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The New Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C. Is Overwhelmed with Interest

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/25/2017, 7:00 PM

It's such a remarkable attraction that it has been packed with more visitors than it expected, so if you want to go, you'll need to plan ahead....

Senator Promises to Fight New Airline Fees

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/25/2017, 12:00 AM

Following an example set earlier by United Airlines, American Airlines announced last week that use of overhead bins on flights will no longer be free for every passenger. A condition of the carriers' new "basic economy" fares is that customers who opt for those low rates will be allowed only one carry-on bag—and it has to fit underneath the seats. Under United's basic economy system, which s...

No-Tourist Zone Around Newly Restored Colosseum Proposed

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/24/2017, 12:00 AM

After almost three years, the Colosseum in Rome has finished undergoing a restoration financed by high-end leather-goods maker Tod's. Now some local officials want to make the historic site less accessible to visitors. The idea of a "no-go zone" around the Colosseum has been raised in response to recent incidents involving tourists behaving badly. The latest: On January 14, two Brazilian vi...

Amtrak's Winter Park Express Offers Affordable Day Trips Between Denver and Ski Resort

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/23/2017, 12:00 AM

Attention, budget-conscious winter sports enthusiasts: After a seven-year break, Amtrak has brought back the Winter Park Express, which travels between Denver's Union Station and the base of the Winter Park ski resort. On Saturdays and Sundays until March 26, trains depart Denver at 7am, arriving at Winter Park two hours later. The return trip starts from the mountain resort at 4:30pm. That...

Looking for a Caribbean Vacation? Here’s a Tweetlike Appraisal of 11 Islands, Less Than 140 Characters Apiece

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/22/2017, 7:00 PM

Which Caribbean island is the best? Arthur Frommer boils the major ones down to what to see and do on each one....

Days When You Can Visit U.S. National Parks for Free in 2017

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/20/2017, 12:00 AM

The first of 2017's free-admission days at U.S. national parks is already behind us—it was Martin Luther King Day. But before the year is over you'll have nine more chances to enjoy at no charge all the sites maintained by the National Park Service—from all-time faves like Yosemite and Yellowstone to overlooked gems such as Big Bend in Texas and Crater Lake in Oregon. Here are the remainin...

American Airlines Announces No-Frills Basic Economy Fares

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/19/2017, 12:00 AM

Joining other major carriers including Delta and United, American Airlines has announced that it too will soon begin offering low, no-frills "basic economy" fares on certain flights. Customers can expect to start seeing the new rates—which will be cheaper than those for any other seats in the cabin—in February, when the company will introduce them in 10 cities, with more locations expected t...

Fort Lauderdale Launches Ads to Attract Transgender Travelers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/18/2017, 12:00 AM

(photo: Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau) Doing its part to attract GLBT travelers and anybody else who prizes diversity and inclusiveness, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched a marketing campaign featuring transgender models. Starting this month, the tourism ads, which can be seen above, are appearing in media outlets aimed a...

In Final Days in Office, Obama Designates Five New National Monuments

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/17/2017, 12:00 AM

On Thursday, during Barack Obama's last full week in office, the president did for the (probably) last time something he's done more than anybody else who's occupied the White House: He designated some new national monuments. Five of them, to be exact. Exercising his power under the 1906 Antiquities Act to preserve sites of historic, cultural, and ecological importance, Obama added three ...

JetBlue Now Offers Free Wi-Fi for All on Every Flight

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/13/2017, 12:00 AM

JetBlue has good news for passengers terrified of spending a single solitary second away from the internet: The carrier now offers free high-speed Wi-Fi at every seat on every flight within the contiguous United States. Introduced in 2013, the airline's Fly-Fi network has finally been expanded to the entire fleet of aircraft. What's more, you don't have to wait until the plane reaches a crui...

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