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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...

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...

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