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dec 09 2014

How YOU Can Take Prince William and Kate's Royal Tour of NYC

Empire State Building in New York City

Follow in Wills' footsteps and ride to the top of New York City's Empire State Building.

(Courtesy RSchatz/myBudgetTravel)

For first-time visitors to New York City, Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton sure packed in a huge amount of Big Apple highlights in record time. A whirlwind Sunday-through-Tuesday trip had the royals zooming from Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, to the Financial District to the Upper East Side, then back to London via JFK Airport in Queens—all while remaining stately and dignified.

dec 04 2014

Holiday Fun from Hollywood to the Holy Land

Think your New Year's Eve party rocks? You haven't really rung in the New Year till you've sung "Auld Lang Syne" at Edinburgh's super-rowdie Hogmanay, a three-day festival that culminates with a jump in the icy River Forth!

(Robbie Shade/Wikimedia Commons)

My buddy Rick Crandall, host of KEZW's "Boomtown" radio show in Denver, asked me to share my favorite holiday festivals and events with his audience this week. His inspiring question led me to compile a short "2014 holiday bucket list" of sorts. I heartily recommend that you incorporate at least one of these unique traditions into your holiday plans!

nov 25 2014

Coolest Small Town Nominations End on TUESDAY!

Galena, Illinois, was one of our 2014 finalists for America's Coolest Small Town! You have until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2, to get YOUR picture-perfect American town nominated.

(Dustin88/Dreamstime)

We are thrilled to see so many awesome towns toot their own horns during the online nominations for America's Coolest Small Town 2015! Congrats to Hillsborough and Washington, two towns in North Carolina that have done a truly magnificent job of rallying their supporters—and they sure have gotten our attention! But there's still time to get your town noticed—online nominations run until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2. Will your town join the ranks of Huron, Ohio; Delhi, New York; and Allegan, Michigan? Those burghs are some of the highest ranking in our nominations, and we have enjoyed getting to know a lot more about what makes them so, well, cool.

nov 19 2014

The "Starry Night" Bike Path Is Like Nothing You've Ever Seen

What's your favorite painting? Hold that image in your mind for a sec, then imagine the brushstrokes, shapes, and colors brought to life—so you could actually walk right in. Whoa. Right?

Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde has brought my favorite painting to life in a unique way that melds contemporary technology with a masterpiece of 19th-century art: Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night." The Starry Night Bike Path, a winding half-mile in the city of Eindhoven that is illuminated by thousands of LED lights and special paint, interprets the swirling shapes and colors of Van Gogh's painting. I don't know about you, but for me the work of Van Gogh is highly personal—as if the artist, with his dramatic strokes and thick layers of paint, is reaching out to me across the years, teaching me a new way to see and feel. I'm psyched that a contemporary artist is attempting to transport an audience in a similar way. Roosegaarde has spoken enthusiastically about how the path, which opened to the public on November 13, makes a statement about technology and cultural history—and is also a popular spot for first dates. What's not to love?

nov 06 2014

Is Taylor Swift the Right "Global Ambassador" for NYC?

(NYC & Company)

We're still getting our brains around the exciting—but somewhat counterintuitive—notion that pop star Taylor Swift was named New York City's Global Welcome Ambassador. She'll be representing the "Welcome to New York" campaign, named after a hit song on her new album, 1989.

oct 15 2014

Do YOU Live in America's Coolest Small Town 2015?

How does a town get to be named Coolest by Budget Travel? Ask Berlin, Maryland, which topped our 2014 list. The folks in Berlin didn't fiddle around when it came to promoting their town's coolness on our nominations page, on social media—and they even wrote a song about their beautiful burgh!

(Courtesy Worcester County Tourism)

What does it feel like to live in America's Coolest Small Town? Ask the folks in Berlin, Maryland. In February, they topped our list, edging out Cazenovia, New York, and 13 other finalists to win the 2014 title. And they threw one heck of a victory party. (We know because we were there!)

sep 24 2014

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. 27th.

(Courtesy WalkingGeek/Flickr)

Museums all over the country will open their doors for free on Saturday, Sept. 27th, thanks to Smithsonian Magazine's tenth 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 around the country 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 museums like the Children's Museum of Manhattan (normally $11 per person), the Fraunces Tavern Museum (normally $7 per person), The Museum of Arts and Design (normally $16 per person), and The Jewish Museum (normally $15 per person), among hundreds of others around the country.

sep 16 2014

Save Money on Off-Broadway Shows This Fall

Blue Man Group

See the Blue Man Group perform for less during Off Broadway Week in NYC Sept. 29 thru Oct. 12.

(Courtesy pixajen/Flickr)

You can save big on buzz-worthy Off-Broadway shows thanks to two-for-one ticket deals on select shows now thru Oct. 12th. Tickets go on sale today at 11 a.m. for shows during Off-Broadway Week Sept. 29th thru Oct. 12th.

Show options this year include Avenue Q (note: this show may feature puppets, but I assure you, it's NOT for youngsters), National Lampoon Presents Bayside! The Musical!—a musical Saved By The Bell parody—and 50 Shades! The Musical, based on the popular series by E.L. James. Additional offerings include Aire Frío, Barceló con Hielo, Black Angels Over Tuskegee, Bedbugs, Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, En el Tiempo de las Mariposas, Found, Fuerza Bruta: Wayra, Gazillion Bubble Show!, Going Once Laughing Twice!, Here Lies Love, Hereafter Musical, iLuminate, Indian Ink, La Nena Se Casa, La Zapatera Prodigiosa, Lennon: Through A Glass Onion, Lips Together Teeth Apart, Money Grubbin' Whores, My Big Gay Italian Wedding, My Big Gay Italian Funeral, Olympics ÜberAlles, Pageant: The Musical, Perfect Crime, Scenes from a Marriage, Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, Shut Up Sit Down & Eat, Sistas: The Musical, Sleepy Hallow The Musical, Stalking the Bogeyman, Tail! Spin!, The Awesome 80s Prom, The Belle of Amherst, The Bullpen, The Fatal Weakness, Harlem Rens, The Jackie Mason Musical, The Killing of Sister George, The Money Shot, They Call Me Q, When January Feels Like Summer, and While I Yet Live.

aug 20 2014

Save Money With 2-For-1 Broadway Tickets

The bright lights of Broadway
(Courtesy Susan/Flickr)

It's my favorite time of year: Broadway Week in New York City, where you can save big on buzz–worthy Broadway shows thanks to 2-For-1 ticket deals on select shows Sept. 1st–14th. There are 21 shows participating this year and tickets are on sale now through the website.

jun 18 2014

5 U.S. Theme Parks Under $50

Santa Cruz Boardwalk in California
(Courtesy Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk)

With Disney parks recently raising their ticket prices to $99 for a single–park one day ticket to the Magic Kingdom—Universal Studios is just as bad—now is the perfect time to start thinking about smaller, regional theme parks where you can get your adrenaline fix for less. Here are five theme parks around the country where the daily price of adult admission is under $50.

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