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Celebrate the holiday with clubs, pool parties, DJs, a water park and more.
Navigating the idiosyncrasies of big city transit systems.
Everyone loves a beach vacation, but where you stay can make a big difference on just how fabulous your trip is.
In 2012, 79% of hotels offered complimentary breakfast, up from 55% in 2010.
There's a tradition of naming airports and terminals for people with links to aviation history.
The 4,180-passenger ship will sail from Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, N.J.
Blount Small Ship Adventures is offering a price break for cruises booked before May 31.
Virgin America soars to top of Consumer Reports airline ratings; Spirit hits bottom
Passengers increasingly rely on their tablets for entertainment and work on flights.
These were the places to be (and be seen) during the first half of the annual bash for movie lovers in the South of France.
American air carriers took in more than $6 billion in fees from passengers in 2012, an increase of 3.8 percent for baggage and 7.3 for reservation changes over 2011.
Though Haiti remains a poor country, upscale hotels like the $15 million Best Western Premier are opening there.
A country still grappling with economic woes sees a flicker of optimism as travelers return.
The Chicago O’Hare International Airport will be the first airport in the United States to implement Automated Passport Control, a new technology designed to expedite customs clearance.
This storied property, newly refurbished and reopened last year, is the latest player in this city’s lineup of stylish hotels that celebrate Hollywood glamour and history.
For couples hoping to get hitched in Las Vegas , the offer for free weddings on Memorial Day (Monday) could prove to be the deal of a lifetime. Victoria’s Wedding Chapel is offering free marriage ceremonies, with roses included, for active-duty service members and veterans.
Big Bear is combining the sweet cool of its mountain lake with the exploding popularity of stand-up paddleboarding, or SUPs, in a series of distance races and sprints June 29.
Given a choice between flying next to a crying baby or a smelly passenger, 63% of fliers would choose the crying baby over the stinky seat companion.
Fans of Asian food can sample dishes from a variety of nations without any jet lag during a visit to Richmond , British Columbia , the city that’s home to Vancouver ’s international airport (YVR).
Those visiting Honolulu over Memorial Day weekend will have a chance to visit three museums at a discounted price -- and spend as much time as they like at each site. The Bishop Museum, the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Iolani Palace are offering a two-day pass good for unlimited visits.
Globus has joined the ranks of well-known tour companies offering trips to Cuba under a special U.S. Treasury Department license that permits people-to-people educational exchanges on the Communist island.
When Elias Unger looked out from his front porch on May 31, 1889, he was astounded by what he saw. His house overlooked Pennsylvania’s Lake Conemaugh, a 2½ mile-long man-made body of water formed by one of the world’s largest earthen dams. On that morning, the rain-swollen lake was dangerously close to breaching the wall. Read full article >>
Planning my first-ever trip to Atlanta was making me dizzy, and not only because of the city’s dazzling number of offerings. Hunched over a borrowed iPad, flicking among a too-large array of information-loaded travel apps, I soon realized that the kind of motion sickness that keeps me from ever going to an Imax movie apparently applied to large electronic tablets as well. Read full article >>
We’ve gotten a lot of questions from readers lately about chip-and-PIN credit cards, also known as EMV cards (for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, the originators of the technology). Although they’re almost universal in Europe, credit card companies have yet to widely offer them to American customers. For travelers headed around the globe, here are the basics: Read full article >>
My visit to Atlanta started on Page 292. Immediately after landing, I wandered over to Map 14, Grant Park/Summerhill, to experience the “oddest Atlanta tourist attraction.” I had placed my utmost faith in this guidebook, and it honored that trust. At least when it came to Page 292. (Page 321, you are not off the hook. I will deal with you later.) Read full article >>
On a recent trip to San Francisco, I rented a car for four days. But not just any car. Somebody else’s car. Somebody who was on a trip like me, except that while I was landing at SFO,this person was taking off — or more likely was already gone. I’d have the car back long before the person needed it, or so went the plan. Read full article >>
When Kenneth Kirchoff notices that an airline passenger has failed to power off his gadget as instructed, he’ll politely point out the oversight. He might use a nonconfrontational line such as this: “Excuse me — did you realize that you didn’t turn off your device?” What he doesn’t mention during this brief interaction is who he is, what he knows and why you should listen to him. Read full article >>
Flying foreign airlines can be so much more pleasant than our domestic options. On a recent KLM flight to Amsterdam, the Dutch airline behaved as if it was in the customer-service industry, not merely transporting a bunch of people from one point to another.
