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There are a plethora of things to do in Oahu, but here’s where to find the hidden gems.

There’s an island where the ocean folds into so many shades of blue, you’ll give up trying to identify them. Where the jungle blankets jagged mountains that begin where the deserted beaches end. And that sand? It’s so powdery that calling it sugar-like is an affront to its softness. This paradise is none other than Oahu, Hawaii; aka one of the most visited islands on the planet.

If you’re looking to uncover hidden gems in a very discovered place, to be the only one on the exquisite beaches and to eat the best food — no matter where you have to go to get it — this is the Oahu travel guide for you.

Where to Stay

Leave the crowds in Waikiki and consider renting a place in a smaller beach town. On the windward (east) side of the island, Ka′a’awa (population 1,379, as of the last census) or the bigger Kailua (population 38,635) are both beautiful, lower-key options.

Things to Do in Oahu: Ka’a’awa Valley


The Ka’a’awa Valley on this side of the island looks so remote and tropical that it has served as a filming location for Lost, Jurassic Park and Godzilla. And yet it’s just a 40-minute drive from the throngs in Honolulu.

Things to Do in Oahu: Mokule’ia Beach


Best Beaches

Everything is bigger on the North Shore — the waves, the scenery, the beaches. Everything that is, except for the crowds. Check out Mokule’ia Beach Park, a long enough stretch of sand that you may not run into anyone else. Depending on the time of year, the waves can get huge, so unless you know what you’re doing on a surf board, it’s best to stick to the sidelines.

Things to Do in Oahu: Keawaula Beach


On the leeward (west) side of the island, Keawaula Beach, with its jagged green mountain backdrop, may be the most beautiful — and secluded —in all of Oahu. Take the Farrington Highway until you find a pull-off just before the road ends at Ka’ena Point. Keawaula is the northernmost beach on the west shore, and thanks to a lack of development, you could very well have this stunning strand all to yourself.

Things to Do in Oahu: Wai’anae Coast


In the Water

While 3,000 strangers are swimming into each other while snorkeling in Hanauma Bay (seriously, it averages 3,000 people per day), you can be snorkeling with dolphins along the Wai’anae Coast. Most visitors to Oahu never come to the leeward side of the island, as it’s much less populated and the road doesn’t go all the way around. Once you see the unspoiled beauty of this side, though, you will be very grateful that most people stay away.

Things to Do in Oahu: dolphins


Eō Wai’anae Tours promises dolphins on their catamaran snorkel excursions, and, sure enough, you really will be swimming with a pod of wild dolphins, which call this side of the island home. Just try not to swim into a family of Flippers while lost in awe of their cuteness.

Take a Hike

The road heading up the leeward side of Oahu dead-ends at the Ka’ena Point Trail. Hike along the rocky coast to the western tip of the island, where you’ll join the Hawaiian seabirds and endangered monk seals. This out-and-back 4.8-mile hike gets incredibly hot and dry, so bring lots of water and sunscreen.

Things to Do in Oahu: Ka'ena Point Trail


For lusher scenery, try the 8-mile Koloa Gulch waterfall hike (not far from Laie on the windward side). Wander through the Hau’ula Valley, cross streams (you’ll definitely get wet!) and scamper over wet boulders before arriving at a gorgeous, 100-foot waterfall. Take a dive in the freshwater pool because, well, you just hiked to a Hawaiian waterfall and that’s what to do after hiking to a Hawaiian waterfall.

Where to Eat

You can’t go to the North Shore without hitting one of its exemplary shrimp trucks. Feasting on spiced crustaceans served out of trucks is as much a part of Hawaiian surf culture as riding the waves. The best is the turquoise Aloha Shrimp truck, which you’ll find parked next to a convenience store in Hau’ula. The spicy lemon garlic flavor is crave-worthy.

Things to Do in Oahu: Hawaiian shrimp


The best poke on the island is served out of a tiny strip mall joint in Wai’anae. Aloha Poke (yes, another “Aloha” restaurant; they don’t call it the Aloha State for nothing) knows its cubed, marinated raw fish, and the spicy and ginger shoyu varieties are awesome.

Even if you’re looking to dodge the crowds and stay out of the city, Palace Saimin is worth the trip into Honolulu. This local’s favorite has been simmering saimin — think Hawaii’s version of ramen — since 1946. Bonus: a large bowl will only set you back $5.

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Not that you’ll ever tire of New York City, but the New York metro area offers plenty of irresistible side trips including super charming Hoboken, New Jersey (no, really). Come for the views, stay for the food and book your next NYC adventure at

To city folk, the north Jersey town (and NYC suburb) might have a reputation for attracting a lot of…let’s say, backwards hats and cargo shorts, but it’s also the birthplace of baseball and Frank Sinatra, and home to charming parks, walkable streets and possibly the best mozzarella we’ve ever had. Here’s proof.

