• Custer State Park: Custer, South Dakota

A free-roaming herd of 1,500 bison is the main attraction at this park in the scenic Black Hills, but there’s plenty more wildlife to be spotted along its 18-mile loop road, including pronghorns, bighorn sheep, and even feral burros. Needles Highway, a popular 14-mile scenic drive through the park, is dotted with needle-shaped rock formations, two tunnels, and sweeping views of evergreen forests and lush meadows.

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  • Georgia Aquarium: Atlanta, GA

The largest aquarium in the U.S. has tens of thousands of animals swimming in over 10 million gallons of water. Located in Atlanta, the massive institution is home to some of the biggest fish in the world. Daredevils can even swim with the aquarium’s whale sharks. For kids, there’s a petting area where you dip your hands into a shallow pool filled with rays and baby sharks, including Bonnethead sharks, which have eyes in the back of their heads. Don’t miss the museum’s dolphin show, where trainers showcase the beauty, athleticism, and intelligence of bottlenose dolphins.

  • Ticonderoga Club - Atlanta

Head to the back of dining and retail hub, Krog Street Market, and you’ll find this laid back, cocktail-forward restauran...

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  • Olympic National Park
  • Bar Cotto - Seattle

For aperol spritzes

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  • Arches National Park

Has the world’s largest concentration of sandstone arches. They’re natural-formed, freestanding arcs that look the ideal place for a hardcore backpacking couple to get married. See some beautiful ones with trails leading to Delicate Arch, Double-O Arch, and the Windows sections of the park.

  • Bryce Canyon

An extremely beautiful place you should try to see at night, if you can, to watch the Milky Way light up the drippy rock columns called hoodoos. If you’re there during the day, you’ll still have plenty to enjoy — hike up to Inspiration Point (or have a loved one drag you, as I did, if you’re not good at altitude, as it clocks in at over 8,800 feet) and survey the ombré mountains beneath you.

jul 8 2019 ∞
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  • The Collins Quarter - Savannah

You can’t go wrong at The Collins Quarter. Everything on the menu is fresh, tasty, and unique. Their dishes are inspired by Australia but have a certain southern flare. The ambience is lovely for lunch or romantic for dinner and their cocktail menu is killer to boot!

  • Foxy Loxy Cafe - Savannah

Opened by a Texas transplant, this sweet cafe is brimming with good eats and southern charm. They specialize in Tex-Mex inspired dishes and are known for their Kolache buns (sweet buns that come stuffed with bacon, sausage, or veggies). Great for a quick breakfast to-go or to leisurely sip on one of their horchata lattes. They have an open-air porch on the second story that gives you a view of the lovely Spanish Moss-draped oaks that line the stre...

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  • St. Tropez Beach

What could be better than drinking chilled rosé while overlooking beautiful boats docked in this iconic French Riviera town? Maybe playing a few rounds of pétanque with some locals clad in white linen or sunbathing on the sand of beach club Nikki? Don’t worry, you can do it all here. And to avoid the crowds and the overly obnoxious mega-yachts, I recommend visiting during the sailing regatta held every year at the end of the summer. That’s when I go.

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  • The Andaman Islands, Indian Ocean

Launching in February, the Catamaran Meltemi will explore remote islands in the Indian Ocean. Red Savannah founder and CEO George Morgan-Grenville says, “Opening up for the first time, the Andamans offer an extraordinary archipelago of about 300 palm-lined, white sand islands that have hitherto been almost impossible to access.” After departing from Ranong on Thailand’s east coast, it takes two days to reach Port Blair’s old town, often accompanied by curious dolphins and whales, before eight days of visiting colorful markets and fishing villages, exploring mangrove forests by canoe, turtle spotting while snorkeling and picnicking on deserted beaches. Morgan-Grenville notes, “This tropical paradise is one of a rapidly diminishing number of genuinely untouched places—not only a haven for marine wil...

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  • Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery - NH

With its location in the White Mountains and an abundance of outdoor activities, any time of the year is a great time to book a stay at the 40-room Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery — a boutique hotel spread out across six different buildings. The craft beer-savvy, however, seek out a Brewers Weekend. The special event – held a few times a year – includes a hands-on experience learning how to brew beer in the onsite brewery. The weekend ends with a celebratory beer pairing dinner.

  • Trapp Family Lodge - VT

The Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont delivers an Austrian experience so authentic, you might find yourself belting out, “The hills are alive with the sound of music” after a few too many pints from the onsite Bavarian-inspired brewery. Drink ord...

