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The weather is still good, and many indoor locations are still closed. What’s a traveler to do? How about seek out a rad staircase or two? Not only do these fanciful locations serve up some serious Instagram inspo, they can also double as an ad-hoc gym. (Not that you need any excuse to double down on the traveling treats.) Read on to find out where you can become the ultimate stair climber.

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Micheltorena Stairs: Los Angeles

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Located in Silver Lake, just off Sunset boulevard (exact address: 3400 Sunset Blvd), the Micheltorena Stairs are the most beautiful of LA’s network of secret staircases. The Instagramable pastel steps and bright red hearts are the work of Corinne Carrey, who launched her secret beautification at night. But its power to brighten up the neighborhood is clear as day.

16th Avenue Tiled Steps: San Francisco

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A dazzling staircase so popular that it even has its own website. The tiling reminiscent of a starry night began in 2003 by artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher as a way to connect the community, and each panel on the 163 steps is handmade. Visit on a nice day and stop by the southside gardens after you’ve made your trek.

Shakespeare and Jerome Avenue: NYC

You don’t have to be a psychopath with questionable taste in music to appreciate where Joaquin Phoenix cut loose during his infamous Joker staircase dance routine. Go ahead and saunter down the steps. Just keep the honorary residents of Gotham in the surrounding buildings in mind, and keep the noise down while you catch the ultimate photo opp.

East Lake Stairs: Atlanta

It’s 2020. Joy is limited. Do you really need a reason to climb a rainbow staircase? 

Wilcox Wall stairs: Seattle

Remember those magic eye posters that dominated the 1990s? Seattle’s Wilcox Wall Stairs are basically that…in stair form. Built in 1913 by Walter Wilcox, the 464 steps emerge from the ornate concrete, and take you on a visually dazzling trip under a series of Gothic arches. Bring a pair of earphones to drown out the nearby traffic, and it’s as close as you’ll get to a walk back in time.

Fort Worth Water Gardens: Forth Worth

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Designed by Phillip Johnson in 1974, the Fort Worth Water Gardens is perhaps the most elaborate fountain/cooling oasis you’ll ever visit on a hot Texas day. Walking down the terraced steps allows you to become one with the cascading blue water—or at least as one as you can become without a change of clothes. Bring lunch and hang out by the quiet pool after finishing your mini trek.

Meridian Hill, Malcolm X Park: Washington DC

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Good news for runners—10 trips up and down the stairs in Malcolm X Park is roughly a mile. The steps gradual incline is custom made for speed. Or for strolling if you’re just in it to admire the aristocratic-like scenery of President John Quincy Adams’ former home.

The Oakley Street Mosaic Staircase: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a hilly city, which the South Side Slopes took advantage of when they commissioned artist Laura Jean McLaughlin to create a series of playful mosaics, depicting colorful creatures and characters. Because we all need a little fantasy while working out.


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Seattle is a diverse city made up of more than a dozen different districts and neighborhoods. Each part of the city has its own personality and style. While most visitors rarely make it outside of Downtown, there’s a lot more to explore than just the skyscraper-filled blocks. Here’s how to fill a Seattle day and night with the right places and the right times.

