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Airbus Says the New A330-900neo Has One of the Calmest Flying Experiences Yet

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 06:05
<p>Airbus is preparing to release its new <a href="https://www.airbus.com/aircraft/passenger-aircraft/a330-family/a330-900neo.html" target="_blank">A330-900neo</a> aircraft into the skies.</p><p>Last week, the manufacturer finished “route proving flights” for the new long-haul twin-engine jet, <a href="http://atwonline.com/airframes/a330neo-arrives-atlanta-route-proving-flight-tap" target="_blank"><em>Air Transport World</em> reported</a>. The tests included flights for both distance and condition, including cold weather above Kazakhstan, hot air above Mexico, and strong winds above Ireland.</p><img alt="Airbus A330-900neo Air Portugal "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531332362/airbus-A330900neo-details-AIRNEO0718.jpg?itok=Xu8NWPPJ"><p>Airbus is marketing its new aircraft as a fuel-efficient alternative to current planes. The “neo” stands for “new engine option.” Said new engine is a Rolls-Royce Trent 7000, designed to burn less fuel over longer distances. Sharklet wingtips increase lift and reduce drag, allowing the plane to fly with less effort.</p><p>Aside from the improved economics, passengers will notice a difference in the cabin of the A330-900neo. It is capable of carrying 287 passengers in a standard three-class configuration.</p><p>Airbus says the new plane has one of the calmest flying experiences yet. The cabin is quieter than earlier versions of the A330, minimizing noisy interruptions to sleep. The bathrooms have been redesigned with calming lighting, antibacterial surfaces, air fresheners and music piped in.</p><p>The plane is expected to enter service later this year with TAP Air Portugal. The airline has order 21 jets, with the first seven expected to join TAP’s fleet by the end of the year.</p><img alt="Airbus A330-900neo Air Portugal "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531332362/air-portugal-A330900neo-AIRNEO0718.jpg?itok=T3Ragf8k"><p>In the United States, you’ll be able to ride the A330-900neo next year. Delta has ordered 25 of the aircraft, expected to operate transatlantic routes and flights between the West Coast and Asia. <a href="https://news.delta.com/delta-adds-a350-900-a330-900neo-its-fleet-plan" target="_blank">Delta said the new aircraft</a> will replace the Boeing 767-300ER and offer a 20 percent savings in operational costs per seat.</p>
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Save 30% off Stays At Nashville's Hip New Boutique Hotel

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 17:02
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank">travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</a></em></p><p>Tennessee: 30 percent off <a href="https://noelle-nashville.com" target="_blank">Noelle</a>, a sensitive revival of the 1929-built Noel Place, one of Nashville’s first luxury properties. The 224-room hotel features a rooftop bar and lounge and a custom portrait shop that nods to the property’s address on Printer’s Alley. </p><p>Travel + Leisure Online Offer includes:</p>A minimum of two nights in a Superior room Daily breakfast<p>Original Price: From $359 per night</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $250 per night; valid until October 31, 2018.</p><p>Booking details: Use the <a href="https://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/room.html?propertyId=4424&amp;calendarView=true&amp;rp=RC:PROMOTL" target="_blank">dedicated link</a> to book. </p>
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This Is How Toy Story Land Shrinks You Down to The Size of a Toy

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 13:02
<p>Entering the brand new Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World, guests might start to feel like they're getting... smaller.</p><p>Walt Disney Imagineering, the brains and science behind Disney theme park concepts worldwide, encountered a challenge with its new Pixar themed-land: making vacationers feel like they’re the size of a toy without the enlarged surroundings feeling ominous.</p><p>Not only did all three attractions at the just-opened Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios need to reinforce the oversized credo of the land, but every detail, from directional signs to decorative benches, had to follow suit.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/toy-story-land-secrets" target="_blank">5 Secrets to Getting the Most Out of a Trip to Toy Story Land</a></p><p>Given that fans of Pixar’s award-winning trilogy have experienced Woody and the gang from the perspective of both humans and toys, it’s here in Andy’s backyard — the locale in which Toy Story Land is set — that guests are permanently set in the latter, finding themselves transformed into “honorary toys” upon entering.</p><img alt="Toy Story Land at Disney World "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531161696/toy-story-land-restrooms-TSLSIZE0718.jpg?itok=iTIiZ-gx"><p>With straws used as a lamp posts and half a waxy Babybel cheese positioned as a chair, you’re a plaything but a somewhat smaller one, on par with the green army soldiers who play drums and entertain guests at the park. It’s a tricky balance that is executed seamlessly (as long as you disregard the ideal photo opportunity of a nearly 20-foot-tall Woody standing at Toy Story Land’s entrance).</p><p>Upon entering, the aesthetic is as colorful as it is casual, designed as though Andy was playing with his toys and say, got called away for dinner, leaving them strewn around spontaneously. There is not one toy in one area, but many scattered throughout; dice mixed in with Cootie pieces and checkers intermingling with large pieces of chalk are intended to mimic the way that children actually play.</p><img alt="Toy Story Land at Disney World "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531161696/toy-story-land-crafts-TSLSIZE0718.jpg?itok=W5PmT-7Z"><p>It’s why nothing you’ll find in Toy Story Land is “perfect.” Each Jenga block on the tower Rex teeters atop of was added at a different angle, piles of toy blocks always form curved lines and cardboard packaging is often tipped open and tossed aside. All signs and structures are a bit askew, perfectly mimicking the haphazardry of childhood.</p><p>One of the best effects of this comes in the Slinky Dog Dash queue, with a gum-specked clipboard holding a doodle design of the ride surrounded by larger than life crayons and a pencil. Any kid will recognize a similar scene within their knapsack back at the hotel, while organized adults will relate to having a version in their own younger days.</p><p>Some of the most impressive design choices in Toy Story Land come not from that intended imperfection but creative problem-solving. A theme park land hosting vacationers has certain requirements, like restrooms and seating, but Disney did its best to masquerade them within the theming, scrawling directional signs on torn-off corners of notebook paper and fashioning a pile of dominoes with a lettered wooden block into a water fountain. Benches are created out of popsicle sticks and rogue dominoes and even the food-service counter is made from a tipped-over lunch box, filled with carrot sticks and sandwich creme cookies and a menu printed on, what else, a juice box’s nutritional label. (Eagle-eyed film fans will notice there are even a handful of animal crackers shaped like Jessie’s critters from the “Woody’s Roundup” show seen in “Toy Story 2.”)</p><img alt="Toy Story Land at Disney World "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531161696/toy-story-land-water-fountain-TSLSIZE0718.jpg?itok=Fl6uvQ-_"><p>Certain safety and efficiency conceits also needed to be made, but Toy Story Land effortlessly pulls them off. Instructional ride boarding videos — starring Fisher Price-inspired wooden toys in lieu of humans — are played on loop within an oversized plastic toy camera, sticking to its top-level concept.</p><p>Even attraction marquees and ride lines reinforce the idea of guests being toys themselves. Toy Story Mania’s queue, filled with big Viewfinder slides and playing cards, is rivaled only by Slinky Dog Dash’s decor, which highlights Andy’s own scribbles in plotting his attempt to combine his beloved stretchy friend on top of a roller coaster playset.</p><p>Still, it’s the delicate touch of Disney’s Imagineers that elevates Toy Story Land from a cartoonish concept to a whimsical escape, as nearly every random-seeming object ties back to informing one another. A restroom sign is spelled out in Scrabble letters, while its game box can be found across the park in Slinky Dog Dash’s queue. Massive K’NEX pieces keep the lights on, literally — they hold festoon lighting above the pathways, which illuminate at night — while their packaging is seen along the Toy Story Mania exit.</p><p>The land’s design gives Andy’s backyard and the cinematic characters their integrity, but the thoughtful touches throughout every part of Toy Story Land are truly what make it all feel so real.</p>
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How Much Water You Really Need to Drink in the Summer, According to Your Body Weight (Video)

