Cheap vacation ideas in U.S. cities for families:

Cheap Vacation Ideas for Families: The Best Cities in the U.S. and Canada

By Candyce H. Stapen

These diverse cities are the best in North America for affordable family trips, for reasons starting with the fact that they have cheap hotels.

Georgia—A Country Where the Wine Has Been Aging for 8,000 Years

By Mark Orwoll

A culinary exploration of the former Soviet republic’s wild flavor combinations and ancient recipes would be a highlight of any food lover’s to-do list.

World's Tallest Statue Unveiled in India

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/06/2018, 10:00 PM

The average height of adult males in India is 5 feet, 5 inches (165cm). Throw in men made of bronze, and that figure might jump up a few notches, at least as of last week.  That's when Prime Minister Narendra Modi helped dedicate the country's new Statue of Unity, a monumental likeness of Indian independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel that stands at the incredible height of 597 feet (182m)—...

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Brazil's Best Islands for Vacations

Brazil’s 11 Best Islands, From Ilha Grande to Fernando de Noronha

By Sarah Brown

Here are 11 of the best islands for holidays in Brazil, each with its own personality, for diving, beaches, romance, and wildlife.

Arthur Frommer: Canada Legalized Marijuana, But Visitors Should Know the Rules

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/05/2018, 12:00 AM

The recent decision by all of Canada to legalize the sale or use of marijuana was hailed by U.S. users and advocates of that drug. On careful study of Canada’s action, those cheerleaders may be less enthusiastic about what has happened. Although Canada acted as a single nation in legalizing the substance, it has permitted individual provinces of Canada to enact specific rules governing its sale a...

Hudson Yards in New York City

A Preview: Hudson Yards in New York City

By Pauline Frommer

One of the largest urban developments in United States history is about to debut. We took a hard-hat tour of Hudson Yards. Here are some thoughts on this city-shaping project.

Colorful New St. Louis Hotel Wants to Give You the Blues (or Reds or Yellows)

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/31/2018, 4:45 PM

"Got the St. Louis Blues," goes the old W.C. Handy song, "just as blue as I can be." Those lyrics take on new meaning at the Angad Arts Hotel, which opens this week amid the many galleries and performance venues of the Grand Center Arts District in St. Louis. Guests who book one of the hotel's 146 rooms or 38 suites don't just pick bed sizes but also a color to match one of four moods—red for pa...

You Can Stay in Ralphie’s House from ‘A Christmas Story’

By Michele Herrmann

Posted on 10/30/2018, 1:00 AM

Ultimate fans of the American holiday film classic A Christmas Story might already own a replica of the Major Award leg lamp, nightmarish bunny pajamas, or even a toy Red Ryder BB gun (warning: you may shoot your eye out). Yet, how many of them know that they can spend the night inside Ralphie Parker’s actual house? Located in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio, the real-life house use...

National Veterans Memorial and Museum Opens in Columbus, Ohio

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/29/2018, 3:00 PM

More than 40 million people have served in the U.S. armed forces. They've been honored with monuments, memorials, and museums in Washington, D.C., across the country, and even around the world (as at the D-Day Beaches in Normandy, France). But those sites focus on individual conflicts or branches of the military. The new National Veterans Memorial and Museum (NVMM), which opened in downtown Colum...

Paris' Henri Cartier-Bresson Photography Venue Moves to Meet Tourists

By Lily Heise

Posted on 10/26/2018, 12:00 AM

The gallery and archive dedicated to one of France’s most iconic photographers reopens this week in a new space in the artsy Marais district, where more tourists will be able to see it.   Henri Cartier-Bresson was instrumental in the development of modern photojournalism, particularly through his candid street photography. He was also, along with Robert Capa and several other contemporaries,...

What to do in Quebec City, Canada

Hidden Romantic Things to Do in Quebec City

By Andrea Syrtash

Explore some of the less obvious things to see of Quebec City by creating an itinerary from these très romantique suggestions.

The Game Is Afoot at London's New Sherlock Escape Room

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/11/2018, 4:45 PM

Would you want to be stuck with Sherlock Holmes in an escape room—one of those games where players are locked in a confined space and have a limited amount of time to find clues, solve puzzles, and crack codes in order to get out? On the one hand, the super-sleuth of Baker Street would have every mystery on the premises cleared up faster than you could say "Hound of the Baskervilles." On the oth...

Best food and drink in Cornwall

10 Things You Must Eat and Drink in Cornwall

By Amy Sherman

The best food and drink around Cornwall, England, from high-quality local seafood and produce to top dairy products and traditional baked goods both sweet and savory.
Waterbury, Vermont: a tour of its local industry of gourmet goods

Is this Vermont Town What Happy Tastes Like? Four Miles of Foodie Bliss in Waterbury

By Anastasia Mills Healy

Waterbury, Vermont, is an unlikely center for world-famous beer, ice cream, and dairy. Here's where to go there.

