Chill with Superheroes at Air-Conditioned Theme Park in Abu Dhabi

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/14/2018, 6:00 AM

And you thought Orlando was sweltering.  Temperatures in Abu Dhabi regularly top 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 Celsius) during much of the year, making an outdoor theme park in the United Arab Emirates capital a sticky proposition, especially in summer.  But you don't have to worry about succumbing to heat exhaustion at the new Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi—it's entirely indoors. The air-condition...

A Temporary Museum of the 1980s Opens in Seattle

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/09/2018, 9:45 PM

There's nothing like seeing cultural artifacts from your childhood in a historical exhibit to make you feel like an ancient relic. Those of us with memories of the 1980s can have that disconcerting experience at Seattle's Living Computers: Museum + Labs, where a temporary exhibit called "Total 80s Rewind" transports visitors to the world of a teenager in the Reagan years.  Gather 'round, kiddies...

Travel gift guide, August 2018

Travel in Style with These Great Gifts and Gadgets for Every Budget

The latest and greatest travel gadgets and inventions improve the way we go places. The globe-trotter in your life will love these gifts no matter your budget. 
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Ticket Prices Go Up at Kennedy Space Center in Florida

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/25/2018, 4:30 PM

The price of admission has gone up at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. It will now cost you $57 ($47 for kids ages 3–11) to see NASA artifacts and memorabilia such as the space shuttle Atlantis, a moon rock, spacesuits, rockets, and more.  That's a $7 increase from the previous cost. While the price might sound astronomical by museum standards, wouldn't that be appropriate, ...

WWOOFing: Explaining a Different Way to Travel, Farm by Farm

By Julia Levine

Travelers are going around the world by WWOOFing—working part-time on organic farms in exchange for room and board. Here's how to find a farm and what to expect.

Dim sum is like tapas

What to Do in Hong Kong: 10 Favorite Things

From Buddhist temples to goldfish markets and western culture to Chinese tradition, Hong Kong is the ultimate cosmopolitan destination.

The Game-Changing Museums of Indianapolis

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/09/2018, 6:45 PM

Indianapolis is reinventing the museum. As dropping attendance and revenues plague museums across North America, Indy’s most storied institution, Newfields: A Place for Nature and the Arts—once known as the Indianapolis Museum of Art—has become the sixth-most-visited museum in the United States per capita.    Part of the reason for its success has to do with that name change. In 2017, curato...

This Midwest American Town Is Turning 350 Years Old

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/03/2018, 7:15 PM

You might have heard that New Orleans and San Antonio are each celebrating a 300th birthday this year. Both cities made our list of the Best Places to Go in 2018 for that very reason.  But it's likely you missed the news about another riverside municipality's big milestone—even though it bests the other two by half a century.  Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan turns 350 this year.  The Soo, as it's kn...

What to do in the Mount Rushmore area

Around Mount Rushmore: 8 Great Things to Do (And 2 to Skip)

Experience the best (and avoid the worst) of what southwestern South Dakota has to offer: Devils Tower, Custer State Park, Bear Country, and more.

Arthur Frommer: National Parks Devotees Can Utter a (Brief) Sigh of Relief

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/25/2018, 12:00 AM

In the early months of the Trump administration, it was widely rumored that the new head of the Department of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, would propose a doubling of the entrance fees to some 100 national parks that charge admission.   The reaction to that drastic proposal was so negative, and from both sides of the aisle in Congress, that it was since assumed that a far milder increase would be ...

New Great Wolf Lodge Water Park Opens in Chicago Burbs

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/22/2018, 11:30 PM

Midwesterners in search of chlorinated fun have a new destination in the Chicago suburbs.  Great Wolf Lodge Illinois, the 17th outpost in a chain of Northwoods-themed indoor water park resorts across North America, has opened in Gurnee, the same town (located about 40 miles north of downtown Chicago) where you'll find Six Flags Great America.  The new Great Wolf occupies space once belonging to ...