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 11:01
<p>It’s important to stay hydrated during any time of year, but especially during the summer.</p><p>And this will probably not surprise you (or anyone), but we’re not drinking enough water. During the summer, this can be especially dangerous given the higher temperatures and increased activity.</p><p>According to registered dietitian and nutritionist Lauren Minchen, the amount of water you need depends on your body weight. So, no, we don’t all need eight glasses a day to be properly hydrated.</p><p>“The exact amounts [of water] vary person to person, but 2 to 4 liters for active adults is a general target range to aim for to stay adequately hydrated, and your needs may vary in that range with changing outdoor temperatures,” Minchen told <em><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-much-water-you-should-drink-summer_us_5b311c4ae4b0040e2745d8be" target="_blank">HuffPost</a></em>.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-accessories/best-travel-water-bottles" target="_blank">The 12 Best Water Bottles to Travel With</a></p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/best-drink-to-order-on-plane" target="_blank">This Is the Best Drink to Order on the Airplane</a></p><p>If you exercise a lot, your body is going to work harder to stay cool by sweating, so you need to hydrate even more.</p><p>Amy Shapiro, a registered dietitian, nutritionist, and founder of Real Nutrition NYC, told <em>HuffPost,</em> “It is important to replenish the water we lose when we sweat to prevent dehydration. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to drink water throughout the day and before you actually feel thirsty.”</p><p>Shapiro recommended drinking half your body weight in ounces of water. So, if you weigh 180 pounds, you should drink 90 ounces of water. If you’re 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces.</p><p>Both Shapiro and Minchen noted that people should also pay attention to the color of their urine for signs of dehydration. If it's any darker than the color of lemonade, it’s time to drink more water.</p><p>Some ways to stay hydrated, besides keeping your water bottle handy, include eating fruits and vegetables like watermelon, cucumbers, celery, broccoli, and spinach. You can also drink broths and teas. Seltzer and soda water, on the other hand, should be kept to a minimum, Minchen and Shapiro said. </p><p>Remember to drink up out there.</p>
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Enjoy 35% off a Stay At This Adults-Only Boutique Resort on Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Coast

Sun, 07/15/2018 - 15:41
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank">travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</a></em></p><p>Costa Rica: 35 percent off <a href="https://www.casachameleonhotels.com/las-catalinas/" target="_blank">Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas</a>, a collection of rustic-chic villas featuring terraces and plunge pools on the pristine Guanacaste coast. Don’t miss outdoor activities such as birdwatching, hiking, and surfing.</p><p>The deal includes:</p>Three nights in a one-bedroom villa with a private pool Welcome drinksDaily breakfast Sunset dinner for two in a private cabana <p>Original Price: From $1,678 (or $559 per night)</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> $1,058 (or $352 per night); valid through December 20.</p><p>Booking details: Use booking code TRAVEL.</p>
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Where to Get Free Ice Cream on National Ice Cream Day

Sun, 07/15/2018 - 11:00
<p>You know how the old saying goes: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.</p><p>And this time, it’s free.</p><p>National Ice Cream Day is Sunday, July 15, and the country’s best ice cream joints are celebrating by doling out free or discounted scoops of icy desserts. You just need to know where to look.</p><p>From coast to coast, it’s easy to get your ice cream fix, which is a welcomed treat in the middle of a hot summer day.</p><p>Check out these sweet deals to find the best place to swipe a free cone or cup near you. Keep in mind, not every location at some of these national chains may be participating, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for local deals. And maybe have a back-up plan.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/pizza-ice-cream-little-babys" target="_blank">This Ice Cream Tastes Like Pizza</a></p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/why-there-is-no-grape-ice-cream" target="_blank">Why Grape Ice Cream Will Never Be a Thing</a></p><p>At <strong>Baskin-Robbins</strong>, if you download the Baskin-Robbins app on July 15, you can get a buy one, get one free cone, .99 cent sundae, or $2 off a medium milkshake.</p><p>At<strong> Bruster’s</strong>, join the new Sweet Rewards loyalty program and get a $3 reward toward your ice cream purchase.</p><p>At <strong>Carvel</strong>, buy one cup or cone, any size, and get a second one free.</p><p>At <strong>Dairy Queen</strong>, get a free small Blizzard treat when you download the Dairy Queen app and register for an account.</p><p>At <strong>Dippin' Dots</strong>,get a free mini cup of Dippin' Dots at any participating store and shopping center location.</p><p>At <strong>Monkey Joe’s</strong>, head down to a participating store to join their event on Sunday with free ice cream cups for each guest while supplies last.</p><p>At <strong>Pet Smart</strong>, yes, Pet Smart, your dog can get a doggie ice cream at locations that have a Pets Hotel on both Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15.</p><p>At <strong>16 Handles</strong>, you can get the first 3 ounces of yogurt with toppings free from open to 5 p.m. Sunday if you download the app. More details on their deal can be found on their <a href="http://16handles.com/" target="_blank">website</a>.</p><p>At <strong>Sub Zero Ice Cream</strong>, you can stop in on Monday for $1 off regular ice creams from 5 to 8 p.m. at all locations.</p><p>At <strong>Your Pie</strong>, get free gelato on Sunday at participating restaurants.</p><p>At <strong>Yogurtland</strong>, you can get a buy one get one free deal from 1 to 6 p.m.</p><p>At <strong>Marble Slab Creamery</strong>, check their Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts on Sunday morning for a coupon to receive a free kids cup or cone with the purchase of any regular or best value cup or cone through Thursday, July 19.</p><p>At <strong>OddFellows Coffee &amp; Cream</strong>, starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, the 55 East Houston Street location is selling its first 50 cones for $1.</p><p>On the <strong>Snow Monkey </strong>website, you can get 25 percent off sitewide on your favorite vegan ice cream on July 15 when you use the code "ISCREAM25" at checkout.</p><p>At <strong>Sub Zero</strong> nitrogen-infused ice cream, you can get $1 off regular ice creams from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 16, since some locations are closed on Sundays.</p><p>At <strong>Whole Foods</strong>, from Friday, July 13 through Sunday, July 15, customers can get two pints of Ben &amp; Jerry's or Talenti gelato for $6. This deal includes both dairy and non-dairy pints. Amazon Prime members will be able to get an extra 10 percent off as well.</p><p>Get your spoons ready, people. And watch out for brain freeze.</p>
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Disney World's New Toy Story Roller Coaster Isn't Just for Kids

