A bird in spring

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

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

How to say tricky place names right

Popular Place Names You've Probably Been Pronouncing Wrong

Edinburgh, Nevada, Caribbean . . . you've been saying them all wrong. Here's how to pronounce those and other tricky place names.

São Tomé: How to Visit the Island at the Center of the World

By Paul Ames

Empty beaches, a vibrant Euro-African culture, and the best chocolate in the world—what's not to like? Not much, but if you want to see the island of São Tomé, you'll have to find it first.


The World’s Most Rewarding Source of Free Homestays Is, and Remains, Servas

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/02/2018, 8:45 PM

Organizations come and go that arrange for you to stay free-of-charge in someone else’s home or apartment in the course of your travels. The latest leaders in this effort are Couchsurfing.com and Globalfreeloaders.com, which are sometimes criticized as having grown too large to be effective.   But another such organization—USServas.org—is older by far and careful to hand-pick both hosts and ...

Introducing Evaneos, a New Tool Connecting You with Local Planning Help

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/01/2018, 3:30 PM

Planning for vacation is generally done in two ways today. There’s the O.C.D. version, in which the traveler spends weeks poring over the internet, reading guidebooks, putting down deposits, and prepping. And there’s the laissez-faire way, in which the vacationer picks a tour company—and then leaves the rest for others to plan. With the first option, the traveler gets a customized vacation, but ...

How to See the Drawings of France's Niaux Cave for Yourself

By Alex V. Cipolle

France is rich in prehistoric cave drawings, from the legendary Lascaux tableaus in Dordogne to the rock art of the Pech Merle Cave in Lot, but most are kept closed for preservation. There's one that welcomes tourists year-round.

Crime scene

The Notorious B 'n' B: Infamous Historic Buildings That Are Now Hotels

Check in somewhere with a checkered past. Each of these homes, jails, courthouses, and other sites where notorious events took place is now a hotel.

New Looks for Two of London's Most Important Art Museums

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/22/2018, 11:15 PM

Fans of art and architecture already have a lot to keep them busy during stays in London—and with free admission at most of the top cultural institutions, the city's treasures are easy to access, too. But museum- and gallery-goers will have even longer to-do lists in the coming months, thanks to the reopening of two high-profile spaces—one a 250-year-old mainstay, the other an oft-reviled Brutali...

Galicia, explored

Where Spain and Portugal Mix: A Galicia Vacation of Wine, Seafood, and Festivals

Vineyards, verdant valleys, and gourmet seafood: In Galicia, travelers can have a two-country vacation on the western edge of Europe.

Paris' Grand Palais Getting a Grand Makeover

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/20/2018, 9:30 PM

The Grand Palais in Paris is getting its largest refurbishment since opening for the Exposition Universelle in 1900, when the mammoth hall on the Champs-Élysées was used to show off sculptures and horse races under the biggest glass roof in Europe.   Today, the Grand Palais is used for blockbuster art exhibits, sporting events, and fashion shows. As a matter of fact, one of France's most famed fas...

The South of France Is Getting a New Picasso Museum

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/10/2018, 12:00 AM

A former convent in the southern French city of Aix-en-Provence is being transformed into a museum to house a trove of works by Pablo Picasso.  The driving force behind the project is the artist's stepdaughter, Catherine Hutin-Blay, whose mother, Jacqueline Roque, was the artist's second wife. (As it happens, both Roque and Picasso are buried just outside Aix-en-Provence, at the Château of Vauven...

A Walking Tour Into Los Angeles' Abandoned Speakeasy Tunnels

By Jason Cochran

A walking tour company in Downtown Los Angeles brings visitors into long-forgotten tunnels once used for bootlegging under city streets.

Shanghai Disneyland

Look at How Different Shanghai Disneyland Is from Other Disney Parks

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

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

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.

Auch, France

Auch: Foie Gras and Brandy in the Corner of France the French Love

When the French feel nostalgia for the France of a bygone era, they dream of Gascony, a hilly architectural gem of duck dishes, brandy, and a bustling circus culture.

Is It Safe to Vacation in Cape Town Once the Water Runs Out?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/31/2018, 12:00 AM

We have never been here before. A major world city is about to run out of fresh water.   On April 12, the drought-stricken city of Cape Town, on the southwestern tip of Africa, hits Day Zero. That's when the reservoir levels drop too low, taps run dry, and water must be trucked in. How we reached this point is important. While climate change dramatically reduced rainfall in the Mediterranean clim...

"Three Billboards" Locations Way Outside Missouri

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/26/2018, 12:15 AM

The titular small town in Martin McDonagh's Oscar-nominated dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri does not exist in real life. And we're not sure we'd want to visit if it did, considering the corrupt police force, vengeful townsfolk, and flying Molotov cocktails depicted in the movie. The scenery sure is nice, though. Much of it was filmed not in Missouri but 600 miles or so to th...

Bread on a rack in a bakery

8 Views of Modern Egypt

Egypt may very well sit on the continent of Africa, but its identity is part African and part Middle Eastern, and the people are as diverse as the land.
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

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.
Malta is full of evidence of the past

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

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

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...

Arthur Frommer: For No Real Reason, Feds Attack the Legality of Cannabis Tourism

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/12/2018, 1:00 AM

  Because the current U.S. Attorney General is a fierce opponent of marijuana, we can expect a massive legal attack against travel to the states—mainly California and Colorado—that have recently legalized its use. What is startling about this prospect is that the alleged dangers of smoking marijuana have been denied by every respectable study.   The key examination of marijuana was cond...

NYC's Met to Charge Mandatory Admission to Out-of-Towners

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/05/2018, 11:15 PM

For the first time since its founding in the 1870s, New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art is instituting a mandatory admission fee.  Starting March 1, visitors who do not live in New York State will be charged $25 to enter. That ticket will be valid for three consecutive days at the Met and its offshoots, the Met Breuer and the Cloisters. There will not be separate lines at any of those plac...

When Southern California Museums Open for Free This Month

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/04/2018, 12:30 AM

The 13th annual Free-for-All day at Southern California museums will be Sunday, January 28.  Nineteen institutions in the area will waive their admission fees on that day, offering access to their artistic, cultural, natural, and scientific holdings at no charge. An additional 18 museums where admission is always free are also listed as participants—though in their cases, we guess the event is m...