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The newly expanded Phoenix Art Museum will be unveiled November 11. Admission is free opening weekend (phxart.org).
Spur-of-the-moment weekend weddings in Las Vegas have become less common--at night, anyway. The Marriage License Bureau is now closed midnight to 8 A.M. because there were too few customers.
From November 14 to March 4, 2007, the Getty Center in L.A. will display ancient religious emblems and liturgical objects from a remote monastery in Egypt as part of its "Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Mount Sinai" exhibit (getty.edu, free).
North America's first ski tunnel opens this winter at Snowbird in Utah. The 600-foot tunnel will transport skiers on a conveyor lift from Peruvian Gulch to Mineral Basin. The new system means fewer crowded switchbacks to traverse, and no ugly ridgetop lift towers (snowbird.com).
Until November 19, Disneyland is selling two-night Magical Beginnings packages aimed at families with kids under the age of 6. Deals include lodging, park passes, early admission to select rides, and a map showing toddler-friendly activities (disney.go.com).
Closed for renovations since 2002, L.A.'s Griffith Observatory reopens the first week of November with a state-of-the-art planetarium, a 200-seat theater, and new exhibits (griffithobservatory.org).
With customer demand for exotic trips on the rise, Globus has expanded offerings to places like the Galápagos, Tibet, and Brazil. New independent itineraries from Monograms include 10 days in Japan and China, from $3,049 (globusjourneys.com).
Hyatt is testing a new service that allows travelers who pay $10 to check up to two pieces of luggage in the hotel lobby before leaving for the airport.
Continental Airlines no longer accepts checked bags weighing more than 70 pounds, even if the passenger is willing to pay extra.
The FAA has approved a child-safety harness (left) from seat-belt maker AmSafe Aviation, so parents can keep toddlers secure on flights without having to lug bulky car seats aboard (kidsflysafe.com, $75).
By late November, all passengers flying Delta Air Lines on transcontinental flights will have new personal entertainment systems with free games, music, and 24 channels of live TV, as well as $5 on-demand movies.
A new seven-day pass for Universal Orlando costs $85--compared to $67 for a single-day pass--as long as you buy at least one day in advance via the Internet or certain travel agents.
New carrier Oasis Airlines offers cheap flights between London and its home base, Hong Kong, and plans to expand with connections to other cities in Europe and the U.S.
FlyAway Bus Service, in Van Nuys, Calif., allows passengers flying out of LAX to park for $4 a day, ride to the airport for $3, and for $5 check bags at the lot for most domestic flights.
Lonely Planet has introduced interactive travel guides for six cities in Europe that play exclusively on portable Sony PlayStations (psppassport.com, $50).
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