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Primary season is in full swing, and the batch of remaining presidential hopefuls is hitting the campaign trail hard. If your political blood is boiling and you’ve caught the campaign fever, why not turn your trip to all those heated debates and rallies into an enjoyable getaway. Gerrymander through some of the best destinations along the campaign trail, caucusing with locals about the best place to grab a post-rally brew or nominating your favorite continental breakfast to fuel your discussion-filled day. Here are our elections for some of the best destinations on the road to the White House, in chronological order:

Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: ADTeasdale – Flickr.

Las Vegas, Nevada: Although the majority of folks you are likely to run into on the Vegas strip probably aren’t even registered to vote in Nevada, the city is drawing attention leading up to the Democratic and Republican caucuses on Feb. 20 and 23, respectively. The Nevada State Democrats are hosting a town hall event in Las Vegas on Feb. 18 to discuss issues affecting the Latino community. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have both said they will attend the event, which will be hosted by MSNBC and Telemundo. A prime opportunity to mingle your daily dose of politics with a little Vegas fun.

 

Donald Trump

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump is scheduled to appear at Myrtle Beach later this month. Photo: , Gage Skidmore – Flickr

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: Donald Trump is set to make an appearance at the Myrtle Beach Sports Center at noon on Feb. 19, the day before the Republican Primary. In this cold, desolate month, why not route yourself to a beach destination during your political travels? Republican nominees are blitzing the state the week before, as well, if you arrive early. And if you aren’t quite ready to leave the South, stick around — the Democratic Primary isn’t until Feb. 27.

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton has been hitting the campaign trail in Tennessee on behalf of his wife, Hillary. Photo: Susan Ruggles – Flickr

 Nashville, Tennessee: SUPER TUESDAY. Continue your tour south of the Mason-Dixon Line and head on over to Tennessee. Early voting in the state began Feb. 10 and runs through Feb. 23, ahead of the March 1 primary, so Republicans and Democrats alike are focusing hard on the state. Bill Clinton campaigned ahead of his wife in Memphis earlier this month. Hillary is set to open campaign offices in Nashville and Memphis, two of the state’s largest Democratic hotbeds. Planting yourself in a Democratic area inside a state that usually votes red would provide a certain lively nature to your trip. Both parties vote on Super Tuesday, which falls on March 1 this year.

 

Detroit, Michigan

Presidential candidates have their eyes on Michigan. Photo: Bryan Debus – Flickr.

Detroit, Michigan: Before the dust cleared from the Iowa Caucus, campaign staff members were heading for Michigan. Pick a major city in the state,and you’ll likely find a campaign office has popped up there. The whole Clinton family has already peppered the state, the Republicans have all hired firms to help them plan different events, Sanders offices are springing up in Flint, Lansing, Detroit, Ann Arbor and Traverse City, and CNN is holding a Democratic debate in Flint on March 6. The Democratic and Republican primaries take place on March 8.

 

Columbus, OHio

Columbus, Ohio. Photo: ChevySXSWCbus – Flickr

Columbus, Ohio: Ohio is a swing state and draws the eyes of the world during election season, and this year, its Gov. John Kasich is making a showing in the Republican race. Plus, with a university in Columbus boasting more than 50,000 students, most of whom are eligible voters, Ohio State University often gets blasted with impromptu campaign events. Plenty of appearances are already planned ahead of the March 15 primary: Sanders and Clinton are both scheduled to speak at the Ohio Democratic Party Legacy Dinner at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on March 13 (bleacher seats will run you $50).

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New York City is the jewel in New Year’s Eve’s crown, and the west coast offers unforgettable nightlife peppered with celebrity spottings to ring in the New Year. But the flyover states are not to be overlooked. People throughout the middle chunk of our country know how to party, and each place offers experiences a little bit more novel than watching the ball drop. Plus, the odds of spending significantly less during your celebrations than you would spend on either coast are very much in your favor. Here is our list of five flyover cities that offer unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebrations, in no particular order.

