The LG Weekly News Roundup: 12.3.10

Extras, Weekly Travel News — By on December 3, 2010 at 6:00 am

By Candace Rardon
LG Intern, Travel News

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

Utah’s Arches National Park Hits One Million
It’s an unusual way to enter a national park, with park rangers waiting at the gate for your arrival and bearing gifts to bestow upon you. But for Victoria Carlson, an artist from Santa Fe, N.M., her entry at Arches National Park last week marked the park’s one millionth visitor for the year. Located in eastern Utah, Arches first opened in 1929 and is home to more than 2,000 natural sandstone formations that give the park its name. It usually averages 750,000 visitors a year, but demand for its natural beauty is up. Source: Gadling

Archaeologists Unearth a Mystery Tunnel at Lincoln Castle
Archaeologists got quite a surprise while carrying out a dig at Lincoln Castle in northeast England. Their excavation before plans to construct an elevator take place has uncovered a tunnel below the courtyard that they believe dates to the early 12th century. The castle itself was built in 1068 after William the Conquerer defeated the English king in the Battle of Hastings, but the purpose of the tunnel, which links to an equally mysterious circular structure, is unknown. Just where the tunnel leads is another matter. Source: Gadling

Chinese Terracotta Warriors Can’t Win Against a Break-In
It sounds like something you’d see in a movie: a 90-foot tunnel, outfitted with electric lights and ventilation fans, dug by robbers into a well-protected building that holds priceless ancient treasures. But last month, the tomb of Emperor Qin Shihuang in Xi’an, China — otherwise known as the home of the famous Chinese Terracotta Warriors — fell to such a fate. As a result of the break-in, which nine men have so far been arrested in connection to, several tombs were damaged and relics stolen. Source: Gadling

Migrating ‘snowbirds’ could be the answer for hard-hit Gulf Coast businesses
It was a summer filled with images of tarballs floating up on beaches around the Gulf Coast and hearing stories of hotel owners and tourism directors worried that they may not make it after the BP oil spill caused huge losses for their businesses. But as winter approaches, many of these same companies are looking to retired northerners, often called ‘snowbirds,’ to once again migrate down south and revitalize the coastal economy. Some hotels are reducing rates by as much as two-thirds in order to attract this next wave of business. Source: USA Today

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A number of apps for smooth-sailing on the slopes
If you’re thinking of hitting the slopes this season, don’t do it without first fitting your phone out with the apps it needs to lead you straight to fresh powder. Many apps, such as North Face’s free Snow Report, even offer access to resorts’ webcams for an instant peek at conditions. Source: Boston Globe

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