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TouRest Gift Guide: Great Stuff for Travel

Don't know what to buy your favorite traveler? TouRest has the best gift ideas for you.

Wine Country Report: Despite Fires, Napa and Sonoma Visitor Experience Is Undamaged

By Laurie Jo Miller Farr

The deadly October wildfires in Northern California’s beloved wine country caused a lot of damage. But they didn't change tourism as badly as feared.

Free National Park Entry on Nov. 11 & 12, But for Which Parks?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/06/2017, 5:15 PM

This weekend, Nov. 11 and 12, entry to many (but not all) national parks will be free in honor of Veterans Day. The National Park Service has posted a state-by-state list of the free parks at this link. If you love these free days as much as we do, buckle up. The U.S. Government is floating a plan to vastly increase their entry costs. Despite the fact your income taxes go to support these pristin...

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Kohler, Wisconsin Is Flush with Tourism Appeal—And It's Not Just the Plumbing

By Kate Silver

Welcome to Kohler, Wisconsin—the plumbing mecca flush with history, nature, luxury, and adventure.

TouRest' Best Places to Go 2018

TouRest' Best Places to Go in 2018

The 18 best places around the world to see something new, soak up culture, marvel at nature, and eat great food in 2018.
Hot Travel Instagrammers from around the world

21 Beautiful Instagram Accounts By Beautiful Travelers

Call them your travel Instababes. We’ve chosen 20 hot Instagram users who go beyond the usual humdrum vacation images—and who do it in a language that social media rewards: by being as gorgeous as their adventures.

National Park Fees May Triple, Become Unaffordable

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/26/2017, 11:00 AM

Entrance fees at many of the country's most popular national parks could soon go way up. To address a backlog of maintenance needs and infrastructure improvements, the National Park Service has proposed increasing admission charges to $70 per vehicle at 16 sites, up from the current fee of $25 to $30 depending on the park. That would mean more than doubling—or, in the case of the $25 fee, almos...

Great, quiet islands for an Italy vacation

You'll Love these Lesser-Known Islands in Italy For a Quiet Vacation

The next time you find yourself fantasizing about a vacation to an island in Italy, consider these lesser-known treasures.

The Cruise Industry Goes All Out to Claim Caribbean Ports Have Recovered

By Tonny Trust

Posted on 10/20/2017, 5:15 PM

When did you last see an ad for land-based resorts in Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands?    You probably haven’t. The damage to beaches and roads leading to some of those properties seems too significant to overcome concerns about them. While such major Caribbean islands as Jamaica, Aruba, Curacao, St. Lucia, and others have suffered no damage at all from the recent hurricanes, Puerto R...

WATCH: Drone Footage Takes You Soaring Over the Swiss Alps

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/17/2017, 8:45 PM

As any Instagrammer will tell you, it's not easy to capture the majesty of the Swiss Alps with a camera. But a new short film made from drone footage sure comes close.  Dubbed "Elevations," the roughly 3-minute video zips up and down snow-capped peaks, past waterfalls and jagged cliffs, to eye-popping panoramas you'll wish were your screensaver.  The film was created by Gabriel Kocher, a Montr...

A surfer wipes out

Travel Experiences That Aren't What They're Cracked Up to Be

Let’s face it: Not every travel experience is as rewarding as advertised. Frommer’s staffers share activities that we expected to be enjoyable and enriching—but weren’t.

If You Crave a Caribbean Vacation, Many Areas Escaped Storm Damage: A List

By Tonny Trust

Posted on 10/10/2017, 4:45 PM

This coming winter, many thousands of Americans will agonize over whether they can enjoy tropical vacations in the Caribbean of the sort they once knew. Should they even bother to apply for reservations in an area broadly damaged by hurricanes?   Fortunately, a majority of these famed islands was either unaffected by storms or else so moderately damaged that they can be restored and repaired...

The High Uintas Wilderness is one of Utah's best-kept natural secrets.

The Greatest Western Mountain Wilderness You've Never Heard Of

The best of Utah's high-country mountains are officially known as the High Uintas Wilderness. To this day, they remain the state’s best-kept secret.
 