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Morning: “Historic” Market Neighborhood
It would be a sin to start a morning in Seattle without coffee. Grab a steaming cup of the city’s famous brew before exploring. With hundreds, if not thousands, of cafes and specialty roasting shops you shouldn’t have to go too far to find great coffee in Seattle. The tourist favorite would have to be the Original Starbucks: Grab a Venti at the place where it all started before hitting the streets.
The perfect place to spend a morning in Seattle is none other than the famous Pike Place Market. This massive market first opened its doors in 1907 and now encompasses 600 vendors across multiple city blocks and also the very gooey Gum Wall! You could fill an entire day here, but one stall not to miss is the famous Fishmongers at Pike Place Fish Market on the street level; be sure to stick around long enough to catch their famous fish toss.
Lunch: “Bohemian” Fremont
The people from Fremont have a reputation for being sort of Bohemian/artsy types and they even call their neighborhood the “Center of the Universe.” Grab a bite and explore artsy Fremont for its restaurants, vintage shops and other quirky locales and then, for lunch, try out Revel, a local favorite serving up Korean dishes prepared in an industrial-inspired dining room using French techniques. Before moving on, make a stop at the Fremont Vintage Mall which is pretty much the center of the vintage universe.
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Afternoon: “Cultural” Belltown
After lunch, make your way north of downtown toward Belltown for a look at one of the most iconic structures in the world, the Seattle Space Needle. Gawk at the giant white 1960s futuristic tower or take the 500-plus foot vertical ride to the observation deck for unmatched city views. The base of the Space Needle is surrounded by museums like the iridescent purple Museum of Pop Culture, the Chihuly Garden, Seattle Children’s Museum and Pacific Science Center.
Sunset: “Classic” Queen Anne
For the best views of the city skyline, head north from downtown to the Queen Anne district featuring turn-of-the-century mansions and parks. A nice green space high on Queen Anne’s hill makes for a postcard-worthy shot of the Space Needle and the city as the lights start to come on.
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Dinner: “Back in style” Pioneer Square
The plot of land just south of Downtown is quickly emerging as one of Seattle hottest culinary neighborhoods. Pioneer Square is one of the cities oldest areas, but only in the past few years has it become the place to eat with new restaurants popping up every month. A must try local favorite that carries a unique of a name is “Damn the Weather.” Shared plates and craft cocktails await in this cozy brick-walled eatery.
After dinner drinks: “Hipster” Capital Hill
In the shadow of downtown’s skyscrapers, Capitol Hill is a neighborhood close in proximity to downtown with a notably different feel. Frequently in the running for the “hipster capital of the country,” Capital Hill has tons of bars and hangouts at night. The vibe is young, and it gets a bit wild if you stay ’til closing time.



Seattle’s downtown coming to life at night | Photo courtesy of the Warwick

Seattle by late night: Downtown

As great as Seattle’s up and coming neighborhoods are, nowhere parties harder than Downtown. Most of the city’s clubs and late night spots are concentrated in the Downtown area. This is also a great area for hotels. You’ll have your pick, but some of our favorites include the stylish Hotel Theodore, which revamped the 80-year-old Roosevelt Hotel space, and Palihotel Seattle, which opened in 2018 in the former space of the historic Colonnade Hotel and offers views of Pike Place and Puget Sound.

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Sure, you could opt for a romantic, candlelit dinner when February 14 rolls around. But if you really want to wow your sweetheart this year, nothing says “I love you” like two tickets to see their favorite performer. It’ll be much more memorable than giving them flowers (again) and could be the start of a new V-Day tradition! Here are 11 awesome shows happening on the lover’s holiday, with easy-to-snag seats available on CheapTickets.

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Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden: NYC

Date night in New York City doesn’t get much more New York-y than Billy Joel. Sure, thousands of other fans will be swaying along to the Grammy winner’s hits, but when Joel performs “Just The Way You Are,” it’ll feel like he’s personally serenading just you and your date.

Blake Shelton at Chesapeake Energy Arena: Oklahoma City

Everyone’s favorite judge on The Voice (sorry Adam Levine) is the headliner here, but it’s a packed bill that also includes Lauren Alaina, The Bellamy Brothers, Trace Adkins and more. Yep, there’s a country crush for every member of the family. And since it’s Valentine’s Day, don’t be surprised if Shelton’s sweetheart Gwen Stefani makes a surprise appearance.

Jeff Dunham at BOK Center: Tulsa

Quirky couples who appreciate a good laugh will surely get a kick out of comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, who’s introducing new characters (including a puppet who works as Trump’s Twitter advisor) in his new show. And if you’re feeling lonely on this lover’s holiday and need a laugh, just remember that at least your date’s not a puppet. Talk about a funny valentine…

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Andrea Bocelli at American Airlines Arena: Miami

Record producer David Foster has often said Bocelli’s voice is the most beautiful in the world. So if you’re gonna go big—like take your relationship to the next level big—go with the kind of voice that will not only make you appreciate opera, but also might inspire a proposal.

