Travel

Yellowstone National Park to open for winter season

BILLINGS, Mont. — Yellowstone National Park is set to open for the winter season. The Billings Gazette reports that the park will open to the public on Friday for motorized over-snow travel. Visitors will be able to travel the park’s interior roads on commercially guided snowmobiles and snowcoaches from the north, west and south entrances. …

South Dakota park to make unplanned bison roundup after fire

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A South Dakota state park known for annual buffalo roundups drawing thousands of spectators will perform an unscheduled one in the coming days to determine how a historic wildfire affected the animals. Officials at Custer State Park located its bison herd by Thursday afternoon, and every animal found so far was …

Christmas in Ohio: Nutcrackers, Victorian village, Nativity

Six-foot-tall nutcrackers, a life-size Nativity display and a Dickens Victorian Village: These are some of the ways Ohio says “Merry Christmas!” DICKENS VICTORIAN VILLAGE About 13 years ago, Bob Ley and his wife drove from their hometown of Cambridge, Ohio, to see the famous Oglebay Winter Festival of Lights in nearby Wheeling, West Virginia. “It …

Pedophile stopped at Sydney Airport by anti sex tourism law

CANBERRA, Australia — A convicted child molester was prevented from flying overseas from Sydney Airport on Wednesday under new laws aimed at keeping Australian pedophiles from travelling to Southeast Asia for sex tourism. Laws that took effect on Wednesday prevent 20,000 convicted pedophiles listed on the Australian child sex offender register from leaving the country …

Wind gusts, smoke complicate firefighters job in Custer park

CUSTER, S.D. — Strong wind gusts and thick smoke were making it difficult for firefighters battling a spreading wildfire late Tuesday in Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The fire grew to more than 6.25 square miles (16.2 square kilometres) Tuesday and was only 7 per cent contained, according to the …

Snow, power outage keeps North Carolina tourist stop closed

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A North Carolina tourist attraction remains closed after last weekend’s snow caused a power outage which affected the ability to do business. The Winston-Salem Journal reports Old Salem Museums & Gardens has been closed since Friday because of the weekend snowstorm. The power outage caused issues with Old Salem’s servers and the systems is …

Savannah: Food tour, historic squares and the purple line

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Every few years, my cousin Molly Carpenter and I plan a trip together to somewhere we’ve never been. Our priorities: sightseeing, shopping, good food and wine. This year, Savannah checked all those boxes for us. Savannah is on Georgia’s Atlantic coast, just south of the South Carolina state line. Hilton Head, South …

As ‘overtourism’ swamps Amsterdam, Dutch capital pushes back

AMSTERDAM — A group of cyclists slams on the brakes as a man pushing a wheeled suitcase stops abruptly in the middle of a busy bike path in downtown Amsterdam to pick up a toiletries bag he dropped. “If we wait a bit longer, he’ll probably start cleaning his teeth,” one rider says to his …

US national parks to slash number of free days for visitors

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — National parks in the U.S. will sharply drop the number of days they allow visitors to get in for free, a move that was criticized by opponents of the parks’ plan to raise entrance costs at other times of the year. After waiving fees 16 days in 2016 and 10 days in …

Eugene Airport services 1M passengers in 2017, breaks record

EUGENE, Ore.— The Eugene Airport has surpassed 1 million annual passengers in 2017, the airport’s first time doing so. The Register-Guard reports that officials announced the milestone on Monday. The city-owned facility had inched close to the 1 million mark in 2016 but fell short. A robust economy and added flights have contributed to the …