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.

What Do Reindeer Do in the Summer? Attend Yoga Classes, Apparently.

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/27/2019, 4:15 PM

Goat yoga classes, which combine breathing, posing, and snuggling with special guest ruminants, may be all the rage among limber animal lovers. But Alaska just upped the antlered ante. At a summer yoga class in Fairbanks, attendees complete a 60-minute hatha or vinyasa flow session in the presence of reindeer.  Classes take place Monday and Friday evenings at 6pm at Running Reindeer Ranch, whi...

Redwoods, Beer, and Bigfoot: Exploring California’s Santa Cruz Mountains

By Alex Cipolle

For a serene outdoor experience near the San Francisco Bay Area, head into the Santa Cruz Mountains to discover redwood cathedrals, laid-back beach towns, and maybe even Sasquatch. 

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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.

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...

Arthur Frommer: Seaweed is Invading the Mexican Caribbean, But There's a Bright Side

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/30/2019, 7:00 AM

Among the current important news of travel is a sudden and mysterious drop in tourist traffic to the so-called “Mexican Caribbean” (Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, Tulum, the Mayan Riviera), an area which usually accounts for half of all tourism to Mexico.     After several speculative guesses as to what is happening, scientists and Mexican officials have agreed that the cause is “sa...

The Best Hikes in Ireland

The Best Hikes in Ireland: The Kerry Way, The Burren, and 9 More

By Sarah Brown

These 11 hiking trails have something for everyone and should get you in the mood to get outdoors and explore Ireland’s stunning landscapes.
Royal Caribbean's CocoCay: What to Expect, How to Prepare

Royal Caribbean's CocoCay: What to Expect, How to Prepare

By Jason Cochran

Royal Caribbean's $250 million upgrade to its private island in the Bahamas is impressive. But it requires some planning.
Dinner in the Sky

You're Eating Where?! The World's Weirdest Restaurants

By Veronica Stoddart

From the depths of the ocean to hanging high above the earth, here are 10 restaurants so unusual you’ll have a hard time focusing on your food.

Stroll Above the Smokies on the USA’s Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/03/2019, 1:00 PM

Eastern Tennessee is now home to the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the United States. Opening May 17, Gatlinburg SkyBridge, located in the resort town that serves as a gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, stretches 680 feet across a deep valley, offering views of downtown Gatlinburg and the surrounding mountains for those who venture across.  At its highest point, the bridge...

Thanks a Lot, Instagram. Horseshoe Bend Now Has an Entry Fee

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/22/2019, 7:00 PM

Many of the world's most beautiful places have become victims of their own Instagrammability, with hordes of selfie snappers causing congestion, safety concerns, and strains on infrastructure.  As a result, officials at photogenic locales across the globe have introduced measures aimed at thinning crowds—or at least shifting some of the financial burden for upkeep onto tourists. The latest examp...

Amish buggy in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Beards, Buggies, and Beyond: How to Spend a Weekend in Pennsylvania Dutch Country

By Zac Thompson

In addition to Amish encounters, southern Pennsylvania's Lancaster County has outdoorsy and historical attractions as well as intriguing arts and culinary offerings. That adds up to a well-balanced and rewarding 3-day weekend. 

Tipping in Costa Rica: A Gratuities Guide for Hotels, Restaurants, and Tours

By Zac Thompson

Some tips on tipping to follow while checking out Costa Rica's cities, beaches, and jungles

How to volunteer for a day or less while on vacation

Volunteering for a Day While on Vacation: Eight Ways to Find Opportunities

By Erica Bray

Where to find one-day volunteer opportunities for your next vacation

South African President de Klerk's Retreat Becomes All-Inclusive Beach Lodge

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/02/2019, 4:00 PM

The coastal retreat of former South African president F.W. de Klerk has been reborn as an all-inclusive, eco-conscious lodge overlooking an untouched, nearly 4-mile (6km)-long stretch of Indian Ocean beachfront.  Set to open April 15, Lekkerwater Beach Lodge is located about a 3-hour drive east of Cape Town in a secluded area of De Hoop Nature Reserve, a landscape of sand and scrub between the oc...

U.S. dollar

Travel Bargain Hunting? Where the Dollar Is Strong Now

By Zac Thompson

There are still places across the globe where American travelers can get plenty of bang for their bucks. Here's where the dollar will stretch the furthest.
10 Top Grand Canyon Experiences and Tours

Don't Just Stare! 10 Great Tours and Experiences in the Grand Canyon

By Veronica Stoddart

From rafting to biking to mule rides, are 10 active ways to enjoy Arizona's Grand Canyon, one of the world's most famous national wonders.

Spot Orcas and Dolphins Along Western Scotland's New Whale Trail

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/12/2019, 9:30 PM

About a quarter of the world's whale and dolphin species have been spotted at one time or another in the waters around western Scotland's Hebrides islands, according to the nonprofit Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust (HWDT).  Starting in May, visitors should have an even better chance of glimpsing those cetaceans with the launch of the Hebridean Whale Trail. Developed by the HWDT, the trail is...

1917 photo of a U.S. military diver

Scuba Diving Certification: Should You Take the Plunge on Vacation?

By Zac Thompson

How does someone find training and certification for underwater diving? We got some answers for newbies who'd like to explore the depths. 

Best Lakefront Hotel Trips for Families in the USA and Canada

Top Lake Resort Vacations for Families in the U.S. and Canada

By Candyce H. Stapen

These diverse lake destinations and resorts please kids of various ages and families with differing tastes and budgets.

'Iron Road' in the Balkans Is Restored to Its Heart-Pounding Glory

By Claybourne Elder

Posted on 03/04/2019, 1:00 PM

Dropping through cliff caves, tip-toeing along hanging bridges, clambering up iron ladders drilled into mountain faces—if any of these sound like part of an ideal adventure to you, then open your guide books to a new page: Kosovo.   The newly opened Via Ferrata Berim has joined the ranks of Europe’s most thrilling climbs. On Europe’s unsung Eastern side (in a territory that's east of Dubrovn...

Meet the USA's Newest National Park

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/22/2019, 3:45 PM

The United States has a new national park. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has been re-designated Indiana Dunes National Park thanks to a provision in the same spending bill that averted another government shutdown on February 15.  The Northwest Indiana site, which has been a federally protected national lakeshore since 1966, stretches for 15 miles along Lake Michigan, encompassing 15,000 acres...

Superbloom! In California, Flowergeddon Approaches

By Claybourne Elder

Posted on 02/14/2019, 5:00 AM

Superbloom may sound like the name of a '90s rock band to you, but in Borrego Springs, California, it means millions of rare wildflowers carpeting thousands of acres of desert. And Superbloom is coming soon. In California's ecosystem, seeds might hide dormant for years until conditions are perfect, and this year, there are signs they have been awakened by recent wildfires and intense rains. Co...

The Best Cities in Europe for Families

The Best European Cities with Day Trips for Kids

By Candyce H. Stapen

These cities in Europe have it all—family appeal and a balanced mix of city and country—and they're ideal for pleasing everyone on a vacation, from children to parents.

You Can Go Standup Paddleboarding at San Antonio's River Walk Now

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/12/2019, 9:30 PM

If you feel your city sightseeing hasn't done enough to test your balance and core strength lately, here's a good remedy: a new way to see San Antonio. Local company SUP SATX now offers lessons and tours in standup paddleboarding—which involves standing or kneeling on a surfboard while using an oar to propel yourself forward—along the city's namesake waterway. After a 30-minute lesson, paddl...