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Gawk at Gorgeous Architecture

Whether you take the ferry or NJ transit, make sure to pause and admire the stunning interior of the 110-year-old Beaux Arts terminal, which features vaulted ceilings, dramatic chandeliers and stained-glass skylights. (What, you thought Grand Central was the only station that gets to be fancy?) And as you stroll around town, don’t be surprised to see blocks of brownstones that rival the cutest streets in the West Village.

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Have a Great Cup of Coffee (for a Great Cause)

There’s a lot to love about Bwè Kafe: Japanese cold brew made with La Colombe-roasted beans; an airy, plant-filled space that makes you want to linger; and the fact that a portion of proceeds goes toward clean water and education programs in Haiti. It’s become a beloved neighborhood gathering place—particularly when it hosts the monthly open-mic night Hoboken Spoken.

1002 Washington St.; 201-683-0045 or

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Soak Up Waterfront Views

Spoiler alert: The panoramas are just as incredible from the other side of the Hudson. Wind your way north from Pier A, past Little League games at Stevens Park and occasional concerts at Sinatra Amphitheater, and up to Elysian Park, which stands on the site of what many believe to be the first baseball game in history.

Go on a Food Crawl 

Yes, the city may be known for its surfeit of sports bars (and Carlo’s Bakery of Cake Boss fame), but it’s home to plenty of damn good eats within its 1.25 square miles. For starters, no trip would be complete without a roast beef sandwich with fresh “mutz” from Fiore’s Deli. You’ll also find authentic Latin fare at La Isla and Zafra (a BYOB spot that’s happy to sangria-fy your wine), excellent brunch at Zack’s and La Bouche, and serious pizza at Dozzino and Grimaldi’s—yep, that Grimaldi’s.

Window-Shop Around Washington Street

Another perk of such a densely packed area? A bustling thoroughfare with plenty of retail eye candy. A few of our faves are Little City Books (for your next read), Noellery (for minimalist jewelry), Hudson Paperie (for adorable stationery), Mint Market (for one-of-a-kind vintage finds) and Washington General Store (for luxe home goods).

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Join the Revelry at one of the (Many) Festivals

This little town really, really loves its fests: In the next two months alone, it’ll host the Fall Arts & Music Festival, the Hoboken Comedy Festival and the Harvest Festival (how very Pawnee). And you can bet your ciabatta we’ll be back in January for Mutzfest, a face-off of Hoboken’s local delis to see whose mozzarella reigns supreme.

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He may tease his fans with retirement plans, but Jay-Z never seems to quit. After taking a few years off, the hip-hop mogul recently released his 13th studio album, 4:44. Naturally, he’s hitting the road in support of the album, bringing the 4:44 Tour to arenas across North America this autumn (get your tickets right here on

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Born and raised in Brooklyn, Jay-Z’s verses are peppered with references to the city where he got his start. If you want to experience the Big Apple via the dense lyricism of one of New York City’s most acclaimed artists, get in an Empire State of mind with these Hova-inspired destinations.

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Lyric: “Catch me at the X with OG at a Yankee game”
Song: Empire State of Mind

In case you didn’t notice the baseball cap that he’s been sporting for the better part of his career, Jay-Z is a longtime Yankees fan. While you might not be able to afford the primo seats he usually occupies at Yankee Stadium, you can still find a spot in the stands (get baseball tickets on, too) and enjoy America’s pastime in the middle of the Bronx—don’t forget to root for the home team.

Lyric: “And I sip fine wines and spit vintage flows”
Song: Can’t Knock the Hustle

Owned by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and famous for its appearance in the most recent season of Master of None, the Four Horsemen is a wine bar with some clout. That makes the Williamburg spot the perfect place to sip a glass of one of Jay-Z’s preferred beverages, choosing from a curated menu of more than 200 bottles from France, Italy and Spain.

Colorful amusement park carnival architecture at Coney Island in Brooklyn

Lyric: “…you better roll deep goin’ through Coney Island”
Song: BK Anthem

Growing up in Brooklyn, there’s little doubt that a young Jay-Z caught the Q train to Coney Island, a beachfront escape frequented by residents and tourists alike. If you’re not enjoying the sand and waves, you can take a stroll on the boardwalk, ride the famous Cyclone roller coaster or grab a hot dog from Nathan’s.

Brooklyn Bridge Park right before sunset. Brooklyn, New York City. Shot in June, 2016.

