All posts by Teresa Bitler

Growing up in the southwest, Teresa often spent weekends with her family on teeth-jarring dirt roads looking for the next outdoor adventure. That hasn't changed much. Whether she's on the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Northern Arizona or in Belize City, she's still on the lookout for something new. Her work has appeared in print at National Geographic Traveler, AAA Highroads, Wine Enthusiast, Sunset, and Disney FamilyFun. She's also the author of two books: Backroads & Byways of Indian Country and Great Escapes Arizona. Teresa lives in Phoenix with her husband, two daughters and German shorthair pointer, Charlie.
Short Leash Hot Dogs

It doesn’t break the bank to have a good meal in Phoenix, especially compared to other large cities like Los Angeles or NYC. But even so, eating a budget can be a challenge. Here are 10 places you can go for a great meal under $10 in Phoenix. 1. Short... Read More

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If winter’s arctic temperatures have you planning a winter escape, we get it. Lounging on a warm beach and sipping margaritas sounds so much nicer than shoveling snow. Luckily, with flights to be found from most major cities to Cancun at $200 or less, it makes perfect sense to head... Read More

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Flickr/Matthew Fuentes

It’s hard to top Playa del Carmen when you want a sunny escape from winter (or anytime you want to wiggle your toes in the surf and sand, for that matter). The city has white-sand beaches, Mayan ruins, authentic Mexican cuisine, and plenty of shopping and nightlife. Like any vacation... Read More

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Flickr/Paul Simpson

There’s nothing wrong with spending your Cancun vacation parked in a lounge chair, a frozen margarita or cold beer in hand. In fact, we think it sounds like a pretty great trip. But, if you want to inject some adventure into your Mexican getaway, these five excursions from Cancun... Read More


Pronounce it any way you want — Bar-none, Barn-one, or even with an Italian accent, Bar-no-nay — the newest stop along the Fresh Foodie Trail in Phoenix’s East Valley is unlike anything you’re likely to find anywhere. Inside a converted 1950s-era Quonset hut, on what used to be the... Read More

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The Clinton family is synonymous with Arkansas, where Bill Clinton served as attorney general and then governor before heading to the White House in 1993. Now, as Hillary now makes a bid to become the 45th President of the United States, we’re taking a look at noteworthy Arkansas sites with... Read More

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Smallman Galley/Facebook

In recent years, food trucks and pop-up restaurants have given aspiring chefs the opportunity to test their menus and build a following before investing in a brick-and-mortar building. But for travelers with limited time in an unfamiliar city, these can be difficult to track down. Enter the restaurant incubator, which gives... Read More

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Flickr Matthew Paulson

Pittsburgh has undergone a renaissance recently, evolving from the soot-covered Steel City to a cultural and foodie mecca that has earned it accolades from travelers around the world. With 90 distinct neighborhoods, four Carnegie museums, and countless five-star dining experiences, a visit can be a bit overwhelming. Here’s what we’d... Read More

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Looking for a good scare this Halloween? Skip the hundreds of pop-up haunted houses and opt for the real deal. Many major cities — and some smaller ones with notorious pasts — offer ghost tours that take you to haunted sites, while they tell you tales of murder, revenge, and other bone-chilling events.... Read More

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Courtesy Le Cirque, Bellagio Las Vegas

Believe it or not, now’s the time to start making Thanksgiving plans — before airline ticket prices jump in anticipation of the holidays and resorts sell out. While New York City and Plymouth, Massachusetts are obvious choices, we’ve compiled a list of seven unexpected travel destinations where you can still... Read More

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Teresa Bitler

With its cobblestone streets and Old World charm, Québec City can be a budget-friendly alternative to a European vacation, as long as you know what’s worth the splurge (and what’s not). If you don’t, though, the expenses (minus airfare) can rival their overseas counterparts. Keep your budget in check on your next... Read More

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St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri
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Unless you’re a die-hard baseball fan (hello, St. Louis Cardinals and KC Royals), it might be difficult to choose which of Missouri’s two largest cities to visit. Both have world-class museums and attractions, bucket list-worthy food scenes, and toe-tapping music scenes. So, which city is right for you? We... Read More

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Garrett Popcorn

Snacks are one of the best parts of a road trip. But why limit yourself to treats you can find at any convenience store along the nation’s highway? The next time you get the munchies on an epic road trip, skip the Cheetos and Doritos and sample these regional favorites instead. 1. Zapp’s... Read More

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Skyline of Nashville, Tennessee
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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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Flickr / Sarah Stierch

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. Rather than heading to a crowded beach, make the season’s end even more memorable at one of these five unexpected destinations. Seattle From the Space Needle to Pike Place Market, there’s plenty to do in Seattle any time of the year; but on Labor... Read More