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How to Watch the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge for Free Online

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/15/2020, 4:45 AM

The annual summer solstice gathering at Stonehenge has been canceled this year due to the pandemic—but don't worry: There's a virtual workaround. The longest day of the year is usually one of the rare occasions when English Heritage, which manages the site, allows visitors to get up close to the mysterious circle of enormous standing stones near Salisbury in Wiltshire, England. (The rest of the...

Hurtigruten Will Go from England and Germany to the Northern Lights and Fjords

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/12/2020, 12:00 AM

Don't sleep on Hurtigruten! The Norwegian ship line has been doing everything it can to become a household name outside of Norway, and not even the pandemic is slowing the effort down. The company (which used to have the ho-hum name of Norwegian Coastal Voyages) was once focused on providing comfortable overnight ferry service up and down the Norwegian coast—in fact, it's been doing that for 12...

Disneyland Plans to Reopen in July on Its 65th Birthday

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/10/2020, 4:00 PM

Update, June 24: Disneyland Resort has postponed the planned July 17 reopening for its two theme parks, and it has not yet set a new date. “The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4,” a Disney statement said. “Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we...

Maine Announces New Ways Tourists Can Get Around Its 14-Day Quarantine

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/10/2020, 9:00 AM

Maine, more than most destinations, has been between a rock and a hard place. And I'm not describing the famously jagged coastline. Not only is Maine unusually reliant on tourism—it's the top industry—but because of the state's northerly location, it has a woefully short vacation season it needs to make the most of.  In this pandemic era, Maine has the bad luck of getting the lion's share of...

Glamping Retreat in Utah Takes Social Distancing to a Whole New Level

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/09/2020, 5:00 PM

It's an odd time to be debuting any kind of tourism facility. But a new luxury encampment in southeastern Utah may be just right for our era. The retreat promises to give guests all the benefits of social distancing in wide open spaces with none of the drawbacks of roughing it.  Set to open on July 1, Camp Sarika by Amangiri features accommodations for up to 30 people in 10 tented pavilions am...

Which U.S. Airline Is the Worst About Giving Pandemic Refunds?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/08/2020, 11:00 AM

Government complaints filed in March by consumers against airlines jumped by 347% compared to the previous year, according to newly released data from the Department of Transportation (DOT) concerning the month when the coronavirus pandemic brought travel to a standstill.  The federal agency fielded a total of 5,064 air travel complaints in March 2020, up from 1,132 in March 2019.  As you mi...

Miss Airports? Watch This Hilarious Homemade Re-Creation of Flying

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/05/2020, 2:00 PM

A lot of us have had to cancel travel plans lately. But few have responded with the DIY élan of Dana Jondahl.  When her annual birthday trip was nixed by the pandemic, the 34-year-old Minnesotan created her own at-home simulation of the entire air travel experience—from arriving at the airport to landing at her destination—and posted a delightful 3-minute silent movie–style video of the whole t...

Do Not Disturb Until 2021: South Africa Takes Huge Gamble with Tourism

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/04/2020, 3:00 PM

From Caribbean islands to European culture capitals, most destinations with economies that depend to a significant degree on tourism are in a hurry to welcome international visitors again. The strictness of entry requirements and safety restrictions varies by location (and Frommer's is keeping track), but the message is the same: We're back in business—and we need yours.  But a handful of place...

Meet Orlando’s New Safety Mascot: Social Distancing Skunk Ape at Gatorland

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/03/2020, 12:45 PM

Orlando's Gatorland, a wildlife park and venerable locus of Florida kitsch, reopened to visitors on May 23, getting the jump on the region's larger, younger, slicker family-friendly attractions such as Universal Orlando Resort (set to reopen June 5) and Walt Disney World (July 11).  And here's something else Gatorland has that its rivals lack: the Social Distancing Skunk Ape, a woolly health-an...

Plan U.S. Travel With This New Interactive Map of Each State's Covid-19 Rules

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/02/2020, 1:00 PM

We need to give a big thank you to the National Governors Association. It just created an interactive map, the Covid-19 State and Territory Actions Tracker (pictured above in a screenshot). The free new tool makes summer road trips much easier. It shows, at a glance, the policies in any state you might be visiting. For example, those who might be driving into Maine, Rhode Island, Kansas, or ...

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