The least desirable airports to be stuck in include Dulles outside Washington, Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta and New York's John F. Kennedy International, according to a new online survey by MissTravel, a dating website for frequent travelers, of 5,000 of its members. According to the survey, the best airports to be stranded in were Dallas-Fort Worth, Pittsburgh International, Austin-Bergstrom in Texas and General Mitchell International in Milwaukee. The top-ranked were cleaner and had more choices for places to shop and eat, said MissTravel spokeswoman Jennifer Gwynn. "If you are stuck there, there are lots of things to do," she said. LOS ANGELES TIMES

Thanksgiving show in reach of Chicago hotel

If you're headed to the Windy City for Thanksgiving, the Wit Hotel can give you a prime spot for a show right outside the hotel's door: the Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Wit, which is in the theater district, is inspired by the book Wit, a humorous collection of quotes from famous and not-so-famous folk. 1-312-467-0200;


Universal Orlando adds Transformers ride

Universal Orlando recently announced what has been rumored for a while: A new ride, based on the "Transformers" movies, is under construction at Universal Studios, with the opening planned in summer. The 4-minute dark ride, with 3-D and flight simulator technology, will be almost identical to the Transformers ride at Universal Studios Hollywood.


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