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 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville/flickr/Andrew Piazza_
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville/flickr/Andrew Piazza

With more than a dozen theme parks — including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld — Orlando has plenty to keep anyone busy for a weekend down south. But if you’re looking for a post-Disney, amusement-park cleanse, Gainesville — two hours north by bus or car — is the... Read More

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Casa Palopó in Guatemala
Casa Palopó/Al Argueta

Summer ushers in a season full of road trips, mountain hikes, lazing around the pool, beachfront lounging, and international jet-setting. To make sure you get to do all of those things, consider these five travel offers for July and August. From $119: Elevation Hotel and Spa (Crested Butte, CO) Crested Butte is... Read More

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Rooftop space at Gansevoort Park Avenue
Rooftop/Gansevoort Park Avenue

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

 Clearwater Beach/ColinMiller
Clearwater Beach/Colin Miller

Although Clearwater is consistently rated one of the best beaches in the U.S., there’s much more to do in this seaside town than sunbathe. Stroll down Mandalay Avenue, the main thoroughfare, where you’ll find a mix of upscale restaurants, like Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber, souvenir shops and boutiques, and kitschy attractions... 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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Singapore National Orchid Gardens/Christina Garofalo
Singapore National Orchid Gardens/Christina Garofalo

With nearly 30,000 known species, the Orchid Family comprises the largest plant species in the world — and new kinds are still being discovered every few months, including three last fall near Machu Picchu. Though orchids are associated with the tropics, they live on nearly every continent and in every climate — from the marshes of... Read More

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Belle and the Beast topiaries at Epcot
Belle and the Beast/Christine Dayao

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival (running this year through May 30) is one of the most beloved events at Walt Disney World. Celebrating the beauty of nature, the festival brings together botany, farm-to-table food, and entertainment. Best of all, admission to the event is free with your... Read More

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Tree of Life Awakens at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida
Tree of Life Awakens/Disney and David Roark

This summer is shaping up to be an excellent time to visit Walt Disney World. With new attractions and shows and updates to old favorites, the resort is giving us plenty of reasons to make the trip. Here’s a look at what to expect over the next few months. Magic Kingdom The world’s most... Read More

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Guestroom at The Marker in San Francisco, California
Guestroom/The Marker

If you’re pining for a late spring or early summer trip, we have good news: May and early June are still considered shoulder season in many destinations — meaning there are plenty of travel deals to be had. Whether you’re into the desert, the beach, or the city, here are seven hotel deals that are perfect... Read More

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Miami/iStock

When it’s time to plan a family vacation, most parents automatically think of theme parks and water slides — but there are plenty of alternatives. From discovering dinosaur fossils to taking a swim in a geothermal spring, here are some destinations that are surprisingly fit for kids and families. Miami Miami may... Read More

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Nautilus Cabana Club Pool
Nautilus Cabana Club Pool/Adrian Gaut for SIXTY Hotels

Another Art Deco gem has been reborn in South Beach. The Nautilus Hotel first opened in the 1950s as a glamorous creation of Miami’s famous Art Deco architect, Morris Lapidus (he also worked his magic on the Fontainebleau and the Eden Roc). But in November 2015, after a few... Read More

A view of the monorail at Epcot in Walt Disney World
Epcot/Flickr/Jimmy Vuccolo

Every year, Disney raises the admission prices for its parks in Florida and California. In 2014 and 2015, news of the price hike came in February — leading many to anticipate the 2016 hike would come by Leap Day. While the predictions were indeed true, the new prices came this... Read More

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A view of the stars from Elqui Domos in Pisco Elqui, Chile
Starry view/Facebook.com/ElquiDomos

There’s nothing quite like looking up and setting your sights on the stars. The weeks ahead and spring are prime viewing times, too, thanks to celestial events like a super-bright full moon on February 22; close encounters with planets (Jupiter on March 8 and Mercury on April 18); and... Read More

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McPherson Bayou in St. Pete Beach, Florida.
McPherson Bayou/Christine Dayao

Snow isn’t the only thing that Winter Storm Jonas left behind after it bore down on the Northeast this past weekend — it also left us with a profound desire to walk along a warm, sandy beach instead of trudging through slushy streets. And one place we’d rather be... Read More

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Pitbull at the Escape Inaugural Ceremony/Kristen Boatright for ShermansCruise

How long has humankind been celebrating the launch of new ships? Oh, since about the third millennium, B.C. The ancient Greeks, Romans, Babylonians, Vikings, and Ottomans all launched their ships with feasts, blessings from the gods, and — yep — the occasional animal sacrifice. Today’s biggest cruise ships are still... Read More