After all, would you rather stay in San Francisco's Mission District or hang out in the Tenderloin? Here are a few of America's top neighborhoods, none of which are like anywhere else — even in their own cities.
Mexico bleeds into El Paso the way it does in few other cities. You can leave your passport behind, forget the jet lag, and still feel like you're getting a shot of culture that's different from your own. That is, you get margaritas, cowboy boots, and taco festivals without the language barrier. El Paso is the best of both worlds.
Many people consider extra travel protection unnecessary. In fact, only one in three Americans tends to buy it. There are circumstances where it may be useless or redundant, but when you need it, travel protection could be life-changing. Googling "travel protection" is a confusing wormhole, so let's work out the basics.
The distinct culture, deep-rooted history and magnetic energy of Brooklyn make it one of the most beloved and revered destinations in America. Celebrated around the world for its big-city excitement and unique brand of authenticity, this buzzing New York City borough--the city’s most populous--constantly attracts visitors from around the globe, and you’ll find amazing hotels in Brooklyn to fit your travel needs.
Why would anyone want to follow the tourists? Why would you waste time in the lines or lost in the crowds? Here's a breakdown of hotspots, things to do, and places to stay in Brooklyn, NYC's most populous borough. This is where to experience the thrill of being a New Yorker.
There's something about visiting a well-known place that takes the luster out of any trip. Sometimes it's hard to meet the expectations that surround a popular destination. That's why a city like Pittsburgh has so much more than you realize. When you go in with zero expectations, leaving amazed feels that much better. Let's see just how much Pittsburgh has to offer.
I make it out to Orange County a couple times a year, and every time I leave there's always a thousand things still left on my to-do list, no matter how long I stay. Anaheim is the center of all that happens in Southern California, and something is always going on, either in town or close by. If you haven't been, let's get started planning your first trip.
I know what you're thinking: cheesesteak. People will talk to you about Pat's and Geno's (Pat's being the oldest steak shop around), but locals don't really buy into it.
Miami, with world class beaches, vibrant Latin influences and gorgeous Art Deco architecture is the ultimate destination for a beach vacation. You’ll find relaxation, trendy nightclubs, amazing cuisine, cutting-edge art galleries and plenty of culture, and there are great hotels in Miami near it all.
LONDON OFFERS A WEALTH of art and culture, trendy shops and global dining opportunities on both sides of the River Thames. Its thriving entertainment scene ranges from theatres and concerts to clubs and comedy venues. When the excitement gets too much, London's parks are ideal for relaxation.
Chicago: Convincing the world the Midwest has potential since 1833. If you haven't been, you need to go. It has the second-best theatre scene in the U.S., amazing professional sports, and, obviously, that shiny bean. Its museums, the planetarium, the aquarium — there is so much to do in Chicago that you'd need to stay at least a week to let it all sink in.
The more time that I spend in Texas and the more I learn about it, the more I realize that my generalizations and stereotypes aren't correct. I always assumed that it was George W. Bush territory and little else—when really it's home to history, amazing food, and interesting landscapes.
Fall in Virginia is the best time to visit. The state bursts with natural color, events, and weather too good to be true. I’m lucky enough to take advantage of weekend getaways, but it’s worth the trip even if you fly in.
In case no one's broken the news to you yet, Arizona is beautiful. This gorgeous state doesn't have just craggy rock formations or red dust wafting in the air, either. Here you'll find greens, blues, browns, and golds, too. You won't find anything else like it in the States.
Make some late summer or early trip plans to explore Amarillo, McAllen or Irving, Texas or skip over the ocean to Puerto Rico for an adventurous time in Faiardo.
These family friendly hotels in Jersey City, Wildwood, North Bergen, and Secaucus take the guesswork out of planning a family vacation.
Finding lodging in the States, in my opinion, gets no more intimidating than when you're visiting New York City. Apart from the fact that people are renting closets for $2,000 per month, the sheer number of choices is totally daunting. If you're on a budget, fuhgeddaboudit.
Traveling for a marathon? Great! Not only is training for and running a marathon its own reward, but choosing to attend a destination race is a great excuse to travel to new places.
Real talk. Everyone has the "one who got away." For me, that's Savannah. I lived in this historic, sulfuric-scented town for three years, stumbling on cobblestone streets and shaking my head at tourists putting Spanish moss on their faces (tip: don't do that). Needless to say, leaving a place as enchanting as the Hostess City was difficult, especially when I would forget I couldn't casually leave the bar with a drink-in-hand. The good news though? I can always go back.
From the Great Pyramid of Giza to the Colosseum in Rome, sightseeing often entails reveling in the architecture and age of sites that have been around too long for us to fully fathom.