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Poisson d’Avril/Photocuisine/CorbisHead on a culinary tour to the Big Easy, where crawfish are a staple of local cuisine

By: Becca Bergman Everyone knows that one of the best ways to explore a destination is with a knife and fork. While it’s easy to visit fine restaurants or attend a cooking class, these culinary tours offer rarified experiences that simply cannot be had on one’s own. From feasting on... Read More

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AirTran has launched another fare sale to destinations in the U.S., Caribbean, and Mexico including sun-soaked locales like Nassau, New Orleans, Cancun, Miami, and more! Take advantage of great short-haul flights starting from $44 each way, or hop on a coast-to-coast jaunt from $79. This deal is available through... Read More

Flickr/GunnaTimes Square is a glitzy tourist trap, with overpriced chain restaurants and flashy attractions

Chalk it up to guilty pleasure, but even the savviest, most sophisticated travelers (not to be confused with mere tourists) can find themselves with a soft spot for an out-and-out tourist trap. We’re certainly not immune, and even though our editors concede that each attraction on this list of... Read More


Plans to expand the cruise terminal in the Port of New Orleans are moving full speed ahead. The $9 million project ? of which $8.1 million will be funded by the state of Louisiana ? will combine the two smaller terminals on Julia Street in an effort to accommodate... Read More

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Louisiana Culinary Trails

As part of an ongoing effort to get Louisiana back on its feet post-Katrina, the state tourism board has crafted seven “culinary trails” to encourage visitors to taste their way through the diverse state. The suggested itineraries – each intended to fill a three-day visit – are not just... Read More

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Sheryl Crow at JazzFest

This year’s Mardi Gras went by in a blur, quite literally for some. And, I’m happy to report it was the largest since 2005, before Katrina. It was my first Mardi Gras in New Orleans and I returned musically fulfilled, sufficiently stuffed (thanks to crawfish etouffe and sugary beignets)... Read More

New Orleans volunteer

Thanks to the work of aid groups such as Habitat for Humanity, more than 84 displaced New Orleans families were able to move into new volunteer-built homes in 2008. To continue this successful rebuilding effort, the New Orleans Marriott has launched a special Build & Bond program.... Read More


The ancient festival of Carnival originated as the last big blowout before Lent, but nowadays it’s an annual no-holds-bar bash. Here in the US, there is no scene quite like the decadent Big Easy during Mardi Gras, when the French Quarter comes alive with the sound of brass bands... Read More

Hotel del CoronadoHotel del Coronado in San Diego dates to 1888

History buffs rejoice: these 10 historic American hotels offer a lot more than just a place to rest your head. Retrace the steps of storied guests at resorts counting Hollywood celebs, U.S. presidents, and international royalty on their lengthy rosters of legendary one-time lodgers. Or, opt to admire some... Read More

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iStock InternationalMasks are a major part of Venice

By: Sherman’s Travel Editorial Staff Baby, it’s cold outside! But this year, why hibernate at home when you can be enjoying the best of what winter has to offer the world over? Some of the greatest festivals of the year take place during the coldest months, and we’ve rounded up... Read More