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What’s New In Las Vegas? Everything! (So What Else is New?)

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/04/2014, 1:00 AM

The world spins a bit faster in Vegas, though it’s no longer the swoosh of the roulette wheel that’s powering change in Sin City. It’s demographics. “Las Vegas is getting much younger crowds than it used to,” says Rick Garman, founder of Vegas4Visitors.com (and the author of the Frommer’s EasyGuide to Las Vegas). “They’re not coming for the casinos, they’re coming for the concerts and...

Four North American Museum Exhibits That Will Be Worth Traveling to See This Summer

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/03/2014, 11:15 PM

Thousands showed up when relics from King Tut’s tomb toured; and museum-goers slept overnight on the pavement to see the designs of Alexander McQueen when they were exhibited at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum in 2011. But a show doesn’t have to be a blockbuster to make it “trip worthy”. Here are my picks for four museum shows that are definitely worth planning a vacation around (in n...

The Eyes Have It: Observation Wheels Are Going Up Everywhere, But Do You Care Anymore?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/24/2014, 3:15 PM

The New York Wheel, now in planning   Washington has a brand new attraction. The new, 180-foot-tall Capital Wheel just opened in the DC area.     If it wanted to corner the market on DC views, it's five days late. The Washington Monument just re-opened this week after being repaired from damage from the unexpected 2011 earthquake.   Actually, it's about 15 years l...

The Eyes Have It: Observation Wheels Are Going Up Everywhere, But Do You Care Anymore?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/24/2014, 3:15 PM

The New York Wheel, now in planning   Washington has a brand new attraction. The new, 180-foot-tall Capital Wheel just opened in the DC area.     If it wanted to corner the market on DC views, it's five days late. The Washington Monument just re-opened this week after being repaired from damage from the unexpected 2011 earthquake.   Actually, it's about 15 years l...

New York City's New 9/11 Memorial Museum: A Review

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/23/2014, 3:45 PM

For well over two millennia, humans have been telling one another stories of the dangers of looking back at evil or death. Lot’s wife turned to a pillar of salt because she dared glance over her shoulder into the maw of destruction. Orpheus lost his beloved forever for the same reason: he turned around before he’d reached the realm of light. And in a case of real life imitating, well, ico...

In Terms of its Controversial Social Policies, Amsterdam Remains One of the Most Interesting of European Cities--You'll Want to Schedule a Stay

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/22/2014, 7:15 PM

     In a long-ago time when Amsterdam was thought to be "quaint", a place of tulips and wooden shoes, I wrote a travel guide called "Surprising Amsterdam", whose point was that Amsterdam wasn't quaint or super-annuated at all..        In it, and in associated lectures I delivered, I argued that far from being quaint, Amsterdam was a devilish, in-your-face, unexpected center of red lig...

Ever Heard of the "Upper West Side"? It's My Own Favorite Stomping Ground, Which Apparently Stamps Me as Something of a Square

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/22/2014, 5:15 PM

         Let me start with a disclaimer:  I am well aware that visitors to New York come here for the city's most famous sights:  the U.N., Broadway Shows, Rockefeller Center, Ground Zero, the "Met", Museum of Modern Art, the Opera, the Empire State Building, Fifth Avenue.  But they miss something, in my prejudiced view, by failing to sample the unique New York life that several major ...

But I Usually Prefer Paris to Everywhere Else on Earth. Why is That?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/15/2014, 1:00 AM

       It always happens.  Towards the end of every TV, radio or newspaper interview, I am asked, "If you could vacation in only one  place in the world, where would it be?"  And  I disappoint the questioner by responding not with an exotic or colorful choice--like New Guinea or Montevideo--but simply with the city of Paris.  And while the deflated interviewer changes the subject, I ...

A Multitude of Americans Will be Traveling to Italy this Summer and Fall, and I've Been Prompted to Remember the Reasons Why

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/15/2014, 12:45 AM

     The appeal of Italy to American vacationers is one of the great    enduring phenomena of travel. Although it costs considerably more to fly    to Rome than to London or Paris, an awesome number of Americans will    soon make the trip. I can understand their motivations.          I was overwhelmed by my own first contact with Italy. I was so    affec...

T-Mobile's Simple Global International Roaming: Should Travelers Switch?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/13/2014, 2:30 PM

T-Mobile has been working to publicize its new no-contract Simple Choice plans of late, and perhaps with good reason: There are still a fair number of travelers who are not aware of the advantages of its roaming features, Simple Global. Whereas once all the major carriers charged shocking rates for the right to travel abroad, forcing most of us to leave our phones turned off, its new pla...

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