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Showstoppers, one of the best shows to see in Vegas!

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As one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, no other place knows how to stage a spectacle like Sin City. Get comfortable in the plush banquets at one of these five shows you must see in Vegas this year. From living legends to thrilling stage stunts, they’ll be some of the grandest productions you’ll ever see.

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sunset in kauai, a romantic destination that's great for solo travelers

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Traveling by yourself? One great thing to note about some romantic travel destinations is that they can also be fantastic places for solo travelers. And just think — nobody will be harping on you about whether you got him or her something for Valentine’s Day. Here are some sweet destinations where it doesn’t matter if you have a plus-one:

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5 Great Gondola Rides with Incredible Views

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There’s no skiing required to enjoy the ascents of these five picturesque gondola tours. You’ll reach new heights and be rewarded with sky top restaurants, nature exhibits, and hiking trails. Don’t forget the camera!

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Beyond Belfast: Northern Ireland on a Budget

Steve Larese

Northern Ireland teems with castles, ancient sites, and natural beauty. After you’ve explored Belfast, set off to see the stunning landscape and history of the rest of this beautiful land. Here are just a few Northern Ireland attractions that are as inexpensive as they are impressive.

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winter getaway at white barn inn grace, kennebunkport

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The charms of historic New England make the perfect backdrop for a romantic weekend getaway. Just in time for the most romantic month of the year, seek out comfort and luxury await at inns along the coast, going out of their way to surprise and delight their guests. Whether you want to spend $175 or $600, let warm fireplaces and soothing bottles of wine cure your winter blues at these five cozy retreats.

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The parades are just as colorful, the costumes just as lavish, and the music and food are just as non-stop. But Mardi Gras in Lake Charles, Louisiana is more civilized (and more suitable for all-ages fun) than the bigger and more famous one in New Orleans, just 90 minutes away. Here are the highlights of the celebration, plus the multitude of things to do, eat, and drink beyond the festivities.

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Rail Europe

Rail Europe

Popping over to Milan this year — perhaps for the World Expo 2015 or Fashion Week — is easier and less expensive than ever with Rail Europe’s new high-speed Thello train route from Marseille, France.

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5 Cheap Hotel Options in Paris & the Rest of France

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France may be the land of luxury, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on your accommodations. With these money-saving tips, you’ll have leftover cash for the important things, like another bottle of Burgundy.

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Downtown Phoenix - Alan Stark

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Phoenix has always been a popular winter destination, but this year it will be even more so as it hosts Super Bowl XLIX and the 2015 Pro Bowl. While you’ll probably need a small fortune to attend either event, Phoenix is one of the most affordable large cities in the nation. Here’s how to get the most bang for your buck in Phoenix, whenever you go.

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Tupelo CVB

Fans of the King of Rock and Roll often flock to Graceland — but it isn’t the only place where the crooner is memorialized.

The Mississippi city of Tupelo, where Elvis Presley was born, celebrates its native son year-round, especially on his birthday, January 8.

This year, which would have marked the King’s 80th, will be extra festive with three days of events. The annual birthday party at the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum, with free birthday cake, is followed by a sing-along of songs in Elvis movies at the Link Centre theater. The Elvis love-in continues with a special performance of the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, and the play “Graceland” about his life after Tupelo. The Gumtree Museum of Art opens an Elvis-themed art exhibit.

Tupelo is in the middle of the 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway, the National Scenic Trail linking Natchez to Nashville that began as a Native American trail.  There are nature trails, swamp bogs, remains of pioneer homesteads and graveyards, and Indian mounds along the route. The trail’s headquarters are in Tupelo, and the Parkway Visitor Center is just about the only thing in town that isn’t Elvis-related. Read more

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If there’s one state Tim Love knows best, it’s Texas. The Top Chef alumni isn’t just a TV star, he’s the real deal – with his restaurants Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Queenie’s Steakhouse and Love Shack – filling the bellies of southern foodies. He’s rightfully received praise from The New York Times and Bon Appétit, and consistently showcased his chops at several food and wine festivals. Since urban western cuisine is his ‘thing,’ we had to know – where are the best barbecue spots?

Before chowing down on any old rack of ribs, read on for our exclusive interview with the Hellmann’s Mayonnaise spokesperson about food, fun, and his future vacation. Read more

5 ©2014 – Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL

©2014 – Salvador Dalí Museum, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL

Before the rest of the world catches on, discover these five American cities that are gaining traction in the areas of fine arts, fine food, and fine beverages.

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Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

If your husband, girlfriend, friends, or family members love to ski and snowboard — but you’d rather have a root canal than slide down a steep hill with plastic sticks on your feet — you just need to rethink what a vacation to a snowy, slope-y destination can truly entail. Many resorts these days offer gourmet food, trendy bars, and spas galore, and the destinations below allow you to turn a ski trip into a getaway you’ll actually enjoy.

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The Evelyn, A Triumph Hotel

From refined Midtown luxury to chic downtown style, Triumph Hotels — which debuted just in February 2014 — is a collection of six boutique Manhattan hotels, with one more joining by the end of the year. Currently,  The Iroquois New York, Hotel Chandler, Hotel Belleclaire, The Cosmopolitan, The Evelyn, and The Washington Jefferson each offer a distinct take on the city experience, with its own history, architecture and design, services, and notable locations. Here, six more reasons to stay at one of these affordable luxurious hotels in New York City.

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Alpino Vino

Telluride Ski Resort

Great food? Check. Incredible views? Check. Easy access? Well… you’ll have to work a bit for it. These seven back-country restaurants require patrons to board a snowcat or step into a pair of skis — but the effort will be totally worth it.

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