 

16th Street in Denver

16th Street in Denver | Flickr CC: Yuya Sekiguchi

Denver, Colorado — How better to celebrate the New Year than with a backdrop of the Rocky Mountains? The 16th Street Mall downtown is sure to be bustling, with parties spilling out of every hotel and fireworks shooting off overhead. Find a brewery in the home of craft beer to spend your night. The Five Points neighborhood, just north of downtown, offers plenty of places worthy of saying goodbye to 2015.

 

Short North lights

The arches over the Short North in Columbus, Ohio. Photo: Becker1999 – Flickr

Columbus, Ohio — It should come as no surprise that a city dominated by one of the nation’s largest public universities knows how to ring in the New Year right. Take your pick of spots to celebrate in the Short North, a cultured strip of bars and restaurants along High Street between downtown and Ohio State’s campus that blends all types and ages into your choice of celebrations.

 

Lousiville New Year's Even

A bourbon flight in Louisville. Photo: Surlygirl – Flickr

Louisville, Kentucky — Head to Louisville and soak your New Year’s celebrations in bourbon and southern hospitality. The Derby isn’t the only thing Louisville does right. The city celebrates with fireworks and parties at nearly every bar, but The Highlands neighborhood has a strip of eclectic bars that can’t be missed. Make sure to check out Holy Grale, a gastropub in an old church, and The Back Door, a late-night bar with copious pool tables and the best bar food south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

 

Chicago New Year's Eve

The Chicago River at night. Photo: Patrick Emerson

Chicago, Illinois — The great thing about celebrating New Year’s Eve in Chicago is that you can make it whatever you want. Go swanky and buy tickets to a downtown black-tie affair in advance, or hit up a club (you can find them in nearly every neighborhood) that stays open until 4 a.m. and dance your way well into 2016. Get tickets to a party at a restaurant like Beatrix in River North and spend your evening dining well, or a bar in Wrigleyville and enjoy all-you-can-drink perks with a more raucous crowd. Watch fireworks from Navy Pier, go to a party at a hotel, or stay in with friends and hit up neighborhood bars after the ball drops.

Honky tonk in Nashville

A band performs at Legends Corner Bar in Nashville. Photo: Grant Wickes – Flickr.

Nashville, Tennessee — Nashville is a great place to go out and experience life any time of year, whether you’re soaking up the music scene or enjoying some southern cuisine, and the city does not disappoint on New Year’s Eve. Hit up a honky-tonk Downtown or in Midtown and embrace those country vibes.

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A year ago I moved from Ohio to Florida, a grueling 15 hour drive I luckily only had to make once. Since then, I’ve probably spent at least one weekend a month visiting my parents at home or friends out of state,  enough to know what my favorite thing on the menu is at all the terminal restaurants and where all the good outlets are at Tampa International.  In the last year I’ve learned is that traveling isn’t always fun, but I’ll never take it for granted.

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1. Flying is freedom – When I graduated from college I moved to a city where I didn’t know anyone and I’d only visited once, but I always knew home was only a flight away. Knowing that made the move a little less scary, and being able to visit friends and explore the cool cities where they live is so much fun. Flying is both the freedom to go home and anywhere else.

2. Flying is basically time travel – Have you ever been on one of those flights that leaves in one time zone and then, like magic, lands at almost the exact same time in another time zone. The feeling of getting of a plane and having not lost any time is the air is amazing. There is just something about it that makes you feel like you’ve beaten the system.

3. It makes the world smaller –  50 years ago if you wanted to talk to a friend who lived out of town, you wrote them a letter and put it in the mail because long distance phone calls were expensive and visiting was practically out of the question. Since then, the world has shrunk with access to air travel that would have been totally out of the questions for our parents and grandparents. Flying just isn’t the major event it used to be, it’s part of the normal human experience, and that is incredible.

4. Deals deals deals – Every time I check my email I have a notification about a fare sale. Nothing beats a deal, and when it comes to booking flights, I try to save as much as I can where I can. Flying is expensive, but off-peak deals and flash sales make it easier to find something in my price range and maybe goon a trip I otherwise wouldn’t have. Try the Flights under $200 section on CheapTickets.com. (Click the link and scroll down.)

