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A Few US Cities Essentially Celebrate Valentine's Day Every Day

February 14, 2014 at 10:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sure flowers and chocolates are a safe pick to show that special someone how you feel on Valentine’s Day, but of course we would suggest something more—like the gift of travel. The beach or the mountains would be a good pick, but even better would be a trip to a town with love right in the name.

Here’s a couple places to point your GPS today, and maybe there’s even a spot in town where you can pick up a shirt of souvenir.

Valentine, Nebraska

Lovely, Kentucky

Loveland, Ohio (there’s one in Colorado too!)

Bliss, New York

Hartsville, Tennessee

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Immigration Kiosks Declare Success, Expand to DFW

October 18, 2013 at 10:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

At the beginning of summer, the US Government launched a new way to speed through immigration at Chicago O'Hare. Self-service kiosks eliminating the need to wait in long lines for a passport stamp. Even in the midst of an embarrassing government shutdown, someone was at work long enough to declare they were a huge success, expediting their expansion.

The trial in Chicago went so well, the next airport to see the technology is Dallas-Fort Worth. Since 60% of arriving passengers cleared customs in 15 minutes or less, and 85% of the rest of travelers making their way through in no more than 30 minutes. The Texas hub will now be the next to see improved waiting times.

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NYC's 'Tribute in Light' Returns for Twelfth Anniversary of September 11

September 10, 2013 at 5:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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Can One Airport Straddle a Border Between Two Countries? Tijuana Thinks It's Possible.

Where: Mexico
September 9, 2013 at 9:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

A new international bridge is just around the corner, as the airport down in Tijuana has a plan to connect arriving passengers right into Mexico or the United States.

The plan—called Gateway to Las Californias—is made up of a 525-foot-long bridge that will connect the city’s A.L. Rodríguez International Airport directly with a US Customs station right on the other side of the border. You’d land in Mexico, get your stuff, and then walk over the bridge and arrive in the United States—assuming your visit with the customs and border protection officers goes well

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Fall Foliage Travel: When to Look for Leaves Around the Northwest

August 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM | by | Comments (0)


2013 has been a warmer than average summer, but eventually the tide will turn and you'll go from wearing shorts and tank tops one day, to rifling through drawers for a hoodie to beat the sudden chill in the air the next.

While it may be too early for The Weather Channel to launch their annual fall foliage map, it's the perfect time to begin planning road trips to view what will hopefully be a vibrant year. This week, we'll let you in on the prime times to catch what should be the peak of foliage in regions around the United States.

Fall Foliage report: The Northwest

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Fall Foliage Travel: When to Look for Leaves Around the Midwest

August 27, 2013 at 3:39 PM | by | Comments (0)


2013 has been a warmer than average summer, but eventually the tide will turn and you'll go from wearing shorts and tank tops one day, to rifling through drawers for a hoodie to beat the sudden chill in the air the next.

While it may be too early for The Weather Channel to launch their annual fall foliage map, it's the perfect time to begin planning road trips to view what will hopefully be a vibrant year. This week, we'll let you in on the prime times to catch what should be the peak of foliage in regions around the United States.

Fall Foliage report: The Midwest

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Fall Foliage Travel: When to Look for Leaves Up and Down the East Coast

August 26, 2013 at 1:06 PM | by | Comments (0)


Vermont's colors come out in early October

2013 has been a warmer than average summer, but eventually the tide will turn and you'll go from wearing shorts and tank tops one day, to rifling through drawers for a hoodie to beat the sudden chill in the air the next.

While it may be too early for The Weather Channel to launch their annual fall foliage map, it's the perfect time to begin planning road trips to view what will hopefully be a vibrant year. This week, we'll let you in on the prime times to catch what should be the peak of foliage in regions around the United States.

Fall Foliage report: The East Coast

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Breeze Through Customs with New Kiosks at Chicago-O'Hare Airport

August 19, 2013 at 9:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

The customs and passport control process just got a little bit easier, as a slew of new kiosks have just arrived over in Chicago. The city’s O’Hare Airport is the first in the country to be hooked up with the new transportation technology, as the hope is that travelers will be able to make their way through the whole darn process just a little bit quicker.

