U.S. Civil Rights Trail Links Dozens of Historic Sites in 14 States

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/16/2018, 11:00 PM

Fourteen states, covering a chunk of the U.S. from Delaware to Kansas, are joining together to promote tourism to more than 100 landmarks crucial to the struggle for civil rights. The U.S. Civil Rights Trail is a first-of-its-kind effort by tourism officials to expand smaller state programs, such as the Mississippi Freedom Trail, to cover a multi-state region predominantly in the South, the setti...

Arthur Frommer: For No Real Reason, Feds Attack the Legality of Cannabis Tourism

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/12/2018, 1:00 AM

  Because the current U.S. Attorney General is a fierce opponent of marijuana, we can expect a massive legal attack against travel to the states—mainly California and Colorado—that have recently legalized its use. What is startling about this prospect is that the alleged dangers of smoking marijuana have been denied by every respectable study.   The key examination of marijuana was cond...

NYC's Met to Charge Mandatory Admission to Out-of-Towners

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/05/2018, 11:15 PM

For the first time since its founding in the 1870s, New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art is instituting a mandatory admission fee.  Starting March 1, visitors who do not live in New York State will be charged $25 to enter. That ticket will be valid for three consecutive days at the Met and its offshoots, the Met Breuer and the Cloisters. There will not be separate lines at any of those plac...

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When Southern California Museums Open for Free This Month

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/04/2018, 12:30 AM

The 13th annual Free-for-All day at Southern California museums will be Sunday, January 28.  Nineteen institutions in the area will waive their admission fees on that day, offering access to their artistic, cultural, natural, and scientific holdings at no charge. An additional 18 museums where admission is always free are also listed as participants—though in their cases, we guess the event is m...

Want a Cannabis Vacation? Now There's a Whole Town for That

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/03/2018, 12:00 AM

One day after California, America's most populous state, made recreational cannabis consumption legal, the Los Angeles Times reported on an entire town where getting stoned is the whole point of the joint.  It's called Nipton—as in Nipton in the bud. The village was purchased last September by American Green, a publicly traded, Arizona-based cannabis company. Nipton is a speck of a century-old mi...

Two New Biographies Are Indispensable for Trips Through Europe or America

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/27/2017, 12:00 AM

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are currently purchasing and avidly reading two monumental biographies in book form about two monumental figures in world and American history.  In position number one on every bestseller list is Walter Isaacson’s 900-page volume on the life and achievements of Leonardo da Vinci (Simon & Schuster). The other, ranked closely behind and almost as large, is R...

Lady Gaga Residency in Vegas Set for Late 2018

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/21/2017, 6:00 AM

By the end of next year, it will be easier than ever for Las Vegas gamblers to watch Lady Gaga perform "Poker Face" on the same day they perfect their own. The singer is settling in at the MGM Park Theater for a bigtime residency expected to begin in late 2018. Currently set to include 74 concerts, the deal, which Variety says will make Gaga more than $1 million per show, could be extended, provi...

The Bund, Shanghai

Do These Things Before Going to China—Your Trip Will Go Better

Before leaving on a China vacation, Westerners should take these steps to navigate the country's currency, mobile phones, and Internet systems.
Torch lighter, Sheraton Maui

Great Traditions Worth Experiencing at World Hotels

Many great hotels around the world perform special rituals every day—and checking in is the best way to enjoy them.

Neapolitan Pizza, Panama Hats Among Traditions Given UNESCO Heritage Status

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/13/2017, 11:00 PM

As anybody who travels with open eyes and an open mind soon discovers, a place isn't made unique just by its buildings and scenery. The dishes, dances, crafts, languages, and other traditions developed there are just as important and every bit as worthy of preservation. That's why the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage was established in 2003—to bring awareness and protections to signifi...

People walk through the Old City of Montreal

Hidden Montreal: Seeing More, Beyond its Famous Sights

Some cities one can revisit without ever tiring of them. Montreal is one of them. Pauline Frommer returns to the fascinating Quebecois town.
Savor the tastes of Spain

10 Food Rules to Follow in Spain, Plus How to Order Tapas

Learn how to order at restaurants in Spain, how to eat churros y chocolate, choose tapas, and whether it's a good idea to drink the sangria.
Mapping a trip

The Trends That Will Shape Travel in 2018

Bots and biometrics, cannabis travel, and more: We talked with experts from across the travel industry to learn what will affect your wanderings in 2018.
Great towns in Mexico

10 Mexican "Magic Towns" for 10 Charming Village Vacations

Mexico is more than big cities and beach resorts. It's also a country of magical towns that offer an unexpected splash of color, unique attractions, and fine foods. Here are 10 charming places to inspire your own visit to one of these pueblos magicos.

In Curaçao, a Wondrous Cathedral Constructed Out of Thorns

By Alexis Flippin

On this Southern Caribbean island, an artist is transforming a ferocious local plant into a thing of beauty and grace that you can visit on your next vacation.

Two Brand New Museums Dedicated to Mississippi History

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/28/2017, 6:30 AM

Side-by-side history museums in Mississippi's capital city, Jackson, will open to the public on December 9—one day before the state's bicentennial. The brand-new institutions share an entrance and a downtown address (222 North St.) in the mid-state city because the stories they tell are inextricably entwined, as you can see from their names: the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi C...

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.
Great coffee table books published by the world's greatest museums

Gorgeous Coffee Table Books from Great Museums

Revisit—or preview—the collections of the world's best museums through these handsome publications.
Inside the old library at Trinity College Dublin

A Tour of Literary Dublin: Where to Appreciate Ireland's Many Famous Writers

Justifiably proud of its wordsmiths, Dublin offers a number of must-see sights for lit-inclined travelers—and you can hit the highlights in one gloriously word-drunk day. 

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.
Frommer's' Best Places to Go 2018

Frommer's' Best Places to Go in 2018

The 18 best places around the world to see something new, soak up culture, marvel at nature, and eat great food in 2018.
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.

Statues in Dublin Can Call Your Mobile Phone

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/20/2017, 8:15 PM

In the famously word-drunk city of Dublin, even the statues now have the gift of gab.  As part of a new tourism project called Talking Statues Dublin, 10 of the Irish capital's most recognizable sculptural likenesses—including writers James Joyce (on Earl Street), Oscar Wilde (at Merrion Square), and George Bernard Shaw (at the National Gallery) as well as political figures James Larkin (on O'Con...

A surfer wipes out

Travel Experiences That Aren't What They're Cracked Up to Be

Let’s face it: Not every travel experience is as rewarding as advertised. Frommer’s staffers share activities that we expected to be enjoyable and enriching—but weren’t.

Upper Levels of Rome's Colosseum Reopening for Tours

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/04/2017, 9:45 PM

The upper tiers of the Colosseum in Rome are reopening to the public for the first time in four decades.  The renowned architectural marvel—which dates to the first century A.D. and is one of the ancient city's most visited sites—is coming off a 5-year, multimillion-dollar restoration paid for by Diego Della Valle, chairman of luxury leather brand Tod's. With public money for major preservation...