Ellis Island's Haunting Hospital Ward Now Open

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/14/2014, 2:45 PM

After years of begging from Americana buffs and urban explorers, the spooky and historically crucial Hospital Complex of New York harbor's Ellis Island is now open for guided tours after years of decay and abandonment. Most people identify Ellis Island with its regal Main Building, through which some 12 million immigrants passed in the six decades it served as New York City's principa...

Free National Park entry April 19 and 20

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/15/2014, 9:45 PM

The National Park Service and its supporting charity, the National Park Foundation, are once again throwing the gates open to the United States' national parks. The weekend of April 19 and 20 will see fees waived across the country.  Some particularly timely national park units to visit are the ones that are marking the 150th anniversary of Civil War battles this year, including Petersburg...

Study Finds Remarkable Benefits For Educational Travel by Teens and Tweens

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/12/2013, 2:45 PM

In 2000, Reid Bramblett, a writer and long-time scout leader in Pennsylvania, took 9 members of his Boy Scout troop to Europe for nearly a month (along with two other adults). One of the participants was a 16-year-old who suffered from dyslexia, never had done well in school, and worked part-time a gas station. His goal was to go to a technical school after high school and become a mechanic. ...

A Few Lucrative National Parks Are Reopened, But Most American Treasures Remain Forbidden

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/12/2013, 4:45 PM

To help curb some of the damage cause to income and tourism by the Congressional-led government shutdown, state governments are now permitted to open National Park units they deem most important, provided they can find the money. Governors from both political parties are scrambling for funds from state reserves and corporate donors alike so that they can salvage local economies that rely u...

Introducing "Fatpacking" A New Type of Vacation Combining Weight Loss with Serious Hiking

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/02/2013, 12:45 AM

Who doesn’t want to lose weight and be more fit? It’s the most common New Year’s resolution, and though many of us will have abandoned those champagne-fueled vows by now, that doesn’t mean that they’re not worth making. Or keeping. But sometimes one needs a bit of a kick start to actually adopt a healthy lifestyle. Enter the “Fatpacking” trip, known also by its more polite name “Fitpacking...

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