Tuesday April 8, 2014
One of the iconic landmarks of modern architecture, Philip Johnson's Glass House, will allow self-guided tours for the first time when it opens for the season on May 1. Previously, visitors to the site were required to stay with guides at all times during the 1-2.5-hour tours. Guests who purchase tickets for self-guided tours may now linger on the site at their leisure. Read More...
Wednesday April 2, 2014
The modified Boeing 747 that NASA used to transport the retired space shuttles to their final museum homes will be moving to its new home at the end of April. Currently docked at Ellington Field in Houston, carrier aircraft N905NA will travel eight miles down the road to the Johnson Space Center over two evenings on April 28 and 29. Once there, engineers will begin preparing the jet for its debut as the centerpiece of the Space Center's $12 million, six-story museum attraction opening in March 2015.
Aviation and aerospace geeks who want to learn more about the progress of the Space Shuttle Carrier Exhibit and the route of its upcoming transport from Ellington Field to Johnson Space Center should stay tuned to the Space Center and its Facebook page.
Wednesday April 2, 2014
The newest way to get an aerial view of the Chicago skyline is via an attraction called Tilt. Presented by 360 Chicago, this "architectural achievement" located on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center is a glass and steel platform that tilts outward over the Magnificent Mile, giving up to eight riders the thrill (or scare) of their lives. Admission to Tilt starts at $5 (in addition to the general admission price of 360 Chicago).
File this one under "Things I will never do." But you may enjoy it!
Photo: Tilt, 360 Chicago
Monday March 31, 2014
Our friends at AOL have mined the many books of Florida writer Carl Hiaasen for some travel wisdom. Should you be traveling to Florida soon, here are a few nuggets to keep in mind (and/or giggle about):
"Even Florida winters could get miserably hot, but a person could adjust. George Graveline had a motto by which he faithfully lived: Always park in the shade." -Skin Tight
"Florida, of all places, you don't rent out vehicles with cheap-ass air conditioners." -Skinny Dip
"'I didn't know the water got so cold in Florida.' 'Just wait until summer. It's like soup,' Sammy Tigertail said." - Nature Girl
Full post at AOL Travel