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Glacier Skywalk Opens For Fearless Views of Jasper National Park

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Starting today, visitors to Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies can view the glacial vistas and sweeping pine valleys from the Glacier Skywalk – and the breathtaking glass observation platform that extends from the cliff’s edge at a staggering height of 918 feet.

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Discovery Channel Founder John Hendricks on His New Colorado Resort

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After Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks landed on an unspoiled corner of Colorado’s red-rock country to call his own, he just couldn’t keep the secret. His sprawling family retreat became Gateway Canyons Resort, made up of two lodges and 14 luxurious casitas. It’s also where Hendricks hosts TED Talk–like, five-​night Curiosity Retreats, where activities are led by special guests such as violinist Charles Yang and Master Sommelier Larry Stone. We spoke to Hendricks about his love for the land, his new role as innkeeper, and more.

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The World’s Tallest Water Slide Opens May 23

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If you’re afraid of heights, you might want to skip your next visit to the Schlitterbarn Water Park in Kansas City, where the world’s tallest waterslide is set to open Memorial Day weekend.

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Beauty Road Test: Frédéric Fekkai Hair Fragrance Mist Collection

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Say good-bye to the days of spritzing perfume on the neck, or dabbing fragrance along the inside of the wrist—so says Frédéric Fekkai. The stylist extraordinaire hopes to change the status quo with his new line of aromatic mists, which are sprayed on—you guessed it—hair.

T+L Editorial Assistant Katie James shares her take.

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Frontier is Latest Airline to Charge for Carry-Ons

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Denver-based Frontier Airlines is the latest carrier to charge extra for carry-on bags that require overhead storage—joining other add-on fees for non-alcoholic drinks ($1.99) and seat assignments (up to $8). In exchange, the airline is lowering its ticket prices by 12%.

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Daily Transporter: Canadian Rockies

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Finding a great view in Banff or Jasper National Parks in Alberta has never been hard, but the new Glacier Skywalk (opening May 1) adds a stomach-in-your-throat thrill to the hunt. The glass-paved walkway is cantilevered 100 feet over the edge of a cliff, more than 900 feet above the valley floor.

See Glacier Skywalk in World’s Coolest Tourist Attractions

Editor’s Picks: Alberta
Best Instagram Photos of 2013
T+L’s Best Travel Photography Tips
World’s Scariest Roller Coasters

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Mark Zuckerberg Forever Young

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Mark Zuckerberg will be spending a lot of quality time with celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Rihanna in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf.

Immortalized in wax, Zuckerberg has joined fellow A-listers at Madame Tussauds, forever wearing a classic hoodie and pair of jeans, while sitting on a chair barefoot. Seems like the perfect superstar addition to the Bay Area—and a fun new selfie opp for tourists.

Gabrielle Blitz is Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure. 

Photo by Beck Diefenbach 


New Ferry Service Reconnects Maine to Nova Scotia

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On May 15th, a new ferry service will begin making daily trips between Portland, Maine, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

With a capacity of 1,215 passengers, the MV Nova Star isn't exactly your average ferry though. Shipboard amenities include multiple restaurants—seafood will feature prominently—an art gallery, casino, and full-service spa.

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Daily Transporter: Bikes

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May, National Bike Month, celebrates a mode of transportation that can make sightseeing a breezy undertaking. Following bike-share models pioneered in Western Europe and China, 20 U.S. cities currently have pay-and-ride systems in place. Vietnam, pictured here, plans to launch a pilot bike-share in five cities in 2015.

See bikes in 15 Tech Innovations That Will Change the Way You Travel

Editor’s Picks: Active Travel
Warm Weather Family Adventures
The Anti-Tourist Travel Rules
T+L Design Awards

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

New Tour and Exhibit Debut at Philip Johnson’s Glass House

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Philip Johnson’s Glass House, in New Canaan, Connecticut—which opens for the season today, May 1—is offering self-guided tours ($75) for the first time.

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SC Johnson’s Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Headquarters Open For Tours

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For the first time in company history, SC Johnson—maker of Ziploc, Windex, and Raid, to name a few—is opening up its Frank Lloyd Wright-designed headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin, to the public.

Free tours will be offered on Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 27. On the Landmarks Tour, visitors will see the 15-story cantilevered Research Tower and the Administration Building—known for its lily pad-shaped columns—as well as the Foster + Partners-designed Fortaleza Hall.

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The Latest Way to Camp Near Rocky Mountain National Park? On a Cliff.

