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.

Royal Caribbean's CocoCay: What to Expect, How to Prepare

Royal Caribbean's CocoCay: What to Expect, How to Prepare

By Jason Cochran

Royal Caribbean's $250 million upgrade to its private island in the Bahamas is impressive. But it requires some planning.
Eurail travel

How Families Can Navigate Europe's Trains (and Why They Should)

By Candyce H. Stapen

Traveling by train in Europe is convenient, cost-effective, and kid-friendly. Here’s what families need to know about planning trips, purchasing tix, and enjoying the ride.

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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...

How Families Can Sit Together on Airplanes

By Candyce H. Stapen

Paid seat reservations have turned airline cabins into competitive arenas. If you want to make sure you sit next to your children, you need a survival guide for the battle.

Amish buggy in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

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

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. 

How to volunteer for a day or less while on vacation

Volunteering for a Day While on Vacation: Eight Ways to Find Opportunities

By Erica Bray

Where to find one-day volunteer opportunities for your next vacation

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. 

Amish Sotheby's: What to Expect at a Mud Sale in Pennsylvania Dutch Country

By Zac Thompson

Each spring, Amish and other residents of rural Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, gather for festive fundraisers with farm auctions, baked goods, and a chance to meet the locals. Here's what to know before you go. 

10 Top Grand Canyon Experiences and Tours

Don't Just Stare! 10 Great Tours and Experiences in the Grand Canyon

By Veronica Stoddart

From rafting to biking to mule rides, are 10 active ways to enjoy Arizona's Grand Canyon, one of the world's most famous national wonders.
The Best Chocolate Shops in Zurich, Switzerland

Chocolate Overload! We Dare You to Visit All 7 of These Artisanal Shops in Zurich

By Veronica Stoddart

Here are seven of the best artisanal chocolatiers in Zurich, where this “food of the gods” has been elevated to an art form.
Best Lakefront Hotel Trips for Families in the USA and Canada

Top Lake Resort Vacations for Families in the U.S. and Canada

By Candyce H. Stapen

These diverse lake destinations and resorts please kids of various ages and families with differing tastes and budgets.

Hey, Airlines! Maybe We Don't Want to Watch TV on Our Phones

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/05/2019, 12:00 AM

The airlines have stripped coach passengers of nearly every vestige of dignity—our legroom, our food, our free checked bags. But they're not done yet. Now they are taking away seatback entertainment systems. Last year, Alaska Airlines took over Virgin America, one of the world's top-rated airlines for customer service. Virgin had a devoted following. Customers loved the carrier's sassy style an...

Dollywood's New Expansion, Open in May, Is Its Largest Ever

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/25/2019, 7:00 PM

Dolly Parton's Dollywood amusement park—located in the foothills of Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains, where the country icon grew up—is opening its largest expansion ever this spring. The 6-acre, $37-million Wildwood Grove is a new themed land that will have 11 guest experiences, including 6 rides.   Parton worked with the park's creative team to come up with a distinctive quality for the area,...

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.

Mascot Hall of Fame Ready to Rev Up Crowds Near Chicago

By Zac Thompson

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

Original Phillie Phanatic Dave Raymond founded the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2005 to pay tribute to professional and college sports teams' costumed crowd pleasers. The enterprise started out online-only, but after a five-year, multimillion-dollar project, there's now a brick-and-mortar-and-faux-fur building in Whiting, Indiana, on the southern shore of Lake Michigan, about a 45-minute drive from dow...

Rare Civil War Artifacts Debut at Philly’s Constitution Museum

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/08/2019, 2:00 AM

Philadelphia's National Constitution Center—chartered by Congress to "disseminate information about the U.S. Constitution on a nonpartisan basis"—is adding a new permanent exhibit recounting a crucial chapter in that document's history.  Opening May 9, "Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality" will use interactive multimedia and scores of historical artifacts to illustra...

Arthur Frommer: River Cruises Are Rushing to Attract Younger Passengers

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/07/2019, 12:00 AM

When I went on my first river cruise (a sailing of Europe’s Rhine), I was almost the youngest person aboard. And if you’ve seen a recent photograph of me, you will know what the average age of those passengers was.   In the past, river cruises were almost entirely booked by elderly people, many in their seventies and eighties.    That’s now changing. Led by AmaWaterways, the pioneer in...

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...

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.

Best resorts for families in the Caribbean and the Bahamas: make sure your choice appeals to everyone

The Best Resorts for Families in the Caribbean and the Bahamas

By Candyce H. Stapen

Frommer’s chooses our favorite resorts for kids and their parents in the Caribbean and the Bahamas—for every budget.
Anchorage, Alaska

Things to Do in Anchorage: Images of Its Best Experiences

By Pauline Frommer

No matter what month you travel to Anchorage, there's lots to see and do in Alaska's biggest city.
Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland's Hotels, Rides, and Food: Worth a Visit?

By Jason Cochran

Hong Kong Disneyland is the easiest Disney park to see in a single day. Have a look around and see what it's like.

Arthur Frommer: Carnival Cruises Adds a Whiff of Vulgarity to the Ocean

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/03/2019, 12:00 AM

In a triumphant press release, Carnival Cruise Line has announced that it will be adding an above-deck roller coaster to its new cruise ship, the Mardi Gras, largest ever built, when it makes its debut in about a year from now.  The roller coaster will hurl its riders, on occasion, to speeds of greater than 40 miles an hour as it swoops over the open sea or around the central funnel of the ship...

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.