5. You can make new friends – Talking to people seated next to you on the plane is not for everyone, it’s not even always for me. But occasionally you meet someone who lives in your area or is visiting the same place you are and, BAM, you already have something in common. With flying you get to meet people that otherwise you never would have, and even if that person is only someone you vent with about a flight delay or chit chat about travel plans, there is something to be said about being exposed to different people.

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Cheap of the Month gives a snapshot of a cheap weekend getaway each month.

The Midwest is a fantastic place to visit in the summer. The humidity can be a pain some days (though nothing compared to the South), but you’ve never seen anything as green and verdant as an Ohio cornfield in the summertime, rising up to meet the cloudless blue sky. Columbus, Ohio’s capital city, is teeming with life in July, when summer is still exciting and folks haven’t yet grown tired of the heat. There’s plenty to do and lots to experiencein the heart of it all.

Courtesy of Sam Howzit.

Courtesy of Sam Howzit.

Plane, train or automobile — Port Columbus International Airport is a 15 or 20 minute drive from the city, and likely your best bet for incoming transportation (find your flight here), unless you can drive in. Traffic in Columbus rarely gets jammed, and parking downtown is relatively cheap. If you are patient enough, you can find free parking around downtown—just make sure to abide by the posted signs to avoid a ticket or towing, especially if you are near Ohio State University.

Courtesy of Sam Howzit.

Courtesy of Sam Howzit.

Cheap local transit — The Central Ohio Transit Authority buses run the length of the city. It’s $2 to ride once and $4.50 for a day pass. If you plan to stay near downtown, the CoGo Bike Share system might be a better bet. It’s only a few years old and offers a 24-hour pass for $6. Walking is doable to an extent, but with plenty of parking and uncongested streets, driving is the best way to get around Columbus.

Courtesy of Dustin Tinney.

Courtesy of Dustin Tinney.

Nibble on North Market — Summertime and farmers markets go hand in hand in Columbus. Farmers yielding homegrown strawberries, Ohio sweet corn and a slew of other Midwestern delicacies populate the white tents that speckle neighborhoods throughout the city, and they’re not just limited to Saturdays. The granddaddy of them all is North Market, located in Columbus’ Arena District near downtown. It’s open every day but Sunday and features permanent stands and restaurants. Come hungry for free samples.

Courtesy of Sali Sasaki.

Courtesy of Sali Sasaki.

Satisfy your sweet tooth — The award-winning Jeni’s Ice Cream hails from Columbus, and her one-of-a-kind, locally inspired creations are not to be missed. Find her shops throughout the city, and sample to your heart’s content. If specialty ice cream isn’t your thing, try some scoops from the Cincinnati-born Graeter’s Ice Cream. It offers selections a little heartier and cheaper than Jeni’s. For milkshakes, try United Dairy Farmers, a convenience store with exceptional (and exceptionally cheap) ice cream.

Courtesy of Bob Hall.

Courtesy of Bob Hall.

Stroll through the Short North — The city’s art district has surpassed its hip stage and grown wildly popular, featuring some of the city’s best restaurants, bars, art galleries and shopping. It’s walkable and quaint, and makes for a great free activity in window shopping. All the galleries extend their hours and open their doors on the first Saturday every month for Gallery Hop, another great free activity.

Courtesy of Marada.

Courtesy of Marada.

Catch a Clippers game — Hanging below the prestige of the major leagues are the Columbus Clippers, a Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. You may not know all the player’s names, but going to a game at Huntington Park is a cheap and fun way to spend the evening outside. Tickets for the lawn or bleachers can be had for as little as $7, and they have Dime-a-Dog nights on Mondays.

Courtesy of Mike Marotti.

Courtesy of Mike Marotti.

Rock climb with the skyline — A hidden gem on Columbus’ south side is the Scioto Audubon Metro Park. Nestled along the Scioto River, the park is a treasure chest of free activities, and all with the backdrop of the gorgeous yet understated Columbus skyline. Rock climb for free, play on the sand volleyball courts, run through the obstacle course (which is more like an adult playground), or just sit back and watch it all unfold.

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