The LG Weekly News Roundup: 12.10.10

Weekly Travel News — By on December 10, 2010 at 6:00 am

By Molly Fergus
LG Deputy Editor, Travel News

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

Roadside Stops Losing Popularity Nationwide

American road trips are as much about the final destination as they are veering off the path to find quirky monuments and wacky attractions, but many of the country’s oddest roadside stops are seeing their popularity shrink by the year. The Corn Palace, a massive arena covered in corn husks in Mitchell, S. D., is facing a particularly tough time, as savvy travelers are seemingly becoming bored with the whole thing and choosing to skip the country’s only palace made of maize. Source: LA Times

Yucatan Rancher Ruins Mayan Ruins
Talk about a pricey mistake: A rancher on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula destroyed a 2,300-year-old Mayan ruin to make room for his animals to graze. The rancher bought the 250-acre site and claims he didn’t know that the homes, temples and buildings on the property contained any historic significance. Nonetheless, he did know that the ruins were large enough to require bulldozers and heavy machinery to destroy the site’s town square, seven buildings and two altars. Source: Gadling

Chinese Train Busts Speed Records
Brace yourselves. On a test route from Beijing to Shanghai, Chinese high-speed rail operators sped its train up to a dizzying 302 mph, breaking all records for passenger-ready routes. Although the French TGV train once hit 357 mph, it was only possible with modified tracks and trains. The Chinese speed demon runs on the same rails that it will use when the route debuts in 2012.
Source: Gadling

California Plots Statewide Restaurant Month
Foodies, book your ticket to the West Coast. Instead of planning paltry, city-specific restaurant weeks, the entire state of California will host a restaurant month this January. More than 20 destinations – including San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles – are specials to coincide with the state’s celebration. Source: Jaunted

Travel News Bits

Mexico Tourism Looking Sunnier
Despite concerns about drug violence and safety, tourism south of the border rose 19 percent over last year, bringing it slightly above pre-drug war levels. Source: USA Today

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