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The start of a new year means a zeroing-out of frequent flier qualifying miles and hotel loyalty program balances. Thus, there's no better time to plan for 12 more months of travel. To help with some inspiration, we're sharing the places and events we're most excited about for 2014.
More new months in the year means more chances to party at the buzziest events or simply witness a historical occurrence. Keep this list handy as you map out your itineraries for this year:
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Layovers are really what you make of them. Either they're spent draining your phone battery while scrolling through your Twitter feed, or they can be filled with the adventure of exploring a new airport and making the most of a few hours before your next flight.
We recently faced this very dilemma at Los Angeles International Airport to the tune of about 7 hours, so after checking-in for our next flight we headed to the iconic Theme Building in the middle of the terminals.
If you've flown into LAX or even just seen photos of the terminals, then you've likely spotted this spaceship-like building keeping a watchful eye on the airplanes and gates. Originally built in 1961, the mid-century modern design is a throw back to the glamor days of travel, but it's practical as well, featuring an observation deck to give travelers a 360-degree view of the entire airport. Inside the building is a restaurant, Encounter at LAX, but the hours of the outdoor deck are limited to the weekends.
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This week, America observed the 12th Anniversary of September 11 and, as with every passing year, reflecting back on that autumn day still means a somber sadness. This year, one Jaunted contributor took to the skies on September 11, boarding three different planes in three different airports while heading overseas. These are his observations.
· First flight: Delta Connection from Cody, Wyoming to Salt Lake City
This is a small regional airport where there is only one security lane and a grand total of two different flights per day. Check-in was as per normal, but the security line was a bit longer and slower than we're used to seeing. We can't be too sure if this is due to a temporary uptick in traveler numbers or a more vigilant TSA staff for the day.
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Today we remember the lives lost during the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
While crowds and ceremonies will likely restrict access to the 9/11 Memorial at the actual World Trade Center (which requires advance tickets anyway), there are a variety of other sculptures and remembrance parks within the area deserving of a little attention.
Here are seven other NY/NJ area September 11 memorials to visit year-round:
· Jersey City, NJ "Empty Sky" (above)
One of the newer memorials, it's also our personal favorite for the modern design and poignant placement just across the harbor from where the Twin Towers once stood. "Empty Sky," opened in 2011, sits in Liberty State Park and consists of two 30-foot-high rectangular towers, etched with the names of the 746 New Jersey-resident victims. The negative space between the monuments is oriented to highlight the area on the Manhattan skyline where the actual buildings once were.
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It's that time of the year again, when two powerful lights take up their brief residence in lower Manhattan to remember the thousands of lives lost during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This year marks the twelfth anniversary of the attacks, but the tenth for the lights themselves. Officially the installation is called "Tribute in Light," and it takes 88 searchlights to form the seemingly never-ending beams. Nearly every year they've appeared was said to be the last, but here they are still.
Tomorrow and through this upcoming weekend, expect lower Manhattan to be heavily policed, and hordes of visitors to descend upon the area around the 9/11 Memorial.
If you just want to see the lights, however, they're perfectly visible from popular tourist sites such as the Staten Island Ferry and Empire State Building visitor deck. Also, search the #TributeinLight hashtag on Instagram for hundreds of images.
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Yeah, it's an old photo, as the NWA jet gives away
It may be September 11 and you've likely read your share of negative and depressing news articles by this late in the day, but we have something a little more up beat to share, in a way that still allows you to contribute and display your allegiance at the same time: The LaGuardia Airport Runway Run.
You see, on Sunday, October 14, New York's LGA Airport will gather a slew of runners (and joggers, and walkers) at Hangar 7, for a 5k run down an actual runway. That's the fun part. The charitable part comes in when you register and pay the entrance fee for the race ($20 before Sept 21, $25 after Sept 21, $30 on-site day of), as all proceeds go to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
Tuesday will mark the 10th annual 9/11 Day, a non-profit movement to observe September 11 as a day of charitable service and good deeds.
This year organizations across the country are planning special volunteer events and everyone is welcome to get involved. In Virginia, all 35 state parks have special events and, in Fort Worth volunteers will remember those lost on 9/11 by serving at a local women’s treatment center.
It’s been ten years in the making, but yesterday the 9/11 Memorial in New York City opened to families of the victims affected by the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Starting today, the place is open to anyone and everyone, so you’re free to pay your respects. However, you are going to need a ticket, but don’t worry—they’re free.
Timed admission passes are available online, but as you can imagine, they're being booked up quickly. As of this morning, there are a few options for later this month, but you’re going to need to cut of work early—or extend that lunch break—as they’re smack dab in the middle of the afternoon. The online reservation system is pretty slick, as you can pick specific times and dates with little to no hassle—again, assuming availability. Things were a little buggy at times, but we’re just thinking it’s because we’re only one of like a million people trying to access the site.
This Sunday is the 10th Anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
Because of 9/11, everything changedthe skyline of New York City is just one piece of that change.
Remembering all who lost their lives that day, including the passengers and crew of American Airlines Flight 11, United Airlines Flight 175, American Airlines Flight 77 and United Airlines Flight 93.
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"Wow, I can't believe it's been ten years already." These are the words that'll drop from many lips, in a range of languages, for the next couple months as we hit the decade mark for the events of September 11, 2001. Everyone has a storywhere you were, what you were doing, who you know connected to the tragediesbut can they really compare to those of the First Responders and their families? The history of 9/11 appears on their faces, deepening worry lines and giving a glint to a previously stony glare.
These are the people who star in ginormous polaroids by famed photographer Joe McNally, the polaroids which first went on display in 2002 after McNally captured the images in a studio on the Bowery, mere weeks after the World Trade Center came down. Revisiting the project these ten years later, McNally has switched to a Nikon DSLR but the subjects are the same.
The exhibit"Faces of Ground Zero: 10 Years Later"opens today and runs through September 12, 2011. It's located on the first and second levels of the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle, New York City, and is completely free to the public. We stopped in just this morning...
It's that time of the year again, when two powerful lights take up their brief residence in lower Manhattan to remember the thousands of lives lost during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This year marks the ninth anniversary, and as New York City has done every year around the date since 2003. Officially the installation is called "Tribute of Light," and it takes 88 searchlights to form the seemingly never-ending beams. Next year will be the lights' final year to appear, marking the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
Yesterday we showed you the real reason that tourists ride the free Staten Island Ferry from the tip of Manhattan: the view of the Statue of Liberty. However, since a few days ago and continuing through this upcoming weekend, the tourist hordes will be attracted by the World Trade Center lights, which are perfectly visible and photographable from the ferry. Our friend @the_vole was on the ferry just last night, shooting these images with his iPhone.
Yesterday evening, while we were out gallivanting around town for Fashion's Night Out, we passed by a store whose sidewalk sported those rental searchlights. We continued walking, until we noticed another pair of searchlights even further downtown, and that is when we stopped in our tracks. This is the pair of Tribute Lights for 9/11, placed in the hole where the Twin Towers stood up until this date in 2001.
We won't run through the history of the event again for you, but we will remind you that today's date still carries some weight when it comes to air travel. Use your common sense, arrive to your airport extra early in case of heightened security, and don't go around the terminal talking about how great you did at the shooting range last night.