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You’ve bought your festival tickets months in advance, planned your transportation to get there, picked out the perfect outfits, and invited all your coolest friends to tag along. Now, where are you all going to stay? We’ve found some unique accommodations near the country’s most coveted fests that will make your trip more than memorable. Book now to score one of these incredible rooms before they’re gone.

RELATED: Get your festival tickets right here—even for events that are sold out!

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Ullr Fest, Breckenridge, CO: January 9-12, 2019

Horned Vikings take to the slopes in this annual festival held in Breckenridge that celebrates Ullr, God of Snow. Take a cold plunge and then warm yourself by a huge bonfire, participate in the parade as a float builder or spectator, join the ice skating party or watch the film festival. Rally your closest Viking buddies to stay at Ski Bridge Lodge, an upscale rustic home that sleeps up to 18 guest and offers ski in/ski out access, beautiful mountain views, large stone fireplaces and an outdoor hot tub. Get it now before its gone.

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Chinese New Year Parade, San Francisco: February 23, 2019

Celebrate the Year of the Pig with firecrackers, dancing dragons and extravagant floats in San Francisco’s Chinatown. While in town for the parade and festivities, book a Pod Room near Union Square for an experience like no other. If you’re going to be partying and dancing in the streets all night, all you’ll need is a bed to crash in. The Pod Room offers minimal accommodation (basically a 4×8-foot sleeping space) at a low price, but rooms will book quickly. Not recommended for those with claustrophobia!

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Mardi Gras, New Orleans: March 5, 2019

Take part in “Fat Tuesday” festivities during New Orleans’ wildest carnival celebration. Watch colorful floats pass by while sipping a foot-long frozen daiquiri and catching colorful bead necklaces thrown by scantily-dressed, masked performers. After a wild night, crawl into a comfortable bed in a Victorian cottage at the Audubon Cottages in the French Quarter. You’ll find seven quaint rooms to choose from including access to the backyard swimming pool and free continental breakfast. Book your room now before this walking-distance accommodation fills up.

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Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio, CA: April 12-21, 2019

Swoon over your favorite vocalists, wear your coolest boho-chic outfit, dance your ass off and keep at eye out for celebs at Coachella. Social media influencers flock to this event for perfect Instagram pics and Snapchat videos. Embrace the desert atmosphere by booking a stylish tent at Base Camp Pop Up RV & Tent Camping Resort. The adults-only resort includes a pool, restaurant, and grocery store.The popularity of the event means that accommodation will fill up quickly, so book early to ensure a place to lay your head after an exhausting day of entertainment. Still need tickets? Get them here.

Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas: May 17-19, 2019

EDM fans won’t want to miss this vibrant fest and feast for the senses (get tickets here). Located on the sprawling grounds of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the venue is transformed into a huge circus-like dance party with an amazing lineup of artists, over-the-top stages that have unbelievable pyrotechnics and artistic lighting, thrilling carnival rides, and thought-provoking, larger-than-life interactive art experiences. The city will draw large crowds to this event, so consider snatching up accommodations at the mansion-like Promontory Ridge Villas. Each luxury villa features seven bedrooms, three pools, a massage room, a movie theater, a pool table room, multiple fireplaces, indoor/outdoor space for entertaining, elegant décor and top-notch amenities.

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Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI: June 26–July 7, 2019

Kick off summer at this festival featuring all the things you love…live music, carnival rides, paddleboats, pizza and beer. What else do you need? Oh, yeah, first some tickets (right here) and then a place to crash! Snag a room now at Brumder Mansion Bed and Breakfast. Choose from three elegantly decorated suites with fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs. Listen to a vintage record in the library while sipping some tea underneath a sparkling chandelier. The refined accommodation will be a welcomed respite from the lively festival atmosphere.

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Comic-Con, San Diego, CA: July 18-21, 2019

Comic book and science fiction fans unite at this event where fictional characters leap to life. (Still need tickets? We got ’em.) What can be better than rubbing shoulders with your favorite super heroes? Well, how about spending the night on a 46-foot yacht? Zoina Yachts sleeps four and is docked in Point Loma. Each of the two bedrooms features a kitchenette and the facilities include three swimming pools. Your friends will think you’re Superman if you score this luxury accommodation before it gets swiped up.

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Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL: August 1-4, 2019

All your favorite music artists in one place and a lineup including around 170 of the best bands around. Your throat will be sore from screaming and singing, your feet will be sore from dancing and your face will be sore from grinning ear-to-ear. Book your tickets to the festival right here, and then immediately book your lodging at because they will go fast, too. Looking for a place to dorm with your best buddies? Check out the flashy new hotel-hostel FieldHouse Jones. If the cool rooms and common areas don’t win you over, surely the dining and drinking options—and River North location— will.