Calabria, the toe of Italy’s boot, is unfairly one of the country’s lesser-known regions

14 Reasons Calabria Needs to Be Your Next Italy Vacation

Calabria, the toe of Italy’s boot, is one of the country’s lesser-known regions among Americans, but that's not fair. We'll tell you why it makes for one of the best quiet beach and seaside vacations in Italy.

California Desert Caves Soon to Reopen to the Public

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/30/2017, 1:45 AM

The only limestone caves in the California state parks system will soon reopen to the public, the Los Angeles Times reports.  Located in the remote Mojave Desert in the southeastern part of the state, the Mitchell Caverns had been a tourist attraction since the 1930s until the site was closed in 2010 due to budget cuts.  Vandals later damaged a visitor center and other facilities related to the ...

Some of America's most important historical sites are actually re-creations.

American Historical Sites People Think Are Real—But Are Actually Fake

Tourists and schoolchildren travel to them by the busload, but these major American tourist sites are all fabrications, reconstructions, or bald-faced lies.

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda: How to Take This Bucket List Trip on a Budget

By Melissa Klurman

A trip to see African gorillas in the wild isn't cheap. But there is a way to bring down costs as much as possible.

Florida Keys to Reopen to Tourists October 1

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/25/2017, 8:30 PM

The Florida Keys will reopen to tourists on October 1, government officials there have announced. The archipelago just off the southern tip of Florida was hit with extreme force by Hurricane Irma on September 10, when the Category 4 storm made landfall, destroying an estimated 25% of homes on the islands.     In the immediate aftermath, officials advised travelers to postpone trips to the area w...

2018 Inca Trail Permits Will Sell Out Early Because of New Rules

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/19/2017, 9:30 PM

If you were thinking of making 2018 the year you finally realize your dream trip of hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you'll need to start planning right now. Normally, Peru's limited allotment of permits for the trail goes on sale early in the calendar year—and they usually sell out quickly—but for 2018 trips, they will go on sale October 1, 2017. That means you'll need to start planning fo...

One U.S. Virgin Islands Resort Stands a Good Chance of Reopening First

By Tonny Trust

Posted on 09/15/2017, 5:15 PM

Back in July, it was announced that a new management company had taken over the unique tented community known as Cinnamon Bay on the gorgeous island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The news was greeted with enthusiasm by the tens of thousands of unpretentious, cost-conscious tourists who, over the years, have used large tents as their beachfront accommodations in St. John.   The new...

This self-guided walking tour of Rome includes stops at the best things to see and do.

Introducing the Perfect One-Day Walking Tour of Rome

This one-day walking tour of Rome includes stops at the best things to see and do. If you don't have much time in Rome, here's a touring plan.
Sonoma Coast State Park in California

California State Parks That Would Be National Parks Anywhere Else

In California, even the state parks are awe-inspiring. From redwood forests to unspoiled beaches and otherworldly deserts, here are eight spots that would be national parks anywhere else.

Up-to-the-Minute Online Tool Finds Wisconsin's Best Fall Foliage

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/11/2017, 10:45 PM

New England states get all the attention when it comes to fall foliage, but there are other leafy places worth peeping during Pumpkin Spice Latte season. One of the best in the Midwest is Wisconsin, where vivid displays in spots like the Kettle Moraine State Forest (pictured above) provide beautiful backdrops for scenic drives, waterfall hikes, and stops at orchards in small farm towns. Travel ...

Canada Completes World's Longest Hiking Trail

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/07/2017, 8:45 PM

After 25 years of trying, officials in Canada have managed to stitch together a network of hiking, biking, and paddling trails that stretches across the breadth of the country from coast to coast. With a total length of 14,000 miles, the Great Trail, formerly known as the Trans-Canada Trail, is now the longest hiking route in the world. By way of comparison, the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to ...

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How to Pick the Right Tour Company For You

There are hundreds of tour operators vying for your business, offering up thousands upon thousands of tours of all stripes and to every corner of the globe. So how do you pick the perfect one for you? Read on.