WATCH: An Otterly Adorable Vancouver Aquarium Livestream

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/13/2020, 3:00 PM

With all due respect to Hello Kitty's homepage and the Instagrammed birth announcement of your cousin's kid, we have found the cutest thing on the internet.  It's a livestream starring Joey, a baby sea otter who was discovered earlier this summer on a beach in Kyuquot, British Columbia. Just days old and alone (his mother is thought to have died), Joey was rescued by the Ocean Wise Marine Ma...

Airport Will Be Renamed to Honor Frederick Douglass

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/13/2020, 9:00 AM

Greater Rochester International Airport in Rochester, New York, is getting a name change to pay tribute to one of the city's most important past residents.  Pretty soon, visitors to the area, located along Lake Ontario about midway between Buffalo and Syracuse, will fly into Frederick Douglass—Greater Rochester International Airport.  The Monroe County Legislature voted in favor of the chang...

Road Trip Essential: Map of Fastest Route to USA’s Top Breakfast Spots

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/12/2020, 9:00 AM

One key to a successful road trip is maximizing your pit stops, and we've found an online resource that could help considerably.  SavingSpot, a personal finance site sponsored by CashNetUSA, has created what it's calling the "ultimate American breakfast roadmap" connecting the most popular breakfast restaurants in the United States.  After identifying the highest-rated purveyors of pancakes ...

The Best U.S. National Parks for Bicycling

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/10/2020, 5:30 PM

Bike-friendly American national parks with terrain for all fitness levels and protected pathways for avoiding cars


WATCH: Rolling Stones Video Takes Over London's Vacant Claridge's Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/07/2020, 7:00 PM

Leave it to the Rolling Stones to find a way to create mayhem in a hotel room even when the hotel is closed.  The just-released music video for the band's latest single, "Scarlet" (which was actually recorded in 1974 with Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page but is only coming out now), was shot entirely on location at the landmark Claridge's hotel in London. Temporarily shuttered due to the pandemic, ...

Like Ike? D.C.’s Eisenhower Memorial to Open After Long Controversy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/06/2020, 2:00 PM

Dwight D. Eisenhower might have been a calm and steady World War II commander and two-term U.S. president, but the effort to honor him with a memorial in Washington, D.C., sure did stir up a maelstrom of controversy. Commissioned by Congress in 1999, the project hired famed architect Frank Gehry in 2010. His unconventional, verging-on-unheroic initial designs—centering on a gigantic metal scrim...

A Former Drive-In Theater in the Utah Desert Is Now a Glamping Retreat

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/05/2020, 9:00 AM

Camping and drive-in movie theaters are two forms of good old-fashioned fun that have grown hugely popular again this summer, as we're all on the lookout for socially distanced recreation options.  A new retreat in southern Utah manages to combine both resurgent trends.  Set amid dusty scrubland and mighty rock formations near Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Yonder Escalante has...

Yo, Semites! Funding Boost to U.S. National Parks Signed Into Law

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/04/2020, 10:00 AM

How about some good news for a change? Bipartisan legislation to devote almost $3 billion each year to conservation efforts and the upkeep of U.S. national parks has passed into law. The Great American Outdoors Act, which Frommer's has been championing for a while now, requires full, permanent, and mandatory funding to the tune of $900 million annually for the 1964 Land and Water Conservatio...

Is Brazil Nuts? Amid a Covid-19 Surge, It Reopens Tourism

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/03/2020, 4:00 PM

In a move that feels downright Floridian, the government of Brazil reopened the borders to international tourists on the same day the country reported single-day records for coronavirus deaths and infections.  According to figures compiled by the New York Times, there have been more than 2.7 million confirmed cases of the virus in Brazil and more than 94,000 deaths—only the United States has be...

We’re All Invited to a Nationwide Campout

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/31/2020, 10:00 AM

Outdoor clothing company Eddie Bauer is promoting its 100th birthday with an event that fits perfectly with the retailer's brand and with our current need for safe, socially distanced pastimes.  For Sleep Under the Stars Night on Saturday, August 8, the company is encouraging everybody to spend a night outside, whether that means camping in the backcountry, pitching a tent in the backyard, or s...

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