Tourists regain access to canyon skywalk

Tourists who had been denied access on the main road to the Grand Canyon Skywalk now have a way to get to the glass bridge, be it through a bypass route or a rancher's checkpoint.

The Hualapai Tribe, which operates the Skywalk, received a federal permit to create a three-quarter-mile route that will run adjacent to Nigel Turner's ranch.

The temporary right of way separates traffic from heavy equipment being used to pave the stretch of Diamond Bar Road. It also allows tourists to avoid a fee Turner had imposed to drive through his property.


Busch Gardens announces drop tower ride

Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla., is getting a 335-foot drop-tower ride. Park officials said that Falcon's Fury is scheduled to open next spring in the park's Timbuktu area. It is replacing the Sandstorm ride.

Planned as the tallest free-standing drop tower in North America, Falcon's Fury will take riders 300 feet into the air, tilt their seats 90 degrees forward and then drop them for about five seconds of free fall.


Hitler's alpine retreat getting makeover

Adolf Hitler's mountain retreat in Bavaria is getting a makeover, with a $22.5 million renovation project that will enlarge the historical information center there. The Bavarian government said building should begin in 2015.

The daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports the 11,000-squarefoot center will be expanded to 27,000 square feet in a project that will take until 2018. The center includes details on Obersalzberg - the mountain ridge where Hitler had his Eagle's Nest retreat and Berghof home and headquarters - as well as on the Nazi regime in general.

The Associated Press