NEW AIRPORT IN INDY: A new $1.1 billion Indianapolis International Airport, the first new terminal designed and constructed in the U.S. since 9/11, opens Nov. 11 just west of the current airport, which will close the next day.
The new facility will have 40 gates, eight more than the current airport, a new air-traffic-control tower, more shopping and dining establishments and the ability to accept international arrivals at the terminal. A five-story parking garage can accommodate 5,900 cars. A new Interstate Highway 70 interchange dedicated to the airport is ready to open with the terminal.
Twelve airlines operate out of Indianapolis, carrying more than 8 million passengers annually.
MIDWEST FALL COLOR WEB SITES: Fall color in the Midwest is continuing its march south. So, before you wake up one day and discover the trees are bare, check out these Web sites and get out to see one of Mother Nature's best shows.
MANHATTAN MUSEUM REOPENS: The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York has reopened after a two-year refurbishing.
The USS Intrepid was launched during World War II and also served in Vietnam. It was later decommissioned and established as a museum ship at Pier 86 in Manhattan. The renovated museum complex also offers the guided-missile submarine Growler and an extensive aircraft collection, including the A-12 Blackbird and the British Airways Concorde.
BEYOND THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Sen. Barack Obama is ahead in yet another poll—this time topping the list of candidates with whom Americans would choose to vacation. A survey from Travelzoo says 35 percent of respondents would choose to travel with Obama. But Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin isn't far behind, getting 33 percent.
WATCH BIRD MIGRATION: One of the best places to watch the annual bird migration spectacle is the southern tip of Texas at the 15th Annual Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival Nov. 5-9 in Harlingen.
The event includes guided field trips, seminars and workshops, and kids' activities. The festival concludes with two trips for those who want to continue with their birdwatching outside the U.S.: a 14-day birding trip to the tropics of Ecuador or a five-day birding trip to a biosphere reserve in Mexico.
Details at www.rgvbirdfest.com. Preregistration ends Friday.
SHIP TO BECOME REEF: The Cayman Islands plans to scuttle a decommissioned U.S. Navy ship to create an underwater attraction for scuba divers and snorkelers.
Ownership of the USS Kittiwake, a 2,290-ton submarine rescue ship, will be transferred to the Cayman Islands government this fall.
The 251-foot Kittiwake should attract large schools of fish.
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