Superbloom! In California, Flowergeddon Approaches

By Claybourne Elder

Posted on 02/14/2019, 5:00 AM

Superbloom may sound like the name of a '90s rock band to you, but in Borrego Springs, California, it means millions of rare wildflowers carpeting thousands of acres of desert. And Superbloom is coming soon. In California's ecosystem, seeds might hide dormant for years until conditions are perfect, and this year, there are signs they have been awakened by recent wildfires and intense rains. Co...

The Best Cities in Europe for Families

The Best European Cities with Day Trips for Kids

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...

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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...

Finally! After Years of Waiting, TWA Hotel at JFK Opens Reservations

By Michele Herrmann

Posted on 02/08/2019, 10:45 PM

Booking a room at the TWA Hotel at JFK Airport is off to a lovely start. On Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14, at noon, reservations open for stays beginning May 15, 2019.   The grand opening is an illustrious second act for what was once known as the TWA Flight Center, a major hub during the Jet Age era. Designed by architect Eero Saarinen and opened in 1962, the distinctive terminal, cons...

You Can Throw Your Own Parade in New Orleans! Here's How

By Jay Gentile

Posted on 02/06/2019, 12:00 PM

You don’t have to be the king of a Mardi Gras club to throw your own parade and march through the streets of New Orleans. But if you do, you’ll certainly feel like one.  While it's a little-known fact, it’s actually quite simple to throw your very own second line parade in New Orleans, legally and complete with police escort and marching band. All you need to do is follow a few simple steps ahead...

St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin

Europe in Spring: Where to Go in March, April, and May

By Frommer's Staff

Our collection of European spring vacation ideas, from places with mild temps and small crowds to those that best exemplify the season’s spirit of rebirth.

Tipping in the U.K.: A Gratuities Guide for Taxis, Hotels, and Restaurants

By Zac Thompson

Some pointers on tipping waiters, taxi drivers, and hotel staff in England, Scotland, and Wales—without overdoing it

"McSorley's Bar" (detail) by John French Sloan, 1912. The Detroit Institute of Arts, Public Domain

Pints with a Past: Must-See Historic Bars Across the United States

By Zac Thompson

When you're traveling, sip classic cocktails where presidents, movie stars, outlaws, and generations of loyal customers have lingered at these 10 historic watering holes in the U.S.

Innsbruck, Austria

The Top Things to See and Do in Innsbruck, Austria

By Pauline Frommer

A year-round destination for nature lovers, Innsbruck, in the heart of the Austrian Alps, is a wonderful place for culture vultures, too. Here's what's on Pauline Frommer's must-see list.

Tipping in Japan? Not So Much a Thing

By Zac Thompson

Why Japan doesn't go for gratuities—but why you still might have to pay extra fees for meals and accommodations

What to do in Alaska in summer

Alaska in the Summer: Whale Watching, Glacier Hikes, and the Best Cities to Visit

By Kris Capps

What is there to do in Alaska (other than take a cruise)? In you're there at the right time, you can't miss these experiences.
Paros, Greece

Places to Visit in Europe in Summer: Great Vacation Ideas

By Frommer's Staff

If you need a cheap European destination for June, July, August, or September, you have to get creative. From beaches to festivals, our continent-spanning roundup of Europe's warm-weather destinations will help you have the best summer vacation ever.  

Alaska glaciers you can reach without a cruise

Where to See Alaska Glaciers Without Taking a Cruise

By Kris Capps

Ice caves, glacier walks, and the best ways to watch calving: You don’t have to board a tour boat or a cruise ship to get close to Alaskan glaciers. You can reach these by road or rail.

Pauline Frommer: Come Travel with Me in Vietnam this February

By Pauline Frommer

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

Every other year, I host a trip for listeners of the Frommer's radio shows and the readers of our guides. And these tours are, I must say, very special experiences. There's nothing like hitting the road with Frommer's fans. They're an intelligent, gregarious, open-hearted bunch, people who are deeply enamored with travel, and who have been broadened by their own wanderings. I'm also quite caref...

The Trends That Will Shape Travel in 2019 by Pauline Frommer

The Trends That Will Shape Travel in 2019

By Pauline Frommer

What will travel hold in the coming year? We asked a wide variety of travel experts to share their thoughts.

Arthur Frommer: Rejecting an Army Made Life in Costa Rica Better

By Arthur Frommer

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

Of all the documentary films recently shown in America, one has a special relevance to the world of travel. It is called A Bold Peace, and it deals with the Central American nation of Costa Rica.   To the extent that it showcases that country’s superb beaches, its forested mountains, and its beautiful cities, it is a superb travelogue, encouraging Americans to vacation there. (You can purchase ou...

Meet UNESCO's New Cultural Heritage Inductees: Reggae, French Perfume, and More

By Zac Thompson

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

Reggae music from Jamaica, the Irish sport of hurling, Polish Nativity scenes, Korean wrestling, and about three dozen more arts, crafts, folk dances, foods, and festivals are the latest global traditions added to UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. (Pity the arts and tourism officials currently trying to squeeze that mouthful into quick after-dinner speec...

Horseback riding in Aruba

What to Do in Aruba When You're Tired of Sunbathing

By Zac Thompson

You may want to spend all of your Aruba vacation loafing in the sun. If not, here's where to go for nature, history, food, shopping, and adventure. 

Best Castles of the Loire Valley

Loire Valley Castles: The Best French Châteaux You Mustn't Miss

By Lily Heise

From formidable French fortresses to extravagant Renaissance estates, these châteaux tower over the rest in the Loire Valley.

Arthur Frommer: On an African Safari, Budget is Better

By Arthur Frommer

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

To a great many travelers, including myself, the African safari is one of the top travel experiences. There is something mystical, indeed mind-changing, about seeing the world inhabited by animals, as it was before the earth was populated by human beings. But not all African safaris are equal in bringing that vision to you. Upon looking for a safari to book, you are often inundated by marketi...

Arthur Frommer: 12 Famous Destinations That Are Almost Too Crowded to Visit

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/29/2018, 12:00 AM

It doesn’t often happen that one travel writer advises his or her readers to study the works of another travel writer.   But exceptions should occasionally be made, and that’s the case with a recent and quite thorough analysis of the hideously overcrowded places that smart tourists should avoid visiting—at least in high season. Prepared by the travel department of CNN and entitled “12 Destinati...

Frommer's Best Places to Go in 2019

By Frommer's Staff

The 19 best places around the world to see something new, soak up culture, marvel at nature, and eat great food in 2019.

Thinking of Taking an African Safari? Some Tips from an Expert

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/16/2018, 1:30 AM

African safaris: They are, for many, at the tippy top of the bucket list. But the how-tos for finding the right one have shifted in the last few years, so old conventional wisdom may not necessarily apply. On our Frommer's national radio show, I spoke with Sunit Sanghrajka, president of Alluring Africa, a company that plans custom safaris for individual travelers, to get his advice. Here’s a bit of...

Wine Tasting Tour Experiences

10 Wine Tasting Tours You Had No Idea You Could Book

By Erin Gifford

We’re talking wine tasting by helicopter, by kayak, or even on skis—these are wine lovers' experiences, beyond the tasting room.