Coming and Going: Travel news and notes

July 15, 2011

Busy airways and boat hotels

High traffic skies

Southern California’s heavy traffic isn’t exclusive to the highways; for more jams, look up in the clouds.

According to Txchnologist, an online magazine that covers innovations in science and technology, Southern California has the busiest airspace in the nation. (This designation is different from the busiest airport, a crown that Atlanta seems to wear perpetually.)

The study, based on the Federal Aviation Admin­­­istration’s Terminal Radar Approach Controls, found SoCal’s skies to be a major byway to 62 airports.

Also on the top-10 list: New York, Washington, Northern California, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Miami and Denver. Info: www.txchnologist.com.

Traffic moves slowly on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles, California July 14, 2011. "Carmageddon" is the name Los Angeles residents are giving the likely epic traffic tie-up that will result when a 10-mile (16-km) stretch of the 405 Freeway is closed for construction, including the demolition of the bridge, from Friday night to Monday morning between two of the nation's busiest interchanges. (ERIC THAYER/REUTERS)
Water beds in New York

Despite rumors, the city does sleep, and in New York’s Far Rockway, you can catch your zzzs on one of five artfully constructed boats.

Boggsville Boatel, created by artist and boatbuilder Constance Hockaday, features sleep-friendly fishing craft from the 1970s and early ’80s, plus a houseboat refashioned into a rustic penthouse. The vessels, available Thursdays-Saturdays through Sept. 4, sit at Marina 59 in Far Rockaway in Queens. (Stress on “sit;” you can’t take them for a cruise.) Cost is $50 or $100 a night, depending on the vessel.

In addition, those on land or sea can watch a movie or listen to a lecture as part of the Boat-In Theater, set on a floating platform. August reservations go on sale tomorrow at 7 p.m. Info: www.fluxfactory.org.

Travel ticker

Line up the chowdah bowls for Boston’s annual summer restaurant week, held Aug. 14-19 and 21-26. About 200 restaurants in Boston and nearby suburbs will offer prix-fixe menus for lunch and/or dinner: two-course lunch, $15.11; three-course lunch, $20.11; and three-course dinner, $33.11. Info: www.bostonusa.com/visit/restaurantweek/. . . . Fly Frontier Airlines in September and double your miles. Valid on all routes. Register online at www.frontierairlines.com, using promo code DBLER.

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Andrea Sachs (not the one who wears Prada) has been writing for Travel since 2000. She travels near (Ellicott City, Jersey Shore) and far (Burma, Namibia, Russia), and finds adventure no matter the mileage. She is all packed for the Moon or North Korea, whichever opens first.
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