All posts by Zachary Laks

Zach Laks (@zachlaks on Twitter) is a freelance writer based in NYC. A world traveler and theme park enthusiast, Zach will journey distances for frozen yogurt.
Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Water park
Great Wolf Lodge

Bathing suits have never seen this much action. Keep your summer clothes on standby year-round as indoor water parks surge in popularity, providing access to the beach-y weather we crave all year long. Leading the pack with expansion and value, Great Wolf Lodge is North America’s largest family of... Read More

Toronto, Canada, San Cosme sandwich
San Cosme

Having arrived in the past five years as one of North America’s top culinary destinations, Toronto surprises with inspired takes on nearly every cuisine. Luckily for the smart traveler, the best bites in the city are most often the best deals (especially when 1 Canadian Dollar equals 0.78 US... Read More

Anaheim, California, Disneyland

Do your Mouse Ears wilt at the thought of shelling out the better part of a month’s pay to frolic in the happiest place on earth? While Disneyland has never (and will never) be a budget travel destination, it remains a steadfast must on any family vacation list. Here... Read More

Spice Island Resort
Spice Island Resort

Just off the equator, the heat is on in the tiny island of Grenada. Lush with rainforests, extended beaches, and a bustling city center, Grenada stands out as a tropical destination with culture and character. As JetBlue expands its direct flight service to daily flights from New York’s JFK... Read More

Inn at the Presidio in San Francisco
Inn at the Presidio

Escape the buzz of the city in seconds by way of the lush, serene greens of San Francisco’s Presidio. A former military fort, the Presidio has been given a handsome refresh in recent years, transforming its 1,480 acres into a nature-centric destination complete with Pleasant-ville style homes, high-tech offices... Read More

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort guestroom in Orlando, Florida
Guestroom at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort/Universal Orlando Resort

You’ve blown the budget on park hopper passes and now you’re in need of a place to stay. No sweat — Orlando is the prime destination for budget hotels that deliver high-end amenities without the sticker shock. Leading as the top tourist destination in the country, this city has... Read More

A room at the Swan and Dolphin at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida
Swan room/Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

An iconic pair of hotels that remain uniquely independent on Walt Disney World property, the Swan and Dolphin Resorts have never been more appealing thanks to a $140 million facelift, updating every room in the 758-room Swan and the 1,509-room Dolphin. Here’s a handy round-up of the very best... Read More

Guestroom at Axiom Hotel in San Francisco, California
Guestroom/Axiom Hotel

An urban retreat designed to meet the demands of San Francisco’s savviest travelers, Axiom Hotel arrived in the city’s central Union Square early this year. We recently checked into the happening 152-room hotel to see what all the buzz is about, and here’s what we found. What’s Hot: The design.... Read More

MoMath in New York

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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Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey
Kingda Ka/

Testing the limits of physics and defying gravity, the world’s fastest roller coasters zoom their way into the record books at white-knuckle speeds. Hold on tight — really tight — as these five mega-coasters guarantee the heart-pounding ride of a lifetime. 1. Formula Rossa at Ferrari World (Abu Dhabi) The world-record holder since its... Read More

Pizza at Lou Malnati's in Chicago, Illinois

Take a cue from the age-old Cubs-White Sox rivalry, and it’s clear Chicagoans love nothing more than a little competition. Nowhere is this more evident than in the ongoing contention among Chicago’s best deep-dish pizza shops. Here, the five best places to taste what real deep-dish is all about. Lou Malnati’s Serving deep-dish pizza for nearly... Read More

Guestroom at Grand Pigalle in Paris, France
Guestroom/Grand Pigalle

With more than 1,500 hotels in Paris, it’s a tedious task to find the right fit. For those looking to steer clear of tourist traps and cookie-cutter chains, Grand Pigalle is a warm welcome to the City of Light’s hotel landscape. We recently checked into this boutique Parisian property to find out what makes it so unique. What’s... Read More

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Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim
Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters/Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort

Walt Disney World isn’t the only resort getting lots of attention this summer. New favorites and refreshed classics are set to add even more summer fun to Disneyland, Walt Disney’s original theme park complex. Here’s a look at the four most recent and exciting updates to the two-park property, which will surely bring even... Read More

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Room at Delta Orlando in Florida
Room at Delta Orlando/Delta Hotels

After being acquired by Marriott in 2015, Delta Hotels — a budget staple in Canada — is debuting its first American outpost in Florida, just minutes away from Orlando’s theme parks. It isn’t your average value outpost, either: What stands out most about the 241-room Delta Orlando Lake Buena Vista is that it’s strikingly sleek — a marked contrast from... Read More

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Broadway's Hamilton
Broadway’s Hamilton

Broadway’s Hamilton the Musical has swept the nation, obliterating box office records at the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York. Charting the rise and fall of the “ten-dollar Founding Father without a father,” this musical is nearly sold out and virtually impossible to get into unless you can drop some... Read More