Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 3, 2013

Travel in Brief: 02/03/2013


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'Lion King' coming

DETROIT — Disney's "The Lion King" will be at the Detroit Opera House Feb. 13-March 10.

The show is playing a limited four-week engagement. Tickets start at $25 and are available at the Fisher Theatre box office, Detroit Opera House box office, Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 866-870-2712 and online at

New guide

GRAND RAPIDS — The West Michigan Tourist Association has released the 2013 "West Michigan: Carefree Travel Guide." The year-round travel planner focuses on places to stay and play throughout the entire western half of the Lower Peninsula, from the Michigan-Indiana state line to Mackinac Island.

The 96th edition of the guide features itineraries from real travelers, a full list of trails in West Michigan, tips from West Michigan wedding experts and more. There are also sections for beer lovers, wine enthusiasts and sports fans.

Order your free copy at or by calling 616-245-2217.

Frontier adds service

DENVER — Frontier Airlines says it will offer nonstop service between Denver and Cincinnati beginning in May.

On May 16, Frontier will consolidate all southwestern Ohio area operations at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Service to Dayton International Airport will end when the new service begins.

Biking trail expands

FREDONIA, Ariz. — A popular mountain biking trail that overlooks the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is being extended.

The 18-mile Rainbow Rim trail on the Kaibab National Forest is a single-track trail that passes through ponderosa pines and drops into steep-sided canyons with aspen groves and small meadows.

Forest spokesman Patrick Lair says it's the only trail designed for mountain bikers that follows the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, although hikers and horseback riders use it as well.

Work to extend the trail by up to 8 miles to create a loop is set to begin in June, if funding is available.

The Rainbow Rim trail was constructed in the 1980s.

Cancun tops

NEW YORK — The Mexican beach resort of Cancun tops the list of spring break destinations for customers of STA Travel, which specializes in travel for students, college-age and young adult travelers.

Following Cancun on the STA list were Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic; Puerto Vallarta, also a Mexican beach resort area; Panama City Beach, Fla.; and Jamaica.

STA spokeswoman Teresa Cordova says the list is based on numbers of bookings by STA customers, who are mostly in the 18-25 age range, for all-inclusive spring break trips.

Many U.S. colleges have a week off from classes mid-semester, typically in March, and it's an annual tradition for some students — especially those from campuses in cold parts of the country — to spend the week soaking up sunshine and partying in warmer climes.

In recent years, however, some students have used their week off for other pursuits, including volunteering, week-long career-building externships, and adventure travel in places that offer hiking, extreme sports and other itineraries more challenging than lying on the beach.