1. Pass By Lisbon and Visit Portugal’s Alentejo Region Instead

    Pass By Lisbon and Visit Portugal’s Alentejo Region Instead

    Where to eat, drink wine, and sleep in a former monastery in Portugal’s Alentejo region

    By Chadner Navarro

  2. What the Worst Team in Baseball Taught Me About My Mom’s Family

    What the Worst Team in Baseball Taught Me About My Mom’s Family

    How a California MLB road trip, from San Diego’s Petco Park to the Oakland Coliseum, changed my relationship with my mom.

    By Mary Jane Weedman

  3. Driving Through Italy Is the Path to La Dolce Vita

    Driving Through Italy Is the Path to La Dolce Vita

    Milan, Florence, and Cap Ferrat form a triangle — here’s the best way to tour them, by car.

    By Hannah Seligson

  4. How to Act Like a Local in London

    How to Act Like a Local in London

    The best restaurants, bars, activities, museums, neighborhoods, hotels, and art in London.

    By Kristan Schiller

  5. Where Big Freedia Goes to See Real Bounce in New Orleans

    Where Big Freedia Goes to See Real Bounce in New Orleans

    Plus: Recommendations from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, tips for what to order at Compère Lapin, and a guide to your best low-key bar crawl.

    By Kate Donnelly

  6. How to Have the Best Late-Fall Weekend on the Emerald Coast

    How to Have the Best Late-Fall Weekend on the Emerald Coast

    What to do, where to eat, and the best lodging and hotels in South Walton, Florida.

    By Blane Bachelor

  7. Why to Visit Durham, North Carolina, Even If You’re Not Meeting an Old Flame

    Why to Visit Durham, North Carolina, Even If You’re Not Meeting an Old Flame

    The best reasons to visit the North Carolina city: where to eat and stay, what to do, and where to hear live music and relax in a swimming hole.

    By Larissa Pham

  8. The North Fork Is Still a Great Weekend Getaway in the Fall

    The North Fork Is Still a Great Weekend Getaway in the Fall

    Why a weekend trip to the North Fork doesn’t always have to happen at the height of summer.

    By Sarah Theeboom

  9. The Outer Banks Are a Perfect Year-Round Beach Destination

    The Outer Banks Are a Perfect Year-Round Beach Destination

    A guide to the 130 miles of beaches, the vacation-house rentals, the historic sites, and the 15-cent-shrimp happy hours.

    By Shayla Martin

  10. Spend Your Last Weeks of Summer in East Hampton and Amagansett

    Spend Your Last Weeks of Summer in East Hampton and Amagansett

    A guide to the area’s many beaches (including tips on parking and permits), restored-carriage-house inns, vegan smoothies, and spin-class options.

    By Caitlin Brody

  11. The Best Places to Visit in Santa Cruz, California

    The Best Places to Visit in Santa Cruz, California

    A guide to Santa Cruz, California: how to choose a beach, the best things to do, and where to have an excellent dinner.

    By Julie Meade

  12. A St. Barts Guide for First-Timers

    A St. Barts Guide for First-Timers

    A guide to St. Barts — where to stay, how to score budget-friendly deals, and a breakdown of the beaches.

    By Shayla Martin

  13. The Best Way to Spend Summer in Provincetown

    The Best Way to Spend Summer in Provincetown

    Where to go, what to eat, and how to navigate the tides at the beach in Provincetown.

    By Mike Albo

  14. “I’m Embarrassed I’ve Never Gone to the Rockaways”

    “I’m Embarrassed I’ve Never Gone to the Rockaways”

    An exhaustive guide to the Rockaway peninsula.

    By Mary Jane Weedman

  15. My Family Has Gone to This Secret Maine Beach Since the ’50s

    My Family Has Gone to This Secret Maine Beach Since the ’50s

    The residents of Biddeford Pool don’t want you to know about their bucolic beach town.

