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Ferris Bueller Art Institue / FerrisFest.com
Ferris Fest

To quote the title character in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while, you might miss it.” Our advice? Take a few days off and head to the Windy City. The classic ’80s movie turns 30 this summer... Read More

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Peekskill New York train station
Peekskill New York train station/Flickr/Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Fifty miles north of New York City, in the picturesque Hudson Valley, the small city of Peekskill is waiting to charm your socks off. The town’s population of 24,000 is growing quickly, as it continues to woo recovering workaholics looking to leave the Big Apple. But, lucky for city... Read More

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Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Canyon Road/Christine Wei

Part 1 of this series covers the best way to kick off a New Mexico trip with outdoor adventure, native American culture, and noshing in Albuquerque. Continue reading for Part II — a deep dive into the arts, more culinary delights, and a little bit of spa-ing in Santa Fe. If Albuquerque is... Read More

Lake Toba in Sumatra, Indonesia
Lake Toba/Flickr/Marc Veraart

Travelers bound for Indonesia usually set their sights on Bali or Java, but Sumatra — Indonesia’s largest island — has just as much, if not more, to offer. Sumatra is easy to reach; hour-long flights operate several times a day from both Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and a three-hour ferry... Read More

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Tuileries Garden Paris, France
Tuileries Garden/Atout France

In the 1954 film Sabrina, Audrey Hepburn famously said: “Paris is always a good idea.” But anyone who’s experienced the holiday crowds or summer heatwaves can attest that springtime in Paris has a certain appeal (no offense, Audrey). A bike ride past the budding tulips in Luxembourg Garden and... Read More

Light City Baltimore from ShermansTravel on Vimeo. Whether it’s an illuminated parade at Disneyland or holiday fireworks, a nighttime light display never fails to please. The city of Baltimore is betting as much with its newest festival, Light City, which is taking over the Inner Harbor in the evenings through April... Read More

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Redwoods in Rotorua/Tourism New Zealand
Redwoods in Rotorua/Tourism New Zealand

Forget about The Shire for a second and think dragons instead. New Zealand is gearing up to be back in the tourism spotlight thanks to the upcoming Disney movie Pete’s Dragon, which was filmed there. Slated for an August 12 release, the film — which is a redo of the... Read More

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Shaker Village/Shelley Seale
Shaker Village/Shelley Seale

The Bluegrass State of Kentucky is home to sophisticated, vibrant cities such as Louisville and Lexington; incredible national and state parks; and of course, the blue-green rolling hills that are dotted with farm estates and horse pastures. Here are our picks for five great stops on an epic Kentucky... Read More

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Third Tunnel of Aggression monument in South Korea
Third Tunnel of Aggression monument/Flickr/bertconcepts

Seoul is a claustrophobic, frenzied must-see that will make your head spin. Catch your breath from Korea’s capital city with a day trip or two out of it: there are types to suit just about every mood. Here are three of the most popular. Suwon For defense architecture nerds, head to... Read More

Salton Sea California
Shores of the Salton Sea/Laura Motta

There are moments when southern California’s desert landscape can feel a little surreal. Maybe it’s all that flatness, or the spiny trees that look like they sprung up on another planet. But if you can tear yourself away from the cocktails and poolside parties in Palm Springs, there’s a... Read More

Henry Howard Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana
Daytime exterior/Henry Howard Hotel

New Orleans certainly isn’t lacking in the hotel department. But what the city is missing are hotels outside of the French Quarter. Henry Howard Hotel opened this past February and filled a void in Uptown properties — particularly in the Garden District. Take a peek into this historic 1860s mansion-turned-boutique hotel and see why... Read More

Santiago de Cuba in Cuba
Santiago de Cuba/Annika S. Hipple

Although purely touristic activities in Cuba are still prohibited for U.S. travelers, the recent easing of restrictions has led to a skyrocketing number of visitors to the island — particularly those traveling on authorized people-to-people programs. Most Americans land in Havana and spend a few days in Cuba’s lively... Read More

RiNo Art District mascot in Denver, Colorado
RiNo Art District mascot/Facebook.com/RiNoArtDistrict

Listen up, art lovers. Denver’s newest arts-focused neighborhood — the RiNo Art District, short for River North — is poised to please with art galleries, watering holes, restaurants, and indie boutiques. There’s even a gourmet hot-dog spot, wine and spirits boutique, and an artisan-coffee roaster’s café. Head to this... Read More

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Sauna Hermanni
Sauna Hermanni

Sweating with naked strangers might not be on your usual sightseeing agenda, but if you’re visiting Finland it’s a must do — in a sauna at least. Although the concept was not invented by the Finns, the word sauna is the only Finnish word recognized in other languages, and it... Read More

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An aerial view of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro/Flickr/Christian Haugen

Whether it’s dancing at a samba school, shopping at South America’s largest mall, or sipping a caipirinha (Brazil’s national cocktail) at the beach, there’s always something more to do in Rio de Janeiro. So, what if your time in the Marvelous City is very limited? Here’s what you can do... Read More