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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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cobblestone street in Prague

Nilina Mason-Campbell

Prague has a lot to offer, from classical music and high culture to over a thousand years of glorious architecture. The Czech capital city is full of famed landmarks, from the Bohemian Prague Castle to Old Town to the bounty of bridges that cross the Vltava River (most notably the Charles bridge, framed by towers and decorated with statues). But if you keep your eyes peeled, you’ll see that the streets leading to these very attractions are a sight in themselves.

While it’s not always recommended that you stare at the ground lest you miss out on what’s all around you, we’re tossing that advice out the window when it comes to Prague. Cobblestone lines the streets throughout the city, no matter which neighborhood you’re in. Charming under any circumstances, the tiles often boast beautiful patterns that change from block to block, particularly in more pedestrian areas. Here’s a taste:

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Mission Espada, San Antonio, Texas

Mission Espada/Cynthia J. Drake

Earlier this month, five Spanish missions in San Antonio were collectively designated a new UNESCO World Heritage Site. The great news isn’t altogether surprising; after all, it’s in this Texan city that millions flock to to see the 18th century Alamo. But there are a multitude of ways to experience the city’s heritage, from the other missions to historic hotels.

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Hot AUgust Nights from Facebook 1

Facebook/Hot Summer Nights

A town on the brink of breaking into the big leagues, Reno is having a moment. And one could argue that summer is one of the best times to check out the growing outdoor and culinary scene, thanks to a handful of festivals that showcase Reno at its best. From a town-wide art festival to a hot air balloon festival that covers the sky with inflatable art, here are our favorites.

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sea life in tide pool at point fermin park, san pedro, california

Nilina Mason-Campbell

Just south of Los Angeles proper, San Pedro is a major port that welcomes over one million passengers each year. In fact, it’s the largest cruise ship terminal in the U.S. on the Pacific Coast, and if you’re stopping in Los Angeles during a cruise, you’re likely to dock here. But San Pedro is much more than a port of call, whether you’ve arrived by boat or car, particularly when you exit the cruiser zone. Here’s where to explore the best of the region:

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