Coming and Going: Post-Thanksgiving Hikes, Airlines Discounting Holiday Travel
No Train, No Gain
Holiday season is approaching and with it a tidal wave of sedentary activities. And so, the perennial question looms: How will you walk off that Thanksgiving dinner? Glad you asked, says the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, which has put together a geographically diverse list of Turkey Day hikes. Regardless of where Grandma's house is, you have no excuse.
"The mission is to create a nationwide network of trails out of former rail lines," Rails-to-Trails spokesman Katie Test (http:/
Among the trails Test recommends for this time of year are the Foothills Trail in Washington state, a 28-mile path that "runs by two pumpkin patches," and California's Joe Rodota Trail, which cruises past the Willow Bird Turkey Farm. That's a good place to "get some exercise and pick up your Thanksgiving dinner," says Test, as the farm has roasted, smoked and other options available on the spot. (And which lucky family member gets to carry the bird down the 13-mile trail?)
Closer to home, there's the Cape Cod Rail Trail, which winds its way through New England cranberry bogs, and Pennsylvania's Great Allegheny Passage. At 150 miles, this Somerset County rail-trail is the longest one on the East Coast, not to mention the only one to run past an ostrich farm.
For information on many more rail-trails as well as driving directions to them, visit the conservancy's interactive trail finder, at http:/
Think you can't go home for the holidays? In an unprecedented flurry of sales, airlines are slashing ticket prices for wintertime travel, even around Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Of course, the airlines have also slashed the number of flights this year. On Delta and American, for example, the number of seats on flights the Friday before Christmas is down 13 percent, according to FareCompare.com chief executive Rick Seaney, so available seats may be few and far between. But if you're hoping to get home for, say, the Friday morning touch-football game, or you have a flexible schedule, you might be able to snag a decent price.
Here are a few sales offered:
Southwest's Thanksgiving sale requires only three days' advance purchase and has no blackout dates, which means you can buy your ticket today and be at Grandma's house in time for the Macy's parade (http:/
Three airlines have similar deals, with one-way discounts for travel through Jan. 5, and the sales all end Nov. 26. Northwest (http:/
If home is where the heartland is, purchase tickets by tomorrow (Nov. 24) on Midwest (http:/
There are also deals on Alaska Airlines, Continental and United; check the airlines' Web sites for details.
Unhealthy Hubs = Unhealthy Hubbies?
This just in: The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a doctors advocacy group that supports vegetarian nutrition, released its eighth annual report on healthful food options at airports. It found that Detroit and Dallas have the best food options; Atlanta, Las Vegas and Washington have the worst. Menus in the 15 busiest airports in the United States were examined by PCRM dietitians for low-fat, high-fiber, cholesterol-free vegetarian entrees; the more restaurants with healthful options, the higher the score.
Tied for first are Dallas/Fort Worth and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County airports (each with 95 percent of restaurants offering healthful options). Just as last year, Reagan National scored the lowest. Only 60 percent of National's restaurants offer what PCRM considers healthful fare.
Of course, none of this matters if you're determined to eat a Cinnabon every time you go to National. Not that CoGo knows anyone like that . . . .
BARGAIN OF THE WEEK
US Airways has sale fares to Dublin, London, Milan, Brussels and Manchester, England. Round-trip fare from Reagan National to Manchester, for example, is $570, including $144 taxes (other airlines are matching). Book online at http:/
Reporting: Scott Vogel, Christina Talcott
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