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Another U.S. Airline to Charge for Checking Your Oversize Carry-On at the Gate

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/30/2021, 11:00 AM

There's a moment in most movie westerns when the hero walks into town and everybody on the street slowly turns to give him a beady stare. I had that experience when I flew Ryanair in Europe in 2011. My daughter and I walked into the boarding area for our flight, and pretty soon I could feel the eyes of every other passenger in the vicinity. They weren't worried because a new sheriff had come...

Almost Fully Assembled, Legoland New York to Open This Summer

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/30/2021, 1:00 AM

Legoland New York Resort, a 150-acre theme park devoted to colorful plastic bricks in the Hudson Valley north of New York City, was supposed to open on July 4, 2020. But like an older sibling shattering the Lego castle you spent all afternoon building, the pandemic upended the original plan.  New York State cleared outdoor amusement parks to resume welcoming guests at limited capacity on Apr...

A "50% Off" Flash Sale for Amtrak's 50th Birthday

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 04/29/2021, 5:00 PM

America's national railway is turning the big 5-0, and in celebration, Amtrak is halving the cost of most journeys for the coming months. But there are significant exceptions, deadlines, and other details, so let's look at those. Timing: Travelers must book tickets by May 5 and travel between June 2 and November 13, 2021. Class: The discount is only for coach fares, except on the Acela, w...

Which Countries Are the Best—and Worst—for Digital Nomads?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/28/2021, 2:00 PM

When the pandemic turned all of our lives upside down, a bunch of people opted to rotate the wheel another 180 degrees and move somewhere new. Suddenly able to work remotely, they were free to explore different countries and cultures as semi-permanent residents.  To make these transitions easier—and to cushion the blow from a loss in tourism due to Covid-19—many countries created digital nomad ...

A Brazilian Town Is Building a Christ Statue Even Bigger Than Rio’s

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/26/2021, 12:00 AM

Brazil is already the world's undisputed capital of very-tall-Jesus tourism, thanks to the Christ the Redeemer statue on Mount Corcovado overlooking Rio de Janeiro.  Now an even taller Jesus is under construction about 900 miles (1,500km) away in the town of Encantado in Brazil's southernmost state, Rio Grande do Sul. When finished, the iron-and-concrete savior, named Christ the Protector (o...

Washington, D.C.'s National Mall Finally Has a World War I Memorial

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/22/2021, 5:00 PM

More than a century after World War I ended, the nation's capital has opened its first official government memorial devoted to the Americans who served in that conflict. The U.S. flag was raised for the first time over the World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C., on April 16, signaling that visitors are now welcome to tour the site, which is part of the National Mall and Memorial Parks unit ma...

Acadia National Park to Require Reservations for Popular Drive

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/21/2021, 5:00 PM

Planning a national park vacation in the U.S.A. this summer? Be sure to actually plan! As we told you a few weeks ago, popular Western parks Yosemite, Glacier, and Rocky Mountain all require advance reservations to visit this summer and fall. On the East Coast, Acadia National Park in Maine will require visitors to reserve in advance between May 26 and October 19, but only if they wish to dr...

Site of Julius Caesar Assassination in Rome to Open to Tourists for the First Time

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/20/2021, 6:00 PM

The spot in Rome that's believed to be where Julius Caesar was assassinated is scheduled to open to the public for the first time next year.  Located just south of the Pantheon, Largo di Torre Argentina, also known as the Area Sacra, is a large sunken square containing the ruins of four ancient temples and the Theatre of Pompey.  On March 15, 44 B.C., a group of senators stabbed Julius Caesa...

See the Stunning Photos That Were Just Named the World’s Best in 2021

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/19/2021, 6:00 PM

Eye-catching images from the U.K., Zimbabwe, India, and many other places took home top honors in the highly regarded Sony World Photography Awards last week. The online galleries showcasing the winners and finalists supply both a virtual taste of globetrotting and a goad to future travel in real life.  Now in its 14th year, the contest honors professional, student, and youth photographers for ...

New Airline Connects Los Angeles with Many Western Cities At Low, Low Airfares

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/15/2021, 3:00 PM

Launching a new airline in 2021 takes chutzpah, cojones, and courage. But that's just what Avelo Airlines has done by debuting a small network of flights from a home base at Hollywood Burbank Airport (formerly known as Bob Hope Airport). The route network, as you can see above, touches down across the American West. The start-up was founded by Andrew Levy, a cofounder of Allegiant Air and the f...

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