- Maintenance costs prompt fee increase at 2 national parks Updated: May-26-15 10:25 am
PROVO, Utah - Visitors are going to pay $5 more for entrance into Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park under a new fee structure starting July 1.
- 12 missing after flooding in Texas sweeps away vacation home Updated: May-26-15 10:24 am
WIMBERLEY, Texas - Recovery teams were resuming the search early Tuesday for 12 people who are missing after a rain-swollen river in Central Texas carried a vacation home off its foundation, slamming it into a bridge downstream.
- US returns 25 looted artifacts to Italy: Vases, frescoes Updated: May-26-15 10:23 am
ROME - The United States on Tuesday officially returned 25 artifacts that had been looted over the decades from Italy, including Etruscan vases, 1st-century frescoes and precious books that ended up in U.S. museums, universities and private collections.
- 3-year audit finds Memphis hotels owe $333K in 'bed taxes' Updated: May-26-15 10:13 am
MEMPHIS, Tennessee - A three-year audit by the city of Memphis has found that 22 percent of hotels and motels are behind a total of more than $333,000 in occupancy taxes.
- Texas flooding overwhelms popular bed-and-breakfast region Updated: May-26-15 10:12 am
WIMBERLEY, Texas - The vacation house where two families were to spend Memorial Day weekend was already gone, swept down the swollen Blanco River, when Carissa Smith's husband arrived.
- 4 people rescued from roller coaster stuck 70 feet in air Updated: May-26-15 7:56 am
MONTICELLO, Indiana - Fire officials say no one was hurt after four people got stuck on a roller coaster about 70 feet above the ground in Indiana.
- Wisconsin Indian tribes developing tourism show Updated: May-26-15 7:41 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - The head of tourism for Wisconsin's 11 American Indian tribes is trying to develop a series of TV shows that will highlight the reservations as attractive places to visit.
- Wyoming tourism director foresees good summer season Updated: May-26-15 6:29 am
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - State tourism executive director Diane Shober says lower gas prices and other indicators point to plenty of out-of-state visitors coming to Wyoming to enjoy its attractions this summer.
- National Trails Day event set June 6 in Smoky Mountains Updated: May-26-15 4:06 am
GATLINBURG, Tennessee - The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is celebrating National Trails Day next week with a work day event to maintain the park's trail system.
- Astronaut from Tennessee being inducted into Hall of Fame Updated: May-26-15 4:05 am
MEMPHIS, Tennessee - An alumna of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine is being inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame this week.
- Shirley Temple exhibit coming to Louisville museum Updated: May-26-15 4:04 am
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - A Louisville museum is opening an exhibit devoted to 1930s Hollywood child star Shirley Temple.
- For an IS fighter, a paid honeymoon in caliphate's heart Updated: May-26-15 3:10 am
BEIRUT - The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria's war. In the capital of the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed "caliphate," Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was united with his Tunisian bride for the first time after months chatting online. They married, then passed the days dining on grilled meats in Raqqa's restaurants, strolling along the Euphrates River and eating ice cream.
- Channeling Batman, Versailles: Macau's new wave of resorts Updated: May-26-15 2:22 am
MACAU - Macau is doubling down even as the odds change. The world's casino capital this week welcomes the first of a new wave of lavish casino resorts for its up-and-coming Cotai Peninsula.
- Orange County to unveil tour guide for railroad enthusiasts Updated: May-26-15 2:08 am
ORANGE, Virginia - A new tour guide aims to connect railroad enthusiasts with Orange County's rail history and today's railroad presence in the county.
- Horses return to Mackinac Island in rite of spring Updated: May-26-15 1:13 am
MACKINAC ISLAND, Michigan - Horses do the heavy lifting on Mackinac Island, hauling people and cargo across the car-free tourist destination in northern Michigan.
- Americans find ways to visit Cuba despite tourism ban Updated: May-26-15 12:07 am
HAVANA - "Is travel to Cuba for tourist activities permitted? No." That's what the U.S. Treasury Department website says. And yet Havana is loaded with Americans, from the Floridita bar, where they pose for photos with a bust of Ernest Hemingway, to the Rum Museum, where they swig rum samples after trudging through dim displays of old casks.
- Stunning 36 percent rise in US visits to Cuba since January Updated: May-26-15 12:06 am
HAVANA - The thaw in relations between the U.S. and Cuba has led to a stunning 36 percent increase in visits by Americans to the island, including thousands who are flying into Cuba from third countries like Mexico in order to sidestep U.S. restrictions on tourism.
- Threats to 6 international flights cause scare Updated: May-25-15 9:35 pm
NEW YORK - Anonymous telephone threats against commercial airliners on Monday, possibly from the same source, caused a scare involving at least six international flights at airports in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.
- Couple bring vintage vibe to North Bend's Itty Bitty Inn Updated: May-25-15 5:49 pm
NORTH BEND, Oregon - Although the North Bend hotel they own is tiny from the outside, there's nothing small about the lives and personalities of the Itty Bitty Inn's owners Rik and Donna Villarreal - or the inn itself.
- West Yellowstone ponders $1.4M forest land purchase Updated: May-25-15 4:47 pm
WEST YELLOWSTONE, Montana - How does a town expand when it's surrounded by federal land?
- Cottonwoods dotting Zion National Park dying out Updated: May-25-15 4:13 pm
ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah - Cottonwood trees dotting the red rock landscape of southern Utah's Zion National Park could die out in 30 to 50 years, according to a National Park Service hydrologist.
- Once vilified, BP now getting credit for gulf tourism boom Updated: May-25-15 2:20 pm
ORANGE BEACH, Alabama - With the Memorial Day holiday here, fallout from the oil spill that left Gulf Coast beaches smeared with gooey tar balls and scared away visitors in 2010 is being credited, oddly, with something no one imagined back then: An increase in tourism in the region.
- Iowa family travels to DC to cope with veteran's death Updated: May-25-15 1:49 pm
GRINNELL, Iowa - A Grinnell family is spending the long weekend in Washington, D.C., at a national seminar and grief camp for those coping with the loss of a member of the armed forces.
- Mom of fallen soldier builds retreat for grieving families Updated: May-25-15 11:44 am
PORT ANGELES, Washington - A heavy door creaks and Betsy Schultz steps into a century-old cottage littered with workbenches and plywood.
- National Park Service surveying Reconstruction sites Updated: May-25-15 11:34 am
CHARLESTON, South Carolina - With its four-year observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War now past, the National Park Service is turning its attention to a lesser-known period of American history: the era of Reconstruction after the war.