Travel briefs: SkyView Atlanta, help for backpackers and historic shipwrecks - Life - Press of Atlantic City

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Travel briefs: SkyView Atlanta, help for backpackers and historic shipwrecks

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A climate-controlled gondola of the SkyView, a 200-foot tall Ferris wheel, rises over Atlanta, Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in Atlanta. The giant ferris wheel opened to the public Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jaime Henry-White)

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ATLANTA - One of Atlanta's newest attractions - a 200-foot tall Ferris wheel - has opened. SkyView Atlanta opened Tuesday afternoon and will offer riders a bird's eye view of the city during its 15-minute trips near Centennial Olympic Park. According to the attraction's website, rides for adults will cost $14.45, $13 for seniors and members of the military, and $9.10 for children.

Bad news for bears

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. - The Friends of the Smokies and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy are working to help backpackers keep their food out of the reach of bears.

Using conservancy funds, Great Smoky National Park staffers and interns have repaired cables used to hoist food out of bears' reach at the trail shelters at Mollies Ridge and Cosby Knob. The repairs should help increase safety for both backpackers and bears by reducing the number of bears raiding shelters for food.

Park biologist Bill Stiver said the cables also benefit wildlife because the bears don't learn to depend upon hikers for food.

Historic shipwrecks

MADISON, Wis. - Three Lake Michigan shipwrecks have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

They are the Australasia in Door County, the America in Kewaunee County and the EMBA in Milwaukee County.

The Australasia, then the largest wooden vessel built on the Great Lakes, sunk in 1896 after catching fire. The America allows archaeologists to study the construction techniques unique to canallers, which were a unique schooner vessel type that developed on the Great Lakes. The self-unloading barge EMBA, named for the Employees' Mutual Benefit Association, will be used to study construction techniques and the development and adaptation of self-unloading technology on the Great Lakes.

All bikes aboard

ALBANY, N.Y. - Amtrak will allow bikes on board specially fitted cafe cars on their Ethan Allen line running from New York to Vermont. Sen. Charles Schumer announced Amtrak will test a "Bring Your Bike on Board" demonstration program on the Ethan Allen line this month. Elected officials had asked Amtrak to fit cafe cars for bikes on their Adirondack and Ethan Allen trains to connect downstate riders with upstate biking trails.

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A climate-controlled gondola of the SkyView, a 200-foot tall Ferris wheel, rises over Atlanta, Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in Atlanta. The giant ferris wheel opened to the public Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jaime Henry-White)