Las Vegas Casinos Have an Official Reopening Date

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/27/2020, 12:00 AM

Casino resorts in Las Vegas and elsewhere throughout Nevada will reopen to the public on Thursday, June 4, the state's governor, Steve Sisolak, has announced. “We’ve taken every precaution possible," Sisolak told reporters during a telephone news conference on May 26. "I don’t think you’re going to find a safer place to come than Las Vegas.” The move has the backing of state health experts, ...

Walt Disney World Parks Plan to Return July 11 with New Rules

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/27/2020, 12:00 AM

Walt Disney World near Orlando has presented its reopening plan to local authorities, revealing an intention to reopen in stages beginning Saturday, July 11. The gradual process begins on that date (after a few days of soft opening for testing) with the Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom opening their gates to guests. Sister parks Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios (site of the new Sta...

Our Weekly Travel Podcasts: Reopening Beaches, Orlando, and Vegas

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/26/2020, 6:15 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 in New York and our nationally syndicated radio program. Listen anytime at  With Memorial Day behind us, you might be dreaming of beaches—and you're not alone. Cohosts Pauline Frommer and Jason Cochran recall...

Universal Orlando's Theme Parks Reopen June 5 with Strict New Rules

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/22/2020, 4:00 PM

Universal Orlando Resort is bringing Harry Potter back. The resort's post-coronavirus operating plan received government approval this week, so Universal's two theme parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure (including the two halves of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, pictured), will be back in business on Friday, June 5. Mind you, it will be a dramatically different business. ...

The UK Announces New Entry Requirements, And They're Tough

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/22/2020, 2:30 PM

The United Kingdom has announced the first stage of its coronavirus reopening plan—and critics are saying it's no better than staying closed. As of June 8, all arrivals will be required to quarantine for 14 days.  Newly landed passengers must fill out a form and provide an address at which they can be found for the next 14 days. It can be a private address or a hotel, but it must be at the t...

Annual Ranking Crowns USA's Best Beach. But Is It Open?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/21/2020, 7:00 AM

Grayton Beach State Park in the Florida Panhandle is the new best beach in the United States, according to the annual ranking by coastal expert Stephen Leatherman, a Florida International University professor better known as Dr. Beach.  Leatherman has been releasing his top 10 beaches list at the start of every summer since 1991. Among his evaluation criteria: water and sand quality as well as ...

Beach Blanket Bingo: Seaside Reopening Rules Are Shore Confusing

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 05/20/2020, 1:00 PM

Summer's going to be complicated. Beaches around the world may be reopening, but that doesn't mean each place is welcoming back sun seekers the same way.  If you were thinking you could just pack a towel and hit the sand, you might find yourself sunblocked. Just look at the wildly different policies at these global beach destinations—rules range from requiring apps to banning naps. The...

MGM Resorts Bringing Back a Favorite Vegas Perk

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/19/2020, 10:00 AM

When the Las Vegas Strip reopens after the coronavirus lockdown, free parking will be making a Sin City comeback as well.  Once a standard feature at casino hotels along the Strip, the perk began to disappear in 2016, when MGM Resorts led the way in eliminating free parking at its 12 Vegas properties.  Most other resorts in town followed, though Wynn Resorts went back to free parking at its ...

St. Lucia's Reopening Plan Might Predict the Future of Caribbean Vacations

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/18/2020, 4:00 PM

To date, the mountainous Caribbean paradise of St. Lucia has recorded just 18 Covid-19 cases. Everyone has recovered, and the island wants to get back to business. The problem for this family-friendly isle is that its biggest market, the United States, has the most viral cases on the planet. How can you get back to business if your main customer is so troubled? St. Lucia's authorities have c...

Send Your Taste Buds on a Road Trip with These Regional Recipes

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/18/2020, 3:00 PM

Long before "foodie travel" became a term anybody used, Jane and Michael Stern published Roadfood in 1977. That first guidebook to the best regional eateries in the United States spawned a whole series of books as well as a beloved website with the same name. But with no one hitting the road much these days, Roadfood has pivoted to recipes, supplying home chefs with instructions for re-creating...

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