Most Visited U.S. National Parks and Monuments in 2017

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/05/2018, 10:45 PM

The National Park Service (NPS) has released its visitor numbers for 2017.  A total of 330,882,751 people spent time at American national parks, monuments, and other sites deemed worthy of federal protection. As the NPS points out, that figure is only a smidge lower than the record-setting 330,971,689 visits the agency logged in 2016—the year of its highly touted 100th birthday. The Blue Ridge ...

Why Don't More People Think of Renting an RV from a Private RV Owner?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/02/2018, 9:00 PM

Probably the most misunderstood, most underused travel facility is the recreational vehicle capable of both housing and driving a family.    All over America, persons own such RVs, but a good percentage of them make only a sporadic use of the vehicles they own. For much of the year, their RV remains parked in their garage or outside their home.   This is such an underuse of valuable fa...

Huge New Atlantis Resort Opens in China

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/26/2018, 10:30 PM

The world now has three Atlantis resorts to overwhelm visitors with an ocean's worth of watery amenities and maximalist architecture.  Joining sister properties in the Bahamas and Dubai (another is in the works in Hawaii), the just-opened Atlantis Sanya occupies more than 130 coastal acres on China's Hainan island, a tropical spot southwest of Hong Kong in the South China Sea that's becoming incre...

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This New Budget-Priced Transatlantic Airline Is Probably News to You

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/22/2018, 5:45 AM

Most everyone by now has heard of Norwegian Air Shuttle, which flies the Atlantic at rock-bottom prices. Although Norwegian suffered a loss in 2017, it has struck fear into the hearts of the so-called “legacy carriers,” like British Airways, Iberia Airlines, and others. Result: A consortium of established airlines—British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, and others—have recently created a brand-new ...

Shanghai Disneyland

Look at How Different Shanghai Disneyland Is from Other Disney Parks

By Jason Cochran

In Shanghai Disneyland, Disney Imagineers made a version of the classic theme park that's distinctly Chinese.
Snow tubing in Quebec

Quebec Winter Activities That Make It Hard to Hate the Cold

By Zac Thompson

Quebec's cold-weather joie de vivre is contagious. Spend a few days snow tubing, ice fishing, and winter carnival-going in the French Canadian province and your seasonal affective disorder will be cleared up in no time.

Arthur Frommer: My Choices for the 10 Most Memorable Destinations

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/05/2018, 3:30 PM

As a professional travel writer, I was required to travel to far more destinations than the average American does. In my youthful years, I literally lived on an airplane, in constant motion, often traveling to several countries each week. And I loved every bit of that life—especially these 10 particular destinations.   Here, based on that experience, are my choices of the world’s 10 most mem...

Plans for Cartoon Network Cruise Being Drawn

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/01/2018, 1:30 PM

The first fully immersive Cartoon Network cruise ship is currently in the works. We'd like to tell you the plans are being cooked up in Dexter's Laboratory, but in fact the project is a joint effort of the Turner company, which owns the animation-dominated cable channel, and the Singapore-based Oceanic Group.  Dubbed the Cartoon Network Wave, the 11-deck, 2,000-passenger ship will have colorful ...

Courtney Yarhollar sings with his drum group at Red Earth Festival, Oklahoma City

10 Places for Native American Vacation Experiences with Your Family

By Candyce H. Stapen

Listening to Native legends around a campfire, taking a Jeep ride through the high mountain desert—find vacation experiences with Native American cultures in the USA.

Legoland Coming to New York (Assembly Required)

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/30/2018, 2:00 AM

A new Legoland theme park is being built, plastic brick by plastic brick, in the town of Goshen, New York, located about a two-hour drive north of New York City.  Expected to open in 2020, the resort will feature themed lands, rides, and shows inspired by the beloved interlocking toy blocks, the company's boxy, humanoid characters, and the popular series of animated Lego movies. The New York pro...

How to get tickets for the Rose Parade and the best way to see it

How to Rose Parade: Getting Tickets, Where to Sit, What to Bring to Pasadena

By Sandi Hemmerlein

Seeing the Tournament of Roses parade on New Year's Day in Pasadena is a bucket-list event. Here's how to get in and plan a trip.

