Cruise Companies Are Still Touring Alaska This Summer—Without Cruise Ships

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/16/2021, 3:00 PM

Barring the unlikely success of emergency legislation in the U.S. Congress, there won't be ocean cruises to Alaska this summer. Due to longstanding laws requiring foreign-flagged ships to stop at an international port during U.S. voyages, Canada's decision to ban cruise ships until 2022 effectively put the kibosh on cruise sailings to Alaska from the Lower 48. But customers will still be able to...

A New Nordic Airline Steps in to Launch Low-Cost Transatlantic Flights

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/15/2021, 2:00 PM

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Anybody know how to translate that adage into Norwegian? It's only been about two months since Scandinavian low-cost carrier Norwegian Air axed long-haul service to the U.S. in order to focus on flights in Europe amid the company's dire financial troubles. Now Bjørn Kjos, the guy w...

PHOTOS: The USA's Largest Daffodil Display in Bloom

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/12/2021, 1:00 PM

Did you know that a town in North Georgia lays claim to having the largest daffodil display in the United States? Around 20 million of those cheerful white-and-yellow harbingers of spring bloom over a period of about six weeks at the 300-acre Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, located an hour's drive north of Atlanta. (Image courtesy of Gibbs Gardens) More than 200 different daffodil varieties have b...

The Best and Worst Passports on the Planet, By Cost and Power

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/12/2021, 12:00 PM

Fewer than 50% of Americans have passports—a surprisingly low percentage. Some people blame the price of the document, which is currently $145 for a new application or $110 to renew. A fascinating survey by online lender CashNetUSA breaks down which citizens of the world are in the best position to afford a passport—and thus travel—and which ones must pay an unconscionable percentage of their week...

Travel Search Site Kayak Opening Its First-Ever Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/11/2021, 1:00 PM

Kayak, the travel search aggregator that sells airfare, hotel stays, car rentals, and other vacation-related offerings, is opening its own hotel. The 52-room Kayak Miami Beach will be housed in a 1930s Art Deco building previously known as Life House, Collins Park, until closing last year. The property is a few blocks away from the beach. View this post on Instagram A post share...

The Best Castles in the USA: Plot a Regal Road Trip with This Storybook Map

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/10/2021, 3:00 PM

We don't typically think of the United States as a land of castles. But the country has had its share of gazillionaires eager to mimic Europe's architectural styles in gargantuan estates such as the Gilded Age mansions in Newport, Rhode Island, and the hilltop showplace built for media mogul William Randolph Hearst in San Simeon, California. Perhaps more intriguing, though, are the kitschy story...

Historic Engineering Site and Immersive Light Show Opening at Niagara Falls

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/10/2021, 9:00 AM

Not long ago, Frommer's made a case for visiting the underrated American side of Niagara Falls. We haven't changed our minds, but we sure hope Canada will open its borders by July 1, because an exciting new attraction is scheduled to open on that date on the Ontario side. The Niagara Parks Power Station should be a whizbang draw, combining fascinating engineering and cultural history with a sta...

If You Have This Credit Card, You Can Visit Museums for Free on Select Weekends

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/05/2021, 7:00 AM

One out of every three museums in the United States could disappear because of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to research released last summer by the American Alliance of Museums. That would be a tragic outcome, not just for culture lovers but for the U.S. economy in general. Museums employ hundreds of thousands of workers and contribute billions to the economy. (Source: American Alliance of ...

This Shark’ll Sparkle! Deep-Sea Predator Bioluminescence Discovered

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/05/2021, 6:00 AM

Scientists have discovered further proof that Mother Nature was on hallucinogens when she came up with the underwater world: Three different kinds of glow-in-the-dark sharks have been found living in the ocean near New Zealand. The three species—known as the kitefin shark, blackbelly lanternshark, and southern lanternshark—inhabit the Chatham Rise, a section of the ocean floor to the east of New Z...

Classic Cars and Fine Craftsmanship: Pennsylvania's New Attractions for Spring

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/03/2021, 12:00 PM

Horses and buggies. Those are likely what come to mind when many Americans picture Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Home to a large population of Pennsylvania Dutch (a group that comprises people of several religions, including the Amish, Moravian, Mennonite, and German Reformed), this is a region where many eschew the use of cars, phones, and other electronics; dress in old-fashioned, handmade cl...

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