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Princess Cruises/Facebook

From Australia and New Zealand to the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, cruise ships large and small are hosting big-time holiday celebrations.  We’re talking traditional meals, elaborate decorations, and extravagant Christmas trees. And, depending on the cruise line, there may be visits from Santa, carolers strolling, religious services, giant gingerbread houses... Read More

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Cinderella Castle in holiday lights at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida
Cinderella Castle’s holiday lights/Christine Dayao

A trip to Walt Disney World is magical any time of the year, but a visit during the holidays is especially charming thanks to special events and decorations across the resort. One of the most beloved events, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, pulls out all the stops during its annual November and... Read More

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Niagara Falls aerial/Hillary Richard
Niagara Falls aerial/Hillary Richard

Niagara County, which straddles the U.S. and Canada, is best known for one of the world’s most famous and most recognizable natural wonders. But while Niagara Falls has delighted visitors for decades — earning it the title of “honeymoon capital of the world” — there’s plenty to see beyond the falls... 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

Pinnacles Overlook/Laura Motta
Pinnacles Overlook/Laura Motta

South Dakota’s Black Hills, in the southwestern part of the state, epitomize the idea of the American West. Rolling, grass-covered plains, buffalo munching on grass, herds of ambling black cattle, craggy rock formations that predate human existence — it’s all there. So many pass through this area while traversing... Read More

Crown Fountain at Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois
Crown Fountain/Flickr/Teacher Traveler

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

Guestroom at Hotel Irvine in California
Guestroom/Facebook/Hotel Irvine

A perfect autumn entails a getaway, family time, and of course, pumpkins. Luckily, the Fall Harvest package from Hotel Irvine combines all of those things. Here’s the scoop. Available through October 31, the package includes accommodations for a family of four, parking, $15 credit for the property’s Marketplace, and daily breakfast.... Read More

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flickr/TimOve

Before there were iPads, tablets, and DVD systems built into cars, people had to rely on brain games to stay amused during a long road trip. While there’s nothing wrong with zoning out to a movie while the miles slip by, there’s something fun and nostalgic about playing verbal games in... Read More

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Graceland/iStock

Sometimes there is a tourist attraction so over the top, so unabashedly existing solely to clear out your wallet, and so unapologetic about herding the throngs that you just have to submit and go. To wit: Graceland. For the true Elvis lovers, it’s a no-brainer; for the rest, it’s a... Read More

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Boca Raton Museum of Art/Laura Motta
Boca Raton Museum of Art/Laura Motta

When it comes to Florida’s Atlantic coast, there’s always the beach. Miles of gleaming sand and pearly blue ocean have drawn visitors to Palm Beach County for generations. But beyond the shoreline, this part of Florida gives travelers much more to do than work on their tans. Here are... Read More

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

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Great Tide Pool at Monterey Bay Aquarium in California
Great Tide Pool/Monterey Bay Aquarium

Once the capital of Alta California (under Mexican rule), and the former home of writer John Steinbeck, California’s Monterey is a city full of history. While adults will appreciate Monterey’s charming small-town feel, excellent restaurants, and in-town tasting rooms, there’s plenty for kids to be excited about as well.... Read More

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flickr/brar_j

Pokémon GO is, without question, the hottest thing in mobile gaming right now. Millions upon millions have downloaded the app over the past few days, logging staggering amounts of time catching fictional cartoon characters. For those just coming up to speed, Pokémon GO is an augmented reality game. In order to play, you... Read More

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Glenwood Springs/Tyra Sutak

Glenwood Springs has as much small-town charm and outdoor recreation as its neighbor, Aspen, but at a fraction of the cost. The city is known for its rust-colored facade, brushed with an abundance of greenery, and well-maintained historical buildings, and its location near the Colorado River lends itself to water sports... Read More

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Anantara Golden Triangle/Karen Gardiner
Anantara Golden Triangle/Karen Gardiner

Given the elephant’s association with royalty and Buddhism, and its historical role in battle and industry, anyone who has visited Thailand will be familiar with the Kingdom’s reverence for these gentle giants. Yet despite the strong bond between Thai people and their national animal, the situation of elephants in Thailand is... Read More