 Lyric: “I coulda bought a place in Dumbo before it was Dumbo/For like 2 million”
Song: The Story of O.J.

Tech startups and luxury condos have taken over Dumbo, but the neighborhood under the Brooklyn bridge still has plenty to offer, even if you can’t afford to live there. Go for a walk in the nearby Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre waterfront recreation space that boasts basketball courts, a roller rink and stunning views of the New York skyline.

 ALSO: Live large when you sign up for CheapCash!

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Lyric: “Christie’s with my missy, live at the MoMA”
Song: Picasso Baby

After making several hip-hop masterpieces, Jay-Z revealed himself as an art lover on a track from his album Magna Carta… Holy Grail. You might see pieces by some of the rapper’s favorite artists when you visit the Museum of Modern Art—this autumn’s lineup of exhibitions includes a survey of Surrealist artist Max Ernst and a show exploring the creative process of sculptor Louise Bourgeois.

Buildings on Riverside Boulevard and Manhattan view over Hudson River

Lyric: “Look for me! Young, B, cruisin’ down the West Side Highway”
Song: ’03 Bonnie & Clyde

Want to see the sights that set Jay-Z’s and his then-girlfriend Beyoncé’s hearts a-flutter? Hail a cab and ask your driver to take the scenic route along the West Side Highway, which runs along the Hudson River on the west side of Manhattan. You’ll pass points of interest like the High Line pedestrian path and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum—plus, you might catch a glimpse of Lady Liberty.

Lyric: “Who be, in a Japanese restaurant, eating sushi/Drinking sake”
Song: (Always Be My) Sunshine

You can find some of the most painstakingly authentic sushi in New York, but if you’re looking for something a bit more innovative, try Sushi Seki. With locations in Chelsea, Times Square and the Upper East Side, this Japanese restaurant is upscale, but not to the point where you’ll be forced to blow an entire paycheck. There’s delicious yellowtail, tuna and salmon on the menu, as well as a robust list of sake—Jay-Z would approve.

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We can second the awesomeness of Baltimore and its newfound status as an East Coast hotspot and can’t wait to check out the shops and eateries recommended below. Heading to Charm City sometime soon? Find airfare and hotel deals at

If you’re not completely wanderlust-ing over Baltimore just yet, what are you waiting for? This under-the-radar East Coast city is on the up-and-up thanks to a bustling art scene, must-try local eats (hello, blue crabs!), and insta-worthy waterfront views along the Chesapeake Bay. We asked local interior designer Patrick Sutton (a trained architect who has designed some of the city’s coolest restaurants, distilleries, hotels, and luxury residences) for a few of his favorite hidden gems in Charm City. And as someone who has lived there for over 3 decades, he’s watched the city go through quite the transformation. “When I first moved here, Baltimore had a bit of self-esteem problem. No one really invested in design, especially in the downtown restaurant and nightlife scene. Now it’s thriving with one new hotspot opening after the next including a Four Seasons Hotel and our new Sagamore Pendry. It is truly in the midst of an exciting renaissance.”

Here are some of Sutton’s picks for the best boutiques and restaurants to stumble upon — you’ll want to visit ASAP.

Where To Shop


“SoBotanical is an apothecary and aromatherapy shop in Historic Federal Hill. I use their soaps which, along with everything else they sell, are homemade.”

48 E. Cross St.; 410-234-0333;

In Watermelon Sugar

“In Watermelon Sugar is a cute little furnishings and accessory shop in Hampden: the hipster haven of Baltimore.”

3555 Chestnut Ave.; 410-662-9090;

Treason Toting Company

“Treason Toting Company is a local, bespoke bag company located directly across the street from the Sagamore Pendry Hotel, and is owned by two guys from Baltimore.”

1714 Thames St.;

Where To Eat

Loch Bar

“Loch Bar is a classic oyster bar overlooking the water at the base of the Four Seasons hotel in Harbor East. My wife Tracy and I love sitting outside with a lobster roll and a glass of rosé in the summer, or exploring their massive whiskey list during the winter.”

240 International Dr.; 443-961-8949;

The Prime Rib

“The Prime Rib is our place for steaks. It’s a classic throwback to a bygone era where men wear jackets and ladies wear dresses. This windowless jewel in an offbeat location has consistently delivered quality food for decades. Their head bartender, John, is so good — by the time I walk from the front door to the bar, he already has my drink waiting for me.”

1101 N Calvert St.; 410-539-1804;

The Canon Room at the Pendry

“The Canon Room at the Pendry is the sexiest cocktail bar in the city. I may have designed it — but I do love sipping drinks in the warm glow of amber light.”