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Toronto Film Festival, Toronto, CAN: September 5-15, 2019

Movie buffs will not want to miss out on the Toronto Film Festival featuring film screenings, live music, conversations with industry leaders, and more. Why not host a movie premiere party at a stunning home in suburban Vaughan? This beautiful, four-bedroom private house has elegant decor, a beautiful kitchen, marble showers and outdoor entertaining space. Don’t miss the chance to score this premium place before another film fan gets his hands on it.

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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, NM: October 6-12

There is nothing more picturesque than a brilliant blue sky filled with hot air balloons of every color taking flight. Whether from the ground or from the balloon basket, attending the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is an event not to be missed. Sip champagne while soaring over the beautiful landscape and watching the sunset, photograph the graceful swarm of balloons as they drift across sky, or admire them at night while they light up like lanterns. For accommodations, stay at family-friendly Mother Road Hostel featuring 11 cozy rooms. More like a bed-and-breakfast than a hostel, the spot offers guests porch seating, a sitting library, outdoor barbecue, in-room desks, free WiFi and continental breakfast.

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York, NY: November 28

Pick your spot along the parade route and watch in wonder as marching bands, balloon characters, lively floats and celebrity guests pass by. While in New York, take advantage of the urban tentalow accommodation offered at Collective Governor’s Island. With rustic chic decor, an indoor-outdoor setting, views of the city, on-property dining and complimentary breakfast, these luxe glamping tents make for a wonderful getaway for a family or group of friends. Book now because this gem with only 10 guest rooms will go fast.

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Art Basel, Miami, FL: December

For those who enjoy modern and contemporary art, plus the vivaciousness of the Miami scene, Art Basel is something you won’t want to miss. While in Miami, stay at Blanc Kara for chic adult-only accommodations. The 25 guest rooms feature a clean, white palate that is brought to life with splashes of bright color. Grab a drink at the public lounge, whip up a meal in the in-room kitchen, or enjoy the daily breakfast buffet. You won’t want to miss out on these stylish accommodations, so book now before someone else beats you to it.

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Speakeasy bars during the Prohibition era were everywhere. And nowhere. Boozers were required to remain hush-hush, lest their favorite backdoor moonshine distillery be discovered by the police and promptly shut down. Today, we are free to enjoy a cocktail or seven wherever we please. But in choosing the perfect barstool, a sense of danger adds appeal to throwback speakeasy bars. Think secret entrances behind bookshelves and phone booths, and well-guarded passwords. Of course, it’s hard to keep secrets in the epoch of Instagram and “location services enabled,” but these seven bars have raised, well, the bar on maintaining mystery.

RELATED: 11 secret restaurants you don’t know but should

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Adults Only (Los Angeles, CA)

Adult video stores are fairly irrelevant, thanks to the advent of the Internet. Yet this one in Los Angeles thrives off Sunset Boulevard in the ritziest, most enticing of locations: behind a Burger King. Gather your mettle (aka a Whopper), head into a storefront with “XXX” proudly displayed, and through the back sits an immaculately designed throwback to the 1920s. Woodwork and dark wallpaper conjure images of hiding from the police, and extravagantly designed, lush couches provide comfort—even if the cocktail names are unsettling: The “Money Shot,” “Rusty Trombone,” and “Dirty Sanchez” are demonstrated both in the bookstore and at the bar. And given the “Dirty Sanchez” is a sweet and spicy concoction of mezcal, sweet cucumber, and zesty serrano chili, we’ll opt for that one. For now…

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Angel’s Share (New York, )

So undercover it doesn’t have a website, Angel’s Share stands out amid the infinite speakeasy bar scene of New York (there are…a lot). To find it, head into a bustling Japanese restaurant in the East Village, get out of the way of servers with plates full of sushi, enter an unmarked door, and you’re in a Narnia of candlelit tranquility. Angel’s Share takes no reservations, asks patrons to keep their voices down, and the wait for even a spot to lean against the bar is typically an hour or more. Stick around. And shut up. Sipping a “Summertime,” made with jasmine-infused rum, over hushed whispers, is the epitome of calm.

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The Owl Bar (Baltimore, MD)

This one in Baltimore doesn’t take major sleuthing to find (or minor sleuthing, for that matter), but earns points for its history of ingenuity. A statue of the eponymous owl took up residence in the lobby of the 1902-built Hotel Belvedere (now condos) to give thirsty lawbreakers the signal. When its eyes were lit up, the hidden bar, nestled way in the back, was open for business. The Owl Bar now serves legal drinks, of course, but its classic look remains. The patterned bricks in the high walls have been preserved, as has the immaculate molding of windows and archways. The statue, too, remains.

