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Acadia National Park to Require Reservations for Popular Drive

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/21/2021, 5:00 PM

Planning a national park vacation in the U.S.A. this summer? Be sure to actually plan! As we told you a few weeks ago, popular Western parks Yosemite, Glacier, and Rocky Mountain all require advance reservations to visit this summer and fall. On the East Coast, Acadia National Park in Maine will require visitors to reserve in advance between May 26 and October 19, but only if they wish to dr...

Site of Julius Caesar Assassination in Rome to Open to Tourists for the First Time

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/20/2021, 6:00 PM

The spot in Rome that's believed to be where Julius Caesar was assassinated is scheduled to open to the public for the first time next year.  Located just south of the Pantheon, Largo di Torre Argentina, also known as the Area Sacra, is a large sunken square containing the ruins of four ancient temples and the Theatre of Pompey.  On March 15, 44 B.C., a group of senators stabbed Julius Caesa...

See the Stunning Photos That Were Just Named the World’s Best in 2021

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/19/2021, 6:00 PM

Eye-catching images from the U.K., Zimbabwe, India, and many other places took home top honors in the highly regarded Sony World Photography Awards last week. The online galleries showcasing the winners and finalists supply both a virtual taste of globetrotting and a goad to future travel in real life.  Now in its 14th year, the contest honors professional, student, and youth photographers for ...

New Airline Connects Los Angeles with Many Western Cities At Low, Low Airfares

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/15/2021, 3:00 PM

Launching a new airline in 2021 takes chutzpah, cojones, and courage. But that's just what Avelo Airlines has done by debuting a small network of flights from a home base at Hollywood Burbank Airport (formerly known as Bob Hope Airport). The route network, as you can see above, touches down across the American West. The start-up was founded by Andrew Levy, a cofounder of Allegiant Air and the f...

Two Terrific New Visitor Centers Coming to the San Juan Islands in Washington

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/14/2021, 6:00 PM

Washingtonians have been known to argue about just how many San Juan Islands there are. Officially, there are 172 named isles in the archipelago located off the coast of Washington state. There are roughly 400 in all, but the smaller ones are only visible at low tide. Do these count as islands, too? Ah, that's where the disagreement begins. But no one is arguing about how idyllic this group is....

100 Years After Tulsa Race Massacre, A New Museum Honors “Black Wall Street”

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/12/2021, 7:00 PM

A horrific episode in U.S. history is finally receiving proper commemoration, a century after the atrocity took place. Opening later this spring, the Greenwood Rising history center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will recount the triumphs, tragedy, and resilience of the city's Greenwood District, known as "Black Wall Street." In the early 20th century, a high concentration of thriving African American b...

Would You Climb This Heart-Stopping Sky Ladder 400 Feet Above the Utah Desert?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/08/2021, 6:00 PM

Thrill chasers who are no longer moved by the prospect of crossing yet another trembling suspension bridge dangling hundreds of feet over a gorge have a new way to get the spine tingling again. Southern Utah's ultra-luxe Amangiri resort, set on 600 arid acres near Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, has unveiled the new Cave Peak Stairway, which is like a suspension bridge, only more h...

Road Rage, USA: Which Places Have the Most Stressed-Out Drivers?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/08/2021, 1:00 PM

Considering a road trip this year? There may be a few speed bumps, including an unusual shortage of rental cars and potential sellouts at campgrounds for overnight stays. And as more drivers return after months of inaction, there will be stress points on the highways. The website FleetLogging.com, which helps businesses manage commercial vehicles, just put out a 2021 survey on that very topic. ...

Act Soon for Amtrak's Terrific BOGO Sale on Private Roomettes For Summer Travel

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/06/2021, 1:00 PM

You'll have to book this one soon. The deadline is April 16, but if you're lucky enough to get this bring-a-companion-for-free deal, you will both be traveling at the height of the summer season: June 1 through September 31. It's a hugely appealing offer, because Amtrak's roomettes have some nifty perks attached to them, including comfortable chairs that convert into beds, complimentary meal...

The Motel from "Schitt's Creek" Is for Sale! (Wig Wall Not Included)

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/01/2021, 6:00 PM

The Ontario motel used for exterior shots on the TV comedy Schitt's Creek is up for sale.  Located on 6.7 wooded acres in the town of Mono about 55 miles north of Toronto, the Hockley Motel stood in for the Rosebud Motel on the beloved, eminently quotable Canadian series, which aired from 2015–20 and is available now for compulsive repeat viewings on Netflix.  On the show, the shabby motel b...

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