We’ve mentioned these border protection beauties in the past, as the original test of these things was going on up in Vancouver. In total there’s like 32 of the new machines now awaiting US travelers as they make their way back home and into Chicagoland.

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Of Bonanzas and Blue Skies: What It's Like to Fly in a Four-Seater Airplane

July 23, 2013 at 11:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

Imagine having flown everywhere, but never actually anywhere. It's confusing, but it's the case for our editor, Cynthia, who recently headed out on her first private plane flight after years of commercial plane travel. Here's her story:

"It's just like driving a car," he said. "You won't ever look at flying the same way again."

Sid passed his hand down the wing, pausing here and there to look over and under, squinting with the sun's glare on what was a sparkling clear day in southern California. We were in a kind of parking lot, after all, except one that had us surrounded by private jets on the tarmac at Van Nuys Airport. And we were double-checking that all was well before setting off for a weekend trip, except that trip would be over mountains and cities in a teeny-tiny, seafoam green 1962 Beechcraft Bonanza V-Tail.

This would be my first flight in a private plane.

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The Summer 2013 Jaunted Guide to City Bike Shares in North America

June 3, 2013 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (0)


Brand new CitiBikes at NYC's Pier 11

Bike Sharing is not all bikini-wearing girls and hot, muscled guys pedaling along as Miami would have us believe, but it is a very attractive, eco-friendly addition to the urban infrastructure, and cities across North America are either already installing solar-powered bike rental kiosks or studying those that have.

Paris' popular Velib and London's BarclayBike are the best known programs, but would you have guessed that Minneapolis is challenging New York's claim to the largest system in the US, and that Mexico City is on track to have 6,000 bikes scattered around their neighborhoods? It's not just Europe having all the two-wheeled fun. Check out our guide to North America's cities that bike share:

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The Kiosks are Coming! US Customs Set to Trial Paperless Immigration Procedure

May 14, 2013 at 9:27 AM | by | Comments (2)

When it comes to international travel the most stressful part—at least to us—is trying to locate a stupid pen to fill out the arrival paperwork. Usually a fellow passenger or flight attendant has pity on us and loans us a Bic; however, the need for pen and paper might soon be a thing of the past.

Uncle Sam—through the United State Border Control—is rolling out some new technology in hopes of speeding up the border control process. Kiosks will soon be available to welcome passengers to—and back to—the United States, as paper forms are filed away forever. The first airports testing out the new procedures will be Vancouver International Airport and Chicago-O’Hare, so things won’t change overnight.

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Five of the Best Banned Items You Absolutely Can't Bring Back Home

July 26, 2012 at 2:15 PM | by | Comments (4)

If you’re not happy with the souvenir options from the airport, there’s always thinking outside the box. Just be sure to watch where you shop, because some stuff that’s cool abroad isn’t as cool once you arrive at US Customs and Border Patrol. Here’s a list of some of the best stuff you just have to leave behind. Oh, and skip the bootleg purse or watch—those are banned too.

Kinder Eggs

A couple from Seattle learned this the hard way recently, as they were detained at the border over their chocolate contraband. Kinder Eggs—popular pretty much everywhere but the US—aren’t allowed to be brought into the nifty fifty. Basically the issue is that the little toys inside the chocolate eggs are a choking hazard, and the FDA isn’t too cool with them because food with non-nutritive objects in it is a big fat nope. So for now keep your candy separate from your toys, and you’ll be okay.

Absinthe

Wander through an overseas liquor store and you might come across the green fairy, but just be sure that you consume what you need aboard—the real good stuff isn't looked kindly upon in the United States. Even though most absinthe isn’t the stuff of literary legend, anything with just the word "absinthe" on the label is questionable. According to Uncle Sam it’s also against the law to import any absinthe beverage especially if the label shows artwork or pictures hinting at hallucinogenic or mind-altering effects—bummer.

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