Weekend Getaway


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

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 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

Agritopia Photo Credit Visit Mesa
Visit Mesa

There’s nothing new about urban u-pick farms, dairies, and other agricultural attractions. In fact, we almost expect them in places like Portland and Denver, where cities sprawl into vast farmland. But in the last five years, massive farming operations have also started cropping up in dense metropolises, like New York City, where you’d be hard-pressed to find a... Read More

Ferris Bueller Art Institue / FerrisFest.com
Ferris Fest

To quote the title character in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while, you might miss it.” Our advice? Take a few days off and head to the Windy City. The classic ’80s movie turns 30 this summer... Read More

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Peekskill New York train station
Peekskill New York train station/Flickr/Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Fifty miles north of New York City, in the picturesque Hudson Valley, the small city of Peekskill is waiting to charm your socks off. The town’s population of 24,000 is growing quickly, as it continues to woo recovering workaholics looking to leave the Big Apple. But, lucky for city... Read More

Facebook Woodstock Inn Station
Facebook / Woodstock Inn & Station

Ale trails and beer passport programs combine two things we love: travel and frosty, cold pints. But, there are only so many breweries you can (or should) visit in a day. So, where do you overnight on a beer-inspired adventure? A brewery, of course! More and more breweries now offer... Read More

Harbor Beach Lighthouse in the lower peninsula of Michigan's Lake Huron
Harbor Beach Lighthouse/Connie Hum

In the area surrounding the southern shores of Michigan’s Lake Huron — the second largest of the Great Lakes — numerous lighthouses line the sandy shores, meeting sparkling blue waters as far as the eye can see. With a multitude of activities, plenty of dining options, and an easy... Read More

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Kennebunkport, Maine in winter - Christine Wei
Christine Wei

In coastal Maine, Kennebunkport and Kennebunk make up a popular holiday area that’s referred to as “the Kennebunks” — generally known as a more upmarket, small town-y escape compared with hip sister city Portland to the north. Travelers stop in to taste the state’s famed seafood and farm-fresh cuisine, browse... Read More

Broadway's Hamilton
Broadway’s Hamilton

Broadway’s Hamilton the Musical has swept the nation, obliterating box office records at the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York. Charting the rise and fall of the “ten-dollar Founding Father without a father,” this musical is nearly sold out and virtually impossible to get into unless you can drop some... Read More

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Penthouse Suite at Sheraton New York Times Square in New York City.
Penthouse Suite/Sheraton New York Times Square

Flowers, chocolate, and jewelry may get top billing when it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts, but they’re nothing compared to these over-the-top experiences being offered by hotels around the world. From stays in penthouse suites to the gift of glass slippers, here’s where lovebirds with deep pockets can check... Read More

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paraty, brazil - Keith Flanagan
Keith Flanagan

What waned centuries ago as a port after Brazil’s gold rush is now arguably one of country’s most charming seaside towns. Paraty, wedged between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, enamors small in-the-know crowds with its cobblestone streets, pristine beaches, brightly painted inns, and laid-back coastal vibe. Here’s your guide. A Brief History Paraty... Read More

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Flickr Mike Appel
Flickr Mike Appel

Minneapolis-St. Paul may not top many must-visit travel lists, but there’s a lot going on in the Twin Cities right now. Here are three reasons to visit in 2016. Mall of America’s Recent Expansion Add an extra day to your shopping vacation. The largest mall in America just got bigger thanks... Read More