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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/12/2021, 5:00 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 w...

Travel Search Site Kayak Opening Its First-Ever Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/11/2021, 6:00 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 ...

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

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/10/2021, 8:00 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 ...

Historic Engineering Site and Immersive Light Show Opening at Niagara Falls

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/10/2021, 2:00 PM

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 ...

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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/05/2021, 12:00 PM

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 Allian...

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

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/05/2021, 11:00 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 Ne...

It's Looking Like Japan Won't Let Tourists Into the Country for the Olympics

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/03/2021, 5:00 PM

When you watch the Olympic Games this summer, you're bound to feel many emotions: national pride, awe at the athletic feats, and even gratitude that the Covid-19 situation has improved enough to permit this monumental global event to go forward after a delay of a year. But you probably won't feel like you missed your big chance to fly to Asia to join the fun—because it's looking increasingly li...

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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/03/2021, 5:00 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, handma...

Minneapolis Gets a New Park Celebrating Food From Its Native and Pioneer Past

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/02/2021, 5:00 PM

The world did not freeze in place last spring when we were all sent to our rooms for a pandemic "time out." In fact, some destinations are changing quite drastically.  Take, for example, the exciting addition of Minneapolis' Water Works at Mill Ruins Park, a new public attraction that pays tribute to both Native American history and the story of the city's meteoric rise as a manufacturing power...

Refund Woes Fueled a Record Number of Complaints from Air Travelers in 2020

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/01/2021, 6:00 PM

The U.S. federal government received a record number of complaints from airline passengers in 2020. In all, 102,550 complaints were filed with the Department of Transportation, according to the newly released Air Travel Consumer Report. That's up a whopping 568% from 2019, when 15,342 complaints were logged.  In typical years, most customers can resolve their issues by complaining directly t...

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