Touring the DMZ
The Demilitarized Zone, which separates North and South Korea, has become one of the world's most austere tourist attractions. It can be visited only on a guided tour. One of the zone's most popular elements, the Joint Security Area (Panmunjom), where troops faced off for more than 60 years, was closed in October. Tour operators continue to pitch other DMZ itineraries, including Imjingak Park/Resort, Dora Observatory, a DMZ Museum, the Dorasan train station and the Third Tunnel, discovered in 1978. Prices range from $40 (half-day) to $140. Book a few days in advance and bring your passport. Tour operators include Koridoor Tours (koridoor.co.kr) and Panmunjom Travel Center (panmunjomtour.com).
Los Angeles Times
Sun Country drinks local
Sun Country Airlines has some new local onboard drink options: Fulton Lonely Blonde and Prairie Organic gin and vodka. The easy-drinking ale from Minneapolis-based Fulton and the cocktail-ready booze from Princeton-based Prairie Organic Spirits are now part of the Eagan-based airline's in-flight alcohol offerings. "We are proud to add these great brands to our menu and to offer guests a taste of Minnesota when they fly with us," Brian Davis, chief marketing officer of Sun Country, said in a statement. These brands join Surly Furious IPA, a darling of the Minnesota beer scene, on the airline's drink menu. Michelob Golden Light will remain for the light-beer drinkers onboard.
Kristen Leigh Painter
New Zealand airfare sale
Air New Zealand has a sale on round-trip fares starting at $798, including taxes, from Los Angeles to several New Zealand cities, including Auckland and Christchurch. On other airlines, the fare to Auckland starts about $1,040. For the lowest price, fly Monday through Thursday, and April 12-June 15, July 27-Sept. 17 and Nov. 1-Dec. 10. Book by March 18 at airnewzealand.com. Flights from Minneapolis to Los Angeles start about $160.
Washington Post/Staff Report
Indiana's new national park
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has changed the last word of its name to "Park." President Donald Trump signed the name change into reality on Feb. 15, tucked into a broader spending bill. Regional leaders had been pushing for the word "Park" as a way to gain greater recognition for these 15,000 acres along Lake Michigan. The change won't affect how the park operates, but leaders are hoping that it will boost tourism, drawing more people who seek out national parks. It is now the 61st designated "National Park" in the U.S. and the first in Indiana. It contains some of the most diverse flora of the national parks, ranging from dune grass to forests, oak savannas, prairies, a bog and wetlands, some of which are considered globally rare.
South Bend (IND.) Tribune
Cactus League action
Every spring since 1947, Scottsdale, Ariz., is abuzz as baseball fans flock to watch their favorite teams warm up for the regular season. The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies get in the groove at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Nearby, watch the San Francisco Giants in style inside Scottsdale Stadium, where you can catch the action from patio-style seating under the Arizona sun. Ask about free trolley rides and a wide range of packages designed to lure sports fans (cactusleague.com; experiencescottsdale.com).