1715 Thames St.; 443-552-1300;


“Tagliata, opening very soon, is a restaurant we designed that is sure to be one of our favorites. This Italian restaurant has a star chef in Julian Marucci and an ambience of chic, rustic elegance. Think Tuscan farmhouse, reinvented in soft oatmeal and blush hues, with gauzy drapes and soft seating in the piano lounge. You will think you are on vacation.”

1012 Fleet St.; 410-244-5830;

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There’s no better time to visit New England than the end of summer and early fall. The crowds have died down and the quietness of nature envelopes you and forces relaxation. In late summer, you’ll still enjoy warm temperatures and long days, perfect for exploring beaches. Come early fall, the trees will burst with colors and the temperatures will slowly start to lower. You’ll be in a perfect position to take advantage of hundreds of mountainous hikes, small town explorations and walks along the beautiful Atlantic coastline. Best of all, it won’t cost you a fortune. We’ve rounded up the 8 best budget inns—and found rates for as little as $160/nightly on—for your next New England visit. 

ALSO: 8 awesome hostels for travelers over 35



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Cedar Crest Inn: Camden, ME
Located in Camden, the Cedar Crest Inn is just a few blocks from the beach. At just $159 nightly, you’ll pay a small price for a great family beach trip!



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Glenmoor By The Sea: Lincolnville, ME
You’ll get ocean views for as low as $159 nightly at Glenmoor By The Sea. Set in the charming town of Lincolnville, the property is oceanfront and near plenty of outdoor activities. 



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Killington Mountain Lodge: Killington, VT
In winter, Killington is swarming with snow bunnies eager to hit the slopes, but this town is just as popular in the off season. Stay at the Killington Mountain Lodge for $134 nightly and spend your days lounging by the pool or hiking nearby trails.



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The Stowehof: Stowe, VT
Stowe is perhaps the most charming town in Vermont and like many ski towns, it’s a great place to visit in the off season. At the Stowehof, you can explore the town and hit up locally owned boutiques and great restaurants for as little as $99 nightly. Our favorite is Prohibition Pig, just 10 minutes away in nearby Waterbury. 

 ALSO: You’ll be inn good spirits when you sign up for CheapCash and start earning points toward hotel stays.



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Nantasket Hotel at the Beach: Hull, MA
The only thing standing between you and sand between your toes at the Nantasket Hotel at the Beach is a short walk acrorss the street. Ocean views greet you each morning at this inn for only $155 nightly. 



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The Inn at Thorn Hill
A charming inn and a spa? You can’t beat that! Sure, it’s a little over the $160 marker but with rates as low as $179 nightly, The Inn at Thorn Hill & Spa is worth the extra dough. 



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Admiral Weaver Inn
Newport is easily one of the cutest waterfront towns in the country. Sailing is a way of life here and you’re sure to find an outfitter eager to take you out on the water. Stay at the Admiral Weaver Inn for $149 nightly and spend the weekend exploring the town from land and from sea. 



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The Spa at Norwich Inn: Norwich, CT
For $151 nightly, enjoy this charming boutique inn and spa. Sidewalks lined with flowers wind through The Spa at Norwich Inn and white adirondack chairs are peppers about, luring visitors to sit, sip a cocktail, and relax. 



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Manhattan’s northernmost neighborhood really is beautiful (get there before there’s a Starbucks on every block) and it’s a relative bargain compared to the rest of the borough. Looking for a budget stay elsewhere on the island? Find a hotel bargain at

 RELATED: 8 awesome hotels for travelers over 35

It might be best known to downtown folks as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s old stomping grounds, but the northern tip of Manhattan — Washington Heights and Inwood — has tons of history, incredible food and gorgeous green spaces. Here are seven great reasons to hop on the A train.


Step Inside Manhattan’s Oldest House

The Morris-Jumel Mansion, built in 1765, is much more than just a beautiful house: It served as headquarters for George Washington during the Revolutionary War; as the home of wealthy socialite Eliza Jumel (and the site of her wedding to Aaron Burr); and, more recently, as a writing space for Lin-Manuel Miranda while he penned parts of Hamilton. So yeah, you might say this is the room where it happens…


Snap a Pic of NYC’s Cutest Lighthouse

There’s something so quaint about lighthouses, and you don’t even have to trek to New England to spot one. The aptly named Little Red Lighthouse, which sits at the foot of the George Washington bridge, is so beloved among locals, it was the subject of a 1942 children’s book.

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Catch a Show at a Gorgeous Theater-Slash-Church

NYC’s myriad performance venues range from small and divey to grand and ornate, but the United Palace has to be one of the most unique. It’s an extravagant mash-up of architectural styles (think Jazz Age theater meets Cambodian shrine), which makes a dramatic backdrop for concerts, movie screenings and performances, as well as a nondenominational spiritual center. Next up: the Sixth Annual Dominican Film Festival (July 25 to 30).


