Germany's Best Roller Coasters

10 Fantastic Roller Coasters You Can Only Find in Germany

By Zachary Laks

Calling on the very best European innovation and design, these German coasters push the limits of innovation.

Museums Across the USA Will Be Free on Sept. 21—Here's How to Get Your Tickets

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/16/2019, 12:00 AM

A big reason why Washington, D.C., is one of the world's best cities for museum-going is that the Smithsonian Institution's attractions—including the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of Natural History (pictured), the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and many more—charge no admission to see their impressive collections. On Saturday, September 21, museums ...

Great Smoky Mountains

The Best Ways for Families to Explore the Great Smoky Mountains

By Candyce H. Stapen

Our guide to exploring the USA's most visited national park—and its surroundings—with your family

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How to Plan the Perfect Nantucket Vacation

A Nantucket Vacation: Making it Affordable and Easy, From Hotels to the Best Beaches

By Pauline Frommer

Nantucket can be a tricky destination. Here's how to have the vacation of a lifetime without raiding the kids' college fund.

Visiting This Australian Museum Will Require Flippers and an Oxygen Tank

By Ben Appel

Posted on 07/24/2019, 12:00 AM

Deep-sea divers with an interest in sculpture should mark their calendars for December, when the first installation of visionary artist Jason deCaires Taylor’s Museum of Underwater Art is set to be unveiled at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.  (Image by Jason deCaires Taylor) The MOUA, which will eventually comprise works at several spots around Queensland, will debut with a coastal-bas...

After a Millennium, Bears and Wolves Return to British Woodland—and You Can Watch

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/18/2019, 8:00 AM

Bears and wolves haven't shared space in British woodlands for more than 1,000 years.  Due to deforestation and overhunting, the European brown bear disappeared from England in the 11th century; gray wolves followed in the 17th.  But soon, those animals will once again live in the same forest—and visitors will be able to observe all the ursine and lupine goings-on. Opening to the public on July...

Best Dinosaur Museums and Attractions for Kids and Families

It's a Dino-Safari! The Greatest Dinosaur Attractions for Families

By Candyce H. Stapen

Bone up on our dinosaur vacation guide for the best dinosaur museums and archeolgoical sites in America and Canada.
Family Cruising 101: Book everything early

Family Cruising: The Ultimate Guide to Planning Cruise Vacations with Kids

By Candyce H. Stapen

Here's the only guide to planning megaship vacations with your kids that you'll ever need.
The best package vacations for New York City: Or should you book air and hotel separately?

New York City Tour Packages: The Best, The Worst, and How to Find Them

By Pauline Frommer

Pauline Frommer examines the top Manhattan packages to see which ones save the most money.

Now Streaming: A Social Media–Themed Water Park near Orlando

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/24/2019, 9:45 PM

A new water park with a social media theme has just opened next to Margaritaville Resort Orlando in central Florida. Dubbed Island H2O Live!, the park has eight water slides with names like Follow Me Falls, Hashtag Heights, and Reply Racers. You'll also find the Chat Creek lazy river, Megabytes snack bar, and adults-only Private Domain pool. Seems like there should also be a Data Mine slide wher...

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: What you need to know to enjoy it better

Your Visit to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Will Be Much Better if You Know These Things First

By Jason Cochran

How to prepare to visit the massive additions to Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios

An App That (Almost) Guarantees the Lowest Hotel Rates

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/31/2019, 7:00 AM

It’s said there are no guarantees in life. But does that apply to travel? For hotels, a relatively new app may offer the closest thing to a guaranteed low price that I’ve seen. It’s called Pruvo, and it promises that if you tell it your hotel price, you won’t be undercut.   Here’s how it works. The consumer goes hotel shopping, using any online travel agency they like—Booking.com, Expedi...

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.

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...