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Visit Milwaukee

There’s more to Milwaukee than beer and Harley-Davidson. In just 48 hours, you can also see world-class art, sample German food, and even kayak in the Milwaukee River (weather permitting).

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Medieval village & Abbey Saint Foy in Conques, Midi-Pyrénées, France

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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:

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Cynthia L. Drake

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.

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Frankfurt

Flickr.com/Barbara Müller-Walter

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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Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City

Shelley Seale/Chapultepec Castle

Mexico City may have its share of crime, litter, and traffic — as every large city in the world does. But anyone who has visited recently will tell you that many of the travel concerns here, from safety to health, are largely unfounded. In fact, there are plenty of pleasant surprises that you’ll find in Mexico City, as we did on a recent trip. Here, top five reasons why you should visit.

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Commander's Palace

New Orleans CVB/Commander’s Palace

This month marks the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. To celebrate the resiliency of New Orleans, here are eight awesome things to do in the Crescent City right now.

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Belfast, Ireland Titanic Museum

Flickr/Nico Kaiser

Belfast has risen from the ashes of troubles ever since the historic Good Friday Peace accord in 1998. Today, it brims with boutique hotels, elegant eateries, and new museums — and, yes, all those stunning landscapes featured in Game of Thrones are a few miles from the city. Locals have waited a long time to see tourists come back, and the welcome here is warm and heartfelt. Wherever you go in the city and through the countryside around it, you’ll be met with genuine friendliness and lots of Irish hospitality. Here are just a few ideas for what to do on a first-time visit.

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ordinary, a great place to eat and drink in new haven

Connie Hum/Ordinary

Ever since the first settlers arrived in New Haven, Connecticut in 1637, the city’s immigrant history has shaped its dining landscape. For culturally minded travelers, New Haven is both the home of delicious local fare that’s stood the test of time and of brilliant chef minds that have conceived some of the States’ most popular dishes today. Here, our favorite (and unpretentious) places to get a taste of history and cultural innovation.

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Z Garage, Detroit

Z Garage

Detroit is no stranger to economic downturns, but in true Motor City spirit, Detroit never took it lying down — and it has no plan to start now. If anything, these challenges have only provided a fertile landscape for artists and other creatives to make a splash in Michigan’s most populous city. The end result is something inspiringly inventive, truly unique, and disarmingly unorthodox. Here’s where to go for a quirky dose of art, history, and — of course — food and drink in Detroit.

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Taos Pueblo, New Mexico is perfect for a budget vacation - Steve Larese

Steve Larese

Tucked between sage-filled high desert and snow-capped peaks of the Sangre de Cristos, Taos is a small mountain town in New Mexico teeming with natural beauty, culture and adventure. An hour’s drive north of Santa Fe (and about two hours from Albuquerque), this beautiful bohemian town is rich with experiences — and easy on budgets. Here are a few attractions that make Taos a road-trip destination favorite.

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biking in vancouver on the seawall

Tourism Vancouver

Vancouver is a wonderful place for a bike ride, especially after the gloriously green metropolis has made a concerted effort to become a cycling city. The protected bike lanes make it easy for travelers to easily zip through the heart of the city, covering lots of ground while staying fit to boot.

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Letchworth State Park

Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council

Where are the best trips to be booking right now? Our monthly Where to Go column tells you the smartest places to go each month for savings, special events, and all around great experiences. Here’s what’s hot for September.

Finger Lakes, New York
Foliage and wine. Hot air balloons and culture. What could make for a better kickoff to fall? In the Finger Lakes, a wealth of wine tasting rooms perch on the region’s lakeside valleys, effortlessly providing a great vantage point for all the season’s best colors. And thrill-seekers who visit in September will be able to catch the last few weeks of ballooning season — or hop on a two-seat glider — for even better foliage views. Even if you’ve traveled here before, there’s a great reason to return this year: The shiny new wing at the Corning Museum of Glass, a massive 26,000-square-foot space for the institution’s contemporary exhibits and live glass-making demonstrations that took $26 million to create.

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Blue River in Breckenridge1, running along the bike path

Leah Still

There are nearly seven more weeks until Labor Day and the unofficial end of summer — plenty of time for a Rocky Mountain getaway. While mountain resort destinations aren’t exactly known for being inexpensive, the neighboring historical towns of Breckenridge and Frisco, Colorado, feature several free and cheap ways to enjoy the outdoors. Tip: The weather changes quickly at these high altitudes, so don’t leave the house without sunscreen and a couple of layers.

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hong kong high-rise buildings towering over park

Megan Eileen McDonough/Bohemian Trails

Hong Kong is a city of contrasts, with an endless mix of old and new. You’ll find high-rise buildings that tower over quiet parks, local food stalls crammed in between big chain brands. And it’s a major travel hub, so it’s easy to get yourself to this international hotspot even if it’s not your final destination. Whether Hong is a weekend getaway or one stop on your way someplace else, here’s the ultimate three-day itinerary for Hong Kong.

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budapest - view from gellert hill

Flickr/Moyan Brenn

Is it possible to plan a budget-friendly European vacation — and one that doesn’t involve endless street food or scenes out of Hostel? Of course it is! We rounded up the cheapest spots across the pond for almost anything, from flights to five-star hotels to macchiatos.

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