A Life-Changing Conference for Would-Be Travel Writers and Photographers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/20/2018, 11:15 AM

Over the course of the year, I give about a dozen speeches on travel across North America. Inevitably, when I sign books afterwards, a familiar scenario will play out. I’ll hand back the book on which I’ve just scrawled my name and notice that the individual standing in front of me looks very, very nervous… and doesn’t want to move away from the table. He or she will chitchat for a few minutes be...

This Summer's Stupid Food Fad Has Arrived

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/04/2018, 12:00 AM

Following in the tradition not only of gimmicky dishes made with absurdly expensive ingredients (which is how we ended up with monstrosities like the $1,000 omelet and the $25,000 taco) but also in the tradition of gimmicky dishes made for Instagram rather than taste buds (looking at you, rainbow bagels), a restaurant chain in New York City is now serving 24-karat gold chicken wings.   ...

Seattle's Space Needle Gets a Glassy Makeover

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/26/2018, 12:00 AM

A $100 million update to Seattle's skyline-defining Space Needle is just about finished.  But don't worry, purists: The 605-foot retro-futuristic tower still looks like something dreamed up by the animators for The Jetsons—or, as the Frommer's guide puts it, "like a flying saucer on a tripod."  Some sprucing up here and there aside, the most dramatic changes can be found on the observation deck,...

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Avocado Museum Coming to San Diego

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/04/2018, 9:00 PM

Even fruits and vegetables are subject to trends—need we remind you of the Great Kale Craze of 2013?  One of the hottest green things in recent years has been the avocado, which has at least one significant advantage over kale: It doesn't taste bad.  Now, California avocados are getting their own trendy pop-up museum in San Diego. Named The Cado, it will open June 16 at Liberty Station, a waterf...

Best Places to Go 2018 Photo Contest Winners

In honor of our 18 Best Places to Go in 2018, we launched a photo contest on Instagram. Thanks to all the talented shutterbugs who participated, and congratulations to the winners!

2017's Most Instagrammed Locations

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/01/2017, 12:00 PM

Instagram released its year in review this week, looking back at 2017's top trends on the popular photo-sharing social network. Among the not-so-surprising revelations that Beyoncé's pregnancy announcement in February got the most likes (11.1 million) and pop star Selena Gomez had the most followers (130 million and counting), there were several travel-related findings as well.  In fact, #travel...

2017 holiday window display at Macy's Herald Square in New York City

Christmas in New York: The City's Best Holiday Window Displays

For generations, Manhattan’s big retailers have gone all out to create eye-popping holiday window displays at their flagship locations. Follow along on our walking tour of the jolliest spots.
Panna Meena Ka Kund, Rajasthan

Experience the Subterranean Beauty of India's Lost Stepwells

India’s unique, subterranean stepwells are an endangered architectural species, all but unknown even to locals and rarely appearing on tourist itineraries. See what few visitors get to see.
Hot Travel Instagrammers from around the world

21 Beautiful Instagram Accounts By Beautiful Travelers

Call them your travel Instababes. We’ve chosen 20 hot Instagram users who go beyond the usual humdrum vacation images—and who do it in a language that social media rewards: by being as gorgeous as their adventures.

Up-to-the-Minute Online Tool Finds Wisconsin's Best Fall Foliage

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/11/2017, 10:45 PM

New England states get all the attention when it comes to fall foliage, but there are other leafy places worth peeping during Pumpkin Spice Latte season. One of the best in the Midwest is Wisconsin, where vivid displays in spots like the Kettle Moraine State Forest (pictured above) provide beautiful backdrops for scenic drives, waterfall hikes, and stops at orchards in small farm towns. Travel ...

Wildflowers Now in Bloom at Chile's Atacama Desert, the Driest Place on Earth

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/01/2017, 12:00 AM

The driest place on earth is currently blanketed in purple wildflowers. Northern Chile's Atacama Desert typically gets a measly 0.6 inches of rain in an entire year. Nevertheless, every five to seven years—usually along with El Niño weather patterns—multitudes of beautiful mallow flowers fill the arid landscape with a surreal expanse of color. It's like finding a botanical garden on Mars (it so h...

War on Smartphones: Two Tourist Cities Where Using Your Phone Could Cost Dearly

By Jason Cochran

In one popular vacation town, you'll be fined for using your phone in a crosswalk. In another, tourists face a plague of smartphone snatchings.

Central Park is a stunning break from New York City's urban landscape.

Where to Go in New York City's Central Park

Even within the bounds of New York City's Central Park, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the Park's sprawling features. But never fear, we've collected a list of our favorite spots in New York City's backyard.
Instagram fail: your feet at a beach

Let's Stop Posting These Kinds of Travel Instagram Pics NOW

No, no, no! Stop that! People, we can all Instagram much better than this. From hot dog legs to aerial coffee shots, we must all pull together as travelers to fix these awful Instagram habits. Good taste and decency depend on it.
45th and 7th avenue in new york city

Then-and-Now Pictures of Movie Locations, from Hitchcock to Pee-wee

The smartphone app ScenePast, which helps travelers bridge time at the places they visit, compiled before-and-after images of filming locations of beloved movies made in Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco. What's in those spots now?
Leaning Tower of Pisa Shot

20 Ridiculous Shots of Tourists "Holding Up" Pisa's Leaning Tower

We've all seen the classic snapshot of tourists "holding up" Italy's Leaning Tower of Pisa. But when they're photographed from a different angle, the extreme dorkishness is hilarious.
Chicago buildings overlooking the Chicago RIver

A Tour of 12 Architecture Icons in Chicago

Clustered along Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, the buildings in this midwestern metropolis include record holders, exemplars of design, and creations dreamed up by some of the biggest names in 20th- and 21st-century architecture. Let’s go on a virtual tour of our favorites.
Viking Sea under sail

The Viking Sea: A Photo Tour

A photo tour of Viking Cruises' second oceangoing ship, the intimate Viking Sea.
Hogwarts Castle, Universal Studios Hollywood

The New Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood—In Pictures

Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles has built America's newest Harry Potter theme park area. Take a tour before it even opens.
Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas

Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas: A Photo Tour

An inside look at Royal Caribbean's newest ship, Anthem of the Seas.
The London Eye's 10th Anniversary, 2010

The London Eye: Weird and Wonderful Pictures Through the Years

The London Eye turned 15 in 2015—although Londoners weren't sure about it when it was constructed, today it has come to help define the city's skyline. And as a city icon, it has often been costumed for special occasions and pressed into strange service.