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Rare Civil War Artifacts Debut at Philly’s Constitution Museum

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/08/2019, 2:00 AM

Philadelphia's National Constitution Center—chartered by Congress to "disseminate information about the U.S. Constitution on a nonpartisan basis"—is adding a new permanent exhibit recounting a crucial chapter in that document's history.  Opening May 9, "Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality" will use interactive multimedia and scores of historical artifacts to illustra...

Cheese Tour of Philly and Nearby Farmland

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/19/2017, 4:00 AM

If you're going to plan a vacation around a food item, you could do worse than cheese.  For one thing, it's objectively delicious (except blue cheese, which is objectively gross). For another, it's associated with some lovely destinations in France, Italy, and elsewhere. Crafting cheese-centric itineraries is the whole point of Cheese Journeys, a culinary tour operator that takes group...

Vacation in One of the Less Popular Destinations This Summer for a Fine Travel Experience

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/22/2017, 12:00 AM

Where should you travel this summer? Off the beaten path, says Arthur Frommer.

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The Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia Surely Merits a Visit

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/22/2017, 12:00 AM

Opening soon in Philadelphia: a museum filled with art and artifacts chronicling America's battle for independence in the 18th century....

Historic Philadelphia Sites Close Due to Trump's Federal Hiring Freeze

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/16/2017, 4:00 AM

Seven historical attractions in Philadelphia have been closed as a result of President Donald Trump's hiring freeze on federal jobs.  The sites affected include two notable landmarks, both in the Old City, relating to U.S. Founders: the house where Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and the home and print shop of Benjamin Franklin. Presumably caused by understaffing...

Why You Should Stay Away from Cleveland and Philly This Month

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/05/2016, 11:00 PM

Cleveland and Philadelphia are both historic and inviting all-American cities—and you should avoid them like the plague this month. Unless, of course, you plan on attending, reporting on, or protesting the Republican National Convention in Cleveland from July 18 to 21, or the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia from July 25 to 28. Both cities are expecting an influx of about 50,000 ...

Obamas Pick Architects for Presidential Library

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/30/2016, 9:45 PM

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have selected the architects who will design the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago. Choosing from among 144 architects from across the globe (the list was narrowed to seven last fall), the Obamas picked husband-and-wife team Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, whose past works include the Barnes Foundation art museum in Philadelphia. No pr...

Congrats, Philly, the US's First World Heritage City

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/12/2015, 8:00 PM

Congratulations to Philadelphia, which has just become the first American city to earn the distinction of World Heritage City. Like World Heritage Sites, which are named by UNESCO, Cities are deemed to be worth protecting for their value and position in world history. In Philadelphia's case, it was named for its role in promoting democracy. "The universal principles of freedom and demo...

West Coast and Then Back East: The Frommers Book Tour Heads to Seattle and Philadelphia

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/22/2014, 5:15 AM

Thanks to all who made our appearance at Powell's such a wonderful experience (especially the wonderful staff of that famed bookstore). We're now in Seattle, where we'll be appearing on January 23 at Third Place Books (6504 Twentieth Ave. NE) at 7pm. To publicize the appearance and the new Frommer book series, we'll be appearing on January 22 at noon on KOMO Radio, the 24 Hour News show wi...

Take a Vacation From Driving! A Pedestrian-Centric Website Lists Which US, Canadian and Australian Cities Are Most Walkable and Bikable

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/08/2013, 8:00 PM

Though its rankings are geared towards residents--and would-be residents--of various cities around the globe, the website WalkScore's 2014 lists are invaluable tools for tourists, as well. I think that most would agree that vacations are more, well, vacation-like when one doesn't have to deal with the hassles of traffic and/or renting a car. So without further ado, here are Walkscore'...

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