    By Anna Strzempko

  16. The Staten Island Beaches Should Be Your Summer Destination

    The Staten Island Beaches Should Be Your Summer Destination

    A guide to spontaneous, easy in-the-city getaways to the beaches on Staten Island and Coney Island.

    By Mary Jane Weedman

  17. How to Have the Best Nantucket Weekend

    How to Have the Best Nantucket Weekend

    Visit the island like a local.

    By Carrie Nieman Culpepper

  18. Go Beyond the <em>Housewives</em> to Discover Orange County’s Natural Beauty

    Go Beyond the Housewives to Discover Orange County’s Natural Beauty

    A guide to the best surfing, restaurants, hiking, shopping, and beaches in Orange County, California.

    By Cate Huguelet

  19. Take a Luxe Beach Vacation in West Oahu, Hawaii

    Take a Luxe Beach Vacation in West Oahu, Hawaii

    Ko Olina, the western-Oahu resort, boasts great weather, little traffic, and natural beauty — plus plenty of high-end seaside accommodations.

    By Hannah Seligson

  20. NYC’s Best Beaches: Jones Beach, Rockaway Beach, Coney Island, and More

    NYC’s Best Beaches: Jones Beach, Rockaway Beach, Coney Island, and More

    How and why to visit the best beaches in the New York area.

    By Julia Mead

  21. See the New Phoenix Rising

    See the New Phoenix Rising

    Phoenix, once a city for ASU students and snowbirds, is becoming well-known for its on-trend restaurants and cutting-edge arts scene.

    By Blane Bachelor

  22. Follow the Craft Beer Trail in St. Petersburg, Florida

    Follow the Craft Beer Trail in St. Petersburg, Florida

    The coastal city’s food-and-drink and culture scenes are buzzing — you may not even make it to the beach.

    By Blane Bachelor

  23. Listen to Eclectic Live Music in Cleveland

    Listen to Eclectic Live Music in Cleveland

    The city has musical bona fides beyond the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Here’s how to build a harmonious midwestern escape.

    By Kristan Schiller

  24. Silicon Valley Is Not Just for Tech Geeks

    Silicon Valley Is Not Just for Tech Geeks

    With a new wave of restaurant and hotel openings, Silicon Valley is broadening its tech-geek image and increasingly becoming a leisure destination.

    By Blane Bachelor

  25. Go Baroque in Puebla

    Go Baroque in Puebla

    The Battle of Puebla gave U.S. revelers an excuse to wear foam sombreros on Cinco de Mayo.

    By Maya Kroth

  26. Spot Gorgeous Architecture in Vienna

    Spot Gorgeous Architecture in Vienna

    The Austrian city is a haven for innovative buildings by architecture stars like Zaha Hadid.

    By Kristan Schiller

  27. Eat Grilled Cheese With Greek Wines in Sonoma

    Eat Grilled Cheese With Greek Wines in Sonoma

    The area’s hip wineries and hotels, paired with Sequoias and that craggy coast, make it a top destination for wine geeks and outdoors freaks alike.

    By Kate Donnelly

  28. Go Luxe in Orlando

    Go Luxe in Orlando

    A new wave of ritzy offerings means kids aren’t the only ones having a good time.

    By Carrie Nieman Culpepper

  29. Have Your Aura Photographed in Asheville

    Have Your Aura Photographed in Asheville

    And find plenty of other ways in the Blue Ridge Mountains to get in touch with your most-at-peace self.

    By Shayla Martin

  30. Discover the Green Side of Munich

    Discover the Green Side of Munich

    Go beyond the beer gardens and lederhosen to uncover this city’s burgeoning creative scene, inventive vegetarian cuisine, and ecofriendly attitude.

    By Emma Sloley

  31. Discover Seclusion in St. Kitts and Nevis

    Discover Seclusion in St. Kitts and Nevis

    The tiny, two-island nation has a big heart — offering splendid hotels, rain-forest adventures, and a diverse, delicious food scene.

    By Matthew Monagan

  32. Admire Architecture in Rotterdam

    Admire Architecture in Rotterdam

    This Dutch port city has bounced back from complete destruction during World War II with cutting-edge design.