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Chapter Room (Atlanta, GA)

Congratulations! You have been accepted to Brewniversity! No SAT scores required! Atlanta‘s Taco Mac (Southern-style taco and chicken wing joint) already boasts a nice selection of craft beers, but to gain access downstairs in the Chapter Room, you must download Brewniversity’s mobile app and enroll, tuition-free. Admittance allows you access to the vaunted beer-bastion Chapter Room, located downstairs. The beer list is far more robust and international, plus the bar’s hiding an impressive list of whiskeys. Ironically, you can use technology to track how much you drink, using the app, and earn points toward nothing in particular—except to redo college drinking doppelbocks instead of Miller High Life.

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The Drifter (Chicago, IL)

The Drifter in Chicago serves up a freshly caught red herring: It’s located in the basement of what has now become another bar called Green Door Tavern. You thought you were done drinking? Think again. Head downstairs to the bathrooms, stumble through an unassuming wooden door between the men’s and women’s rooms, and you’ll find an actual former speakeasy. The Drifter space is small but cozy; rubbing elbows with other drinkers transports you a century back in time, when liquor was at a premium and everyone wanted in. The drinks that will be served that night are pulled from a tarot card deck. So if you loved a particular cocktail, don’t expect the same next time. But always expect elaborate woodwork and—occasionally—burlesque dancers to complete the time travel back nearly a century.

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Hanson’s Shoe Repair (Orlando, FL)

Two decades from now, we seriously doubt anyone will remember voicemail. It’s tedious to not only leave one, but to listen. And who wants to hear voices?! Suck it up, though, and call Hanson’s Shoe Repair—a hidden Orlando bar and occasional music venue worth the inconvenience. Potential visitors call and are asked to leave a message with the time they’d like their “shoes repaired” (no promises on preventing falls while wasted) and how many pairs they’re bringing in. If all seems well, Hanson’s will provide the password for entry that night. The code changes each night, so hold onto it preciously to enjoy craft cocktails in what looks like, well, an old-timey shoe repair shop. The best part: Passwords arrive via text. The future is now.

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Bourbon and Branch (San Francisco, CA)

“Please speak-easy” is the first rule of Bourbon and Branch (the second rule isn’t, “You do not talk about Fight Club). This raspberry-tinted San Francisco bar—with working-man decor ranging from books to barrels—is rigid about its policies, but it’s all in the interest of providing the 20 or so patrons a relaxing, reflective experience. See, within this particular speakeasy is yet another secret room in the back, behind a bookshelf. There’s a password to enter,  “books,” and inside is an impressive library for your party to enlighten themselves and sip delicious cocktails . Just don’t order a cosmo. House rules.

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San Francisco is certainly an expensive city to visit, as well as to live in. So give your wallet a rest and plan a visit to some of these always-free attractions. Then splurge on a great meal with the money you saved.

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Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park

Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park

This great metropolitan park is nearly 200 acres larger than Manhattan’s Central Park, after which it was originally patterned. Miles of trails wind through the park and on Sundays many of its roads are closed to automobile traffic so visitors can bike and skate. More freebie attractions within the park include the Buffalo Paddock, Koret Children’s Quarter playground and Shakespeare Garden.

Fort Point National Historic Site

Fort Point National Historic Site

Fort Point National Historic Site

Dramatically located under the Golden Gate Bridge, this fort was built in 1861 and is the only Civil War-era fort on the West Coast.  It is perhaps most famous as the site in Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” where Kim Novak’s character jumped into the Bay. Now you can usually see surfers braving the cold waves.

Grace Cathedral

Grace Cathedral

Grace Cathedral

This French Gothic cathedral atop Nob Hill is the largest in the western U.S. Here you can see the gilded bronze entrance doors that are exact replicas of Italy’s “Doors of Paradise,” attend a concert starring a 7,286-pipe organ, and walk an inside or outside labyrinth.

Cable Car Museum | Flickr CC: Justin Ennis

Cable Car Museum | Flickr CC: Justin Ennis

Cable Car Museum

Located on the outskirts of Chinatown inside a lovely 1880s brick building that also holds the cable car barn and powerhouse, this museum is where you can see and hear the cable-winding machinery that powers the underground cables. Three retired cable cars and assorted artifacts and memorabilia are also displayed.

Fort Funston

Fort Funston

Fort Funston

These ocean-side bluffs located at the southern end of town were used by the military until 1963.  Now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the former fort offers trails with stunning coastal views and an observation platform where you can watch hang-gliders and sometimes see whales passing close to shore in winter.

Lombard Street

Lombard Street

Lombard Street

Start your ride at the top of Lombard and Hyde streets, then try to keep your eyes on the bumpy brick road—and not on the spectacular view—as you maneuver eight tight turns to the bottom of the lane also known as the Crookedest Street in the World.

