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San Diego is part of the mainland, but in places, it can feel outright tropical thanks to the sailors and soldiers who brought a love of Polynesia back with them after World War II. While there’s no shortage of attractions in the kitschy, Americanized “tiki” style, there are plenty of places where you can delve into a more authentic sense of Hawaiian and Polynesian culture, too. Here’s a guide.
When crude prices dropped in the 1980s, Tulsa, Oklahoma, the former “Oil Capitol of the World,” dried up like a played-out well. But in just the past few years, this Art Deco-dotted city along the Arkansas River has gotten a second wind. A new generation of restaurants, live music venues, fun local shops, and festivals have brought energy back to the city, drawing comparisons to popular destinations like Nashville and Austin. Even better, living on Tulsa time, as the song goes, is easy on the travel budget. Here’s your guide to a bargain trip.
Milwaukee is a city of neighborhoods, each with a distinct personality. The next time you visit Brew Town, check out five of our favorites.
You’ll always find positive vibes in the Caribbean, but the celebratory mood is nothing short of infectious during big hooplas like Carnival. If the crowds scare you, though, we have good news: There are a handful of lesser-known but just as amazing festivals across the islands. While most happen over summer, there’s one coming up in the not-so-distant future this fall.
Europe and art go hand in hand — especially when you’re visiting the iconic cities on the Danube river. We recently took the AmaWaterways Melodies of the Danube river cruise and found that art has a way of popping up all along the river when you least expect it. You don’t even have to step into a museum. Here’s what you’ll see…
There’s a strange joy that comes with going to Rome and stepping, for an instant, into a whole new country with a simple visit to the Vatican. Travelers to New York City can do the same, but they often don’t think of it, at United Nations Headquarters. Located technically not in NYC but in international territory that’s governed by all of its 193 member nations, the UN gives visitors a glimpse at the world’s farthest-reaching peacekeeping body in action — and a look at its gleaming mid-century modern headquarters. If you’re planning to stop by in 2015 — the 70th Anniversary of the UN’s inception — you’ll see lots that’s new, or recently refreshed. Here are a few things to look out for:
Although Mexico City is known for its history and centuries-old cultural treasures, there’s also a vibrant, thriving modern art movement taking shape in the metropolis. From street artists to young creatives who draw inspiration from today’s social issues, take a walk with us through the streets of Mexico City’s contemporary art scene.
Original artwork hung in the lobby of a five-star or boutique hotel is nothing new. We’re not even surprised by the occasional masterpiece, thanks to Steve Wynn’s collection of French Impressionist works at the Bellagio. But some hotels take art appreciation to the next level, inviting an artist to complete an original project during a one-year residency. Although they may not actually live at the hotel, resident artists typically keep set hours in the hotel’s studio, where you can watch them work, ask them questions, and maybe even serve as their model. Here are five hotels with artist-in-residence programs.
If you’re planning a trip to Copenhagen and don’t want to stay in the crowded city center, consider its up-and-coming green neighborhood of Ørestad. Development started in 1995 after a team of Finnish architects (ARKKI) won an international architectural competition to plan the district. Though some areas are still in the works, there’s already a lot to see and do. Here are five reasons why it’s a worthy base:
April 23, 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. London and other spots in the UK are gearing up to celebrate his life and works. Here’s a sampling of the trip-worthy special performances and exhibits that any Bard-lover should be booking now.
It’s easy to overlook chaotic Lima — Peru’s main international airport — as a mere stopover on the way to exotic destinations such as Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. But to skip the city would be a mistake; these days, Lima’s standing out in its own right. It has an exploding food scene, it’s become one of the leading economies in the region, and it ranks among the top cities to live on the continent. Here’s why the city deserves a few days of your time.
In the southwest region of France, the Midi-Pyrénées attracts throngs of French visitors each year. Yet, the area is unknown to many international travelers, and others who come through treat the area as a stopover on the 1,000-year-old Way of St. James pilgrimage. We think it’s time that that changes. After all, those in the know come here in search of a new experience — and are rewarded with gastronomy, history, and contemporary attractions. Here, a guide to the off-radar gems in the Midi-Pyrénées:
Traveling along the Wisconsin portion of the Great River Road, a 250-mile stretch that runs along the western border of state, is chock-full of rolling hills and rushing rivers. This quintessential Midwest Americana experience, that for the unhurried traveler, can include leisurely stops at pizza farms, wineries, and even the former stomping grounds of author Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Frankfurt’s often more known for business over pleasure, but we don’t think it should be. What most travelers don’t realize is that this city houses a collection of internationally prestigious museums, an eclectic Hessian foodie culture, and an insanely trendy red-light district (how often do you hear that?). Here’s your non-business guide to Frankfurt, Germany.
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