Arthur Frommer: Universal Orlando Cuts Hotel Rates to Lure Visitors

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/22/2018, 11:30 PM

For at least twenty years, Universal Orlando Resort has been on a hotel building spree. One after another, giant lodging has been squeezed onto its grounds, supplying close-at-hand rooms to would-be visitors.   In hotels supplying thousands of rooms, Universal is approaching (though it obviously hasn’t yet reached) the number of hotels on the grounds of Disney’s parks, 15 minutes away by car.  ...

A Return to Northern Michigan With No Repeat Experiences

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/14/2018, 12:30 PM

I’ve always taken the stance that when you return again and again to the same place for vacation, you’re only setting yourself up for ennui. I figured there were a few exceptions to this rule—namely, cities like Paris and Tokyo that are so huge and varied that you'll never exhaust the possibilities. But for the most part, I believed that vacations should be about the stimulating, the new, the un...

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado

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

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...

Arthur Frommer: Experiential Travel Has Been Eclipsed by "Transformative Travel”

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/01/2018, 2:00 PM

For several years now, conversations between travel professionals have been full of references to "experiential travel," a new variety of travel requested by more and more travelers. Unlike the standard, sightseeing-based programs, experiential travel stresses a more authentic contact with the life in various foreign locations, and it also immerses the travel passenger into those authentic experie...

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...

Seattle's Space Needle Gets a Glassy Makeover

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/26/2018, 12:00 AM

A $100 million update to Seattle's skyline-defining Space Needle is just about finished.  But don't worry, purists: The 605-foot retro-futuristic tower still looks like something dreamed up by the animators for The Jetsons—or, as the Frommer's guide puts it, "like a flying saucer on a tripod."  Some sprucing up here and there aside, the most dramatic changes can be found on the observation deck,...

Avoid Extra Bag Fees with This Fiendishly Clever Packing Hack

By Jason Cochran

You don't have to check a second bag. Here's a smart tip for when you've bought more souvenirs than you can fit in your luggage.

Hello Kitty Bullet Train to Make Japan Even More Adorable

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/22/2018, 12:00 AM

We're just going to leave this right here. On June 30, 2018, a brand-new bullet shinkansen service will make its debut in Japan: a Hello Kitty train.  The Hello Kitty Express, as we're calling it, will link Osaka and Fukuoka, two cities that are about 400km (250 miles) apart, but as of today, are at the center of our hearts. Everything will be pinker than a debutante, washed in the blush tones o...

Singapore Changi Airport

The World's Best Airports

Ten incredibly well-designed, well-organized airports that will send you briskly on your way or, when flights are postponed, make delays downright pleasant

Free Admission at Wisconsin State Parks on the First Weekend of June

By Zac Thompson

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

Wisconsin is giving locals and visitors alike a good reason to experience the state's considerable outdoor charms on June 2-3.  That weekend, admission will be free at all Wisconsin state parks, encompassing forests, hiking trails, lakes, bluffs, and beaches. You can hit the trails to see picturesque cascades at Copper Falls (pictured above) in the northern part of the state, survey the mighty M...

Japanese Ryokan Stays: Are They For You?

By Pauline Frommer

Traditional inns in come with traditions—many of them! Here's what to expect if you choose this type of lodging.

What Will Be New at America's Theme Parks This Year?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/01/2018, 3:30 PM

Amusement park season is around the bend—and that bend could be a loop-de-loop of a high tech ride. For our weekly Frommer's Travel Show on WABC Radio, Jason Cochran and I interviewed Susie Storey, the Director of Communications for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions to learn what new thrills, chills, and services would be available to theme park visitors in 2018.   Pa...

Carnival Horizon

The Carnival Horizon: Complete Photo Tour of Carnival Cruise Line's Megaship

Carnival Cruise Line's Horizon is loaded with new restaurants, games, shows, and family-friendly fun. Allow us to show you around.