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The World’s Best Airlines Ranking Is Out—and the U.S. Didn’t Do So Hot

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/26/2022, 4:30 PM

This year, air travelers have endured a parade of woes. But even as an understaffed commercial aviation industry struggles to keep up with heightened demand following the easing of Covid restrictions, a few airlines have actually managed to keep customers happy. Too bad none of those carriers is based in the United States. The air travel review and ranking site Skytrax held the 2022 edition of i...

Tinder for Travel? New Social App Aims to Connect and Inspire Vacationers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/22/2022, 7:00 AM

A new mobile app designed for travelers combines the wanderlust- and envy-inducing qualities of Instagram vacation pics with the helpfulness of an online map and the judginess of Tinder swiping. Called OfftheGrid, the app, which launched earlier this month, lets users upload and comment on vacation photos and videos, share details of upcoming trips, find destination inspiration, follow other trave...

TSA PreCheck Will Come to You Now: How to Find the Mobile Enrollment Truck

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/21/2022, 6:30 AM

Enrolling in TSA PreCheck is getting more convenient in cities across the U.S. this fall. Thanks to the expanded IdentoGO mobile enrollment push, travelers who want to join the Transportation Security Administration's expedited security screening program but don't want to schlep to the nearest airport can visit one of the pop-up enrollment trucks taking up temporary residence in locations througho...

Hotel Room Too Hot or Cold? Try This Thermostat Hack

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 09/16/2022, 6:30 AM

There might not be much you can do about ice-cold airplane cabins, but one travel hack we learned this week could help make things more pleasant in another site of perennial temperature complaints: hotel rooms. Some guests find them too stuffy, others find them frigid, and in-room thermostats have been designed to limit adjustments to a narrow range. A solution comes courtesy of The Points Guy's...

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....

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