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  • El Yunque National Forest - Puerto Rico

No visit to Puerto Rico is complete without at least a stop at El Yunque, the island's vaunted slice of rainforest. Hiking through its misty, forested hills, you'll find sparkling-clean waterfalls, overgrown gulches and canyons, and more exotic plant and animal life than you've ever seen in one place. What to do there: Visit the Arecibo radio telescope, where Pierce Brosnan takes on Sean Bean (playing Agent 006) in GoldenEye’s final scene

  • Flamenco Beach - Puerto Rico

Culebra Island Regularly shortlisted in collections of the world's best beaches (including ours!), Culebra Island’s Flamenco Beach boasts powdery white sand and picturesque palm trees matched by luminously blue seas, creating a scene right out of a Corona commercial. Decades of use by...

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  • Cliffs of Moher

County Clare, Ireland Viewing spot: Coming from Doolin Google Ireland’s most famous attraction, and you’ll pull up words like “tourist trap” and “overrated” pretty quick. But blogger Shannon O’Donnell found a route through pastures starting in a charming village called Doolin (another town, Galway, is where most tourists head in from). Trade-off? There’s a high probability you will be stepping in cow patties.

  • Best date spot: The Bath Pub

Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 This pub should win an award for being the prettiest boozer in Dublin, and will impress most people at first sight. The appeal goes beyond looks, though: it's also got a fun, laid-back atmosphere, serves gin cocktails in a teapot with saucers, and is in close proxi...

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  • Brindille

If you’ve opted for exotic frog legs, 200+ Old World wines, and magnum pours of Champagne in River North over another Public House bro-down, congratulations: you've made a wise decision. Steve says: "It is a bar that offers an elegant and comfortable experience. The theme from its inception is 'refined Parisian.' It complements the extraordinary French fare with sophisticated wines and cocktails that are designed specifically to complement the dining experience. The absinthe program is another aspect that has remained a hidden gem in the city."

  • Take in the skyline from Promontory Point

Enjoy an incredible view of the city from the Alfred Caldwell-designed Promontory Point in Burnham Park. The south lakefron...

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  • Placencia, Belize

Skip the crowded beaches of Cancun, Mexico, and head just south to the coast of Belize for an entirely different type of beach vacation. Though Placencia is a small coastal village, you’ll find lots to do between the water activities, nearby Mayan temples, and sampling local cuisine. The beaches are breathtaking and because Belize is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, snorkelers and divers will find lots to explore. While there are other more traveled beach spots in the region, Placencia allows for total relaxation. There are a number of resorts in the area housing modern amenities so you won’t have to scrimp on comfort at all. (Larue Beya Resort)

  • Belize barrier reef
  • Bocawina Rainforest Resort & Adventures
jan 11 2016 ∞
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  • San Giovanni in Laterano - Rome

The official seat of the Roman pontiff, San Giovanni is the cathedral of Rome. It's been a cathedral in name more than spirit since Pope Julius II—he who commissioned all those Michelangelos—moved papal operations to Saint Peter's in the 16th century. (His motivation? It's where he planned to build his oversize tomb.) In the early 4th century, Emporer Constantine donated it to the Church for the construction of a cathedral and residence. It features spectacular interiors by Borromini, a sixteenth century coffered ceiling detailed with real gold, and an intricate mosaic floor. Pay close attention to the bronze front doors: they were taken from the Roman senate building in the Forum.

  • San Stefano Rotondo - Rome

A short walk from San Giovanni, San Stefa...

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  • Mara Explorer tented camp

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya The word “glamping” needs to be taken out of the English vocabulary, like, yesterday. The concept, however, is definitely something we can get behind, especially at a place where you can get your safari on in the middle of an African wildlife reserve. Kick back on your four-post bed or chill on your private veranda while elephants and zebras just mosey on by. Or, head out with a gold-certified guide to find even wilder, more dangerous animals. And the best part, the only noises keeping you up at night will be the lions roaring in the distance; no crying little Simbas are allowed on the property.

  • Giraffe Manor - Nairobi

If you are any smidge of an animal lover, this place needs to be on your list. Doe...

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  • Best Italian: Lavanderia Vecchia - Berlin

What you're getting: Set menu Sure, there are loads of Italian spots in Berlin, but none that offer the surreal, semi-secret atmosphere, the convivial vibe, and the amazing deal of Lavanderia Vecchia. Set in an old launderette (hence the name) in a back courtyard in Neukölln, this place offers endless plates of delicious appetizers, a pasta course, a fish or meat course, and coffee, dessert, a digestivo, and half a bottle of wine, all for less than the wine would cost you in many restaurants. The open kitchen and cavernous space festooned with aprons, handkerchiefs, and all manner of vintage linens complete the experience.

