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Berlin’s Huge New Cultural Museum Finally Opens After Years of Controversy and Delay

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/22/2021, 5:00 PM

Berlin's Humboldt Forum, a massive museum complex located along the Spree river in the city's center, finally opened to the public this week.  Construction delays and the Covid-19 pandemic pushed back the planned debut of the ambitious, controversial, and expensive cultural center by about two years. The final price tag topped €680 million (more than US $800 million). Standing on a site prev...

Can Seattle Eliminate TSA Lines with New Virtual Queues?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/21/2021, 3:00 PM

Finally—a good idea at our airports. Quietly this summer, Seattle's primary passenger airport began testing ways to alleviate in-person lines at security checkpoints. The method: inviting departing passengers to sign up for appointment times for screening that allow them to avoid standing in crowded switchback queues. The airport, nicknamed SEA after its three-letter code, is trialing two sy...

Vacation Sex Survey: Americans on the Mile High Club, One-Night Stands, and More

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/20/2021, 7:00 PM

According to a newly released survey on the sex habits of vacationing Americans, almost a quarter of U.S. adults say they've gotten busy aboard some form of public transportation, be it an airplane, a train, a bus, an Uber, or the Staten Island Ferry (shudder). That's probably the most eyebrow-raising statistic in the 2021 Sex Travel Survey, a nationwide poll conducted on behalf of The Vacation...

Canada to Welcome Vaccinated Americans for Tourism Aug. 9: How It Will Work

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/19/2021, 6:30 PM

The wait is finally over for Americans: Canada has named the date when you're allowed back in. Following months of controversy and midway through a lost summer tourist season, Canada will begin admitting non-essential travelers from the United States on August 9, 2021—provided they have been fully vaccinated and can prove it. Americans will be the only international travelers permitted on th...

A Zip Line for Bikes (Yikes) Opens in Hawaii

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/19/2021, 4:00 PM

The United States has its first bike-friendly zip line (boy, bike lanes really are popping up everywhere, huh?). A company called Kauai ATV already operates the Koloa Zipline course on its 22,000-acre property on the south shore of Kauai, the lush Hawaiian island known for its dramatic tropical scenery and abundant opportunities for adventure sports.  Now the Koloa site, which also offers AT...

Skip to the Naked Parts of the World’s Great Museums with “Classic Nudes” Tours

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/15/2021, 5:00 PM

To anyone who says art museums are boring, we feel it's important to point out that gallery walls are pretty much teeming with naked people. If you don't find yourself riveted by bowls of fruit or portraits of generously jawed Hapsburg royals wearing ruffs and doublets, you can always feast your eyes on plenty of subjects wearing nothing—all those unclothed gods and goddesses, nymphs and courte...

Virginia Has a New Park Dedicated to the Region's Native Americans

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/14/2021, 6:00 AM

A new park in Virginia is dedicated to honoring the region's past and present Native American inhabitants.  Located on more than 600 acres of woods and marshland along the York River in southern Gloucester County north of the coastal Hampton Roads area, Machicomoco State Park takes its name from an Algonquian word meaning "special meeting place." State park officials developed Machicomoco wi...

Canada's Flair Airlines Discounts Fares to Sunny Cities for Fall and Winter Travel

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 07/08/2021, 5:00 PM

We know, we know. The border between the U.S.A. and Canada has yet to open.  But one of Canada's top budget carriers, Flair Airlines, is betting the border will reopen by autumn, so the airline is offering wonderfully low prices to entice travelers to plan ahead. Discounted airfare starts at $79 one-way and caps off at a max of $109—an excellent rate for legs this long. And that's in Canadia...

Airport Express Lanes for Vaccinated Travelers Are Coming

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/07/2021, 3:00 PM

As the door to pandemic-era international travel slowly creaks open, border control agents are facing a new procedural problem: If their governments enact differing entry rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors, how can officials sort through incoming arrivals without gumming up the system with hours-long queues? Even on the best days before Covid-19, the immigration checkpoint at London...

Tennessee Will Help Pay Your Airfare If You Book a Hotel Stay

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/06/2021, 5:00 PM

Tennessee is giving away thousands of airfare discounts to travelers who book certain hotel packages in the state. Dubbed "Tennessee on Me," the offer applies to stays in four Tennessee cities: Nashville, Memphis (Beale Street is pictured above), Chattanooga, and Knoxville.  The first 10,000 travelers who book at least a two-night stay at participating hotels in one of those four places will...

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