|0||by Robert Firpo-Cappiello||Los Angeles, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, New York City, Airfares & Flying, Airlines, Before the Trip|
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You're not gonna believe this, but I interviewed Santa Claus.
It happened like this: About a month ago I was thinking about how much I dislike traveling around the holidays. Call me Scrooge (who, btw, I did not interview—because he is a fictional character), but I just don't like crowds. If I have my way, I take my family somewhere nice after the holidays. I started thinking about who might be an expert on post-Christmas travel and it hit me: Who works harder at Christmastime—or deserves more of a break afterward—than St. Nick?
|0||by Robert Firpo-Cappiello||Beaches, Disney, Warm Weather, Dominican Republic, Riviera Maya, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Before the Trip, Trip Ideas|
Who says there's no place like home for the holidays? Some of the world's best travel destinations are also home to uniquely fun, quirky, and in some cases downright rowdy holiday celebrations. Here, some of our favorites.
Party in Key West. This town knows how to have a good time, and the holidays are no exception. Check out the Harbor Walk of Lights along the Historic Seaport, take tours of historic decorated inns, take in the town’s legendary lighted parade, and welcome in the New Year in what may be America’s ultimate party zone, the Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square.
|0||by Robert Firpo-Cappiello||Food + Drink, Great Public Spaces, Romance, Shopping, Train Travel, Edinburgh, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, Durango, Indiana, New York City, North Dakota, Hershey, Family Travel|
It’s Shoulder Season! The weather’s still great, but the crowds have thinned out at some of our favorite travel destinations. Translation: Luxurious vacations at a discount. Budget Travel’s president and publisher, Elaine Alimonti, shared these three amazing vacations for under $100/night on the Weather Channel’s AMHQ this morning. For 19 more awesome and affordable trips, read 22 Vacations for Under $100/Night.
|0||by Robert Firpo-Cappiello||Beaches, Leaf Peeping, Romance, Los Angeles, Maui, New Hampshire, Hotels, Trip Ideas|
The words "press conference" don't exactly send a chill of anticipation up our spines most of the time, but today's announcement by Universal Studios Hollywood is the exception: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is a 3D-HD experience that will be the centerpiece of the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter opening in California next spring.
|0||by Robert Firpo-Cappiello||Amusement and Theme Parks, Food + Drink, Literary Travel, Pop Culture and Travel, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Family Travel, Food + Drink|
Hop in the passenger's seat on the ultimate road trip! We're posting real-time dispatches as Budget Travel's Photo Editor, Whitney Tressel, journeys across the country using tips from locals as her guide. Prepare for beautiful beaches and parks, amazing local cuisine, and one-of-a-kind experiences you only get when you talk to the real Americans who make this country great.
|0||by Jamie Beckman and Whitney Tressel||Beaches, Road Trips, Surfing, Los Angeles, San Diego, Road Trip, Carlsbad, CA, Photography, Travel Photography|
A glitzy getaway to Los Angeles doesn't necessarily require a hefty price tag that only celebrities can afford. Savvy visitors can soak in the City of Angels like the locals do—and find some hidden budget-friendly surprises along the way. In fact, the city of Angels offers an array of great freebies and activities that are easy on the wallet, offering a fun and relaxing escape for the entire family.
Catch a show: LACMA Jazz nights
|0||by Marla Cimini||Architecture, Art + Culture, Art + Culture, Food + Drink, Historical Travel, Literary Travel, Markets and Bazaars, Music and Dancing, Nightlife, Pop Culture and Travel, Public Art, Romance, Shopping, Urban Parks, Los Angeles, Family Travel, Food + Drink, Girlfriend Getaways, Hip and Trendy, Solo|
No big Hollywood-star budgets and pricey nightclub bottle service here! Yes, you can experience the talent and cuisine the City of Angels offers (hello, Mexican food) for cheap. Follow the calendar below for seven days' worth of dining and live-comedy options in Los Angeles—all within walking distance of each other. Reserve your tickets ahead of time, and consider your funny bone tickled.
|0||by Julie Seabaugh||Nightlife, Pop Culture and Travel, Theater, Los Angeles|
How would you like your next trip to New York or L.A. to include a guaranteed celebrity sighting and a live performance by a popular musician or comedian? With a little patience, a little planning, and in some cases, a little luck, you can get all of that—wait for it—for free. Here's our ultimate guide to snagging tickets for seven popular late-night shows—with a cheat sheet to help you figure out which ones will be easiest to get your hands on. And just in case it didn't sink in the first time: they're all free.
|0||by Rachel Mosely||Los Angeles, New York City, Trip Ideas|
Article by Jennifer Gilligan.
The Run Down: Dubbed the city of sin, Las Vegas is an adult's playground. Between the drinking and the gambling, though, you may find yourself with a few hours to burn. During your downtime, check out the Bodies exhibit, Madame Tussauds, the Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil, and CSI: The Experience. You should check out the Miracle Mile shops as well. There's plenty of fun to be had in Las Vegas without drinking or gambling.
|0||by Jennifer Gilligan||Castles and Palaces, Art + Culture, Food + Drink, Historical Travel, Landmarks and Monuments, Literary Travel, Museums, Nature Appreciation, Pop Culture and Travel, Romance, Shopping, Temples and Churches, Urban Parks, Prague, Paris, Dublin, Venice, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Orlando, Maui, Chicago, Las Vegas, Trip Ideas, Family Travel, Food + Drink, Girlfriend Getaways, Solo, Women's Travel|