  • Best French: Brasserie Lamazère - Berlin
nov 17 2015 ∞
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  • Olympic Provisions

Formerly known as Olympic Provisions -- until a certain athletic organization hilariously took issue with the name -- Olympia's wares are carried all over the west coast and beyond, and for good reason. Whether you're getting breakfast links, chorizo, brats, Italians, or fancy salumi, the Portland artisan meat-packers serve up some of the best damned sausage to hit buns and charcuterie boards in the region. But they're best enjoyed with a craft cocktail at OP's two Portland outposts, where they're also serving up sopressata, salchichon, and other wonders.

  • Pine State Biscuits

Look, we love the PDXWT with duck bologna at Portland Penny Diner and the wonderful breakfast sandwich at Bunk -- but our hearts, or what's left of them, belong to ...

nov 17 2015 ∞
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  • The Fat Duck (Melbourne, Australia) - British food wizard Heston Blumenthal was at the forefront of neurogastronomy and multi-sensory dining before either concept had a name. His three-Michelin-starred restaurant, The Fat Duck, left its longtime home in the English village of Bray this year and leaped to the antipodes for a six-month stint at the Crown Towers hotel in Melbourne's Southbank. Blumenthal promises the same "multi-sensory phantasmagoria" diners have come to expect from him, "taking you on a journey of history, nostalgia, memory and emotion." Dishes include salmon lollies, snail porridge and his signature "Sound of the Sea," a sculptural plate of seafood, seaweed and panko "sand" that comes with an iPod tucked into a conch shell. The Fat Duck will return to its Bray, Berkshire, location in the latter part of 2015.
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  • Explore the city’s oldest church and graveyard

It’s the Old Church. You can’t miss it. (And check out the website to see what special exhibitions are going on.)

  • Visit the city’s oldest coffee shop

Yes, the “special” kind of coffee shop. But the Bulldog has claimed the title of first, so you can tick this off as a historical landmark visit.

  • Discover a hidden church

“Our Dear Lord in the Attic” is basically the Tardis of Amsterdam: it looks like a regular townhouse from the outside, but inside it hides the replicated home of a 17th-century Catholic merchant and a church seating 200 people and a one-story organ.

nov 16 2015 ∞
oct 9 2019 +
  • Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte

Midtown East, Manhattan Okay, this French import also serves a salad. And cheap house wine. And dessert. But that’s it. When you’re there, you’re eating steak with buttery pan sauce and french fries for your entree, just like everyone else in the large, brightly lit dining room. Don’t skip out on a bottle of the very affordable (and acceptably mediocre) house wine. ✵ Order: No, really, the only choice is steak frites.

  • Court Street Grocers

Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, and Williamsburg, Brooklyn; and Greenwich Village, Manhattan The menu might seem intimidating at first—there are a lot of sandwiches—but once you make your way through the list, you’ll realize each item has earned its place. Whether it’s eggy, vegetari...

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  • Great Smoky National Park
  • B.B. King’s Blues Club - Memphis

When we walked into B.B. King’s, we were met with friendly faces and music that made the floors shake — literally. Every night you can guarantee a show that you’ll want to write home about.

  • Hattiloo Theatre - Memphis

If you’re someone that enjoys live shows and supporting the arts, the Hattilioo is a must. Located in Overton Square, the theatre is one of four freestanding Black repertory theatres in the country. Their 2019 season kicks off in August with the Tony Award-winning musical, Jelly’s Last Jam. With tickets priced $35 and under, you can make space in your budget to support this magical establishment.

  • National Civil Rights Museum – Lorraine...
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  • Jackson Hole
  • Grand Teton National Park

Grand Tetons could be an entire, epic trip all by itself, but if you are thinking of “saving it for another time,” while you focus on Yellowstone it's a good idea to just drive through it on your way back to Salt Lake City. The scenery is breathtaking and it’s no wonder this park is a magnet for photographers, painters and landscape enthusiasts. Along your route you should definitely make a stop where Ansel Adams made his famous “Tetons and Snake River" photograph. There is even a marker there, so you too can test your photography skills and shoot where the master did.

  • Yellowstone
  • Try elk burger with potatoes and salad
  • Anvil - Jackson Hole
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  • Camden, ME

Camden is the quintessential New England town, so picturesque that it has literally been the poster child for the region in movies such as “Carousel” and “Peyton Place.” Stroll through the historic downtown to see why—with its tall church steeples and 19th-century architecture, Camden oozes historical charm. Plus, it offers plenty to do. Take a classic sail around the harbor, fish off the coast, or spend time sightseeing at the town’s classic lighthouse or signature seal statue.

  • Lola 41 - Nantucket

This buzzy sushi restaurant only takes same-day reservations, so call right at 4 p.m. or pay them a visit in person to secure a table or a spot at the sushi bar. It’s decidedly trendy by Nantucket standa...

