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 The Bowery Boys
The Bowery Boys

There’s a reason New York City hosted 58.3 million tourists last year alone. From Wall Street to Stonewall, waves of immigration and innovation, and a skyline that’s framed countless films, New York City inspires a certain historical fanfare. In the nearly 400 years since the city was founded, millions of... Read More

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Skyline of Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville skyline/Flickr/Derrick Brutel

Love music but not a big fan of country? That’s not a problem in Nashville. Music City has more than 150 live music venues where, in addition to country, you can hear everything from rock ‘n’ roll to classical. Check out these non-country hot spots and attractions the next... Read More

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Chef Champe Speidel plating at Persimmon
Chef Champe Speidel at Persimmon

Providence, Rhode Island is one of our favorite American cities. As the grit leftover from the ’70s and ’80s continues to give way to trendy shops and restaurants, Providence has evolved into an East Coast gem. Plus, it’s an easy getaway — or even a day trip — from Boston or... Read More

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 Flatiron, Toronto/flickr/Canned Muffins
Flatiron, Toronto/flickr/Canned Muffins

Nearly 30 years ago, English actor Peter Ustinov described Toronto as, “New York operated by the Swiss.” The idea that Toronto offers the cultural attractions of the Big Apple without the chaos — and the cost — is truer than ever. Due to decreasing oil prices, the Canadian dollar is now valued at... Read More

Kimmel Center, Philadelphia
Kimmel Center/iStock

From the signing of the Declaration to hosting this year’s Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia has played, and continues to play, a pivotal role in U.S. history — visible in its cobblestoned streets and historic architecture. But with a wave of new renovations, Philly is blending its past and present to make the former feel as relevant as ever. Whether... Read More

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International Folk Art Market - Santa Fe
International Folk Art Market

There’s a reason Santa Fe is a favorite destination among art-obsessed travelers. After all, where else can you find not just a handful but ten art markets and festivals in one summer? But what makes these events special isn’t the sheer number of them. It’s the fact that they all provide... Read More

Lincoln Cathedral in England
Lincoln Cathedral/Facebook.com/VisitLincoln

Feeling patriotic but have completed the circuit of East Coast colonial towns? We suggest following the birth of democracy…in England. Before our Founding Fathers, after all, there were the separatists and Pilgrim Fathers. Even before that, the Magna Carta promised justice and fair trial (to free men, at any rate) —... Read More

Sunnylands, Palm Springs
Sunnylands/Laura Motta

Palm Springs is a classic destination to see American design at its best. From Spanish-style haciendas dating back to the turn of the century, to angular Midcentury modern, the city is a feast for the eyes — not counting the dramatic mountains and sprawling desert that surround the city. The... Read More

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Manchester and Liverpool/Christine Wei and VisitLiverpool.com

As far as Northern England goes, Manchester United and the Beatles are probably the strongest characterizations that many of us have for that large expanse above London. But there’s more than football and ‘60s music in Manchester and Liverpool, the homes of these pop culture legends. While both cities were... Read More

Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town/Nicole Smith/Flytographer

The urge to capture our travels is often irresistible. And we don’t just want scenes we can find in postcards — we want to be part of the photos; just count the selfie sticks the next time you’re at the Eiffel Tower. But wielding the increasingly scorned (and often... Read More

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Megabus/Flickr/Jonathan Riley

Think you don’t have the budget for a multi-destination vacation? Think again. Several discount bus services — Megabus, BoltBus, and Greyhound Express — are making travel from one city to another very affordable, as in $20 round-trip for reserved seating, reclining seats, and onboard restrooms. We took a look at nine... Read More

 Bo-Kaap Neighborhood, Cape Town/flickr/David Stanley
Bo-Kaap Neighborhood, Cape Town/flickr/David Stanley

Most folks set out to South Africa with safari, nature, and perhaps even wine country in mind, but the nation has some fascinating urban settings that are well worth diving into, too. On our recent trip, we vetted several tour operators in a trio of South African coastal cities... Read More

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A mural in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia mural/Connie Hum

Philadelphia is known for a lot of things — cheesesteak, Rocky Balboa, and the Declaration of Independence, to name a few — but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. The City of Brotherly Love is making quite a name for itself in the art and design world. It is home to... Read More

 Ririe Dam/flickr/Sam Beebe
Ririe Dam/flickr/Sam Beebe

We know you love to travel, but sometimes it’s nice to see the world from the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re looking for vacation inspiration or just need to quell a severe case of wanderlust, these five shows are sure to educate and entertain. 1. Aerial America These spectacular... Read More

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Timebased

Every August when the world’s largest arts festival hits Edinburgh, the population of the Scottish capital more than doubles. For visitors, that inevitably means that hotels — if not already booked up months in advance — raise their rates accordingly. Take the limited-service budget brand Tunes Hotels. Their Edinburgh... Read More