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Visit Kentucky Horse Farms with New Virtual Tours

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/26/2020, 5:15 PM

The Kentucky Derby, usually held on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, has been postponed to September 5 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But you can keep tabs on the state's equine goings-on in the meantime, thanks to a new slate of virtual tours and social media events organized by the farms, medical clinics, and other businesses that make up Kentucky Horse Country n...

Spring Breaker Who Vowed to Party Despite COVID-19: I Was Wrong

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/24/2020, 1:00 PM

Remember that die-hard spring breaker who went viral on the internet last week for saying he wouldn't mind going viral in a literal sense for the noble cause of partying? "If I get corona, I get corona," he said in a TV news interview from Miami, making us all want to do a real-life interpretation of the face-palm emoji, if only that wouldn't involve, you know, touching our faces. "At the en...

This Strip Club Has a Novel Take on Social Distancing

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/20/2020, 7:00 PM

On March 17, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak issued an executive order closing all casinos, bars, gyms, restaurants and other non-essential businesses to help keep citizens a safe distance apart. But that doesn't mean the show at Little Darlings will go dark. Starting this Saturday, according to director of operations Ryan Carlson, the club will offer a drive-through strip show. Customers will stay in...

A Frommer's Intern Travels Home from Spain During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Chloe Arrojado

Posted on 03/20/2020, 12:00 AM

Last Monday, my coworkers at the schools in Spain where I was employed as a teaching assistant told me not to worry about the coronavirus. The next day, I was told I wouldn't be working for at least two weeks.  Since September, I had been living in La Rioja, the northern region best-known for its red wine. I was helping with English classes at three different schools in the small town of Nájera...

North America's Largest Outdoor Adventure Course Coming to Chicago Suburbs

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/12/2020, 11:30 AM

A huge new outdoor adventure park is scheduled to open this summer in the Chicago suburbs. Set on 300 wooded acres in the town of Lemont (located about 30 miles southwest of the city's Loop), The Forge: Lemont Quarries Adventure Park will get adrenaline pumping with a range of invigorating activities, many involving navigating the park's leafy canopy. The centerpiece of the Forge is what's b...

The Best View in Dublin Just Got Better (And You Get Free Beer)

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/09/2020, 3:45 PM

The Guinness Storehouse, Dublin's seven-story shrine to its beloved dry stout, has just unveiled the results of a €20-million ($23 million) renovation of the Gravity Bar on the building's top floor. Since opening in 2000, the bar has been a hit with visitors thanks to its floor-to-ceiling windows offering far-reaching city views from a height of over 150 feet. Also helping the bar's popularity:...

New River Cruise Ship from AmaWaterways Coming to the Nile

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/06/2020, 3:30 PM

The 25th ship from river cruise line AmaWaterways will set sail on the Nile next year. Dubbed the AmaDahlia, the brand-new vessel will transport passengers on an 11-day "Secrets of Egypt and the Nile" itinerary that includes 7 days on the water as well as pre- and post-cruise stays at the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence in the Egyptian capital. The Nile portion of the journey...

Amtrak Launches New Ultralow Fares. Is There a Catch?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/28/2020, 6:00 PM

Amtrak is trying out its own version of a Basic Economy fare. In air travel, that kind of ticket goes for relatively low prices but comes with a number of restrictions. To name a few of the most annoying: You can't pick your seat in advance, you can't cancel or upgrade, and, on some carriers such as United Airlines, you can't stash your carry-on in the overhead compartment. Starting on March...

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Reopens Walk-Through Lava Tube

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/25/2020, 3:00 PM

After nearly two years, one of the most popular attractions at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island has reopened to the public. Nahuku-Thurston Lava Tube, a walk-through cave that was created by molten rock, had been closed since May 2018, when the entire park was shut down following an earthquake and destructive volcanic eruptions. Sections of the park began reopening in Septemb...

In Pompeii, An Ancient Brothel Reopens for Visitors

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/25/2020, 2:00 PM

In the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, three residences that had been closed for years due to safety concerns are once again open to the public. The Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism announced in a statement that the House of Lovers, the House of the Europa Ship, and the House of the Orchard have all been restored as part of the ongoing Great Pompeii Project. Th...

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