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A Walk Through History: Boston’s Freedom Trail

A red-brick line snakes its way through the heart of Boston intersecting 16 bronze plaques embedded in the cobblestones. Along this 2.5-mile route, the emblems mark the historic sites of the city’s famed Freedom Trail. Often led by period-clad guides, 90-minute tours take visitors back in time to the 1700s and the cradle of liberty. It is a walking history lesson where it seems as if every step you take tells a story.

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Topics: Americas

A Sure Bet: Visiting King’s Beach in Lake Tahoe

Just across the border from Nevada, a game of poker began in a small village along Lake Tahoe’s North Shore in 1925. Among the players were an eccentric millionaire who for all intents and purposes owned the town, and a local card shark, bouncer, and bootlegger. After an intense game that lasted the entire night, Joe King held the final hand and the town became forever known as King’s Beach.

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Topics: US National Parks

Top 10 Things to Eat at Vancouver’s Granville Island Market

Vancouver, British Columbia is consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world. From outdoor activities to an eclectic array of neighborhoods and magnificent waterfront views, there’s a lot to love here -- not the least of which is an exciting culinary scene. One of our favorite foodie destinations is Granville Island Market, a bustling public market in a now-gentrified former industrial area along the waterfront.

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Topics: Travel Tips

The Wild West as You’ve Always Imagined It: What to See in Monument Valley

If you’ve ever seen a John Wayne western, chances are you have a pretty good idea of what Monument Valley is like. As the backdrop to dozens of classic films and television series, the stark desert landscape of wind-sculpted buttes and red-rock monoliths has become an unmistakable symbol of the American west.

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Topics: US National Parks

Conquering the Mountain: Exploring Scotland’s Fort William

Without a doubt, the centerpiece of Fort William is Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in the British Isles. With a summit formed of a collapsed volcano, this ancient rock face shadows over the Scottish town and conquering its peak is what attracts scores of adventure seekers to the area. But there’s more to Fort William than just Ben Nevis.

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Topics: Europe

Aloha! 15 words you should know before visiting Hawaii

In 1893, Queen Liluokalani was deposed by a group of American sugar planters with the help of a division of the U.S. Marines, making her the last reigning monarch of Hawaii. For more than six decades the islands, which were originally settled by Polynesian voyagers, remained a U.S. protectorate until March 1959 when Hawaii finally became the 50th state of the Union. A year later, the final star was added to the American flag.

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Topics: Hawaii

Let the Good Times Roll: Standouts from the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade

A monkey king reigned over the 128th Tournament of Roses Parade. The royal float, entitled ‘Journey to Success,’ was joined by surfing dogs, a 42-foot giraffe and a tiny unicorn -- all making their way down Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard this past New Year’s Day. The floats at this year’s parade were noted for their sheer size, like one that broke all records for length and weight, while others dazzled on cuteness alone as did a herd of miniature horses prancing down the street.

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Topics: Rose Parade

The ‘Reel’ Ireland: Pubs and Traditional Irish Music

If Ireland had a sound, it would be a foot-tapping reel played fast and furiously over the raucous banter of a crowded pub. Often it starts slow and simple with just a guitar but before long fiddlers and accordion players, drummers and banjo strummers are quickening the pace. 

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Topics: Ireland

Best Travel Value for Summer 2017: Why Visit Canada Now

Forbes Magazine recently called Canada one of the Cheapest Places to Travel in 2017. Not only is the Canadian loonie lagging at 70 cents to the U.S. dollar, but the current historic high of American currency means you’ll pay 30 percent less on those coveted travel experiences.

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Topics: Canadian Rockies

Greece for the Summer: How to Save on Your Trip to Santorini

Thanks to the high value of the U.S. dollar and a weakened Euro, Americans are making plans to take that much-dreamed-of European vacation. High on the bucket list of many travelers is Greece, or Santorini to be specific. 

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Topics: Greece