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Closed for Three Years, D.C.'s Washington Monument Finally Has a Reopening Date

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/20/2019, 12:00 AM

The Washington Monument in America's capital will reopen to the public on Thursday, September 19, the National Park Service has announced.  The 555-foot-tall marble-and-granite obelisk on the National Mall has been closed for elevator repairs since 2016. Before that, visitors were barred from entering the monument for more than two years starting in 2011, when an earthquake rattled the structure....

Liquor and Spirits: San Diego to Get a Cemetery Speakeasy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/19/2019, 12:00 AM

San Diego's El Campo Santo cemetery was established in the city's historic Old Town in 1849, and according to ghost hunters, the spirits residing there have been riled up almost ever since. A streetcar line was installed right through the middle of the burial site in the late 19th century, disturbing the eternal rest of those interred there (small brass markers in the street indicate gravesites ...

Museums Across the USA Will Be Free on Sept. 21—Here's How to Get Your Tickets

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/16/2019, 12:00 AM

A big reason why Washington, D.C., is one of the world's best cities for museum-going is that the Smithsonian Institution's attractions—including the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of Natural History (pictured), the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and many more—charge no admission to see their impressive collections. On Saturday, September 21, museums ...

You Can Now Rent Hertz Cars in Europe with a Debit Card—but Should You?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/08/2019, 11:45 AM

Rental car company Hertz and the two brands under its corporate umbrella—Dollar and Thrifty—have begun accepting debit cards as a payment option for car rentals in Europe.  Previously, a credit card was required, but that is no longer the case at Hertz, Dollar, and Thrifty locations in Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Slovakia, mainland Spain, and ...

New Zealand Unveiling Epic New Hiking Trail

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/29/2019, 4:30 PM

New Zealand's officially designated, government-maintained Great Walks give hikers access to the country's premier scenery—and that's saying something in New Zealand, whose North and South Islands serve up enough ruggedly beautiful landscapes to put even watercolor virtuoso Bob Ross to shame.  On December 1, the 10th Great Walk—and the first to receive that designation in more than 25 years—will ...

Living the Good Life (Affordably) In and Around Traverse City, Michigan

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/26/2019, 1:15 AM

In some ways, the Inn at Black Star Farms recalls Tara from Gone with the Wind. Guests are greeted in a marble-floored lobby embedded with a black star (hence the name) in front of a grand curved staircase wide enough for hoopskirted damsels to make a glam entrance. The property is not, however, from that era or located in the South. It's in Michigan's Leelanau County and was built in the 1980s...

Amtrak Introducing New Nonstop Rail Service Between NYC and DC

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/26/2019, 12:00 AM

Starting on September 23, Amtrak is offering direct rail service between New York City and Washington, D.C., aboard its sleek and speedy Acela trains. That trip currently takes about 3 hours and requires five intermediate stops in Newark, New Jersey; Philadelphia; Wilmington, Delaware; and Baltimore.  The nonstop journey, on the other hand, will shuttle you between Amtrak's two busiest hubs—New ...

Our Travel Podcasts: Traverse City and Overtourism

By Hannah Berman

Posted on 07/24/2019, 2:00 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. On our first weekly podcast, host Pauline Frommer broadcasts from Traverse City, Michigan, while Jason Cochran chimes in from England. Pauline describes Traverse City and her ...

Visiting This Australian Museum Will Require Flippers and an Oxygen Tank

By Ben Appel

Posted on 07/24/2019, 12:00 AM

Deep-sea divers with an interest in sculpture should mark their calendars for December, when the first installation of visionary artist Jason deCaires Taylor’s Museum of Underwater Art is set to be unveiled at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.  (Image by Jason deCaires Taylor) The MOUA, which will eventually comprise works at several spots around Queensland, will debut with a coastal-bas...

London Gets Its First Hard Rock Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/24/2019, 12:00 AM

The first Hard Rock Cafe opened in London in 1971.  But the city has never had a Hard Rock Hotel—until now.  The just-opened 900-room Hard Rock Hotel London occupies the building that previously housed the Cumberland Hotel near the northeast corner of Hyde Park. That's about a mile north—in almost a direct shot up Park Lane—of the first Hard Rock Cafe, which, by the way, is still in operation. ...

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