NYC's New Museum of Optical Illusions Wants to Blow Your Mind

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/19/2018, 9:00 PM

Remember that day in fourth grade when your teacher distributed photocopied handouts of M.C. Escher prints, figures that appeared to be differing sizes but were actually the same, and drawings of ducks that, on closer inspection, were also rabbits?  The new Museum of Illusions in New York City is two floors of that, with the added benefit—crucial in the age of Instagram—that guests can put them...

Shred the surf or just settle in the sand for the perfect shoreline experience at Kauai's Poipu Beach.

What to Do In Hawaii: 12 Ways to Get Wet

By Jeanette Foster

Get the most out of Hawaii with our highlights of the best beaches and watersports on the islands.
Looking inside Walt Disney's Disneyland by Taschen

New Book Publishes Ultra-Rare Images of Early Disneyland

By Jason Cochran

Look inside a handsome new coffee table book highlighting rare images from the history of Disneyland.
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Great autumn leaf-peeping trip ideas

Best Fall Foliage Family Trip Ideas in the United States

By Candyce H. Stapen

These favorite autumn getaways, many of which are suprisingly affordable, offer dazzling leaf-peeping and Instagram-worthy moments for you and your children.
How to see Northern California's Redwood National Park region

Best of The Redwoods: 10 Tip-Top Things to See Around California's Big Trees

By Blake Snow

Whether hiking, driving through, or camping in the Northern California's redwoods region, there are a lot of nuances to take the time to appreciate.
@FakeThemePark's Jason Ginsburg's theme park survival tips

12 Theme Park Tips That Will Literally Save Your Life (Not Literally)

By Jason Ginsburg

Real-life tips for theme parks by the hilarious ghost writer of the @FakeThemePark Twitter account.
Maple leaves in autumn

American Autumn: Best Places to Go in September, October, and November

By Zac Thompson

Autumn is a great time for travel in the U.S., whether you’re on the hunt for fall foliage or popular attractions that are far less crowded than in summer. 

Exploring Alps near Lucerne: Pilatus, Rigi, and Titlis

3 Swiss Peaks for Every Fitness Level—And How to Do Them

By Molly Harris

Lucerne is one of Switzerland's most popular destinations, and day trips and overnight excursions from the city highlight the best of the Alps' picturesque countrysides, thick forests, and tall summits

Royal Caribbean's Private Beaches Make Second-Class Citizens of the Rest of Us

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/27/2018, 6:00 AM

Most passengers on a Caribbean cruise are by now aware of the “private beaches” and “private islands” that cruise lines operate for the purpose of keeping you from contact with local residents or businesses when your ship alights at a particular port.  This deliberate segregation has been tolerated by most of us because the artificial beaches or ports have been operated in such a way as to be r...

Real-Life Version of "Simpsons" Convenience Store Comes to Myrtle Beach

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/21/2018, 9:15 PM

Fans of The Simpsons have a new place to satisfy their cravings for Buzz Cola, Squishee frozen drinks, Heat-Lamp Hot Dogs, and Lard Lad Donuts (what, no Duff beer?). A full-size, three-dimensional Kwik-E-Mart, the convenience store that frequently appears on the long-running animated sitcom, has opened in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Part of the Broadway at the Beach retail and entertainment c...

Yreina Cervantez's "La Ofrenda" mural in Los Angeles

Explore Latino L.A.'s Food and Culture, from Olvera Street to Boyle Heights

By Zac Thompson

Murals, markets, thoroughfares, and other public spaces throughout Los Angeles bear the imprint of Latinos, starting with the oldest parts of the city. Follow us to the highlights of Latino L.A.

Chill with Superheroes at Air-Conditioned Theme Park in Abu Dhabi

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/14/2018, 6:00 AM

And you thought Orlando was sweltering.  Temperatures in Abu Dhabi regularly top 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 Celsius) during much of the year, making an outdoor theme park in the United Arab Emirates capital a sticky proposition, especially in summer.  But you don't have to worry about succumbing to heat exhaustion at the new Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi—it's entirely indoors. The air-condition...

A Temporary Museum of the 1980s Opens in Seattle

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/09/2018, 9:45 PM

There's nothing like seeing cultural artifacts from your childhood in a historical exhibit to make you feel like an ancient relic. Those of us with memories of the 1980s can have that disconcerting experience at Seattle's Living Computers: Museum + Labs, where a temporary exhibit called "Total 80s Rewind" transports visitors to the world of a teenager in the Reagan years.  Gather 'round, kiddies...

