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Le Mont St. MIchel, Normandy, France
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Paris may be the highlight of your vacation to France, but it’s also a great jumping off point for some memorable and inexpensive day trips. If you have a few extra days in the country, we recommend venturing north, where you’ll see pastoral landscapes that inspired Impressionists and medieval... Read More

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Superior Room/C.O.Q. Hotel
Superior Room/C.O.Q. Hotel

Helping you find the best value lodging experiences around the world, from budget to luxury and everything in between. Paris’s hotel scene is nothing if not varied. You can stay in a 5-star suite at the Ritz, or a cozy Montmartre apartment, or a houseboat on the Seine, and... Read More

Paris boulangerie
Atout France Cédric Helsly

In Paris, you’ll find more than 71 Michelin star restaurants, each more creative than the next, and with price tags to match. But if you’re looking to indulge in French cuisine like a local, don’t feel like you have to go haute or go home. Here’s a few ways... Read More

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Adventures by Disney, AmaKristina, river cruise
Adventures by Disney

Calling all Disney fans: You can now take a “Beauty and the Beast”-themed river cruise along the Rhine. Adventures by Disney announced six sailings inspired by the Disney classic for 2018 (on ships from river cruise line AmaWaterways) that will take you through France, Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands, including... Read More

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Rethymno, Crete/iStock

When it comes to European-style romance, Venice and Paris often hog the spotlight. And while no one disagrees that those cities are made for love and lovers, small-town Europe offers some of the best places to stroll, watch a sunset, or canoodle with your better half. Just don’t get... Read More

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Bar at Holiday Inn Paris Gare de l’Est in France
Bar/Holiday Inn Paris Gare de l’Est

With 2017 just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about getaways for the New Year. Here are five deals that’ll inspire you to get up and go in January and February. From $81: Holiday Inn Paris Gare de l’Est (Paris, France) This isn’t your grandma’s Holiday Inn. Located in Paris’ 10th... Read More

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Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France
Arc de Triomphe/Flickr/Omarukai

Sure, it’s touristy — but Paris’ Champs-Élysées is one of the most famous streets in the world. Extending from the Arc du Triomphe to the Louvre, the picturesque route through Paris’ 8th arrondissement is lined with decadent eats, adorable boutiques, and the Instagram-worthy Tuilerie Gardens and Place de la Concorde. New... Read More

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EMP Museum in Seattle, Washington
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At the heart of it, “Star Trek” shares a lot with the traveler’s ethos: excitement over new adventures, a respect for diversity and culture, and an enthusiasm for all that reminds us of our humanity. For a Trekkie, the special exhibits and experiences that are currently on offer in celebration... Read More

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 Geneva/Switzerland Tourism
Geneva/Switzerland Tourism

When planning a European vacation, sometimes the hardest part is deciding where to go. All those countries, so little time. France or Spain? Germany or Austria? Switzerland or Italy? But why settle for one when you can have two? All across Europe, border towns give travelers the flexibility to... Read More

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Avital Pinnick/Tourismo Toscana

Sometimes it feels like if you’ve seen one cathedral, you’ve seen them all. But these stunners from around the world might just cure your religious building fatigue. Glass Galore: Sainte-Chapelle (Paris, France) If you love colors, there’s nothing like the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, which is wrapped in stained glass on all... Read More

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Archery Summit Winery/Facebook

The tasting may be great year-round, but it’s the comfortable weather that makes September and October the perfect time to visit the places where beer, wine, or distilled spirits are integral to the local culture. Whether it’s a day trip to the eastern tip of New York’s Long Island or a week... 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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Paris Bikes/flickr/SnippyHolloW

What feels more Parisian than pedaling down a cobblestone street with a baguette in your basket? Well, thanks to Vélib’, the wildly popular bike borrowing service in Paris, you can live out those Parisian dreams. Better still, you can skip the crowded metro, get fresh air and exercise, and take in... Read More

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An Art-o-mat machine
Art-o-mat machine/Facebook.com/OriginalartoMat

New vending machines are swapping Pepsi and pretzels for things you might actually need along your travels. Here are a few that caught our eye. 1. Cosmetics. Forgot to pack your mascara? Skip an emergency drugstore run by hitting up a Benefit Glam Up & Away! kiosk. Found at more than 20 airports across the country — including New... Read More

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Sextantio Le Grotte

We all have our favorite places to visit when we go vacation; but for those looking to experience something magical and truly unique, here are seven hotels and resorts that even photos don’t do justice. Sextantio Le Grotte: Matera, Italy Located in the hilltop village of Matera in the southern Italian region... Read More