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Las Vegas Casinos Have an Official Reopening Date

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/27/2020, 12:00 AM

Casino resorts in Las Vegas and elsewhere throughout Nevada will reopen to the public on Thursday, June 4, the state's governor, Steve Sisolak, has announced. “We’ve taken every precaution possible," Sisolak told reporters during a telephone news conference on May 26. "I don’t think you’re going to find a safer place to come than Las Vegas.” The move has the backing of state health experts, ...

Our Weekly Travel Podcasts: Reopening Beaches, Orlando, and Vegas

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/26/2020, 6:15 PM

Each week, Frommer's brings you two fresh podcasts stuffed with travel tips, news, and inspiration. Recordings are made from our weekly call-in show on WABC in New York and our nationally syndicated radio program. Listen anytime at Frommers.com/podcast.  With Memorial Day behind us, you might be dreaming of beaches—and you're not alone. Cohosts Pauline Frommer and Jason Cochran recall...

What to Expect at TSA Screenings This Summer

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/21/2020, 11:00 AM

Know the TSA's new policies for airport screenings in the summer of the pandemic....

Annual Ranking Crowns USA's Best Beach. But Is It Open?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/21/2020, 7:00 AM

Grayton Beach State Park in the Florida Panhandle is the new best beach in the United States, according to the annual ranking by coastal expert Stephen Leatherman, a Florida International University professor better known as Dr. Beach.  Leatherman has been releasing his top 10 beaches list at the start of every summer since 1991. Among his evaluation criteria: water and sand quality as well as ...

MGM Resorts Bringing Back a Favorite Vegas Perk

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/19/2020, 10:00 AM

When the Las Vegas Strip reopens after the coronavirus lockdown, free parking will be making a Sin City comeback as well.  Once a standard feature at casino hotels along the Strip, the perk began to disappear in 2016, when MGM Resorts led the way in eliminating free parking at its 12 Vegas properties.  Most other resorts in town followed, though Wynn Resorts went back to free parking at its ...

Our Weekly Travel Podcasts: Airline Masks, Charities, and Border Testing

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/18/2020, 2:00 PM

Each week, Frommer's brings you two fresh podcasts stuffed with travel tips, news, and inspiration. Recordings are made from our weekly call-in show on WABC in New York and our nationally syndicated radio program. Listen anytime at Frommers.com/podcast.  Masks and Covid-19 test results have become the year's must-have items for travelers. Yet airlines are reportedly not enforcing thei...

Las Vegas Casinos Planning to Reopen—But They Won't Be the Same

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/15/2020, 3:00 PM

There is still no reopening date for the Las Vegas Strip.  The casinos along that normally overbusy thoroughfare are waiting for the go-ahead from Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and the Nevada Gaming Control Board.  But in the meantime, nearly three dozen Strip properties have taken a very on-brand gamble by opening reservations for as soon as May 22, the Friday before Memorial Day.  Among the...

L.A.'s Hollywood Bowl Cancels Summer Concerts

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/14/2020, 8:30 AM

For the first time in 98 years, there will be no concerts this summer at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.  The Greek-style outdoor amphitheater, set in a canyon in the Hollywood Hills, is the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra. But the venue also hosts an array of performances in a number of music genres—classical, jazz, pop, soul, rock, country, and many more—as well as fi...

Europe Has a Plan to Save Summer Travel—But Will Non-Europeans Be Welcome?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/13/2020, 10:30 AM

The European Union laid out a plan today for salvaging the summer travel season—at least, for Europeans.  Facing bleak economic prospects due to a drying up of tourism amid the pandemic lockdown, the EU's governing body, the European Commmission, released a set of guidelines for reopening the continent's internal borders and restarting travel infrastructure. The main thrust of the commission...

Extreme Social Distancing: Restaurant for One Opens in Swedish Meadow

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/13/2020, 9:00 AM

You don't have to worry about sitting too close to other diners at a new restaurant in Sweden. The restaurant's name, Bord för En, translates to Table for One, and it's just that: one table for one diner in the middle of a field.  There are no waiters. The preset menu's three courses arrive in a picnic basket from the kitchen window (about 50 yards away) via a rope-and-pulley system.  The...

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