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. 

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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...

Arthur Frommer: River Cruises Are Rushing to Attract Younger Passengers

By Arthur Frommer

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

When I went on my first river cruise (a sailing of Europe’s Rhine), I was almost the youngest person aboard. And if you’ve seen a recent photograph of me, you will know what the average age of those passengers was.   In the past, river cruises were almost entirely booked by elderly people, many in their seventies and eighties.    That’s now changing. Led by AmaWaterways, the pioneer in...

You Can Throw Your Own Parade in New Orleans! Here's How

By Jay Gentile

Posted on 02/06/2019, 12:00 PM

You don’t have to be the king of a Mardi Gras club to throw your own parade and march through the streets of New Orleans. But if you do, you’ll certainly feel like one.  While it's a little-known fact, it’s actually quite simple to throw your very own second line parade in New Orleans, legally and complete with police escort and marching band. All you need to do is follow a few simple steps ahead...

Best resorts for families in the Caribbean and the Bahamas: make sure your choice appeals to everyone

The Best Resorts for Families in the Caribbean and the Bahamas

By Candyce H. Stapen

Frommer’s chooses our favorite resorts for kids and their parents in the Caribbean and the Bahamas—for every budget.
Top Alaska Vacation Package Ideas

10 Top Alaska Vacation Packages

By Jason Cochran

Great ideas for tours and experiences across Alaska for vacationers who don't want to do all the planning by themselves.

Explorers at Heart Ought to Consider a Hurtigruten cruise, Says Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/08/2019, 12:00 AM

Let’s say you’ve cruised the Caribbean on several forgettable occasions. You’ve also cruised the Mediterranean and made one memorable sailing in Asia.  You’re eager now for a completely different kind of seagoing experience. Hurtigruten is for you. On its ships, you won’t find casinos or water slides. You won’t be asked to abide by a dress code. Your fellow passengers will be unpretentious a...

Anchorage, Alaska

Things to Do in Anchorage: Images of Its Best Experiences

By Pauline Frommer

No matter what month you travel to Anchorage, there's lots to see and do in Alaska's biggest city.
What to do in Alaska in summer

Alaska in the Summer: Whale Watching, Glacier Hikes, and the Best Cities to Visit

By Kris Capps

What is there to do in Alaska (other than take a cruise)? In you're there at the right time, you can't miss these experiences.

Tiger Woods Designing Public Golf Courses in Missouri and Chicago

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/07/2019, 11:30 PM

It has become common for golf greats to turn into course designers.  Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, and Jack Nicklaus all went in that direction—a career avenue that seems unique to their sport. After all, you don't see Michael Phelps drawing up plans for water slide parks.  The latest star of the PGA Tour to try his hand at devising sand traps: Tiger Woods, golf's most well-known—some would say on...

Which Alaska national parks are the best?

Tour Alaska On Your Own: Driving Its National Parks

By Kris Capps

Alaska is home to 23 national parks. Many of those are only accessed by expensive air charter. But you can see a few of the best ones on a road trip by car.

Paros, Greece

Places to Visit in Europe in Summer: Great Vacation Ideas

By Frommer's Staff

If you need a cheap European destination for June, July, August, or September, you have to get creative. From beaches to festivals, our continent-spanning roundup of Europe's warm-weather destinations will help you have the best summer vacation ever.  

Alaska glaciers you can reach without a cruise

Where to See Alaska Glaciers Without Taking a Cruise

By Kris Capps

Ice caves, glacier walks, and the best ways to watch calving: You don’t have to board a tour boat or a cruise ship to get close to Alaskan glaciers. You can reach these by road or rail.

The Caribbean's Newest Resorts are Now North of Cancun, Reports Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/13/2018, 12:00 AM

We Americans tend to have widely divergent views about Mexico. Some regard that nation as a place of constant poverty and problems. Other more perceptive types are aware of Mexico’s skyrocketing rise in the world of tourism.   Mexico is currently enjoying a major increase in its yearly number of international visitors, and similar advances in many other industries. In particular, giant new hotels...

Arthur Frommer: Rejecting an Army Made Life in Costa Rica Better

By Arthur Frommer

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

Of all the documentary films recently shown in America, one has a special relevance to the world of travel. It is called A Bold Peace, and it deals with the Central American nation of Costa Rica.   To the extent that it showcases that country’s superb beaches, its forested mountains, and its beautiful cities, it is a superb travelogue, encouraging Americans to vacation there. (You can purchase ou...

Horseback riding in Aruba

What to Do in Aruba When You're Tired of Sunbathing

By Zac Thompson

You may want to spend all of your Aruba vacation loafing in the sun. If not, here's where to go for nature, history, food, shopping, and adventure. 

Arthur Frommer: On an African Safari, Budget is Better

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/04/2018, 12:00 AM

To a great many travelers, including myself, the African safari is one of the top travel experiences. There is something mystical, indeed mind-changing, about seeing the world inhabited by animals, as it was before the earth was populated by human beings. But not all African safaris are equal in bringing that vision to you. Upon looking for a safari to book, you are often inundated by marketi...

Frommer's Best Places to Go in 2019

By Frommer's Staff

The 19 best places around the world to see something new, soak up culture, marvel at nature, and eat great food in 2019.