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Best Barbecue Regions of the US



Smoky, savory, juicy, and delicious, barbecue is arguably Americas greatest culinary tradition. Unlike grilling, which involves quick, high heat cooking, proper barbecue must be done low and slow. Cooked over a wood fire whose flavorful smoke permeates the meat, the art of barbecue creates some of the tastiest food in the world. Barbecue regions have their own distinct styles with signature flavor profiles, sauces, cuts of meat, and iconic restaurants.




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The Best Newport Mansions



Newport, Rhode Island was the summer playground of the rich and powerful during America’s Gilded Age around the turn of the 20th century. During that time, American commerce experienced an unprecedented boom. Railroad, banking, oil, steel, and mining tycoons earned massive fortunes and spent lavishly on their image and lifestyles. They wanted to show off on their way to becoming American royalty—and nowhere was showier than at their Newport mansions.




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Historic Sites of the Blues Highway



Running parallel to the Mississippi for nearly 1,400 miles from Minnesota down to the Gulf of Mexico, Highway 61 is one of America’s iconic roads. Particularly the final stretch from Memphis to New Orleans known as the Blues Highway. Countless blues musicians traveled the Blues Highway in the early and mid-20th century. This is where the blues was born, and it is full of can’t-miss stops for blues lovers.  The land that gave us Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and Robert Johnson is rich with culture and filled with music.  Visiting the historic sites of the Blues Highway that explore this musical past are an unforgettable experience.




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Up, Up and Away: Tips and Facts for the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta



As opening day approaches, Balloon Fiesta Park becomes a boomtown. It buzzes with the sound of trucks and people rushing to prepare the site of one of Albuquerque’s premiere events. In this makeshift city, experienced workers and volunteers alike must come together to set up booths and facilities in anticipation of 900,000 guests. Since 1972, visitors have flocked to New Mexico each year to gaze upward and be awed by the magnificence of hundreds of hot air balloons.




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Topics: Americas, Balloon Fiesta


How to Prepare for Your First Rose Parade




The Rose Parade is the “granddaddy of them all,” a beloved institution known as America’s New Year Celebration. It is as closely tied to the New Year holiday as fireworks or optimistic resolutions. For many first-time visitors to this Pasadena, California event, there are a host of questions about the ins and outs of seeing it in person. If you’re considering a trip to Southern California for next year’s event, here are our tips for how to prepare for your first Rose Parade.




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Topics: Americas, Rose Parade


11 Must-See Attractions in NYC




Considered by many to be the greatest city in the world, New York City is a place unlike any other. It is constantly buzzing with the energy of its 8 million residents and the millions of visitors that pass through its streets every year. Gotham, The Big Apple, The City of Dreams—whatever you call it, New York is a one-of-a-kind city filled with iconic sights and some of the world’s best attractions. Don’t miss out on these must-see places in NYC.




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Topics: Americas


The White Dove of the Desert: Mission San Xavier del Bac



On the stunning façade above the ornate door of Mission San Xavier del Bac, a stone-carved cat, its sharpest details rounded down by years of wind and desert rain, crouches, ready to attack the mouse on the other side of the grand entryway. Legend says that when the cat finally eats, the world will end.

Nicknamed the “White Dove of the Desert” and listed as a National Historic Landmark, the mission is still an active church. It has been abandoned, survived an earthquake, and most impressively withstood both the ravages of the time and the encroachment of the modern world. It stands as a striking beacon in the Sonoran Desert, at what the Spaniards who built it considered the very edge of the known world.




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Topics: Americas, Balloon Fiesta, History


How to Pack for Your Fall Trip to New England




A trip to New England in September or October is a magical experience as trees in the region transform into a dazzling mosaic of colors. There is plenty to see and do on a tour of New England during fall, with many activities focused on the harvest and foliage.




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Topics: Americas, Planning a Vacation, New England/Canada, Travel Tips, Packing Lists


Best Things to do in Buenos Aires, Argentina




Falling in love with Buenos Aires is easy. It’s a capital whose charm runs deep, with a unique spirit and irresistible soundtrack. The tango is the heartbeat of the city. Strong, fast, and impossible to ignore, it’s a music, a dance, and a way of life. Buenos Aires fuses European architecture with a distinctly Latin joie de vivre, which has made it into the most visited city in all of South America.




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Topics: Americas, Travel Tips, Food and Dining, International Travel


Best Attractions Along Historic Route 66




One of the greatest parts about traveling down Route 66 is the attractions you’ll find along the way. Nicknamed “America’s Main Street” and “The Mother Road,” the 2,448-mile-long highway snakes its way through eight states, from the heart of Chicago to the Santa Monica Pier, passing by countless interesting places along the way. It would be impossible to name our favorite stop along the whole of Route 66, but we would love to share what we look forward to most in each state. Travel West with us along The Mother Road, as we share some of the best attractions along Historic Route 66!




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Topics: Americas, Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips, Food and Dining