Anita Baker at Radio City Music Hall: NYC

Anita Baker is an iconic R&B singer. Radio City Music Hall is an iconic venue. Baker’s smooth jams like “Sweet Love” and “Giving You the Best I Got” are iconic love songs. Long story short, attending this concert means you’re going to have an iconic Valentine’s Day.

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Dierks Bentley at Citizens Business Bank Arena: Los Angeles area

This country singer recently scored his 18th number one single with the song “Burning Man,” which means he’s probably in a celebratory mood. So if you and your significant other are also in a festive mood (celebrating a milestone in your relationship, perhaps?), this would be a fun concert to attend.

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Panic! At The Disco at Honda Center: Orange County

Here’s a fun fact about Panic! At The Disco: Brandon Urie is the only remaining member of the band. The other guys performing are just touring musicians who allow Urie to shine in the spotlight all on his own. If you’re also feeling single and fabulous, and are craving a solid early 2000s pop-punk moment, pull a Urie and show up solo.\

Kelly Clarkson at Van Andel Arena: Grand Rapids, MI

The original American Idol winner can definitely belt out the kind of love songs that make you soon, but it’s her single gal (and guy) anthems that really get the crowd going. Turning Valentine’s into a “Galentine’s” Day? Grab your besties and rock out to “Since U Been Gone.”

2Cellos at Pepsi Center: Denver

Want to wow your date with an unexpected show that’ll blow them away? 2Cellos should do the trick. The two guys behind this duo are selling out arenas, but they’re still under the radar. If you happen to be on a first date at this show, watching them rock out on songs like “Smooth Criminal” will make a good first impression—and set the bar for future dates.

Air Supply at Emerald Queen Casino: Seattle

If you’re in the mood for a chill night out, the smooth sounds of this ‘80s soft-rock duo will set the tone for a chill February 14. Fingers crossed the set list favors more love songs like “Every Woman in the World”) over breakup tunes like “All Out of Love.”

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Cher at Bankers Life Fieldhouse: Indianapolis

Since Cher’s career spans decades, there’s a song in her catalogue for just about every type of relationship, from true love (“I Got You Babe”) to a bitter break up (“Strong Enough”). Add into the mix the ABBA covers she’s performing (to promote her latest album Dancing Queen), and there’s definitely a song here for every type of couple.

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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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If the open water draws you, buying a kayak may be one of the best investments of your life. That initial price you pay for your vessel will return the favor 10-fold, giving you the freedom to travel with your kayak nearly anywhere. Renting kayaks aren’t always cheap, but you can save a pretty penny if you bring your own. Here are 10 places to plop down your kayak. Note: Make sure to double check open water laws while planning your trip.

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Courtesy of Ally Marotti.

Great Long Pond, Acadia National Park, Maine

Kayak through the crystal waters of Great Long Pond, with the backdrop of beautiful mountain scapes. Go in October for some gorgeous foliage that reflects perfectly on the lake. Rental option: National Park Canoe and Kayak Rental, Mount Desert, Maine. $34/3 hours.


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Courtesy of Ally Marotti.

Lake Estes, Estes Park, Colorado 

The Rocky Mountains jut up around this lake near the entrance to Estes Park, the gateway to RockY Mountain National Park. Go in early summer to avoid monsoon season and the threat of mudslides. Rental option: Lake Estes Marina, Estes Park, Colorado. $11/half-hour.


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Courtesy of Ally Marotti.

Colorado River, Austin, Texas

Urban meets natural surroundings on this kayak trip. Make sure to slow down and listen for the millions of bats that live in the Congress Avenue bridge when you paddle under. Rental option: Congress Avenue Kayaks, Austin. $10/hour.


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Courtesy of Jan Berry.

Licking River, Pendleton County, Kentucky

For a river adventure in Northern Kentucky, plop down in the Licking River. It’s big enough to be enjoyable but not as daunting and dangerous as paddling the nearby Ohio River. Go in late summer to see the quickly disappearing tobacco crop by the barn full, recently harvested and hung out to dry. Rental option: Thaxton’s Canoe and Paddler’s Inn, Kentucky. $24/3-hour trip.


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Courtesy of Arctic Warrior.

