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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...

Where Coffee Is Cheapest and Most Expensive in the U.S.

By Pauline Frommer

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

Often it's the accumulation of little costs that can really cut into a travel budget. Looking at the prices of everyday items in a destination can give you a good idea of how expensive a vacation there will be. To help in that regard, a recent analysis by personal finance site SavingSpot reveals the cost of a cup of coffee around the United States. Number crunchers considered data collected at Men...

Low-Cost Icelandic Airline Debuts in U.S. with $109 Fares to Europe

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/16/2021, 7:00 PM

A fledgling low-cost airline called Play, which has been flying between Iceland and other parts of Europe since 2019, is expanding into the United States with introductory transatlantic fares that begin at just $109. Starting in spring 2022, the no-frills carrier will launch service from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS...

Hikers Follow Glow-in-the-Dark Guideposts on This New Stargazing Trail

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/16/2021, 2:15 PM

A scenery-focused hike in the dark sounds counterintuitive, but not when the nighttime amble is at Exmoor National Park, a coastal stretch of unspoiled moors between Devon and Somerset in southwest England. The rugged spot has some of the least light pollution and therefore some of the best stargazing in the United Kingdom—in fact, Exmoor was named Europe's first International Dark Sky Reserve by...

In New York City, 50% Off Shows and Attractions, Plus Deep Winter Discounts on Hotels and Food

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/16/2021, 6:15 AM

Deep winter means deep discounts in New York City. That was true pre-pandemic, but the number of deals has grown exponentially this year thanks to the city's proactive tourist board, NYC & Company. It runs the NYC Winter Outing program, a hub for savings on attractions, Broadway shows, restaurants, and for the first time this year, hotel rooms. The discounts officially run from January 18 to ...

Props and Costumes from TV’s “Dickinson” Join Collection at Emily Dickinson Museum

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/15/2021, 6:00 AM

More than 400 props, costumes, and set pieces from the acclaimed Apple TV+ series Dickinson have joined the collection of the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts. The museum encompasses two preserved residences—the Homestead, where the 19th-century poet was born, wrote, and spent nearly every minute of her life; and, next door, the house known as the Evergreens that belonged to Emily'...

Offices at Helsinki’s Grand Railway Station Have Been Turned Into a Hotel

By Zac Thompson

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

Helsinki's central train station frequently appears on lists of the world's most beautiful railway terminals for its art-nouveau design by Eliel Saarinen (not to be confused with his son and fellow architect Eero Saarinen, whose name you might know better, particularly if you attempt crossword puzzles on a regular basis). The Finnish capital's granite-clad behemoth—known for its clock tower and ar...

Film Great Federico Fellini Gets His Own Museum in Italy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/09/2021, 6:30 PM

The hometown of acclaimed Italian film director Federico Fellini has opened a lavish new museum dedicated to the auteur responsible for making La Dolce Vita (1960), 8 1/2 (1963), and other 20th-century movie masterpieces—and for providing steady employment for circus folk seeking work in dream sequences. Located in the seaside city of Rimini in the country's northeastern Emilia-Romagna region, th...

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