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  • Conservatory of Flowers - SF
  • Miss B's Coconut Club - SD
  • Atelier Crenn - SF
  • Chateau St. Jean - Sonoma

I highly recommend purchasing a bottle of wine and sitting out in the rose courtyard or by the bocce court for more shade.

  • B.R. Kohn - Sonoma
  • Kunde - Sonoma
  • The Beehive, San Francisco

This Mad Men-inspired cocktail lounge, located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission district, is a unique conglomerate of old and new. And though its signature, namesake concoction is a laid-back affair of gin, honey, lemon and ginger, it’s the cocktails mixed with traditional Martini & Rossi Ambrato and bitter, like Bachelor #3 and Moda Royale, that caught our eye. For something tart, the Thunderbir...

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  • Harry Potter World - Orlando
  • Cheeseburger Baby - Miami
  • Stone crab - Miami

TRULUCK'S777 Brickell Ave (at 8th Street)

  • Key Lime Pie - Key West

BLUE HEAVEN729 Thomas St (at Petronia St)

  • Prime 112 - Miami

In a city known for its glitz and glamour, Prime 112 is a sparkling fixture in Miami's posh South of Fifth neighborhood. The steakhouse echoes its luxe environs with wood floors, exposed-brick columns and champagne leather-upholstered chairs. On those sultry Miami nights, you'll want to snag a seat on the sweeping outdoor terrace overlooking Ocean Drive Avenue, prime real estate for people-watching and cele...

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Talbott Tavern - Bardstown

Talbott tavern looks like it’s straight out of old England, but it’s very American. It was a Kentucky bourbon bar before bourbon bars were a thing—heck, even before bourbon was officially bourbon. Abraham Lincoln stayed here when he was five, just before his parents lost their land and moved to Indiana. On a lighter historical note, Jesse James stopped by, too—and he left his mark. Bullet holes from James are on the wall to this day, adding some good ol’ American spirit to the renowned stone work.

  • Fried chicken

RAMSEY'S DINER3090 Helmsdale Pl Lexington

  • Hot Brown

THE BROWN HOTEL335 W Broadway (at 4th St.) Louisville

apr 11 2018 ∞
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  • Have a leisurely fun time exploring Hyde Park by boating on the Serpentine (London)

What better way to launch your London adventure than by exploring the beloved Hyde Park? Nestled cozily in the center of the city, what makes this park so unique is its location… and size. With 350 acres consisting of shady trees, wide-open meadows, ornamental flower gardens, and a glistening, large lake, there’s plenty of space to stretch, breathe, and simply let your mind unwind. From swimming and cycling to skating and playing tennis, Hyde Park has outdoor activities for all interests. But if you’re seeking a more leisurely experience, we recommend renting a boat and setting sail on the serene Serpentine. Not only does this 40-acre lake offer spectacular views, but at only £12 per hour, it’s quite an affordable optio...

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  • Thonis-Heracleion

Thonis-Heracleion was one of Egypt’s most important trading ports when it was founded at the mouth of the Nile River around the 8th century BC. The city extended as a web of buildings and canals around a grand temple until a series of natural disasters led to its flooding in the 8th century AD. Rediscovered in 2000, the city sits a couple of miles off of Egypt's Mediterranean coastline at the bottom of Aboukir Bay, and it's full of gold coins, towering statues (that walk like Egyptians, naturally), hieroglyph-inscribed slabs, animal mummies, and shipwrecks.

may 4 2016 ∞
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  • Taj Mahal

Agra, India Viewing spot: Yamuna or Agra Rivers Ah Taj Mahal, there you are as the world’s No.1 tourist trap and bane of happy-go-lucky travel photographers everywhere. Getting the money shot of this architectural wonder can be unbelievably tricky, and that’s why your best bet is on riverbanks, or even ON the water. Hire a boat to float out for a unique, full frontal angle. Trade-off? Sewage smell. Better than big crowds and fending off scams? You decide.

  • Vada pav

The vada pav, a potato fritter between two slices of bread, hails from India—just as much of the best vegetarian fast food does. Chilies, mustard seed, garlic, ginger, and curry give the fritters a spicy flavor that is traditionally complemente...

apr 25 2016 ∞
nov 14 2019 +
  • Skyfall Lounge, The Delano

You could pick any one of Las Vegas' many (many) top-floor-with-a-Strip-view casino-resort-bar-lounges and pay $20 per drink and have a consistently unremarkable experience: VEGAS, BABY. Or, you could head up to Skyfall, a more sophisticated establishment (meaning the headlining DJ goes on before 2am) with a cocktail list that might actually earn Vegas its reputation as a cocktail city (a reputation, mind you, built on market and myth). The newly remodeled Skyfall Lounge, formerly Mix Lounge, sits atop the 64-floor Delano Las Vegas and rocks a solid view of the Strip. And it offers a refreshing departure from the usual Grey Goose-and-Bacardi drinks (although, yes, it still has those -- it is Vegas) with cocktails like the Kentucky Colada, made with Elijah Craig bourbon and Appleton rum with coconut, lime juic...

