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Daily Transporter: Mackinac Island

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The 127-year-old Grand Hotel opens for the 2014 season this weekend, but Lake Huron’s winter hasn’t quite given up. So far, thick ice has kept the ferries from making regular trips across the Straits of Mackinac and the hotel is encouraging guests to fly over instead. (This sunny shot promises summer ahead, though!)

See the Grand in America’s Best All-Inclusive Resorts

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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 the Grand Hotel

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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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

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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

World's Tallest Ferris Wheel Opens in Vegas

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The world's largest observation wheel, smartly dubbed the High Roller, recently opened in Las Vegas.

At 550 feet tall, it forms the centerpiece of Sin City's newest development, The LINQ, and rises 107 feet taller than the London Eye. Moving 1 foot per second, its 28 glass cabins take a half hour to complete their revolution.

And if you thought the Strip needed to be just a little brighter, the High Roller's builders agreed. They've added a whopping 2,000 LED lights to the city's skyline.

For more information and tickets, visit the High Roller's website.

Peter Schlesinger is a research assistant at Travel + Leisure, and a member of the Trip Doctor news team. You can find him on Twitter at @pschles08.

Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment

Crystal Cruises Announces Game of Thrones Excursion

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Crystal Cruises has announced a Game of Thrones-themed excursion on summer sailings to Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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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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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

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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

Q+A with René Redzepi, Chef at Noma—Just Named World's Top Restaurant (Again)

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Well, we called it - René Redzepi's Noma reclaimed first place this year at the prestigious World's Best Restaurants awards. Noma first received the honor in 2010 and held steady through 2012, but came in second last year to Spain's El Celler de Can Roca, which retreated to second place in this year's rankings. T+L's Adam Sachs recently caught up with the revered chef in New York City.

A pocket-size mutt stares intently up at René Redzepi through the window of Tacos Morelos, a four-table taqueria in New York’s East Village. We’ve over-ordered—tongue tacos and fish tacos and house-made tortillas folded around a stewy, soft thing called suadero. This might seem an unlikely place to lunch with the charming forager, chef of Copenhagen’s Noma, chief progenitor of the New Nordic style, and accidental ringleader for a generation of international chef dudes. But René Redzepi is really into tacos. Enough so that his next venture will be helping Noma’s sous-chef, Rosio Sanchez, open a new taco shop in Copenhagen called Hija de Sanchez. (Yes, there are Mexican restaurants in Copenhagen. No, they’re not any good. “You’ve got Danish students in sombreros serving you,” Redzepi says, sadly. “You want to punch them.”)

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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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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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