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Bike Tennessee with This Free Online Collection of Scenic Cycling Routes

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/24/2024, 7:00 AM

Tennessee is making it easier to experience some of the state's best scenery and historic sites by bike. A partnership between the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and the Ride with GPS cycling app has resulted in a new program called Bike Tennessee. It's a collection of 52 new biking routes designed to show off Tennessee's quiet back roads, natural wonders, small towns, and noteworthy...

The Rules for Bringing a Dog into the US to Get Stricter: Here's What's Changing

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/13/2024, 7:30 AM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new rules last week for bringing a dog into the United States. Starting August 1, all dogs entering the country must be at least 6 months old, must be microchipped, and must be accompanied by either proof of a rabies vaccine or proof that the dog hasn't been in a country considered high-risk for rabies over the last 6 months. Additionally,...

USA's Most Endangered Historic Places Now Include L.A.'s Little Tokyo and Concord, Mass., Revolutionary Sites

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/07/2024, 7:30 AM

The site of the American Revolution's "shot heard round the world," the hometown of author Zora Neale Hurston, a lighthouse in the middle of the Hudson River, a long-standing Japanese American neighborhood, and a church where Black coal miners worshipped are among the USA's most endangered historic places, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Since 1988, the Washington, D.C....

New Bryce Canyon Stargazing Resort Lodges Guests in Futuristic Glass Domes

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/30/2024, 7:30 AM

There's already something eerie about the landscape in and around southern Utah's Bryce Canyon National Park, thanks to all the Martian red rocks and stone spires known as hoodoos. So a peppering of 62 giant disco balls may not look as out of place as you'd think. Actually, the glass domes are part of a new property from Clear Sky Resorts that'll open to overnight guests on Thursday, August 1. ...

A Weak Yen Is Making Japan Vacations Cheaper Than They’ve Been in 30 Years

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/26/2024, 5:30 PM

The U.S. dollar soared this week to its highest rate against Japan's yen since 1990. As of Friday, 1 dollar equates to around 157 yen, according to Reuters—the dollar's strongest performance against the Japanese currency in 34 years. By way of comparison, The Motley Fool points out that a dollar was worth about 119 yen in April 2019, a difference of more than 35%. That means U.S. travelers can ...

Missed by No One, Brazil’s Visa for U.S. Citizens Is Returning

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/22/2024, 3:15 PM

This post has been updated with new information. Just a few years after visiting Brazil got easier for Americans, traveling to the South American nation will get harder again. On April 10, 2025, Brazil's government will return to requiring visas for tourists from the United States, according to the U.S. Embassy. Citizens of Canada and Australia will need the visa as well. The visa will cost ...

Alabama’s New Freedom Monument Sculpture Park Explores Legacy of Slavery

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/16/2024, 7:30 AM

A new sculpture park in the Alabama capital is designed to explore the institution of slavery as well as the lives and legacies of enslaved people. Set on 17 wooded acres next to the Alabama River, the Freedom Monument Sculpture Park opened in Montgomery near the end of last month. (Freedom Monument Sculpture Park in Montgomery, Alabama | Credit: Equal Justice Initiative / Human Pictures) The p...

Have Tea with Naughty Sheep at Cameron House in Scotland’s Countryside

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/11/2024, 8:00 AM

Over the years, Frommer's has covered a menagerie of animal-accompanied wellness experiences (usually yoga), involving goats, golden retrievers, reindeer, and chickens, to name a few. Here's another offering for travelers whose bucket lists look like the cargo manifest for Noah's Ark: tea with misbehaving sheep. Southern Scotland's Cameron House, a luxury resort in a grand, 200-year-old estate ...

King Charles to Open Scotland's Balmoral Castle, Where QE2 Died, to Tours

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/04/2024, 8:00 AM

Fans of the British Royal Family probably thought this announcement would ever be made. King Charles of the United Kingdom has announced that he will be opening Balmoral Castle, his mother's favorite home and the place where she passed away, to visitors. Balmoral's website says this it will be first time such a tour has been offered since the Castle was completed in 1855. On the Balmoral Castle ...

New Volvo Museum in Sweden Showcases Rare Cars by Renowned Automaker

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/02/2024, 7:45 AM

Last week Volvo, which is aiming to go fully electric by 2030, produced its last-ever diesel-powered passenger vehicle and promptly donated the car—an XC90 SUV—to a museum. That would be the company's own World of Volvo, set to open Sunday, April 14, in the automaker's hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden. Replacing the now-closed Volvo Museum in a different location in the city, World of Volvo feature...

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