The LG Travel News Roundup: The View from Scenic, South Dakota, Could Be Yours

Weekly Travel News — By on August 5, 2011 at 6:00 am

By Susmita Baral
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…

Town for sale in South DakotaFOR SALE: The Town of Scenic, South Dakota

Forget “house for sale.” The entire town of Scenic, South Dakota (currently owned by Twila Merill) has been put on the market for $799,000. The 12-acre town was established in 1906 and has a saloon, dance hall, museum, bunkhouse, two stores, a train depot, and two jails (of which one is functional). The population of the town is less than ten. If you think no one would consider purchasing the town, think again! Offers have already been made from England and Australia. Source: Huffington Post

Psycho Seaweed Along France’s Brittany Coast

France’s Brittany region is plagued with toxic seaweed that is coating beaches and killing wildlife. The poisonous blue-green algae releases toxic fumes that smell like rotten eggs as it decomposes and can be toxic when inhaled for animals and humans alike. When the seaweed mixes with nitrogen waste runoff from pig and poultry farms, it becomes toxic and releases hydrogen sulfide. Source: AOL Travel

New Museum in Austria to Honor Schwarzenegger

A museum honoring Arnold Schwarzenegger will be opening in his hometown of Thal, Austria. The museum is in Schwarzenegger’s home that he and his family lived in from his birth in 1947 until 1966, when he left to pursue his dreams of winning the Mr. Universe competition. On display is the house’s original pit toilet, the star’s childhood bed, trophies and photographs from his early days of bodybuilding and his original home work-out machine. Source: BBC

Elderly Rafters Prove There’s No Age Limit on Adventure

85-year-old British boat captain Anthony Smith and his crew crossed the Atlantic on An-Tiki, a 40-foot sail-powered raft. The 3,000 mile journey started from Portugal’s Canary Islands and ended at St. Martin in the Caribbean. Their goal? To show what the elderly can do when they set their minds and hearts to it. They also used the opportunity to raise money for WaterAid, a U.K.-based non-profit whose goal is to give the world’s poorest communities access to safe water and better sanitation. Source: ABC Travel

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Travel News Bits

Google Takes its First Steps Towards Travel Booking Services

With the launch of Google’s Hotel Finder website last week, the mammoth company is perhaps coming one step closer to establishing a travel booking site. At the moment, the new hotel interface allows users to search for their perfect hotel, but then book through a third-party site. Source: Gadling

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