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March 31, 2013

Travel News in Brief - March 31, 2013

New terminal

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Myrtle Beach officials have cut the ribbon on a new $118 million terminal at the Myrtle Beach International Airport.

The new terminal was dedicated Sunday and opens to passengers on April 2. It has more space and added gates. It also has remote check-in kiosks for passengers and new restaurants.

Officials say the new terminal also will mean faster retrieval of luggage.

During the coming week, workers will review all the systems and make final checks before the new facility is open to for flights. Then the old terminal will be closed.

Myrtle Beach is the heart of South Carolina $15 billion tourism industry.

New Amtrak stop

CHICAGO — Amtrak’s Texas Eagle has added a stop in Hope, Ark., birthplace of former President Bill Clinton.

Starting April 4, passengers can get off the train in Hope as they travel the route from Chicago to San Antonio, Texas.

Hope, Ark., is now a National Park Service historic site with ranger-guided tours of the former president’s first home. The southwestern Arkansas community has a population of about 10,000.

The westbound Texas Eagle departs Chicago at 1:45 p.m., arriving in Hope just after 5 a.m. the next morning. The eastbound train leaves Hope at 9:18 p.m. with arrival in Chicago the following afternoon.

Birding Festival

LAKE ANDES, S.D. — Herons, eagles, owls and hawks will be a few of the birds that enthusiasts might be able to catch a glimpse of during the South Dakota Birding Festival in early May.

The third annual event is scheduled for May 3-5 at Lake Andes. Birding enthusiasts will have the opportunity to catch sight of hundreds of migrating bird species returning to South Dakota from other parts of the country.

The event will include stops along the Missouri River, at the Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge and the Karl Mundt National Wildfire Refuge.

For more information, visit www.sdgreatlakes.org/greatoutdoors/birdinginfo.

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