apr 5 2016 ∞
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  • Seljalandsfoss
  • Myvatn Lake
  • Bubble Iceland
  • Northern Iceland

Iceland has been on the radar for years, especially as the country has come roaring back from its economic crisis, but most of the attention has been centered on Reykjavik and the capital region. Evergreen Escapes’ Haupert believes a new Air Iceland flight from the Keflavik international airport to Akureyri (the first domestic connection from the international airport) will change that when it launches in February. As for the region, he says, “Aside from the fjord-side charms of Akureyri, the location puts visitors in close proximity to superb whale watching in Húsavík, the powerful plunge of the Dettifoss waterfall and the moonscapes and mud pools near Lake Mývatn.” The country ...

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Ipanema Beach - Brazil

Rio de Janeiro Why it made our list: The girl from Ipanema goes walking, as the song says, and she’s headed right down to this beach. Many girls, in fact, and lots of dudes too. And in keeping with Brazilian style, you bet your bottom dollar they’re all wearing thong bikinis and their finest zungas (Speedos). Of all Rio’s beaches, this is considered the prettiest, because it offers a great view whether you’re looking at the beach or the crowds. Bonus: Numbered posts (or postos) mark the beach, and Post 9 is where the see-and-be-seen crowd posts up.

Cariló - Argentina

Cariló Why it made our list: Consider Cariló the Hamptons of Argentina, but woodsier. Dotted with exclusive private residences (each uniquely designed to fit the owner’s fancy), Cariló features lush pine tree forests and grasses leading righ...

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  • Booze Box

Head to the alley just south of Sushi Dokku, find the door with the Booze Box sticker near its handle, and enter one of city’s finest secret bars whose dark, sexy vibes immediately immerse you in a subterranean cellar of cool. Sake flights are a thing. As are sakeritas. And saketinis. Sensing a theme here? Besides sake, it's throwing down Japanese-style wings, Japanese trail mix, rice bowls, and oyster shooters as DJs spin hip-hop amidst cedar sauna-like walls and the romantic glow of handcrafted red lanterns. If you can’t seal the deal on a date, something has gone seriously awry.

  • STK

Toeing the line between steakhouse and nightclub, this self-proclaimed “sexy” new spot promises to be a see-and-be-seen...

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  • Blue Diamond Riviera Maya

Playa del Carmen, Mexico When resorts talk about being “all inclusive” sometimes “all” means “all the well liquor and buffet food you can handle.” Which typically isn’t much. Not so at Blue Diamond, the best of Rivera Maya’s adults-only all-inclusives; here, you still get all the food and premium drinks you can take down, but you also score a scuba dive, a spa treatment, and a round of golf. They’ve got rooms spaced around a secluded lagoon, many of which have a private dock and sundeck, and others with terraces overlooking the gorgeous white sand beach.

  • Sonesta Great Bay

St. Maarten If there’s one thing discriminating adult travelers enjoy, it’s a good twofer (and no, we're not talking ab...

nov 23 2015 ∞
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  • Mitchell Deli

Totally reviving the East Nashville food scene (and possibly setting the bar for full-service delicatessens all over the US), Mitchell Deli was founded in 2008 with the goal of providing customers with all-natural, all-delicious ingredients made into beautiful sandwiches, and on their first day of service, they ran out of food. If that isn’t enough of an indicator of Mitchell Deli’s greatness, check out their legendary Asian flank steak sandwich (once offered only on Mondays, but now available throughout the week due to high demand), which has been featured on Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America and is served on locally made, fluffy ciabatta bread.

  • Fox's Donut Den

Nashville locals have fallen so hard and ...

nov 23 2015 ∞
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  • Fuku

When a new Star Wars flick comes out, sci-fi nerds have to show up. David Chang is the restaurant world's George Lucas, and people have been packing inside Fuku since it opened in June 2015 (there’s already a satellite location called Fuku+). The sandwich is the centerpiece of the tiny sliver of a restaurant we think is one of NYC's best -- chicken thighs are brined and marinated in a habanero puree that’s later coated in buttermilk and spices, and then fried crispy. Atop a Martin’s potato roll it goes before it’s garnished with pickles and house-made butter. Toss in wedge fries with Old Bay and a Ssäm Sauce michelada, and you have a food nerd’s wet dream.

