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On the ground

"The bigger the city, the bigger the attitude," declares Travel + Leisure in naming New York the rudest city in the U.S. The Big (Crab) Apple, which last held the title in 2009, came first in the most recent vote by the magazine's readers. Following in order on the grumpiness meter were Miami, Washington, Los Angeles (a previous three-time champion) and Boston. Meanwhile, New Orleans, Savannah and Charleston, all smaller cities, ranked in the top five for friendliness.

In the air

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Prior to launching a $157-million business-class upgrade, Virgin Atlantic invited 50 of its most frequent travellers for an overnight sleepover to test its new beds. They apparently approved as the airline plans to kick off a three-year rollout of its revamped Upper Class in April, starting with London-New York. Using new Airbus A330-300 aircraft, the product will also include a futuristic bar, tailored menus, new crockery and enhanced service. The carrier says Upper Class remains popular despite the depressed economy.

In the skies

The 355 residents of Kanarraville, Utah, are preparing for an influx of "astro-tourists" coinciding with the May 20 solar eclipse. The area's dark skies make it one of the best places on Earth to watch the moon block out the sun. The town is organizing transportation and parking, but its only accommodation is at the Red Ledge RV Park & Campground. The closest hotels are in nearby Cedar City and in St. George, 64 kilometres away.



Sources: Travel + Leisure, The Daily Spectrum, The Daily Telegraph

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