Hawaii Welcomes Tourists Back Starting in November

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/20/2021, 4:00 PM

The state of Hawaii will open once again to nonessential travelers. That may be an odd statement considering it never technically closed. But on August 23, Governor David Ige made a very public plea asking would-be vacationers to stay away because of the state's spiking Covid-19 rates.  This week's announcement was a happier one. "I think we are all encouraged by what we’ve seen over the las...

Princess Cruises Expands Onboard Gambling—To the Entire Ship

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/19/2021, 5:00 PM

According to the North American Foundation for Gambling Addiction Help, 2.6% of adult Americans, or about 10 million people, struggle with a gambling addiction. For them, a Princess Cruises vacation may now be a non-starter. This week, the line announced that its first passenger placed a real-time bet using the new Ocean Sportsbook aboard the Majestic Princess. The new wagering service, whic...

U.S. Sets a Date for Reopening to Fully Vaccinated International Tourists

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/15/2021, 10:00 AM

The White House has set a date for allowing in fully vaccinated international travelers again after restrictions were imposed 19 months ago. Those restrictions will be lifted on Monday, November 8, the Biden administration's assistant press secretary Kevin Munoz announced on Twitter today. Munoz added that's the date for the resumption of international air travel as well as nonessential cros...

United States to Finally Reopen Borders with Canada and Mexico

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/13/2021, 2:00 PM

Update, October 15: The government of the United States has finalized the date on which its borders will reopen to tourism: Monday November 8, 2021. Read the full details of the announcement. A specific date has not yet been set, but the promise has been made: For the first time since the spring of 2020, land crossings into the United States from Canada and Mexico will reopen to nonessential trav...

Filmmaker Wes Anderson Designed a Real Train Car You Can Ride In

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/12/2021, 3:00 PM

Film director Wes Anderson (pictured above) has redesigned a real-life, luxury train carriage and, honestly, what took him so long?  It's an environment—small, self-contained, elegant, and old-timey—that seems especially suited to Anderson's distinctive aesthetic. That's probably why the moviemaker has created several train compartments for the big screen, most notably in 2007's The Darjeeling ...

PHOTOS: The World's Most Impressive New Skyscrapers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/09/2021, 11:00 AM

A stunning addition to the already iconic harborside skyline of Sydney, Australia, has been named the world's best new skyscraper.  The 890-foot-tall One Barangaroo tower (pictured above) earned the top spot in the annual Emporis Skyscraper Award ranking of tall buildings with exceptional "aesthetic and functional design." According to a press release, winners were selected by an internation...

The "Into the Wild" Bus Finally Goes on Display at a Museum

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/08/2021, 6:00 PM

For one day in June 2020, hikers in backcountry Alaska could glimpse a truly fanciful sight: a rusting, 1950s Fairbanks City Transit System bus flying over the treetops. In 1992, the nonfunctioning and long-abandoned vehicle had been the site of the starvation death of young hiker Chris McCandless, who sought refuge in it after being trapped in the area by a wild river. By 2020, local offici...

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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/05/2021, 11:30 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 departme...

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

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/05/2021, 3:00 PM

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...

Major Museum Dedicated to Native Americans Opens in Oklahoma City

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/29/2021, 12:00 AM

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 gleam...

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