Musee Mécanique | Flickr CC: Kārlis Dambrāns

Musee Mécanique | Flickr CC: Kārlis Dambrāns

Musée Mécanique

This “mechanical museum” is the world’s largest collection of antique coin-operated machines.  Though entry is free, it does cost one or two quarters to operate the old arcade machines—perhaps a player piano or a miniature steam shovel that collects 90 seconds worth of gumballs.

Presidio of San Francisco

Presidio of San Francisco

Presidio of San Francisco

This was formerly the longest operating military post in the Uniteed States. Now transformed into part of the expansive Golden Gate National Recreation Area, it provides trails, art, views and plenty more. Don’t miss the sweet pet cemetery or the largest collection of Andrew Goldsworthy sculptures on public view in North America.

Pier 39

Pier 39

Sea Lions at Pier 39

Sea lions can usually be seen basking, barking, and belching on floating docks here. A new Sea Lion Center provides interactive displays, educational videos and special presentations.

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Japantown | Flickr CC: kennejima

City Guides walking tours

San Francisco is a walker’s paradise. The city’s naturally intriguing streets become even more so when walked with a knowledgeable guide. These informative tours sponsored by the San Francisco Public Library last approximately 1½ hours and cover most areas of the city, including Haight-Ashbury, Historic Market Street and Japantown.

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Carole is a Berkeley-based travel writer who most especially enjoys cultural and culinary travel. She contributes to an assortment of publications and is the author of 18 books. Carole oversees two websites, berkeleyandbeyond.com and webcamtraveler.com, and she blogs at travelswithcarole.blogspot.com.
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When you’re far from home, nothing hits the spot quite like comfort food at a comforting price. Try one of these grilled cheese sandwiches, which are truly a meal in themselves, and all at a price worth melting for.

The BBQ Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese

The BBQ Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese | Photo courtesy of Ms. Cheezious

Ms. Cheezious – Miami, FL

Eats like the Frito Pie Melt ($7) and Southern Fried Chicken & Waffle Melt ($10) won’t exactly put you on the fast track to a beach body. So you might as well finish the deal with a S’mores Melt ($7), which is exactly what it sounds like.

The Grilled Cheese Truck – Los Angeles

If combining three comfort foods into one delicious sandwich is wrong, thenwe don’t wanna be right. This mobile eatery offers quasi-healthy fillings like Brie and sliced pears, but its signature melt is the Cheesy Mac & Rib ($8)—barbecued pork with macaroni and cheese, finished with sharp cheddar and caramelized onion, all on French bread. Oh, yes they did.

The Jalapeño Popper

The Jalapeño Popper | Photo courtesy of American Grilled Cheese Kitchen

The American GrilledCheese Kitchen – San Francisco, CA

Get your kicks when you order the Jalapeño Popper: local chèvre, Monterey jack, apricot-jalapeño relish on levain ($9.50). And don’t sleep on the Breakfast Grilled Cheese options, with fillings like veggies, black beans and bacon, natch.

Roxy’s Grilled Cheese – Boston, MA:

Whether you score yours at the food truck or any of Roxy’s four brick-and-mortar locations, you’re sure to hit a home run when you order the Green Muenster: cheese, bacon and house-made guac on organic bread ($7).

Three Sheets – Atlanta, GA

Adulting never tasted so good, thanks to this Hotlanta lounge’s monthly Grilled Cheese Wine Dinner. The evening showcases five sandwich-and-vino pairings ($44.50), like Manchego with caramelized mushrooms accompanied by pinot noir, or cheddar and baked apples on cinnamon bread washed down with Sangiovese. Raise a glass to childhood.

Maine Lobster Grilled Cheese

Maine Lobster Grilled Cheese | Photo courtesy of GCDC

GCDC – Washington, DC

Eating light for summer? Try the Open-Faced Grilled Cheese Salad. Order your favorite sandwich off the menu ($8.50 and up), and it’ll arrive at your table with half the bread, served over a garden salad. The Bacon Jalapeño Popper and the Maine Lobster are both seriously solid choices.

Melt Bar and Grilled – Cleveland, OH

Cleveland really does rock when you’re choosing from more than two-dozen specialty sandwiches, including vegan offerings like the Mushroom Melt ($12.50), Peanut Butter and Banana ($11) and the Purple Parma ($11.50), made with eggplant and marinara. Die-hard diners with a Melt logo tattoo get 25% off for life. We’re seriously considering it—who wants to join us?

The Brielle at Melt Kraft

The Brielle at Melt Kraft | Photo courtesy of Melt Kraft

MeltKraft – Philadelphia, PA

It doesn’t get much more farm-to-table than this eatery that raises its own cows, sheep and goats. Sandwiches like the Brielle (Brie, cranberry chutney, caramelized onion and toasted pine nuts; $8.25) and the Melter Skelter (aged Raclette, pickled green tomatoes, jalapeños, barbecue chips and watercress; $8.50) will have you asking, “What cheesesteaks?”

