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Guestroom at Orlando World Center Marriott

Orlando World Center Marriott

According to this Orbitz report, the next couple of days will be some of the best for nabbing the lowest Thanksgiving airfare, whether you’re heading home to see family or venturing out on a vacation. Here are seven great Thanksgiving hotel deals that dip as low as $93 per night, and top out at $189.

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San Diego is part of the mainland, but in places, it can feel outright tropical thanks to the sailors and soldiers who brought a love of Polynesia back with them after World War II. While there’s no shortage of attractions in the kitschy, Americanized “tiki” style, there are plenty of places where you can delve into a more authentic sense of Hawaiian and Polynesian culture, too. Here’s a guide.

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Salvation Mountain in California

Nilina Mason-Campbell

Salvation Mountain in Niland, California is a roadside attraction that draws legions of visitors to the Colorado Desert (which, confusingly, is not located in the state of Colorado). Built by local resident Leonard Knight in the 1980s as a tribute to his love of God, the 50-foot-tall “mountain” is characterized by fantastically large-scale murals and bright colors that would appeal to any lover of art and quirkiness. Here’s a photo tour.

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The Painted Ladies in San Francisco

The Painted Ladies in San Francisco/Elena Sonnino

Traveling to San Francisco with only a day to explore? Throw on a pair of comfortable walking shoes, grab your camera, and set out to see the city on foot with this walking itinerary that traverses the city’s best landmarks and most charming neighborhoods.

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beach cabanas at rancho pescadero, baja california, mexico

Rancho Pescadero

Typically, a yoga retreat costs several thousand dollars. But in the Baja California area of coastal Mexico, near the town of Todos Santos, Rancho Pescadero — a posh spa-focused hotel with only 29 rooms — is offering two affordable retreats through September 30.

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Tank Garage winery tasting room in Calistoga, California

Katie Hammel

Calistoga, located on the north end of Napa Valley, was once an upscale resort town. Founded by California’s first millionaire, Sam Brannan, it was home to a hot springs resort popular with well-heeled San Franciscans escaping the city. Eventually its popularity declined — as did the properties that made it famous. Later, as Napa Valley grew as a tourist destination, Calistoga remained a slightly out-of-the-way outpost with a frontier feel. With fewer options for dining, accommodations, and wine tasting, it couldn’t compare with its southern counterparts like Yountville and downtown Napa.

However, in the last few years, new restaurants have joined new tasting rooms and renovated hotels to revitalize the homely hot spring town and return it to the list of Napa Valley’s more chic destinations. Here are four reasons why you should make your base in Calistoga on your next NorCal trip.

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Jungle Cruise, Disneyland

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There’s more to Mickey Mouse than meets the eye. Believe it or not, Disneyland is a haven of secret lairs, wild felines, and a touch of magic at every corner. Here, four secrets (and a bonus) of Walt Disney’s playground that will have you in the know.

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Hotel Z

It’s not often that you can score a good rate at a brand-new hotel in a beach city, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at Hotel Z, snug in San Diego’s hip Gaslamp Quarter.

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With dozens of attractions that top must-do lists, a day or two spent wading through crowds and taking in the sights at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure can get dizzying. To ensure a memorable trip to the “happiest place on Earth,” make sure not to make these five mistakes.

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JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort and Spa, Arizona

Time may be running out on summer, but those looking to squeeze in a last-minute getaway are in luck: a number of properties across the country are cutting rates for August and September stays, and some are even throwing in additional extras. From resorts and hotels coast to coast, we’re giving you a taste of what’s on tap:

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Solvang, California

Nilina Mason-Campbell

From the looks of windmills and half-timbered buildings in Solvang, you might think you’ve crossed the Atlantic and stepped into Scandinavia. But come here and you’ll actually find yourself in the sun-drenched mountains of California’s Santa Ynez Valley.

Founded by Danish settlers in 1911, the town is modeled to look like a miniature Denmark — and succeeds in just about every way. (Fun fact: The Danish royal family has visited on multiple occasions.) And unlike the real Denmark, this replica offers year-round sunshine. Here’s a glimpse of the quaint village:

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The Carlyle Inn

Riding high from a recent renovation, infusing $1 million into its 32 rooms and suites, The Carlyle Inn arrives on the Beverly Hills scene as one of Pacifica Hotels’ newest additions to its 28-hotel collection. With its unassuming façade, the hotel reveals itself on the second floor with open terrace motel-style rooms and a striking black-and-white striped motif. Delivering remarkable value as a boutique hotel where most luxury comes at a premium, here’s what we loved about our stay in The Carlyle Inn.

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The Velvet Scoop

One of the perks of summer is cooling off with a tasty summer treat,  and there’s no better place to find one than in San Francisco. Here are our seven favorite summer treats — some sweet, some savory — to cool you off in the City by the Bay.

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Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Castle


On July 17, 1955, the world was introduced to a new force in family entertainment and vacations: Disneyland. Though many critics predicted that it would fail, the park’s millionth guest passed through the gates just seven weeks after its debut. Since then, Disneyland has set the standard for the theme park industry, eventually paving the way for nearly a dozen more Disney parks around the world.

A second park, Disney California Adventure, was added to the Anaheim complex in early 2001, delivering a completely different experience. Here, on the resort’s 60th anniversary, we take a look at some of the major differences between the two.

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The Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel/Facebook

Having recently undergone the shift in management from Sheraton to an independent hotel company, the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel reopened for business this past May, in preparation for kicking off Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary. We recently checked into the newly revamped resort — and found the property to be much more than a crash pad for the theme park. Here’s our full report.

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