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Alexander Hamilton's New York City: A Tour of the Rooms Where It Happened

By Zac Thompson

How you can explore the New York City sites that shaped the 10-dollar Founding Father

Museums Across the USA Will Be Free on Sept. 21—Here's How to Get Your Tickets

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/16/2019, 12:00 AM

A big reason why Washington, D.C., is one of the world's best cities for museum-going is that the Smithsonian Institution's attractions—including the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of Natural History (pictured), the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and many more—charge no admission to see their impressive collections. On Saturday, September 21, museums ...

How to Plan the Perfect Nantucket Vacation

A Nantucket Vacation: Making it Affordable and Easy, From Hotels to the Best Beaches

By Pauline Frommer

Nantucket can be a tricky destination. Here's how to have the vacation of a lifetime without raiding the kids' college fund.
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Breezeway, Hollyhock House, Los Angeles

Frank Lloyd Wright's Glorious Hollyhock House, LA's First World Heritage Site

By Jason Cochran

Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House in Hollywood, California, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After years of neglect and decay, much of it has been restored, and it has reopened to tourists. Take a look around with us.

Living the Good Life (Affordably) In and Around Traverse City, Michigan

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/26/2019, 1:15 AM

In some ways, the Inn at Black Star Farms recalls Tara from Gone with the Wind. Guests are greeted in a marble-floored lobby embedded with a black star (hence the name) in front of a grand curved staircase wide enough for hoopskirted damsels to make a glam entrance. The property is not, however, from that era or located in the South. It's in Michigan's Leelanau County and was built in the 1980s...

Visiting This Australian Museum Will Require Flippers and an Oxygen Tank

By Ben Appel

Posted on 07/24/2019, 12:00 AM

Deep-sea divers with an interest in sculpture should mark their calendars for December, when the first installation of visionary artist Jason deCaires Taylor’s Museum of Underwater Art is set to be unveiled at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.  (Image by Jason deCaires Taylor) The MOUA, which will eventually comprise works at several spots around Queensland, will debut with a coastal-bas...

Tinder for Art: Atlanta Museum Helps You Find Works by Swiping Right

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/23/2019, 1:30 PM

Bringing new meaning to the term "art lover," Atlanta's High Museum of Art has introduced a Tinder-esque online tool to match visitors with works based on likes.  Dubbed Heartmatch, the web-based feature presents a series of objects—paintings, sculptures, installations, and whatsits—from the museum's massive collection, and, just as in dating apps, users can indicate their preferences by swiping ...

An Adult Returns to Sleepaway Camp at Interlochen Arts Camp in Northern Michigan

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/22/2019, 2:00 PM

Proust had his madeleines. But for me, the sight of a vanilla-and-chocolate swirled cone being served through a window marked “Melody Freeze” was a memory prompt. With the first lick, I was 14 years old again, at a time in my life when music and theater meant everything. I was at Interlochen, known in my adolescence as the National Music Camp, a place I’d once thought was only for kids like me. B...

Best Dinosaur Museums and Attractions for Kids and Families

It's a Dino-Safari! The Greatest Dinosaur Attractions for Families

By Candyce H. Stapen

Bone up on our dinosaur vacation guide for the best dinosaur museums and archeolgoical sites in America and Canada.
Wisconsin cheese tour: How to begin

Invading Dairyland: The Perfect 3-Day Wisconsin Cheese-a-Palooza Tour

By Andy Seifert

Use this 3-day road trip itinerary as a guide to Wisconsin’s best cheese and to dive into its distinctly dairy-centric culture.
Quiet places in crowded Venice

Where to Escape Crowds in Overtouristed Venice, Italy

By Lily Heise

Find the magic in overcrowded Venice at these lesser-known, and more importantly, lesser-visited treasures.
Ice skating in New York City's Central Park

Free and Dirt-Cheap Things to Do in New York City

By Pauline Frommer

Some free—or nearly free—ways to savor the Big Apple.

Pauline Frommer: I'm Often Asked How to Become a Travel Writer, And I Suggest This Event

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/02/2019, 12:00 PM

Every year, I give about a dozen speeches on travel across North America. When I sign books afterwards, a familiar scenario inevitably will play out. I’ll hand back the book that I've just autographed and notice that the individual standing in front of me looks very, very nervous… and doesn’t want to move away from the table. She or he will chit-chat for a few minutes before taking a deep breath ...

