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iStock InternationalMasks are a major part of Venice

By: Sherman’s Travel Editorial Staff Baby, it’s cold outside! But this year, why hibernate at home when you can be enjoying the best of what winter has to offer the world over? Some of the greatest festivals of the year take place during the coldest months, and we’ve rounded up... Read More

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By: David Farley Pop quiz – which one of the following statements about Prague is false: along with Lyon and Turin, Prague is the capital of white magic; eggs are one of the main ingredients in the bewitching 650-year-old Charles Bridge; Mozart loved Prague and was more well-received here than... Read More

By: Anja Mutic Madrileños are known to proclaim desde Madrid al cielo! (Madrid is the closest you’ll get to heaven) about their hometown. Think what you will of the platitude, but there’s no denying that the vivacious Spanish capital has a lot going for it, including some of Europe’s top... Read More

By: Gretchen Kelly (with David Farley) One of the first things you notice at the Henri Coanda Airport in Bucharest is the scores of Gucci- and Prada-clad Italians in the European Union national arrivals line. This is a sight few could have dreamed up before Christmas Day 1989, when Romanians... Read More

By: Elissa Richard There are few more thrilling cities to visit than New York, with its dynamic, inimitable mix of world cultures, of skyscrapers and small towns. Pulsating with an almost tangible energy, visitors regularly find themselves invigorated and, on occasion, even a bit overwhelmed, by the exciting, brash, and... Read More

iStock InternationalBeer lovers can find the perfect pint at these 10 hop-centric locales

Munich’s famed frothy festival, Oktoberfest, may get all of the glory, but the world is full of destinations where the natives know – and love – their beer, and where you can sample some local brew all year long. We sipped our way around the world and came up... Read More

By: Meghan Aftosmis If you know anything about Amsterdam, you know it’s progressive. But spend a day walking the 17th-century European capital that Rembrandt called home and you’ll know that life is good here – and tolerance is the key to that happiness. Locals, made up of at least 170... Read More

By: David Appell The most architecturally handsome capital in Latin America (and possibly the hemisphere) Buenos Aires is a brash, exciting, 10-million-person jumble of contradictions, its 50-some neighborhoods sprawling over nearly 80 square miles where Argentina’s extensive pampas (grasslands) meet the Río de la Plata where it opens into the... Read More

iStock InternationalEnjoy a once-in-a-life-time trip to Machu Picchu in Peru

While it’s the phenomenal feats of mere mortals that comprise our list of man-made wonders, actually seeing them in person is nothing short of divine. Little surprise, given that many of our favorite creations were designed with a heavenly audience in mind, whether in the depths of a Cambodian... Read More

By: Elissa Richard Ahhhhhh, que la vie est belle à Paris. You’re sure to be uttering words much like these (ahhhh, isn’t life beautiful in Paris) after visiting this fabled European city that has inspired and mesmerized starry-eyed lovers, writers, artists, dreamers, and schemers for centuries. Inherently designed for romance... Read More

By: Darren Frei Chicago stands a strong chance of being everyone’s kind of town. With world-class museums and performing arts venues, legendary jazz and blues clubs, more than 7000 restaurants serving everything from haute cuisine to hot dogs, and 29 magnificent miles of lakefront, the “City of Big Shoulders” offers... Read More

By: David Appell Sprawling, sometimes sexy, unruly, and occasionally outrageous, Greater Miami has become an urban mix unlike any other in America: one part sun-splashed resort playground; one part glamorama party capital; and one part (the biggest, in fact) bustling, Hispanic-flavored sprawl – parts of which feel more like Latin... Read More

By: Jordan Simon Aspen. One of the world’s most fabled, fabulous resorts, where the rich and famous sow their wild hautes (literally). Where dog collars sparkle more than many an engagement ring and the word mogul applies equally to the legendary steeps and Forbes/Fortune crowd: Hollywood in the Rockies (and... Read More

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iStock InternationalFind major thrills, chills, and Halloween fun this fall

They say the freaks come out at night – and on no night more so than October 31. Our top 10 places for spooky Halloween fun are a frightful blend of spine-chilling cities, weird wayside towns, and baffling bodies of water. We propose four uncanny urban settings – both... Read More

iStock InternationalWinter sports aside, this diverse and sophisticated region offers plenty to see and do

By: David Appell Already toured Tuscany, run around Rome, visited Venice, and in the market for a luscious slice of the bel paese not clogged with turisti? Have we got an under-the-radar charmer for you: Piedmont. ... Read More