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Would You Climb This Heart-Stopping Sky Ladder 400 Feet Above the Utah Desert?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/08/2021, 6:00 PM

Thrill chasers who are no longer moved by the prospect of crossing yet another trembling suspension bridge dangling hundreds of feet over a gorge have a new way to get the spine tingling again. Southern Utah's ultra-luxe Amangiri resort, set on 600 arid acres near Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, has unveiled the new Cave Peak Stairway, which is like a suspension bridge, only more h...

Road Rage, USA: Which Places Have the Most Stressed-Out Drivers?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/08/2021, 1:00 PM

Considering a road trip this year? There may be a few speed bumps, including an unusual shortage of rental cars and potential sellouts at campgrounds for overnight stays. And as more drivers return after months of inaction, there will be stress points on the highways. The website FleetLogging.com, which helps businesses manage commercial vehicles, just put out a 2021 survey on that very topic. ...

Act Soon for Amtrak's Terrific BOGO Sale on Private Roomettes For Summer Travel

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/06/2021, 1:00 PM

You'll have to book this one soon. The deadline is April 16, but if you're lucky enough to get this bring-a-companion-for-free deal, you will both be traveling at the height of the summer season: June 1 through September 31. It's a hugely appealing offer, because Amtrak's roomettes have some nifty perks attached to them, including comfortable chairs that convert into beds, complimentary meal...

The Motel from "Schitt's Creek" Is for Sale! (Wig Wall Not Included)

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/01/2021, 6:00 PM

The Ontario motel used for exterior shots on the TV comedy Schitt's Creek is up for sale.  Located on 6.7 wooded acres in the town of Mono about 55 miles north of Toronto, the Hockley Motel stood in for the Rosebud Motel on the beloved, eminently quotable Canadian series, which aired from 2015–20 and is available now for compulsive repeat viewings on Netflix.  On the show, the shabby motel b...

USVI’s First New Resort in Three Decades Is on a Lush Private Isle

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/31/2021, 7:00 PM

The U.S. Virgin Islands have their first built-from-the-ground-up new resort in more than 30 years, and the place has a pristine cay almost entirely to itself. Reached via a 10-minute ride on a private ferry from St. Thomas or St. John, Lovango Resort and Beach Club currently offers accommodations in a luxe hilltop villa, with cottages and glamping sites soon to follow. The oceanside beach c...

Celebrity's Newest Ship Will Avoid America by Sailing to Greece and Israel

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/30/2021, 3:00 PM

Yet another major cruise ship has been added to the growing lineup of vessels eager to serve American vacationers—but not in the United States. With the U.S. government's Conditional Sailing Order still hampering the full return of cruising to Yankee shores, Celebrity has elected to send the new Celebrity Apex to Greece. Starting June 19, the long-delayed ship will debut with 7-night trips o...

How You Can See the Louvre's Entire Collection Online for Free

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/29/2021, 6:00 PM

All 480,000 or so objects in the collection of the Louvre in Paris have been cataloged online for the first time. For free, you can peruse every last priceless painting, armless statue, and any other work—from the Mona Lisa to some half-forgotten Etruscan oddity—at the museum's new collections website.   The database includes entries for everything that's currently on display, in storage, on lo...

Southwest Gives Up on Social Distancing During Boarding, Blaming Crowds

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/29/2021, 2:00 PM

This post, originally published March 24, has been updated below with news of another operational change at Southwest Airlines.  We were kind of hoping airlines would keep the streamlined, more sensible boarding procedures adopted at the height of the pandemic to minimize crowding at gates and in the aisles of planes. No such luck. Earlier this month, JetBlue decided to stop loading plane...

Find a Town That Will Pay You to Relocate There with This Online Directory

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/29/2021, 12:00 PM

As we learned in the last year, travel doesn't have to mean vacation only. Relocation can be a type of journeying, too, especially for those who can work remotely. During the pandemic, many destinations have tried to make up for drops in tourism by enticing gainfully employed digital nomads. In fact, a growing number of cities and towns are paying people to relocate.  When there's a trend...

Vail Resorts Cuts Price of Multiresort Ski Pass by 20% for 2021–22

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/26/2021, 6:00 PM

A season pass to ski at some of the top mountain resorts in North America will be significantly cheaper next winter. Vail Resorts, which operates dozens of properties, began selling its Epic Pass this week for the 2021–22 ski season—and the price is 20% lower than last year.  For $783, skiers and snowboarders get unlimited access at 37 resorts with the pass. Previously, the cost was $979. ...

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