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America’s Best Idea: The History of Our National Parks




The recent controversial decision to drastically reduce the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument has many people wondering just why Americans should care about our National Parks system. To answer the question of why this once-radical idea deserves preserving, we have to go back 150 years to the beginning.




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Topics: US National Parks, The Americas


Grab the Broom, Hang the Lanterns and Put Away the Knives...it’s Chinese New Year




It’s that time of year when red lanterns fill the sky and mandarin oranges spill from produce stands. Of all the traditional Chinese celebrations, Chinese New Year is the most anticipated of them all. Throughout the world people gather -- not only to welcome another year but to congratulate each other on having passed through the old one.





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Topics: Asia


To Beat the Band: The Sounds of the 130th Tournament of Roses Parade




There’s a quiet hush that descends upon the crowds as the shadow of a B-1 Stealth bomber passes over the Tournament of Roses Parade. However, the silence that marks the start of the nation’s favorite parade is quickly broken by the beating of snare drums and blaring trumpets. On January 1, 2019, the parade will again set off down Pasadena's Colorado Boulevard for the 130th time -- and scoring the event will be 20 of the world’s most-talented marching bands.




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Topics: Rose Parade, The Americas


The Couple That Travels Together...: Why Travel Improves Relationships and Sparks Romance




Have you ever noticed how couples who travel together have healthier, happier relationships? According to a survey by the U.S. Travel Association, when we travel with our significant other, we are “significantly more likely to be satisfied with the relationship, communicate better with our partner, enjoy more romance, spend quality time together and share common goals and desires.”





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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips


The Impact of The Crown: How the Monarchy is Driving Travel




Television hits like The Crown have sparked a renewed interest in British royalty and its long-reigning monarch. While fictionalized, the series portrays the very private lives of Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Phillip, with enough truth to pique our curiosity about what life is really like inside the walls of Buckingham Palace. The series begins with the death of Elizabeth’s father and her ascension to the throne in 1952. From her relationship with Phillip to the influence of Winston Churchill, the troubled romance of her sister, Princess Margaret, to the abdication of King Edward, it has everyone questioning just what are the costs of being the British sovereign.





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Topics: Europe


The Northern Lights Show: A guide to seeing Alaska’s Aurora Borealis




While many travelers head to Iceland, Norway, and Northern Scandinavia in search of the phenomenon known as the aurora borealis, you can spot the northern lights much closer to home. The Alaskan Arctic offers clear skies and a superior viewing location to witness this spectacular light show. Here’s your insider’s guide to experiencing our nations own northern lights:




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Topics: Alaska


O Canada!: Why You Should Visit Canada




When Travel & Leisure turned its sights to the 2017 Destination of the Year, all signs pointed to the Land of the Maple Leaf. This being the year of Canada’s sesquicentennial, the destination was chock-full of things to celebrate, but that isn’t the only reason to consider Canada for your upcoming travels. With an abundance of cultural attractions, world-class metropolitan cities and eclectic cuisine, there are plenty of reasons why our northern neighbor is the perfect spot for your next trip -- not the least of which is a strong U.S. dollar, which makes traveling here more affordable than ever.





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Topics: Canadian Rockies, The Americas


The View from the River: China’s Yangtze River Cruise




The port city of Shibaozhai is not unlike other villages in today’s China. Small and remote, it was once a town of farmers and fishers; now the people rely on selling miniature glass dragons and stuffed panda bears to propel their economy toward the future. When YMT Vacations Travel Consultant Joshua Reggiani first visited this town along the Yangtze River he was surprised at its many contradictions. Bustling trinket shops and modern commercial buildings lined crowded streets that snaked their way toward the area’s most famous destination, the Red Pagoda, but just in the periphery of all this progress an old lady sat hunched over a back hoe tilling a field.





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Topics: Asia


7 Things to Do in Cape Cod




Cruising down the “The Old King’s Highway” is a must for New England travelers. Connecting the mainland to the tip of Cape Cod, Highway 6A is one of the most scenic coastal routes in the United States, and your entrance to the quintessential shore holiday. From the Buzzard’s Bay Railroad Bridge to historic Provincetown, this stretch of winding road weaves its way along quaint main streets, past historic homes, and alongside the stunning Cape Cod shoreline. Here are some of the things to do and see on your Cape Cod vacation:




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Topics: The Americas


10 Tips for Photographing Fall Foliage




Every fall the landscape is set ablaze in an explosion of autumn foliage. Throughout the Adirondacks and Vermont’s Green Mountains, the verdant leaves of summer give way to brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows. The days linger a little while longer as the crisp air hints at the coming of winter and “leaf-peepers” arrive to catch a glimpse of the spectacle. Here are our tips for photographing New England’s autumn colors:





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Topics: The Americas