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Coronavirus concerns create an epic road trip

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GALLUP, N.M. -- Sliding off Interstate 40 about 100 miles west of Albuquerque presented another in a seemingly endless series of decisions during a 3,900-mile, 11-state journey. On one side of the east-west artery was a bustling truck stop. On the other, a decaying gas station that likely encountered its last mop during the Reagan administration...Read more

When will national parks reopen? Grand Canyon and others have phased plans

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National parks in the West are starting to open their gates, and more are likely to follow as the National Park Service boosts access and services in a "phased approach across all units" of the system. Each park said it has worked with federal as well as local public health officials in crafting reopening plans.

In many cases, parks will reopen...Read more

Get ready for the summer of the RV

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Some folks, well, some folks just like taking matters into their own hands.

And putting them on the steering wheel.

As the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the industry, the demand for travel is slowly -- slowly -- creeping back up again. But many remain wary of getting on a plane, a train or a cruise ship and being packed tightly in ...Read more

Small towns across the Sierra fear tourists will bring coronavirus with them

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The Sierra Nevada towns that dot Alpine County, Calif., have no hospital. Nor do they have a single doctor's office or clinic.

In this region of small unincorporated towns, the workers who comprise its fellowship of coronavirus first responders look a bit different from their counterparts in metropolises a few hours away. They're a mix of civic...Read more

Wynn, Venetian announce protocols to reopen Las Vegas hotels

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There is no firm date to reopen the city of Las Vegas. In fact, Mayor Carolyn Goodman was widely criticized last week in an interview with CNN that left host Anderson Cooper burying his face in his hands when she said the city could serve as a coronavirus "control group" -- guinea pigs, of sorts -- for the rest of the nation by opening again for...Read more

Dreaming of New Orleans, waiting for the city's Jazz Fest to return

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No city knows how to bounce back better than the one whose latest cultural innovation is literally called bounce music.

New Orleanians have been dealing with calamity since their first major flood and two devastating fires in the 18th century on up to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Now comes the coronavirus, which has been especially cruel there, ...Read more

Disney World, Disneyland may not be the same post-coronavirus. Here's what could change

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As Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis leads a Re-Open Florida Task Force and says the state is seeing a flattening of the coronavirus curve, buzz about seeing popular businesses and attractions opening is alive.

One nonessential business that has Floridians itching about its possible reopening is Walt Disney World. But what would a reopened Disney look ...Read more

All the cool things you can see on national park webcams (including Old Faithful eruptions)

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Every April the National Park Service reminds us about the beauty and value of America's national parks. With most parks in the West and elsewhere closed to visitors, what's there to celebrate during this year's National Park Week?

Plenty.

Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation, is taking time "to revisit places I have been ...Read more

Tourist-dependent Solvang struggles through coronavirus stay-home orders in California

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SOLVANG, Calif. -- With his wire-rim glasses, burly build and shock of alabaster hair tucked into a bike helmet, Chuck Stacy looked a little like Santa Claus on vacation as he pedaled through Solvang's quaint business district last week.

He was leisurely riding down the center of an empty street in this California tourist haven that would be ...Read more

Vegas casino executives discuss reopening with dealers in masks

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Casino executives from rival companies are informally discussing what Las Vegas will look like when one of the largest U.S. tourist destinations reopens to guests.

The deliberations have included potentially allowing small businesses off of the famous Strip to open first, so that locals could get back to work, according to people familiar with ...Read more

Universal Studios Hollywood to stay closed at least until May 31

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LOS ANGELES -- The coronavirus pandemic is forcing Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort to remain closed until at least May 31, extending the previous opening schedule by six weeks.

The theme parks closed March 14 and had previously announced they would remain closed until the end of March. Less than two weeks later, ...Read more

Disneyland won't refund coronavirus tickets, but you can postpone

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LOS ANGELES -- If you bought tickets for a Disneyland visit on a date that coincides with closures prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, don't expect to get a refund. Instead, the Anaheim theme park is allowing ticket holders to postpone the date of their visit.

Disneyland has been closed since March 14, the longest time the park has been shut ...Read more