Travel gift guide, August 2018

Travel in Style with These Great Gifts and Gadgets for Every Budget

By Frommer's Staff

The latest and greatest travel gadgets and inventions improve the way we go places. The globe-trotter in your life will love these gifts no matter your budget. 

Ticket Prices Go Up at Kennedy Space Center in Florida

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/25/2018, 4:30 PM

The price of admission has gone up at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. It will now cost you $57 ($47 for kids ages 3–11) to see NASA artifacts and memorabilia such as the space shuttle Atlantis, a moon rock, spacesuits, rockets, and more.  That's a $7 increase from the previous cost. While the price might sound astronomical by museum standards, wouldn't that be appropriate, ...

WWOOFing: Explaining a Different Way to Travel, Farm by Farm

By Julia Levine

Travelers are going around the world by WWOOFing—working part-time on organic farms in exchange for room and board. Here's how to find a farm and what to expect.

Dim sum is like tapas

What to Do in Hong Kong: 10 Favorite Things

By Alex Ortolani

From Buddhist temples to goldfish markets and western culture to Chinese tradition, Hong Kong is the ultimate cosmopolitan destination.

The Game-Changing Museums of Indianapolis

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/09/2018, 6:45 PM

Indianapolis is reinventing the museum. As dropping attendance and revenues plague museums across North America, Indy’s most storied institution, Newfields: A Place for Nature and the Arts—once known as the Indianapolis Museum of Art—has become the sixth-most-visited museum in the United States per capita.    Part of the reason for its success has to do with that name change. In 2017, curato...

This Midwest American Town Is Turning 350 Years Old

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/03/2018, 7:15 PM

You might have heard that New Orleans and San Antonio are each celebrating a 300th birthday this year. Both cities made our list of the Best Places to Go in 2018 for that very reason.  But it's likely you missed the news about another riverside municipality's big milestone—even though it bests the other two by half a century.  Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan turns 350 this year.  The Soo, as it's kn...

What to do in the Mount Rushmore area

Around Mount Rushmore: 8 Great Things to Do (And 2 to Skip)

By Blake Snow

Experience the best (and avoid the worst) of what southwestern South Dakota has to offer: Devils Tower, Custer State Park, Bear Country, and more.

Arthur Frommer: National Parks Devotees Can Utter a (Brief) Sigh of Relief

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/25/2018, 12:00 AM

In the early months of the Trump administration, it was widely rumored that the new head of the Department of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, would propose a doubling of the entrance fees to some 100 national parks that charge admission.   The reaction to that drastic proposal was so negative, and from both sides of the aisle in Congress, that it was since assumed that a far milder increase would be ...

New Great Wolf Lodge Water Park Opens in Chicago Burbs

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/22/2018, 11:30 PM

Midwesterners in search of chlorinated fun have a new destination in the Chicago suburbs.  Great Wolf Lodge Illinois, the 17th outpost in a chain of Northwoods-themed indoor water park resorts across North America, has opened in Gurnee, the same town (located about 40 miles north of downtown Chicago) where you'll find Six Flags Great America.  The new Great Wolf occupies space once belonging to ...

Arthur Frommer: Universal Orlando Cuts Hotel Rates to Lure Visitors

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/22/2018, 11:30 PM

For at least twenty years, Universal Orlando Resort has been on a hotel building spree. One after another, giant lodging has been squeezed onto its grounds, supplying close-at-hand rooms to would-be visitors.   In hotels supplying thousands of rooms, Universal is approaching (though it obviously hasn’t yet reached) the number of hotels on the grounds of Disney’s parks, 15 minutes away by car.  ...

A Return to Northern Michigan With No Repeat Experiences

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/14/2018, 12:30 PM

I’ve always taken the stance that when you return again and again to the same place for vacation, you’re only setting yourself up for ennui. I figured there were a few exceptions to this rule—namely, cities like Paris and Tokyo that are so huge and varied that you'll never exhaust the possibilities. But for the most part, I believed that vacations should be about the stimulating, the new, the un...

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado

10 Things to See and Do in Colorado's Most Underrated National Park

By Jorie Larsen

At Great Sand Dunes National Park, you can sled down gigantic dunes, make a splash at a natural beach, go tubing along a river, and camp out under the stars in sandy seclusion.