  • The Commodore

Beyond the charms of this crowded, loud d...

nov 17 2015 ∞
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  • El Celler de Can Roca - Girona, Spain

Recently scored "Restaurant" magazine's coveted title of Best Restaurant in the World, thanks to its perennial quest to push the boundaries of culinary arts. The famed Catalonian eatery made a splash in 2013 when it staged a 12-course food opera, El Somni, described as a "multi-disciplinarian, analogue, digital, real, dreamy, cybernetic and culinary work with opera, electronica, poetry, 3D, performing arts, singing, reflection, painting, films, music and cookery." Somehow not exhausted from that endeavor, in 2014 the restaurant took its entire team away from its base in Girona, Spain, for a tour of the Americas to showcase innovative dishes like perfume-inspired desserts and plates with hidden motors. Beyond all the pomp and circumstance, El Celler de Can Roca is really just a family operation run by three...

nov 16 2015 ∞
mar 27 2020 +
  • Lobby Bar at Palmer House Hilton

In this hotel lobby, you won’t find stale bagels and a computer from the ‘90s with a dial-up connection. You will find a ridiculously ornate, almost church-like frescoed ceiling, marble columns, and a sparkling little bar serving up $13.50 cocktails including chocolate mint mojitos and Manhattans made with Palmer House-batched bourbon. Order up some lobster rolls and Angus beef sliders and charge it to the Underhills.

Seven Lions

  • Honey Butter Fried Chicken

There’s always room in our stomachs (and hearts) for a modern take on Southern comfort food. The bird here is butchered in-house and the flavor profiles are familiar but a little off-center. To wit: the sandwich is made up of a couple fried but...

nov 16 2015 ∞
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  • Albany Park/North Park/Irving Park

A stroll through Ronan Park’s Multicultural Sculpture Park & Healing Garden or the trails around the North Park Village Nature Center. In the evening, dine at Angelo’s Wine Bar (or Ixcateco Grill if you’re looking for a great BYOB spot).

  • Andersonville

Learn all about the Swedes before a casual dinner and drinks at a local beer hall

For a cultural experience, visit the Swedish American Museum then head over to Simon’s Tavern afterwards for some seasonal glögg (if you’re sticking to the Swedish theme) or George’s Ice Cream & Sweets for a scoop of Fat Elvis ice cream. Evening plans can entail a more intimate Korean dinner for two with sojutini cocktails at Jin Ju or a more laid-back dining experience at Hopleaf, which also hosts f...

nov 16 2015 ∞
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  • Tips - Transylvania

November through February. The hills are beautiful year-round, but if you want snow, aim for January or later. What to expect: Pastel towns and endless rolling hills in the Transylvania region. The area is filled with plenty to see, and is perfect for small road trips and visits to local towns. Price range + currency: $, Romanian Leu. Meals and hotels are affordable in Romania, so your only major cost is getting there. Where we’ve stayed: Teleferic Grand Hotel, located right at the base of ski slopes and nearby the pastel town of Poiana Brasov. It also has one of the most amazing spas in winter (pictured above). For a memorable stay right in town, check out Hotel Bella Muzica.

  • Day trip to Sighisoara - Transylvania

A UNESCO World Heritage Site with a beaut...

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  • Promenade des Anglais - Nice
  • Cours Saleya Market - Nice

Open seven days a week in the mornings. Every day offers a different type of goods for sale. When I was there in April, the Market had farm goods (vegetables, cheeses, salt), flowers, and other goods. Almost everything here is produced locally. Check the calendar so you can decide which type of products interest you. Another perk is the opportunity to meet locals shopping for their families and avoiding obvious tourist traps. If you still in the market at noon, the cannon will be shot off!

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  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Estes Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park

An extensive four-hour deep-dive into the park’s most important historical sites. Led by a National Association for Interpretation guide, the tour proceeded in chronological order from the footprint of a circa-AD 600 Pithouse village—the earliest recorded in human history—to the Pueblo-era cliff dwellings from the 13th century. The crowning moment was the descent to the magnificent Cliff Palace, the largest cliff dwelling in the park and a truly stunning site to behold.

  • Celestial Seasonings Tour - Boulder, Colorado

The Celestial Seasonings production plant in Boulder is situated on Sleepytime Drive, but a visit here is nothing less than...

jul 8 2019 ∞
jan 21 2020 +
  • Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun road offers two hours of non-stop driving with jaw-dropping mountain views.
  • Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center - West Yellowstone

You might not see a grizzly during your visit to Yellowstone National Park, but you can get up close to one at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, MT, just a short drive from the park’s western entrance. All of the grizzlies, wolves, owls, eagles, and hawks that reside here are unable to survive in the wild, so instead they serve as ambassadors to their wild counterparts. Throughout the day naturalists on staff lead a variety of demonstrations, including how to properly use bear spray (hint: you DON’T spray it on like bug spray) and general bear safety. Kids-only programs include helping a naturalist hide food in the bear...