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Attention all adrenaline junkies: Thanks to a new program from Kent Mountain Adventure Center, you now have the chance to camp out on a sheer rock face near Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park in Roosevelt National Forest

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Western Australia's Coral Coast Welcomes Whale Shark Season

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Gentle giants aren't only bound to fairytales and bedtime stories. Western Australia’s Whale Shark season has officially commenced in the Ningaloo Marine Park, giving travelers the opportunity to swim with the graceful creatures until late July.

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Swimming with Australia's Whale Sharks

201404-hd-western-australia-shark-bellyjpgGentle giants aren't only bound to fairytales and bedtime stories. Western Australia’s Whale Shark season has officially commenced in the Ningaloo Marine Park, giving travelers the opportunity to swim with the graceful creatures until late July.

World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef as one of the most accessible and reliable places in the world to swim with whale sharks. There’s no doubt that many travelers will be crossing this experience off their bucket lists this summer.

It’s the goal of Western Australia's tourism organizations to keep the species happy and continuing to grow up to 60 feet in length. With these conservation efforts in mind, part of the fee visitor’s pay for tours, goes towards protection and research. 

Gabrielle Blitz is Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure.

News Update: Royal Caribbean, Up for Auction in Italy, and John Muir Way

Our latest video travel round-up includes Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas; an Italian island goes up for auction; and honoring naturalist John Muir with his own walking trail, in Scotland.

Campaign for William Shakespeare Day Takes Flight on easyJet

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There’s much ado about Shakespeare at Gatwick Airport, and the United Kingdom’s largest airline, easyJet, is leading the fanfare.  With record-breaking “onbard” entertainment and a special edition Shakespeare aircraft, the 450thbirthday of the greatest English writer in history did not go unnoticed.

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San Francisco's Painted Ladies Have New Competition in Santa Clara

A Victorian residence painted to look like the house in the Pixar movie "Up" is angering neighbors, but perhaps it'll be a new attraction for the city of Santa Clara, California, best known for its university and the 1777 Mission Santa Clara de Asis.

Travel with Pets Twitter Chat on Tuesday, April 29

Social media has gone to the dogs! Some of the biggest celebrities out in the social-sphere are also favorite travel companions: your pets. We’re discussing how to travel with pets this Tuesday, April 29th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Whether you need tips on flying with animals, details on great pet travel resources, or if you're just looking for fun pictures and videos of jet-set pets, join our chat.

The Host:

Assistant Editor and Trip Doctor team member, Nikki Ekstein, @nikkiekstein

The Panelists:

BarkBox, @barkbox

The Points Guy, @thepointsguy

Wendy Diamond, Chief Pet Officer, Animalfair.com, @wendydiamond. Joining Wendy will be Guiness World Record-holding dog, Baby Hope Diamond, @luckydiamond

Dog Vacay, @DogVacay

Melanie Brandman, @travelcurator, with bulldog, @adelaidetheenglishbulldog

Soho Grand Hotel, @SohoGrandHotel

Kimpton Hotels, @Kimpton

Kelly E. Carter, Founder of TheJetSetPets.com and author of The Dog Lover's Guide to Travel, @thekellyecarter with her petsetter @Lucy2Lucia 

How does it work?

1. Log in to Twitter before the chat starts at 2pm ET and be sure to follow @TravlandLeisure.

2. Head over to http://twitter.com. Enter the hashtag #TL_Chat into the search bar and select the "All" search option to follow the chat in real time.

3. Remember to always add the hashtag #TL_Chat to your tweets.

4. We'll pulse out some questions for our expert panel to answer, but feel free to post your own responses. Or ask questions of your own! 

All tweets are subject to our social media terms and conditions and may be used in any and all media including editorial. See full social media terms and conditions.

Gabrielle Blitz is Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure.

Le Fooding Releases an English App

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Given the rate of their output, if Le Fooding, the indispensable French restaurant guide, has been taking long French-style vacations, well, they’re obviously burning the midnight oil during the rest of the year. Since launching in 2000 as an insert, the annual publication has rolled out traveling food festivals and star chef pop-ups, which have steadily picked up steam, especially in the past three years. 

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London's Peruvian Food Craze

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Scallops, Chia Seeds, Tumbo Passion.

The list of Peruvian restaurants in London seems to grow longer each month as Chotto Matte, Ceviche, Andina, Coya, and Lima (the first Peruvian restaurant to receive a Michelin star) are playing with ancient culinary traditions and introducing them to eager foodies. While each spot decidedly offers their own style, it's the blend of Japanese and Peruvian techniques and flavors, called Nikkei cuisine, that offers some of the most innovative, exciting dishes I’ve tasted.

