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Where to Go in May: 20 Great Spots for a Shoulder Season Trip

May's a great time to hit the beach in Rio.

Whether you’ve had enough of the April showers and need a travel respite, or you’re trying to hit the tail end of the shoulder season or just itching to add a new stamp to your passport, May is an excellent month to hit the road. Almost no matter where you’re headed, the month has that desirable not-too-hot-and-not-too-cold weather, and it’s also a time for some pretty big festivals. Here are some ideas for where to go in May.

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April 29, 2016 by | 0 Comments

6 Reasons You Need to Go to Detroit This Year

Detroit, Michigan

For awhile now, Detroit has made news for the wrong reasons. Bankruptcy, “ruin porn,” residents maintaining public parks because the city just wasn’t – the list goes on. In the past several years, however, the story has been changing, just like the city.

Detroit’s recovery, dubbed “America’s great comeback story,” may be a morbid curiosity to reality TV audiences waiting for failure, but that recovery is real – palpable in the city itself, particularly when you talk to people who have lived in Detroit for decades. Yes, there are still boarded-up buildings downtown, but occupancy rates in renovated apartment buildings are so high there’s a waiting list. Things are happening in Detroit, and there’s no time like the present to go and see for yourself.

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April 15, 2016 by | Comments Off

The Most Beautiful Place You’ve Never Heard of to Watch Sunsets

Ludington's famous sunset (photo by Jessica Spiegel)

“Where are you going after your visit to Detroit?” My table-mate was a young Michigan native working for the city’s tourism office, and when I replied, “Ludington,” her face positively lit up. Then she grabbed her phone and started swiping through photo after photo of glowing pink, yellow and orange clouds over water.

“Ludington is the best,” she gushed. “The sunsets – I mean, just look at them – they’re amazing!”

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March 18, 2016 by | Comments Off

Get There First: The Newest National Parks to Visit in 2016

Valles Caldera National Preserve

In 2015, the NPS established seven new national parks, bringing the total number to 58. These new parks include a desert on the edge of Las Vegas, a supervolcano and the birthplace of America’s 16th president. The addition of these seven parks adds 250,000 acres of protected land to the total. The last significant addition prior to this was during the Carter presidency; 1,974,005 acres were added with the adoption of the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978.

This year, to celebrate the centennial anniversary of U.S. national parks, make plans to visit the newest additions. While these parks are new to the NPS, they’re not totally brand-new sites. However, with the new funding (and title of national park), these lesser-known gems won’t remain under the radar for long.

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March 8, 2016 by | Comments Off

Discovering the Unexpected Art of Detroit

The Z Garage @ Detroit by soupstance (CC BY 2.0)

Detroit has been in the news over the past several years for what many might say are all the wrong reasons. More recently, the city has been appearing in the travel news as the comeback kid, a destination for people who prefer getting away from the same itinerary everyone else seems to be planning. Detroit absolutely is that place – a busy city with a difficult past and a promising future. And while you’re there, you should really check out the art scene.

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February 23, 2016 by | Comments Off

10 Great Observation Decks Around the World

The Shard

There’s no better way to experience a location than to peer down upon the landscape from a great height. From the world’s tallest man-made structure to a walkout platform shadowing the Grand Canyon, these 10 observation decks around the world offer some of the world’s most breathtaking views.

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February 16, 2016 by | 0 Comments

Top Places to Ski Around the World

The Alps hold a certain charm that is undeniable. People from all over the world flock to this region in Europe at the first sign of fresh powder, aching to drop their skis or snowboards into the fluffy white snow.

But, the Alps are just one of many spectacular areas in the world where the skiing is world-class and the mountains are magical.

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February 9, 2016 by | 4 Comments

The Civil Rights Trail: Significant Locations in the Struggle for Freedom

Rosa Parks Library

February is Black History Month in the United States, a time to reflect on the struggles and accomplishments of black Americans in their pursuit to widen the consciousness of their country and balance the injustices of the system they were born into. This was a long and arduous struggle, which culminated in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. For those wishing to explore this history, here are a few significant sites on the Civil Rights Trail you’ll want to check out.

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February 2, 2016 by | 1 Comment

26 Cheap Things To Do, Eat and See in New Orleans

Big cities can be a drain on the wallet, with pricey options for food, entertainment and transportation, but New Orleans, Louisiana, is particularly friendly for those traveling on a budget. Sure you can drop a ton of cash in the Big Easy, but it’s not necessary. Here are 26 cheap — and free! — things to do, eat and see in New Orleans.

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February 1, 2016 by | 0 Comments

Top 25 Things to Do in North America: 2016 Viator Travel Awards

You’ll find all kinds of activities listed below, including historic exploration in Cancun and Washington, D.C., enjoying the great outdoors in British Columbia and Miami, and acting like a kid again in Orlando and San Diego. Join us for this tour of the Top 25 Things to Do in North America!

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December 29, 2015 by | 1 Comment

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