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The 50 Most Scenic Drives Across the Country

When you want to hit the open road, here's where to set your GPS.<p>Here are 50 drives—one in every state—where you'll lose yourself in the surroundings, stumble upon the unexpected, and possibly blank on where you're ultimately headed. Do final destinations really matter?

What You Need To Know About Palawan, The 'Best Island In The World'

Warning: These pictures will give you serious wanderlust.<p>If you're thinking of where to go on your next tropical beach getaway, you may want to look a little farther than the Caribbean.<p>For the second time, the Palawan archipelago in the Philippines has been named 'Best Island In The World' by the …

The Best Hotels in Every State 2015

The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa offers guests a relaxing break on the Gulf Coast. The 550-acre property overlooking Mobile Bay is …

12 Travel Map Apps That Beat Google Maps Whether or Not You Have WiFi

Chunky GPS units are a thing of the past. These days, everyone is finding their way by using their smartphones. Although we’ll be the first to admit that we love the industry standard, Google Maps (especially with the new pit stop function), there are a few things that GM just can’t account for. …

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Riding Ecuador’s 'railway in the sky' in style

Anyone for the Avenue of the Volcanoes? How about traversing the Devil's Nose? They might sound intimidating, if not downright risky, but Ecuador’s <i>Tren Crucero</i>, or 'Cruise Train', passes both as it winds its way from Quito high in the Andes to Guayaquil down on the Pacific coast. Since the service …

Best places to travel in October 2016

October is an opportune time to travel: fewer crowds and moderate temperatures make for perfect conditions in many regions around the globe.<p>Throw in a multitude of weird and wonderful festivals, bizarre sporting events and an alpaca or two and you have yourself a true adventure. Our destination …

This Man Planned the Most Efficient U.S. Road Trip of All Time

All the state capitols in the lower 48, in one trip.<p>Hitting the open road and driving into the sunset is a romantic notion, but most of us need a …

The Coolest Things to Do for $20 or Less in Every State

From Wedl’s Hamburger Stand in Wisconsin to Taos Pueblo in New Mexico.<p>A few years ago, $20 seemed like a lot of money. However, these days, $20 can …

This is How Much it Costs to Visit Disney Theme Parks Around the World

A ranking of Disney parks by their price of admission.<p><i>This story originally appeared on money.com.</i><p>On Thursday, Disney opened its sixth theme park …

8 All-American Drives With Google Maps

Parents teamed up with Google Maps to create family-friendly road trips to some of the app’s most-searched summer destinations and attractions. With low gas prices and loads of fun places to stop, there’s never been a better way to see the country.<p>Each route is a loop, so you can begin at any point …

The most extreme hotels around the world

10 Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds

I've been traveling and hacking flights since 2008, spending nearly eight years researching and finding secret methods to save money, earn points, …

5 Spectacular car-free camping trips around the San Francisco Bay Area

Summer in the city can get claustrophobic no matter where you live. Have you been lurking on Instagram, checking out shots of your friends sitting …

8 Travel Rewards Credit Cards for Big Spenders

<b>Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from</b> …

How to Upgrade with Miles on AA, Delta, United and Alaska

<b>Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard</b><p><i>Even if</i> …

Easiest Way to Get Cheap Hotel Rooms?

I have obsessive compulsive disorder when it comes to saving on hotels. When I travel for work, I book 95 percent of the hotels I stay in through Priceline.com or Hotwire.com and save anywhere from 35 to 60 percent off the usual price.<p>Though before I ever place a bid on either site, I have a …

Shh! 5 Apps Airlines Don’t Want You to Know About

It’s that time of year where everywhere you look, people are on gorgeous, sun-soaked vacations — even your favorite celebs. Katy Perry’s Instagram photos in Greece got your wanderlust all worked up? Beyoncé lounging like a cat on a beach somewhere have you itching to book a plane ticket? We feel …

Apps

5 of Northern California’s Best Day Hikes

Northern California offers some of the most scenic day hikes in the country, ranging from easy nature walks to challenging workouts. There is no …

Top San Francisco Beaches

They may not be the sandy, sun-drenched variety Southern California is known for, but San Francisco has no shortage of beaches. If you’re looking for …

Thinking of an RV Trip to Alaska? Here are a Few Do’s and Don’ts

Thinking of an RV Trip to Alaska? Here are a Few Do’s and Don’tsEverybody wants to go to Alaska, but to Roadtrekers, driving there is a pilgrimage. …

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Finding cheap flights - the 3 best alternatives to ITA Matrix

We have featured the ITA Matrix numerous times – it is a great free tool to find cheap flights (that not too long ago was only available to travel …

Air Travel

How to Get From San Francisco to Yosemite, Guilt-Free -- on Public Transit

The problem for any self-respecting eco-minded traveler is that if you want to commune with the Great American Outdoors, you need a car to get there.<p>Public transit may be feasible within an urban cityscape, but if you try to use that same transit to see natural wilderness in all its glory, you're …

Maximizing Amtrak Guest Rewards Points: Redeeming and Partners

<i>Update: The current sign-up bonus for the Amtrak Guest Rewards World MasterCard is 12,000 points after spending $500 in the first 3 months, 2 points</i> …

Secret sights of San Francisco: six things only locals know about

San Francisco is known the world over for its beauty, its open-mindedness and – let's be honest – its weirdness. So it should be no surprise that the City by the Bay harbors many unlikely attractions in far-flung locations known only to locals … until now.<p>Below are a few choice secrets – some new, …

Use a 'Fake' Location to Get Cheaper Plane Tickets

I can't explain airline pricing but I do know some plane tickets can be cheaper depending on where you buy them or, even better, where you appear to buy them from. This is all about leveraging foreign currencies and points-of-sale to your advantage.<p>For reasons I never quite understood, every time I …

7 Travel Websites Saving You Money While You Sleep

We all want to save money when we travel, but who has time to monitor the constant ups and downs of airfares, hotel rates and car rental prices? You can easily spend more time booking and modifying your travel plans than actually enjoying your vacation. Fortunately, there are a few websites that …

The Best Apps to Help You Save Money this Christmas

<i>Editor’s Note: Tanya is back to share with us some apps that can help you save money on Black Friday and throughout the holiday season.</i><p>I grew up in …

7 Hacks To Affording Your Next Vacation

The tips and tricks to traveling on any budget.<p><b>1) Try hidden city ticketing with FlyShortcut.com.</b><br>Hidden city ticketing is a hack in itself for finding the lowest possible airfare on FlyShortcut.com. It essentially finds a cheaper flight that has your destination as a layover. That way, you can …

Flying

Travel Smarter: 18 Apps to Book Cheap Flights, Pack in a Hurry and Manage Upcoming Trips

Traveling is too often a stressful event.<p>It begins when you book the ticket—are you getting the best fare? What's the best day of the week for fares, …