Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado

10 Things to See and Do in Colorado's Most Underrated National Park

By Jorie Larsen

At Great Sand Dunes National Park, you can sled down gigantic dunes, make a splash at a natural beach, go tubing along a river, and camp out under the stars in sandy seclusion.

A Makeover and New Museum at Gateway Arch in St. Louis

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/08/2018, 9:00 PM

A multiyear, multimillion-dollar project to gussy up the grounds of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis culminates this summer in the July 3 opening of an expanded museum that tells the tale of America's westward expansion.  Located underground, the newly rechristened Museum at the Gateway Arch replaces the similar but more limited previous facility, which had become outdated both in its simplistic, Gu...

U.S. National Park Fees Leap Higher Overnight

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/01/2018, 1:00 PM

When Americans woke up this morning (June 1), they discovered it would cost them a lot more to enter their national parks. Nearly all the major parks hiked their entry rates by a hefty $5. Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands (pictured), Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Mount Rainier, Olympic, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Zion—all of them, and many more, saw their prices jump $5, regardless of whether it's for a vehicl...

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Tips on Getting the Most Out of Your 2018 Summer Vacation

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/30/2018, 4:00 PM

Remember when summer really meant vacation? I’m talking, of course, of the time before you were able to vote, when summer meant freedom from school and adventures at camp, a fun summer job, or long lazy days doing very little. However you did it, summer was a break from the daily routine—and a welcome one. But for most of us, summer now means the same commute, the same job, the same responsibiliti...

Bad News for the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/28/2018, 8:45 AM

Pearl Harbor's world-famous memorial (pictured above) that straddles the submerged wreck of the USS Arizona has been closed indefinitely. The trouble began May 6, when cracks were discovered in its structure at a point where it meets the loading ramp from its boat dock. Repairs were carried out, but hours after the platform reopened on May 23, the fissures were seen again, which indicated a more s...

Is it Safe to Travel to Hawaii in the Coming Months? What Travelers Need to Know

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/16/2018, 6:00 PM

Updated May 26 It has been a year of dramatic news stories, but few can top the volcanic eruptions that continue to devastate portions of Hawaii’s Big Island. In just the last few weeks, entire communities have been forced to evacuate due to fissures belching lava, a flow that has destroyed some 40 structures at last count. Needless to say, now is not the time to head to the affected areas in th...

Famous Hawaiian Mule Ride Closed Indefinitely

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/30/2018, 9:45 PM

One of the most popular tourism experiences in Hawaii has shut down, possibly for good.  Travel Weekly reports that the operators of the long-running mule rides down the cliffs of Molokai have been evicted from the location where they stable their animals and organize riders for the daylong descent to Kalaupapa National Historical Park some 2,000 feet below.  That idyllic seaside spot was once a...

What to see and do while in and around Bryce Canyon.

The Best of Bryce Canyon and Nearby: 10 Great Things to Do

By Blake Snow

Here are the best hikes and experiences around southern Utah's Bryce Canyon, Utah's spectacular first national park.
U.S. dollar

Travel Bargain Hunting? Go Where the Dollar Is Strong

By Zac Thompson

There are still places across the globe where American travelers can get plenty of bang for their bucks. Here's where the dollar will stretch the furthest.
How to visit Peru in just seven days

What to Do in Peru If You Only Have a Week

By Nicholas Gill

While no one could ever see all of Peru’s attractions in one week, this itinerary will help you hit some of the major highlights.

Arthur Frommer: An Enemy of Our U.S. National Parks is Now in Charge of Them

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/26/2018, 1:15 PM

Of all the members of the Trump cabinet, the one with the most direct control of travel developments is the Secretary of the Interior, one Ryan Zinke. His agency is in direct charge of our U.S. national parks and can affect their development.     Rather, however, than cherish and protect those parks, Zinke is obviously hell-bent on starving and diminishing them.   He is a rather unusua...

Arthur Frommer: Recent Tax Cuts Will Force Reductions in Travel Services

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/23/2018, 5:15 PM

Some commentators have rejoiced over the recent reduction in federal taxes enjoyed by American corporations and the wealthy. Fewer of those pundits have pointed out that those reductions have been achieved in part by reducing our government’s expenditures for programs that improve our quality of life.   The U.S. travel world—and especially our trains and passenger aviation—has suffered in parti...

Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef Tours: Gateways to Australia's Underwater Wonder

By Frommer's Staff

Snorkel, dive, ride a semisubmersible... Here’s what you need to know to have a truly epic experience in the Great Barrier Reef.

A bird in spring

Best Places in the U.S. for a Spring Vacation

By Zac Thompson

Our roundup of the best places in America to vacation in March, April, and May.

For Tourists, This Is the Last Straw!

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/09/2018, 12:00 AM

Last call! More and more, you're going to have to go without drinking straws. Single-use plastic straws are distinctly unkind to wildlife. Fresh straws choke animals. Then each straw is said to take longer than 200 years to break down, and all the while, it disintegrates into ever-smaller and smaller bits that are eaten by small animals, fish, and even plankton. The plastic bits eventually make it...

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 ...

How Not to Do Yosemite in Winter

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/20/2018, 9:00 AM

I sometimes think my real job as a travel writer is to be an idiot. It's my job to make mistakes and then report on them so that my readers can have fun, safe, and error-free vacations. This week, I really succeeded: I almost died twice. I just left Yosemite National Park in California. I had thought this column would be about the wonders of Yosemite in winter. And while it is wondrous, the famo...

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...

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.

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Triglav National Park: Hiking Slovenia's Stunning Alps

By Blake Snow

Situated in the northwest corner of tiny Slovenia, Triglav—the second-oldest national park in Europe—is more than just a popular natural preserve. It's iconically Alps.
Malta is full of evidence of the past

Hidden Malta: Exploring the Island's Great Sights, Beyond the Beaches

By Tricia A. Mitchell

Archeology, architecture, evidence of the Phoenicians—dig a bit deeper in Malta and discover the secrets of this Mediterranean island.

The Travel Services That Close in a U.S. Government Shutdown

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/19/2018, 11:00 AM

As the wheels of Washington threaten to grind to a halt yet again, another United States federal government shutdown is a concern. Travel, by and large, is considered a "non-essential" function—and non-essential functions either dim or go dark. Generally speaking, here's what is not available during a federal government shutdown: Passport services Visa processing National parks and...

Now Flying: A Zip Line Over the Grand Canyon

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/18/2018, 9:00 AM

A brand-new zip line has opened on a spur of the Grand Canyon, sending harnessed thrill seekers flying 1,000 feet over the earth. The Zip Line at Grand Canyon West near Peach Springs, Arizona, actually comprises two zip lines—one that's 1,100 feet long, another that's 2,100 feet long—to churn up adrenaline as passengers hurtle up to 45 miles an hour past Quartermaster Canyon. It's the perfect add...

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...

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...