Crown Fountain at Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago is packed with options for travelers of all ages and interests — and thanks to a mix of outdoor activities and cultural immersions, it’s particularly well suited for children and families. Here, our favorite places to go with kids in the Windy City. Lincoln Park Zoo A rare free-to-visit zoo, this one in the Lincoln Park neighborhood... Read More

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Every September, hotels ramp up their wellness offerings to honor National Yoga Month. While a discounted yoga package with your stay is nice, the beauty of yoga is that you can do it anytime, anywhere. As celebrity yoga instructor Rodney Yee once said: “The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing... Read More

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Best Western Fort Walton Beach

For stylish, wallet-conscious travelers, checking into budget hotels can be a bit of a tossup. On the upside, there’s the cheap nightly rate; on the downside, there’s the sterile, uniform design that’s usually associated with these types of accommodations. Thanks to new, playful decor, there are budget properties from major hospitality brands that... 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

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 The Americano Restaurant at the Hotel Vitale in San Francisco, CA
The Americano Restaurant at the Hotel Vitale in San Francisco, CA

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, it’s rare and exciting when a hotel offers breakfast that goes beyond wet scrambled eggs and mini pastries. These 10 hotel breakfasts will inspire you to get down to the dining room early or to splurge on room service. Archer Hotel, Austin, TX When the Archer Austin hotel opens in September, it will... Read More

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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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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

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Frank O’Connor Shipwreck

A century ago, Lake Michigan was a freshwater freeway, connecting major cities like Chicago, Milwaukee, and Wisconsin’s Green Bay. But the notorious storms of the Great Lakes region often made for a tumultuous passage. Today, the lake — the fifth largest in the world — is home to roughly... Read More

 Chicago Athletic Association
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If the logo of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel looks familiar, there’s a good reason. The hotel, which opened in May 2015 in an 1893 Victorian Gothic building, was originally home to an athletic club for men. One of its earliest members, William Wrigley, appropriated the logo for his baseball team, the Chicago Cubs. When... Read More

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From a whitewater rafting and kayaking center near downtown Oklahoma City to a two-story aquarium in Scottsdale, Arizona, these six recently opened and soon-to-debut attractions warrant a place on your itinerary as you plan your summer and fall vacations. 1. Riversport Rapids (Oklahoma City, OK) Six pumps recirculate 8 million gallons... Read More

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Think you don’t have the budget for a multi-destination vacation? Think again. Several discount bus services — Megabus, BoltBus, and Greyhound Express — are making travel from one city to another very affordable, as in $20 round-trip for reserved seating, reclining seats, and onboard restrooms. We took a look at nine... Read More

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What better way to kick off the summer travel season than with a getaway during Memorial Day weekend? That’s May 27-30, in case you’ve not been dreaming about it as much as we have. From escapes to the city to a lazy beach vacay, we’ve rounded up 12 hotels for... Read More

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Ferris Fest

To quote the title character in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while, you might miss it.” Our advice? Take a few days off and head to the Windy City. The classic ’80s movie turns 30 this summer... Read More

Grand chamber king room at Virgin Hotel in Chicago, Illinois
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Sir Richard Branson is busy making his mark on the hospitality industry. The founder of Virgin Group owns Necker Island, a private-island resort in the British Virgin Islands, and just opened the world’s first Virgin Hotel in downtown Chicago (others are being planned for New York City and Nashville). Decked out in... Read More

Pedaling through Portland, Oregon on a beer and bike tour
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Beer tours and bike tours are two fantastic ways to forgo boring tourist traps and explore a new city like a local. Recently, tour guides have combined the best parts of two-wheeled travel with the craft beer craze, offering visitors an untapped look into popular destinations. Whether you’re traveling... Read More