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The Daddy of ‘em All: Cheyenne, Wyoming’s Frontier Days




Since 1897 the small town of Cheyenne, Wyoming has hosted an outdoor rodeo and western celebration that claims to be the largest of its kind. The event kicks off the Sunday before with the annual walking of the steers where hundreds of animals are ushered some three miles into Frontier Park to await the festivities.




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Topics: Americas


What to Do in Aix En Provence, France




On an avenue lined with 17th- and 18th-century buildings, the sun is dappled through a canopy of plane trees. An elderly couple sits slowly sipping grandes cremes while a group of ladies shuffles through the open-air market. This is Cours Mirabeau, Aix-En-Provence’s main promenade and perhaps the most beautiful street in all of Europe.




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Topics: Europe


Summer’s Best Road Trip: Canada’s Kootenay National Park




As summer approaches, travelers are hitting the highways and planning the ultimate road trip. More than just a way to get from point A to point B, road trips let you get up-close and personal with the landscape, proving that the joy truly is in the journey. Undoubtedly, our favorite excursions are scenic treks through National Parks and world heritage sites like Canada’s Kootenay National Park.




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Topics: Canadian Rockies, Travel Tips


Inflate Your Imagination: the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta!




Envision hundreds of colorful balloons soaring at once, floating over the picturesque Sandia Mountains in the quiet morning. The colors are luminous and rich while the technique, skill, and timing is precise. In the evening, you walk among the balloons as the propane burners twinkle and illuminate the aircrafts against the black sky backdrop. It happens every autumn in gorgeous New Mexico at the world’s biggest Balloon Festival, The International Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.




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Topics: Americas, Planning a Vacation


Who Are The Amish? Understanding the “Plain” People of Lancaster County




Following the teachings for a 17th century Swiss Protestant, the Amish are one of the three “plain” religions that make their home along the back roads and rolling hills of Lancaster County in Pennsylvania Dutch country. Affiliated with the Mennonites, which originated in Germany during the Protestant Revolution, the group eventually settled in William Penn’s colony in Pennsylvania in the early 1700s.




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Topics: Americas


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