Burro Cheese Kitchen – Austin, TX

Still saving for that dream vacation? Stay inspired with options like the OG (havarti on Kings Hawaiian bread; $5) and the Coppola (gouda, almond-pesto aioli, basil and tomatoes on sour dough; $8)—neither of which will take a bite out of your vacation budget. Bon voyage.

The Queen's Kickshaw

The Queens Kickshaw | Photo courtesy of Lauren DeCicca

The Queens Kickshaw – Queens, NY

When you’re in your comfy PJs and halfway through a House of Cards marathon, you can’t be bothered leaving the house. Thank goodness this eatery delivers grilled cheese—and beer! The Cheddar and Mozzarella with tomato and fennel soup ($9) will keep you nice and cozy.

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Football’s biggest game will be held on Feb. 7 in Santa Clara, California, about an hour outside of San Francisco. After fans shell out most of their money on Super Bowl tickets, they can still score some fun with these cheap bay-area attractions. Here are 7 cheap things to do in San Francisco around game time.

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Some cliches exist for a reason. We dare you to visit San Fran and not post fora selfie with the Golden Gate Bridge. Credit San Francisco Travel Association/Can Balcioglu.

Golden Gate Bridge: Selfie potential is just one reason to visit this famous landmark. Check out free outdoor exhibits to learn about the construction of the bridge or take a free walking tour with San Francisco City Guides to learn the more in-depth history of the iconic structure.

Cable Car Museum: Riding cable cars is cheap enough, but visiting the Cable Car Museum is absolutely free. Scope out real parts and historic cable car photos, see antique cable cars up-close and buy a real cable car bell in the souvenir shop. How to get there? Take the Powell-Hyde or Powell-Mason cable car line, both of which stop at the museum.

Go "east," young man, to Chinatown. Credit San Francisco Travel Association/Scott Chernis.

Go “east,” young man, to Chinatown. Credit San Francisco Travel Association/Scott Chernis.

Chinatown: The country’s oldest Chinatown comprises not one but two adjacent blocks: Grant Avenue and Stockton Street. Wander the alleys, browse the shops and deliberate over which restaurant has the best dim sum. Get the lay of the land during a free walking tour with San Francisco City Guides.

Mission District: The city’s oldest neighborhood blends history with new. Mural-lined streets and historic landmarks pay tribute to Mission Dolores, founded in 1776, while new restaurants, art galleries, hipster thrift shops and bars give visitors a reason to return again and again.

Lands End: If your idea of Lands End is a preppy clothing catalog, then you’re definitely overdue to explore this scenic part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Hikethe gorgeous Coastal Trail, picnic amid the West Fort Miley batteries and explore the ruins of Sutro Baths.

Pier 39: Chicago has Navy Pier. Atlantic City has the Boardwalk. And San Francisco has this hot spot on the edge of the Fisherman’s Wharf district. Ride the carousel, marvel at the street performers and take advantage of some of the best people-watching—and sea lion-watching—anywhere in California.

Muir Woods National Monument: Take a break from city life when you escape to this refuge of towering redwood trees, spotted owls nesting and river otters swimming down Redwood Creek. There’s no cell phone service in Muir Woods, so feel free to leave your mobile device in San Francisco. Just don’t leave your heart.

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Since the beginning of the format, movies have been inextricably tied to music. Energy packed opening theme songs propel the film into motion and soaring orchestras enhance the emotional impact of poignant scenes. On the other hand, movies have the ability to catapult an otherwise unmemorable song into the limelight. These three movies that changed the music scene did so more than the rest: not only were they elevated by their soundtracks, they also left a lasting impact on the music scene, changing it for the better.

1. “Live and Let Die”
The James Bond franchise has long been associated with iconic music. Each film’s opening credits feature a powerful track by one of the top performers of the day. Some are hits, while others are less than killer. The verdict is still out on Sam Smith’s song for “Spectre,” but there are more than 50 years of Bond music to listen to and evaluate. Rolling Stone called “The Man With the Golden Gun” the absolute worst song of the bunch, due to its creepy unambiguous lyrics.

Paul and Linda McCartney’s “Live and Let Die,” however, is absolute lyrical gold. The New Orleans-based Bond film of the same name was the first Bond flick to feature a rock and roll track, and it absolutely delivered. If you want to get away for the weekend and rock out in the French Quarter with the femme fatale or MI6 agent in your life, you don’t need to break Her Majesty’s royal bank. Scoring cheap rock concert tickets and being suave go together like olives in a dirty martini.

2. “This Is Spinal Tap”
The cult classic mockumentary “This is Spinal Tap” wasn’t an immediate hit, but since its release on home video, the fictional band has gained quite the following. The stars of the film have gone from faking British accents on screen to releasing actual full-length albums. They’ve even performed live for packed houses around the globe. In an interview with The Wrap, one of the film’s stars, Christopher Guest, said that the band has even played Carnegie Hall, any musician’s dream.

