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Our Travel Podcasts: Summer, Star Wars, Safety, Scams

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/03/2019, 6:00 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-770AM in New York and our nationally syndicated radio program.  With Memorial Day behind us, the summer travel season has begun—and we've got a lot of news you need to know before you hit the road. First, hosts Pauline Frommer and Jas...

A Bizarre Guitar-Shaped Hotel Rises in South Florida

By Stephanie Vermillion

Posted on 05/30/2019, 12:30 PM

Music lovers can soon live out any rock-and-roll accommodation fantasies they may have as the world’s first Guitar Hotel—a 450-foot-tall guitar-shaped building with luxury guest rooms—nears completion.    The massive Guitar Hotel is part of a $1.5-billion expansion plan at the 15-year-old Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, which was previously most famous as the pla...

L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art Getting Rid of Admission Fees

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/22/2019, 8:45 PM

Pretty soon, it won't cost you a penny to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles.  The institution announced it is reducing its $15 general admission fee to $0, a move made possible by a $10 million donation from the president of MOCA's board of trustees, Carolyn Clark Powers. You'll still have to pay for special exhibits, however.  Speaking to the New York Times, museum dire...

McEmbassy? Every Austrian McDonald’s Now Offering Travel Help for Americans

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/17/2019, 3:00 PM

Thanks to a unique and, for those concerned about commerce meddling in government, somewhat unsettling partnership between McDonald's Austria and the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, all 194 of the fast food chain's outposts across Austria are now offering travel help for visiting Americans who need it.  According to the embassy's announcement on Facebook, U.S. citizens who "find themselves in distress" wh...

See Cool Gadgets and Test Your Espionage Skills at D.C.’s New Spy Museum

By Candyce H. Stapen

Posted on 05/17/2019, 12:00 AM

The new and improved International Spy Museum, which opened May 12 in Washington, D.C., claims to house “the world’s largest public display of authentic spy tools and gadgets.” Among the clever gizmos lining the walls: a shoe with a hidden microphone, a silver dollar concealing a tiny suicide syringe, a KGB lipstick pistol, and a bunch of other contraptions worthy of James Bond or at least Maxw...

Famous Thai Beach to Remain Closed Two More Years—at Least

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/13/2019, 4:00 PM

Thailand's Maya Bay, which played the titular locale in the 2000 Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Beach, is currently closed to tourists and will remain that way until at least 2021.  Officials first banned visitors from the scenic scoop of sand on the island of Koh Phi Phi Leh during the summer of 2018. The idea was to give the natural environment, particularly fragile underwater corals, a chance to ...

Learn About NYC's LGBTQ History—and Drink Beer!—on This New Walking Tour

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/09/2019, 8:00 AM

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion of June 1969, when gay and transgender bargoers resisted a police raid on the Stonewall Inn of New York City's Greenwich Village. Rioting lasted for days and launched the modern movement for LGBTQ rights.  Just in time for the big milestone, New York City Urban Adventures—part of a network of locally operated tour agencies under In...

Travel Podcasts: Food Worth Traveling For

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/07/2019, 9:00 AM

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-770AM in New York and our nationally syndicated radio program.  To start things off, hosts Pauline Frommer and Jason Cochran invite listeners to share special experiences—concerts, festivals, transporting restaurant meals—worth traveling f...

A Movie Studio’s Former Headquarters Is the Coolest New Hotel in Town

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/06/2019, 6:45 PM

A historic, copper-topped building that once housed the Australian headquarters of Paramount Pictures has been turned into a boutique hotel in one of the hippest parts of Sydney. The 29-room Paramount House Hotel, which opened this spring, occupies space that was used for the studio's offices and film storage. Incorporating the building's original features with new touches, the interior has expos...

Stroll Above the Smokies on the USA’s Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/03/2019, 1:00 PM

Eastern Tennessee is now home to the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the United States. Opening May 17, Gatlinburg SkyBridge, located in the resort town that serves as a gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, stretches 680 feet across a deep valley, offering views of downtown Gatlinburg and the surrounding mountains for those who venture across.  At its highest point, the bridge...

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