This Interactive Map Predicts When Fall Foliage Will Peak Across the U.S.

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/07/2022, 4:45 PM

The high temperatures and lack of rain in many parts of the United States this year could result in shorter, less vibrant autumn displays than usual, according to some foliage forecasters. Still, the leaf-peeping pros at Yankee magazine told our own Pauline Frommer that forested regions less affected by heat and drought could still put on a "spectacular" show this fall in places like the White Mo...

Vast Sculpture in Nevada Desert Finally Opens After 50 Years

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/01/2022, 4:30 PM

An immense outdoor sculpture that's been in the works for more than 50 years finally opens to visitors this week in the desert expanses of eastern Nevada's Basin and Range National Monument. Begun by land artist Michael Heizer in 1970, the piece is called City, which is fitting because it's about as big as one, stretching for more than a mile and a half in length and half a mile in width. Heize...

You Can Take a Sudsy Soak in Beer at a Spa in Denver

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/25/2022, 5:00 PM

A day spa in Denver brings new meaning to the term "slinging suds." At the Beer Spa, a wellness retreat/taproom that opened in 2021, the signature service is a 90-minute "Beer Bath Hydrotherapy" treatment that involves a soak in a cedar tub filled with a warm, bubbly brew of hops, barley, and medicinal herbs. The treatment is supposed to promote relaxation and nourish your skin, owing to the pro...

New Tours for Young Travelers Combine Hostelworld Stays with G Adventures Trips

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/24/2022, 6:00 PM

A collection of tours that launched earlier this year aims to attract young vacationers with a combo of group adventure travel and low-cost accommodations in hostels. It's sort of like backpacking but without having to take on all the logistics yourself. Intended for travelers ages 18 to 35, Roamies, as the project is known, is a joint effort from tour operator G Adventures and hostel-focused onli...

This Site Generates Book Recommendations for Wherever You’re Traveling

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/18/2022, 4:30 PM

A great way to prepare for an upcoming trip—aside from getting your hands on the latest Frommer's guide for your destination, of course—is to read a book or two set in the place you'll be visiting. Novels, histories, memoirs, travelogues, and works of journalism can offer unique and illuminating perspectives from a location's residents or previous visitors. But beyond the travel section, bookst...

Huge Collection of Military Vehicles Now on Display Near Yellowstone

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/18/2022, 7:00 AM

Travelers in northwest Wyoming can now tour a collection of 500 military vehicles, artillery pieces, naval vessels, and aircraft at the new National Museum of Military Vehicles in Dubois, located east of Jackson, the gateway to Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. The $100 million, 140,000-square-foot museum, which had its grand opening earlier this summer, is funded entirely by former St....

Great Smoky Mountains to Charge for Parking and Raise Camping Fees

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/16/2022, 12:00 AM

Parking at Great Smoky Mountains National Park will soon require a fee. Starting March 1, 2023, vehicles parked in any lots within the preserve, which straddles the Tennessee–North Carolina border, will need to display a daily pass for $5 or a weekly pass (good for up to 7 days) for $15. For frequent visitors, there's an annual tag costing $40. According to the National Park Service, the fee is n...

Looking for Cheaper Flights This Fall? Go West!

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/11/2022, 1:00 PM

The price of airline tickets is expected to drop significantly this autumn, as Frommer's previously reported. The latest data from Hopper, the travel booking app that tracks airfare changes, suggests that round-trip domestic airfare in September and October will cost an average of $238, down $142 from the summer high. International flights will cost less, too, but they'll still be 17% higher tha...

Seeking Long-Term Digital Nomads, Thailand Adds 10-Year Remote Visa

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/09/2022, 5:30 PM

Thailand is a mainstay on lists of the best places for digital nomads, thanks to the Southeast Asian country's tempting combo of picture-perfect beaches (Phuket is pictured above), uniquely thrilling cities—starting, of course, with Bangkok—and a low cost of living for American and European expats. Starting September 1, Thailand aims to sweeten the deal even further, opening applications for a new...

Hiking to the World’s Tallest Tree Could Get You a $5,000 Fine, Jail Time

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/03/2022, 5:15 PM

A fine of $5,000 and up to 6 months in jail await those who attempt to hike to the world's tallest tree, the National Park Service has announced. Dubbed Hyperion, the coast redwood stands at a height of more than 380 feet in a remote area of Northern California's Redwood National Park. The tree has been growing for an estimated 600 to 800 years, but things didn't get complicated until 2006, acc...

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