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USA Travel News March 2012

Travel News and Feature Articles from March 2012


Following is a round-up of USA travel news posted during March 2012. Included are links to news, feature articles, and quirky pieces related to travel in the United States. Be sure to follow my USA Travel blog and my Twitter feed for the latest travel news and deals.

  • National Gallery of Art Opens Collection Online. Now you can get a glimpse of all of the artwork on display at the National Gallery of Art in DC before you visit.

  • Special Saint Patrick's Day Beers and Where to Get ThemHere are a few choice microbreweries that produce special Saint Patrick's Day beers.

  • America's National Parks Versus Its Natural Resources: A Glimpse at the Colorado Plateau. From Condé Nast Traveler (CNT), a tour of Colorado's exceptional National Parks, with information on their history and preservation. A gorgeous slideshow is worth a click.

  • Ken Jennings Teaches Us How to Pronounce Zzyzx. Ken Jennings, of Jeopardy fame, writes for CNT about Zzyzx, California, the last place in America alphabetically.

  • Fortnighter's Itinerary for Austin, Texas. South by Southwest 2012 is over, but you can still pick up some good tips about sightseeing and eating in Austin, Texas, thanks to this custom itinerary from Fortnighter (PDF)

  • 314 Bedford. In this story in the Paris Review, Christopher Bollen recalls life in his Brooklyn neighborhood before "hipsterfication."

  • Moving the Space Shuttles. A schedule of the Space Shuttle shuffle taking place in April 2012.

  • U.S. Resumes Search for Amelia Earhart's Plane. The State Department announces that it will re-launch a search for the aviatrix's lost plane in the Pacific. The Discovery Channel will be produce a documentary about the search.

  • Finalists for the 2012 James Beards Awards Announced. Learn more about which chefs and restaurants are being hailed as the best in the United States for 2012.

  • Titanic Exhibition Opening at the Henry Ford Museum. The exhibition of Titanic artifacts arrives in time for the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the infamous ship.

  • Navajo Nation Eyes Grand Canyon for Development. The Navajo Nation is proposing plans for a tram, restaurant, and RV park on Navajo Nation/Grand Canyon lands as a way of creating jobs for its people.

  • Youngest Iditarod Champ Tells All. Outside interviews Dallas Seavey (25), who became the youngest champion of the Iditarod dog sledding race on March 13, 2012.

  • Whisper of the Wild. Speaking of Alaska, this slightly interactive article from the New York Times details the silence and sounds of Denali, complete with small audio files of wildlife to take you there.

  • The Ferries and the Last Frontier. Even MORE Alaska. Eva Holland gives us this beautifully-written feature story about traveling Alaska by ferry for World Hum.

  • The 25 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings of 2012. Some amazing-sounding restaurants from Charleston, SC, to St. Louis, MO, to Portland, OR, are slated to open in 2012. Eater National has the scoop.

  • San Francisco Tourism Bounces Back As Economy Recovers. Tourists have been flocking to the City by the Bay lately. Find out why San Francisco's tourism officials are saying the city is "golden."

  • Robots Across America. In this piece for Marketplace Radio, David Brancaccio attempts to travel across the U.S. using only robots and technology to make the trek. This story is set around the robotization of the American economy, but works as an interesting travel story for the modern age.

  • 10 Great Places to Explore America with Larry the Cable Guy. Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy is a new television series that has the blue collar comedian exploring uniquely American places. USA Today weighs in on 10 spots to discover.

  • The National Pinball Museum Opens in Baltimore. Visit Baltimore provides the scoop on the latest attraction in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

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