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A guestroom at Chicago's Palmer House Hilton

There’s no doubt that the holiday season is a magical time, but who really has the budget to spring for a getaway right before the end-of-year gift-giving bonanza? We’ve uncovered eight hotels and resorts around the country that are offering significant savings for stays leading up to Christmas — all less than $200... Read More

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Main Street in Fredericksburg Texas
Main Street/Chris Litherland

There’s a picturesque German town tucked away in the most unlikely of places: Texas Hill Country. Founded in 1846, Fredericksburg is celebrated for its charming Main Street, which is lined with more than 150 antique shops and boutiques, as well as breweries, wineries, and loads of Deutsche-style flair. Unsurprisingly... Read More

Anvil Bar & Refuge/Visit Houston
Anvil Bar & Refuge/Visit Houston

Many people associate Houston with NASA, oil, and sprawl — but it also happens to have a serious food and cultural scene. The downtown area is developing into a hotspot for cocktails, noshing, and socializing; the museum district features world-renowned collections including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Menil Collection; and the zoo... Read More

Littlefield Lofts, Austin, Texas
Littlefield Lofts

Littlefield Lofts in hip Austin, Texas, reopened in July after a major facelift. That it’s on 6th Street means you can ditch the car and easily walk to funky bars and restaurants, plus the Museum of the Weird. The best part is that these are not just standard hotel... Read More

Mission Espada, San Antonio, Texas
Mission Espada/Cynthia J. Drake

Earlier this month, five Spanish missions in San Antonio were collectively designated a new UNESCO World Heritage Site. The great news isn’t altogether surprising; after all, it’s in this Texan city that millions flock to to see the 18th century Alamo. But there are a multitude of ways to... Read More

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Keith Hajovsky

Galveston Island is a unique coastal destination: An historic Victorian-era downtown surrounded by beaches that offer classic seaside fun. Whether you’re on a day trip from Houston or stopping over to or from a cruise, here’s how to make the most of it. ... Read More

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Bodysgallen Hall & Spa

It’s not uncommon for hotels to have neatly manicured lawns and winding trails, but some hotel grounds are so grand that they’re essentially botanical gardens. Here, seven stunning estates that actually make you want to leave the room. ... Read More

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July 4 fireworks - washington dc

Don’t let holiday prices keep you from traveling on Fourth of July weekend, which is spanning July 3-6 this year. Believe it or not, we’ve found fantastic deals across the country, even in the big cities. Whether your passion is arts and culture or the beach, we’ve got a bargain for... Read More

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Visit Colorado/Steamboat Pro Rodeo

You may not see cowboys and gunslingers walking the streets of these small American towns, but they embody the true spirit of the Old West. And they’re not all in Texas, either. In no particular order: 1. Steamboat Springs, Colorado The Yampa Valley, including Steamboat Springs, has a long history of rodeo... Read More

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Toss the snow shovel and grab the sunscreen! While most of the nation faces bitter cold and mounds of fluffy white stuff, these small town destinations offer moderate temperatures, plenty of sunshine, and a whole lot of fun. Las Cruces, New Mexico: From wide open spaces to space exploration, Las Cruces... Read More

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Holiday World/Thunderbird

Along with April showers, May flowers, and non-bone-chilling temperatures, spring brings exciting new attractions to many amusement parks in the U.S. From a dizzying glow-in-the-dark funhouse roller coaster, to a beyond-vertical Batman, here are six new rides we’re looking forward to in 2015. ... Read More

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Remember when it seemed like you could reach up and touch the Milky Way, the ribbon of stars that make up our galaxy? Thanks to light pollution, it’s becoming harder and harder to see — unless you get yourself out to dark and remote locales. Here are seven stargazing... Read More

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With its irresistible cowboy culture, Fort Worth certainly lives up to its “Cowtown” moniker. But there’s a more sophisticated side to the city, too. This is most notably evident in the urban revitalization in the downtown area, which includes the recent addition of the Sundance Square entertainment district, and... Read More

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Christine Dayao Daytona Beach MOAS

New York. Paris. London. Those are some of the big cities that travelers hoping for some cultural enrichment flock to. But what if you’ve had your fill of The Metropolitan Museum of Art or have grown tired of The Louvre? Here, four cities that might surprise you with its delightfully... Read More


 It’s easy to dismiss the charming 10,000-odd people town of Fredericksburg, Texas as a drive-by bit of German history — especially when the Virginian Civil War town often comes to mind when mentioning the name. ... Read More