Check out three national parks near the city

Sarah Sekula, Special for USA TODAY
Published 7:00 a.m. ET Sept. 29, 2020


It would take years to explore every glacier, lake, river and stream on Mt. Rainier, but you can dive into the park’s bountiful beauty in just two minutes.

Next time you visit Seattle, be sure to set aside some time to get outdoors. It’s easier than you’d expect: There are several national parks within a few

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Inside Milind Soman and Ankita Konwar’s New York City adventure. See photos

Milind Soman sitting at a table with a birthday cake: Milind Soman and Ankita Konwar Photo: Instagram/MilindSoman

Milind Soman and Ankita Konwar Photo: Instagram/MilindSoman

Ankita Konwar and Milind Soman recently took off to the US for a vacation. The couple have been sharing snippets on Instagram, giving their followers a sneak peek of their holiday fun.


Ankita and Milind visited the New York City and shared pictures from various tourist spots around the city. The couple visited the Empire

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City council to vote Tuesday on buying hotels for homeless housing

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Mayor Kevin Faulconer and other civic leaders gathered Monday to urge the City Council to vote Tuesday to purchase two hotels for housing hundreds of homeless San Diegans.

Faulconer, who was joined by City Council President Georgette Gomez, Councilmember Chris Ward and San Diego Housing Commission President and CEO Richard C. Gentry, asked that the council purchase the Residence Inn Hotel Circle and Residence Inn Kearny

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City leaders, San Diego Housing Commission push to transform hotels into housing for homeless

The city said the transformation would allow for 332 units to become housing for people experiencing homelessness.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — City leaders and the San Diego Housing Commission are looking for approval to purchase both the Residence Inn on Kearny Mesa Road and the one on Hotel Circle in Mission Valley to increase housing for people experiencing homelessness in San Diego county, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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San Diego City one step closer to paying $106.5M for hotels to house the homeless

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – The City of San Diego is one step closer to approving the $106.5M purchase of two hotels to permanently house homeless people living in the convention center.

When the pandemic hit in March, the Bridge Shelters and Golden Hall were cleared out and about a thousand people were brought into the convention center, according to the mayor’s office.

The emergency setup allowed for proper social distancing,

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City Council committee advances proposal to buy hotels for homeless people

A city proposal to buy two hotels to house up to 400 homeless people cleared a hurdle Wednesday with unanimous approval from the San Diego Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee.

Not everybody is on board with the idea, however. Public comments during the meeting, held remotely with people calling in, found a few Mission Valley residents had concerns about the city’s plan to convert a Marriot Residence Inn near

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Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail in Plant City

PLANT CITY, Fla. — Travel into the woods of Plant City to experience some frighting characters. Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail is an experience like no other.

“We have 3 different trails, all three different themes, and the themes change each year,” said owner of Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail, Zach Glaros.

The 2020 trails are:

All three trails are around the same level of scary, but the Midnight Slaughter Trail is

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Sacramento Most Expensive U.S. City for Hotels, Survey Shows

NEW YORK, Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Sacramento is currently the most expensive city in the United States for hotel accommodations, according to the latest survey by However, this year’s results were heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The survey compared hotel rates across 50 urban destinations. For each destination, determined the average rate for the least expensive double room during October 2020. Only centrally located

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Grand Hyatt Nashville, Hotel Kansas City and Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia

New openings signify Hyatt’s commitment to growing with intent in markets that matter most to guests and members

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today the opening of three distinct hotels across the U.S., including Grand Hyatt Nashville, Hotel Kansas City, which is part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand, and Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia. Aligned with Hyatt’s purpose of care and promise of growing with intent, Hyatt

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The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts set to Expand its Portfolio With a Landmark Debut in Rajasthan’s Capital City

– The Leela Palace Jaipur will bring The Leela Palace Programming and the Signature Palace Service to the Pink City

MUMBAI, India, Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, owned by a Brookfield Asset Management sponsored private real estate fund, today announced the signing of a management agreement with Tulsi Palace Resorts Group to expand its portfolio to Rajasthan’s capital city, Jaipur. Over the next

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Two Auckland hotels opening in October, adding 253 rooms to city

Timing is everything, as the saying goes, so what bad fortune for two large new CBD Auckland hotels run by the same Sydney-headquartered business to be opening in the next four weeks.

Pre-pandemic, the city

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Big City Mayors Around the World Want Green Stimulus Spending in the Aftermath of Covid-19

This story is part of a collaboration between InsideClimate News and The Nation as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalistic collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. The piece below focuses on cities; to read how green recovery spending can impact rural areas, click here.

Trillions of dollars are on the table, as governments around the world seek to dig out from the economic crater caused by the

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From marathons to martial arts, Xi’an is a city on the move

The sport of polo is not exclusive to the West. The equestrian game was all the rage more than 1,000 years ago in the city of Chang’an (now Xi’an) in northwest China, the ancient capital of the dynamic Tang Dynasty.

Known as Ji Ju in ancient China, polo is like field hockey on horseback, in which two teams use sticks to drive a ball into the goals. The sport gained

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Florence city guide: tips from the locals

Whether you’re looking for a day trip to its art galleries or are staying in its historic centre, Florence will wow you with its sumptuous food, famous artworks and incredible architecture. Here’s where to see…

Still the fairest of all Italian cities, Florence flourishes when you can flee the throngs. Discover award-winning hidden masterpieces, secret paths through the pines, perhaps even a cookery school cradled in a hilltop monastery. Throw

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how to explore the city state’s wild side and connect with nature

a man riding on the back of a boat on a body of water: A woman catches a fish during a trip with Kayak Fishing Fever in Singapore. With international tourism on hold, the Singaporean government is encouraging residents to explore different sides of the city state. Photo: Kayak Fishing Fever

A woman catches a fish during a trip with Kayak Fishing Fever in Singapore. With international tourism on hold, the Singaporean government is encouraging residents to explore different sides of the city state. Photo: Kayak Fishing Fever

Before the Covid-19 pandemic closed the door on international tourism, Singaporean travel entrepreneur Scott Tay journeyed to some of the world’s most remote places. Conducting small-group tours, he spent time with Tsaatan reindeer

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Glam Lab checks out how New York City salon IGK have adapted to be COVID-safe

NEW YORK CITY — As non-essential businesses got the green light to reopen, New Yorkers witnessed some of the most business-savvy pivots to accommodate COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Restaurant owners created romantic outdoor patios between busy streets and bike lanes. Gyms transformed their parking lot into spin class destinations.

But salons had to go the extra mile to make sure their customers and employees were safe.

Whether we’re getting a manicure

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