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 11:31
<p>Disney’s new era of family-friendly roller coasters is upon us.</p><p>The pinnacle attraction at the brand new <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/toy-story-land-opening" target="_blank">Toy Story Land</a> at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is meant to be for kids and parents alike. Similar to Magic Kingdom fan favorite <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/best-worst-disney-world-rides" target="_blank">Seven Dwarfs Mine Train</a>, Slinky Dog Dash has plenty of banked turns, dips and hills to keep things interesting. The ride is something coaster lovers will get a kick out of, but the emphasis on kid-friendliness makes it miraculously good for all ages.</p><p>Slinky Dog Dash attempts to please everyone — and actually somehow does.</p><p>Intended to feel like Toy Story’s Andy placed his stretchy pup atop a DIY coaster kit, the newly debuted attraction rides as smoothly as a toy on its steep lifts, swooping drops and soaring heights.</p><img alt="Slinky Dog Dash roller coast at Toy Story Land "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531161696/slinky-dog-dash-disney-TSLCOASTER0718.jpg?itok=CwC190qF"><p>Still, there is enough cutesiness to keep kids excited, not scared. Slinky noises can be heard at the ride’s beginning, riders in the back row will hear the boing-ing of Slinky Dog’s metallic tail throughout, and its second launch, bookended by cartoonish spinning race car flames, offers respite between the journey’s two halves.</p><p>Fast banked turns and camelback humps keep the minute-and-a-half ride thrilling but cocooned in enough familiarity that even little ones will feel ready to board. Characters from the Toy Story franchise like Rex, Mr. Spell, and Jessie appear alongside the track, but it’s Wheezy’s final appearance at the end — singing “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” — that drives it all home. Slinky Dog may be wickedly fast, but there’s absolutely nothing to fear.</p><p>Fans of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will find that this iteration of a family coaster feels quicker, but Disney won’t go on record saying either way, only that they’ve “pushed the limits” of the genre, designing the ride to feel more dynamic than it may actually be. (Case in point: The height requirement is also 38 inches, less than Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Soarin’ Around The World, and even Test Track.)</p><p>The colorful entirety of Slinky Dog Dash reinforces that it’s not a demanding coaster that requires courage, but simply a handful of Andy’s toys intermingling. The queue is marked with a mess of activities and art supplies — a FastPass+ scanner is even fashioned from an oversized Crayola crayon — surrounding kids with familiar sights of notebook doodles, sticker books and a big bottles of Elmer’s Glue.</p><p>The ride's plummets, too, are playful: Slinky takes riders to the top of two peaks but the swooping drops aren’t quite free-falls, allowing for an exciting ride without that queasy stomach-in-throat feeling. It's fast enough to leave adults satisfied and sweet enough for little ones to smile on.</p><p>Unlike waiting in line for hours to ride on the blink-and-its-over Peter Pan’s Journey, parents will likely find themselves wanting to race back in line to ride again as much their little ones do. Other Toy Story Lands in Shanghai, Paris and Hong Kong split the difference, offering a tame Slinky Dog experience alongside the vertical-reaching curved tracks of RC Racer and Rex’s Racer, akin to a traditional “pirate ship” ride, but Disney World instead developed a ride that thrill seeking young Pixar fans can ride with their coaster-averse parent, or vice-versa.</p>
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9 State Fairs You Can Visit in 1 Ultimate Summer Road Trip