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  • Panache - Quebec city

Feels like the country French farmhouse of your dreams

  • Le Grafitti - Quebec city

Attracts more locals than tourists, and offers an updated approach to French (and Italian) dishes.

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  • Pierre Lassonde Pavilion - Quebec city

The collections include more than 2,600 pieces of Inuit art and some of the finest paintings by regional artists.

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  • Arctic Light Hotel - Lapland, Finland

A chic hotel in a great location — with easy access to transportation, activities, and shopping — the Arctic Light is a great, budget-friendly option to experience Lapland.

  • Visit a snow village or ice hotel - Lapland, Finland

Sculpting out of snow and ice is always especially breathtaking, and Lapland boasts a few snow villages you can explore. One is even themed around Game of Thrones, for all the superfans out there. Grab a coffee (or a cocktail) and wander. Plus, if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can always book a room for the night.

  • Go dog-sledding - Lapland, Finland

Cute puppies and a magical ride through the snow?! What more do you need to know.

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  • Orsan - Dubrovnik

Located on the harbor of Gruz Bay across from the cruise ship terminal, Orsan serves fresh seafood and wine from the nearby Peljesac Peninsula. Go for a long lunch.

  • Gradska Kavana Arsenal - Dubrovnik

It's hard to say what's more compelling about this romantic Old Town restaurant: The views (a historical trifecta of fortress, port, and city walls) or the food (the freshest seafood, the local wines). Mull it over between bites of sea bass and sips of a Croatian sauvignon blanc on one of the two terraces.

  • Karmen Apartments - Dubrovnik

Ultra-friendly Marc van Bloemen's Old Town inn has four comfortable full-service apartments that will make you feel like Du...

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  • See the Northern Lights

You can potentially see the Northern Lights from almost anywhere in Scotland given the right conditions of a cloudless sky and little light pollution. But your best bets are in the northern isles of Shetland and Orkney, where they are known by the charming name “Merry Dancers.” In the far south of the country, the 373-square-mile Galloway Forest Park is a designated dark sky park and home to the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, where you can marvel at the wonders of the night sky through powerful telescopes.

  • Go Bar Hopping in Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s compact size and easy walkability makes it a great city for barflies. Luckily, the quality of its watering holes more than surpasses what you might expect for its size. Discerning cocktail ti...

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  • Snake River Valley, ID

Must-hit wineries: Bitner, HAT Ranch, Ste. Chapelle "The Snake River Valley is young and exciting," says Boyle, "and the unique combination of long, warm, sunny days and cool nights produces balanced and food-friendly wines that are starting to make a name for themselves." Of Idaho's three AVAs, this one is the oldest and many of its wineries boast panoramic views of the Snake River and the nearby Owyhee Mountains. Plus, the region is also one of America's best for outdoorsy travelers, so your non-tasting time can be spent hiking, whitewater rafting, or mountain biking.

  • Bittercreek Alehouse - Boise

This year, Idaho's finest brewers -- including Crooked Fence, Edge, Sockeye, and Payette -- came out to celebrate Bittercre...

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  • Modern Tree House in West Asheville

West Asheville Rate: $225/night What you get: Entire house (accommodates six): two bedrooms; 1.5 bathrooms For every time you asked if you could sleep in the treehouse and your mom said no. This contemporary treehouse is a three-story home, with the main house in two of those stories. (There is a separate studio apartment below, but it's rented under a separate listing.) The super-cool space has heated floors, plenty of light, and is located right outside of local hotspot West Asheville. Also, we mentioned that it's in a tree, right?

  • Dupont State Forest & Oskar Blues Brewery - Asheville

Distance apart: 20 min/14 miles

Head just south of Asheville to Brevard to visit waterfalls and covered bridges an...

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  • Acropolis

Athens, Greece Viewing spot: Filopappou Hill So Acropolis admission is going up this year (because, Greek debt crisis), but hold onto your Euros: one of the best spots to admire the ruins is actually totally free. Climbing up Filopappou Hill, you can get an awesome panorama of Athens, the Aegean, and even a full shot of the Acropolis -- no backdrop of tour groups necessary.

  • Airbnb - Santorini

Oia is the place to be. This is where you’ll find the traditional cave houses perched overlooking the ocean. There are plenty of similar houses to choose from on Airbnb no matter what your budget, or you can stay in the one we found.

Caldera Villas - Santorini

This one’s an easy choice if you find p...

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  • 4 Hands Brewing Co.

