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Washington DC: A Contemporary Architecture Tour

No surprise, Washington DC is a city deeply rooted in American history. Its urban fabric is adorned with grand monuments and patriotic memorials, often cast in severe neoclassical forms to highlight their historical prominence.

This doesn’t mean Washington DC is stuck in the past. In fact there’s a growing collection of buildings here that speak the architectural language of today.

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April 27, 2010 by | 0 Comments

Things to Do in Vancouver, B.C.

In a surprisingly compact city such as Vancouver, it’s possible to cram an awful lot into one day. David Whitley goes from crashing space shuttles to nerve wracking suspension bridges and top-quality microbrews on his hunt for Vancouver’s top things to do (now that the Olympics are over, alas!).

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April 12, 2010 by | 3 Comments

Highbrow & Lowbrow in Downtown Nashville

Would you prefer bourbon sipped neat in an oak-paneled bar or longnecks in a rowdy honky-tonk? A fine arts museum in an art deco building or country music museum in a building shaped like a piano? In downtown Nashville, you can go highbrow or lowbrow all within a few blocks.

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April 6, 2010 by | 1 Comment

Announcing the Launch of ViatorX

At Viator we take your comments and feedback to heart, we hear you. Whether it takes the form of a traveler review, an email to customer support, or a kind of awkward heavy breathing phone call (dude, just stop calling me!), we listen to our customers. Time and time again we hear that many of […]

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April 1, 2010 by | 4 Comments

My Washington DC Segway Tour

As a DC local, it is not an uncommon site to see Segway tours going around the city – my office is two blocks from the National Mall and I jog around the monuments several times a week. After years of seeing these tours and snickering at them (all the while secretly jealous), my friend and I decided to bite the bullet and be tourists in our own city.

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March 15, 2010 by | 2 Comments

New York City by Land, Sea and Sky

Where do you go to get the best views of New York? Me, I’ve always spent most of my time on the Manhattan sidewalks, gazing upwards with my mouth open. I did wind up on the receiving end of some “Watch where you’re going!” comments, and I did get a sore neck, but I didn’t really grasp the scale of the city. So this time I resolved to do something a bit different. I would take in as many different views as possible and finally, if possible, come home with a real sense of perspective.

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March 9, 2010 by | 1 Comment

New Orleans Jazz Fest: An Insider’s Guide

I’m a New Orleans native, and informing people of that fact, I can see that it carries with it a funny sort of weight. People think things about my city, and if they’ve been there most everyone will, to my face at least, tell me how much they love it. “Oh, so much culture,” they’ll say. Or, “Oh, simply the best time. Such nice people. Great food, too.” To which I smile and nod and say yes, it is all those things. I’m glad that you had a good time.

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March 2, 2010 by | 6 Comments

Exploring Mexico’s Pyramids of Teotihuacan

If you can’t get your tongue around pronouncing Teotihuacán (tee-oh-tee-wah-KAHN) while in Mexico City, then just say you want to visit “the pyramids.” Most of the other pyramids in this area are gone. Either they were dismantled (the stones used to build Spanish colonial churches) or they were used as a base for other colonial buildings built on top – religious or administrative.

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February 25, 2010 by | 1 Comment

Dearly Departed in Los Angeles

Why is the idea of a Dearly Departed tour in Los Angeles so popular? Partly it’s that fantastic mug shot of Hugh Grant. And partly it’s the concept of the tour itself: a 2-1/2 hour romp across Hollywood in a ‘Tomb Buggy’ tracking down gruesome, ghastly and notorious episodes in Tinsel Town history.

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February 23, 2010 by | 0 Comments

Mexico City: Top Boutique Hotels

Where to sleep in Mexico City? For a long time Mexico City was dominated by big business hotels and international chains. As crime has plummeted and more tourists have arrived, developers have felt more confident in opening the kind of intimate, stylish hotels found in other great capitals around the world. So if money is no obstacle for you, here are my picks for the best boutique hotel options in the Distrito Federal, or “DF” (pronounced day-effay) as it’s better known.

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February 16, 2010 by | 0 Comments

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