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

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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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Louisiana Steamer Shipwreck in Washington Harbor_ED
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

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As Michigan’s supremely serene and car-free getaway, Mackinac Island is characterized by the ubiquitous clip-clop of horse-drawn carriages and a history rich enough to excite any U.S. travel nerd. The island, which is accessed via ferry during the warmer months and snowmobile during the coldest months, offers so much in... Read More

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Knot-busting Chinatown massages in New York City have all our love, but the biting cold of this blustery winter has us dreaming of a little extra pampering. That’s why we’ve focusing on spas with stellar amenities, stunning views, and other extras that make the treatments truly worth the indulgence.... Read More

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Bi-Rite Creamery

Fact: Food tastes better during the summer. (Okay, maybe that’s just our opinion.) Whether it’s a hot dog piled high with chili, a cold scoop of your favorite flavor of ice cream, or a juicy lobster roll, there’s something so delicious about summer food. The key, though, is knowing... Read More

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Nelson Atkins Museum

Tell a Kansas City resident that they’re located in a flyover state and see what happens. Actually, don’t do that. For those traveling to the heart of America for business or pleasure, you’ll find plenty of extracurricular activities to make the most of your visit. In an effort to... Read More

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Adrian Sadlier/St. Patrick’s Festival

Green beer, nearly legal drinking in the streets, and raucous, overcrowded parades; they all come to mind when we think of St. Patty’s Day. But the holiday isn’t just an excuse for the Irish (and the “Irish For A Day” types) to get a bit boisterous.  ... Read More

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The fact that math and I don’t quite get along has never inhibited my fondness for making up equations, including this one: Cold off-season destination + solid indoor attractions = value family vacation. It’s this thinking that has inspired my non-sequential series on the Midwest, including a post last winter... Read More

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2011 12 15 Affinia Chicago

Get away to the 4-star Affina Chicago located in the center of the action. Rates at the hotel this winter begin at just $104 per night, which saves you over half on rates later in the season. The Affinia Chicago is steps from the Magnificent Mile, home to famous... Read More

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Now charging fees for every conceivable in-flight comfort, major airlines are playing follow the leader yet again by prohibiting cash as a means of payment on board. Over the last year, the lengthy list of carriers with plastic-only policies or “cashless cabins” has grown to include American Airlines, Southwest... Read More

Frontier Airlines

Republic Airways Holdings – an airline holding company for regional carriers Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines, and Shuttle America – made a splash in the aviation world this week after purchasing two struggling airlines in just two days. Denver-based Frontier Airlines was purchased for $108 million on June 22, while... Read More