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 11:17
<p>Ready your car (and your stomach) for the ultimate state fair road trip this summer.</p><p>If the promise of nonstop carnival rides, big name music acts, crazy competitions, fried foods galore, and dazzling displays of prize-worthy pies and well-tended livestock sounds like a great time — and it is — then make sure to visit a state fair at least once this summer.</p><p>And if that’s the kind of entertainment you’d like to experience all summer long, then pack up the car, grab some friends or family to join you, and take this cross-country road trip that follows a calendar of nine fairs from California to Maryland.</p><iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m70!1m12!1m3!1d24338648.613185354!2d-117.02811665656411!3d41.87077754913511!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!4m55!3e0!4m5!1s0x809ada17565510c9%3A0x280fd5261e96d7e6!2sCalifornia+State+Fair!3m2!1d38.592847299999995!2d-121.43765219999999!4m5!1s0x534237f78c9ff6e1%3A0x67a6b4b3668c6c05!2sMontana+ExpoPark!3m2!1d47.512719!2d-111.31959189999999!4m5!1s0x52ded5f1578f9e55%3A0x200dd4fe0624f0b6!2sNorth+Dakota+State+Fair+Center!3m2!1d48.2356134!2d-101.2619235!4m5!1s0x8805054c8344ef1f%3A0xd4e296cd1f48e593!2sWisconsin+State+Fair+Park+Exposition+Center!3m2!1d43.0179027!2d-88.0143557!4m5!1s0x87ee971382c68b8f%3A0x1b11f4168f440760!2sIowa+State+Fairgrounds!3m2!1d41.597493799999995!2d-93.554987!4m5!1s0x88753769efa2f36d%3A0xb4298c4ce2c7eab9!2sIllinois+State+Fair!3m2!1d39.8316054!2d-89.6406375!4m5!1s0x886b5178e9b898e1%3A0x94d98b9ecc01d2a1!2sIndiana+State+Fairgrounds!3m2!1d39.8255658!2d-86.13704369999999!4m5!1s0x88690d99faaca60f%3A0xd985673fa06d9719!2sKentucky+State+Fair!3m2!1d38.1989309!2d-85.74181449999999!4m5!1s0x89c80e0fcf2cf16d%3A0x56ed619daa3ab59c!2sMaryland+State+Fairgrounds%2C+York+Road%2C+Lutherville-Timonium%2C+MD!3m2!1d39.446625499999996!2d-76.63015709999999!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1531408656436" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" style="border:0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p>From corn dog eating contests in July to fresh crabcakes in December, this is the summer road trip to beat out all other summer road trips.</p><h2>1. California State Fair</h2><p>Start your trip at the <a href="http://www.castatefair.org/" target="_blank">California State Fair</a>, which kicks off July 13 in Sacramento and runs through July 29. Don’t miss the weekend fireworks, the corn dog and pie-eating contests and the free horse-racing.</p><img alt="California State Fair "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530899297/midway-california-state-fair-STFAIRRDTRIP0718.jpg?itok=6Ek6IGo7"><h2>2. Montana State Fair</h2><p>The <a href="http://www.goexpopark.com/montana-state-fair/" target="_blank">Montana State Fair</a> takes over the Montana ExpoPark in Great Falls July 27 through August 4, promising everything from pigeons, ponies and poultry to competitive displays of Lego models and chocolate cakes. The drive here from Sacramento is more than 1,000 miles, but this road trip is still young and there are plenty of places to stop along the way, including Reno, NV, Twin Falls, ID - the gateway to the Snake River Canyon - and Butte, Montana, home of the World Museum of Mining.</p><h2>3. North Dakota State Fair</h2><p>From Great Falls, it’s about 500 miles to the <a href="http://ndstatefair.com/" target="_blank">North Dakota State Fair</a> in Minot, which runs July 20 to 28. Some of the highlights at this fair include a ranch rodeo, bull riding competitions, a truck and tractor pull and foods ranging from kettle corn and quesadillas to porkchops on a stick.</p><h2>4. Wisconsin State Fair</h2><p>Take a few days to drive the 830 miles from Minot to the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis for the <a href="http://wistatefair.com/fair/landing/" target="_blank">Wisconsin State Fair</a>, which has its opening day on August 2, and continues through August 12. Or head directly to Milwaukee, and spend the fair-free days visiting the <a href="http://mam.org/" target="_blank">Milwaukee Art Museum</a>, the <a href="https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/en/museum.html" target="_blank">Harley Davidson Museum</a> or the <a href="https://www.pabstmansion.com/" target="_blank">Pabst Mansion</a>.</p><h2>5. Iowa State Fair</h2><p>Backtrack a bit (367 miles) to Des Moines to pay a visit to the classic <a href="https://www.iowastatefair.org/" target="_blank">Iowa State Fair</a> (August 9–19), which dates back to 1854 and is famous for its 600-pound butter cow and its companion butter sculptures. This fair is also well-known for its thrill rides, grandstand entertainment and over-the-tops foods such as Iowa’s Pig Pork Legs and Cheesy Fried Enchilada Cakes.</p><h2>6. Illinois State Fair</h2><p>Mosey along 332 miles to the <a href="https://www2.illinois.gov/statefair/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Illinois State Fair</a> in Springfield (August 9–19) and enjoy the opening Twilight Parade and concerts, auto and harness racing in the grandstand.</p><img alt="Illinois State Fair "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530899297/illinois-state-fair-STFAIRRDTRIP0718.jpg?itok=WHXyrTpT"><p>This fair is (also) famous for its butter cow, a 500-pound, unsalted, dairy barn icon since the 1920s.</p><h2>7. Indiana State Fair</h2><p>Fair #7: From Springfield, it’s just 206 miles to Indianapolis, home of the <a href="https://www.indianastatefair.com/state-fair/" target="_blank">Indiana State Fair</a> (August 3–19) which this year is hosting a single-ring, world class circus on site for three free shows a day. The fair’s list of new (and over-the-top) foods is already published and includes deep fried chicken &amp; waffle sandwiches, deep fried sugar cream pie and inside-out grilled cheese.</p><h2>8. Kentucky State Fair</h2><p>You’re in the home stretch now, with a quick 124 mile drive to the <a href="https://kystatefair.org/" target="_blank">Kentucky State Fair</a> (August 16–26) in Louisville. New this year: Agland, with exhibits highlighting Kentucky’s farm and field heritage, and Bluegrass Village, celebrating the state’s craft breweries, bourbon distilleries and culinary creations.</p><h2>9. Maryland State Fair</h2><p>If you’ve made it this far, you’ve no doubt had your fill of fried foods and Ferris wheels. But press on 600 miles to Louisville, the final stop on this summer road trip, to the <a href="http://www.marylandstatefair.com/" target="_blank">Maryland State Fair</a> (August 23–September 3) in Lutherville-Timonium, just north of Baltimore. In addition to a recently revived grand kick-off parade, the fair offers Thoroughbred horse racing and fresh foods from the Chesapeake Bay.</p>
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Birchbox Just Launched a Travel-ready Toiletry Kit Full of TSA-approved Essentials

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 10:32
<p>Packing isn’t always easy. While we’ll remember to pack our phone chargers, sunscreen, and all five of those <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/graphic-one-piece-swimsuits" target="_blank">swimsuits</a> that we maybe might hopefully get to wear — we’ll probably forget toothpaste. Classic.</p><p>Fortunately, the people over at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.birchbox.com/" target="_blank">Birchbox</a> know this, and so they’ve gone ahead and made a thoughtfully curated dopp kit full of TSA-approved toiletries and beauty products for us to bring on our next trip. Man, how lucky are we?</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.birchbox.com/product/35239" target="_blank">The limited-edition set</a> comes with all the necessary travel essentials, plus more — from a mini toothbrush and travel-size tube of cult-favorite <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.birchbox.com/product/26623" target="_blank">Marvis toothpaste</a>, to a cushy <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/beauty/best-sleep-masks" target="_blank">sleep mask</a> for in-flight naps, to KIND fruit bars in case you get peckish en route to your final destination. Oh and let’s not forget the more glamorous items like <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.birchbox.com/product/33992" target="_blank">gold under eye masks</a> that are perfect for simulating a luxury spa experience while airborne and a mini version of the popular <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.birchbox.com/product/9465" target="_blank">Smashbox Cosmetics Full Exposure palette</a> (complete with a travel-size shading brush).</p><p>We can’t promise this travel kit will stay in stock for a while, especially considering last year’s edition sold out in just 36 hours. So if you’re looking for an all-inclusive toiletry kit, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.birchbox.com/product/35239" target="_blank">Birchbox’s Travel-Ready Treasures set</a> wouldn’t be a bad choice.</p><img alt="Birchbox Travel-ready Treasures Box "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531414109/birchbox-travel-ready-treasures-box-BIRCHTRAVEL0718.jpg?itok=b4c2LJuL"><p>Head to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.birchbox.com/product/35239" target="_blank">birchbox.com</a> to shop the limited-edition set for $45.</p>
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Stay at The Iconic Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete Beach for Only $246 Per Night

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 10:21
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank">travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</a></em></p><p>Florida: 30 percent off <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g34606-d85782-Reviews-The_Don_CeSar-St_Pete_Beach_Florida.html" target="_blank">The Don CeSar</a>, an iconic pink palace that was built in 1928 and sits on a white-sand beach off the Gulf of Mexico in St. Petersburg. </p><p>Pink Palace includes:</p>A minimum of three nights in any suite category (from Deluxe Junior Suites to the Penthouse Bayside Suite) A $50 resort creditA special commemorative 90th anniversary history book<p>Original Price: From $352 per night</p><p><strong>T+L Price:</strong> From $246 per night; valid through October 31, 2018.</p><p>Booking details: Book <a href="http:// https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=76807&amp;Chain=8708&amp;promo=TRAVEL" target="_blank">online</a> using the code TRAVEL.</p>
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A New Self-guided Trail in Pennsylvania Takes You to the Sights That Inspired 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood'

