The LG Travel News Roundup: Hotel Construction Uncovers Archeological Site

Weekly Travel News — By on August 10, 2012 at 9:00 am

By Heather Brennan
LG News Intern

Missed the big travel stories of the week? And the weird, wacky and insignificant ones? We’ve got your roundup right here…

Hotel Archeological Site in TurkeyA Haunted Hilton?
In Antakya, Turkey, a hotel construction project was underway when an important archaeological site was discovered while digging the foundation of the hotel. Most notably, this discovery included one of the largest intact mosaic floors in the world. Instead of abandoning his project, the owner, Necmi Asfuroğlu, worked with architects in order to plan for a hotel that would be supported by columns and sit 30 feet above the ruins. The hotel will also have views of the ruins from both common areas and rooms. Currently, The Antakya Hilton Museum & Hotel is expected to open in 2014. Source: NBC

Nuclear National Parks
Three nuclear sites that played a key role in American nuclear development during World War II are potentially about to become national parks. Legislation has been introduced to Congress that would turn the three most important sites utilised during the Manhattan Project into national parks in the near future. The sites are: Oak Ridge in Tennessee, Los Alamos in New Mexico, and Hanford Nuclear Reactor in Washington. Source: Gadling

A Marilyn Monroe Meander
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death, the Huffington Post has published a list of the actress’s old haunts and notable Marilyn-associated places. The list includes sites in New York, Los Angeles and San Diego. The famous subway grate, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Marilyn’s final resting place – now decorated with lipstick smudges and flowers by fans – all make the list. Source: Huffington Post

What You Eat in Vegas, Stays in Vegas
Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas is about to open what will be the largest buffet on the Strip. The restaurant, Bacchanal, will serve 524 dishes, many of which will be made in front of the customers. Caesar’s says it has researched other buffets in Vegas and plans to serve more dishes than any of the others. Bacchanal’s opening date is tentatively set for September 10. Source: USA Today

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