Walk Across a 169-Year-Old Bridge

Originally built as part of the Croton Aqueduct, the pedestrians-only High Bridge is the city’s oldest standing bridge — a good 30 years older than the Brooklyn Bridge. Since reopening in 2015 (after being closed for 40 years), it makes for some pretty incredible views over the Harlem River.


Ride a Bike Around Fort Tryon

Yes, The Cloisters is one of NYC’s loveliest museums (and you should go, if you haven’t yet), but the surrounding park is a worthy destination in its own right. For starters, it’s one of the highest points in Manhattan (hence the dramatic vistas across the Hudson). It also houses the remnants of a burned-down mansion, a lush heather garden, a charming restaurant and the city’s biggest dog run.

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Go “Bird-Watching”

Keep your eyes peeled — no, not for pigeons — for avian street art scattered across Upper Manhattan. The pieces are part of the ongoing Audubon Mural Project, which taps local artists to paint works depicting bird species that are threatened by climate change.

Cachapas y Mas

Feast on the Neighborhood’s Best Eats

Come on, you don’t think we’d send you all over the neighborhood on an empty stomach, did you? Fill up on Dominican breakfast and perfectly crisp roast chicken at Malecon, tres leches cake at Sweet Life Pastry and Venezuelan sandwiches at Cachapas y Mas

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Looking to travel on trend and on the cheap? Below are nine destinations that are currently bastions of cool that won’t break the bank.

RELATED: How to live out of your suitcase for a week or even a month

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Enjoy one of the cheapest countries in Western Europe | Flickr photo by Francisco Oliveira

Porto, Portugal
The trendy travelers are trading in their Spanish Red for a glass of port in the stunning coastal city of Porto. Those looking for a little something different will find that Portugal has everything from delicious seafood to fairytale castles to offer. With more than 1,100 miles of stunning coastline and sights like the Quinta da Regaleira, Portugal will have you wondering why you waited so long to visit.

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The arch may have fallen but Malta is still stunning | Flickr photo by Juan Antonio Segal

Even a year or two ago most people might have had trouble pointing Malta out on a map. However, over the past few years, scenes from this small Mediterranean island nation have been frequenting our social media feeds. Earlier this year, the country’s most iconic landmark, the Azure Window, crumbled into the sea. Only time will tell if the number of visitors will fall along with the giant stone arch.

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Tulum, Mexico
People are trading in the same old Cancun mega resort holiday for a smaller and chicer Tulum getaway. It has been building a reputation in the Yucatan as the destination for young travelers and while hardly undiscovered these days, it remains a favorite. Tulum blends stunning beaches, tasty tacos and a relaxed chic vibe. 

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Hangout in trendy Asheville for your next vacay | Flickr photo by Ken Lane

Asheville, NC
In the past year Asheville made the top cities in the U.S. list on at least 10 major travel publications, and accolades like these are sure to bring in new visitors. Asheville is situated at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and filled with trendy dining spots. The city is a perfect blend of both urban and outdoors-inspired activities. No matter what you’re into, you’ll find it in this up and coming gem.

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Lake Tahoe isn’t just for Californians anymore | Flickr photo by wilco737

Lake Tahoe, CA
A long time favorite of West Coasters, Tahoe is starting to attract visitors from other parts of the country. With no shortage of activities in all seasons—everything from skiing, tubing and sledding in winter to beach, biking and kayaking in warmer months— it’s easy to guess why people are loving it right now. Lake Tahoe is the kind of place where you can play hard during the day and then chill in comfort at night, which is something that really appeals to young travelers.

ALSO: Tourists are also flocking to CheapTickets to sign up for CheapCash so they can earn hotel discounts.

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Find yourself on the shores of San Diego this year for an amazing trip | Flickr photo by peasap

San Diego, CA
It’s debatable if San Diego was ever out of style, but there’s no denying the city is red hot right now. With year-round great weather and thousands of things to do, it’s hard not to love San Diego. In recent years the city has embraced the healthy living lifestyle, adding another element to the already vibrant city. However, San Diego still knows how to have fun and is on the leading edge of the craft beer movement with no shortage of places for great suds.

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The famous Stari Most Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina Flickr photo by jaime.silva

Bosnia and Herzegovina
An overnight Instagram sensation with its old stone circular arch bridges, Bosnia and Herzegovina burst onto the scene a few years ago and lately has tourists flocking to it. It addition to its famous bridges, Bosnia ha an interesting history both recent and ancient. Experience an Eastern European hospitality and culture that is worlds away from the other side of the continent.