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Three American Express Cards Do Away With Foreign Transaction Fees

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Starting May 1, three American Express cards are doing away with foreign transaction fees, joining the ranks of cards like the Orbitz Rewards Visa, which we introduced last week. The current rate of 2.7 percent will no longer apply to the Consumer and Business Delta SkyMiles Platinum, Gold, and Reserve cards. According to Melanie Backs, Director of Public Affairs at American Express, “We know that these Card Members travel internationally, and we are always looking for ways to add more value to our cards.”

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Moynat Paris Comes To NYC

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Francophiles and luxury aficionados take note. The Parisian maker of the finely crafted handbags, Moynat, has a pop up shop at the Dover Street Market in NYC. Founder, Pauline Moynat, is said to be the only woman trunk-maker in history and began in the Paris theater district as a supplier to the Comedie Franciase in 1849. She created a handbag for Rejane, an actress of the Belle Époque, which has been reinvented by the current artistic director, Ramesh Nair in colors like robin’s egg blue and canary yellow.

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Lyft Leaps to 24 New Cities

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The rideshare service Lyft—which debuted last year exclusively in San Francisco—recently launched in 24 new markets. Now, the app connects the world’s largest network of on-demand rides with people who need a lift.

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Donate Miles for a Cause: Make-A-Wish Reveals Kids' Top Destinations

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The Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening conditions, has released its list of the world's top destinations for Wish Kids. Tomorrow, April 29th, is World Wish Day, and the organization is calling on frequent fliers to donate unused miles before summer, Make-A-Wish's busiest travel season. 

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Affordable (and Stylish) European Hotel Chains

European Hotel Chains: Radisson Blu in Stockholm

Though they’re less known to American travelers, these design-conscious brands have surprisingly well-priced rooms. Plus: A few of our favorite up-and-comers.

Room Mate

Presence in Europe: 15 hotels (11 in Spain)

Rates From: $95 (Madrid, Istanbul); $136 (Amsterdam, Florence)

This Spanish company, cofounded by former Olympic horseback rider Enrique Sarasola, is known for its futuristic-looking hotels (origami-like furniture; neon lights). It recently opened outposts in Istanbul’s chic Beyoğlu district and on a man-made island in Amsterdam; Milan and Rotterdam debut in 2015.

Scandic

Presence in Europe: 154 hotels (76 in Sweden)

Rates from $114 (Oslo); $177 (Stockholm)

Based in northern Europe, Scandic blends contemporary design and cutting-edge technology; it recently became the world’s first hotel chain to offer brand-wide online checkout (through smartphone or computer). British star chef Jamie Oliver creates menus for each property and is bringing his own restaurant to Stockholm’s Scandic Anglais this fall.

Radisson Blu

Presence in Europe: 182 hotels (25 in Germany)

Rates From: $147 (Madrid); $319 (Paris)

Radisson Blu’s pedigree can be traced to its first European hotel: Danish architect Arne Jacobsen’s 1960 Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. The company continues to attract homegrown talent, including François Champsaur, who worked on Paris’s Le Metropolitan. Look out for new locations in Belgrade and Oslo.

Novotel

Presence in Europe: 248 hotels (113 in France)

Rates From: $85 (Athens); $110 (Berlin); $124 (Barcelona)

Though established in 1967, France’s Novotel brand stays current with redesigned rooms and a virtual concierge service via on-site kiosks and a smartphone app. Among the latest arrivals are a location near London’s Wembley Stadium and a 360-room property in Moscow that’s a short drive from the Kremlin. Next up: Rotterdam.

Meliá

Presence in Europe: 65 hotels (45 in Spain)

Rates From: $205 (Vienna); $286 (Capri)

Expect well-located, city-center hotels that embrace local design from Majorca-based Meliá. Consider its two most recent openings: Meliá Vienna sits in the city’s tallest building (a glass tower by Dominique Perrault), while the 19 rooms at the Villa Capri are outfitted with Murano chandeliers and Poltrona Frau and Cappellini furniture.

Ones to Watch

This month, Scandic Hotels debuts the stripped-down brand HTL ($) in Stockholm; 20 more are planned by 2019. The Millennial-focused Citizen M ($)—with free movie streaming and self check-in—opens in Paris later this year. 25Hours Hotels ($) recently headed to Berlin for its seventh property. The arty, edgy company Nhow ($) has launched in the culture-rich cities of Berlin, Milan, and Rotterdam.