Prince William Sound, Alaska

Kayaking in Alaska calls for a bit of a heartier vessel than a lake in the lower 48. Traversing Prince William Sound will take you up close and personal with glaciers and possibly humpback whales. Rental option: Anadyr Adventures, Valdez, Alaska. $45/day. Note: They only rent to experienced sea kayakers. Some areas require permits to kayak.


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Courtesy of rayb777.

Hocking River, Athens County, Ohio

Hocking Hills State Park forms the perfect scenery for a kayak trip in the hills of southern Ohio. Don’t be afraid to venture out of your vessel—Hocking Hills has some of the best hiking in the state, and is ripe with rock formations such as natural bridges that are often just a five-minute walk from the river. Rental option: Hocking Hills Canoe Livery, Logan, Ohio. $15/hour.

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Courtesy of Robert Engberg.

 Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Grand Marais, Minnesota

There are at least 10,000 places to plop down a kayak in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but the Boundary Waters in the northern part of the state are solely traversable by canoe or kayak. This adventure is best undertaken on a multi-day trip. Rental option: Sawbill Canoe Outfitters, Tofte, Minnesota. $32/day (note: Sawbill does not have kayaks available for rent, and most of their canoes and other equipment are rented as part of an excursion package).

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Courtesy of Jude Freeman.

Portage Bay, Seattle, Washington

There are a plethora of waterways to kayak around Seattle, but Portage Bay offers a slew of restaurants that you can paddle up to. Plus you don’t necessarily need a sea kayak on this bay. Watch out for other boaters. Rental option: Agua Verde Cafe Paddle Club, Seattle, Washington. $17/hour.

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Courtesy of charleschandler.

 Kealakekua Bay, Big Island, Hawaii

A mile-long paddle across the bay will take you to the Captain Cook Monument. Take your time getting there though, and watch the water—the bay is a marine life conservation district, and dolphins areoften seen frolicking among the kayakers. Rental option: Adventures in Paradise Kayak and Snorkel, Captain Cook, Hawaii. Only offers kayak tours for $89.95, no individual kayak rentals.


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Courtesy of Wikipedia.

Sleeping Bear Bay near Traverse City, Michigan

Crest the marvelous Sleeping Bear Dunes with kayak in tow and hike down to the bay off Lake Michigan. Go in late summer, when the weather is perfect in northern Michigan. Sea kayaks are recommended, as the waters can get a little rough. Rental option: Sleeping Bear Surf and Kayak, Empire, Michigan. Sea kayaks for $60/day.

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There are a few good reasons to have a cold brewski in March. Once everyone has recovered from their St. Patrick’s Day bar hops, it’s the NCAA college basketball tournament that dominates television screens in sports bars across America. In a matter of weeks, 64 teams will be whittled down by 54 single-elimination games. It’s madness. We collected data from sports bars in the 14 cities where these mad matches take place in 2015 to compare the cost of beer. Here’s what we found:


Oregon may not be favored in the tourney, but when it comes to the cost of a cold one, Portland is #1 in all three beer categories. If you’re into local brews, Indianapolis and Jacksonville hold a close second. Cleveland, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, and Syracuse hold the next best price for imported beer, like Heineken and Stella. No surprise to any big city dwellers, L.A. had the most expensive beer in all three categories. If you’re heading to a tourney game, keep these stats in mind and choose your winning beer wisely.

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Graphic by Ramiro Olmos

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If you like to take in local theater when you travel, find a cheap airfare and head to Seattle.

Theatre Puget Sound is sponsoring Live Theatre Week October 13-19, with free performances at select theaters in and around Seattle.

You can see "The Three Musketeers," "Of Mice and Men" or one of more than 20 shows, including comedy performances. In addition to free shows, the more than 50 participating theaters are hosting free activities including workshops, invited dress rehearsals, artist meet-and-greets and more. Plus, Saturday, October 18, is Family Day, with special free shows and workshops geared toward children.

Online tickets are available starting October 6 atthe Live Theatre Week Web site.

For theater buffs, October may be a great time to travel to Seattle. Just book one of your favorite Seattle hotels and enjoy a fun and cheap Seattle vacation.

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