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Think out of the box and plan your next city break in Detroit | Flickr photo by Mike Fritcher

Detroit, MI
Motor City isn’t dead. Detroit is in the process of an urban revival with trendy restaurants popping up all over, a new streetcar line that was unveiled in May and hungry entrepreneurs taking full advantage. Detroit is definitely on the upswing for travelers looking for a new place for a city break.

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Marrakech, Morocco
What is old is new again. The old classic, Marrakech, has seen a spike in visitors recently. Art Deco-era riads and the country’s exotic culture are bringing in a new generation of travelers. With mesmerizing, intricately patterned tile covering buildings and markets full of interesting goods piled high, it doesn’t get too more visually appealing than Morocco. We suggest at least 3 days in Marrakech to fully explore the city. 


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In case you need a reason to visit the Caribbean in summer, we’ve got one for you…music! The islands come alive during the hot and humid summer months with the sounds reggae, jazz, soul and more. Plus, it’s a cheaper time of year to be in the Caribbean. Visit when planning your next tuneful island vacation.

Plan your next Caribbean vacation around one of these popular music festivals.

You probably don’t need an excuse to plan a Caribbean vacation, but the chance to see your favorite musicians would definitely be an added bonus. From reggae to rock to jazz, these are the best music festivals in the Caribbean.

Reggae Sumfest – Jamaica

It makes sense that the island that created reggae would host a festival to celebrate it. Every July in Montego Bay, Jamaican reggae and dancehall stars such as Beenie Man and Tommy Lee Sparta join international artists (past headliners have included Rihanna and Usher) for Jamaica’s largest music festival, Reggae Sumfest. The weeklong celebration kicks off with a beach party and also features dance competitions, a sunset cruise and a white party.

Music Festivals in the Caribbean: Crucial Bankie

Crucial Bankie at the St. Kitts Music Festival


St. Kitts Music Festival – St. Kitts

The St. Kitts Music Festival, held annually in June, consistently delivers with top performers that run the gamut from Chaka Khan to Kool & The Gang to Busta Rhymes to Michael Bolton. The music is only part of the fun of the event, and attendees can take part in a treasure hunt or an island-wide bar crawl. (And with 21 annual festivals under its belt, you won’t have to fear a Fyre Music Festival repeat.)

Music Festivals in the Caribbean: George Benson

George Benson


Cancun Jazz Festival – Mexico

The Cancun Jazz Festival isn’t for casual music fans — the four-day Labor Day Weekend festival is a full-blown, all-inclusive event. Ticket prices start at $1,600 per person and include accommodations at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, all food and drinks (including alcohol), and access to events and parties. And don’t forget about the music — this year, the waterfront stage will be graced by George Benson, Brian McKnight, and Kenny G.

Music Festivals in the Caribbean: Questlove

Questlove performing with The Roots


Soul Music Beach Festival – Aruba

Held annually over Memorial Day Weekend, Aruba’s Soul Music Beach Festival offers the chance to see some of the biggest stars in R&B and hip hop. (2017 headliners were Mary J. Blige, The Roots and Big Sean.) The festival has something for everyone, with guest DJs and stand-up comedians. There are also plenty of parties throughout the week, both on the beach and in the club.

Music Festivals in the Caribbean: Wyclef Jean

Wyclef Jean


Tobago Jazz Experience – Tobago

The Tobago Jazz Experience is an island-wide celebration of music that takes place in April. Local artists take the stage alongside headliners like Wyclef Jean, Shabba Ranks and Grace Jones at venues around the island. A film festival and fashion shows round out the fun, and visitors and locals can enjoy free concerts and events throughout the week.

Music Festivals in the Caribbean: Joss Stone

Joss Stone


Pure Grenada Music Festival – Grenada

The Pure Grenada Music Festival in May focuses on local music and culture, while following a commitment to “go green” and maintain the island’s natural beauty. Past performers have included Cody Chesnutt, Joss Stone, Third World and Tarrus Riley, playing on an oceanfront stage in St. George’s Harbour. Bonus: while you’re there, sample the local Grenadian cuisine like roti, curry goat and nutmeg ice cream, and wash it down with the island’s famous rum.

Music Festivals in the Caribbean:

Maceo Parker


Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival – Aruba

If your tastes are a bit more smooth, opt for the Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival. Every September, the two-day event closes the summer season with a variety of jazz, funk and salsa artists — Maceo Parker and Ruben Blades headline 2017’s lineup.