Police Destroy Semi-Submerged Sculpture Park in the Maldives

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/26/2018, 5:30 PM

Police officers wielding saws, pickaxes, and ropes have destroyed the world's first semi-submerged sculpture park.  Located in the Maldives, Coralarium—which Frommer's covered this summer when the work opened to the public—was an over-/underwater project designed by British-born artist Jason deCaires Taylor to be explored by swimmers and snorkelers. It stood amid calm waters belonging to the luxe...

Acclaimed Houston Art Museum Open After Renovations

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/24/2018, 8:00 AM

After more than six months of renovations, the Renzo Piano-designed main building of Houston's Menil Collection—home to an eclectic horde of 17,000 artworks, from antiquities to contemporary creations—reopened to the public on Saturday, September 22.  The interior has been extensively reconfigured to make the place less cluttered and to make room for new and expanded galleries, allowing for the p...

New Foodie Arcade Opens on Paris’s Left Bank

By Lily Heise

Posted on 09/20/2018, 12:00 AM

Visitors to Paris have a new one-stop destination for gourmet delicacies from the city’s top chefs and food purveyors. Beaupassage, a refurbished historic passageway in the heart of the stylish Saint-Germain district, has opened on the Left Bank. Unveiled on August 25th, the vast 10,000-sq.-m (32,800 sq-ft.) space flows through three connecting pedestrian lanes built in 1703. By the mid-1850s...

Great outdoor music venues worldwide

10 Epic Open-Air Concert Venues Worth Traveling For

By Pam Grout

Rock it au natural! Here are 10 fantastic outdoor venues with an unforgettable entertainment setting.

A Brand New V&A Design Museum Opens This Week

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/11/2018, 6:00 PM

The world-famous V&A museum, founded as an offshoot of the Great Exhibition of 1851, is one of London's most popular attractions, bringing in about 4.4 million visits a year. This weekend, the Victoria and Albert, the more formal name for the powerhouse of decorative arts, will have a presence in Scotland, too. V&A Dundee, billed as Scotland's first design museum, opens on the revitalized...

Two New Non-Travel Books May Change The Way You See the USA

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/09/2018, 8:30 PM

You drive into a new town. It is not a famous place and it certainly isn’t a tourist magnet. But it has a certain vibe, a personality. You start to explore, stopping by a local store, walking through a park, trying the coffee joint where townspeople are congregating. It’s an interesting exercise, but the takeaways are vague: seems like a nice place, you think. But you don’t think more than that, ...

Steel engraving of Walt Whitman used for the frontispiece of the first edition of "Leaves of Grass"

Walt Whitman's Brooklyn: In the Footsteps of the Borough's Bard

By Zac Thompson

Walt Whitman was Brooklyn’s original bearded bohemian. Follow us to the places that shaped the poet in the years before he published Leaves of Grass.

Arthur Frommer: The Biggest News is the Dominance of Tourism by the Chinese

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/05/2018, 12:00 AM

Suddenly, the press that deals with travel is full of articles about the sudden rise of Chinese tourism.   All over the world, Chinese citizens have become the largest source of tourism, edging out the American, German, British and French. This doesn’t happen by accident.  In recent years, the Chinese government has encouraged the movement towards international travel as a means of accomp...

Road trip on the best section of the Natchez Trace Parkway

Road Trip from Nashville on the Natchez Trace Parkway: Americana, History, and a Whole Lot of Music

By Caroline Eubanks

History, Native American heritage, the blues, country music, Helen Keller, and Elvis Presley—there's a lot to see, hear, eat, and do on this 200-mile segment of the Natchez Trace Parkway.
What to see in Iwate Prefecture, Japan

Japan's Iwate Prefecture: Wild, White, and Wonderful

By Beth Reiber

A lot has happened to Iwate Prefecture, in the Tokohu region, since the 2011 tsunami: Since then, it has added Japan’s newest national park, the country’s longest hiking trail, two World Heritage Sites, and a stadium that will play host to the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Here's how to see it.

New Street Murals Animate World Trade Center in New York City

By Samantha Zúñiga-Levy

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

Ever since the events of 9/11, New York City has faced the challenges of rebuilding the area around the Twin Towers as well as finding an appropriate aesthetic for the site—tasks that have been especially difficult given the emotions involved.  In early 2017, Silverstein Properties, the World Trade Center's main developer, invited 50 street artists to do what they do best all over the 69th-floo...