Strange Japanese Ferris Wheel Reopening After Nearly a Decade

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/09/2018, 9:00 PM

It sure doesn't look like it, but the structure pictured above is actually a Ferris wheel. The oblong oddity adorns the Don Quijote discount shopping center along the Dotonbori River in Osaka, Japan. Opened in 2005, the ride hasn't been operational since 2008, when a mechanical problem put it out of commission. But fielding questions about the Ferris wheel for nearly a decade has finally persuade...

Days When You Can Visit U.S. National Parks for Free in 2018

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/04/2018, 9:00 AM

Each year, the National Park system throws open its gates for a few days and spreads the good word by admitting everyone without charging entry fees. It's a great way for low-income families, students, and seniors to experience the parks, and hundreds of thousands of Americans take advantage of the invitation annually. The Department of the Interior has announced the free days for 2018—and they'v...

It's Here: Donald Trump Robot Unveiled at Disney's Hall of Presidents

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/19/2017, 1:15 AM

About six months behind its usual post-election refurbishment schedule, Walt Disney World has unveiled its Audio-Animatronic version of the current president of the United States, including a short recorded monologue by him about the American spirit. The attraction officially opens to the public on Tuesday, December 19.  The Hall of Presidents, running since 1971 when Richard M. Nixon was in the ...

In January, Learn to Ski—for Less—in Michigan

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/19/2017, 12:30 AM

It might surprise you to learn that Michigan has one of the highest concentrations of ski areas in the United States. There are around 40 places to hit the slopes in the state. According to the Detroit Free Press, only New York has more (take that, Colorado and Vermont).  In January, 28 ski areas across the state are banding together to offer affordable introductory packages for downhill skiing...

Torch lighter, Sheraton Maui

Great Traditions Worth Experiencing at World Hotels

By Jason Cochran

Many great hotels around the world perform special rituals every day—and checking in is the best way to enjoy them.
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20 Top Destinations for a Winter Vacation in the U.S.A.

By Zac Thompson

Whether you love cold weather or dread it, you’re bound to find some travel inspiration in this roundup of 20 great places in the U.S. for winter vacations.

Why European River Cruise Biking Vacations Are on the Rise

By Blake Snow

For active tourists, the ability to see multiple places easily on a bike has become a major reason to book a European river cruise—which is why more cruise lines are adding cycle tour options.

Our Top Tips for Surviving Holiday Air Travel this Year

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/13/2017, 2:45 PM

The airlines are expecting 51 million passengers to fly in United States in the final two weeks of December, a figure that’s up 3% from last year’s record number. Break it down and that means some 80,000 more passengers a day than fly during an average day during the rest of the year. If you will be among the masses, you'll want to carefully strategize. Here are our suggestions:   Check in 2...

People walk through the Old City of Montreal

Hidden Montreal: Seeing More, Beyond its Famous Sights

By Pauline Frommer

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

Airbnb Just Made Planning Group Trips a Lot Easier

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/04/2017, 12:00 AM

Humans have always traveled in packs. But booking this style of travel online has always been difficult—few sites allow users to divvy up payments among several travelers.    Airbnb to the rescue. The short-term rental marketplace announced last week that it is modifying its website and app to allow groups to reserve accommodations so that no one member will be left holding the bag. Here's...

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The Trends That Will Shape Travel in 2018

By Pauline Frommer and Zac Thompson

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.

Why It's Good Most Big Ski Resorts in North America are on Multi-Resort Passes

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/28/2017, 5:45 PM

Skiing has always been a pricey vacation activity. But today, it’s difficult to know whether one’s investment will pay off. You reserve a room months in advance, buy your lift tickets, maybe make reservations for good après ski meals, and show up at the mountain—only to find it’s brown instead of white. True, many resorts are expert at snow making. But as dedicated skiers and snowboarders know, the...

Spectacular Holiday Show Added to Universal's Hogwarts Castle

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/22/2017, 5:45 PM

Harry Potter is getting into the holiday spirit at Universal theme parks in Orlando and Southern California for the first time this year.  In Central Florida, seasonal features at Potter-related attractions were unveiled on November 18 at both of Universal's Florida parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. In the latter, a yuletide spell has been cast on Hogwarts Castle, where, after da...

2017 holiday window display at Macy's Herald Square in New York City

Christmas in New York: The City's Best Holiday Window Displays

By Zac Thompson

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.