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Explore the Logs of Every Sailing of the Revered QE2 Ocean Liner on This Interactive Website

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/03/2022, 12:45 PM

During its 40 years in service starting in 1968, Cunard's Queen Elizabeth 2 ocean liner sailed a total of nearly 6 million miles, stopping at 312 ports around the world and crossing the Atlantic Ocean 805 times. Now permanently docked in Dubai, the QE2, as it's commonly known, has been transformed into a 13-deck, 215-room floating hotel in the city's Port Rashid district. But you don't have to g...

Here Are the Dates When U.S. National Parks Are Free in 2022

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/29/2021, 1:15 PM

On December 28, 2021, the National Park Service announced the days in 2022 when entry to national park units will be free. Although we love any day when the general public can waltz into their national parks without paying a dime (rather than paying up to $35 per carload, the entry fee at many of the most popular parks), the calendar for 2022 has left us disappointed. This taxpayer-paid gift is o...

PHOTOS: Robots of the Future Look Cool at This Sci-Fi Ice Hotel in Finland

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/28/2021, 7:00 AM

In frozen Finland, a seasonal hotel that's made entirely out of ice and snow is celebrating its 20th winter in operation by looking toward the future. Located in a resort area inside the Arctic Circle, Lapland Hotels SnowVillage has a science fiction theme this year, with overnight suites designed to look like the insides of spaceships. Throughout the chilly complex, elaborate ice sculptures depic...

Spock’s Ears and Other Major Changes Coming to the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/22/2021, 6:00 AM

Two of the most iconic appendages in sci-fi are going on permanent display at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The institution announced last week that it has accepted the gift of a pair of prosthetic ear tips worn by Leonard Nimoy when he played Spock on the original Star Trek TV series, which ran from 1966 to 1969. The pointy foam props we...

Holiday Flight Delayed? This Hard Seltzer Company Will Buy You a Drink

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/21/2021, 12:00 PM

Air travel could drive anybody to drink nowadays, so maybe it makes sense that liquor companies are trying to ease our flying woes this holiday season. Last week we told you about a Maker's Mark promotion that will reimburse checked baggage fees. Now, the hard seltzer company Vizzy has announced it will buy a drink for anyone whose flight is delayed on the busiest holiday travel days this year—t...

You Can Take This Epic Himalayan Trek for the First Time in Decades

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/21/2021, 6:00 AM

For centuries, just about the only way to cross the mountainous kingdom of Bhutan in the Eastern Himalayas was by a 403km (250-mile) east-west trail connecting ancient fortresses and cliffside Buddhist monasteries (Paro Taktsang is pictured above) via jungle footpaths, suspended bridges, and dayslong schleps through mountain passes and forested valleys in some of the most remote spots on earth. K...

Fully Revised for 2022, Our Guide to Disney World, Universal, and Orlando Is Now on Shelves

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/20/2021, 5:00 PM

In July 2020, months before Covid-19 vaccination was available, grateful crowds tearfully swarmed back into the theme parks of Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando. Nothing, it seems, not even the uncertainty of a pandemic, could stifle Americans' passion for the big theme parks. Likewise, nothing can stop Frommer's from serving those vacationers. Our award-winning guidebook Frommer's EasyGuid...

Locate the Nearest Public Restroom in NYC with This Interactive Online Map

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 12/20/2021, 1:00 PM

It always feels like public restrooms are nowhere to be found when the need is pressing. But when you're sightseeing in New York City, the toilet scarcity is not in your imagination. One of the city's, yes, dirty little secrets is that businesses like Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts that offer public bathrooms in other parts of the country often don't have that amenity in Manhattan. Commercial space...

New Paris Museum Lets You Tour the Time-Capsule Home of a Scandalous Icon

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/17/2021, 5:30 PM

The colorful riot of spray-painted tributes left by fans of French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg on the facade of his former home in the 6th arrondissement of Paris has long irked those who live nearby. But then, the provocative pop icon, best known for his stylish, unclassifiable output of the 1960s and '70s, always did have a knack for stirring up trouble. After all, as the English-languag...

Maker's Mark Will Reimburse Your Checked Baggage Fee for Holiday Travel

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/17/2021, 3:00 PM

Holiday travel just got a dram cheaper, thanks to a friendly promotion from Maker's Mark. The Kentucky bourbon distiller has announced that it will reimburse airline baggage fees up to $40 per person through December 31 for participants ages 21 and older who apply. The booze brand has reportedly set aside $50,000 for this promotion, so no more baggage fees will be covered after Maker's Mark reache...

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