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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island

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Nighttime can be the best time to visit some destinations. From a Hawaiian volcano to a radio tower, here are five of our favorite places (and one bonus) worth staying up for.

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The Capital Hilton

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It may only be July, but it’s not too early to start thinking about the holidays — especially when it means saving big bucks for travel at the end of the year. Specifically, you can snag a winter stay in the Washington, D.C. area for as low as $84 at several Hilton properties.

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Embassy Row Hotel Washington DC

The Embassy Row Hotel

If you casually observe D.C’s skyline on any given day (ideally over a cup of coffee or locally brewed The Corruption IPA-style beer), you’ll see at least 60 cranes hard at work hoisting steel and glass. Chances are, many of them are creating shiny new digs to keep up with the demands of the city’s visitors.

To be more specific, the demand for more stylish places with a sense of place is ever-increasing — around $9 billion worth of hotel improvements are currently underway. And both boutique hotels and bigger chains have risen to the occasion by creating places you’ll want to call your second home, at least for a few days. Here are a few of our favorites:

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Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown

It’s official: Washington, D.C.’s busy summer travel season is upon us. But don’t let that dissuade you from visiting the nation’s capital — especially since one of its finest hotels, the Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown, is offering your third night free.

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By Nick Aster for Yahoo! Travel

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Who doesn’t love a picturesque landing? (Photo: Thinkstock)

If you’re a window seat fan, you’re probably especially fond of checking out the views upon landing. The slow descent provides a fabulous vantage point to check out your destination.

Some landings, especially at airports far out in suburbia are fairly banal — a few freeway interchanges, some strip malls, maybe a field or two. On the other hand, there are five airports in America that offer spectacular, even dramatic, landings that will take your breath away.

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Blount Small Ship Adventures

Like to cruise without the crowds? Vacationing with a smaller cruise company may be right up your alley. And Blount Small Ship Adventures — now offering up to 40 percent off on three itineraries booked by February 27 —  is giving travelers the chance to get a taste for less.

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MGM Grand Hotel and Casino amenities for fitness

MGM Grand Hotel and Casino

Each year, countless Americans make the New Year’s resolution to work on their wellness and get healthier. We’ve already told you about the ways you can stay healthy on vacation, but for those who’d like to incorporate a healthier lifestyle right down to their hotel stay, check into one of these wellness-and-fitness-focused rooms to maintain that resolution.

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We love lacing up our skates in the winter — it’s a great way to stay active and warm up even as the temps drop below freezing. Even more, we love doing so at rinks with great views, whether it’s mountain vistas, starry skies by the beach, or historical monuments in the background. Here are some of our favorite places to try to land that triple axel. (Remember to layer up and bring some thick socks!)

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The cold winds are no match against a winter cocktail. Crafted to soothe and transport, a warm concoction can ease you into a relaxed state of bliss during the cold months. From the flaming blaze of a s’mores martini to the soothing blend of a warmed whiskey, take note of the best places to escape the low degrees and indulge in a decadent drink this winter.  Read more

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Are you attracted to cities like a siren? Whether you love popping in and out of museums in the nation’s capitol or romping along neon-studded Las Vegas Boulevard, cities across the U.S. are offering plenty of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals this year. You’ll find discounts as steep as 90 percent off, and rooms as low as $39 per night. 

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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, who shared five things you should know about Canopy by Hilton.

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Kimpton Hotels & Restaurant’s annual Karma Rewards Sale is back! This means the boutique hotel group is offering its lowest rates of the year — starting as low as $99 at some properties — along with double stay credit. To take advantage of the special rates, you’ll have to become a Karma Rewards member, but joining is free.

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If there’s one responsible thing you do over Labor Day weekend, let it be solidifying your Thanksgiving plans. We know it’s difficult to think ahead to the next big holiday while you’re still working on taking advantage of the current one, but we hear from our friends at Hipmunk that airfare is expected to rise significantly after the holiday. If you don’t already have a destination in mind, consider some of our favorites for Thanksgiving.

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Sandito Mojito, Cuba Libre OrlandoWe’re game to celebrate nearly every food- or drink-focused holiday (National Margarita Day, anyone?), so we’re excited that August is Rum Month. Rum is the elixir of both swash-buckling pirates and bleary-eyed Caribbean travelers alike. But some folks have rum misconceptions: They think only of umbrella-topped super-sweet frozen drinks or unimaginative soda mixes from their young-adult years. We’re here to open your eyes to a brave new world of this sugar cane-based liquid miracle. Beyond plain Bacardi, there are hundreds of varieties of rum — some as premium as any top-shelf cognac.

These 21 bars from coast-to-coast (and points in between) are serving up choice cocktails this month using rums you may not have heard of before. And don’t forget that Saturday, August 16 is officially National Rum Day. So raise a glass and say, “Aaar!”

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SolomarWineHourHere’s one hotel trend we love: free wine. Often billed as a chance to meet your fellow guests and say hello to hotel management, these informal mixers let you grab a drink before you head out to dinner, and save a few dollars. Here are some hotels, and hotel chains, that are looking to  make their guests happy by providing a happy hour:

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