Spinal Tap’s “Smell the Glove” tour might not have gone so well, but you can follow their route down the west coast by seeing some live shows in venues between Seattle and San Francisco.

3. “School of Rock”
This Jack Black comedy introduced 70s and 80s rock and roll to an all-new audience. Both in the film and in theaters across the country, kids were introduced to Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and The Clash, among other heavy hitting classic rock bands. It’s been 12 years since the film’s release, meaning that all of the child actors have grown up, some of whom have made big careers in show business.

Give a nod to the kids of Horace Green Prep by nabbing some cheap classic rock tickets in a city near you. For those about to rock on the cheap, we salute you!

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Whether you object to the treatment of animals or you’re just bored with the usual dog and pony show, check out one of these animal-free alternatives to the traditional three-ring circus. For more amusements, visit cheaptickets.com/events. Use promo code TICKETS10 to get 10 percent off event tickets.

La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil is big on artistry. Credit Walt Disney World and Cirque du Soleil.

La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil is big on artistry. Credit Walt Disney World and Cirque du Soleil.

Cirque du SoleilThe Quebec-based company started in 1984 and now showcases its stunts in 17 countries. Stateside, there are Cirque shows from California to Rhode Island. O at the Bellagio in Las Vegas adds water to the mix for a show that’s anything but washed up. Sin City is also how to Cirque shows celebrating the music of both Michael Jackson and the Beatles. On the kid-friendly end, La Noube in Orlando’s Downtown Disney lets families experience top-notch artistry without the top-tier theme park ticket price.

Circus Smirkus:
In this Vermont-based performance troupe, kids don’t just watch the circus; they are the circus. The cast features children ages 10 to 18 who spend summers touring New England in their one-ring, big-top circus tent. If young audience members are inspired by what they see, they can enroll in Circus Smirkus Camp to learn acrobatics, juggling and other circus skills.

Circus Center: This San Francisco training center offers adult and child classes in everything from flying trapeze to aerial (remember Pink at the 2014 Grammys?) to clowning around. If you’d rather just watch, then check out the venue’s monthly cabaret series. These professional, 21-and-up shows offer an intimate, speakeasy-style setting; a drink ticket is included with each entry for a circus experience that’s truly intoxicating.

Acrobats of China: This show is a lotcloser than it sounds. The New Shanghai Circus in Branson, Missouri displays feats of strength, flexibility and balance, including diving through hoops, juggling people and an entire family riding a single bicycle. Arrive early to see the “show before the show,” a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.

Circus Arts Conservatory: You could say Sarasota, Florida, is the circus capital of the world, being home to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art to daredevil high wire walker Nik Wallenda. The conservatory brings performances yearround, from the kids’ Sailor Circus to Cirque des Voix, which combines circus acts with choir and full orchestra.

For more things to do, check out cheaptickets.com/events. Use promo code TICKETS10 to get 10 percent off event tickets.

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We all know the four seasons: winter, spring, summer and fall. But in the travel industry, there are only three seasons that matter: peak, shoulder and off. Here’s why you should care.

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What’s the diff?

Peak season, or high season, is when a destination is the most popular. Peak season varies by destination, often depending on the weather. For instance, Eastertime is peak season for Florida because theme park-loving kids are on spring break and the weather is just hot enough, but not yet too miserable, for a frolic on the beach. On the flip side, the December holidays are prime time for Colorado; plenty of snow on the ski slopes, time off from work and school and the prospect of spending a cozy holiday around the fireplace make this Western state a popular choice in the winter months.

So that’s peak season. Off season, or low season, is just the opposite: the time of year when a destination sees the fewest tourists. And shoulder season is the transitional time between peak and off seasons.

Why is off season great for cheap traveling?

Three words: supply and demand. When demand drops, so do prices on everything from airfare to hotel rooms to attractions. Even food prices can decrease, with many cities holding restaurant weeks during the off-season.

Bonus: off season means fewer crowds, shorter lines, easier restaurant reservations and less stressed service people.

Why might traveling during off season not be a great idea?

For starters, the weather can get dicey. There’s a reason why folks don’t flock to the Caribbean during hurricane season. If you can’t resist a bargain but are concerned about Mother Nature wreaking havoc your trip, then consider buying traveler’s insurance. Also have a backup plan—say, a museum—for when it’s too yucky to go outside.

In addition, be prepared to miss out on some things. During off season, shops and restaurants may have limited hours, tours may operate on a modified schedule, and some businesses or events might shut down all together. If your must-do becomes a can’t-do, then ask a local for some off-the-beaten-path ideas for fun. And don’t be afraid to request a discount. 