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 10:01
<p>If you find yourself reminiscing about the days of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/mister-rogers-50th-anniversary-at-pittsburgh-international-airport" target="_blank">“Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”</a>, you can now relive your childhood memories along <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/destination-videos/summer-in-philadelphia-pennsylvania" target="_blank">Pennsylvania’s</a> new <a href="https://visitpa.com/fredrogers" target="_blank">Fred Rogers Trail</a>.</p><p>Opened to commemorate show’s 50<sup>th </sup>anniversary this year, the self-guided trail takes visitors on a three-day itinerary across the state — stopping at 15 places that inspired or influenced Rogers and his show.</p><p>Starting in Rogers’ hometown of Latrobe, you’ll be able to visit his old high school — viewing treasures like vintage yearbook photos of Rogers alongside the late golfer Arnold Palmer — as well as his childhood church. Also in Latrobe is the <a href="http://www.fredrogerscenter.org/about-us/about-fred/fred-rogers-exhibit/" target="_blank">Fred Rogers Center</a>, where you’ll find original show memorabilia including puppets, Daniel Tiger’s clock, and Rogers’ sweaters and sneakers.</p>
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Controversial New Plan Will Make Heathrow the World's Biggest Airport

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 09:37
<p>London travelers, prepare for an even more hectic trip through Heathrow.</p><p>A controversial decision by British lawmakers will make <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/heathrow-airport-departure-board-may-the-fourth" target="_blank">Heathrow Airport</a> the world’s biggest airport in terms of traffic,<em> </em><a href="https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/heathrow-airport-expansion-vote/index.html" target="_blank"><em>CNN</em> reported</a>. At the moment, the world’s largest airport is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, with a capacity of 104 million.</p><p>The new proposal would increase passenger capacity from 80 million to 110 million by 2030 with the addition of a third runway. But not everyone is excited about the new plans.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/airports-international" target="_blank">The Top 10 International Airports</a></p><p>The construction of the new runway, according to the proposal, would extend directly over an extremely busy freeway, the M25 motorway. Many opponents of the plan say the runway and increased air traffic could become an environmental hazard. On top of this, about 750 homes in the area would be demolished, according to <em>CNN</em>.</p><img alt="Terminal 4 Heathrow Airport London "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1530028426/london-heathrow-term-four-BIGAIRPORT0618.jpg?itok=HR-U0lml"><p>However, the plans were approved with an overwhelming majority of 415 to 119 votes.</p><p>The new construction is expected to cost about £14.3 billion ($20 billion USD). However, without the expansion, Heathrow will reach capacity by 2034. So, the new plans will definitely make it easier for travelers to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/london" target="_blank">visit London</a> in the future.</p>
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Barack Obama Just Shared His Summer Travel Plans — and the Books He's Reading Along the Way

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 07:34
<p>Former President <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/obama-oprah-italy-tour-company" target="_blank">Barack Obama</a> is about to travel to Africa for the first time since he left office in 2017. With his upcoming trip, the former president is, of course, getting as much reading done as possible to enrich his journey and fill his mind with even more knowledge of the continent he’s about to visit.</p><p>On Facebook, President Obama listed a few <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/books/barack-obamas-favorite-books" target="_blank">must-read titles</a> that he intends to pore over while he’s traveling, and each one is an excellent read for any person who wants to expand their view of the world, and especially of African culture and history.</p><p>“I've often drawn inspiration from Africa's extraordinary literary tradition. As I prepare for this trip, I wanted to share a list of books that I’d recommend for summer reading, including some from a number of Africa’s best writers and thinkers – each of whom illuminate our world in powerful and unique ways,” the former president wrote on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/barackobama/posts/10156007456406749" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.</p><p>This week, President Obama will be visiting Kenya and South Africa. In South Africa, he is expected to give a speech to mark the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, and the Obama Foundation will convene 200 extraordinary young leaders from across the continent. In Kenya, he will visit the Obama ancestral home, which he first visited in his 20s.</p><p>These titles will, no doubt, be great help to the former president as he marks this momentous occasion. Plus, they’re just good reads.</p><p>Here are the titles President Obama recommends:</p><h2><em><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Things-Fall-Apart-Chinua-Achebe/dp/0385474547" target="_blank">Things Fall Apart</a></em> by Chinua Achebe</h2><img alt="Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531498770/things-fall-apart-chinua-achebe-AFRICASUMREAD0718.jpg?itok=HG5ZBbop"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.amazon.com/Things-Fall-Apart-Chinua-Achebe/dp/0385474547" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $10</p><h2><em><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Grain-Wheat-Penguin-African-Writers/dp/0143106767" target="_blank">A Grain of Wheat</a></em> by Ngugi wa Thiong’o</h2><img alt="Grain of Wheat by Ngugi Wa Thiongo "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531498770/grain-of-wheat-ngugi-wa-thiongo-AFRICASUMREAD0718.jpg?itok=_SMSWLRC"><p>​​​​​​​To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.amazon.com/Grain-Wheat-Penguin-African-Writers/dp/0143106767" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $15</p><h2><em><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Long-Walk-Freedom-Autobiography-Mandela/dp/0316548189" target="_blank">Long Walk to Freedom</a></em> by Nelson Mandela</h2><img alt="Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531498770/long-walk-to-freedom-nelson-mandela-AFRICASUMREAD0718.jpg?itok=Cad7NSbf"><p>​​​​​​​To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.amazon.com/Long-Walk-Freedom-Autobiography-Mandela/dp/0316548189" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $12</p><h2><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Americanah-Chimamanda-Ngozi-Adichie/dp/0307455920"><i>Americanah</i></a> by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie</h2><img alt="Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531498770/americanah-chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-AFRICASUMREAD0718.jpg?itok=fduAebfh"><p>​​​​​​​To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.amazon.com/Americanah-Chimamanda-Ngozi-Adichie/dp/0307455920" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $14</p><h2><em><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/Return-Fathers-Sons-Land-Between/dp/034580774X" target="_blank">The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between</a> </em>by Hisham Matar</h2><img alt="The Return - Hirsham Matar "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531498770/the-return-hisham-matar-AFRICASUMREAD0718.jpg?itok=oNBr9bW4"><p>​​​​​​​To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.amazon.com/Return-Fathers-Sons-Land-Between/dp/034580774X" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $12</p><h2><em><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.amazon.com/World-Memoir-Obama-White-House/dp/0525509356" target="_blank">The World As It Is</a></em> by Ben Rhodes</h2><img alt="The World As It Is by Ben Rhodes "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531498770/the-world-as-it-is-ben-rhodes-AFRICASUMREAD0718.jpg?itok=JqGkFNdx"><p>​​​​​​​To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="http://www.amazon.com/World-Memoir-Obama-White-House/dp/0525509356" target="_blank">amazon.com</a>, $21</p>
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A Plane Plunged 20,000 Feet Because Its Co-pilot Was Allegedly Vaping in the Cockpit

