Arthur Frommer: I Love This Canadian Program of Literary Discussions and Tours

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/16/2018, 2:00 PM

Every year, thousands of English-speaking adults gather at a number of famous universities to engage for a July week or two in discussion of the great books or great issues.  Led by a faculty member of these schools, participants pursue a “learning vacation” at places like Oxford and Cambridge in England, Cornell in upstate New York, or St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These one-w...

Huge Projections and New Architecture Center Added to Chicago Riverwalk

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/15/2018, 7:00 AM

The Chicago River has had about as strange a career as any waterway in North America, starting with its namesake city's decision in the late 19th century (enacted in the early years of the 20th) to reverse the river's course in order to keep sewage out of Lake Michigan.  Of course, that just sent the sewage—including the foul runoff from the same meatpacking factories that gave Upton Sinclair the...

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

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

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.
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National Comedy Museum Opens in New York State

By Julia Levine

Posted on 08/13/2018, 12:00 PM

Think of the word museum and you’ll probably think of old paintings. You might expect the sound of footsteps crossing a quiet gallery or guards standing watch over masterpieces.    The National Comedy Center, which just opened in Jamestown, New York, shatters that lofty picture in favor of something more fun. If this museum is doing its job, attendees will be laughing their way through more ...

Travel gift guide, August 2018

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

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. 

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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/09/2018, 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, ...

Try these off-the-beaten-path experiences in Madrid to see the city like a local.

Madrid Like a Local: 10 Can't-Miss Experiences

Find the best insider's secrets in Madrid with these 10 off-the-beaten-path experiences involving markets, nightlife, museums, and more.

Partially Underwater Artwork Welcomes Snorkelers in the Maldives

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/02/2018, 3:30 AM

The world's first semi-submerged sculpture park is now open for snorkel-equipped art lovers off the coast of the Maldives in the southern Indian Ocean. Dubbed Coralarium, the over-/underwater project was dreamed up by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor, who, according to Smithsonian magazine, has worked on similar installations off coasts in Grenada, Mexico, and the Canary Islands.  Those were ...

Georgia in Hawaii: O'Keeffe's Forgotten Island Travels

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/01/2018, 2:15 PM

Georgia O'Keeffe had a strong sense of place, and that place was usually New Mexico. But having a powerful affinity for one locale didn't leave the painter immune to the allure of others, as she discovered, seemingly to her own surprise, during a 1939 stay in Hawaii.  "My idea of the world," she wrote in a letter sent from the islands to her husband, the photographer Alfred Stieglitz, " . . . h...

Incredible libraries around the world

10 Storied Libraries Worth Checking Out

10 libraries whose buildings, histories, artwork, and, of course, books, earn them a place at the top of any travel itinerary. Each of these spots welcomes visitors and offers guided tours of the most precious holdings.
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What to Do in Hong Kong: 10 Favorite Things

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...

Las Vegas key chain

Best of Las Vegas: Our Favorite Experiences

Las Vegas is designed to keep you pleasantly distracted from the real world outside its glittering borders. Here are the best ways to stay entertained in Sin City.

Route 66 and Puerto Rico Among USA's Most Endangered Historic Sites

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/28/2018, 3:30 AM

Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Route 66 all appear on 2018's "Most Endangered Places" list, the National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual roundup of important architectural and cultural sites in peril. The purpose of the list, the group says, is to raise awareness and spur action to protect landmarks—and in some cases landmasses—"facing a range of challenges and threats, from d...

Arthur Frommer: This Is Surely the Year's Greatest Travel Bargain!

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/28/2018, 12:00 AM

About a dozen years ago, a tour operator called China Spree, headed by a Chinese-American expert, astonished the travel world by charging only $999 for a one-week stay in Beijing including air fare from America (or $100 more for one week in Beijing and Shanghai) and quality accommodations. Then, the founder of China Spree was able to accomplish those travel wonders by negotiating rock-bottom pr...

James Bond Museum Opening in Austrian Alps

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/26/2018, 11:45 AM

You'll have to wait until the fall of 2019 for the next James Bond movie, which is being directed by Danny Boyle and stars Daniel Craig in what is reportedly his last outing as 007. Starting on July 12, though, the debonair British spy's fans (Live-and-Let-Diehards?) can visit a new Bond-themed museum set at one of the shooting locations for the previous installment, 2015's Spectre.  The 007 Ele...

Musical guest Paul Weller on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Photo by: Adam Larkey/ABC

How to Get TV Show Tickets in Los Angeles

Headed to L.A.? Find out how you can step off the street and into your favorite show.

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...

Buy tickets ahead for these major Europe attractions or you may wait hours

For These European Sights, You Should Reserve Tickets Ahead

Before you board your plane to Europe, make sure you have your tickets in hand for these attractions—or they may be sold out when you get there.

After 700 Years, Westminster Abbey Opens Secret Attic to Visitors

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/11/2018, 12:00 AM

It took five years and $30.5 million (£22.9 million) to make it happen, but Westminster Abbey in London has just made a spectacular new addition to one of Europe's top tourist attractions. Which is to say it opened something more than 700 years old. The Triforium, a medieval attic balcony that runs around the top of the Abbey's nave from 52 feet high, has been converted into the Queen's Diamond ...

A Makeover and New Museum at Gateway Arch in St. Louis

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/08/2018, 9:00 PM

A multiyear, multimillion-dollar project to gussy up the grounds of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis culminates this summer in the July 3 opening of an expanded museum that tells the tale of America's westward expansion.  Located underground, the newly rechristened Museum at the Gateway Arch replaces the similar but more limited previous facility, which had become outdated both in its simplistic, Gu...

1951 photo of Eva Perón on the balcony of the Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires

Touring Eva Perón's Buenos Aires

Argentina's most famous first lady has a prominent connection to government buildings, historical sites, museums, and monuments throughout Buenos Aires. Here are nine must-see spots with a touch of Evita’s star quality. 

A New Book Makes a Compelling Case for Traveling Alone

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/05/2018, 11:15 PM

Are you traveling with your spouse, your girlfriend, boyfriend, or best friend soon? What a shame. If you’d read Stephanie Rosenbloom’s new book Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude, you might have thought twice about inviting anyone along on your adventure. Rosenbloom, a travel columnist for The New York Times, makes a compelling case for vacationing alone. She...

Arthur Frommer: Experiential Travel Has Been Eclipsed by "Transformative Travel”

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/01/2018, 2:00 PM

For several years now, conversations between travel professionals have been full of references to "experiential travel," a new variety of travel requested by more and more travelers. Unlike the standard, sightseeing-based programs, experiential travel stresses a more authentic contact with the life in various foreign locations, and it also immerses the travel passenger into those authentic experie...