Where to propose in New York City

Best Places to Propose in New York City

By Pauline Frommer

You've got the ring. Now it's time to pick the perfect spot to pop the question in the Big Apple.

The American Economy is Losing Billions from the Current Trade War: Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/19/2019, 11:00 AM

Supporters of the president’s trade war against China are undoubtedly unaware of the impact of that angry policy on the number of Chinese tourists visiting the United States.   I have read countless reports of that trade war, and not one of them (up until now) includes even a passing mention of incoming tourism from abroad. But recently, numerous newspapers have carried stories about a sharp...

Belvedere Palace in Vienna

Europe in Autumn: Where to Go in September, October, and November

By Frommer's Staff

For travelers averse to summer crowds and winter temperatures, autumn is an ideal season to visit many parts of Europe. Here are our favorite places to visit in September, October, and November.

The President’s Ban on Travel to Cuba is an Odious Denial of Rights

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/17/2019, 6:00 AM

The President of the United States has, in effect, blocked most Americans from visiting Cuba. In a recent directive, he prohibited the most popular means of going there (the cruise ship) and also banned group tours following people-to-people itineraries. Astonishingly, there seems no widespread popular protest against this action. Even from the cruise lines. Where are the heads of Carnival, ...

Gálvez Passage in Valparaíso, Chile

How to See Chile When You Have Less Than a Week

By Mark Orwoll

A five-day trip through three of Chile's cities—Viña del Mar, Valparaíso, and Santiago, the capital—makes for a superb introduction to the Land of Poets.

This Year is A Great Year for Memphis. Our Frommer's Guide Writer Explains

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/07/2019, 1:00 PM

When we come out with a new guidebook at Frommer’s, we tap the best local journalists to write it. One such pro is Ashley Brantley, a native of Nashville who grew up in Memphis (and still has family there), making her the ideal person to write the newly released Frommer’s EasyGuide to Nashville and Memphis. I interviewed her on our national radio show about why 2019 is the ideal year to visit Memph...

This Harbor Is a Refuge for Burning Man Artwork—Without Burning Man Crowds

By Stephanie Vermillion

Posted on 06/06/2019, 6:00 PM

The nine-day Burning Man festival, held in the depths of summer in a remote area of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, earns mixed reviews. Founders describe it as “a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance.”    But others, such as former attendee and writer Soren Bowie, remember it differently. “I went seeking a Utopian enclave … Instead I found misguid...

Places where you can still find evidence of World War II in Paris

Places Where You Can Still See Evidence of the Nazi Occupation of Paris

By Lily Heise

The memory of these four dark years of suppression, as well as the scars of the battle to liberate the capital, can be observed everywhere.

Trump Administration Announces Bans on Cruises and Tours to Cuba

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/04/2019, 3:00 PM

The other zapato has dropped. In April, White House National Security Advisor John Bolton announced that the Treasury Department would soon implement new regulations to restrict non-family travel to Cuba. But I don't think anyone expected the roll-out of those new regulations to be as abrupt, messy, or sweeping as the ones announced today turned out to be.   On Tuesday afternoon, the Treasury De...

The Citizens Trust cocktail bar in Columbus, Ohio

Cool Columbus: What to Do in the Midwest's Hippest City

By Zac Thompson

Ohio's capital has trendsetting craft breweries, first-rank cultural institutions, and a seemingly endless supply of artsy neighborhoods bursting with hip bars, restaurants, boutiques, and coffee shops.

L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art Getting Rid of Admission Fees

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/22/2019, 8:45 PM

Pretty soon, it won't cost you a penny to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles.  The institution announced it is reducing its $15 general admission fee to $0, a move made possible by a $10 million donation from the president of MOCA's board of trustees, Carolyn Clark Powers. You'll still have to pay for special exhibits, however.  Speaking to the New York Times, museum dire...

What in the World Is Meow Wolf and Why Is It Tourism’s Big New Name?

By Anastasia Mills Healy

It calls itself an "immersive experience company," but we'll help you translate that: These camera-ready, hands-on fun houses are the big new must-see in several American ciites.