ethiopian, West African, Jazz, Appalachian string, folk, and Latin performances, each featuring the traditional music and instruments of the unique styles.
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This week it really is all fun and games in Brooklyn as the borough's very own comedy fest kicks off.
The Brooklyn Comedy Festival is taking place at multiple venues, including Brooklyn Brewery, The Knitting Factory, Baby's All Right, Glasslands, and The Rock Shop, and will feature dozens of comics from the world of sketch, standup, improv, and more through Aug. 24.
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When it comes to airline lounges, things here in the U.S. are leaps and bounds behind what’s being offered internationally. However, one major carrier's digs are getting a modest facelift, as Delta Sky Club has launched changes to its services. .
Delta’s airport lounges have always offered up complimentary snacks and beverages—even the alcoholic ones—but the latest upgrade and improvement is focused on the food. Please don’t expect waiter service, entrees, or tasting menus, but just last week the free bits and bites received little bit of an upgrade.
The folks and cameras over at Google Street View can’t stop exploring, and now they’re taking a page from The Little Mermaid—they’re going under the sea. There were some announcements earlier this summer, as the map mavens headed to check things out over in Belize and the Philippines in honor of UNESCO Marine World Heritage Sites; however, now there’s another option as well.
It’s not just Google behind things with the latest expansion, as it sounds like a few of Uncle Sam’s scientists are also leading the effort. Equipped with fisheye lenses—ha, of course—photographers and videographers are now busy mapping the underwater world that is the Florida Keys.
Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey
Regardless of whether it’s a made-up holiday, Six Flags’ celebration of “National Roller Coaster Day” this Saturday, August 16th, should make for a better day at the park as each of its North American locations pay tribute with special roller coaster events and social media contests. Below, we highlight some fun facts and the majoring happenings at the different parks, which, in total, feature about 130 coasters. Links are provided for more information about each specific park.
• Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, California: This park in the valley boasts more coasters than any other on the planet. Saturday marks the last day of operation for the 36-year-old Colossus wooden coaster, and anyone who rides it will receive a farewell button.
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Last time we checked in on the town of Mansfield, Ohio, it was busy promoting the "Shawshank Trail," a "drive-it-yourself" tour of the sites used in the movie. Now, the town is looking to go big once again as the movie celebrates the 20th anniversary of its release at the end of the month (the actual release date was September 23rd, 1994).
Scheduled for Labor Day weekend, the 20th Anniversary Celebration will feature events such as a special screening of the movie at the same venue that hosted its premier back in 1994 and a cocktail party at the Ohio State Reformatory, which starred in the film as Shawshank State Prison.
We’re halfway through August, and before you know it the cooler temperatures and spooky stuff of fall will be here. That means that Halloween marketing is starting to arrive. The candy might not be at the store just yet, but the theme parks are getting ready to celebrate the season—like Universal Studios Hollywood and Halloween Horror Nights.
The park over in California is taking a few pages out of their own film library, as they’re calling on An American Werewolf in London for inspiration on their latest seasonal selection.
The maze opens up for the season on September 19, and it sounds like they’re taking plenty of cues from the original film. Organizers promise totally convincing props, authentic music, and special effects that will scare you silly—especially when it comes to all things werewolf.
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We’ve heard of plenty of options to reduce the instances of bird strikes at airports across the globe. Not only are things dangerous for the planes and people involved, but we’re pretty sure it’s not a wonderful experience for the birds either.
One airport in Ohio is now testing out something different, and it should even save some money when it comes to the airport landscaping budget. Dayton International Airport is adding some tall prairie grass to around 200 acres in and around the airport, and their goal is to get the new stuff planted where planes take off and land all before the end of the year.