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Related Links:
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Guide to Hotel Loyalty Programs
Trend: Boutique Hotels from Big Hotel Chains

Amy FarleyHave a travel dilemma? Need some tips and remedies? Send your questions to news editor Amy Farley at tripdoctor@timeinc.com. Follow @tltripdoctor on Twitter.


Photo by Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

How to Save Money on Your European Vacation

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A perennial favorite for American travelers, Europe can also be one of the most expensive places to travel. First and foremost, you need to find a good transatlantic ticket, which can be challenging, since taxes, fees, and carrier charges can easily tack an additional $600 onto the average fare. In “How to Find the Best Fares on European Flights,” I outline strategies for landing the best flights. Here are some other ways to find value in Europe.

Pick the right destination.

Your dollar goes further depending on where you are—and what currency you’re using. The best values usually lie outside the euro zone. According to Hotels.com’s annual Hotel Price Index, Warsaw had the most-affordable luxury hotels in Europe in 2013, with an average room rate of just $124 a night. Budapest, Istanbul, and Prague also all had top rooms for less than $250 a night. (By contrast, Paris’s luxury rooms went for $504, on average, and London’s for $430.) This squares with the Economist’s Big Mac Index, which offers a quick (and playful) look at the relative cost of countries by charting the price of the ubiquitous McDonald’s burger around the world. According to this metric, the Polish zloty is undervalued by a full 35 percent against the U.S. dollar; the Czech koruna (undervalued by 25 percent), Turkish lira (19 percent), and Hungarian forint (17 percent) also offer bargains for Americans.

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Google Adds Time Machine to Maps

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Here's how I'll be spending much of this upcoming weekend: enjoying some quality armchair (time) travel courtesy of Google Maps' new Time Machine feature. Launched this week, it captures the evolution of places as they have been documented by Google's street view team—now celebrating their seventh year in action.

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Strongest Sandstorm in Decades Hits Northern China

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Travelers beware! On Wednesday, a massive sandstorm swept through parts of northwest China’s Gansu province, turning the air a yellow-orange hue and reducing visibility to 60 feet in places. Cars, buildings and residents were coated with the gritty dust.

According to the province’s meteorological center, this was the strongest sandstorm since 1996. (The photograph above depicts a heavy sandstorm that swept through China's Tiananmen Square in 2002.)

Watch footage from the massive storm here

Rebecca Hiscott is Travel + Leisure's digital intern. Follow her on Twitter at @rebeccahiscott.

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Modern Germans Reclaim Heimat

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Berlin resident Gisela Williams explores the proud new zeitgeist taking hold in her adopted homeland.

Like so many German words, Heimat is impossible to translate. Some describe it as a “homeland” or sense of belonging—your roots, so to speak. The French might liken it to terroir. But after the Nazis hijacked it, Heimat became a loaded term—all but erased from the German lexicon. Until a few years ago, I’d barely heard it uttered. Today, however, the concept is making a comeback, thanks to a cadre of artists, chefs, and thinkers who are trying to rescue Heimat from its nationalistic undertones and bring it up-to-date.

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Q&A: Archaeologist and "The Parthenon Enigma" Author Joan Breton Connelly

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The New York City–based scholar, whose new book, The Parthenon Enigma (Knopf), is rewriting ancient history, spills the dirt on a few of her favorite spots.

Q: Are there any great sites in Europe that are lesser-known?
A: At his villa in Sperlonga (39-0771/548-028), 75 miles south of Rome, Emperor Tiberius created a fantasy world based on Homer’s Odyssey, filling a seaside cave with marble sculptures depicting the exploits of the Greek hero. The Neolithic outer ring of stones at Avebury, in Wiltshire, England, is the largest megalithic circle in the world—bigger than Stonehenge.

Q: Tell us about your dig on Yeronisos Island, off the coast of Cyprus.
A: Our excavations have shed light on the period of Cleopatra’s Cyprus rule (47–30 B.C.). We’ve found amulets, potsherds inscribed with Ptolemaic Egyptian script, a stone lion’s head, and more.

Q: Can anyone dig with you?
A:
I’m proud of our Exec-U-Dig program, which allows one or two donors to come out for a week of exploration each season. Bill Murray joined us in 2006.

Q: Where does a lover of ancient history go on vacation?
A:
I rarely go anywhere that is largely contemporary. I always travel with a pair of vintage Newmarket riding boots—I’ve galloped on an Arabian horse past the Pyramids in Egypt; fox-hunted in Northumberland, England; and cantered across the French countryside. There’s no better way to travel.

Illustration by Michael Hoeweler

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