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Though most domestic carriers have some red eye flights on the roster, Southwest Airlines is not one of them — at least not yet. Bob Jordan, the CEO of the Dallas-based carrier, recently announced that late-night flights will be in the company's future, though details are still being ironed out about how to make that happen. It's a natural evolution for the airline, he says, as they already have a fleet of aircrafts ready to go.
In light of the Israel and Gaza conflict, the U.S. Department of State is asking Americans to exercise enhanced caution abroad with a new travel advisory. "Due to increased tensions in various locations around the world, the potential for terrorist attacks, demonstrations, or violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests, the Department of State advised U.S. citizens overseas to exercise increased caution," the government announced.
New year, new perks — at least, when it comes to Southwest Airlines. While some carriers have recently come under fire for making it tougher for fliers to achieve elite status, like Delta's recent changes to the SkyMiles program, Southwest is relaxing its policies. Starting January 1, 2024, the airline says passengers will need fewer flights to unlock more rewards.
Good news, international travel lovers. While bureaucracy can be notoriously slow, the processing time for passport applications has actually dropped by a week. The U.S. Department of State has made a few tweaks to speed up the process, bringing the timeframe down from 8 to 11 weeks to 7 to 10 weeks for regular applications.
With the upcoming release of the Hunger Games prequel "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes" on November 17, there's never been a better time to visit the filming locations for the original Hunger Games movie. The first fantasy flick was filmed entirely in North Carolina, with Dupont State Park serving as the backdrop for a few of the film's iconic scenes. While you won't find any mockingjays or tracker jackers in these woods, you will find towering pine trees, fishing streams, and a stunning waterfall or two.
Hawaii, in general, is one of those postcard places — almost too beautiful to be real. But perhaps none more so than Wai'anapana State Park, a protected paradise off the famous Road to Hana in Maui. Here visitors will find Pailoa, a black sand beach and matching lava coastline set against a dense green jungle and azure sea. This rare color palette can only be found in areas with high volcanic activity, as the basalt rock is pummeled into pebbles and fine sand by the ocean over millennia. In other words, it's some of Mother Nature's finest work.
Sitting on Lake Huron in Northern Michigan, Mackinac Island is a popular tourist destination known for its Victorian homes, horse-drawn carriages, and fudge — lots and lots of fudge. Though the island sees most of its visitors from May through September, the autumn season is not to be missed. Away from the summer crowds, tourists can expect a quieter atmosphere along with lower prices and vibrant foliage, adding more beauty to an island already brimming with classic charm.
Heading east out of Portland, nature lovers will marvel at the views along Interstate 84 as it snakes around the Columbia River Gorge. This spectacular 80-mile canyon is set against the Cascade Mountain Range, offering visitors a wealth of outdoor recreation activities all year round. Thanks to underground springs and mountain terrain, the area is home to a staggering number of natural waterfalls. More than 90, in fact, with plenty of impressive vistas to boot.
If you've ever wanted to feel like the proud owner of a private island, but you don't quite have the budget, Cayo Costa State Park might just be the answer. Sitting 90 minutes southwest of Tampa in the Gulf of Mexico, this barrier island is celebrated for its white sandy beaches, warm teal waters, and wide-open spaces away from the crowds. It boasts nine miles of untapped coastline and 2,420 acres of protected wilderness, making it the perfect place to step back in time and experience a taste of "Old Florida."
Deep in the heart of Northern California, four hours north of San Francisco, there's an enchanting drive that feels worlds away from the city. Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt County is a 31-mile stretch of road that earned its name from the old-growth redwood trees that frame either side. Standing hundreds of feet tall, these giants are roughly the height of a 35-story skyscraper. The average redwood trunk is so thick, in fact, you'd need eight people to create a circle around it. Put simply, these are not your everyday trees.