Same Time, Next Year—for 20 Years: Win a Free Annual Mexican Vacation

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/09/2020, 1:00 PM

How do you like the idea of a free luxury vacation on Mexico's Caribbean coast for your first post-pandemic getaway? How about repeating the experience every year for the next two decades of post-pandemic getaways? That dream scenario will become reality for the winners of a contest organized by hotel developers and tourism boards in Mexican Caribbean destinations including Cancún, Cozumel, Tul...

Game of Thrones Studio Tour Gets the Go-Ahead in Northern Ireland

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/09/2020, 9:00 AM

Magical realms are good for tourism here in the real world, from the scenic New Zealand spots that stood in for Middle-earth in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies to the representations of Harry Potter's Wizarding World created for Universal theme parks and preserved at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour outside London. In Northern Ireland, where much of HBO's Game of Thrones was shot, pre-pand...

Class Up Your New England Road Trip with Picnics at Gilded Age Estates

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/04/2020, 9:00 AM

A recently introduced offering in elegant Newport, Rhode Island, gives visitors the chance to practice social distancing, Vanderbilt style.  The new "Stroll the Gardens and Grounds" package from the Preservation Society of Newport County grants outdoor access to two of Newport's Gilded Age mansions—the Elms and the Vanderbilts' Breakers—as well as the kid-friendly Green Animals Topiary Garden (...

How to Track Fall Foliage in New York State

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/03/2020, 11:00 AM

Though not as ballyhooed as New England's autumnal displays, the fall foliage in New York State is nothing to shrug at. From late September through mid-November, woodsy areas such as the Catskill and Adirondack mountains in the eastern part of the state, the Finger Lakes in the north, and the Hudson Valley (where you'll find Bear Mountain State Park, pictured above) north of New York City all t...

Brand-New Aquarium Opens on Mississippi's Gulf Coast

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/01/2020, 11:00 AM

Fifteen years to the day after Hurricane Katrina battered Mississippi's Gulf Coast—and just a few days after a fresh spate of storms made landfall in neighboring Louisiana—the coastal city of Gulfport opened the brand-new Mississippi Aquarium to the public on Saturday, August 29.  At a ribbon-cutting event on Friday, Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes called the nearly $100-million facility "a monument...

Soon You Can Sleep Amid Giraffes in . . . the English Countryside?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/28/2020, 6:00 PM

If you want to spend the night in lodgings with up-close views of rare African animals, you usually have to go to Africa.  A famous example is the ultra-luxe Giraffe Manor hotel in the suburbs of Nairobi, Kenya, where resident Rothschild's giraffes have been known to poke their heads into open second-story windows in search of snacks.  As surprising as that encounter must be for guests, imag...

The Rules at Ski Resorts Will Be Different This Winter. Here's What to Expect

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/27/2020, 4:00 PM

What will the upcoming ski season be like this winter?  "There is no doubt this season will be different," according to Rob Katz, CEO of Vail Resorts, which operates 34 mountain resorts in North America.  Katz made that remark in an open letter released to the public this week. In the document, he outlines the changes his company is enacting in response to the coronavirus pandemic—the same c...

U.S. Tourist Faces Huge Fine and Jail Time for Breaking Canada’s Covid Laws

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/26/2020, 3:00 PM

Canada closed its border with the United States on March 21 due to the coronavirus, and the border is currently slated to remain closed at least until September 21. There's an exception, however. Americans on their way to or from Alaska are allowed to enter Canada, provided they take the most direct route possible to points of exit, avoid national parks and tourist activities, and isolate thems...

WATCH: Keep Tabs on the Newborn Panda at D.C. Zoo with Cub Cam

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/25/2020, 3:00 PM

Giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a healthy cub at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., on Friday evening.  The arrival of the tiny, pink, furless newborn was watched by so many people via the zoo's panda cams that the website briefly crashed, according to the Washington Post. Nevertheless, cameras captured the birth as well as sweet images afterward of Mei Xiang cuddling he...

WATCH: U.K. Resort Unveils Royal Trailer Home Fit for a Queen

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/24/2020, 8:00 AM

A rentable trailer home in England has been given the royal treatment.  Parkdean Resorts, which operates vacation cottages and campsites across the U.K., has unveiled a Buckingham Palace–themed unit at a retreat near Cayton Bay on England's northeastern coast.  Christened the Royal Caravan, the 2-bedroom trailer contains red velvet thrones, chandeliers in each room, Union Jack bric-a-brac, fra...

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