Valley of Fire sounds like the name of the latest Cirque du Soleil extravaganza, but this 42,000-acre state park, about 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas in Overton, is light-years away from Sin City's cacophony of slot machines and man-made galaxies of marquee lights. For travelers who want — or, more likely, desperately need — a chance to hike past something besides singing hotel fountains, Valley of Fire (parks.nv.gov) delivers a different kind of jackpot.
Volunteers dive into other cultures, return with a wealth of experiencePicking a volunteer vacation is a lot like dating: The choices are mind-boggling, but finding the right fit takes work. Treat the search like a job.
Despite having authority to regulate airline fees on international tickets, the U.S. Department of Transportation decided on Nov. 6, 2012 not to enforce its statutory requirement. This decision was in response to a formal July 2, 2012 complaint by Donald L. Pevsner, a long-time consumer advocate in air travel, arguing that the current fees to change nonrefundable international tickets, generally $250 to $300, are grossly excessive. Pevsner asked the DOT to enforce the law.
The travel press has been full of reports that the four giant legacy lines — American, Delta, United and US Airways — just hiked the fees to re-issue "nonrefundable" tickets. The new fees are $200 for domestic travel and $250 to $300 for most international travel. The basic idea of the exchange fee is that when you cancel a "nonrefundable" ticket, you can retain that ticket's dollar value, less the fee. But the amount of the fee isn't the whole story. My friend Don recently had to cancel a trip to Europe on US Airways, booked with nonrefundable economy tickets costing $862 each, but when he tried to book a replacement trip he found five additional stumbling blocks:
It isn't shaping up to be a good summer for air travelers who are trying to stick to a budget. And let's be honest: Who isn't watching their bottom line?
Q: I am a U.S. citizen. On return from a recent vacation in Yemen, a Customs and Border Protection officer asked me about why I was abroad for so long. Since I am a U.S. citizen, can't I stay abroad as long as I wish?
Nearly 633,000 passengers either passed through or stayed in hotels before and after their cruises, up 50,000 from 2010, says a new study from the New York City Economic Development Corporation.
The city got the nod Monday for its controversial plan to give the Coney Island Boardwalk a concrete and fake wood makeover.
Bent on reaching younger tourists, the city's tourism arm, NYC & Co. announced plans to launch a new youth-focused initiative, NYC 30, along with a partnership with MasterCard to create exclusive NYC offers for MasterCard cardholders.
Being no cruise aficionado, I approached the Disney Dream with tremendous skepticism. This was only my second cruise, and the sail was only for three nights. Adding fuel to the fire, we were cruising without children. No matter.
It’s the Christmas card that kept bringing holiday cheer. For six decades, the same well-worn greeting card traveled back and forth between two friends.
With landmarks like the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, Rome hardly has a problem attracting tourists. But toss a new pope into the mix, and there’s a renewed interest in seeing the Eternal City (and, naturally, the Vatican). For ...
Where do Rome’s top chefs go when they can’t stand the heat and have to get out of the kitchen? We asked chef Heinz Beck of the three-Michelin-starred La Pergola, and chef Giuseppe Di Iorio of Aroma, a Five Star Diamond Award-winner atop the Relais &...
New Mexico, which was part of the Spanish empire and Mexico before becoming a US territory that turned into a state, should be on your must-visit list. It’s the perfect place to be awed by how gorgeous your country is (high desert is crazy colorful) ...
The Norwegian Breakaway has started sailing from Pier 88, and contrary to the nonstop TV ads pumped out by Norwegian Cruise Line, it is not crowned with fake skyscrapers like a Vegas version of New York.But it is a mega-ship for Manhattan: 1,062 fee...
Mind your manor Live the “Downton Abbey” dream, no passports needed. The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club — a “premier hideaway” inspired by English country manors — on the coast of Georgia is offering an “English Manor Experience” package from June 2...
