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France's Overlooked Region for Fancy Booze and Relaxation

Flickr: Hopeless 128<p>Drink to your heart's content, take in scenes like this along the way.<p>There's plenty of good food to go along with the sipping, …

Best destination in the US? Fall in love with Philadelphia, says Lonely Planet

Philadelphia has been named this year’s top destination to visit in the US by travel guide publisher Lonely Planet.<p>The east coast city, in Pennsylvania, tops the annual list, in which it was praised for the way its urban core has been transformed while still retaining its “deep American history and …

Travel

U.S. tipping guide: Expert advice on when, where, how much | CNN Travel

Travel

America's Original Speakeasies (PHOTOS)

The thirst for neo-speakeasies--that is, vintage bars with atmospheres and cocktail menus to reflect the clandestine 1920s glamour of the Prohibition Era--has not abated in the years since the first, Milk & Honey, opened on Manhattan's Lower East Side. As the contemporary speakeasy trend rages on, …

7 Essential Rules for Finding Good, Local Food and Drink in Paris

While France is the revered place of "eating well," the reality isn't as glorious. French food might be protected by UNESCO World Heritage status, and for many of the millions of people that visit France each year, dining is a priority, but that doesn't mean that everything on the plate in front of …

Food Network Star Damaris Phillips’ Guide to Louisville

Damaris Phillips captured the spotlight of a food-obsessed nation when she won season nine of Food Network Star, but before finding fame, Damaris …

Wine-Lover’s Guide to the Finger Lakes, NY

In early July, I did something crazy: I lined-up for Manhattan’s Holland Tunnel on a summer Friday afternoon. Why? To traverse a 250-mile swath of …

Where to Eat in Philadelphia Now

Powered by mom-and-pop-friendly rents, a rich talent pool, and a ravenous dining public, the restaurant scene in Philadelphia is in a constant state …

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 …

Boston Bar Made From Blocks of Ice Opens at Faneuil Hall

The drinks are always cold at Boston’s first ice bar.<p>The Frost Ice Bar, constructed and furnished entirely with blocks of ice kept at a chilly 21 …

Fall and Food Favorites: Week in Review

Sure, summer’s great for fresh produce and alfresco meals, but since September starts tomorrow, you’re may be hungry for something <i>different</i>. Feast on …

Farmers Market

Nine Perfect Picnic Spots Around the World (Photos)

Avoid the cliché picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower and dine al fresco at one of these locals-only finds.

The American Grandeur of Cleveland

On a recent visit to Cleveland, I found myself so taken by the deep American history and cultural sophistication of this delightful mid-western city that sits on Lake Erie. You can see the past in the historic buildings that speak to another era and then turn a corner to find a sleek structure …

14 Best Places to Go This Fall

From cutting-edge contemporary art in Miami to epically awesome Kenyan resorts, this season’s hottest destinations exceed expectations. Go beyond the …

5 Best Outdoor Wine Bars in the US

What goes best with a glass of crisp Torrontés or sultry Syrah? A postcard-worthy view, of course, whether it is a sleek bridge, downtown skyline, …

On the trail of Mark Twain in the USA | Travel Feature

Twain lived in Hannibal for 14 years from 1839, his time here meticulously chronicled at the illuminating Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum. The site …

Literature

The Cheese-Lover’s Guide to France (with Map!)

"Each sort of cheese reveals a pasture of a different green, under a different sky," writes Italo Calvino. I like to think of his words as I curl my …

10 Great Vacations for Nature Lovers

Looking for a close encounter of the <i>herd</i> kind? These 10 destinations in the Americas deliver easy access to some of nature’s coolest wild …

4 US Road Trips to Take Before You Die

There’s no better way to discover America than by criss-crossing the country via its most iconic highways. Whether you have fast wheels or an RV, …

Hiking