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Independent bookstores play the role of literary sanctuary for readers both young and old, and the fact that bookstores are celebrated in the age of Kindles and digital downloads is a testament to the written word. From stores that specialize in a certain genre, like children’s books in French, to others that offer creative features
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Lake Michigan has been called the Cape Cod of the Midwest. A visit to any of these small towns will make you understand why. It’s one of the largest—and perhaps the most beautiful—freshwater lakes in the world. Remnants of the inland shipping industry that once dominated the Great Lakes can be found inside charming lighthouses
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Arne Beruldsen/Dreamstime Bourbon tasting is one of our favorite things to do in Kentucky. The Bluegrass State captures the United States with its bourbon industry, horse races, and historic sites. Here are a few ways to experience the best the state has to offer. No one ever accused Kentucky of being boring. From the lively
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Rocky road! Mint chocolate chip! Cookies and cream! From the beaches of New England to the mountains of Hawaii, nothing says “summer” quite like a heaping scoop of ice cream. Here, some of our favorite places to get your frozen fix. And you won’t believe the wacky flavors they’re serving in Portland. Looking for the
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Courtesy CityFlatsHotel CityFlatsHotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Grand Rapids ups its cool quotient with this design-centric, centrally located hotel. There are “green” hotels and then there’s CityFlatsHotel. This Grand Rapids hotel, located smack in the middle of downtown, is as smart and environmentally minded as it is visually stunning and all-around cool. Here’s what to
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Tigristiara/Dreamstime “Flight shame” is on the rise as awareness of the airline industry’s carbon footprint grows. Eco-conscious Swedes are opting for train travel over flight, and trying to make the rest of the world do the same. There are entire websites devoted to foreign language words that have no direct English translation. Shadenfreude—taking pleasure in
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Have you been guilty of a foreign-soil faux pas? Our easy guide to being a good citizen of the world will come in handy next time you get your passport stamped. Don’t get us wrong: We’re darn proud to be Americans, and we don’t mind saying so—whether we’re here at our New York City headquarters
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Upgrade your lunch break with a Tony-winning musical. This summer, you won’t have to visit New York’s theater district to get a taste of the Broadway action. Broadway in the Boros Broadway in the Boros releases musical theater talent from the confines of Times Square for a free lunchtime performance series. Starting this month, as
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Courtesy G-RO Meet SIX, which may be the ultimate carry-on. A celebrity-backed luggage brand launches a new carry-on Kickstarter. Say goodbye to the suitcase as you know it. Anyone who’s struggled to maneuver a carry-on down a narrow airplane aisle knows that boarding can be tricky, but one luggage company is aiming to simplify the
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​There’s still time to plan an epic summer vacation, and each of these incredible destinations—recommended by Budget Travelers—will stay with you forever.​ The days of summer have arrived, and there’s still time to book an epic vacation. From road trips out west to gorgeous lake shores to affordable cities, we’ve got you covered—each of our
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Bignai/Dreamstime If you thought airport security couldn’t get any more stressful, think again. Sit down and take a deep breath before you read this. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials are warning that an expected increase in airline passengers, and an insufficient increase in TSA staffing, will lead to longer airport security lines, reports the Washington
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There’s plenty of reasons to love the Emerald City. Some cost money, others are fabulously free. Seattle can be expensive. Look in the right places, though, and there are still plenty of free ways to spend time in Emerald City without spending a penny. 1. Explore Pike Place Market Touristy, but justifiably so, Pike Place
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Creative restaurants, live music, and entrepreneurial energy are fueling an exciting renaissance in historic Detroit. Though its ups and downs, Detroit has never lacked in creativity or industriousness. In fact, you can say that’s what made it a world-class city to begin with, what with its trail-blazing motor vehicle industry and, of course, Motown, easily
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Christinlola/Dreamstime Frolicking in the great outdoors isn’t just fun—it’s good for your health. You can start today. In fact, stop reading this and get outside! The news that there are positive health benefits to spending just two hours in nature per week should inspire people to get travelling more to woodlands, beaches and parks. A
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Courtesy Visit Oakland Oakland has a unique sense of style that is increasingly drawing fashion-forward shoppers to the Bay Area city. The city’s diverse designers and boutiques are attracting fashion-forward shoppers. Visitors to Northern California’s Bay Area have a legendary array of sights to see and experiences to savor, from the natural beauty of Marin
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