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AMC's 'Turn' TV Series Motivates Virginia to Debut New Revolutionary War Trail

April 7, 2014 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

AMC is hoping it will have the same luck with its newest series, Turn, that it's had with the pop culture phenomenons Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead.

Turn is a Revolutionary War period drama based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring.

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Wish You Were Here: A Not-So-Secret Secret Island in Sydney Harbour

March 19, 2014 at 11:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ask any Sydney tourist where to go for the best views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, and they’ll most likely recommend a trip on the Manly Ferry, which departs from Circular Quay near the base of the bridge. It’s a bit like Sydney’s version of the Staten Island Ferry in that it’s packed with both commuters and tourists, and it tirelessly plies the Harbour’s waves day in and day out.

While the Manly Ferry is certainly a great idea, we’ve got a better one: Fort Denison.

You see, Sydney Harbour is the largest natural harbor in the world. As such, it’s going to have a few surprises like islands and forts, or, in this case, a combination of the two.

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Throwback Thursday: Pan Am's Art Deco Airline Terminal is a Sweet Miami Secret

Where: 3500 Pan American Drive [map], Miami, FL, United States
February 20, 2014 at 12:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

Some call it the "Gateway to the Americas," but most just know it as Miami City Hall.

This small, art deco building in the south Miami neighborhood of Coconut Grove houses the offices of city officials and one stately meeting room, complete with wood dais and original Pan Am winged clock. Why a Pan Am winged clock? Well, this meeting room was once a departures area for flights, and the building the airline's very first terminal.

Acting mostly on rumor and the results of a few Google searches, we made the 15-minute drive from downtown Miami. Venturing inside, we were thrilled to discover that the general public is welcome to meander around after a brief security screening and during city business hours, but note that the second floor restaurant has closed.

Visitors expecting a full airport will quickly notice the lack of runways; Pan Am placed this terminal here to utilize the neighboring calm waters of Dinner Key Marina on Biscayne Bay for the operation of their flying boat services, with routes stretching as near as Cuba and as far as Buenos Aires, covering most South American and Caribbean capitals in between.

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Help Unearth The Secrets Of The Roman Empire In Northern England This Summer

January 15, 2014 at 3:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

Earthwatch.org is giving would-be anthropologists a chance to unearth the Roman Empire in an unlikely location.

More than 2,000 years ago the Roman Empire stretched to northern England and one of its busiest forts in that area, the Arbeia, still stands today.

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Find Inspiration for a Trip to Greece in 'The Legend of Hercules'

Where: Greece
January 10, 2014 at 3:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Legend of Hercules follows the action-packed life of the mythical Greek hero, but it might provide some travel inspiration for theatergoers, too.

Even though the movie wasn't actually filmed in Greece (most of the location shoots actually took place in Bulgaria), The Legend of Hercules does trace his journey to sites across the ancient Greek countryside that are still popular with travelers today.

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Travel Milestones in 2014: Delta Turns 90, Greyhound Marks 100 Years

January 9, 2014 at 11:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, when the clock struck midnight and the calendar flipped into 2014, we didn't just celebrate the entry of a new year, but also the 100th anniversary of commercial aviation.

On January 1st in 1914, Percival Fansler organized the funding for the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line to ferry passengers across Tampa Bay. The trip took 23 minutes and the mayor of St. Petersberg paid $400 at an auction for the first flight. Since then, the industry has become part of the fabric of our lives, carrying on average of 8 million passengers on a daily basis.

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Throwback Thursday: A Vision of Futuristic Detroit 'in the 21st Century'

January 2, 2014 at 3:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

The plan for Detroit in 2014? Simply to keep afloat after declaring bankruptcy in 2013. Of course it wasn't always such a sad state of affairs in the Motor City, and one time the outlook for the future was extremely bright, blindingly so.

In the late 1960s, a special section of The Detroit News illustrated what the Detroit of the 21st century could be. Personal transportation modules travel through a lower network of highways, which don't interfere with a pedestrian-friendly surface of broad plazas dotted with leafy trees.

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Onboard the NYC Subway's 1930s Vintage Train (and How You Can Still Catch It)

December 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

What is, in our own opinion, the coolest event of the holiday season in New York City is almost over, but you've still got one more chance to hop onboard the MTA Nostalgia Train.

The holiday “Nostalgia Special” is a regular subway train, running on the M line from Queens Plaza to 2nd Avenue, and it's made up of historic cars from the 1930s through the 1980s. It operates on Sundays only, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., on December 1, 8, 15 and 22. That leaves December 22.

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How to Follow the Footsteps of Bonnie and Clyde in Texas and Louisiana

December 9, 2013 at 2:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

The tale of Bonnie & Clyde was resurrected last night in Part 1 of a new TV miniseries about the real-life couple and the infamous crime spree that cost them their lives nearly 80 years ago.

The continued fascination with history's most wanted couple keeps Bonnie & Clyde tourism going strong in Texas and Louisiana.

In Dallas, TX, local Freda Dillard gives a four-hour Bonnie & Clyde Tour that includes the location where they first met, Bonnie's former workplace Hargraves Cafe, and the Grapevine location where they murdered two highway patrolmen. The group tour, which can accommodate up to 57 people, costs $240.

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Brad Pitt's Airplane of Choice Comes Straight from the Skies of World War II

December 4, 2013 at 12:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Fury, starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf, is a World War II drama following the trials of a tank squadron as they infiltrate Nazi territory. The movie's not due out in theaters until November 2014, but the crew has nearly concluded filming and Pitt's congratulated himself for his own hard work by buying an airplane.

Since this is Brad Pitt we're talking about, the airplane in question won't just be any old thing; the purchase is in fact a WWII Spitfire flown by the Royal Air Force. The price tag? A cool $3.3 million.

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How to Ride New York City's Historic Subway Trains and Buses During December 2013

December 3, 2013 at 10:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

'Tis the season for New York City to unearth its transportation gems in the name of holiday fun, as the Big Apple again runs their special annual historic subway trains and city buses.

The subway train is the main attraction, and though it's technically called the "Nostalgia Shoppers' Special Train," you'll hear it referred to as the "vintage train" much more often. Clanking down the rails between Queens and the East Village, the train is an amalgam of rolling stock from the 1930s through 1950s.

A ride on the train costs the same as every other MTA ride—$2.25—and passengers are allowed to hop on/off at any stop just as if it were a normal subway train; the big difference is that the vintage train quickly turns into a party!

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Spot the Moon Rocks and More in Rhode Island's State House

November 27, 2013 at 9:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Rhode Island State House is located in the heart of downtown Providence, and you can see it from almost any angle in town. On top of the dome is a gold sculpture known as "The Free-Thinking Man," who represents the Ocean State's commitment to freedom of speech, thought, and expression.

And even though Rhode Island is the smallest state in the country, you'd never know that from the pride that locals have in their home.

On a tour of the State House, there's way more to see than big flags and fancy offices. Here are a couple of details you'll want to be on the lookout for:

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