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 Avital Pinnick/Tourismo Toscana
Avital Pinnick/Tourismo Toscana

Sometimes it feels like if you’ve seen one cathedral, you’ve seen them all. But these stunners from around the world might just cure your religious building fatigue. Glass Galore: Sainte-Chapelle (Paris, France) If you love colors, there’s nothing like the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, which is wrapped in stained glass on all... Read More

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MoMath in New York
Facebook/MoMath

The Met, The Guggenheim, and MoMA might be the first that come to mind when you think of New York City’s top cultural institutions, but there are plenty of other museums in the Big Apple that beg to be explored. Here, the best NYC museums that you’ve never heard of — until... Read More

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Central Market in Valencia, Spain
Central Market/Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

As the third largest city in Spain, Valencia is known for its palm-tree lined streets and mix of old and new architecture. But this sophisticated city offers so much more than pretty buildings. From sampling the fascinating culinary history to bike riding through medieval streets, there are a myriad... Read More

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Mount Auburn Cemetery in Boston - Christine Wei
Mount Auburn Cemetery/Christine Wei

A trip to any major city — including Boston– requires some budgeting; but that doesn’t mean you need to break the bank to have a good time. There are tons of free things to do in Beantown, whether you love art or history or spending time outdoors. Here are... Read More

Dzibilchaltun
Dzibilchaltun/Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

Chichen Itza’s soaring pyramid may grab all of the glory, but there are several other standout Mayan ruins in Mexico’s Yucatan region that people often overlook. Many of these archeological wonders are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and boast amazing panoramas, but with half the crowds. On your next... Read More

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 Fiesta_dancers/MarkKane.net
Fiesta_dancers/MarkKane.net

While Massachusetts Puritans spent the year 1692 hysterically accusing each other of witchcraft, Santa Fe was making history of its own when Don Diego de Vargas, the Spanish governor of colonial New Mexico, led the retaking of the city of Santa Fe from the Pueblo Indians. Since 1712, the... Read More

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Stuttgart Beer Festival/iStock
Stuttgart Beer Festival/iStock

From September 17 to October 3, Munich will host its 183rd Oktoberfest — the world’s largest beer festival. A bucket-list event for beer lovers, partiers, and travel enthusiasts alike, Oktoberfest attracts more than 6 million annual visitors — including 1 million international tourists. To secure centrally located accommodation during the festivities, hotel reservations... Read More

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 Graceland/iStock
Graceland/iStock

Sometimes there is a tourist attraction so over the top, so unabashedly existing solely to clear out your wallet, and so unapologetic about herding the throngs that you just have to submit and go. To wit: Graceland. For the true Elvis lovers, it’s a no-brainer; for the rest, it’s a... Read More

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Boca Raton Museum of Art/Laura Motta
Boca Raton Museum of Art/Laura Motta

When it comes to Florida’s Atlantic coast, there’s always the beach. Miles of gleaming sand and pearly blue ocean have drawn visitors to Palm Beach County for generations. But beyond the shoreline, this part of Florida gives travelers much more to do than work on their tans. Here are... Read More

Hamburg, Germany
Hamburg/Flickr/Tony Webster

The Beatles may be Liverpool’s most famous band, but as any true fan knows, it was the city of Hamburg that shaped them the most. Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city. Twice as big as London and with more canals and bridges than Venice, it’s a maritime city built around... Read More

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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, California
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park/Flickr/Nathan Yergler

The region of Big Sur stretches for about 60 miles along California’s rugged Central Coast, where ancient redwood trees reach for the sky, the road wiggles along the edge of the ocean, and from June to October, migrating whales can be spotted offshore. Though the area is best known... Read More

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 Facebook/The Rock Boat
Facebook/The Rock Boat

Fifteen years ago, Atlanta-based Sixthman launched The Rock Boat, the first music festival at sea. The idea took off, and the company has gone on to organize 94 music-themed cruises featuring more than 900 bands. KISS, Kid Rock, and 311 all have their own annual cruises. Headlining next year are Pitbull and... Read More

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Geraldine Tso Artist Room/Courtesy Nativo Lodge
Geraldine Tso Artist Room/Courtesy Nativo Lodge

The rise of the art hotel has been one of the biggest, and most pleasing, trends over the past few years. More and more hotels are taking in-room artwork to the next level: from the 21c hybrid hotel/contemporary art museum chain, to artist-in-residence programming, and even a specially commissioned... Read More

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 flickr/Lex Kravetski
flickr/Lex Kravetski

Cuba is lustful — especially for the solo traveler. From late-night dancing, to epic historic sites, to people-watching along Havana’s seawall, Cuba is the sort of place where you could easily find yourself in a transformative journey. But navigating Cuba can present unique challenges. There’s the confusing dual currency system... Read More

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 Findlay Market, Cincinnati/Facebook
Findlay Market, Cincinnati/Facebook

Dozens of America’s smaller cities are staging a comeback, as the countrywide re-urbanization that started in the biggest metropolitan areas trickles down. Thanks to low rents, cool eateries, and boho boutiques, it’s no coincidence that many of these revitalized neighborhoods are drawing new residents and tourists alike. Here are... Read More