Fodor's Week in Travel: Close to Home

Your next big trip doesn’t have to be a journey across the sea that begins and ends with a nine-hour flight. Get inspired by our weekly roundup and plan a getaway around an amusement park or your favorite TV show. The Ultimate Guide to the High Line It’s the perfect time to check out our guide to this beautiful park and its surroundings, as the new Whitney Museum of American Art

16 Indie Bookstores We Love

In a literary era dominated by Kindles, you might be surprised to learn that there’s no shortage of outstanding independent bookstores around the country, beautiful places where you can connect with your favorite authors and receive knowledgeable, one-on-one recommendations based on your interests. In honor of the first-ever national Independent Bookstore Day (May 2, 2015), here are sixteen of our favorite shops, which offer unique services including special navigation apps

A 'Mad Men' Guide to New York City

While the characters of Mad Men have gone bicoastal in recent years, the show’s heart and soul has always been in New York City. In honor of the final season—the series will end on May 17—we’ve taken a tour through Manhattan of some noteworthy sites that have appeared on the show. Replicas of these well-known institutions have been used in the show because Mad Men is filmed in Los Angeles,

How to Get Tickets for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro

In the summer of 2016, 205 countries will be represented by 10,500 athletes in the first Olympic Games to be held in South America. For 17 days, 42 sports (including rugby and golf, returning to the Games after 92 and 112 years, respectively) will showcase their top athletes in 306 medal events. There are 7.5 million tickets available, 3.8 million of which are less than $30. Here’s how to get one. First, register

Where to Eat in Chiang Mai, Thailand

While Bangkok has established a slick, glamorous dining scene, the comparatively laid-back, earthy Chiang Mai remains rustic, traditional, and, of course, very spicy. This mecca of night market fare and hole-in-the-wall discoveries—“restaurant” may entail little more than a three-walled concrete inlet or portable tables and chairs under a makeshift tin roof or tarp—is where Andy Ricker, James Beard Award–winning chef and owner of Portland and New York’s Pok Pok restaurants,

10 Hotels That Are Perfect for Solo Travelers

Traveling alone can be one of the more rewarding ways to see some of the world’s best sights, but with so many tour companies and hotels designed for couples and groups, finding the perfect place to stay when you strike out on your own can be tricky. With solo travel becoming more and more popular, hotels and resorts have begun to modify their offerings and optimize their experiences for guests who

The Ultimate Guide to the High Line

Ask any of the 8.5 million New Yorkers living in the city for their essential list of must-see NYC spots, and you’re bound to get as many different answers, with the exception of one key highlight that just about everybody seems to agree on: the High Line. This beloved, elevated green space unveiled its first of three segments back in 2009, brilliantly reimagining an abandoned freight train trestle as a wildly

10 Best Family-Friendly Amusement Parks in the U.S.

Providing picture-perfect moments and memories to last a lifetime, amusement parks are ideal places for family fun, but not all parks are designed for smaller visitors. Featuring the conveniences and necessities that children demand and parents appreciate, the country’s 10 best family-friendly amusement parks deliver a treasured day of thrills and laughs for kids and their keepers. Expect carousels, animatronic dinosaurs, and real bulldozers as these parks push the limits of innovation

Britain's Top Royal Attractions

Though the lives of the British monarchy may seem incredibly rarified and impossible to tap into, the fact is that it’s surprisingly easy to get a taste of the royal experience when visiting Great Britain. Whether you’re a history buff who wants to see the lavish halls built by Henry VIII, or you’re a longtime devotee of Queen Elizabeth II, England and Scotland are home to many sites where you

5 Reasons to Visit Tofino and Ucluelet, Vancouver Island

The party of Spanish naval officers who happened upon Tofino during the summer of 1792 might well be amused by the swelling popularity that has recently gripped this once-sleepy fishing village at the tip of the Esowista Peninsula on Vancouver Island. Just half an hour by Learjet from Vancouver, one hour by chartered aircraft, and five hours by car and ferry, Tofino, and neighboring Ucluelet, have become what many now

