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Guiding Lights: New England’s Lighthouses




Coastal New England is a slice of Americana. A place where centuries-old clapboard houses sit alongside mansions built by Quaker sea captains. Where the rhythm of waves provides the soundtrack of the clam shacks where salty old men tell their tales. There is an abundance of beauty up and down this 6,000-mile stretch of coastline. Towering over it all are the classic lighthouses in New England.




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Topics: Americas, New England/Canada


Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel is the Ultimate Escape




The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is one of the finest resorts in the country. The hotel was built in 1887 as a lakeside retreat for wealthy Golden Age travelers. Almost 140 years later it has retained its ambiance of refinement and gentility. The setting for the 1980 film Somewhere in Time is romantic, elegant, and the ultimate escape from modern life.

Iconic, historical, and famously luxurious, the Grand Hotel is the type of place you must visit at least once. A 2-night stay at the Grand Hotel is the highlight of YMT’s Mackinac Island & Grand Hotel tour.




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Topics: Americas, Guest Stories, Travel Inspiration


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. With an eclectic array of neighborhoods blessed with abundant outdoor activities and magnificent waterfront views, there’s a lot to love here -- not the least of which is Vancouver’s exciting culinary scene. One of our favorite foodie destinations is Granville Island Market, a bustling public market in a gentrified former industrial area right along the waterfront.




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Topics: Americas, Food and Dining


Most Romantic Cities in the U.S.



There are many romantic cities in the United States. From the west coast to the east coast, from the south to the north, from tropical islands to desert vistas. There is a huge variety of stunning destinations, each with their own flavor of love and romance.

10 Most Romantic Cities in The U.S.

Here is our guide to the 10 most romantic cities in the US. From laid back to bustling, these cities each offer something special for visitors looking forward to a romantic escape.




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Topics: Americas, Travel Inspiration


How to Spend One Day in San Francisco



There is plenty to see if you only have one day in San Francisco. It’s the beautiful, vibrant, sophisticated jewel of the California coast. Stellar views of the ocean, famous art and architecture, and an intriguing culture lure millions of tourists to the city every year. Read our expert advice for the best way to spend24 hours in San Francisco.




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Topics: Americas


10 Tips for Photographing Fall Foliage




Every fall, New England is set ablaze in an explosion of autumn foliage. The lush green of summer gives way to brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows. The season slowly shifts. Dusk creeps in earlier each day as the crisp air hints at the coming of winter. Brisk gusts shake the trees, rattling down a rainbow of crunchy leaves as the annual crowd of “leaf-peepers” arrive to catch the show.

The colors are spectacular in person, but capturing their beauty in photos can be a real challenge. Discover our favorite, tried and true, easy to follow fall foliage photo tips.





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Topics: Americas


10 Best Cities to Visit Within the U.S.



There is a great variety of dynamic cities in the US to visit, each with its own unique culture, history and attractions. When planning a trip within the United States, you’ll want to be sure to include one or more must visit cities in the US on your itinerary.




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Topics: Americas


National Parks with the Best Wildlife Viewing




National Parks are the best place to see wildlife in USA. They offer protected habitats for wild animals to roam freely. Visitors can observe wildlife as they live and interact with each other in their natural environment.




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Topics: Americas, Planning a Vacation, Travel Inspiration


Visitors Guide to Washington D.C.



Washington D.C. offers many wonderful opportunities to learn about American history in fun and engaging ways. Visiting Washington D.C. monuments and memorials, as well as museums, is a great way to immerse yourself in this country’s past.




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Topics: Americas


What to Do in Quebec City



Visitors figuring out what to do in Quebec City have an embarrassment of riches to choose from. This French-speaking city at the confluence of the Saint Lawrence and Saint-Charles Rivers is teeming with history, culture, and both natural and man-made beauty.




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Topics: Americas, New England/Canada