So when’s the off season for some popular U.S. destinations? Here’s the scoop.

Atlanta: April and May. If you’ve got Georgia on your mind this time of year, then try to nab tickets for prestigious Masters Golf Tournament in April or one of the many music festivals happening in May.

Chicago: November to February. The Windy City lives up to its name during the colder months, but there’s plenty of indoor fun to be had. Take in the view from the top of the Willis Tower, explore the Art Institute of Chicago or catch a show at Lookingglass Theatre Company.

Dallas: February to April. Now’s the time for Dallas Blooms, a three-month extravaganza of color and scent at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. History buffs can also take advantage of smaller crowds at the Sixth Floor Museum inside the infamous Texas School Book Depository, site of the JFK assassination.

Denver: January to April. There should still be plenty of snow for the ski slopes. Or enjoy outside-the-box activities like the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in January or the giant March pow wow featuring Native American drummers, arts and crafts and more from across the country.

Las Vegas: June and July. Roll the dice on a hot Vegas vacation, with summertime events like the Brews and Blues Festival and World Series of Poker. If the steamy weather gets to be too much, you can always catch a show indoors.

Los Angeles: September and October. The weather’s always ripe for being out and about, so enjoy smaller crowds at popular attractions like the Getty Center and Universal Studios Hollywood, not to mention a bumper crop of arts festivals.

Miami: June to August. When the weather heats up, so do the deals in this sultry South Florida city. August and September are Miami Spice, two glorious months of restaurant deals and foodie-related events. Summer is also a great time to take advantage of beach hotel packages.

New York: January and February. You’ll always find plenty of tourists in the City that Never Sleeps, but after the ball drops in Times Square, things slow down a bit. Check out events that are somewhat under the radar to tourists, like the Three Kings Day Parade in early January or the New York Jewish Film Festival in February.

Orlando: July to September. As summer vacation winds down, the deals heat up in this theme park capital. Take advantage of restaurant deals during Magical Dining Month or drive to nearby Cocoa Beach while the crowds are away.

San Francsico: October to March. Not all California cities are created equal, weatherwise. With averages temperatures in the 50s and low 60s, it’s perfect football-watching weather for a 49ers game, cozy up on a blanket during the monthlong San Francisco Shakespeare Festival in September or join in the merriment of the St. Patrick’s Day parade in March.

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All-you-can-eat buffets are American as apple pie (even better if they include actual pie). Whether you live in the United States or are just visiting, these over-the-top eateries will have you patting your belly saying, “God bless America.”

Studio B Buffet

In Las Vegas, everything’s a production—including mealtime at this “show kitchen buffet.” Graze on more than 200 appetizers, entrees and desserts, and watch the ubiquitous screens to see in-house chefs whipping up more before your very eyes. Wash it all down with a selection of free beer, wine, cappuccino, cordials and other beverages included in the cost of your meal (adult weekday lunch $16.99, dinner $23.99; more on weekends).

Lights... camera... eat! at Studio B. Credit  Anna Irene/Flickr.

Lights… camera… eat! at Studio B. Credit Anna Irene/Flickr.

Cedars Mediterranean Mezza and Grill

There’s no shortage of barbecue joints in the Lone Star State. But when health-conscious Dallas residents develop an appetite as big as—well, you know—they head for this fresh fare. The Vegetarian Feast ($10.85 lunch, $11.85 dinner and weekends) is an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of hummus, tabouli, pitas, imported cheeses and other meatless must-haves. The a-la-carte menu also includes plenty of beef kabobs, lamb gyros and other items to keep carnivores happy.

The Nordic

If you’re looking to splurge, this Charlestown, Rhode Island, seafood buffet is the place to do it. For $91 per person (less for kids), indulge in endless lobster, bacon-wrapped scallops, prime rib, jumbo shrimp and other delicacies. Also save room for the desserts, which are just as decadent: Haagen Dazs ice cream bar, chocolate-covered strawberries, and all the cheesecakes, pies and cannolis you can imagine.

Boma: Flavors of Africa

It’s easy to gripe about the prices at Walt Disney World, but this eatery in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort Area, is one of the better deals. Breakfast ($20 adults, $12 kids) includes traditional American fare like omelets and pancakes jutaxposed with African-inspired offerings like turkey bobotie (a South African-style lasagna), African pastries and of course, Kenyan coffee. The dinner buffet ($38 adults, $18 kids) is equally international, with items like Tunisian couscous salad and Durban-style roasted chicken. (Picky eaters can always fall back on the mac and cheese.) The menu, combined with the colorful, marketplace-style decor, might just make you forget you’re in Orlando.

You don't need a passport to indulge at Boma: Flavors of Africa. Credit rickpilot_2000/Flickr.