America's Best Luxury Tennis Resorts

You know you’ve arrived at a great tennis resort when you’re greeted with the inquisitive, “How’s your backhand?” In a sport that’s as much about strategy as it is physical agility, there’s always the opportunity to improve your game. Take some time to train, condition, and enjoy the sport at one of the country’s best luxury tennis resorts, where advancements such as subsurface watering systems, high-tech video feedback, and grass

Fodor's Week in Travel: Take It Outside

What better way to celebrate National Parks Week and Earth Day than stepping into the great outdoors? Whether you want to absorb magnificent canyon views or explore a desert on horseback, our weekly roundup has a ton of fresh-air fun, so you can appreciate the awe-inspiring and breathtaking beauty of this planet. 10 Best National Parks to Visit in 2015 Want to observe National Parks Week by exploring one of the U.S.’s 58 scenic beauties?

Food Lover's Guide to San Juan

With its Spanish, African, Taíno (Native American), and French influences, the food of Puerto Rico, or cocina criolla, has always been an adventure for the taste buds, one that utilizes the island’s natural gastronomic bounty. In the past few years, however, forward-thinking chefs have redefined the boundaries of their culinary traditions, merging new techniques with local flavors to ensuring that the traditional food of their land becomes neither lost nor stagnant. Below are just a few of

Europe's 10 Most Gorgeous Places to Shop

Fashion Week may be over in Paris and Milan, but there are still plenty of opportunities to find style inspiration in both cities and beyond. Inside Europe’s historic department stores and gallerias, amazing architecture blends with today’s hottest fashions. The French use the expression lèche vitrine (literally, “window-licking”) to refer to window-shopping, and a visit to these stunning spaces will make you understand why. Here are Europe’s most magnificent places to

10 Best National Parks to Visit in 2015

There’s never a bad time to visit America’s amazing national parks, but with 58 of them in total, not to mention more than 100 national monuments, the decision of which one to visit can feel overwhelming. To make it easier, we’ve handpicked 10 bucket-list national parks—with new facilities, improved trails, and anniversary celebrations—that are must-visits in 2015. Start planning your next outdoor adventure today! By Jayme Moye

Long Weekend in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico

Think of Chiapas as the Oregon of Mexico: It’s green and gorgeous and one of the best destinations in the republic for nature lovers. The state’s cultural capital, San Cristóbal de las Casas, is a town of cobblestone streets and red-tile roofs set at 7,200 feet above sea level, amid pine-filled forests. The city is a destination unto itself for great shopping, lively nightlife, appealing restaurants, and a fascinating glimpse of local indigenous

Where to Eat in Melbourne Right Now

It’s widely known as a foodie city, yet Melbourne—which made the 2015 Fodor’s Go List—is home to incredible restaurants and chefs that lack international name recognition. Sure, culinary superstars like Nobu Matsuhisha, Heston Blumenthal, and prolific Sydney chef Neil Perry have planted stakes here, but what about the local talent? We’ve rounded up 10 restaurants where Melbourne–based chefs are doing wonderful things with the bounty of produce, livestock, and wines from

15 Ultimate Experiences in Israel

Few destinations offer the variety and vibrancy that travelers find in Israel, where there are millennia of history, miles of scenic landscapes, and dozens of friendly people willing to share the traditions and struggles of their culture. Despite the recent conflicts in the area, the country remains safe for tourists, a place where travelers can come to learn, relax, and partake in some unforgettable experiences. Here are our picks for

A 6-Stop Wander Through the Lanes of Montmartre

Sue Roe is the author of In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art, a vivid history of Modernism and the group of artists who revolutionized the concept of art. Through their lives and the excitement surrounding this period of artistic experimentation, Roe brings together colorful and key moments in the movement. Artists have always gathered in Montmartre. Renoir said the district smelled of lavender and lilacs. The

Long Weekend in Bisbee, Arizona

The quirky little mining-town-cum-artists’-enclave at Bisbee, Arizona (population 5,360), beckons bohemian types with its small-town charm, eccentric character, and picturesque mountainside perch, situated about ninety-three miles southeast of Tucson and a stone’s throw from the Mexican border. Here, colorful turn-of-the-nineteenth-century Victorian-style buildings have been creatively reimagined as an eclectic mix of galleries, boutiques, eateries, bars, and B&Bs, while the free-spirited, fringe-culture vibe here sets Bisbee’s no-rush, no-fuss rhythm. The town