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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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Looking for a good scare this Halloween? Skip the hundreds of pop-up haunted houses and opt for the real deal. Many major cities — and some smaller ones with notorious pasts — offer ghost tours that take you to haunted sites, while they tell you tales of murder, revenge, and other bone-chilling events.... Read More

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Brunch at Alcenia's in Memphis, Tennessee
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Memphis may be the home of barbecue and Elvis, but there’s so much more to this Tennessee town than rhinestones and ribs. From high-end eats to fried chicken joints, the home of rock and roll is also the ideal weekend getaway for food lovers looking for a taste of the... Read More

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Skyline of Nashville, Tennessee
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Love music but not a big fan of country? That’s not a problem in Nashville. Music City has more than 150 live music venues where, in addition to country, you can hear everything from rock ‘n’ roll to classical. Check out these non-country hot spots and attractions the next... Read More

Nashville, Tennessee
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You don’t need the bank account of a country music star to have a great time in Nashville. The Music City has plenty to do that’s free (or nearly free), including a night out in the famed honky tonks. But that’s not the only way you can save big. Some of Nashville’s... Read More

Beauty Shop Restaurant, a great place to eat in Memphis
The Beauty Shop Restaurant

For years, foodies took pilgrimages to Memphis for two reasons: Central BBQ and Gus’s Fried Chicken. Today, fine dining chefs, the farm-to-table movement, and transplants with diverse backgrounds have surprisingly made Memphis one of the most happening food scenes in the American South. As new chefs mix global flavors with... Read More

The Smoky Mountains in Tennessee
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Beautiful views, breweries and distilleries, and horseback riding through the foothills of the Smoky Mountains are just a few of the things to do in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. This popular wedding destination, located about 38 miles southeast of Knoxville has romance to spare — not to mention a myriad of... Read More

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JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort and Spa, Arizona

Time may be running out on summer, but those looking to squeeze in a last-minute getaway are in luck: a number of properties across the country are cutting rates for August and September stays, and some are even throwing in additional extras. From resorts and hotels coast to coast... Read More

new Blues Hall of Fame Museum memphis

Memphis — birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll and iconic destination for blues — is also home to a whopping 50-plus museums. And not one but three are brand new: the Blues Hall of Fame Museum, the Ducks Unlimited National Waterfowling Heritage Center at the Bass Pro Shops, and the Memphis Music Hall of... Read More

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Restored Civil War Inns with Summer Availability from $95
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Looking for something a little different this summer? How about stepping back in time and cozying it up at a beautiful mid-1800s restored home? We’ve gathered a handful of converted inns and B&Bs that truly show off the architectural trends and designs of the era, from intricate fireplaces and high... Read More

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Last month, Hilton Worldwide announced its latest foray into the lifestyle category with Canopy by Hilton, a new concept from the international hotel behemoth that will localize the guest experience. Poised to open its first set of doors in 2015, we spoke with Gary Steffen, the brand’s global head... Read More

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Free breakfast, iPod docking stations, and coffee makers are nothing compared to some of the whacky hotel amenities we found. From vintage record players to pet psychologists, here are five quirky — and dare we say somewhat outrageous — amenities that can be found at hotel chains across the country. ... Read More

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Wyndham Vacation Rentals

Vacation rental properties have been a complete game changer for travelers looking for homey, affordable places to stay. They’re a great way to save money, especially for families and larger groups, and they offer all the amenities of home. You can often cook your own meals and wash your... Read More

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The United States maintains more than 6,000 federally-protected sites, spanning over 1 million square miles and totaling roughly 27 percent of the U.S.’s entire land area. Attracting millions of visitors worldwide, the U.S. National Park System offers tourists incredible variety, from the lush Everglades, to windswept Death Valley, to... Read More

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Rarotonga, The Cook Islands

At the end of 2013, we chose the best budget destinations for 2014. Now, while everyone’s starting to make plans for the spring and beyond, we wanted to serve up some deals that make good on those predictions. Ready to jet? ... Read More