Top-rated brewery: Perennial Artisan Ales Schlafly and Boulevard represent the old guard (well, not the OLDEST guard when it comes to Missouri breweries, but, you know), and Perennial is perennially (!) fantastic, as is its offshoot, Side Project. Amid all that, 4 Hands has put itself squarely on the map in a fairly short amount of time, doing a dizzying variety of beers exceedingly well, none of them better than the standout milk stout Madagascar (it's better than the movie!) With the sheer number of special releases, barrel-aged offerings, and collabs these guys do, you'd almost think they have extra appendages or something.

  • City Museum

Whatever you do when you visit this brainchild of the late artist Bob Cassilly, do...

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  • Saint Sulpice Church

Despite appearances in both the Dan Brown and Ron Howard iteration of The Da Vinci Code, Paris's second largest church remains surprisingly under-visited. Nestled in the heart of the Saint Germain district, Saint Sulpice is easily recognizable by its impressive white façade and mismatched bell towers. Boasting three paintings by French artist Delacroix, who also has pieces on display in the Louvre, the Baroque interior is not only stunning to enter but free, too.

  • Pain de Sucre Macarons

Gourmands from around the world fawn over the colorful macarons at Ladurée and Pierre Hermé, but it’s the lesser-known bakeries that often produce superior products. Sure, it's all a matter of personal preference, but the macarons at Pain de ...

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  • Milwaukee Brewing Company

You can totally learn a few things on this tour if you pay attention, but even your beer-hating mother-in-law will still have fun. Guides are casual, snarky, and generally bearded. You’ll get to smell (and sometimes taste) the different stages of brewing while you cozy up to the brew tanks. The tasting bar is right in the middle of the production room, so you never have to go without a sample for long. You’ll also get a free beer token that you can use at lots of local bars and keep the party going. Tour info: $10 gets you a two-hour tour, unlimited samples, a coveted branded pint glass, and a free beer token for later. Fridays 4pm-6:30pm every half hour, Saturdays 1pm-4pm every half hour with open house 5pm-7pm.

  • Miller Brewery
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  • Galleria Umberto

By now you know the drill: get here at 11:30am or earlier, or face the possibility that they might run out of dough. Get two slices. They will be Sicilian. Get a beer. Walk outside and ask the old Italian guys sitting on the stoop and whistling at girls if they mind if you sit on the stoop with them. Eat the pizza. Drink the beer. Don’t bring up Roberto Baggio.

  • The Barking Crab

What you're getting: Stuffies and a mixed crab bowl

It sat out over Fort Point way before sitting out over Fort Point was a thing. Its yellow and red tent can be seen for miles, and when you see people filling it, stretching out along those communal tables dotted with paper towel rolls and Tabasco, you know that summer has returned to Bo...

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  • Micklethwait Craft Meats

Since opening his trailer in 2013, Tom Micklethwait has climbed to the top tier of Austin's much-debated barbecue scene, with his brisket earning rave reviews from our local expert and beef ribs taking home the alt weekly's first inaugural beef-rib smackdown trophy. Those accolades aside, you might argue that mainstays like Meyer's Smokehouse in Elgin or Kreuz in Lockhart make the best smoked sausage in the state. You can't argue with the historical legacy of those joints, but we gave Micklethwait the nod because his daily cased offerings transcend the typical BBQ sausage with unusual meats like duck with cherries or pork belly andouille, which are worth the trip alone.

  • Via 313

It must make every pizza place in Austin ...

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  • Meats & Foods

The line between a hot dog and sausage is sometimes blurry, and if there's one link on this list that has a foot in each camp, it's DC's beloved half-smoke. It's no secret that we love Meats & Foods, and their half-beef, half-pork, don't-call-it-a-dog is the best in a city, with a flavor that stands up even without giving it a bath in chili.

  • The Blind Dog Cafe (address and info)

There are few things sadder than a disabled animal, but the owners of The Blind Dog honor their sightless mutt Baxter with one of the country's greatest morning meals: a flakey croissant jammed with farm-fresh local ingredients. Instead of complicating things with a grocery list of toppings, your choices are simple: bacon & goat cheese, chorizo & cheddar, pimento (th...

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  • Ultraviolet - Fifteen years in the making, Ultraviolet opened in May 2012 offering an avant-garde 20-course menu to 10 guests per night from a mysterious building somewhere in Shanghai (guests are escorted from a designated meeting point). This immersive dining experience from French chef Paul Pairet takes shape within a bare bones room with no decor, no ornaments and no views. Instead, 360-degree wall projections, table projections, scent diffusers and a multichannel speaker system set the tone, enhancing diners' experience of flavor through a meticulously controlled atmosphere. Ultraviolet landed at No. 24 on the coveted World's 50 Best Restaurants list in 2015, making it even more difficult to get into. Ten seats become available at midnight Shanghai time each night for bookings 90 days in advance.
  • The Lion City
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