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Atlantic City may never hold a card to the likes of Las Vegas, but that’s quite all right. Gambling isn’t the only reason to visit this hard hit Jersey Shore city. In fact, add these non-gaming attractions to your must-do list, and you’re sure to come away a winner.

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Absecon Lighthouse, Atlantic City, New Jersey

Absecon Lighthouse | Photo courtesy of Do Atlantic City

Absecon Lighthouse
Although there may be prettier lighthouses, this one stacks up as the third-tallest in the country and still serves its original purpose. We wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t make it up the 228 steps, but the views of the ocean and shore from the top are spectacular.

Atlantic City Aquarium
Part of Atlantic City’s charming Historic Gardner’s Basin, the aquarium opened in 1999 and has become the enclave’s star attraction. Check out the Ocean Oddities exhibit for unusual sea creatures; pet a shark in the Tropical Shark Touch Tank; and catch the Live Diver Feeding Show at the 25,000-gallon Fish of the Mid-Atlantic exhibit.

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Atlantic City Boardwalk, New Jersey

Atlantic City Boardwalk | Photo Courtesy of Do Atlantic City

Atlantic City Boardwalk
Of course, no trip to Atlantic City is complete without a stroll along its famous boardwalk, built in 1870 and still attracting throngs of visitors to its shops, restaurants and food stands. Get your smart phone out for photo ops including in the “heart” of the boardwalk at the award-winning “Heartwalk” heart-shaped sculpture, created from hundreds of wooden planks salvaged after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the shore; it’s illuminated every night.

Atlantic City Miniature Golf
Located right on the Boardwalk at Mississippi Avenue, this family-owned, 18-hole course is pretty small, but not altogether easy. Try it at night when the lights and energy of the Boardwalk add to the appeal.

Sure, the casinos may tempt with big payouts, but at least the arcades reward almost every player with some kind of souvenir, and at a smaller, more family-friendly pace. Hit Central Pier Arcade for the games, as well as for the go-kart speedway. Also on the Boardwalk is Playcade Amusements, which claims to be the longest-established arcade in town and gets points for its enticing prize selection.

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beach, Atlantic City, New Jersey

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Beach fun
Who needs slots when you’ve got surf? Three beaches allow surfing and offer lessons; at Jackson Avenue Beach, kayaking and windsurfing are popular; from Gardner’s Basin, Atlantic City Parasail offers dry take-off and landing parasailing; and beach volleyball, boogie boarding, jet-skiing and fishing are also available at various beaches. If you’re looking to soak up a cool, 1950s atmosphere, head to Wildwood Beach.

Storybook Land
Closed only in winter, this kiddie magnet opened in 1955 and prides itself on being clean and well-maintained. Admission includes access to play areas themed around stories like Mother Goose, Snow White and the Three Little Pigs, kid-sized coasters, a Santa Claus house (the jolly guy and the misses visit during Christmastime), shady picnic areas, and a popular train that loops the park.

Lucy the Elephant, Atlantic City

Lucy the elephant | Flickr photo courtesy of Jim McIntosh

Lucy the Elephant
Of all the quirky things about Atlantic City, you can’t miss this one—literally. Lucy, the larger-than-life wooden elephant, was built in 1881 in Margate (formerly South Atlantic City) and has served as a private home, a restaurant and, since she was restored in the 1970s, a museum. Take the stairs to the “howdah” (canopied pavilion) on Lucy’s back to get a panoramic view.

Boat cruises
Several ocean cruise outfits such as Atlantic City Cruises and Cape May Whale Watcher offer skyline tours, booze cruises and sightseeing boat tours that focus on getting you those Instagram-worthy pics of dolphins and whales.

Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, Atlantic City, hotels

Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club

More than 20 public golf courses dot the landscape within about a half hour’s drive of the Boardwalk. A few of the top courses include the Atlantic City Country Club, founded in 1897 and one of the country’s oldest golf clubs (it claims to have coined the terms “birdie” and “eagle”); the beautiful Ballamor Golf Club; and the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, which features both a links-styled course and a forest-lined course. Vineyard Golf at Renault Winery combines a championship course with the option to continue your day with a winery tour and tasting.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium
Along the Boardwalk and behind a façade that looks like it’s been cracked in half by a giant globe are oddities like the apropos roulette table made from 14,000 jelly beans, authentic shrunken heads and a wax replica of the world’s tallest man. Also here is a Laser Maze Challenge where would-be spies or thieves try to maneuver under, over and through a room crisscrossed with laser lights.

