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Essential Tourist Traps, Part Three: Independence Hall

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Eric Lurio

While Independence Hall and Congress Hall next door, which was where the first few Congresses under the constitution met, are well done museums, much of which surrounds it is not.

Swimming in What?

Christine Negroni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Christine Negroni

Today I swam in the waste product of Iceland's power generating station while smearing silica grease on my face. I'd paid the equivalent of $50 for the privilege and it was an experience I'll never forget.

A Tourist-Free Destination in Iceland

Paul Robert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Paul Robert

Where do you go to avoid mass tourism and see original, unpolished events? Iceland.

Essential Tourist Traps, Part Two: The Statue of Liberty

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Eric Lurio

As far as national icons go, Frédéric Bartholdi's Liberty Enlightening the World is the ultimate.

Essential Tourist Traps, Part One: Introduction

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Eric Lurio

Back when I was a kid, first lady Ladybird Johnson announced the "See America First" Campaign. Travel America before going to Europe or the Middle Eas...

Laura Bassett

New Orleanians Still Feel Scars Of Katrina | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

For the past three years, Jean Chandler, 42, has been trying to figure out what to do with the six giant cedar wood doors piled up in the office of hi...

10 Local American Economies That Have Changed Forever

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

By 24/7 Wall St.: A city does not die when its last resident moves away. Death happens when municipalities lose the industries and vital populations ...

Oman Spending $20 Billion To Attract Tourists | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

Estimates are that investments to expand facilities for tourism across Oman will amount to $20 billion over the next few years, according Business Mon...

The 24/7/365 Society vs. La Dolce Vita

Peter Baldwin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Baldwin

The more complicated and multifarious our societies become, the less the seasonal and daily rhythms of traditional bourgeois life will have any purchase.

Hosting The World Cup: Why South Africa Might Not Be Benefiting From It After All

DailyFinance | JONATHAN BERR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Organizers of the 2010 World Cup, which started Friday, are making the same error that backers of big sporting events always do -- overpromising and u...

Colorado Skier Visits Up This Season

AP | CATHERINE TSAI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — For a second straight season, skier visits to Colorado resorts finished below 12 million amid a slow rebound in leisure travel and weak...

Armenian-Americans File Multi-Billion Dollar Lawsuit Against Turkey

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Harut Sassounian

After seeking genocide recognition for almost a century, Armenian-Americans will now devote their energy to pursue all legal avenues in order to recoup their massive losses and regain their historic rights.

BP 'Cut-And-Cap' Plug Attempt Suffers Setback: Saw Is Stuck, Shears Next

AP | GREG BLUESTEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

METAIRIE, La. — BP used underwater robots a mile beneath the ocean Thursday to try to put a lid on the Gulf oil gusher. Live video showed that ...

The Joy of Dirty Destinations

Paul Robert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Paul Robert

Rather than polluting the sky to catch a breath of fresh air in some rain forest, maybe we should discover the joy of dirt. You could call it the opposite of eco-tourism; pollu-tourism. Take Butte, Montana.

New Tours Offer a Zesty Taste of the Real Mexico

Bob Schulman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Mexico's Ministry of Tourism is promoting ten bus routes that wind through historic and cultural attractions across Mexico. The tagline is: "Mexico: The place you thought you knew"

Welcome to the United States

Paul Robert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Paul Robert

Many years ago, on my first backpack visit to the United States, a stewardess on the plane surprised me with a green form I needed to fill out. There were odd questions on that form. Someone in Washington needed to know if I had an STD.

Toronto Rises as the New Capital of Cool

Lauri Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Lauri Lyons

If your idea of Canada is dominated by maple syrup, hockey, flannel shirts or the G-20 Summit, it's time to discover Toronto as the new capitol of Cool.

Transformed by Twilight: Forks, Washington

Chris Gray Faust | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Chris Gray Faust

Before Meyer's first book came out in 2005, visitor levels ranged from 5,000 to 10,000 people per year, according to the Forks Chamber of Commerce. Compare that to 2009, when nearly 70,000 "Twi-hards" swept through town.

True to Their Word, Pura Vida Exemplifies Costa Rica's Sustainability Efforts

Gina Furia Rubel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Gina Furia Rubel

Costa Rica is a trailblazer in sustainable tourism. As Arenas del Mar and their amazing staff proved, it is not necessary to sacrifice luxury and five-star feel for sustainability.

World's Biggest Spenders On Tourism (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Here's yet another marker of China's growing prosperity: Chinese tourists now spend more on international tourism than do the French, according to a U...

World's Top Tourism Destinations (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

When it comes to travel, it probably comes as little surprise to learn that France is the most popular destination for international tourism around th...

12 Connections Between Oil Spills and Plastic Pollution

Wallace J Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wallace J Nichols

Both oil spills and plastic pollution kill ocean wildlife in obvious, quick ways and slow, insidious ways.

Tribewanted: Sierra Leone

Tiffany Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tiffany Persons

With just an 18-hour flight to Sierra Leone, I am able to experience life of a different time.

Women Flock To Senegal For Sex

GlobalPost | Anne Look | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Women -- often white, European and "of a certain age" -- flock solo to Senegal's shores year-round for what one hotel manager called "the three 'S's: ...

Why You Should Visit the Gulf Coast

Robert Reid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert Reid

'See it while you can' has become something of an unofficial local mantra on the Gulf, and while there I saw and did all I could. And, to be honest, it was fun too.