New York City Puts Hotels, Shows, and Museums on Sale for October

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/05/2021, 7:30 PM

Fall is normally New York City's most busy and expensive season, with hundreds of thousands of travelers descending on the city for business meetings, Broadway show weekends, the Halloween parade, the New York City Marathon, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, pre-Christmas shopping, and much more. But, as we all know, nothing is normal anymore. Which is why the city's official tourism department,...

TSA Lowers PreCheck Renewal Fee (but Here's How to Get It for Free)

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/05/2021, 11:00 AM

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has decided it's time to lower the charge passengers pay to renew PreCheck memberships. TSA PreCheck is one of the federal government's Trusted Traveler Programs, which pre-clear passengers for speedier processing at security checkpoints at both ends of journeys. The TSA began accepting applications for 5-year memberships in PreCheck in 2013, s...

Major Museum Dedicated to Native Americans Opens in Oklahoma City

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/28/2021, 8:00 PM

A total of 39 Tribal Nations are based in what is now known as Oklahoma. Only a handful are indigenous to the state—the rest were forcibly removed from other parts of the United States starting in the 19th century. A new, $175-million, 175,000-square-foot museum opened this month in Oklahoma City to showcase the history, culture, art, and ongoing contributions of those Native groups in a gleaming...

3 Bed, 2 Bath, 1 Poltergeist: “The Conjuring” House Is for Sale

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/27/2021, 5:15 PM

The 14-room farmhouse that inspired the hit horror movie The Conjuring can be yours for $1.2 million. Fair warning: You might have some spectral squatters to deal with. A listing for the historic, 8.5-acre property in Burrillville, Rhode Island (about a 40-minute drive northwest of Providence), appeared last week on the website for Mott & Chace Sotheby's International Realty. In the 1970s, g...

“Silence of the Lambs” House Now Rentable for Skin-Crawling Overnight Stays

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/25/2021, 6:00 AM

Fictional serial killer Buffalo Bill is famously a pretty terrible host in The Silence of the Lambs. Nevertheless, the three-story, four-bedroom southwestern Pennsylvania home that served as the character's residence and grisly tailoring workshop in the creepy, Oscar-winning 1991 thriller is now taking overnight guests. Recently purchased by Chris Rowan, who works as an art director and prop sty...

Pioneering Daredevils of Rock Climbing Are on Top at New Yosemite Museum

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/24/2021, 6:00 AM

The sheer granite cliffs of California's Yosemite National Park are the "center of the rock-climbing universe," according to the nail-biting 2018 documentary Free Solo, which follows climber Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to summit the 3,000-foot-tall El Capitan without a rope. Now Yosemite has its own museum dedicated to the sport. The Yosemite Climbing Museum, which opened this s...

Gorgeous Photo Book Celebrates 90 Years of Stars and Style at The Carlyle Hotel in NYC

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/21/2021, 6:00 AM

The Carlyle in New York City is the sort of place where a princess, a pop star, and a titan of business might share an elevator. And we're not exaggerating: Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, and Steve Jobs once did exactly that, as recounted in the 2018 documentary Always at The Carlyle. A long roster of past and present A-listers have named the Madison Avenue hotel one of their favorite Manhatta...

Apple Users in 8 States Can Soon Use Their Phones as ID at Airports

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/17/2021, 12:00 PM

A lot of Apple customers will soon be able to leave their IDs in their bags when going through airport security. Earlier this month, the company announced that eight U.S. states have signed on to a new system that allows iPhone owners to store government-validated digital versions of their driver's licenses on smartphones. To participate, iPhone users simply scan their driver's licenses and add t...

All-Inclusive Resort Chains Sandals and Beaches Set New Standard for Covid Guarantees

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/17/2021, 8:00 AM

Sandals Resorts International is redefining the term "all-inclusive" to fit the needs of pandemic-era travelers. The vacation company operates beachfront properties under the Beaches and Sandals banners in Saint Lucia, Jamaica (the Sandals Royal Caribbean is pictured above), Antigua, the Bahamas, Grenada, Barbados, Turks & Caicos, and Curaçao. No, the company is not throwing in free spa tre...

Chile Reopens for Tourism—with Lots of Red Tape

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/16/2021, 10:00 AM

Chile, like many countries, declared itself off-limits to international tourism about a year and a half ago. Starting October 1, the South American country is finally putting itself back on the market. But the host of requirements introduced would be difficult to fulfill on a backcountry hiking vacation to remote places such as eastern Patagonia and Torres del Paine National Park (pictured above)...

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