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St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri
St. Louis/Flickr/Sam Valadi and Kansas City/Flickr/Stuart Seeger

Unless you’re a die-hard baseball fan (hello, St. Louis Cardinals and KC Royals), it might be difficult to choose which of Missouri’s two largest cities to visit. Both have world-class museums and attractions, bucket list-worthy food scenes, and toe-tapping music scenes. So, which city is right for you? We... Read More

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Skyline of Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville skyline/Flickr/Derrick Brutel

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

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 Glenwood Springs/Tyra Sutak
Glenwood Springs/Tyra Sutak

Glenwood Springs has as much small-town charm and outdoor recreation as its neighbor, Aspen, but at a fraction of the cost. The city is known for its rust-colored facade, brushed with an abundance of greenery, and well-maintained historical buildings, and its location near the Colorado River lends itself to water sports... Read More

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Flickr Sarah Stierch
Flickr / Sarah Stierch

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. Rather than heading to a crowded beach, make the season’s end even more memorable at one of these five unexpected destinations. Seattle From the Space Needle to Pike Place Market, there’s plenty to do in Seattle any time of the year; but on Labor... Read More

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Chef Champe Speidel plating at Persimmon
Chef Champe Speidel at Persimmon

Providence, Rhode Island is one of our favorite American cities. As the grit leftover from the ’70s and ’80s continues to give way to trendy shops and restaurants, Providence has evolved into an East Coast gem. Plus, it’s an easy getaway — or even a day trip — from Boston or... Read More

Fireworks over New York City on the Fourth of July
Fireworks/Flickr/Joseph Bylund

Nearly 43 million Americans are expected to travel this Fourth of July weekend (a record high!), so it’s safe to say that plenty of people already have their holiday plans locked down. If you’re still at a loss over what to do, here are a few ideas. 1. Go traditional.... Read More

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Hawks Cay/Eddy Vidal

With a balmy climate and lush scenery, the Florida Keys feel far-flung and exotic, even though they’re just a short flight from many major hubs in the U.S. That’s why it’s one of our go-to destinations when we want to disconnect from the daily grind, and reconnect with the things we enjoy — whether... Read More

 San Juan Islands, Washington/flickr/Patrick McNally
San Juan Islands, Washington/flickr/Patrick McNally

The San Juan Islands — located just north of Seattle in the Salish Sea — comprise more than 400 islands and rocks, just four of which are inhabited. The largest, San Juan, has a population of less than 8,000 people and is home to Friday Harbor, the islands’ biggest... Read More

Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville/Teresa Bitler

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

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Little Guard Lookout in Idaho
Little Guard Lookout/Douglas Clark

All across the country, firefighters are pillars of strength in our communities. It’s certainly no surprise that their bravery and dedication have inspired travel destinations centered around these hometown heroes. Here are some of our favorites. Firefighter museums There are a number of firefighter museums around the U.S., including Memphis, New York City, and Los Angeles.... Read More

Flickr Jonathan Riley
Megabus/Flickr/Jonathan Riley

Think you don’t have the budget for a multi-destination vacation? Think again. Several discount bus services — Megabus, BoltBus, and Greyhound Express — are making travel from one city to another very affordable, as in $20 round-trip for reserved seating, reclining seats, and onboard restrooms. We took a look at nine... Read More

 Oregon City Bridge
Oregon City Bridge

While Portland may get most of the attention, Oregon City has its own unique charm that deserves a little limelight of its own. As the state’s first city and the final stop on the Oregon Trail, Oregon City is a true pioneer town, and people who visit fall in love with its... Read More

Edisto Beach State Park. Bache Monument. 'Credit: DiscoverSouthCarolina.com_2009'
Edisto Beach State Park/DiscoverSouthCarolina.com

If the invention of sweet tea and mint juleps are any indication, southerners know how to do summer. Here are five small, waterfront towns calling you to fly south for the season. Beaufort, South Carolina South Carolina’s second-oldest city is set on a coastal isle surrounded by a backdrop of marshes, old... Read More

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 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville/flickr/Andrew Piazza_
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville/flickr/Andrew Piazza

With more than a dozen theme parks — including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld — Orlando has plenty to keep anyone busy for a weekend down south. But if you’re looking for a post-Disney, amusement-park cleanse, Gainesville — two hours north by bus or car — is the... Read More

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A mural in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia mural/Connie Hum

Philadelphia is known for a lot of things — cheesesteak, Rocky Balboa, and the Declaration of Independence, to name a few — but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. The City of Brotherly Love is making quite a name for itself in the art and design world. It is home to... Read More