Arts and Culture

Austin Lit Crawl - Texas Book Festival
Austin Lit Crawl/Texas Book Festival

Whether you’re a book lover with a wandering spirit or a traveler seeking a unique adventure, literary festivals are a great way to create your own “happily ever after” on your next trip. Here are five of our favorites. Miami Book Fair Find books to read (or give!) this holiday season... Read More

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Graduate Athens Hotel in Athens, Georgia
Graduate Athens

Infused with both college and small town vibes and boasting a celebrated live music scene — which produced the likes of R.E.M., the B-52’s, and Widespread Panic — Athens, Georgia is a good-times trifecta. About a 100-minute drive from Atlanta, the city is anchored by the lush circa-1785 University of Georgia... Read More

Nightlife in Old San Juan
Old San Juan/Puerto Rico Tourism Company

When it comes to island getaways, Puerto Rico is one of the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets. Almost the same size as the state of Connecticut, you could cross the island in just six hours. Yet despite its size, each part of Puerto Rico has its own personality. The north sports... Read More

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St. James Court in Louisville
St. James Court/ Connie Hum

Louisville, Kentucky is, of course, the famed home of the Kentucky Derby, the Louisville Slugger, and Kentucky Fried Chicken, but there’s much more to this city. There are a number of under-the-radar spots worthy of attention and exploration. Here’s a sampling… Architecture buffs will fall in love exploring the homes in Old Louisville... Read More

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A hillside with an ocean view in Haiti
A hillside in Haiti/

Haiti’s bouts of political upheaval and devastating natural disasters have made global news over the last few decades. The last major earthquake was a huge setback, but now, five years later, the country’s been cleaning up, and looking forward to welcoming travelers back. With more than 400,000 visitors to... Read More

Girona, Spain - Melissa Wozniak
Girona Perspectives/Melissa Wozniak

Gothic fantasies are born in Old Town Girona, which lies over the River Onyar in Spain. Here, cobblestoned paths twist and turn through hushed corridors, and a palette of ochre and umber always seems to reflect late-afternoon sun. Best of all, it’s under 40 minutes from Barcelona — perfect... Read More YalePeabodyMuseum

In the Northeast, New York City is, of course, museum central. But go a few hours outside of the city and you’ll find the home to more transcendent art, with fewer crowds and smaller entrance fees: New Haven, Connecticut. Best known as the hometown of Yale University and a corporate center... Read More

The Oakley Court Hotel
The Oakley Court Hotel/Steve Larese

If you know the steps to the Time Warp, you’ve probably already seen Oakley Court Hotel, if only in a movie theater during a midnight screening. The historic Windsor, England property served as Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s castle in Richard O’Brien’s 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show and is featured prominently... Read More

vintage shopping at providence arcade
Arcade Providence/Christine Wei

Part I of our Providence weekend guide covers what to do and where to eat. Here’s the scoop on the shopping scene — and our favorite hotel in town. ... Read More

downcity providence, ri

If you’re looking for the kind of sweet New England charm that goes on postcards, Providence is not the place to visit. That’s not to say that the city doesn’t have beautiful college campuses and historic architecture. It’s just that Rhode Island’s capital is more of a place where artsy young... Read More

620_Bern, an underrated city in Switzerland - Megan Eileen McDonough
Bern/Megan Eileen McDonough

From snow-capped mountains to lush valleys to green-blue rivers that quietly flow through medieval towns, Switzerland has no shortage of picture-perfect places to visit. But there are a handful of cities that, for whatever reason, get all the attention. While we certainly can’t find fault with Zurich or Geneva, here are... Read More

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Pacific Islander Festival in San Diego -
Pacific Islander Festival/

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... Read More

downtown tulsa, oklahoma
Downtown Tulsa/Steve Larese

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... Read More

Visit Milwaukee

Milwaukee is a city of neighborhoods, each with a distinct personality. The next time you visit Brew Town, check out five of our favorites. ... Read More

Crop Over in Barbados (a lesser known Caribbean festival)
Crop Over festival/Barbados Tourism Marketing

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... Read More