Europe’s Most Colorful Gardens

Mirabell Gardens, Austria

It’s hard to resist a garden in full bloom, especially one sampling every color of the rainbow. While one can easily find a slew of scenic gardens and public parks in just about any city, there are a few European destinations boasting quite impressive flowerbeds this season. From larger-than-life palace grounds and artist-inspiring, free-growing shrubs to an island dedicated to flowers, here are eight gardens definitely worth an afternoon stroll.

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March 21, 2016 by
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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
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St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Around the World

Happy Saint Patrick's Day 2010, Dublin, Ireland by || UggBoy?UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL || (CC BY 2.0)

St. Patrick’s Day. The one time of year when it is totally acceptable to dye beer green. And drop green coloring into bodies of water. And strut around in head-to-toe green. It’s a day of festive parades, followed by a night of more celebration. All of this is done for one reason: to celebrate one of Ireland’s most well-known saints.

While celebrating in Ireland is a no-brainer on St. Patrick’s Day, there are other places around the world that guarantee a good party.

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March 14, 2016 by
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Amsterdam’s Keukenhof Gardens: Tiptoe Through the Tulips

Keukenhof Gardens in season

If you’ve got a thing for flowers, color, beauty, history and sweet-smelling air, the Netherlands’ Keukenhof Gardens, not far from Amsterdam, is the place for you. It’s gorgeous. So gorgeous, in fact, that no one has ever taken a bad photograph there. Well, not of the flowers anyway.

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March 11, 2016 by
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Easter Week in Rome, Italy

St. Peter's Basilica

There is nothing like attending mass in St. Peter’s Square. It’s the stuff bucket lists are made of. Packed inside the little area are thousands of people from all over the world. And when it’s Easter week in Rome, it will be especially busy at the Vatican.

Pope Francis is certainly now a fixture in Rome and in the Catholic Church, but the newness of a pope isn’t what draws thousands to Vatican City for Easter. It doesn’t matter what the weather is like outside, Easter in Rome constitutes one of the city’s peak tourist seasons.

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March 11, 2016 by
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Spring Break Destinations for Every Kind of Traveler

Full Moon Party. Koh Phangan. Thailand. by María Gabriela Lucero (CC BY-ND 2.0)

With spring break just around the corner, now’s the time to cast aside your studies, hunt down those last-minute deals and plan an unforgettable trip. Whether you’re looking for a budget beach break, a romantic getaway or an adrenaline-pumping adventure, here’s a roundup of the best spring break destinations.

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March 9, 2016 by
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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
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An Insider’s Guide to the Best Beaches in the Caribbean

Magens Bay, St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

For soul-warming sun, powdery sands and crystalline waters, the Caribbean offers thousands of beaches from which to choose. From secluded mountain-coddled coves and peaceful palm-lined stretches of sand to idyllic resort-fronted stretches and lively people-watching expanses, you’ll discover an abundance of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Choosing from which beach to enjoy the sun and surf can be challenging, so we’ve put together an insider’s guide to the best beaches in the Caribbean.

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March 7, 2016 by
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10 Festivals Worth Traveling for in March

Calle Ocho 10 by Bob B. Brown (CC BY-ND 2.0)

As the cold weather begins to subside, revelers come out of hibernation for these unique March festivals. Whether you want a little peace and quiet or a month-long blowout, we’ve got you covered with this list of March’s best festivals worldwide.

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March 3, 2016 by
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Best TV and Film Tours Around the World

Highclere Castle

Taking a vacation can be all about escape — and the same can be said about losing ourselves in the movies and TV shows we love. It’s only natural, then, for film and TV buffs to combine the two when traveling by visiting famous shooting locations around the world.

Sometimes you’ll find out that a story set in one place is actually filmed in another place entirely (or, worse yet, on a soundstage or studio with a green screen!) — but in some cases, the location is so important it almost becomes a character in the story. Here are some of the best film and TV tours around the world that will let you get up close and personal with the destinations behind your favorite shows.

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February 29, 2016 by
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