Busch theme parks in Virginia and Tampa removed props from their Halloween attraction after complaints that they were insensitive in the wake of beheadings by Islamic state militants. Although the parks would not specify the type of props, a newspaper reported they were severed heads.
Resorts World Bimini has completed construction of a pier near its resort where guests on the ferry from Miami will be able to disembark directly onto North Bimini Island and spend more time there, the company announced Thursday. The ferry will start using the new pier Sept. 18.
Q: I recently checked in to an Econo Lodge in Aurora, Colorado. I paid for a for a Stay, Park and Fly package. All parking spots were taken, so I went in and told a hotel employee that there were no more spaces to park in, and asked if I could leave my car at the curb on the side of the hotel. I was told I could.
While the average traveler has only a vague awareness that their flying experience is changing, airlines are quickly aligning themselves into worldwide teams at a faster pace than any time since airline alliances were invented in 1997. They can’t buy each other due to international regulations, so they are doing the next best thing — becoming best buddies.
Will we ever find the ideal case for safely carrying our tablets and e-readers, and easily using them on the go? My tablet’s newest mobile home is PureGear’s Universal Tablet Folio, which opens like a book and folds closed securely via an integrated magnetic flap.
The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago will launch its 40th anniversary season Saturday with Carved, Cast, Crumpled: Sculpture All Ways, an expansive exhibition of some 175 works from the Smart’s collection. The exhibit essentially transforms the entire 8,800-square-foot gallery space into Chicago’s only sculpture museum. Highlights include small-scale sculptures by modern masters like Auguste Rodin, Jacques Lipchitz and Henry Moore; ancient Chinese mingqi tomb figures and Asian Buddhist devotional statues; European bronzes of princes, putti and classical heroes; and boundary-breaking work by postwar artists including Magdalena Abakanowicz, John Chamberlain, Robert Irwin, and Michael Rakowitz. The exhibit runs through Dec. 21.
Amtrak is bringing its vintage “Great Dome” car to upstate New York for a six-week run during the fall foliage season. The car will give riders sweeping vistas of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks beginning Thursday and running through Nov.4. The dome car will operate northbound from Albany to Montreal on Thursdays, Saturdays and Mondays and return south from Montreal on Fridays, Sundays and Tuesdays. Trails and Rails volunteers will be aboard select dome car trips offering historical commentary between Saratoga Springs and Westport. The car, built in 1955, is the only remaining dome car in Amtrak service.
The Central Florida town of Earleton is getting set for the fourth annual Florida Monarch Festival Sept. 27-28 at the Greathouse Butterfly Farm. Events include educational talks and walks and three butterfly releases, in which visitors can tag and release a monarch butterfly. Monarch Watch, which collects the data, will contact each tagger and share the details of your monarch’s flight. Also includes details on how to create a butterfly way station in your yard, activities for kids, tours and food vendors.
Max Johnson is founder of the Great Canadian Travel Company (www.greatcanadiantravel.com), which specializes in unusual trips. He recently developed a trip offered year-round to Suriname and French Guiana, on the north coast of South America. Johnson, 58, lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
As fall begins, the light is as golden as the prairie. The sky is big and blue. This year, with lots of rain, the hills of ponderosa pines undulate in a deep, thick green carpet so solid that the hills really do look black.
The Methow Valley town of Winthrop, Wash., has long been known for its Old West theme, with false-front stores and wooden sidewalks, the perfect place to practice your bowlegged walk and wear that Stetson you always fancied.
Christmas, anyone? Book a holiday-themed trip aboard the Grand Canyon Railway's Polar Express. Tickets are on sale now for evening or overnight excursions, running Nov. 7 through Jan. 3, out of Williams, Ariz., to a destination dressed like the North Pole. Williams is about 30 miles west of Flagstaff along Interstate 40