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Former High-Security Prison in Tennessee Opens to Visitors

By Julia Levine

Posted on 07/30/2018, 6:00 PM

Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary was not a spot often visited for just one day. This former maximum-security prison held dangerous criminals with sentences exceeding 200 years. The penitentiary in Petros, Tennessee, about 40 miles west of Knoxville, has been closed since 2009, but last Saturday it opened to the public as a tourist attraction, giving outsiders access to this rustic lockup like ...

Arthur Frommer: This Is Surely the Year's Greatest Travel Bargain!

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/28/2018, 12:00 AM

About a dozen years ago, a tour operator called China Spree, headed by a Chinese-American expert, astonished the travel world by charging only $999 for a one-week stay in Beijing including air fare from America (or $100 more for one week in Beijing and Shanghai) and quality accommodations. Then, the founder of China Spree was able to accomplish those travel wonders by negotiating rock-bottom pr...

Famous Hawaiian Mule Ride Closed Indefinitely

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/30/2018, 9:45 PM

One of the most popular tourism experiences in Hawaii has shut down, possibly for good.  Travel Weekly reports that the operators of the long-running mule rides down the cliffs of Molokai have been evicted from the location where they stable their animals and organize riders for the daylong descent to Kalaupapa National Historical Park some 2,000 feet below.  That idyllic seaside spot was once a...

New Program Matches Travelers with Locals for Tours and Activities in Sweden

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/11/2017, 12:00 AM

We've said it a million times: One of the most rewarding ways to experience a new place is by getting to know somebody who lives there. The West Sweden Tourist Board is making that a lot easier for travelers to do with a new program called Meet the Locals. It matches visitors with residents willing to lead a variety of cultural, natural, and culinary activities in western Sweden, a region that enc...

Hamilton Tours at Thomas Jefferson's House

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/07/2017, 4:00 AM

Thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit Broadway musical, Alexander Hamilton has stolen the spotlight from his fellow Founding Fathers. Now the ten-dollar Federalist is even making inroads at the home of his archrival, Thomas Jefferson. Monticello, the third U.S. president's neoclassical mansion in Charlottesville, Virginia, has begun hosting an after-hours Hamilton Tour Takeover on select Frid...

Royal Caribbean Launches Tour-Booking Site for Cruisers and Landlubbers Alike

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/29/2017, 4:00 AM

Cruise companies have been organizing shore excursions for decades in scores of locations across the globe. Now one of those lines is offering tours and activities to everybody—not just cruise passengers. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has launched GoBe, an online service selling thousands of travel experiences in nearly 900 cities across nearly 100 countries.  You can book a whale-watch...

Underwater Tours of Titanic Shipwreck Coming in 2018

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/23/2017, 4:00 AM

Underwater tours of the Titanic shipwreck site will begin heading beneath the waves in May 2018. And just like a first-class ticket aboard the doomed ship's first and only sailing in 1912, the price is obscenely high. Operated by UK tour company Blue Marble Private, the eight-day voyage—which takes passengers from Newfoundland to 2 miles below the Atlantic Ocean and back—costs an incredibl...

Alabama Offering Free Statewide Walking Tours in April

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/22/2017, 4:00 AM

For 14 years, Alabama has been offering a unique way to get to know that state and enjoy the spring weather at the same time: Saturday morning walking tours held throughout the month of April at numerous locations statewide. This year's batch of weekly hourlong tours begins at 10am on April 1 in 28 participating towns, and will continue each Saturday morning in the month, ending on April 2...

Luxury Tour of "Outlander" Locations in Scotland

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/16/2016, 5:00 AM

We can't help you follow in the exact footsteps of Outlander's Claire Randall Fraser. After all, she toggles between the 20th and the 18th centuries on that hit Starz show, and, unfortunately, time travel is the one type of travel Frommer's hasn't mastered yet. But for superfans of the series drawn to the beauty of its Scottish filming locations, luxury travel company Artisans of Leisure h...

Jane Goodall-Approved Wildlife Tours Announced

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/03/2016, 4:00 AM

For travelers who want close encounters with wildlife but also want to respect animals' freedom, G Adventures has introduced the Jane Goodall Collection of vacations.   It's a selection of 20 critter-centric tours endorsed by the renowned primatologist. Options include safaris in Kenya and Tanzania, river cruises in the Amazon, island hopping in the Galápagos, kayaking in Costa Rica, and c...

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