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 07:05
<p>On Tuesday, an Air China flight from Hong Kong to the mainland city of Dalian made an emergency descent after the plane lost significant oxygen and cabin pressure due to a pilot error — but not the kind you think.</p><p>According the <a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/13/vaping-pilot-caused-air-china-plane-plunge-6500m-smoke-shut/" target="_blank"><i>Telegraph</i></a>, the co-pilot of the 737 aircraft, which was carrying 153 passengers and nine crew members on the three-hour route, was allegedly attempting to smoke an e-cigarette during the flight.</p><p>"In the preliminary investigation, the co-pilot was found to be smoking an e-cigarette," <em>China News</em> explained. It further quoted Qiao Yibin, an official of the regulator's aviation safety office, who explained, "Smoke diffused into the passenger cabin and relevant air conditioning components were wrongly shut off, without notifying the captain, which resulted in insufficient oxygen.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/pilot-fight-jet-airways" target="_blank">Two Pilots Abandoned the Cockpit Mid-flight Because of an Argument</a></p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/pilots-seatbelt-sign-secret-messages-to-crew" target="_blank">How Pilots Use the Seat Belt Sign to Send Secret Messages to Cabin Crew</a></p><p>According to <em><a href="https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/12/asia/air-china-smoking-pilots-intl/index.html" target="_blank">CNN</a></em>, a senior official from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) revealed to reporters that the smoking co-pilot attempted to turn off the air recycling system to prevent his vape’s smoke from spreading into the cabin. However, he accidently hit the air conditioning system instead.</p><p>That move triggered internal system in the plane that then set off an alarm and released the oxygen masks, which forced the crew to descend nearly 20,000 feet in less than nine minutes. After the descent, the crew was able to restore the air conditioning and the plane’s cabin pressure. They then returned to cruising altitude and continued on their way.</p><p>"I didn't think too much of it at the time — we didn't know what was going on, nor did the flight attendants it seemed," Hoby Sun, a passenger on the fight, told <em>CNN</em>. "I'm not physically hurt, but the psychological impact lingers. When I close my eyes, I see the oxygen masks dangling in front of me.”</p><p>While Air China has yet to provide an official statement, the <em>Telegraph</em><i> </i>reported the airline did vow a "zero tolerance" approach to the investigation on its official account on China's social media site Weibo on Wednesday.</p>
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Australia's Hottest Burger Is so Dangerous, You Have to Sign a Waiver Before You Eat One

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 06:40
<p>It may be winter there, but things are heating up in Australia. </p><p>Down Under fast food chain <a href="http://burgerurge.com.au/" target="_blank">Burger Urge</a> unleashed a seriously hot new concoction this week: the Double Decker Death Wish burger.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/best-airport-hamburger" target="_blank">This Is the World’s Best Airport Hamburger</a></p><p>According to 9News, the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/celebrity-chefs/anthony-bourdain-perfect-burger" target="_blank">burger</a> is made with such spicy ingredients, it needs to be cooked with special goggles on.</p><p>"We have to take special precautions when we prep it — that alone tells me someone's in for a treat," Burger Urge Molendinar manager Dana Bradshaw told 9News.</p><p>The burger is made with habanero peppers, ghost chilis, and secret hot sauce, as well as two Angus beef patties, maple bacon, cheese, pickles, jalapeños, tomato, and lettuce. Ghost chilis alone are considered the hottest chilis in the world, measuring between 855,000 and 1,041,427 SHU (Scoville Heat Units).</p><p>Eating the burger can be so dangerous, customers have to sign a waiver and wear protective gear. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart, tongue, or stomach.</p><p>“It's legitimately the hottest burger in Australia. Those ghost chilis are no joke,” Burger Urge managing director Sean Carthew told 9News.</p><p>The burger will be available at all 26 <a href="http://burgerurge.com.au/" target="_blank">Burger Urge</a> restaurants in Australia until Friday. Brave spice lovers should act fast, because they are apparently selling out quickly.</p>
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This Is the Pregnancy Tip Pippa Middleton Learned From Serena Williams

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 17:09
<p>On Wednesday, tennis superfan Pippa Middleton once again made an appearance at Wimbledon. And, like always, she brought her high style with her.</p><p>Middleton, who is reportedly somewhere around five months pregnant, showed off her impeccable summer style at the event on Wednesday, wearing a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT&lt;&gt;prd_id=845524447214816" target="_blank">striped linen shirt dress by Ralph Lauren</a>, according to <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5942275/Pregnant-Pippa-Middleton-breezes-Wimbledon.html" target="_blank"><i>Daily Mail</i></a>. Only left in limited sizes, the dress is on sale right now for $147 (originally $245) at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT&lt;&gt;prd_id=845524447214816" target="_blank">saksfifthavenue.com</a>. </p><img alt="Pippa Middleton and James Middleton seen on day nine of The Championships at Wimbledon, London on July 11, 2018 "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531326720/pippa-middleton-james-PIPADON0718.jpg?itok=NsigC9NR"><p>She paired the dress with a simple black <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/travel-bags/cute-cross-body-bags-amazon" target="_blank">cross-body bag</a> and a pair of lace-up espadrilles, which were similar to the pair she <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/pippa-middleton-french-open-dress" target="_blank">wore to the French Open earlier this year</a>.</p><p>As usual, her dedicated brother, James Middleton, was by her side for the event, wearing a coordinating dark blue shirt and polka-dot pants. He also joined her for her first appearance at this year’s Wimbledon event last Thursday. Then, Pippa rocked an equally cool look — a white eyelet <a href="https://www.annamasonlondon.co.uk/rtw-ss18/bergman-dress" target="_blank">Anna Mason dress</a> with a ruffle sleeve detail. (You can also find a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/adelyn-rae-charmaine-lace-sundress/4929580" target="_blank">more affordable lookalike at Nordstrom</a>.) She paired the dress with a <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.jcrew.com/p/womens_category/handbags/straw/fan-rattan-clutch/J0146" target="_blank">J.Crew clutch that's currently on sale</a>, oversized Chanel sunglasses, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/bony-levy-14k-gold-hoop-earrings-nordstrom-exclusive/4153560" target="_blank">hoop earrings</a>, and wedge heels, <i><a href="https://people.com/royals/pregnant-pippa-middleton-wimbledon-white-eyelet-dress/" target="_blank">People</a> </i>reported.</p><p>And truly, Middleton isn’t letting her pregnancy slow down her love for the game. In fact, as she recently wrote in her column for the U.K. supermarket monthly <a href="http://www.waitrose.com/content/waitrose/en/home/inspiration/healthy-eating-andweightloss/fitness-lifestylewaitrose/fitness-with-pippamiddleton/pippa-middleton-pregnancyfitnesssecondtrimester.html" target="_blank"><i>Waitrose Kitchen</i></a>, she plans to be just like Serena Williams until her baby arrives.</p><p>“I’ve been a tennis fan since childhood, as a player and spectator, and have been keen to continue playing safely throughout my pregnancy,” Pippa, wrote. “Take Serena Williams. She famously proved that women can play a high level of tennis from two months (when she won the 2017 Australian Open) up to eight months.”</p><p>Middleton added, “Few of us can relate to this elite excellence, but if you’re a healthy, well-trained player with an uncomplicated pregnancy there’s no reason why you can’t continue a good level of tennis.”</p><p>This level of dedication should be no surprise as Middleton is a frequent participant in long-distance <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3225626/Pippa-Middleton-delays-celebrations-complete-50-mile-race-day-turning-32-brother-James-ex-company.html" target="_blank">duathlons</a> and <a href="https://www.runnersworld.com/news/a20798221/pippa-middleton-finishes-grueling-marathon-near-the-front-of-the-pack/" target="_blank">marathons</a>. And those athletic endeavors appear to only be helping her. As Middleton wrote, “I’ve noticed my body change, but through exercise, I feel it’s being strengthened.”</p>
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These Best-selling Leggings Are the Perfect Travel Pants — and They're on Sale Right Now

