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Top 25 Things to Do in North America: 2014 Viator Travel Awards

Explore the Big Apple

You’ll find all kinds of activities listed below, including historic exploration in Cancun and Washington DC, 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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January 7, 2014 by | 1 Comment

Travel Alert: All US National Parks & Sites Have Reopened

Yosemite

As of October 1, 2013, all US national parks, national wildlife refuges and the Bureau of Land Management facilities, among other government agencies, have been temporarily closed due to a government shutdown.

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October 17, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Charleston and Savannah: The Haunted Cities of the South

Marshall House

Separated by less than 100 miles of coastline and Hilton Head Island, Charleston and Savannah compete for the title of Most Haunted City in America. Episodes of the Sci-Fi channel’s Ghost Hunters and HGTV’s If These Wall Could Talk feature hotels, gravestones, and other sites known to host apparitions. Diner, pub, and brewery guests tell tales of having their hair pulled, feeling otherworldly presences, and even seeing dishware moved by invisible hands. With more buried history than in just about any other cities in the nation, it’s no wonder some souls are looking for redemption… or justice.

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October 16, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Fifty Years Later: Walking in the Footsteps of JFK in Dallas & Fort Worth

Dealy Plaza

The motorcade. The sixth floor window. The grassy knoll. The conspiracy. On November 22, 1963, the eyes, the heart, and then the horror of the nation was pinned on downtown Dallas as President John F. Kennedy Jr. lived his last day. Simultaneously, the country mourned the loss of a leader and way of life. The final road traveled by the smiling, and seemingly impregnable President ended at the corner below the Texas Book Depository, but his last final full day began 35 miles west in the companion city of Fort Worth, TX.

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October 16, 2013 by | 0 Comments

How and Where to Celebrate the Day of the Dead

No holiday celebrates death quite like Latin America’s Día de los Muertos, or ‘Day of the Dead’. The roots of this peculiar festival date back to number of ancient Mesoamerican cultures, all of which shared a fascination with death, but the main influence came from the Aztecs, who dominated central Mexico before the arrival of the Spanish. The Aztecs had a specific annual festival for the dead, held in the middle of the year. When the Spanish began to rule the area, however, the colonial powers moved the festival’s date to November 2 in order to coincide with the Catholic holiday of All Saints’ Day.

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October 1, 2013 by | 0 Comments

A View of the Summit on a Denali National Park Flightseeing Tour

Denali summits

Locals call Denali – or McKinley, you decide – The Mountain. When you’re lucky enough to see it you understand why. Though it’s flanked by several other great peaks, Denali towers above them all at 20,320 feet. My friend — a former resident of the mountain town where most expeditions to Denali start — envied my success in seeing the summit. Though that success had little do with me and everything to do with weather and an available seat on Talkeetna Air Taxi’s flight-seeing and glacier landing tour.

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September 23, 2013 by | 0 Comments

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Tampa, Florida

Tampa Bayshore

Tampa, Florida sees barely a third of the visitors of Orlando, its more popular first cousin on the opposite side of the state. Too bad. Because what Tampa lacks in princess castles and theme parks, it more than makes up for in pirate ships and a booming craft beer scene.

Slap on an eye patch, grab a cigar and put ten new wrinkles in your brain with these crazy facts you never knew about Tampa.

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September 16, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Tybee Island: Laid-Back Beach Style in Georgia

Tybee Lighthouse

Just 20 minutes from the heavy antebellum charm of Savannah, the landscape begins to change. The horizon spreads open to reveal Georgia’s low country: a coastal waterway lined with marshes, sinking landscapes and a slow, lazy river.

Off the side of the road, you may see alligators lurking in the water, or cranes standing still in marsh grass. You’ll feel the slow pull of the tide as you drive further down Hwy. 80, away from the mainland and closer to the coast.

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September 6, 2013 by | 1 Comment

St. Augustine, Florida’s Founding City

St Augustine

Steeped in history that spans nearly 450 years, St. Augustine is a city that celebrates its heritage while looking forward to the future. The history of Florida’s Founding City is evident at almost every turn: the brick-lined streets and verdant open spaces invite visitors to slow down and experience the almost palpable air of age, while the coquina walls of its forts and city gates seem almost constructed of a time gone by.

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September 5, 2013 by | 0 Comments

New England Fall Foliage: The Best State by State

Every fall, New England rolls out a foliage carpet dressed in blazing oranges and reds, yellows and purples. It’s the perfect time to visit the region. Leaf peepers come to drive the winding country roads, hike lush mountain paths, and stroll town greens to soak in the vibrant vistas of color. If you’re planning a trip to the region, here are the most stunning places to see fall foliage state-by-state.

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September 3, 2013 by | 2 Comments

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