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2014 Travel Awards: Best New Hotel

Winner: Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland<p>This 35,000-square-foot, year-old inn looks like a wooden space cruiser, with sleek rows of windows cantilevered above 420-million-year-old rock. The 29 modern suites were built with the goal of keeping the region’s economy alive (most of the wares inside are …

National Parks

What Are the Best City Guide Apps for my Phone?

<i>A:</i><p>Once upon a time, there were things called travel guidebooks. They were heavy and made out of paper—a material that came from dead trees. The information inside them always became out-of-date very quickly.<p>Today we have city guide apps that offer instant, and constantly updated, information on …

North Carolina

What's Best When Traveling? Cash, Check, or Charge?

<i>A:</i><p>Paying for your vacation is fraught with potential pitfalls. Here are a few tips about what form of payment to use when, how to get the best exchange rates and avoid conversion fees, and other things to know before you go:<p><b>Cash</b><p>Travel with a handful of local currency for your first 24 hours abroad. …

Identity Theft

What's the Best Way to Navigate the Atlanta Airport?

<i>A:</i><p>Getting around the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is no easy task. Not only is the airport humongous, it's also crowded—very crowded. Last year, the airport saw 94 million passengers depart and arrive, making it the busiest airport in the world. That's a whole lot of harried …

Urban Design

Where Can I Find the Best Barbecue Sandwich? Texas, Tennessee, or North Carolina?

<i>A:</i><p>Tough question. That’s like asking someone to choose between a Ferrari and Lamborghini (served on a bun). And to be fair, South Carolina should be added to the list—because their pork barbecue differs a bit from North Carolina’s, and enjoys the same cultlike following.<p>As for which is the best, it …


The Best Spring Hikes in Yosemite

Yosemite National Park offers arguably the most scenic hiking in the country. The only challenge? Picking which trail to hike. With spring in full swing, here are a few tried-and-true options.<p>Vernal Falls Trail<p><b>Best For: Getting Wet</b><p>On warm spring days, hiking the Mist Trail is a fun way to cool …


What Are the Most Unexpected Brewery Cities in the U.S.?

<i>A:</i><p>Portland, Denver, San Francisco, Seattle, and Milwaukee might be the U.S.’s most widely acknowledged beer cities, but don’t discount the underdogs. Here are five unexpected brewery towns worth rooting for.<p>Albuquerque, New Mexico<p>Marble Brewery (Alejandro de la Cruz/Flickr)<p>With two dozen breweries …

New Mexico

What Are the Best Travel Guide Apps for My Phone?

<i>A:</i><p>Gone are the days of lugging around travel tomes with dog-eared pages. In the digital era, all that info is jammed in a Smartphone-size package. And sure, you can still download entire guidebooks in app form—such as Fodor’s City Guides or Rick Steves’ audio tours—but those versions hardly take …


Where Breakfast Is Most Important, for Tourists and Locals Alike

At one hotel in Brooklyn, breakfast is a weekday luxury that brings together tourists and locals in an unlikely community<p><i>Welcome to Out of the Kitchen, our ongoing exploration of the people and relationships that built and sustain Andrew Tarlow’s Brooklyn restaurant mini-empire.</i><p>At Reynard, <b>Andrew</b> …

Guide Books

Here's a glimpse of @andrewoknowlton's meal at Hitchhiker in Oslo: Jianbing, a Chinese egg crepe, with crispy duck, chicharrones, and hoisin sauce. "Best dish in the house," he says.

The (Great) Wall Less Traveled...Hiking the Huangya Pass in Tianjin's Ji County, China

If you happen to be visiting the Beijing area, you probably have The Great Wall of China on your to-do list.<p>Of course you do. It's <i>THE Great Wall!</i><p>The trouble is, which wall do you see? People don't talk about that so much.<p>In fact, the first time we planned a jaunt to "The Wall," we were surprised to …


Park in Progress: Patagonia

<i>By Dana De Greff</i><p>Two weeks after my arrival in <b>Patagonia</b>, I found myself in the middle of a ranch with a freshly slaughtered lamb at my feet. It seemed stranger than fiction—a city girl from Miami suddenly transformed into a modern-day Calamity Jane.<p>That may be a little dramatic, but Patagonia is a …

America's 10 Most Scenic National Parks

Towering mountains, deep canyons, dry deserts, wide meadows, craggy coasts, dense forests -- an immensely varied natural world covers the United States. This collection of 10 of the most scenic American national parks captures this variety at its most extreme. It moves from desert to glacier to …

National Parks

90+ | The Best Highlights from Week 10 of the 2014 Season

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