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 15:32
<p>Get your credit cards ready, because a pair of best-selling leggings just went on sale — and they’re selling out quick. With about 4,000 reviews and a stellar 4-star rating, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/zella-live-in-high-waist-leggings/4312529" target="_blank">Zella’s ‘Live In’ high waist leggings</a> are nothing short of a cult favorite. And wait, it gets better: As part of Nordstrom's epic Anniversary Sale, Nordstrom cardmembers can snag the coveted leggings for 34 percent off.</p><p>Suddenly we’re daydreaming of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/leggings-celebrities-wear" target="_blank">comfy travel days</a>, exhilarating workouts, and lazy Sundays, all in our Zellas.</p><img alt="Zella Live In High Waist Leggings "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531422634/zella-leggings-high-waist-black-ZELLAWAIST0718.jpg?itok=SELLis68"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/zella-live-in-high-waist-leggings/4312529" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $36 (originally $54)</p><p>From the opaque moisture-wicking fabric to the no-slip waistband to the discreet seaming, this Zella pair just might be the perfect staple legging you’ve been looking for. But don’t just take it from us; let us refer you to the reviews.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/fashion/best-travel-pants-women" target="_blank">The Best Travel Pants for Women Who Hate Flying in Jeans</a></p><p>Nordstrom.com shopper Delhia raves about comfort, writing, “These leggings are amazing! I literally live in them. The high waist control top is especially helpful and creates a beautiful clean line.”</p><p>Reviewer Dani4474, meanwhile, explains the many pros: “These are the best leggings. The fabric is strong and sucks you in! The high waist is flattering and also functional: keeps your leggings in place so they aren't falling down while working out (I am a runner and it's been an issue in the past that I have to keep pulling up my leggings over and over throughout a run... not with these).”</p><p>Sold? We thought so. Just make sure you're a Nordstrom cardmember to get in on this pre-Anniversary Sale deal and head over to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/zella-live-in-leggings/4954838" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a> to shop the leggings for $36 (originally $54). The <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/shopping/best-nordstrom-sale-deals" target="_blank">Anniversary Sale</a> opens to the public on July 20, and our fingers are crossed that they'll still be in stock. </p><img alt="Zella Live In High Waist Leggings "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531422634/zella-leggings-high-waist-blue-ZELLAWAIST0718.jpg?itok=sicChNcK"><h3>Zella Live High Waist Leggings in Navy Maritime</h3><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/zella-live-in-high-waist-leggings/4312529" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $36 (originally $54)</p><img alt="Zella Live In High Waist Leggings "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531422634/zella-leggings-high-waist-red-ZELLAWAIST0718.jpg?itok=u7EXHu9F"><h3>Zella Live High Waist Leggings in Red Tannin</h3><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/zella-live-in-high-waist-leggings/4312529" target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a>, $36 (originally $54)</p>
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There’s a Supermoon Solar Eclipse This Friday the 13th for the First Time in 43 Years (Video)

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 11:01
<p>Have you ever heard of a Supermoon Solar Eclipse on Friday the 13th?</p><p>A new moon that's as close to Earth as it gets for the rest of 2018 will pass in front of the sun this Friday, July 13. The ultra-rare occurrence will be viewable from South Australia, the Pacific, and the Indian Ocean.</p><p>There hasn't been a solar eclipse on Friday the 13th since December 13, 1974, and it won't happen again until September 13, 2080, <a href="http://earthsky.org/?p=281948" target="_blank">according to EarthSky</a>.</p><p>A supermoon occurs because the moon’s orbit around Earth is elliptical, so sometimes it's closer, and looks a little larger than usual. The supermoon doesn't cause eclipses, though — that's the moon's slightly tilted orbit, which means that a New Moon only occasionally intersects the Sun's apparent path through the daytime sky. It's a mere coincidence that it's happening on Friday the 13th, one of only two in 2018.</p><p>The last solar eclipse in Australia was on November 13, 2012. The moon’s shadow traversed Cape York Peninsula in northern Queensland and the Pacific Ocean for a total solar eclipse, and observers in places around Palm Cove, Mount Carbine, and Cairns experienced a darkness for a couple of minutes.</p><h2>When and Where to See the Supermoon Solar Eclipse on Friday the 13th</h2><p>While at sea it would be possible to see 22 percent of the sun covered by the moon, even less is visible from land on the extreme south coast of Australia. Melbourne will see only a 0.4% slither taken from the sun by the moon, with the best observing place on land being in south Tasmania, where 4.5 percent of the sun will be covered by the moon.</p><p>The partial eclipse will peak in Melbourne at 1:21 p.m. and in Tasmania at 1:24 p.m. local time. However, this will not be a dramatic eclipse, and there will be no detectable change in the intensity of the sun’s light.</p><p>Anyone intending on watching the supermoon solar eclipse on Friday the 13th should wear solar eclipse glasses at all times. You should <strong>never look at the sun directly during a partial eclipse</strong>.</p><h2>The Next Lunar Eclipse</h2><p>The partial solar eclipse of July 13, 2018 is the first of three eclipses in a row in July and August 2018. Two weeks later on July 27, 2018 is a total lunar eclipse, and a very special one because it's the longest of the 21st century. While on most occasions, the moon passes into the Earth's shadow for an hour or so, on July 27, 2018 it will do so for 1 hour 43 minutes. However, once again it's not observable from North America; the best views are from India, the Middle East and East and South Africa. In the U.K. it will be possible to watch a totally eclipsed moon appear on the horizon at dusk.</p><p>Australia is in prime position to see the total lunar eclipse on July 27, 2018. In 2021 a couple of total lunar eclipses will be visible from Australia, and again in 2025 and 2026. However, for a more dramatic total solar eclipse Australia will have to wait until April 20, 2023, when the moon's shadow will graze its North West Cape. Sydneysiders will get their chance on July 22, 2028, with more total solar eclipses occurring in Australia in 2030, 2037 and 2038.</p><h2>The Next Solar Eclipse</h2><p>August’s New Moon on August 11, 2018 causes another partial solar eclipse, this time visible only from the extreme north of North America, Greenland, Iceland, northern Europe and Scandinavia, and much of Asia. The north Siberian shore will experience a big 73.6-percent eclipse of the sun as it sets.</p><p>The next total solar eclipse is on <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/total-solar-eclipse-july-2-2019-december-14-2020-chile-path" target="_blank">July 2, 2019 in the South Pacific, Chile, and Argentina</a>.</p>
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San Francisco's Top Restaurants Just Teamed Up for a New Sea-to-Table Dinner Series

