This Year is A Great Year for Memphis. Our Frommer's Guide Writer Explains

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/07/2019, 1:00 PM

When we come out with a new guidebook at Frommer’s, we tap the best local journalists to write it. One such pro is Ashley Brantley, a native of Nashville who grew up in Memphis (and still has family there), making her the ideal person to write the newly released Frommer’s EasyGuide to Nashville and Memphis. I interviewed her on our national radio show about why 2019 is the ideal year to visit Memph...

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...

Places where you can still find evidence of World War II in Paris

Places Where You Can Still See Evidence of the Nazi Occupation of Paris

By By Lily Heise

The memory of these four dark years of suppression, as well as the scars of the battle to liberate the capital, can be observed everywhere.
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Trump Administration Announces Bans on Cruises and Tours to Cuba

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/04/2019, 3:00 PM

The other zapato has dropped. In April, White House National Security Advisor John Bolton announced that the Treasury Department would soon implement new regulations to restrict non-family travel to Cuba. But I don't think anyone expected the roll-out of those new regulations to be as abrupt, messy, or sweeping as the ones announced today turned out to be.   On Tuesday afternoon, the Treasury De...

The Citizens Trust cocktail bar in Columbus, Ohio

Cool Columbus: What to Do in the Midwest's Hippest City

By By Zac Thompson

Ohio's capital has trendsetting craft breweries, first-rank cultural institutions, and a seemingly endless supply of artsy neighborhoods bursting with hip bars, restaurants, boutiques, and coffee shops.

L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art Getting Rid of Admission Fees

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/22/2019, 8:45 PM

Pretty soon, it won't cost you a penny to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles.  The institution announced it is reducing its $15 general admission fee to $0, a move made possible by a $10 million donation from the president of MOCA's board of trustees, Carolyn Clark Powers. You'll still have to pay for special exhibits, however.  Speaking to the New York Times, museum dire...

What in the World Is Meow Wolf and Why Is It Tourism’s Big New Name?

By Anastasia Mills Healy

It calls itself an "immersive experience company," but we'll help you translate that: These camera-ready, hands-on fun houses are the big new must-see in several American ciites.

Arthur Frommer: Travel in Europe is Getting Harder, Yet Still We Must

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/06/2019, 9:00 AM

Let’s be frank: Traveling to Europe this summer will be more difficult than in recent years.  Which is all the more reason to consider, and then overcome, a number of obstacles.   What has resulted in these problems? First, the initial cost of flying to various European capitals will undoubtedly be higher than before.     That major champion of low-cost transatlantic air travel, WOW Ai...

Talking with Frances Mayes About Her Latest Book, 'See You in the Piazza'

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/01/2019, 2:00 PM

Frances Mayes, author of the memoir Under the Tuscan Sun, is to Tuscan travel what ketchup is to Russian dressing.  For tens of thousands of vacationers, her tale—both the book that sat on the New York Times bestseller list for two years, and the Diane Lane film that fictionalized it—was the reason they chose to go this bucolic and beautiful corner of "The Boot." Now Mayes has a new book called...

Muslim History Tour Tells Untold Chapter of New York City's Past—and Present

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/25/2019, 12:00 PM

The gym where I work out (when I’m feeling up to it and can’t find anything good on Netflix) is housed in a building that stands where there used to be a mosque founded by Yemeni immigrants and frequented by jazz musicians. The Apollo Theater is just about a block east on 125th St. in Harlem, where I live. Back in the 1940s and ‘50s, performers at that legendary Upper Manhattan venue are said t...

The Prettiest French Seaside Holiday Towns

The Prettiest French Seaside Towns for the Perfect Vacation

By By Lily Heise

Whether you want to escape to a frozen-in-time fishing village or a grand seaside resort dating to the heyday of the Belle Époque, there’s a French seaside village perfect for you.

Travel Podcasts: Treasured Landmarks from Notre-Dame to the Taj Mahal

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/22/2019, 12:00 AM

Each week, Frommer's brings you two fresh podcasts stuffed with travel tips, news, and inspiration. Recordings are made from our weekly call-in show on WABC-770AM in New York and our nationally syndicated radio program.  First up this week: The devastating fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris prompts hosts Pauline Frommer and Jason Cochran to consider other iconic edifices in need of preserva...

Amish buggy in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

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

By 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. 

The Best Belle Epoque/ Art Nouveau Cafes in Paris

The Most Eye-Popping Art Nouveau Cafes in Paris

By By Lily Heise

Paris, the heart of the Belle Epoque, is home to some of the most beautiful Art Nouveau cafés you will ever see. Here's where to eat.

Books, Games, Apps, and Activities to Get Kids Excited About Travel

By Candyce H. Stapen

Prepare your children for upcoming vacations by harnessing their innate curiosity and instilling a spirit of exploration that will last a lifetime. 

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Travel Bargain Hunting? Where the Dollar Is Strong Now

By 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.
Susan B. Anthony's gravesite, covered in "I Voted" stickers after the 2016 presidential election, in Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, New York

Get to Know Women Who Shaped U.S. History at These Inspiring Sites

By By Michele Herrmann

These landmarks across the country pay tribute to the accomplishments of women in U.S. history and provide context for a fuller understanding of today’s struggles. 

Amsterdam Bans Tours of Red-Light District

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/26/2019, 4:15 PM

As much as it's known for picturesque canals and paintings by Dutch masters on display at the Rijksmuseum and elsewhere, Amsterdam has also gained a reputation as a haven for legal marijuana and prostitution.  Neither of those is leaving the city anytime soon, but authorities are cracking down on tourist lookie-loos checking out the famous red-light district, where sex shops and sex workers do th...

Smorgasburg in Brooklyn, NY

10 of America's Best Summer Food Festivals

By By Elizabeth Bacharach

There's no better way to spend the longer sunshine-filled days than visiting one of the United States' many summer food festivals.

Floating Art Museum Soon to Open in Paris

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/13/2019, 5:00 PM

Paris, which has made popular museums out of train stations, royal palaces, and modernist tangles of exposed infrastructure, is innovating yet again: The city is putting a museum on the river Seine.  Billed as the world's "first floating urban art center," Fluctuart is a three-level, bargelike structure located at the foot of the Invalides bridge, facing the Grand Palais in the heart of the city....

How to Get a Geisha Makeover in Japan

In Japan, I Was Transformed Into a Geisha. You Can Do It, Too

By By Erica Bray

In Kyoto, you can get a geisha makeover and photoshoot. Here's how mine went.
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Never Again: Important Museums and Memorials to Human Rights Disasters

By By Zac Thompson

These Informative and affecting museums and memorials chronicle the saddest chapters of the 20th century, promoting peace and remembrance. 

The Best Cities in Europe for Families

The Best European Cities with Day Trips for Kids

By 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.

Don’t Overlook The Literary Life of Dublin, Writes Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

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

In forecasts of the most popular travel destinations for 2019, Ireland almost always appears. Americans are apparently eager to roam the roadways of rural Ireland and its quaint villages, castles, and other ancient sights.    Less visited is the city of Dublin. But that may change with the popularity of a best-selling book called Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know by Colm Tóibín, about the literary...

In Nevada, a School for Stolen Native American Kids Will Be a Museum

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/11/2019, 12:00 AM

Starting in the late 19th century, the U.S. government forced tens of thousands of Native American children to leave home and attend boarding schools with the goal of assimilating students into the dominant Euro-American culture.  While providing a basic education, the schools also often required Native attendees to do manual labor and forbade them from speaking their languages, carrying out cultu...