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New York City‘s nickname is “the city that never sleeps,” so it comes as no surprise that there’s plenty to do here up through the wee hours of the morning. And while it’s a no-brainer that the bars here are open until very late (or early, depending on what your body thinks about 4am), there’s more to do in the Big Apple than pre-dawn imbibing. If you’re a night owl in New York City, here are some must-do activities:

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Juvenex Spa
Finding a moment of zen at 3am isn’t a problem at this Midtown spot. New Yorkers drop by Juvenex Spa at all hours of the night (and day—it’s open 24 hours) to sweat it out in the different on-site saunas, such as the baked-clay room, a jade igloo sauna and a traditional steam room. The communal hot and cold soaking ponds offer additional ways to detox in the middle of night. Plus, you can book treatments such as manicures, facials and other traditional spa fare around the clock.

New York style pizza

New York style pizza

Steve’s Pizza
It’s not difficult to find a late night slice of pizza in NYC—there’s practically a slice shop on every block. But Steve’s Pizza, located in the Financial District, is a fan favorite for its top-notch New York-style pizza which is way better than the dollar slice shops located around town. Plus, this small pizza parlor (which is open until 4am) offers upstairs seating, perfect for late night people watching over a slice of the popular white pizza or grandma’s pie.

IFC Center
If popcorn is one of your favorite midnight snacks, consider visiting this art house movie theater in Greenwich Village. The IFC Center plays midnight flicks on Friday and Saturday nights. The films are usually classics; recent offerings have included titles like Taxi Driver, Fight Club and The Big Lebowski.

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Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre | Flickr photo by Marcin Wichary

Upright Citizens Brigade Theater
Speaking of midnight shows, the UCB is another spot where you can find late-night entertainment. The improv theater (which has outposts in Chelsea and in the East Village) offers midnight shows on Friday and Saturday nights that range in price from free to around seven dollars. Amy Poehler, as well as many stars from shows like Broad City and Veep are alums of this theater, so there’s a good chance you’ll catch a comedic actor performing right before they become famous.

Times Square, NYC, after hours

Times Square | Flickr photo by Heath Cajandig

A walk in Times Square
Yes, this is one of the busiest areas in the Big Apple. Try to walk through Times Square in the middle of the day, and you’ll wind up sandwiched between a throng of tourists, unofficial Disney mascots and New Yorkers just trying to get to their next destination. But it is a site worth checking out, and the best time to do it is actually in the middle of the night. The crowds are way thinner, and thanks to the illuminating billboards overhead, this is a very well-lit part of New York. Unlike the Times Square of the 1970s and ‘80s, the latest iteration is pretty safe at all hours.

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Empire State Building, NYC, New York

Empire State Building

Empire State Building
Manhattan is just as spectacular to look at in the evening as it is while the sun’s up, and one of the best places to take in views of the city is from the top of the Empire State Building. Many people are surprised to discover that the landmark is open until 2am every night. If you’re planning a late-night trip to the top floor, though, be advised that the last elevator up is at 1:15am. And if you’re visiting on a Thursday night, you’ll find a live saxophonist playing until 1am.

Roosevelt Island Tram, New York City, Manhattan

Roosevelt Island Tram

Roosevelt Island Tram
Another fun way to get a different view of the city is by riding the Roosevelt Island Tram. The elevated tramway spans the East River and connects the Upper East Side with Roosevelt Island, a small sliver of land between Manhattan and Queens. The tram run until 2am during the week and 3:30am on weekends. But be warned: There aren’t many things to do on Roosevelt Island in the middle of the night, so you’ll be making a quick round trip back.

Boho Karaoke
If you ever dreamed of belting out your favorite song in front of a New York audience, this karaoke spot is a good place for you. The bar, with locations in the West Village and Lower East side, offers an extensive catalogue of songs which patrons take turns singing until 4am. But if you have stage fright, you can rent one of Boho’s private rooms for a more intimate singing session.

Citibike, New York City

CitiBike | Flickr photo by Tom Marvel

Citi Bike
Riding a bike around NYC is a great way to experience its streets, and this bike sharing program makes it very easy to do so. You’ll find bike stations all around Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn, and they’re open 24/7. A day pass costs $12, and you can use the bikes in 30-minute increments. It’s the perfect amount of time to take a quick neighborhood tour. Want to keep riding? Trade in your bike at a new kiosk and get a different one for an additional 30-minute window of riding.

Staten island Ferry, NYC, New York City

Staten Island Ferry

Staten Island Ferry
During rush hour, this free ferry is pretty packed. But at night (the last ferry departs from Manhattan at 11:30pm on weekends), it’s much more relaxed. Hop on the boat at the South Ferry terminal in downtown Manhattan (the ferry takes off at least once an hour during off-peak times) and enjoy the ride to Staten Island, which includes great views of the city as well as the Statue of Liberty. Bonus: The ferries feature concession stands and free Wi-Fi.


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