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PunchStockA peaceful afternoon on the undiscovered island of Vis

Everyone loves a little slice of island paradise! Unfortunately, that’s the problem with an island beach vacation – you’re often forced to share your stretch of sand with countless others in search of a little R & R. If you’re looking for an island getaway minus the crowds, we’ve... Read More

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Peak ski season is in full swing, with a winter wonderland welcoming enthusiastic snow-lovers to carve out many of the world’s best slopes. But the exhilaration needn’t end when the pistes close: Let your hair down under that ski hat and discover our favorite après-ski scenes around the globe... Read More

Omni Mount Washington Resort

There’s a certain magic known only to those who spend time out on the slopes, found in those glorious moments of carving out solitary paths through a snow-clad winter wonderland – it’s only natural to want to pass that enchantment on to the brood. Of course, the littlest ski... Read More

Stowehof Inn

We surveyed 10 popular U.S. winter resorts and uncovered deep savings at budget ski hotels that are just a hop, skip, and schuss from the slopes. Most tout nightly rates that hover between $100-150, and a couple go even lower than that: A cozy bed at the chalet-chic Stowehof... Read More

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Hawaii, one of the best Thanksgiving getaway ideas
Hawaii Tourism Authority/Tor JohnsonEnjoy a Turkey Day getaway at these 10 Thanksgiving vacation destinations

We’ve come up with a cornucopia of travel ideas focused on great Thanksgiving vacation destinations. Sure, we cover the obvious – after all, no list would be complete without a nod to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade or the site of the 1620 Pilgrim landing – but we also favor less... Read More

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Whiteface Lake Placid

By: Alexander Basek When those big, fat flakes start falling, it’s time to pull all the warm clothes out of storage and get ready for some winter activities. But if you’re not a skier, there’s no need to feel left out. Bundle up and head out into the snow with... Read More

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No amount of conscientious travel planning can prepare you for those unexpected, trip-ruining twists: violent hurricanes, lost or stolen passports, abrupt political turmoil . . . sudden zombie attack? Yes, the threat is real, but only if you’re deranged enough to believe everything you see on movie and TV... Read More

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Hotel Monteleone

Mystical orbs, ethereal apparitions, things that go bump in the night. A load of hooey you say? Then check in to one of these 10 haunted hotels and test your tolerance for the paranormal. As far as we can tell, ghosts like their hotels. These territorial phantoms stick to... Read More

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The 2012 Democratic and Republican National Conventions will be held in Charlotte and Tampa, respectively. Both cities are first-time hosts of the major political parties’ biggest quadrennial affairs. The conventions have a long history, dating back to the 19th century, and have convened their delegates in nearly every region... Read More

Photos.comStanford University ranks among our top 10 college campuses to visit

It’s back-to-books time at college campuses across the country, but you don’t have to pass the entrance exams to enjoy an enriching visit to these brainy-but-beautiful institutions. The campuses at the head of the class combine factors like sublime natural settings, historic architecture, world-class cultural centers, and spirited sporting... Read More

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Faro Punta DelgadaArgentina’s Faro Punta Delgada operates as an historic lighthouse hotel

Guiding ships into port was just the beginning for these landmark lighthouse hotels. In their current incarnation as unusual – and in some cases quite plush – hotel rooms, they’re helping travelers steer clear of a rough night’s sleep. Our top 10 lighthouse hotels span perilous harbors across the... Read More

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By: Becca Bergman and Jennifer Bernstein We’ve picked 10 choice beach spots that are serviced by short, direct flights from the east or west coasts, so you can be on the sand by lunchtime. Hurricanes threaten some of these locations this time of year, but some hotels offer drastic discounts... Read More

Hosting the Olympic Games is a prestigious honor that cities around the world compete for with as much stamina and finesse as any world-class athlete. But just as with the sporting events they hope to celebrate, there can only be one winner, and when it comes to choosing a... Read More

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By: Rona Gindin and Michelle McCoy We know what you’re thinking: Between hotels, park passes, meals, and souvenirs, a Disney vacation is going to put a significant dent in your vacation budget. While some expenses are unavoidable, savvy travelers can find serious savings if they know where to look. We’ve... Read More

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iStock InternationalBoardwalks offer up the ideal summer backdrop

The hot sun on your face, ice cream dripping on your hands, the sound of music mingling with the crash of waves . . . they’re all part of a summer day spent strolling the boardwalk. Visit one of our editors’ top 10 American boardwalks and you’ll see why... Read More