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 10:01
<p>All seven dishes of a recent coastal-foraging dinner at <a href="http://www.lordstanleysf.com" target="_blank">Lord Stanley</a>, a Michelin-starred restaurant in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood, were exceptional tributes to the lovingly hand-harvested plants that inspired the meal, but course No. 3—kombu-cured ahi tuna—was the one that triggered a little nostalgia.</p><p>Detecting a subtle umami note from the lightly preserved, delicately curried fish, I was suddenly reliving the sunny spring day in which I followed sea forager Kevin Kelley into the icy waters of California’s Sonoma Coast to inspect a patch of kombu. The amber-hued broadleaf seaweed, commonly dried and used to deepen the flavors of Japanese dashi, is a favorite of his clients, Michelin-rated chefs such as Daniel Boulud and Christopher Kostow.</p><img alt="Sea Lettuce and Kombu Cured Ahi Tuna by Chef Brett Cooper of Aster "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531242847/sea-lettuce-kombu-cured-ahi-tuna-COASTALFORAGE0718.jpg?itok=T3LgMzfe"><p>In collaboration with Bay Area restaurants, Kelley’s Petaluma-based company, <a href="https://www.blueoceangoods.com" target="_blank">Blue Ocean Goods</a>, recently launched a series of coastal foraging-and-dinner weekends: On Saturdays, adventuring foodies meet on a Sonoma or Marin County shoreline with a friendly tide, where Kelley expounds the bona fides of different seaweeds, rules for harvesting, and methods of preparation. The group, instructed to don waterproof boots, scrambles over boulders and splashes through shallow waters to cut their own crop. Though Kelley, who usually wears a full wetsuit on solo forages, prefers to “dive for seaweed” (namely kelp, which grows in thick forests farther out to sea), he keeps close to shore in the company of novices.</p><p>The day’s yield may include feather boa (its oval-shaped air sacs can be brined like olives), dwarf rock weed (the mildly briny antler-shaped fronds make a great raw garnish), or bladderwrack (which lends a sophisticated umami note to homemade ice cream).</p><p>“Seaweed is an incredibly sustainable food source, and there’s just so much of it around,” Kelley says. “It’s the fastest-growing food organism on the planet.”</p><p>Besides that, seaweed, which has been prized for its spectrum of oceanic flavors in centuries-old coastal cooking traditions from Ireland to South Africa, is also nutrient-dense (magnesium, iron, iodine, calcium—shall we go on?) and vitamin-rich (A, C, B12, among others).</p><img alt="Seaweed forage "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531242847/seaweed-forage-COASTALFORAGE0718.jpg?itok=dIFhFthg"><p>On Sunday night, participants enjoy the fruits of their labor at a multi-course meal inspired by their take. Host chefs in San Francisco include Brandon Jew of <a href="http://misterjius.com" target="_blank">Mister Jiu’s</a>, <a href="http://astersf.com/about/" target="_blank">Aster’s</a> Brett Cooper, Jason Fox of <a href="https://www.commonwealthsf.com" target="_blank">Commonwealth</a>, and <a href="http://www.lordstanleysf.com" target="_blank">Lord Stanley’s</a> Rupert Blease, who says that “cooking with the stuff requires a sense of adventure.” Inventive dishes of past coastal-foraging dinners include beef tartare served with seaweed-flecked madeleines, barbecued alliums garnished with dwarf rockweed, and coconut rice pudding drizzled with seaweed caramel.</p><img alt="Bag of Crabs "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531242847/Bag-o-Dungeness-COASTALFORAGE0718.jpg?itok=bOyAPkq1"><p>Back for a moment to that particularly memorable course No. 3: the kombu-cured ahi. Even as I admired its artful presentation, I couldn’t take my mind off the fact that I’d helped it come to fruition. Granted, I hadn’t been the one to dust it in Japanese curry spices, nor had I had been the one to think of brightening its earthiness with cucumber and apricot. But I had helped snip the star ingredient—the broad seaweed—on the Sonoma shoreline, and that made it all the more satisfying.</p><p>“Making the connection between nature and your food is the best reason for us to do this,” says Kelley.</p><p>Upcoming events in the coastal foraging and dinner series will take place in August 2018, October 2018, and February 2019. For more information, go to <a href="http://blueoceangoods.com" target="_blank">blueoceangoods.com</a>. </p><p><strong><em>Our series <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/reasons-to-travel" target="_blank">Reasons to Travel Now</a> highlights the news, events, and openings that have us scoping out plane tickets each day.</em></strong></p>
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Amtrak Is Bringing Back Its 1950s Glass-domed Train for Prime Foliage Views This Fall

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 09:50
<p>The time for <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/fall-vacations/beautiful-autumn-leaves" target="_blank">admiring the magnificent changing colors of leaves</a> is just around the corner, and for those looking for a relaxing way to observe fall foliage in all its glory, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/bus-train/amtrak-guest-rewards" target="_blank">Amtrak</a> is bringing back its historic Great Dome Car for the season.</p><p>The upper level of the glass-roofed dome car, currently the only one of its kind that still remains in service, has windows on every side, including the ceiling, so you’re guaranteed mesmerizing views no matter where you look.</p><img alt="Amtrak's Great Dome Car features panoramic windows across all of its walls and its roof. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531339121/amtrak-great-dome-car-windows-AMTRAK0718.jpg?itok=qaKb2_Yi"><p>Running from Sept. 27 through Nov. 2, the vintage train whisks travelers on a scenic ride from Albany, New York to Montreal, Canada, cutting through the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/wild-walk-opens-adirondacks" target="_blank">Adirondack Mountains</a>, where spectacular foliage is known to be on display each year.</p><p>In addition to the forest and mountain views, travelers will be treated to views of Lake Champlain before arriving in Montreal.</p><img alt="Amtrak's Great Dome Car returns every fall to offer mesmerizing foliage views. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1531339121/amtrak-great-dome-car-AMTRAK0718.jpg?itok=Q6irRZkr"><p>Originally built in 1955, the dome car is only in service for a limited time, with one-way tickets from Albany to Montreal starting at $53.</p><p>You can also <a href="https://www.amtrak.com/routes/adirondack-train.html" target="_blank">book tickets</a> from Albany to Port Henry for $32, from Albany to Saratoga Springs for $19, from Saratoga Springs to Montreal for $46, from Port Henry to Montreal for $27, and from Westport to Montreal for $26.</p><p>The Great Dome Car operates north on Adirondack train 69 from Albany on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Mondays, and south on Adirondack train 68 from Montreal on Fridays, Sundays, and Tuesdays.</p><p>Seats on the dome car are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, so we recommend arriving early to guarantee yourself a seat filled with dreamy views.</p>
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