    By Meredith Bethune

  33. Miami Without Sand in Your Toes

    Miami Without Sand in Your Toes

    Away from the beach and post-Castro, Miami is buzzing and growing.

    By Nicholas Gill

  34. Be a Responsible Tourist in Barcelona

    Be a Responsible Tourist in Barcelona

    Experience the city’s modernist architecture, innovative food, and cultural history without being an Ugly American.

    By Maya Kroth

  35. Find the Quirky Side of Sarasota

    Find the Quirky Side of Sarasota

    Uncover a world of hidden beaches, unconventional restaurants, and treasure-trove antiques shops.

    By Jamie Feldmar

  36. Scope Out Art Along the Border in Tijuana

    Scope Out Art Along the Border in Tijuana

    With booming food, beer, and art scenes (plus a favorable exchange rate), San Diego’s southern neighbor is calling.

    By Maya Kroth

  37. Hit the Slopes in the Revitalized Catskills

    Hit the Slopes in the Revitalized Catskills

    Mountainside restaurants, revamped inns, and ski hills roughly 100 miles northwest of the city.

    By Laura House

  38. Taste a Gourmet Revolution in Indianapolis

    Taste a Gourmet Revolution in Indianapolis

    The midwestern racing capital’s culinary scene accelerates thanks to a flurry of restaurants in up-and-coming neighborhoods and urban-renewal projects

    By Emily Saladino

  39. Wine and Dine in ‘Game of Thrones’ Country

    Wine and Dine in ‘Game of Thrones’ Country

    The medieval splendor of the Catalan city of Girona earned it a starring role in Game of Thrones.

    By AnneLise Sorensen

  40. Explore Major Museums and Letterpress Studios in Dallas

    Explore Major Museums and Letterpress Studios in Dallas

    Dallas is home to the largest arts district in the United States — and a cider bar that one Mavericks player is particularly fond of.

    By Shayla Martin

  41. Discover the Stylish Side of Playa del Carmen

    Discover the Stylish Side of Playa del Carmen

    This Yucatán beach town has become a bastion of contemporary cool.

    By Jimmy Im

  42. Drink in Cocktails and Mountain Vistas in Flagstaff

    Drink in Cocktails and Mountain Vistas in Flagstaff

    The city’s long been thrown shade as simply a layover on the way to the Grand Canyon, but a lively food-and-nightlife scene has grown in Flagstaff.

    By Patrick Siggins

  43. Send Off Summer in South County Rhode Island

    Send Off Summer in South County Rhode Island

    The 40-minute drive from historic Watch Hill to beachy Narragansett includes oceanside accommodations and seafaring adventures.

    By Matthew Monagan

  44. Savor the New Coastal Charm of Mendocino County

    Savor the New Coastal Charm of Mendocino County

    Spiffed-up lodgings, chef-driven restaurants, and a burgeoning wine scene warrant a visit to this artsy destination.

    By Blane Bachelor

  45. Get Inspired in Oslo

    Get Inspired in Oslo

    Norway’s stylish capital is bursting with art for everyone. Find world-class masterpieces, hotels, and galleries along with cutting-edge design shops.

    By Meredith Bethune

  46. Get Cultured in Brussels

    Get Cultured in Brussels

    Belgium’s once-stuffy corporate capital has discovered its creative side, welcoming new cutting-edge galleries, concept shops, boutique hotels.

    By Emily Saladino

  47. Drink and Dine in Virginia’s Piedmont Region

    Drink and Dine in Virginia’s Piedmont Region

    Central Virginia’s food-and-wine country is a gourmand’s paradise, with verdant vineyards, sophisticated new restaurants.

    By Devorah Lev-Tov

  48. Find Art and History in San Cristóbal de las Casas

    Find Art and History in San Cristóbal de las Casas

    Recently named a UNESCO “Creative City of Folk Art,” this Colonial town in southern Mexico boasts an arts scene with a rich heritage.

    By Maya Kroth

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