You don’t need a passport to indulge at Boma: Flavors of Africa. Credit rickpilot_2000/Flickr.

Farmerbrown

This popular brunch spot brings a taste of the South to San Francisco. The weekend buffet ($25.95) offers comfort foods like chicken and waffles, biscuits with sausage gravy, cheesy grits, and pecan brownies. Diners watching their waistline can fill up on the buffet’s lighter fare, including house salad, fruit salad and succotash veggies.

Dig into some comfort food at Farmerbrown. Credit star5112/Flickr.

Dig into some comfort food at Farmerbrown. Credit star5112/Flickr.

Becco

Celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich makes her Italian fare affordable to the masses at this institution on Manhattan’s Restaurant Row. The signature Sinfonia di Paste ($18.95 lunch or $23.95 dinner) includes unlimited table service of three daily pastas—think toasted beet and goat cheese ravioli with fresh mint, semolina gnocchi alla Romana or whatever else Executive Chef William Gallagher—plus your choice of Caesar salad or antipasto.

Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room

Here’s another option for “don’t get up, we’ll bring the food to you” dining. This Savannah, Georgia, eatery serves everything family-style. Strangers bond over never-ending platters of meat loaf, cornbread dressing, okra gumbo and other stick-to-your-ribs comfort food. As my friend who used to live in Savannah said, “Think Sunday dinner at grandma’s where she has more in the kitchen but it’s not all on the table.” The restaurant is open only for lunch ($20 for adults; half-price for kids), but the endless platters of food should keep you full well into the evening.

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When you look at a place with fresh eyes, even the mundane becomes extraordinary. Everyday modes of transportation become Instagram-worthy when tourists ride them. Here are five cities where the public transport deserves its own spot on your itinerary.

New York, New YorkIn the city that never sleeps, every hour is rush hour. The Big Apple’s subway system is one of the fastest, and cheapest, ways to get around — so much so that even some politicians and celebs join the huddled masses on the train. New York’s subways have inspired music from Duke Ellington’s legendary Take the A Train to J.Lo’s album On the 6, and they provide riders with endless entertainment — from people-watching to struggling musicians looking to make a buck.

On New York's subway platforms, the musicians almost make up for that questionable smell. Almost. Photo by David Shankbone/Wikipedia.

On New York’s subway platforms, the musicians almost make up for that questionable smell. Almost. Photo by David Shankbone/Wikipedia.

 

London, England: In the United States, nothing screams “tourist!” like riding a double-decker bus. But across the pond, these two-story vehicles are models of efficiency, carrying everyday commuters to work, school and home. Americans who wouldn’t be caught dead on a bus in the States gladly board these iconic red buses for a photo op.

Afraid of looking like a tourist if you ride a double-decker bus? No worries, mate. Photo by John Clouston/Flickr Creative Commons.

Afraid of looking like a tourist if you ride a double-decker bus? No worries, mate. Photo by John Clouston/Flickr Creative Commons.

La Paz, BoliviaLike other places in South American — including Medellín, Colombia; Caracas, Venezuela; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — Bolivia sought to relieve traffic congestion by turning to a higher power, literally: Gondolas. The first line of electric gondolas went up in May, connecting La Paz to El Alto, and it’s already a hit with both commuters searching for a quiet, stress-free ride, and tourists awaiting the breathtaking view from the top.

It's not a ski resort. This is one way to get around in Bolivia. Photo by TheGamerJediPro/Wikipedia.

It’s not a ski resort. This is one way to get around in Bolivia. Photo by TheGamerJediPro/Wikipedia.

 

Bali, IndonesiaCountless soul-searchers have recreated the itinerary outlined in Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir-turned-movie Eat Pray Love, which (spoiler alert!) culminates with the author meeting her future husband in Bali. Whether or not you find your soulmate, you’re sure to fall in love with Bali’s tropical landscape and long to explore the rest of the country. An easy way to start is to take the public ferry from Bali to the nearby island paradise of Lombok. The journey takes four of five hours, but the schedule often runs on island time — so sit back and enjoy the ride.

Eat, pray, love... and then ride. Photo by Frank Douwes/Flickr Creative Commons.

Eat, pray, love… and then ride. Photo by Frank Douwes/Flickr CreativeCommons.

San Francisco, CaliforniaForget Rice-A-Roni. Cable cars are the real San Francisco treat. The tradition dates back to the mid-19th century, and these cars are still one of the most affordable ways to get around the city. As the car winds its way through San Francisco’s steep streets with the help of underground cables, take in views of colorfully dressed denizens, blue bay water and Victorian-style homes (Cue the Full House theme music.)

Cable cars: The real San Francisco treat. Photo by Kārlis Dambrāns/Flickr Creative Commons.

Cable cars: The real San Francisco treat. Photo by Kārlis Dambrāns/Flickr Creative Commons.

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