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Top Five Off-Peak Destinations for Winter 2013/2014

Before you grumble at the arrival of frigid winter weather, remember that the upcoming season heralds untold affordable off-peak travel opportunities. In many of the alluring destinations of the Northern Hemisphere, travel providers slash prices as the touristic crowds bid adieu until spring. If …

10 Must-See Northern California Views

There's a reason people who visit the San Francisco Bay Area want to move, and people who live in the Bay Area never want to leave (real estate prices be damned) -- and it's not just the weather (as any San Franciscan will tell on on a chilly July day). San Francisco's skyline sparkles on a clear …

What to Pack: Vermont

Rustic lodges, snow-lined streets, and maple syrup as far as the eye can see, Vermont offers the kind of wintry charm found in storybooks. For the …

Top 10 Honeymoon Packing Tips

Congratulations! After months of planning for the wedding, it’s finally time to start your new life together. And what better way to ring in a new …

Keep Austin Weird

Meet anyone from Austin, Texas, and I can guarantee two things: 1. They'll be really proud of their city (they're not from 'Texas', they're from 'Austin'), and 2. They'll be the most warm and welcoming barrel of laughs you can imagine hanging out with.<p>Stab a pin into the center of Texas on a map, …

A state-by-state guide to iconic US foods

One of the hands-down greatest things about eating in America is all the hyper-regional specialties. A food that's ubiquitous in Georgia might draw blank stares in Massachusetts, while a Montana delicacy might horrify citizens of neighboring Idaho. We say: why not try them all! We've selected one …

Romantic retreats in the US

Romance is a highly personal concept, and no single travel destination will fit everyone's tastes. For some it's a luxurious hotel suite with a whirlpool tub; for others it's sleeping under the stars with the howl of coyotes in the distance.<p>One common thread is solitude: truly romantic experiences …

Ghost town hunting in the American West

Nothing guarantees a Wild West adventure like exploring ghost towns, from abandoned mines where lucky prospectors once struck it rich to dusty frontier outposts where gun-toting outlaws once ran amok. Get ready to hit the (usually dirt) road out to these iconic ghost towns, most within spitting …

Top 10 US travel destinations for 2013

Every year our US-based editors team up with Lonely Planet’s expert authors to compile a list of US destinations that are prime for the next year. <i>Best in Travel 2013</i> already covered two places we think the world should be looking at – San Francisco and the Gulf Coast – but here we wanted to dig …

National Parks

Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …