Great outdoor music venues worldwide

10 Epic Open-Air Concert Venues Worth Traveling For

By Pam Grout

Rock it au natural! Here are 10 fantastic outdoor venues with an unforgettable entertainment setting.

Two New Non-Travel Books May Change The Way You See the USA

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/09/2018, 8:30 PM

You drive into a new town. It is not a famous place and it certainly isn’t a tourist magnet. But it has a certain vibe, a personality. You start to explore, stopping by a local store, walking through a park, trying the coffee joint where townspeople are congregating. It’s an interesting exercise, but the takeaways are vague: seems like a nice place, you think. But you don’t think more than that, ...

Great autumn leaf-peeping trip ideas

Best Fall Foliage Family Trip Ideas in the United States

By Candyce H. Stapen

These favorite autumn getaways, many of which are suprisingly affordable, offer dazzling leaf-peeping and Instagram-worthy moments for you and your children.
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Drive to Florida in a Rental Car for Only $7.99 a Day

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/06/2018, 12:00 AM

Winter is coming, and in Florida, so are the tourists. Each year, the major car rental companies shift their inventory to where the business is, and now that summer is ending, Hertz needs to shift its cars to Florida for the winter season. That's where you come in. Hertz wants you to do the driving. The company will let you have a car for just $7.99 a day if you agree to drive it one-way from t...

How to see Northern California's Redwood National Park region

Best of The Redwoods: 10 Tip-Top Things to See Around California's Big Trees

By Blake Snow

Whether hiking, driving through, or camping in the Northern California's redwoods region, there are a lot of nuances to take the time to appreciate.
Road trip on the best section of the Natchez Trace Parkway

Road Trip from Nashville on the Natchez Trace Parkway: Americana, History, and a Whole Lot of Music

By Caroline Eubanks

History, Native American heritage, the blues, country music, Helen Keller, and Elvis Presley—there's a lot to see, hear, eat, and do on this 200-mile segment of the Natchez Trace Parkway.
Maple leaves in autumn

American Autumn: Best Places to Go in September, October, and November

By Zac Thompson

Autumn is a great time for travel in the U.S., whether you’re on the hunt for fall foliage or popular attractions that are far less crowded than in summer. 

Travel gift guide, August 2018

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

By Frommer's Staff

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. 
Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland road trip

Ireland’s Greatest Road Trip: The Wild Atlantic Way

By Helen Ochyra

Few drives anywhere are more rewarding than Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, a twisting 1,550-mile (2,500-km) route along the edge of Europe.
Walking on a beach

Best Vacation Ideas and Destinations for Seniors

By Zac Thompson

Travel tops the to-do lists of most people of retirement age and older—but where to go? We've got 10 ideas for senior travelers of every budget and level of physical ability.

California's Scenic Highway 1 Soon to Reopen in Full

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/06/2018, 12:45 AM

For the first time in more than a year, all of California's spectacular Highway 1 from San Francisco to Los Angeles will soon reopen to drivers.  Parts of the 650-mile route, famous around the world for its coastal views (particularly in Big Sur), have been closed to travelers for months due to damage caused by heavy rains and a huge landslide in 2017. Caltrans, the state's transportation depart...

What to do in the Mount Rushmore area

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

By Blake Snow

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

Route 66 and Puerto Rico Among USA's Most Endangered Historic Sites

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/28/2018, 3:30 AM

Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Route 66 all appear on 2018's "Most Endangered Places" list, the National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual roundup of important architectural and cultural sites in peril. The purpose of the list, the group says, is to raise awareness and spur action to protect landmarks—and in some cases landmasses—"facing a range of challenges and threats, from d...

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...

A New Book Makes a Compelling Case for Traveling Alone

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/05/2018, 11:15 PM

Are you traveling with your spouse, your girlfriend, boyfriend, or best friend soon? What a shame. If you’d read Stephanie Rosenbloom’s new book Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude, you might have thought twice about inviting anyone along on your adventure. Rosenbloom, a travel columnist for The New York Times, makes a compelling case for vacationing alone. She...

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...

Why Your Phone's GPS May Be Useless on a Foreign Road Trip

By Jason Cochran

You cannot rely on your smartphone for driving directions when you rent a car on a road trip in another country. You should rent a GPS unit. Here's why.

A view of the Toronto skyline from park benches on the Toronto Islands

What to See in Toronto When You Don't Have Much Time

By Dika Lam

Whether you have one, two, or three days, our Toronto itinerary shows you the best of what to do in Canada's biggest city.
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.
Nuremberg, Germany

Franconia: Germany's Land of Wine, Wurst, Wagner, and WW2 History

By Zac Thompson

Thanks to river cruises, more and more travelers are encountering the quiet countryside, medieval towns, historic castles, vineyards, and culture-shaping art and music of Germany's Franconian region. Here's what to see, eat, and drink in the fascinating northwest corner of Bavaria.
The Berkshires in Massachusetts

Escapes from New York: The Best Road Trips from NYC

By Pauline Frommer

Sometimes you just need to get out of town. And if that town is New York City, you have many great options. Here are some of our favorites.

In New York City, Rapidly Shifting Hotel Prices, Shorter Dining Hours, and More

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/12/2018, 5:30 PM

Every year at this time, I update the book Frommer’s EasyGuide to New York City. This involves spreadsheets of pricing, hours, and more, meaning that I’m easily able to graph the trends that shape visits to Gotham. Here’s what I’m seeing for 2018 and into 2019: Good news/bad news on hotel rates: To track hotel pricing, I use several hotel booking engines, and I test dates for the slowest travel da...

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 ...

Buellton, CA vineyards

The California Wine Region near Los Angeles: Buellton and Solvang

By Latifah Al-Hazzá

The towns of Buellton and Solvang, just four miles apart, make for a great food-and-wine trip near Los Angeles.

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...