Delta's second Scottish link

Delta Air Lines is to double its Scottish route network next summer when it begins flying between Glasgow and New York.

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The service, which will begin on May 26, 2017, will be the only non-stop fight between Glasgow and New York-JFK and will operate daily - using a 164-seat Boeing 757-200ER - throughout the summer months.

The flight, which will be operated in conjunction with partners Virgin Atlantic Airways, adds to Virgin’s seasonal service from Glasgow to Orlando.

It will leave Glasgow at 13.00, arriving into New York at 15.40. The return will leave JFK at 23.45, arriving into Glasgow at 11.25 the following morning.

“The arrival of Delta Air Lines in Glasgow is fantastic news for Scotland and we really cannot underestimate the significance of this announcement; especially since it comes just as Glasgow Airport is about to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its official opening,” said Amanda McMillan, Chief Executive of AGS Airports Ltd and Managing Director of Glasgow Airport.

In late May Delta started a service between Edinburgh and JFK. From JFK, Delta operates around 60 same-day onward connections throughout the U.S. including Los Angeles, Orlando and San Francisco.

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Michigan Indigo logs guests

The recently opened Hotel Indigo is the first new hotel built in Traverse City - a popular Lake Michigan coastal resort - since 2009.

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The 107-room boutique hotel is finally welcoming guests six years after plans for its construction were first agreed.

Perched beside the city’s scenic Grandview Parkway, the four-story hotel features 100 standard guest rooms and seven suites, a lobby restaurant (the Warehouse Kitchen + Cork), a fitness centre, and two bars (including a rooftop bar that has stunning views of West Bay)

Each of the 61-strong Hotel Indigo chain attempts to reflect the history and character of its host neighbourhood.

In Traverse City’s case, the designers evoke the gritty 19th century, when the city was a rough-and-tumble logging port.

The hotel was built in the town’s Warehouse District, once a warren of sawmills, warehouses, workshops and commercial wharves - and the industrial/logging theme is apparent everywhere in the hotel.

Walls and carpets in some spaces feature stamps and brands once used by local logging companies; antique crosscut saws are hung on the walls; the corridors are papered and carpeted to evoke woodland pathways; and the guest rooms feature wood-grain tiling and photo-mural walls of forest scenes.

Hotel Indigo is part of the Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), which also owns the Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites and Crowne Plaza brands.

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Visitors on track in Denver

Denver is now better connected for visitors than ever before after the opening of a rail line that connects the airport to downtown.

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The train service links Denver International Airport with Union Station, the Mile High City's historic transportation hub.

The new A Line, operated by the Regional Transportation District (RTD), metro Denver's public transit provider, launched in the spring with ticket prices set at $9 (around £6).

Train to plane, the journey takes 37 minutes as it speeds visitors at 79mph from the sixth busiest airport in the world to one of the most walkable urban areas in the U.S.

It operates every 15 minutes with the last service of the day into Denver at 1.26am.

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Seattle in cruise control

Seattle expects to break its cruise visitor records this summer with 960,000 visitors expected to begin or end their cruise in the city.

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The Washington city has become a popular gateway for cruises along Alaska's Inside Passage, which offers cruisers some of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the USA and an array of wildlife that includes eagles, bears and whales.

Over 200 cruise ships will this summer leave Seattle for Alaska, operated by nine 'premium' cruise lines, including Visit USA member Royal Caribbean, that will offer seven-day cruises to Alaska on the Explorer of the Seas, departing from Seattle's Pier 91 every Friday.

The pier is owned by The Port of Seattle, which owns and operates Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The Port’s tourism mission, in partnership with Visit Seattle, is to encourage international visitors to 'Fly & Drive' and 'Cruise & Stay'.

Seattle has carved a reputation as a home for food and wine experiences, the USA's 'Coffee Capital' and as base for a host of nature- and wildlife-based experiences. City attractions include the Space Needle and Experience Music Project museum (EMP).

The booming cruise industry in recent years has sparked a resurgence of Seattle's hotel and tourism sectors, with properties including Thompson Hotels, Hotel Indigo, SLS hotel and W hotels all due to open over the next few three years.

Direct flights from the UK to Seattle are offered by British Airways and Delta Air Lines.

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Scenic Airlines raises bar

Papillon Group's Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines is again operating its popular Bar 10 Ranch tour this summer.

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The tour is designed for those who want venture into a remoter part of the Grand Canyon and adventure enthusiasts up for a 10-mile ATV ride to the edge of the canyon.

Guests are picked up in Las Vegas via a complimentary shuttle service, which takes them to the Boulder City Aerocenter. From there, they board an airplane, and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the Colorado River.

Then the plane lands at Bar 10 Ranch (a working cattle ranch), where guests experience a guided ATV trek through Whitmore Canyon and Lake Mead National Recreation Area to reach an exclusive vantage point of Grand Canyon National Park. The tour concludes with a homemade Dutch oven barbecue lunch.

Lasting around eight hours, including round-trip hotel shuttle transportation, the day trip price begins at $349pp for adults and $329 for children (ages 2 to 11).

Those staying the night at Bar 10 Ranch will also enjoy horseback riding, dinner and evening entertainment ($549pp). Accommodation is in a two-person covered wagon or a four-person bunk room - or you can sleep outside under the stars on an observatory deck furnished with cots and deck beds.

Bar 10 Ranch is also a popular beginning and ending point for river rafting adventures along the Colorado River.

Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines is also the exclusive provider for Colorado River rafters beginning or ending their river excursions.

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Adventures in Hannibal, MO

'Mark Twain Fever' will take over Hannibal, Missouri, next month as the small town celebrates its most famous ever resident.

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And 2016 marks 140 years since Mark Twain (real name Samuel Clemens) wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in his home town.

Up to 100,000 people are expected to turn out for National Tom Sawyer Days, an event marked by a parade through town, fireworks and activities inspired by Twain’s books.

These include the crowning of the town’s new Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher, a competition among local seventh-graders (12- to 13-year-olds) since the 1950s.

At any time of the year visitors to Hannibal can discover some of the locations that were said to have inspired Twain’s best-known novels and provided the backdrop for characters such as Huckleberry Finn.

These include his boyhood home (including Tom Sawyer’s famous fence where Sawyer persuaded his gang to pay him for the privilege of whitewashing) as well as the very cave that made Mark Twain famous.

They can also enjoy a Mississippi river cruise aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat.

In addition, a 14-mile Hannibal sightseeing tour provides an overview of the historic town's most notable attractions. Visitors can hop on the old-fashioned trolley ride at one of the many historic sites in Hannibal.

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