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Best Hotels Near Wineries

After a long day of wine tasting, you'll want a relaxing place to call home for the night. Stay close to the winery action without skimping on style, comfort or amenities at one of these prime spots for a wine-filled getaway.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>Best Hotels Near Wineries<p>-- Ally Boutelle, Hipmunk.com<p>Follow …

Rocky Mountain National Park

<b>Location: Colorado<br>Established: January 26, 1915<br>Size: 265,873 acres</b><p>Nowhere else in the United States can a visitor see so much alpine country with such ease. A mere two-hour drive from Denver, Trail Ridge Road takes visitors into the heart of Rocky Mountain National Park, traversing a ridge above …

Visiting California's Wine Country

Vineyards never feel very far away in California, where world-beating wines await. With a broad variety of heirloom and imported varietals that are true expressions of this vibrant, varied landscape, there is no time like the present to wine-taste across California.<p>Idyllic Fall Day in the Napa …

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Best apps and sites to plan, record and share your trips

Dreaming up a trip is the easiest part of every journey. All you need is a working imagination. The other bits before you go? Not so easy, or so much fun. You’ve got to book tickets, worry about accommodation, work out budgets, apply for visas…then you’ve got to plan your itinerary. And what about …

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California's other wine countries

Everybody knows the justifiably famous Napa and Sonoma Valleys. If you're looking to take the next step, venture into California’s less-famous wine regions, where family-owned wineries welcome novices and experts alike, and tasting fees are low to non-existent. Most of these well-hidden wine …

Free Things to Do in Sydney

TravelFree Things to Do<p>Urban and rugged, adventurous and chic, Sydney is a city that has it all. Its position as a booming global destination gives it a reputation for expensive taste, but the truth is that its down-to-earth design gives families plenty of opportunities to explore for free. Even …

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In Search of: Travelers With Purpose

Do you travel with passion and purpose and have an exceptional story to tell–or know someone who does?<p><b>Tell us!</b><p><i>National Geographic Traveler</i> wants to hear about fascinating people–gung-ho globetrotters, dedicated voluntourists, green-minded adventurers–who go beyond merely vacationing to make the …

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Five Things to Love About Estes Park, CO

We've had a wild weather year in Colorado, and Estes Park was hard hit in September by flooding that damaged buildings and local businesses, and made the two main highways from Denver and the Front Range impassible. Happily, the town got running again quickly, and now both Highway 36, through …

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Perfect Ski Retreat in Big Sky, Montana: The Rustic Redux Project

Spotted on On Site Management, an architecture company founded by renowned architect Jonathan Foote, this custom-built residence is intriguing to say …

25 Can’t-Miss Eats at Disney

Disney parks may not rank high on your foodie index, but you needn't check your tastebuds at the gate. There are myriad tasty adult treats throughout …

America’s Five Best College Towns for Foodies

This fall, think outside of the tailgate. These five conference favorites get top rankings from sports fans with both Heisman and Michelin on the …

The Grand Canyon Three Ways: Mules, Helicopters and Bicycles

A staggering 90 percent of visitors to The Grand Canyon never venture beyond the South Rim. Very much like the time we stopped by with our three kids (one still in diapers and the other two under six) on a crazy cross-country camping adventure. We took a peek over the rim, snapped a shot or two and …

25 Stunning National Park Vistas

If these 25 astounding vistas tell us anything, it's that America's beauty is a fierce kind. There are the alien landscapes of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and the trickling glacial promontories of Denali and Glacier National Park.<p>Legends, too, inform these lands, from Dead Horse Point's …

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Travel in Bangkok: An Insider's Guide to What to See and Do

<i>By Keith Hockton</i>, <i>InternationalLiving.com</i><p><i>Photo from InternationalLiving.com</i><p><i>This article comes to us courtesy of InternationalLiving.com, the world's leading authority on how to live, work, invest, travel, and retire better overseas.</i><p>I've always been attracted to the madness and energy of Bangkok. …

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