After two pedestrians died and 13 were injured last summer on Ocean City streets, city officials and the State Highway Administration devised a campaign to get motorists and those on foot to be more aware of each other.
At last, the beach beckons, summoning us in from the cold and gray that has crept ever closer to our favorite season. Summer is not official yet, but we can¿t wait any longer to play at the shore. Whether it¿s a week or a weekend, there¿s an ocean of fun to be had every day.
Resort brushes off last remnants of Sandy as rebuilt pier is set to openAfter $1.1 million in Superstorm Sandy clean-up work, Ocean City is ready for Memorial Day weekend and beyond, said Mayor Richard Meehan. Even the damaged century-old Ocean City Inlet Fishing Pier will be opening Friday.
Daughters of Charity, a nursing order, tended to men wounded at Battle of Gettysburg. Their riveting stories are highlighted on walking tour and exhibit and during a June festivalWhen the Daughters of Charity awakened June 27, 1863, the pastoral grounds of their Emmitsburg, Md,. property had become a Union Army encampment for thousands of Union Army officers and men destined to fight during the Battle of Gettysburg.
Baltimore/Washington International Airport said on Thursday that scheduled airfield improvements will prompt closures on both of its primary commercial runways this weekend.
As you shop for airfare for your summer vacation, don’t overlook the cost of fees for bags or changing a reservation that can add quite a bit to your travel bill.
Art Basel Miami Beach plans to stick around in its current location through 2015, though organizers aren't wild about the idea of casino resorts in the neighborhood. My colleague Douglas Hanks reports that the fair's rental agreement with the Miami Beach Convention Center was recently renewed, but organizers have said...
For those of us (an estimated 130,000 people) who wandered South Beach for hours during a windy November night in 2009, this year's version of Sleepless Night will be a welcome repeat. For one, the weather shouldn't force the cancellation of any performances like it did last time. Another plus:...
For the first time this year, Miami-Dade's tourism bureau dedicated June to romance-related deals: weddings, honeymoons, babymoons (yes, they exist), anniversaries, etc. And now one Miami hotel has expanded that, creating a package for those who want to pop the question. The Conrad Miami's Down-on-One-Knee package includes an overnight stay...
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There are hints this year's summer-travel season could be a busy one, but it's not likely to start off with a bang.
After four months of year-over-year growth, business dipped in April at Orlando-area hotels, likely because of an early Easter this year and the absence of a couple of big conventions in town.
Universal Orlando raised ticket prices once again over the weekend, becoming the first of Orlando's big theme-park operators to lift base prices above $90.
With more than 5,000 hotel rooms, Las Vegas' MGM Grand offers more rooms — by at least a couple thousand — than any single convention hotel in the Orlando market. And Sin City's Mandalay Bay boasts more meeting space than the four-biggest convention hotels in Orlando combined.
Prices at the gasoline pump are stabilizing ahead of Memorial Day weekend, a boon for motorists throughout the Southeast who plan to hit the roads for the long holiday weekend.
Of all the services to take a hit, the upkeep of the Sacramento's vast parks system has been affected perhaps the most. That cycle of cuts now seems likely to end.All but one of the city's 12 pools would open this summer.
Frosty the Snowman went on a crash diet this year. Despite growing fat on big storms in early winter, the white giant of the California snowpack had slimmed down quite a bit by spring.A raft full of paddlers plunges through rapids on the Merced River flowing out of Yosemite Valley near El Portal last spring.
A guide for what you need to buy, read or consume to enhance your recreation and travel experienceThe California coast along Highway 1 south of Big Sur a popular driving route.
State Department of Fish and Wildlife officials on Monday and Tuesday released 3 million juvenile salmon at the mouth of the American River in Sacramento.Scientific aide Justin Mather guides thousands of juvenile chinook salmon, or smolts, into a holding tank Tuesday at theNimbus Fish Hatchery, where they were raised. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife released 3 million near the mouthof the American River, in hopes that they will return in greater numbers than when they were trucked to San Francisco Bay.A sea lion cruises Tuesday at Discovery Park in Sacramento. Three were seen near the salmon release.Scientific Aid Justin Mather corals thousands of chinook salmon smolts into a holding tank at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery in Rancho Cordova on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.…