• Essentials for Charleston visit: Not just homes and gardens

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — In decades past, Charleston was largely unknown to visitors from the wider world. But this city of pastel buildings, quiet alleys and picturesque gardens has been discovered. Millions now flock yearly to Charleston, which in 2014 was named the top tourist...

  • Indiana businesses spend over $26M to boost summer tourism

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    SANTA CLAUS, Ind. (AP) — Businesses in a southern Indiana county say they have spent more than $26 million to help boost tourism this summer. Visitors to the Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Spencer County can ride a new roller coaster called the Thunderbird that propels them from...

  • Bridger-Teton National Forest selling firewood permits

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The Bridger-Teton National Forest plans to start selling firewood permits on May 15 at district offices. The price is $7 a cord with five-cord minimum purchase. The agency says households across the country are increasingly burning firewood as a more...

  • Fewer Las Vegas visitors in March, 3.6 million total

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tourism officials say the number of visitors to Las Vegas dropped off in March to 3.62 million people. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority released its monthly report Wednesday which included the 1.7 percent drop in travelers. Statistics show convention...

  • NY State Military Museum opening Vietnam War exhibit

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — A new exhibit on the Vietnam War is opening at the New York State Military Museum on the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. The "Vietnam War Oral History" exhibit opens Thursday evening at the museum in downtown Saratoga Springs. The exhibit was done...

  • Plan reviews wildlife buffers at Cape Hatteras Seashore

    Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — The National Park Service is taking public comment through the middle of next month on proposed changes in wildlife buffers at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The plan revisits how closely walkers and riders on off-road vehicles are allowed to come to critical...

  • Report tallies economic benefit from North Cascades tourism

    Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    SEDRO WOOLLEY, Wash. (AP) — A National Park Service report shows that nearly 770,000 people visited the North Cascades National Park Service Complex last year, spending more than $33.5 million in nearby communities. The park complex includes North Cascades National Park as well as the...

  • Marine Corps Memorial to be restored after $5.4M donation

    Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The famous bronze U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial overlooking Washington that depicts Marines raising the American flag at Iwo Jima during World War II has begun turning green with age but now will be restored with a $5.37 million gift. Philanthropist David...

  • Kentucky editorial roundup

    Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ April 27 Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader on NSA spying bill: Back in January, when this Congress was brand new and Mitch McConnell was taking the reins as majority leader of the Senate, he pledged "to get committees working again."...

  • New deputy superintendent announced at Great Smoky Mountains

    Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A new deputy superintendent has been selected for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Superintendent Cassius Cash announced Tuesday that Clayton F. Jordan will replace Patty Wissinger, who died in June. Jordan has been Resource and Visitor Protection...

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