Arizona’s newest Five Diamond resort

Arizona’s newest Five Diamond resort

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner One of the most iconic resorts in Southern Arizona is shining brighter. AAA, which evaluates more than 58,000 lodging properties and restaurants each year, recently bestowed The Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain, in Marana, with its prestigious Five Diamond Award. “From upscale extras to high-end service options, Five Diamond properties […]

Ride the rails for cool vacation

Ride the rails for cool vacation

By Harry Alexander / Southern Arizona News-Examiner One of the most relaxing ways to see the country or just go on a short trip is on Amtrak. However, when you choose to ride Amtrak, make sure you’re not in a hurry to get to your final destination. My wife and I decided to get away […]

Tiny, automated bus experiment begins in Greece

Tiny, automated bus experiment begins in Greece

Four tiny, driverless buses are on trial in the Greek city of Trikala, the first of five European cities to introduce the automated transportation. The vehicles are part of CityMobil2, an EU-funded research project that is staging tests of automated road transport systems with self-driving buses across Europe. Each bus can carry 10 to 12 […]

3 unexpected places to celebrate Oktoberfest in the U.S.

3 unexpected places to celebrate Oktoberfest in the U.S.

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner When thinking about celebtrating Oktoberfest, Munich is the one city in Bavaria that comes to mind. Oktoberfest is German, after all. But it is possible to get that “Munich-like” feeling just about anywhere come Oktoberfest time. Travel Pulse writer Josh Lew found three places in the U.S. to consider […]

Amtrak now charging excess-baggage fees

Amtrak now charging excess-baggage fees

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examinmer Amtrak easily has the most lenient rules on baggage for passengers, but that has changed as of Oct. 1. The company will now charge $20 extra for excess baggage. The company already allows passengers two bags each of carry-on luggage not weighing more than 25 pounds. It also allows […]

Travel to spooky destinations this Halloween

Travel to spooky destinations this Halloween

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner Halloween is coming up and many people like to experience the paranormal first-hand at destinations that proclaim to house paranormal activities. HauntedHouses.com has unveiled its 2015 list of the Top 13 Haunted Houses in America. More from Travel Pulse: To determine which attractions deserved to be on the list […]

JetBlue expands charter service To Cuba

JetBlue expands charter service To Cuba

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner With the Obama Administration opening up ties with Cuba, American-based airlines are jockeying for position to get their flights in to Jose Marti Interational Airport. The latest of these airlines is JetBlue. The airline announced it has expanded its charter service to the Communist-governed island with flights beginning Dec. […]

Americans weigh in on Cuba Travel and Dream Destinations in nationwide Travel Leaders Group survey  

Americans weigh in on Cuba Travel and Dream Destinations in nationwide Travel Leaders Group survey   

May 21, 2015 Displayed with permission from PR Newswire The top “dream” destination internationally is Australia, followed by Italy and Ireland; survey also reveals more than 93% of those polled will take a leisure trip in 2015. PLYMOUTH, Minn., May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The move to normalize relations with Cuba will have a direct impact […]

Howard Baker’s ‘mid-century modern’ mansion goes up for auction in Tennessee, furniture included

Howard Baker’s ‘mid-century modern’ mansion goes up for auction in Tennessee, furniture included

By Jennifer Harper – The Washington Times – Thursday, May 21, 2015 Up for auction next month: the Tennessee estate of the late Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr., consisting of a 6,175-square-foot main home, plus cottage, guesthouse, pool and more, all on 11 acres in Huntsville. The home is unmistakably “mid-century modern” in style, with […]

Belize: Sanctuary from the insanity

Belize: Sanctuary from the insanity

    By Lark Gould – Washington Times Bummed from burnout? Take sanctuary in Belize. There are still places in this world where you can hide from that boogie man chasing you with bills, commitments and, oh yeah, those reports you need to finish even though no one will ever read them. Belize is a […]