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oct 14 2013

10 Essential Vacations for Every Bucket List

The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

When in Paris, visit the Arc de Triomphe, a monument honoring all who fought and died for France during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars.

(Courtesy newyorkgirl/myBudgetTravel)

Article by Jennifer Gilligan.

LAS VEGAS

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.

sep 20 2013

Get Ready for Free Museum Day!

Children's Museum of Manhattan

Visit the Children's Museum of Manhattan and more than 1,400 museums for free on Sept. 28th.

(Courtesy WalkingGeek/Flickr)

Museums all over the country will open their doors for free on Saturday, Sept. 28th, thanks to Smithsonian Magazine's ninth annual Museum Day Live!

While Washington, D.C.'s Smithsonian museums are always open to the public, more than 1,400 other museums and cultural institutions are following their lead, at least for one day. Here in New York, there are so many museums to choose from and admission can really add up. Choose from world-class museums like El Museo del Barrio (normally $9 per adult), the Rubin Museum of Art (normally $10 per adult), or the Children's Museum of Manhattan (normally $11 per person), among hundreds of others around the country.

aug 22 2013

How to Save Money This Labor Day Weekend 2013

The World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta

Where will you go this Labor Day weekend?

(Courtesy of The World of Coca-Cola)

Who says getting away for the long weekend has to be expensive? We've already covered the best getaways that should be on your travel radar—here, we present more ways to save money this Labor Day weekend.

mar 13 2013

Mark Your Calendar: The National Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry blossoms in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. monuments surrounded by cherry blossoms? Don't forget to pack your camera.

(Courtesy bdinphoenix/myBudgetTravel)

It's that time of year again. Washington D.C. is gearing up for its 101st annual National Cherry Blossom Festival, set to take place this year from March 20th to April 14th—peak days, when at least 70 percent of the blossoms are open, will be from Tuesday, March 26th, thru Saturday, March 30th. Don't miss The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. between 7th and 17th streets, NW, along Constitution Avenue on Saturday, April 13th, featuring performances by pop star Mya and singer Elliot Yamin from American Idol among a variety of floats, balloons, and marching bands. Grandstand seating costs $20 per person, but you can stand along the parade route free of charge. Download the free festival app for your iPhone or Android for the latest updates.

feb 08 2013

7 Hotel Deals for Presidents' Day (and Valentine's Day) Weekend

The Bowery House, New York City

You could be staying in the Prince Room at the The Bowery House in New York City for less thanks to these holiday weekend hotel deals.

(Courtesy The Bowery House)

Looking to take a romantic getaway for Valentine's Day or enjoy a long weekend trip in honor of Presidents' Day? We're here to help. Here are seven hotel deals you need to know about. 

Kimpton Hotels
Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland
All 12 Kimpton properties in Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland are offering a special "Take It Off For Love" rate—basically, the longer you stay, the more money you save. You'll save 10 percent on a one night stay, 20 percent on a two night stay, and 30 percent on a three night stay, so you're paying roughly $125 per night for one night, from $110 per night for two nights, and from $95 per night for three nights. The special rate is available Thursdays thru Sundays now thru Mar. 3, 2013, including Presidents' Day weekend. As a special treat, you'll also score complimentary chocolates and champagne on your first night. Enter promo code 4LOVE when booking online.

jan 04 2013

Traveling to Washington, D.C., for the Presidential Inauguration?

The U.S. Capitol sees its fair share of visitors all year round, but the January 21 presidential inauguration will make it the belle of the ball.

(Courtesy Cameo/myBudgetTravel)

Washington, D.C., won't see the 1.8 million visitors it drew for Barack Obama's 2009 presidential inauguration—that was, after all, a once-in-a-lifetime historical event—but the Associated Press reports that the nation's capital is bracing for between 600,000 to 800,000 arrivals for the president's second inauguration, on January 21, and that hotels are filling up.

nov 21 2012

Airbnb Wants to Show You Around the World’s Top Cities

Downtown London

Explore different areas of London with Airbnb's new Neighborhoods feature.

(Courtesy xiquinhosilva/Flickr)

One of my favorite things to do when visiting a city is exploring its different neighborhoods—it's fascinating that you can feel worlds away in a matter of a few short blocks. Venturing out can be tough, however, when you have limited time but varied interests, and when you're unfamiliar with the layout of a city. Many travelers use guidebooks; some rely on recommendations. Personally, if I'm comfortable enough with the transportation system in question, I like to see where a few random left or right turns will take me. Popular vacation rental website Airbnb has combined all three methods with their new "Neighborhoods" feature, which launched this week.

sep 13 2012

21 New Airline Routes Launching Soon

Flying to the Bahamas will be easier with new routes launching this winter (Courtesy pugaangie16/myBudgetTravel)

Can't decide where to go for your next vacation? With lots of new routes launching, the decision might be easier than you thought. Here is a sampling of what's coming up.

Airline: Alaska Airlines

Destinations: Washington, D.C, San Antonio, Atlanta, Orlando

sep 06 2012

7 Great Culinary Bike Tours

Ride around San Francisco, one of many culinary bike tours around the country

(Daniel Watson-Weller)

The French aren’t the only ones who can pair a meal with a pair of wheels. A fresh crop of culinary bike tours is leading American city slickers to restaurants that are well worth the trip.

Charlotte

Taste & Cycle Charlotte

aug 22 2012

Amtrak Makes a Comeback

When was the last time you were on a train? (Courtesy amtrak_russ/Flickr)

I love train travel. Maybe it’s just in my blood—one of my great–grandfathers worked for the Erie–Lackawanna Railroad in the early 20th century. Maybe it’s because I ride a train up and down the eastern shore of the Hudson River every working day. Or maybe it’s just because at an early age I fell hard for the lonesome whistle of a passing locomotive. Whatever the reason, riding the rails has always been my preferred way of getting from Point A to Point B.

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